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BWW Reviews: Consummate Actress Annette Bening Brings RUTH DRAPER To Vibrant Life at Geffen Review BWW Reviews: Consummate Actress Annette Bening Brings RUTH DRAPER To Vibrant Life at Geffen
by Don Grigware - April 21, 2014

Ruth Draper's Monologues/written by Ruth Draper/directed & performed by Annette Bening/Geffen Playhouse/through May 18 (more...)


BWW Reviews: Visually Stunning A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Wows Audiences at The Broad Stage Review BWW Reviews: Visually Stunning A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Wows Audiences at The Broad Stage
by Shari Barrett - April 18, 2014

The production is visually stunning, blending live actors, puppets and keenly choreographed movement that breathe life into everyday inanimate objects. The puppetry involves a huge range of ground-breaking techniques and variety of creations - from the smallest mechanical creatures to the huge god-like masks and limbs that represent Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of the Fairies. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Funny and Touching REST Makes World Premiere at South Coast Rep Review BWW Reviews: Funny and Touching REST Makes World Premiere at South Coast Rep
by Michael L. Quintos - April 17, 2014

Touching, richly-staged and beautifully-acted, REST---Samuel D. Hunter's oh-so-engrossing and oh-so-funny new play now having its world premiere at Costa Mesa's South Coast Repertory through April 27---presents a disheartening reality of life we all must face sooner or later: that getting older is, for the most part, no fun, especially as one enters the twilight phase of their time on the planet. While that description suggests an overtly sad story, what really hits you as a delightful surprise is the amount of wit and humor that it contains, even as the play's overarching dark themes are hovering. (more...)


BWW Reviews: A Noise Within Presents Resonating Version of Inge's COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA Review BWW Reviews: A Noise Within Presents Resonating Version of Inge's COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA
by Don Grigware - April 15, 2014

Come Back, Little Sheba/by William Inge/directed by Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott/a Noise Within, Pasadena/through May 17 (more...)


BWW Reviews: Independent Shakespeare Co. Freshly Spins ROMEO AND JULIET Review BWW Reviews: Independent Shakespeare Co. Freshly Spins ROMEO AND JULIET
by Ellen Dostal - April 14, 2014

Independent Shakespeare Co. once again showcases its intuitive ability to re-imagine Shakespeare for a modern-day audience with an intimate production of his classic romance, Independent Shakespeare Co. ROMEO AND JULIET (more...)


BWW Reviews: GCT Brings Back Hilarious CASH ON DELIVERY Review BWW Reviews: GCT Brings Back Hilarious CASH ON DELIVERY
by Don Grigware - April 14, 2014

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BWW Reviews: Chekhov Meets Fellini in WHITE MARRIAGE at The Odyssey Review BWW Reviews: Chekhov Meets Fellini in WHITE MARRIAGE at The Odyssey
by Shari Barrett - April 13, 2014

Set in Poland circa 1890, WHITE MARRIAGE is a surreal and erotic coming-of-age fairytale that follows a young girl's poignant emergence into womanhood and frightened resistance to her impending marriage. Two sisters, sensitive Bianca (Kate Dalton) and precocious Pauline (Emily Goss), are on the verge of adulthood. Bianca is betrothed to Benjamin (Austin Rogers) and the preparations for her imminent wedding send the girls into a flurry of excitement and confusion. (more...)


BWW Reviews: DOCTOR ANONYMOUS Looks At The Masks We Wear While Hiding The Truth  From Ourselves Review BWW Reviews: DOCTOR ANONYMOUS Looks At The Masks We Wear While Hiding The Truth From Ourselves
by Shari Barrett - April 12, 2014

Although a work of fiction, DOCTOR ANONYMOUS was inspired by a watershed moment in LGBT history when Dr. John E. Fryer, wearing a mask and using a voice-distorting microphone, declared himself a homosexual in front of the American Psychiatric Association's 1972 convention - leading to the decision to de-list homosexuality as a mental illness. (more...)


