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BWW Reviews: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Offers an Odd Night of Fun at Riverside Community Players BWW Reviews: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Offers an Odd Night of Fun at Riverside Community Players
by Stacy Davies - July 22, 2016

Christopher Durang's comedy in which he tosses Chekhovian themes and characters into a blender is not a great play, whether one is familiar with Chekhov or not, but it is typical Durang.... (more...)
BWW Review: GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE - Witty, Fourth-Wall-Breaking Vignettes BWW Review: GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE - Witty, Fourth-Wall-Breaking Vignettes
by Gil Kaan - July 22, 2016

The west coast premiere of playwright David Greenspan's GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE has the pleasing benefit of having a strong cast, witty lines and a cleanly gorgeous set. Director Bart DeLorenzo firmly guides his seven-person ensemble in non-chronological, fourth-wall breaking vignettes set in the L... (more...)
BWW Review: Starkly Dark and Raw Revival of CABARET Returns Decadently to the Pantages BWW Review: Starkly Dark and Raw Revival of CABARET Returns Decadently to the Pantages
by Don Grigware - July 21, 2016

Perhaps Kander and Ebb's best musical, apart from Chicago, Cabaret has it all: a fine book, deliciously diverse characters, dynamite music and a subtext that will not quit. The subtext being: either compromise or get out if you value your life, the latter, to be sure, the wiser. This is Berlin, circ... (more...)
BWW Review: The Con is On with DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Musical Theatre West BWW Review: The Con is On with DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Musical Theatre West
by Michael L. Quintos - July 20, 2016

The con is on! With plenty of wit, charm, and double entendres galore, Musical Theatre West's new regional production of the 2004 Broadway musical comedy 'DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS' is one enjoyably silly romp. The show which features a book by Jeffrey Lane and music and lyrics by David Yazbeck contin... (more...)
BWW Review: HISTORY LIT Presents Three Immersive Plays at Perfectly Matched Locations Around the Pasadena Museum of History BWW Review: HISTORY LIT Presents Three Immersive Plays at Perfectly Matched Locations Around the Pasadena Museum of History
by Shari Barrett - July 19, 2016

When you check in for HISTORY LIST, you will receive a color-coded program which indicates the group with whom and in what order you will walk around the site to witness the plays. The entire audience returns to a central meeting point in front of the historical Fenyes Mansion, led by time period c... (more...)
BWW Review: ONE OF THE NICE ONES Features One of the Nastiest Ones EVER! BWW Review: ONE OF THE NICE ONES Features One of the Nastiest Ones EVER!
by Gil Kaan - July 18, 2016

The Echo Theatre Company's world premiere of playwright Erik Patterson's ONE OF THE NICE ONES showcases Patterson's brilliantly witty and detailed script with very capable actors directed in a swift and smooth clip. How unfortunate that ONE OF THE NICE ONES spends so much time focused on the most ab... (more...)
BWW Review: Cabrillo's Enchanting LITTLE MERMAID Goes Swimmingly Under the Sea BWW Review: Cabrillo's Enchanting LITTLE MERMAID Goes Swimmingly Under the Sea
by Don Grigware - July 18, 2016

Watching Cabrillo Music Theatre's The Little Mermaid on the Fred Kavli stage is an enjoyable treat, almost like viewing the Disney film ... it's so alive and scintillating. All the color and splendor of the ocean is onstage, and that has a lot to say about this production's creative team. All the te... (more...)
BWW Review: Smoothly Revised RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Returns to LA at Kirk Douglas Theatre BWW Review: Smoothly Revised RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Returns to LA at Kirk Douglas Theatre
by Don Grigware - July 18, 2016

The name of the game in show biz is never to settle for greatness, but rather to go that extra mile and make it better. Such is the case with Recorded in Hollywood. In its transferal from a smaller Hollywood space to the Kirk Douglas Theatre,  the show provides a book by Matt Donnelly and Jamelle Do... (more...)
BWW Review: Chance Theater High-Kicks Intimate Production of A CHORUS LINE BWW Review: Chance Theater High-Kicks Intimate Production of A CHORUS LINE
by Michael L. Quintos - July 16, 2016

