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BWW Review: Lack of Chemistry Causes ANNIE GET YOUR GUN to Miss the Target BWW Review: Lack of Chemistry Causes ANNIE GET YOUR GUN to Miss the Target
by Shari Barrett - February 05, 2016

Now onstage by the Aerospace Players through February 6, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN tells the story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley (Julie Hinton, a natural comedienne who perfectly inhabits the role) and her romance with Frank Butler (Stephen Cathers). Unfortunately, Cathers has no chemistry whatsoever with ... (more...)
BWW Review: DREAM CATCHER - An Intense, Spirited War of Words BWW Review: DREAM CATCHER - An Intense, Spirited War of Words
by Gil Kaan - February 02, 2016

The world premiere of playwright Stephen Sach's DREAM CATCHER receives a strong mounting at the Fountain Theatre powered by the intensity of its two strong performers Brian Tichnell and Elizabeth Frances. Cameron Watson ably directs this one continuous eighty-minute confrontation  between Roy and hi... (more...)
BWW Review: Cabrillo Presents the Quintessential FORUM BWW Review: Cabrillo Presents the Quintessential FORUM
by Don Grigware - February 01, 2016

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum/book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart/ music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim/Cabrillo Music Theatre, Thousand Oaks/directed by Lewis Wilkenfeld/choreographed by John Charron/through February 14 A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum is sillines... (more...)
BWW Review: DREAM BOY - A Powerfully Inspired Vision of an Horrific Nightmare BWW Review: DREAM BOY - A Powerfully Inspired Vision of an Horrific Nightmare
by Gil Kaan - February 01, 2016

Celebration Theatre solidly mounts (as they're always known to do) a stunning production of the Los Angeles premiere of DREAM BOY. All the acting and tech elements flawlessly gel in this intriguing drama, firm-handedly and smoothly directed by Michael Matthews, mesmerizingly guiding you through the ... (more...)
BWW Review: PRIVATE EYES by Steven Dietz Takes a 'Comedy of Suspicion' a Bit Too Far BWW Review: PRIVATE EYES by Steven Dietz Takes a 'Comedy of Suspicion' a Bit Too Far
by Shari Barrett - February 01, 2016

Nothing is ever quite what it seems. Matthew's wife, Lisa, is having an affair with Adrian, a British theatre director. Or perhaps the affair is part of the play being rehearsed. Or perhaps Matthew has imagined all of it simply to have something to report to Frank, his therapist. Finally, there is C... (more...)
BWW Review: THE DODGERS: Laidback Production Benefits From Some Amazing Performances BWW Review: THE DODGERS: Laidback Production Benefits From Some Amazing Performances
by Gil Kaan - February 01, 2016

Nice workshop presentation of the world premiere of Diana Amsterdam's THE DODGERS. Maybe, joints should have been passed out along with the programs, so that the audience could be on the same plane as the characters in the opening scenes - as Dave Solomon directed - in a most relaxed, lethargic stat... (more...)
BWW Review: TALKING TO TERRORISTS Will Open Your Mind to the Real Reasons for Terrorism BWW Review: TALKING TO TERRORISTS Will Open Your Mind to the Real Reasons for Terrorism
by Shari Barrett - February 01, 2016

'Talking to Terrorists' is a verbatim, word for word journey into the inner workings of the motivations of what makes a terrorist tick and why they do what they do. By going directly to the source, this unflinching play seeks to answer two of the most important questions of our time: why does this k... (more...)
BWW Review: Off-Broadway's Hit HAM Brings Mega-Talented SAM HARRIS to LGBT Hollywood for Three Weeks BWW Review: Off-Broadway's Hit HAM Brings Mega-Talented SAM HARRIS to LGBT Hollywood for Three Weeks
by Don Grigware - January 29, 2016

In his early days circa 1984, when he won 13 consecutive weeks on TV's Star Search, Sam Harris was flatly denied work on TV and in film because he was labeled 'too theatrical'. This quality - and I say quality - is what makes a performer exceptional; it sets him apart from the crowd, separating the ... (more...)
BWW Review: EMPIRE THE MUSICAL Aims for the Sky BWW Review: EMPIRE THE MUSICAL Aims for the Sky
by Ellen Dostal - January 27, 2016

