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BWW Review: Christopher Reiner Reflects on the Road in END UP HERE BWW Review: Christopher Reiner Reflects on the Road in END UP HERE
by Ellen Dostal - January 18, 2017

Composer Christopher Reiner serves up a sixty-minute set of original songs and prose selections at ZJU Theatre Group that demonstrates the unique range of programming found at Zombie Joe's North Hollywood establishment. The company's niche is live horror and they have gained tremendous popularity wi... (more...)
BWW Review: Splendidly Intense West Coast Premiere of A TIME TO KILL at Theatre 68 BWW Review: Splendidly Intense West Coast Premiere of A TIME TO KILL at Theatre 68
by Shari Barrett - January 17, 2017

Almost fifteen years ago, Ronnie Marmo pulled together a group of his most talented friends in Los Angeles and created The 68 Cent Crew Company, after having arrived here with 68 cents in his pocket and a head full of dreams. So, when a company member recently asked him what they could do about ter... (more...)
BWW Review: ZANNA, DON'T! - Sound Glitches Eclipse Some Fine Singing BWW Review: ZANNA, DON'T! - Sound Glitches Eclipse Some Fine Singing
by Gil Kaan - January 16, 2017

Chromolume Theatre at the Attic has produced Tim Acito's very cleverly written  ZANNA, DON'T! with very mixed results. Major sound glitches opening night marred the ability to clearly hear all of Acito's very witty lyrics set in a fictional high school where gayness is the norm and heteros are shunn... (more...)
BWW Review: In 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI, Penny Fuller Musically Shares Memories from a Well-Loved Life BWW Review: In 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI, Penny Fuller Musically Shares Memories from a Well-Loved Life
by Shari Barrett - January 16, 2017

After Penny Fuller approached Barry Kleinbort to create a musical version of Hatcher's play for her to perform as a cabaret artist, 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti was originally developed at The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center Cabaret and Performance Conference in Summer 2012 and had its New York premi... (more...)
BWW Review: ROCKET TO THE MOON Speaks to our Desire to Achieve a More Fulfilling Life, no Matter the Cost BWW Review: ROCKET TO THE MOON Speaks to our Desire to Achieve a More Fulfilling Life, no Matter the Cost
by Shari Barrett - January 11, 2017

Although Clifford Odets forgotten masterpiece 'Rocket to the Moon' first premiered back in 1938, many of the themes of the Depression-era drama feel totally in step today with our own financial and career woes. With its central character, Ben Stark, (Jesse Steccato) is a dentist stuck in an unhappy ... (more...)
BWW Review: Hollywood Stage Company Slays Hollywood Blvd with Maiden Production of BENT BWW Review: Hollywood Stage Company Slays Hollywood Blvd with Maiden Production of BENT
by George Brietigam - January 09, 2017

Hollywood Boulevard's newest theatre troupe is one to keep an eye on.... (more...)
BWW Review: In THE LION, Writer/Performer Benjamin Scheuer Offers a Heartfelt Glimpse into his Life Through Song BWW Review: In THE LION, Writer/Performer Benjamin Scheuer Offers a Heartfelt Glimpse into his Life Through Song
by Shari Barrett - January 08, 2017

In the program notes for the Los Angeles premiere of Benjamin Scheuer's one-man show "The Lion," he states that "a song is a powerful tool for connection. Words are how we think and music is how we feel, so songs allows us to think our feelings and feel our thoughts." As such, he masterfully shares... (more...)
BWW Review: ELF - THE MUSICAL Jingles into OC's Segerstrom Center BWW Review: ELF - THE MUSICAL Jingles into OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - December 26, 2016

Upon learning that part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' holiday programming this season was to finally bring a national tour production of ELF - THE MUSICAL---the 2010 Broadway stage musical adaptation of the popular Will Ferrell holiday movie---to its stage, I was pretty ecstatic. For the most p... (more...)
BWW Review: In THE GOLDEN GLAZER, Sy Rosen Shares Poignant Stories About Getting Older Gracefully BWW Review: In THE GOLDEN GLAZER, Sy Rosen Shares Poignant Stories About Getting Older Gracefully
by Shari Barrett - December 20, 2016

