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Theatre in Historic Places: OKTOBERFEST THE MUSICAL at the Crest Theatre Theatre in Historic Places: OKTOBERFEST THE MUSICAL at the Crest Theatre
by Ellen Dostal - September 28, 2016

Frances Seymour Fonda, actor Henry Fonda's second wife, was only 32 years old when the theater she commissioned architect Arthur W. Hawes to build opened in December of 1940. Originally known as the Westwood Theater, it was designed to be a performance space for live productions and for a short time... (more...)
BWW Review: ASSASSINS Musically Explores the Minds of Those Who Attempted to Assassinate the President of the United States BWW Review: ASSASSINS Musically Explores the Minds of Those Who Attempted to Assassinate the President of the United States
by Shari Barrett - September 28, 2016

The great genius of contemporary musical theater, creator of Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Company, Stephen Sondheim leads audiences on a tuneful revue of presidential assassins and would-be killers from John Wilkes Booth to John Hinckley. The performance is guided by the Proprietor (brilliantly ... (more...)
BWW Review: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at the Norris Center - It Vas a Fun Night, Ya BWW Review: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at the Norris Center - It Vas a Fun Night, Ya
by Ellen Dostal - September 27, 2016

When October hits and Halloween horror movies begin to flood late night TV, you can always count on at least one station somewhere airing Mel Brooks' 1974 classic comedy YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. But this year, the situation is a little different. With the recent passing of Gene Wilder, who stars in the t... (more...)
BWW Review: MORAL IMPERATIVE Asks How Far Would You Go to Get What You Want? BWW Review: MORAL IMPERATIVE Asks How Far Would You Go to Get What You Want?
by Shari Barrett - September 27, 2016

In today's world, many are passed over for promotion, often causing jealousy and bitter reactions to the person who does advance over you. But just how far would you go to get that job you want and feel best qualified for, at least in your own mind? And what if you feel that person in the position... (more...)
BWW Review: A MEXICAN TRILOGY: An American Story: A Legacy of Letting Go BWW Review: A MEXICAN TRILOGY: An American Story: A Legacy of Letting Go
by Ellen Dostal - September 23, 2016

The essence of Latino Theatre Company's monumental production of A MEXICAN TRILOGY: An American Story is beautifully captured in the simple photograph above. In this starry night scene, a family poised on the edge of major change looks to the infinite sky with hope. Quietly, in these few moments of ... (more...)
BWW Review: CASTING CONFESSIONS FROM La to LA Uncovers Amy Snowden's Outlandish Journey from Innocence to Happy Endings! BWW Review: CASTING CONFESSIONS FROM La to LA Uncovers Amy Snowden's Outlandish Journey from Innocence to Happy Endings!
by Shari Barrett - September 23, 2016

Created and performed by Amy Snowden, Casting Confessions from La to LA is an outrageous and comical insight into her formative years in a small town in Louisiana, her move to Hollywood to become a sitcom actress but getting chewed up and spit-out in Hollywood, and her unique secret ways of finally ... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE AND LIGHT ME UP Shares Lucy Alibar's Southern Childhood Memories BWW Review: World Premiere THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE AND LIGHT ME UP Shares Lucy Alibar's Southern Childhood Memories
by Shari Barrett - September 22, 2016

Solo shows written and performed by their authors need to be told with enough personal stage presence to be truly interesting to the audience. Such is the case in Lucy Alibar's world premiere THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE AND LIGHT ME UP in which she enthusiastically and humorously shares journal entrie... (more...)
BWW Review: Bonnie Joy Sludikoff Shares Theatre as Therapy in BACKWARDS: A COMEDY (ABOUT TRAUMA) BWW Review: Bonnie Joy Sludikoff Shares Theatre as Therapy in BACKWARDS: A COMEDY (ABOUT TRAUMA)
by Shari Barrett - September 20, 2016