BWW Reviews: S'WONDERFUL: Gershwin Tunes Sung by a Super Talented Cast Onstage at MTW Review BWW Reviews: S'WONDERFUL: Gershwin Tunes Sung by a Super Talented Cast Onstage at MTW
by Don Grigware - April 08, 2014

S'Wonderful:The New Gershwin Musical//written & directed by Ray Roderick/MTW (Musical Theatre West) at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach/through April 20 (more...)


BWW Reviews: Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with THESE APRIL FOOLISH THINGS Review BWW Reviews: Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with THESE APRIL FOOLISH THINGS
by Shari Barrett - April 07, 2014

On the first Sunday of each month, Bruce Kimmel's Kritzerland Records' presents a supper club musical cabaret at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal in NoHo. Sunday, April 6, 2014, the group celebrated its two-year anniversary with THESE APRIL FOOLISH THINGS with not only foolish songs but ones having to do with Spring or the month of April in general. (more...)


BWW Reviews: High Energy and Spirituality Fuel the Passion in ALTAR BOYZ at the Chromolume Theatre Review BWW Reviews: High Energy and Spirituality Fuel the Passion in ALTAR BOYZ at the Chromolume Theatre
by Shari Barrett - April 07, 2014

The 9th longest-running off-Broadway musical of all time, ALTAR BOYZ is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising musical comedy satire about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national 'Raise the Praise' tour during which they attempt to reduce the number of burdened souls in the theatre to zero by the end of the concert. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Kafkaesque THE MEMORANDUM Examines Humanity Stuck in the Corporate World Review BWW Reviews: Kafkaesque THE MEMORANDUM Examines Humanity Stuck in the Corporate World
by Shari Barrett - April 06, 2014

Certainly anyone who has worked in a corporation, and especially those who are so hooked into the online world via Twitter, will identify with the characters and situations in THE MEMORANDUM. And even though parts of it may go over your head politically, the clear message that corporations zap individuality will come through loud and clear. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Shakespeare UnScripted Turns Comedy into Art Review BWW Reviews: Shakespeare UnScripted Turns Comedy into Art
by Ellen Dostal - April 06, 2014

No one is standing on ceremony in Impro Theatre's latest comedic invention, SHAKESPEARE UNSCRIPTED. On the contrary, the only formality you'll find here is the kind you leave at the door when you step foot into the theater. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Anglo-Franco Fusion Farce DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER Sparks Frivolity and Laughter Review BWW Reviews: Anglo-Franco Fusion Farce DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER Sparks Frivolity and Laughter
by Shari Barrett - April 05, 2014

When all the elements fall into place in perfect harmony, the resulting frivolity and laughter go far beyond the words on the page to reveal utter hysteria. Such is the case with Anglo-Franco Fusion Farce DON'T DRESS OF DINNER by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon, now onstage at Theatre Palisades through May 11. (more...)


BWW Reviews: COUNTRY ROADS: A JOHN DENVER CELEBRATION Fills the El Portal with Love Review BWW Reviews: COUNTRY ROADS: A JOHN DENVER CELEBRATION Fills the El Portal with Love
by Shari Barrett - April 04, 2014

John Denver was an environmentalist before it was fashionable and a man not afraid to sing about his deep love for the Earth and his wife. While few radio stations still play his music, his many albums sold millions of copies during his singing career from 1969-1997. Those of us in the audience on opening night were quick to join in singing, spreading Denver's joy and love throughout the theater. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Lookingglass' LILKA KADISON Is a Real Charmer at the Falcon Review BWW Reviews: Lookingglass' LILKA KADISON Is a Real Charmer at the Falcon
by Don Grigware - April 03, 2014

The Last Act of Lilka Kadison/by Nicola Behrman, David Kersnar, Abbie Phillips, Heidi Stillman, Andrew White/directed by Dan Bonnell/Falcon Theatre, produced in association with the Lookingglass Theatre Company*/through April 19 (more...)