In his autobiographical comedy, THE GOLDEN GLAZER, iconic TV writer-producer-turned-actor Sy Rosen uses his comedic talents to share a series of funny, at times poignant stories about the joys and horrors of getting older. Rosen covers everything from being out of work and lying about it, to rekindl... (more...)
BWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS' CHRISTMAS: LIVE IN CONCERT! - An Hysterical Satirical Rhapsody in Political Incorrectness - Even For 1962 BWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS' CHRISTMAS: LIVE IN CONCERT! - An Hysterical Satirical Rhapsody in Political Incorrectness - Even For 1962
by Gil Kaan - December 19, 2016

???????A very fun, irreverent spoof on a Christmastime charity fundraiser, A HARMONY BOYS' CHRISTMAS: LIVE IN CONCERT!, features the harmonious quartet with their mellow four-piece, back-up band and supporting cast hilariously performing at their annual 'Force Feed The World' charity concert. Clever... (more...)
BWW Review: DEVIL'S SALT: A 17th Century Drama About Witchcraft, Religious Zealotry and Sexual Obsession BWW Review: DEVIL'S SALT: A 17th Century Drama About Witchcraft, Religious Zealotry and Sexual Obsession
by Shari Barrett - December 13, 2016

Much in the same vein as Arthur's Miller The Crucible, DEVIL'S SALT presents a tale about witchcraft in which a young woman is accused of consorting with the devil and forced to give her life just for being who she is, a modern-thinking woman before her time. Jovanka Bach's World Premiere drama, dir... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway's Tony Winning Melba Moore Brings FOREVER MOORE to Catalina BWW Review: Broadway's Tony Winning Melba Moore Brings FOREVER MOORE to Catalina
by Don Grigware - December 12, 2016

On Friday December 9 and Saturday December 10 Chris Isaacson Presents brought us the incomparable R&B recording artist Melba Moore with her CD release party for 'Forever Moore' at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Moore is no stranger to Broadway audiences who remember her Tony-winning portrayal in P... (more...)
BWW Review: LA Ballet Shares THE NUTCRACKER with Hometown Audiences for the Holidays BWW Review: LA Ballet Shares THE NUTCRACKER with Hometown Audiences for the Holidays
by Shari Barrett - December 11, 2016

LA Ballet returns the essential holiday tradition of THE NUTCRACKER ballet to hometown audiences during the month of December, including venues in Glendale, Hollywood, Westwood and Redondo Beach. This production is the perfect introduction to classic ballet for the whole family as there are many chi... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere THE WHOLEHEARTED Proves to be a Tour-de-Force Solo Show for Suli Holum BWW Review: World Premiere THE WHOLEHEARTED Proves to be a Tour-de-Force Solo Show for Suli Holum
by Shari Barrett - December 10, 2016

Set in a boxing gym where female boxing phenom Dee Crosby (Suli Holum) is preparing for a whole new fight, THE WHOLEHEARTED looks past the neatly-packaged Cinderella stories of sports coverage into the real world of a woman grappling with lost love and her abusive husband, Charlie, who is being rele... (more...)
BWW Review: Director John DiFusco Salutes Returning Veterans in EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN BWW Review: Director John DiFusco Salutes Returning Veterans in EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
by Shari Barrett - December 08, 2016

Director John DiFusco, himself a Vietnam Veteran, opened the world premiere of Rebecca Stahl's EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN on Veteran's Day 11-11-16 at the Hollywood American Legion Post 43, produced by Karl Risinger and Liberty Theater. The play tells the interrelated tale of four generations of vets, ea... (more...)
BWW Review: Michael Arden Reinvigorates MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at The Wallis BWW Review: Michael Arden Reinvigorates MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at The Wallis
by Ellen Dostal - December 07, 2016

When MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG opened on Broadway in 1981, no one anticipated that it would be a flop. With a score by Stephen Sondheim and direction by Hal Prince, it should have been the next success in a series of highly successful collaborations by the two kings of musical theatre, following such ga... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES - An Elf-ing Good, Behind-the-Scenes Exposé of Macy's Santa BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES - An Elf-ing Good, Behind-the-Scenes Exposé of Macy's Santa
by Gil Kaan - December 05, 2016