EMPIRE THE MUSICAL has been knocking around in the wings ever since Caroline Sherman and Robert Hull began writing it in 1999. Its first fully-staged production took place at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood in 2003 and it has had periodic readings through the years in both Los Angeles and New York. ... (more...)
BWW Review: Promising New Pre-Broadway Musical EMPIRE Debuts in La Mirada BWW Review: Promising New Pre-Broadway Musical EMPIRE Debuts in La Mirada
by Michael L. Quintos - January 27, 2016

It's no surprise that a palpable, uproarious reception greeted the opening night performance of EMPIRE - THE MUSICAL, a brand new stage show featuring book, music, and lyrics by Caroline Sherman and Robert Hull---currently having its 'out-of-town' premiere at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing... (more...)
BWW Review: Candlelight Pavilion Lights Up GUYS AND DOLLS BWW Review: Candlelight Pavilion Lights Up GUYS AND DOLLS
by Don Grigware - January 26, 2016

Guys and Dolls/music & lyrics by Frank Loesser/book by Joe Swerling and Abe Burrows/based on stories by Damon Runyon/directed by John LaLonde/Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, Claremont/through February 27... (more...)
BWW Review: FOREVER HOUSE - A Most Entertaining, Mind-Opening Place to Spend Your Time BWW Review: FOREVER HOUSE - A Most Entertaining, Mind-Opening Place to Spend Your Time
by Gil Kaan - January 25, 2016

This Skylight Theatre Company's production of playwright Tony Abatemarco's world premiere of FOREVER HOUSE will be the play I compare/measure all other plays I see this year -- and this is only January! Elizabeth Swain deftly directs her talented cast with never a lag or dull moment; with only time ... (more...)
BWW Review: TWO SISTERS Celebrates the Joys and Sorrows of Sibling Rivalry BWW Review: TWO SISTERS Celebrates the Joys and Sorrows of Sibling Rivalry
by Shari Barrett - January 24, 2016

It's been said the bond between sisters goes beyond what words can express. Thank goodness British playwright Gail Louw has managed to overcome any restrictions to that rule and written an exquisite play called TWO SISTERS now enjoying its U.S. Premiere at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills. It centers o... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MANOR Returns for its 14th Season at Greystone Mansion BWW Review: THE MANOR Returns for its 14th Season at Greystone Mansion
by Shari Barrett - January 24, 2016

"The Manor" is by now a Los Angeles/Beverly Hills institution, now in its 14th year and having surpassed its 200th performance in 2014. The show is a roman a clef, a fictionalization based on real events with the actual historical characters given new names. "The names have been changed to protect ... (more...)
BWW Review: Idina Menzel Concludes Final Week in IF/THEN Tour at OC's Segerstrom Center BWW Review: Idina Menzel Concludes Final Week in IF/THEN Tour at OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - January 21, 2016

Much like the opening night performance I experienced at the show's debut at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood last month, I was once again blown away by Menzel's incredible musical gifts with the show's opener at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa (which plays through January 24). Even be... (more...)
BWW Review: Non-Equity BULLETS OVER BROADWAY National Tour Kills in Fun L.A. Premiere BWW Review: Non-Equity BULLETS OVER BROADWAY National Tour Kills in Fun L.A. Premiere
by Michael L. Quintos - January 21, 2016

While certainly far from a perfect show (both in staging and execution), the bus-and-truck version of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY - THE MUSICAL---the quirky and highly-amusing stage musical adaptation of the 1994 big screen comedy penned by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath---is nonetheless a supremely fun ... (more...)
BWW Review: Group rep Offers Engaging ANOTHER ANTIGONE BWW Review: Group rep Offers Engaging ANOTHER ANTIGONE
by Don Grigware - January 19, 2016