Floyd Collins, Though Not For Everyone, Offers Splendid Theatricality Review Floyd Collins, Though Not For Everyone, Offers Splendid Theatricality
by Don Grigware - March 31, 2014

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Cabrillo Stages a Sizzling In the Heights Review Cabrillo Stages a Sizzling In the Heights
by Don Grigware - March 31, 2014

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BWW Reviews: World Premiere Comedy CLASSIC COUPLES COUNSELING Examines Shakespeare's Famous Lovers Review BWW Reviews: World Premiere Comedy CLASSIC COUPLES COUNSELING Examines Shakespeare's Famous Lovers
by Shari Barrett - March 31, 2014

How often have you wished you could have stopped the tragedy that befalls lovers in Shakespeare's plays? Playwright and producer Lloyd J. Schwartz, along with director Ted Lange, lovingly give you a chance to get to know these magnificent characters in the world premiere comedy CLASSIC COUPLES COUNSELING now onstage at the Secret Rose Theatre in NoHo. Their vision juxtaposes modern counseling with the timeless issues facing Shakespeare's classic couples. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Recognizable Local Characters Inhabit L.A. DELI, A New Comedy by Sam Bobrick Review BWW Reviews: Recognizable Local Characters Inhabit L.A. DELI, A New Comedy by Sam Bobrick
by Shari Barrett - March 30, 2014

Certainly those of us who frequent any Jewish deli in Los Angeles will recognize these characters. Playwright Sam Bobrick admits some of the events in the play's 12 sketches actually happened to him, some to his friends, and some to people he just happened to be sitting next to at lunch. After working in the entertainment business for over 50 years, he's not sure which is which. (more...)


BWW Reviews: City Shakes Offers a Milder Version of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Review BWW Reviews: City Shakes Offers a Milder Version of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
by Ellen Dostal - March 30, 2014

The young, relatively new, City Shakespeare Company is offering a 90-minute modern take on Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE now through April 12, but the well-intentioned effort produces mixed results. (more...)


BWW Reviews: World Premiere TALHOTBLOND Proves Everyone Lies Online Review BWW Reviews: World Premiere TALHOTBLOND Proves Everyone Lies Online
by Shari Barrett - March 29, 2014

Any of us who have engaged in online chatting knows that sex and obsession, indulged through an erotic relationship on the Internet, can lead to disappointing or explosive consequences. You only have to follow today's headlines about young girls bullied online who commit suicide just to escape the continuous taunting, with helpless parents unable to help or even unaware of the problem until it's too late. TALHOTBLOND certainly is a cautionary tale for the times in which we live. (more...)


BWW Reviews: New British Musical CONFESSIONS OF A RABBI'S DAUGHTER Makes LA Debut Review BWW Reviews: New British Musical CONFESSIONS OF A RABBI'S DAUGHTER Makes LA Debut
by Shari Barrett - March 28, 2014

Emily Rose has been traveling around the United States presenting her fictionalized one-woman musical CONFESSIONS OF A RABBI'S DAUGHTER. The show enjoyed a performance at the York New Musical Festival, a successful run in the Edinburgh Fringe last summer, and an Off-Broadway run before making its current LA debut at the Complex in Hollywood this weekend. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Tony-Winning Superstar Patti LuPone Journeys to the OC with FAR AWAY PLACES Review BWW Reviews: Tony-Winning Superstar Patti LuPone Journeys to the OC with FAR AWAY PLACES
by Michael L. Quintos - March 27, 2014

To witness---and, yes, hear---Tony Award-winning legend Patti LuPone on a stage live-belting the bejesus out of a note (well, several notes, really) is just another not-so-subtle reminder for newbies and veterans alike why she's such a one-of-a-kind, ultra-talented star in the first place. She can, pretty much, take any piece of music and make it sound... well, effortlessly incredible. The results? Jaws dropped. Audible 'wows' echoed. Cheers were deafening and plentiful. That prowess was certainly in full-display on the evening of March 22, when LuPone came to Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Concert Hall for a one-night-only performance of her latest high-concept concert entitled FAR AWAY PLACES. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Endearing LIZA Minnelli Performs at Walt Disney Concert Hall Review BWW Reviews: Endearing LIZA Minnelli Performs at Walt Disney Concert Hall
by Don Grigware - March 26, 2014

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