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BWW Review: Hershey Felder Dazzles Audiences as OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY BWW Review: Hershey Felder Dazzles Audiences as OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY
by Shari Barrett - July 25, 2017

During the multimedia production, directed by Trevor Hay, Felder plays himself as well as the world-famous composer, along with a wide assortment of people from the many phases of Tchaikovsky's life. For each one, Felder completely changes his vocal patterns as well as his physical being, after tell... (more...)
Review: Adam Rapp's Pulitzer Prize Nominated and Award-Winning Play, NOCTURNE, Brilliantly Acted by Jamie Wollrab Review: Adam Rapp's Pulitzer Prize Nominated and Award-Winning Play, NOCTURNE, Brilliantly Acted by Jamie Wollrab
by Shari Barrett - July 24, 2017

The dialogue in Adam Rapp's searingly and brutally honest play NOCTURNE is so beautifully written with remarkably descriptive phrases, it will awe your imagination into immersing yourself into one man's journey after, as a teen, he unwittingly caused the death of this younger sister in a late-night,... (more...)
BWW Review: Chance Theater presents Emotional, Intimate Staging of PARADE BWW Review: Chance Theater presents Emotional, Intimate Staging of PARADE
by Michael Quintos - July 24, 2017

It is nearly impossible not to be emotionally affected by the events depicted in PARADE, the stirring, Tony Award-winning 1998 musical inspired by shocking actual events surrounding the trial of a man accused of raping and murdering a 13-year-old girl. It's certainly a heavy, morose subject to wrap ... (more...)
BWW Review: Ruskin Group Constructs A Sturdy RAINBOW BRIDGE On The Road to Hilarity BWW Review: Ruskin Group Constructs A Sturdy RAINBOW BRIDGE On The Road to Hilarity
by Gil Kaan - July 22, 2017

In Ruskin Group Theatre's world premiere of Ron Nelson's THE RAINBOW BRIDGE, Michael Myers briskly directs a concise 75 minutes of snappy dialogue led by the high-energy, powerhouse performance of Paul Schackman as the conflicted, haunted lawyer Jerry. Schackman nails Nelson's machine gun-spouting d... (more...)
BWW Review: A Thrilling Ride On A Well-Mounted RHINOCEROS BWW Review: A Thrilling Ride On A Well-Mounted RHINOCEROS
by Gil Kaan - July 21, 2017

Director Guillermo Cienfuegos expertly guides his talented RHINOCEROS cast with tight, sturdy reins in a truly full-length play (three acts, spanning close to three hours) now at the Pacific Resident Theatre. Eugene Ionesco originally wrote RHINOCEROS in 1959 as his commentary on the state of the po... (more...)
BWW Review: Teens Prove Talent Is Ageless As They Bring DOG SEES GOD To Hollywood BWW Review: Teens Prove Talent Is Ageless As They Bring DOG SEES GOD To Hollywood
by Erica Garcia - July 20, 2017

Worst First Kiss Productions Present DOG SEES GOOD at The Blank Theater in Hollywood, CA. Directed by Jonah Platt, the production is fresh off its run from the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Their Encore performance takes place this upcoming weekend at The Blank Theater.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE KING OF THE YEES Playwright Lauren Yee Shares Her Father's Story in an Innovative World Premiere Staging BWW Review: THE KING OF THE YEES Playwright Lauren Yee Shares Her Father's Story in an Innovative World Premiere Staging
by Shari Barrett - July 18, 2017

In her new latest play KING OF THE YEES, now enjoying its World Premiere at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, Yee shares the tale of how her father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Fung Toy (Yee Family Association), a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men's cl... (more...)
BWW Review: Jolly Good MARY POPPINS Flies Into Musical Theatre West BWW Review: Jolly Good MARY POPPINS Flies Into Musical Theatre West
by Michael Quintos - July 18, 2017

Disney/Cameron Mackintosh's stage adaptation of MARY POPPINS, the closing production of Musical Theatre West's 64th season is mostly jolly good fun. Full of palpable joy, wonderfully-performed songs, and smile-inducing moments, MTW's buoyant, crowd-pleasing production of the London-set musical conti... (more...)
BWW Review: Swear to God! THE DEVIL'S WIFE's Wickedly Good! BWW Review: Swear to God! THE DEVIL'S WIFE's Wickedly Good!
by Gil Kaan - July 17, 2017