Solo Performance Artist Bonnie Joy Sludikoff has spent the last 2 years performing her 2014 Hollywood Fringe Hit, That's What She Didn't Say: A True Story of Taboo, Redemption, and Musical Theatre. But always feeling she had blown the chance to have dozens of important, meaningful conversations over... (more...)
BWW Review: Art-In-Relation Ups Its Production Ante with THE WILD PARTY BWW Review: Art-In-Relation Ups Its Production Ante with THE WILD PARTY
by Shari Barrett - September 20, 2016

Art-In-Relation (A.I.R.) is an innovative production company focusing on breathing new life into lesser-known plays and musical theater. I have seen their productions at other locations throughout the city, but unfortunately the facilities and cast talent in past productions has been less than stel... (more...)
BWW Review: GENERATION ME Tackles Important Teen Issues BWW Review: GENERATION ME Tackles Important Teen Issues
by Ellen Dostal - September 19, 2016

Two years ago this teen musical was one of the best new works to come through Hollywood. Its young writers Julie Soto, Ryan Warren, and composer Will Finan had found a way to tell a story about teen suicide that was relatable to both youth and adults alike. It's a parent's worst nightmare; the thoug... (more...)
BWW Review: Outstanding ALL THE WAY Stirs at South Coast Repertory BWW Review: Outstanding ALL THE WAY Stirs at South Coast Repertory
by Michael L. Quintos - September 19, 2016

Right at the start of Robert Schenkkan's mesmerizing Tony Award-winning play ALL THE WAY---now playing in an outstanding new production at Orange County's South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through October 2---actor Hugo Armstrong is introduced in what would become one of the most powerful, fiery a... (more...)
BWW Review: BARBECUE Will Keep You Laughing as the Tale of Two Families Evolves BWW Review: BARBECUE Will Keep You Laughing as the Tale of Two Families Evolves
by Shari Barrett - September 18, 2016

Playwright Robert O'Hara provides the mood-setting intro for the West Coast premiere of his comedy BARBECUE now playing at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood through October 16. And while his very off-color language is shocking at first, I guarantee it will start you laughing and prepare you for the ... (more...)
BWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Offers a Searing Look at a Tension-Filled Recording Session BWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Offers a Searing Look at a Tension-Filled Recording Session
by Shari Barrett - September 15, 2016

Like all of August Wilson's plays, this one contains more dialogue than perhaps is needed, with the first act seemingly bogged down at times as you listen to four musicians (Damon Gupton as Cutler, Glynn Turman as Toledo, Keith David as Slow Dawg, Jason Dirden as Levee) stuck in a rehearsal room as ... (more...)
BWW Review: Tony Winner Patti LuPone Returns to the OC with COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA BWW Review: Tony Winner Patti LuPone Returns to the OC with COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA
by Michael L. Quintos - September 12, 2016

The very second that Tony Award-winning Broadway Legend Patti LuPone sings---heck, even when she walks out before she belts a single note---you know you're in the presence of someone that deserves the mountains of accolades she has continuously enjoyed through a very long, illustrious career on the ... (more...)
BWW Review: The Troubies and Getty Villa Throw a HAUNTED HOUSE PARTY BWW Review: The Troubies and Getty Villa Throw a HAUNTED HOUSE PARTY
by Ellen Dostal - September 09, 2016

Troubadour Theatre Company's classless clowns of classical comedy go rogue in their latest adaptation at the Getty Villa. Taking generous liberties with the source material (Plautus's Mostellaria) they reinvent the over-2000-year-old play as HAUNTED HOUSE PARTY, A Roman Comedy in their own unique st... (more...)
BWW Review: NEWSIES Continues to Win Audiences' Affection in LA BWW Review: NEWSIES Continues to Win Audiences' Affection in LA
by Ellen Dostal - September 01, 2016

I already knew Disney's NEWSIES had developed cult status before I saw the show. Its legions of loyal 'Fansies' have championed it from the very beginning. But even I wasn't prepared for the audience's screams of appreciation for the hard-working boys - and one girl - who form the heart of the curre... (more...)
BWW Review: KURTIS SIMMONS Rocks Rockwell Table and Stage in his LA Solo Cabaret Debut BWW Review: KURTIS SIMMONS Rocks Rockwell Table and Stage in his LA Solo Cabaret Debut
by Don Grigware - August 31, 2016