If there was ever one musical that, on the surface, can translate well as an intimately-staged production in a black box theater space, then A CHORUS LINE---the classic 1975 Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning backstage musical---should certainly qualify as a strong contender. This still dazzling... (more...)
BWW Review: KINGDOM OF EARTH - Sometimes Hot, Sometimes Wet, All Times Involving BWW Review: KINGDOM OF EARTH - Sometimes Hot, Sometimes Wet, All Times Involving
by Gil Kaan - July 16, 2016

Tennessee Williams' KINGDOM OF EARTH receives a visually arresting mounting with a strong cast at the Odyssey Theatre. Director Michael Arabian keeps the tensions steady amongst his able trio of performers.... (more...)
BWW Review: Buckley and York Bring an Emotionally Engaging West Coast premiere GREY GARDENS to the Ahmanson BWW Review: Buckley and York Bring an Emotionally Engaging West Coast premiere GREY GARDENS to the Ahmanson
by Don Grigware - July 14, 2016

True-to-life eccentrics tend to make the most riveting dramatic/comedic characters. In 1975 Albert and David Maysles produced an award-winning documentary called Grey Gardens about Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (Big Edie) and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (Little Edie), aunt and cousin respectively o... (more...)
BWW Review: MTW Delivers Great Big Stuff with DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS BWW Review: MTW Delivers Great Big Stuff with DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
by Don Grigware - July 12, 2016

Based on a 1980s film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is terribly silly and much of the dialogue & lyrics imbued with an overabundance of sexual innuendos, but that's AOK, as this is not Stephen Sondheim, but a jazzy, feel good, laugh out loud type of show. As many t... (more...)
BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Reunite Triumphantly to Celebrate 35th Anniversary of the Broadway Show BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Reunite Triumphantly to Celebrate 35th Anniversary of the Broadway Show
by Don Grigware - July 12, 2016

Not in the least hard to fathom that the Dreamgirls' 35th anniversary concert presented under the auspices of Chris Isaacson Presents Broadway Under the Stars was a sellout. With Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday all headlining, who would not want to be there to marvel at the ag... (more...)
BWW Review: Sierra Madre Has a Summer Hit with SPELLING BEE BWW Review: Sierra Madre Has a Summer Hit with SPELLING BEE
by Don Grigware - July 11, 2016

Talk about quirkiness and how it makes a musical rock! The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is terribly funny in a smart, slick, offbeat manner with prize worthy characterizations of lively eclectic people.It may be a tad long like the actual spelling out of words (that are not to be believed!... (more...)
BWW Review: Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, The Experience - RICHARD III BWW Review: Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, The Experience - RICHARD III
by Ellen Dostal - July 07, 2016

How many different ways are there to say how much Angelenos love the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival? Thousands. Ask anyone who's ever parked themselves on a blanket or lawn chair with their family and friends and you'll get as many different answers as there are people in the audience.... (more...)
BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Through the Lens of the Middle East by Way of Topanga Canyon BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Through the Lens of the Middle East by Way of Topanga Canyon
by Ellen Dostal - July 05, 2016

Not even a wall can keep these lovers apart. This particular wall happens to be in modern-day East Jerusalem and as Theatricum Botanicum's production of ROMEO AND JULIET commences, chaos ignites at a checkpoint that divides Israel and Palestine. It is a city that has seen struggle for thousands of y... (more...)
BWW Review: THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF TROOP BEVERLY HILLS - A Non-Stop, Two-Hours of HIGH-larity & Stunning Vocals BWW Review: THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF TROOP BEVERLY HILLS - A Non-Stop, Two-Hours of HIGH-larity & Stunning Vocals
by Gil Kaan - July 05, 2016