The Skylight Theatre Company's world premiere of THE DEVIL'S WIFE scores high on all fronts - Tom Jacobson's witty script (with a message), spot-on delivery by its talented cast of four, smooth direction by Eric Hoff, all complemented by Skylight Theatre team's first-rate technical elements. THE DEV... (more...)
BWW Review: In Solofest 2017 Hit Show IT'S ONLY LIPSTICK, Claudia DiMartino Shares Life Lessons Learned and Dreams Pursued BWW Review: In Solofest 2017 Hit Show IT'S ONLY LIPSTICK, Claudia DiMartino Shares Life Lessons Learned and Dreams Pursued
by Shari Barrett - July 14, 2017

Back by popular demand after being a hit of the 2017 SoloFest, accomplished actress Claudia DiMartino once again shares her touching, moving and hilarious story of leaving the corporate world to pursue her acting dreams in IT'S ONLY LIPSTICK at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks on Thursday eveni... (more...)
BWW Review: JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS  Is Revived & Well At The Odyssey BWW Review: JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS Is Revived & Well At The Odyssey
by Gil Kaan - July 10, 2017

JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS receives a first-rate mounting with a cast of powerful singer/actors, backed by a nimble four-piece musical ensemble, and directed and staged with ingenuity of movement that complement the Jacques Brel tales being performed. These Jacques Brel song... (more...)
BWW Review: Tour-de-Force Performances Highlight DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Edgemar Center for the Arts BWW Review: Tour-de-Force Performances Highlight DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Edgemar Center for the Arts
by Shari Barrett - July 09, 2017

Every once in a while, I am treated to an amazing evening of theater featuring actors who step outside of themselves and totally encompass their characters every single moment they are onstage. With performances as riveting as any I have seen, Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley are marvels to beho... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CAKE - A Well-Executed, Tasty, Bittersweet Baked Food for Savoring Thought BWW Review: THE CAKE - A Well-Executed, Tasty, Bittersweet Baked Food for Savoring Thought
by Gil Kaan - July 05, 2017

The Echo Theater Company's world premiere of playwright Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE brilliantly demonstrates the success of following a winning recipe for a memorable theatre production. Start with Brunstetter's witty, relationship-focused script on very timely, hot-button issues of today; generous... (more...)
BWW Review: LETTERS FROM A NUT Spotlights the Humorous Book Series by Ted L. Nancy BWW Review: LETTERS FROM A NUT Spotlights the Humorous Book Series by Ted L. Nancy
by Shari Barrett - June 30, 2017

Have you noticed how on most packaging, there is a short statement asking you to please write or call with any questions or concerns about the product you have purchased? That fact came to the attention of author Ted L. Nancy (aka Barry Marder) when he was eating a bag of Fritos while watching tele... (more...)
BWW Review: Spectacular SEUSSICAL Takes Audiences on Flights of Fancy at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre! BWW Review: Spectacular SEUSSICAL Takes Audiences on Flights of Fancy at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre!
by Shari Barrett - June 27, 2017

Have you been waiting for the perfect musical extravaganza to which you can take your entire family, from the youngest to oldest member? Now is your chance by experiencing SEUSSICAL the musical at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica. It is such a fabulous production from its perfect cast, di... (more...)
BWW Review: Superb Performances Mark Beautifully Poetic THE PRIDE at The Wallis BWW Review: Superb Performances Mark Beautifully Poetic THE PRIDE at The Wallis
by Michael Quintos - June 26, 2017

Fittingly, as most of the world celebrates Gay Pride month, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills is presenting an absorbing, beautifully-poetic production of playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell's drama THE PRIDE, which continues its Los Angeles-area premiere through July 9... (more...)
BWW Review: I AM NOT A COMEDIAN - I'M LENNY BRUCE Will Open Your Eyes to his Comedic Genius and Dedication to Free Speech BWW Review: I AM NOT A COMEDIAN - I'M LENNY BRUCE Will Open Your Eyes to his Comedic Genius and Dedication to Free Speech
by Shari Barrett - June 25, 2017