On Monday August 29 actor/singer Kurtis Simmons made his solo cabaret debut at Rockwell Table and Stage to a SRO crowd of adoring fans and well-wishers. Simmons is no stranger to Los Angeles audiences, as he has appeared onstage in such popular shows as Forever Plaid and premiered his musical Hipste... (more...)
BWW Review: Dynamite Production of THE TWO KIDS THAT BLOW SHI*T UP BWW Review: Dynamite Production of THE TWO KIDS THAT BLOW SHI*T UP
by Gil Kaan - August 26, 2016

The thoroughly involving world premiere of playwright Carla Ching's THE TWO KIDS THAT BLOW SHIT UP combines the potent mixture of a witty script with two totally dynamic actors directed in a steady, flowing, non-stop pace of a brisk 90 minutes.  Jeremy Lelliott deftly directs his two brilliantly bel... (more...)
Theatre in Historic Places: THE LIGHT OF WESTERN STARS at El Molino Viejo Theatre in Historic Places: THE LIGHT OF WESTERN STARS at El Molino Viejo
by Ellen Dostal - August 25, 2016

Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to enjoy an evening of theatre outdoors in one of the area's loveliest and most unique venues - El Molino Viejo, The Old Mill, in San Marino. I'd never been there before, but since I love historic buildings and grew up on Sunday afternoon westerns, I was immedi... (more...)
BWW Review: Another Resoundingly Special EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY BWW Review: Another Resoundingly Special EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY
by Don Grigware - August 24, 2016

On Monday evening August 22 An Evening of Classic Broadway returned to Rockwell Table and Stage for another resoundingly superb and downright mirthful show. Headed by Brad Ellis and Dianne Fraser, this show really grows on you. I love talent, and you can definitely find it here in abundance. On the ... (more...)
BWW Review: Moonlight Amphitheatre Mounts Gorgeous Rendition of the Rarely Seen TITANIC THE MUSICAL BWW Review: Moonlight Amphitheatre Mounts Gorgeous Rendition of the Rarely Seen TITANIC THE MUSICAL
by Don Grigware - August 22, 2016

Despite boasting one of the most gloriously majestic musical scores ever written for a Broadway stage by Maury Yeston in 1997, Titanic the Musical was, no pun intended, a disaster with lukewarm reception from both audience and critics. Come to think of it, how entertaining can a musical be about the... (more...)
BWW Review: Welk Resort Presents Sturdy ARSENIC AND OLD LACE BWW Review: Welk Resort Presents Sturdy ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by Don Grigware - August 22, 2016

Joseph Kesselring's dark comedy farce Arsenic and Old Lace dates back to 1941 and was made into one hilarious film starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra in 1944. Nevertheless, the comedy is timeless, so it still holds up quite deliciously in 2016. One never tires of murder especially when ... (more...)
BWW Review: Engrossing NEXT TO NORMAL at Pico Playhouse BWW Review: Engrossing NEXT TO NORMAL at Pico Playhouse
by Don Grigware - August 22, 2016

Bipolar disease most often occurs in women creating abnormal behavior patterns, and usually treated with drugs. In the Pulitzer Prize winning Next to Normal, the problem is presented via a wife and mother, Diana (Michelle Lane). Her behavior shows extreme mental instability, and the effects on her h... (more...)
BWW Review: DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL - A PC Sunset Blvd. Gone Awry BWW Review: DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL - A PC Sunset Blvd. Gone Awry
by Gil Kaan - August 22, 2016

Playwright Peter Lefcourt manages to cram every current political hot topic into DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL, his two-act dramedy on the proposed re-make of the classic Sunset Boulevard. DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL's chronicling the beginnings of Gerard, an indie director's quest to cast his remake of the Glo... (more...)
BWW Review: RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Posits Feminism Front and Center at Little Fish Theatre BWW Review: RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Posits Feminism Front and Center at Little Fish Theatre
by Stacy Davies - August 19, 2016

Under the light of a turbulent society in which women are having discussions and debates about themselves with other women (and men) every day, particularly on social media, Gionfriddo's play climbs to an even more enlightened height.... (more...)






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