Playwright A.R. Gurney, best known for Love Letters and The Cocktail Hour, has written some very topical plays, among them the lesser known 1988 Another Antigone, on the surface a dispute between a college professor of the classics and a creative student, but on a far greater level, exposing the rep... (more...)
BWW Review: Sierra Madre Playhouse Stages DEATHTRAP BWW Review: Sierra Madre Playhouse Stages DEATHTRAP
by Don Grigware - January 19, 2016

Broadway had one of its greatest commercial hits and the longest running comedy-thriller with Ira Levin's Deathtrap in 1978, and it was later on film in 1982 with Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve. Like Sleuth  before it, Deathtrap makes a game out of murder with plot twists too numerable to menti... (more...)
BWW Review: Fine Acting Not Enough For MY SISTER BWW Review: Fine Acting Not Enough For MY SISTER
by Gil Kaan - January 18, 2016

Playwright Janet Schlapkohl's MY SISTER has the good fortune of having two fine actresses, identical twins Elizabeth Hinkler and Emily Hinkler, in her two-character play. Easy to see why these two won the Hollywood Fringe Festival's Best Acting award in these same roles last year.... (more...)
BWW Review: LYN STANLEY's CD Release Party for INTERLUDES a Lush Evening of Entertainment BWW Review: LYN STANLEY's CD Release Party for INTERLUDES a Lush Evening of Entertainment
by Don Grigware - January 18, 2016

On Friday January15 internationally renowned jazz vocalist Lyn Stanley brought her CD release party for her latest hit album Interludes to the beautiful Art Deco La Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles. It was a lush evening of jazz with a fabulous onstage orchestra of seasoned musicians and some del... (more...)
BWW Review: Black Comedy DEN OF THIEVES Trusses You Up in Laughter BWW Review: Black Comedy DEN OF THIEVES Trusses You Up in Laughter
by Gil Kaan - January 17, 2016

2Cents Theatre mounts a tight, thoroughly entertaining DEN OF THIEVES smartly written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Eric Augusztiny deftly directs his very talented cast of seven in a machine gun pace. What starts off as a realistic encounter of two members of a kleptoma... (more...)
BWW Review: Louis & Keely: 'Live' at the Sahara Celebrates the Glory Days of an Early Las Vegas Duo BWW Review: Louis & Keely: 'Live' at the Sahara Celebrates the Glory Days of an Early Las Vegas Duo
by Shari Barrett - January 17, 2016

Louis Prima and Keely Smith shared a larger-than-life marriage and a groundbreaking Las Vegas act featuring unforgettable songs like "That Ol' Black Magic," "Pennies from Heaven," and "Embraceable You." These songs and many others are featured in the production which has grown from a local Los Angel... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Takes You on a Multi-Character Journey of Discovery BWW Review: THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Takes You on a Multi-Character Journey of Discovery
by Shari Barrett - January 17, 2016

Veteran New York actor and writer James Lecesne portrays every character in a small Jersey shore town as they unravel the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant 14-year-old boy who has gone missing. As he interviews the people from Leonard's life, Lecesne transforms himsel... (more...)
BWW Review: New Adaptation of George Orwell's Bleak 1984 Docks at the Broad BWW Review: New Adaptation of George Orwell's Bleak 1984 Docks at the Broad
by Don Grigware - January 15, 2016

The Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse, and Almeida Theatre Production of/1984/by George Orwell/in a new adaptation by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan/directed by Icke and Macmillan/The Broad Stage, Santa Monica/through February 6... (more...)
BWW Reviews: A Definitive 'Morning Glow' Lingers After a Glorious PIPPIN at The McCallum Theatre BWW Reviews: A Definitive 'Morning Glow' Lingers After a Glorious PIPPIN at The McCallum Theatre
by David Green - January 13, 2016

The National Tour of PIPPIN is, hands down, the finest touring production to land at The McCallum Theatre during my tenure in the desert cities. Passionate. Polished. Near Perfection! It is a glorious spectacle of sight, sound and immaculate storytelling that, despite its mesmerizing visual feast of... (more...)




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