Humorist David Sedaris' Christmas classic THE SANTALAND DIARIES receives a successfully fun mounting by the Santa Monica Playhouse. Sedaris fills his one-man show with loads of different characters, which a charismatic Patrick Censoplano effortlessly handles. Censoplano seamlessly morphs and delinea... (more...)
BWW Review: O'Neill's A TOUCH OF THE POET Reveals Volcanic Forces Stewing in an Irish Tavern in 1828 BWW Review: O'Neill's A TOUCH OF THE POET Reveals Volcanic Forces Stewing in an Irish Tavern in 1828
by Shari Barrett - December 05, 2016

Eugene O'Neill is the only American playwright ever to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature and he is a four-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Between 1920 and 1943, he completed 20 long plays, with several of them double and triple length. And unfortunately, the current Pacific Resident prod... (more...)
BWW Review: 21st Annual Youth Musical THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE a Big Hit at the Morgan-Wixson BWW Review: 21st Annual Youth Musical THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE a Big Hit at the Morgan-Wixson
by Shari Barrett - December 02, 2016

Surely most theatre folks have seen productions of the fabulous musical THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, making the show the 2002 season's most awarded new show on Broadway, based on the original story and screenplay by Richard Morris for the 1967 Universal... (more...)
BWW Review: SINATRA 101 Puts You at the Sands with Frank and his Big Band BWW Review: SINATRA 101 Puts You at the Sands with Frank and his Big Band
by Shari Barrett - November 29, 2016

As a lifelong fan of Frank Sinatra thanks in part to my Mom being one of the bobbysoxers who fawned over him as I did for the Beatles, I was thrilled to jump at the chance to attend SINATRA 101 at the El Portal in Noho on November 26, 2016 at one of the 2 shows they did that date. Since 2011, Matt... (more...)
BWW Review: Definitely Game On For THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY BWW Review: Definitely Game On For THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY
by Gil Kaan - November 28, 2016

The Los Angeles premiere of THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY receives a full-throttled, laugh-filled mounting from a very talented cast and its off-stage creatives. John Flynn nimbly directs his committed performers at a smooth, swift pace from laugh to laugh to even more laughs. The combined comic geniu... (more...)
BWW Review: A Cool GARDEL'S TANGO BWW Review: A Cool GARDEL'S TANGO
by Gil Kaan - November 28, 2016

The world premiere of playwright John R. Lacey's GARDEL'S TANGO serves as a unabashed showcase for Anibal Silveyra, who's allowed complete free rein in his portrayal of real-life, turn-of-the-century, international film star Carlos Gardel. Silveyra easily commands centerstage in this cast of six wit... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITING FOR GRACE Poses the Question: What if True Love Never Happens or What if it Does? BWW Review: WAITING FOR GRACE Poses the Question: What if True Love Never Happens or What if it Does?
by Shari Barrett - November 28, 2016

Theatre Planners presents the world premiere of WAITING FOR GRACE, an award-winning comedy by Sharon Sharth, as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre, directed by Lee Costello. Centering on a woman who wants to have it all, a great career, marriage and children with the perfect husband, but jus... (more...)
BWW Review: ICEBERGS Addresses Global Warming, Family Planning, and Movie Dreams Hatching in Silver Lake BWW Review: ICEBERGS Addresses Global Warming, Family Planning, and Movie Dreams Hatching in Silver Lake
by Shari Barrett - November 26, 2016

Westwood's Geffen Playhouse is presenting the World Premiere of ICEBERGS written by Alena Smith and directed by Randall Arney through December 18. This biting new play is set in the Silver Lake community of Los Angeles, California, where the weather is always nice and the future looks bright…at lea... (more...)
BWW Review: UNBOUND Examines How Far Some Will Go in Their Quest for a More Perfect Union BWW Review: UNBOUND Examines How Far Some Will Go in Their Quest for a More Perfect Union
by Shari Barrett - November 26, 2016

With so much social and political upheaval taking place right now in America, it seems to be the perfect time for IAMA Theatre Company to present the World Premiere of UNBOUND, written by D.G. Watson and directed by Jennifer Chambers at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Hollywood. Taking place in the ... (more...)