Exec. Producer Kate Pazakis has assembled another Ri-Dic-U-lously talented troupe of singer/comedians to totally WOW their Rockwell audience in THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF TROOP BEVERLY HILLS. Pazakis & company have a talented knack for picking appropriate movies (Devil Wears Prada, Big Lebow... (more...)
BWW Review: HAMLET - A Successful Contemporized & Humanized Re-Telling BWW Review: HAMLET - A Successful Contemporized & Humanized Re-Telling
by Gil Kaan - July 05, 2016

Four Clowns' founder and former artistic director Jeremy Aluma has deftly infused his Four Clowns magic directing his contemporary version of the classic HAMLET just finishing its run at the Lyceum Theater. Eschewing Shakespeare's couplets and metrics, this normal-speak HAMLET could be in any time p... (more...)
BWW Review: Imagination Reigns in Kingsmen Shakespeare Company's HENRY V BWW Review: Imagination Reigns in Kingsmen Shakespeare Company's HENRY V
by Ellen Dostal - July 05, 2016

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company's production of HENRY V takes its cue from one of Shakespeare's most well-known speeches, "O for a Muse of fire…," the prologue to this play. In it, Shakespeare invites the audience to use its imagination in viewing what is about to transpire, to picture the battle scene... (more...)
BWW Review: Newly Conceived THE FIREBIRD Belies the Clarity of it Creator's Vision BWW Review: Newly Conceived THE FIREBIRD Belies the Clarity of it Creator's Vision
by David Fick - July 01, 2016

Piecing together a new mythology is an audacious undertaking, and yet it is an act that is at the very heart of theatre-making: the building of a new world, with its own origins and order, that only becomes fully realised when an audience believes in it. THE FIREBIRD attempts just that, telling a po... (more...)
BWW Review: OYE MI CANTO a Thrilling Show for GMCLA BWW Review: OYE MI CANTO a Thrilling Show for GMCLA
by Don Grigware - June 29, 2016

GMCLA never disappoints. Their summer concert Oye Mi Canto, which took place at the Alex Theatre Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 featured the small Gay Men's Chorus of Cuba Mano a Mano whose singing skill and artistry blew the roof off the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Combined with GMCLA, the Latin... (more...)
BWW Review: Tony Winning Musical BEAUTIFUL Captivates at Pantages BWW Review: Tony Winning Musical BEAUTIFUL Captivates at Pantages
by Don Grigware - June 27, 2016

In the opening scene of the jukebox musical Beautiful, Carole King (Abby Mueller) is seated at the piano in concert at Carnegie Hall and is describing to the audience how life takes a turn and what results is unexpected...and beautiful. In this Tony-winning show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, w... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY Guarantees a Fun-Filled Macabre Time for All BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY Guarantees a Fun-Filled Macabre Time for All
by Shari Barrett - June 27, 2016

Anne Gesling directs many shows, especially musicals, for the Morgan-Wixson. But this time she has outdone herself with the perfect casting of each actor in the entire THE ADDAMS FAMILY production, making the show a guaranteed hit. Along with her show producer Meredith Wright, musical director Dan... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE Beautifully Tells a Tale of Romantic Love and Spiritual Longing BWW Review: THE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE Beautifully Tells a Tale of Romantic Love and Spiritual Longing
by Shari Barrett - June 25, 2016

Centered around the same characters first introduced in his play SUMMER AND SMOKE, Williams now explores how despite their differences, John Buchanan (the almost too handsome Andrew Dits) and Alma Winemiller (Ginna Carter who totally embodies the quirky character who sings like a Southern nightingal... (more...)
BWW Review: DREAMLAND Fails to Find Its Footing at NoHo Arts Center BWW Review: DREAMLAND Fails to Find Its Footing at NoHo Arts Center
by Stacy Davies - June 22, 2016

The main trouble with Dreamland is that it doesn't know what it wants to be. Billed as the tale of a Midwestern girl who aspires to become an actress and ends up mixing with sordid Hollywood types who show her that dreams shouldn't always come true - what happens on stage only supports this in theor... (more...)






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