An undisputed comic legend, Lenny Bruce was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His life and work have had an impact on poetry, politics, music, film and comedy from Don Rickles to Richard Pryor and Chris Rock, and any other comedian who is now free to speak his/her mind without fear of... (more...)
BWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS - An Exquisite Master Class in Story-Telling BWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS - An Exquisite Master Class in Story-Telling
by Gil Kaan - June 19, 2017

The expert artistry of words, direction, acting and tech marvelously converge into the current Pasadena Playhouse production of HOLD THESE TRUTHS. Ryun Yu, alone on stage, stunningly and authentically pulls off Jeanne Sakata's detailed depiction of American-born Japanese Gordon Hirabayashi's real-li... (more...)
BWW Review: Snaps!  Cupcake Theater Stages Elle Woods' Adventure to Law School in LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL! BWW Review: Snaps! Cupcake Theater Stages Elle Woods' Adventure to Law School in LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL!
by George Brietigam - June 19, 2017

The technical bloopers this show experienced would give Spiderman: Turn off the Dark a run for its money. While I still loved this production, I feel like it opened a week before it should have... (more...)
BWW Review: LONDON CALLING, A MUSICAL Doesn't Connect BWW Review: LONDON CALLING, A MUSICAL Doesn't Connect
by Ellen Dostal - June 18, 2017

London Calling, The Clash's third album, is considered by many to be one of the band's greatest achievements. It is also the title of a musical that has been knocking around for the last decade, now being presented at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Using songs by The Clash, it is the story of four b... (more...)
BWW Review: Geffen Playhouse Sets Its Course for Love in CONSTELLATIONS BWW Review: Geffen Playhouse Sets Its Course for Love in CONSTELLATIONS
by Ellen Dostal - June 16, 2017

What a difference one decision makes. Turn a corner, say hello, say nothing, leave - even the smallest of choices has the power to alter our future. In CONSTELLATIONS, Nick Payne's exquisite play for two, now on stage at Geffen Playhouse, we watch the various stages of a couple's relationship play o... (more...)
BWW Review: The Theatre High of hearing John Bucchino play IT'S ONLY LIFE BWW Review: The Theatre High of hearing John Bucchino play IT'S ONLY LIFE
by Ellen Dostal - June 13, 2017

I'm sorry if you missed Art-In-Relation's production of IT'S ONLY LIFE this past weekend because you missed hearing a remarkable musician play his own magnificent songs in a tiny 50-seat theater. To have that luxury is a rare occurrence, even for a city like Los Angeles. It was a breathtaking evenin... (more...)
BWW Review: EMMITT AND AVA is Thought-Provoking Theatre About Family Expectations vs. Artistic Vision BWW Review: EMMITT AND AVA is Thought-Provoking Theatre About Family Expectations vs. Artistic Vision
by Shari Barrett - June 12, 2017

Those of us raised in a home where we knew dating a person of another race would never be accepted will certainly identify with the premise of EMMITT AND AVA, a modern tale of love and loss written and directed by two-time Ovation winner Dominic Hoffman as a Co-Production with Edgemar Center for the... (more...)
BWW Review: Robot Teammate's New Musical TURBULENCE! covers Fun-Loving Comic Territory BWW Review: Robot Teammate's New Musical TURBULENCE! covers Fun-Loving Comic Territory
by Ellen Dostal - June 11, 2017

Set to an upbeat '80s-style pop rock score, TURBULENCE! is a screwball mash-up of Friday night SyFy comedy classics and Saturday morning cartoons with colorful characters and bright, energetic choreography. Two musical departures - a hokey country 'Hoedown Throwdown' style number (priceless) and a b... (more...)
BWW Review: VOTE! THE MUSICAL - Mixed, The Final Count BWW Review: VOTE! THE MUSICAL - Mixed, The Final Count
by Gil Kaan - June 10, 2017

Above the Curve Theatre mounts a sturdy workshop production of VOTE! THE MUSICAL with loads of potential. Anthony Marquez (nicely underplaying laid-back skater/skier dude Mike) and Angela Cole (fetchingly limning a flirty Muffin) run away with the show's best scenes. Their seduction duet 'D Gates' r... (more...)