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BWW Review: Los Angeles Theatre Ablaze with CARRIE THE KILLER MUSICAL EXPERIENCE
by Don Grigware - October 13, 2015

Carrie the Killer Musical Experience/book by Lawrence D. Cohen/based on the novel by Stephen King/music by Michael Gore & lyrics by Dean Pitchford/directed by Brady Schwind/choreographed by Lee Martino/Los Angeles Theatre/through November... (more...)
BWW Review: GHOULMASTER'S HAUNTED PLAYHOUSE Offers Outrageously Original Halloween Experience
by Shari Barrett - October 12, 2015

Another outrageous original Halloween production has come out of New Jersey. For several years at 6 Flags in the Garden State, Pete Carter developed the character of The Ghoulmaster and his production of 'Ghoulmaster's Ghosts' ran for 6 seasons at Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest in Jackson,... (more...)
BWW Review: Intense WATCHING O.J. Provides A Delicate Balancing Act of Dejá Vu Tensions
by Gil Kaan - October 12, 2015

In the world premiere of his WATCHING O.J., playwright David McMillan deftly balances both sides of the black and white/innocent vs. guilty/jubilant and angry reactions of a multi-racial neighborhood in their varied responses to the infamous O.J. Simpson verdict in 1995. A cross-section of races and... (more...)
BWW Review: I'M STILL GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER - Some Beautiful Songs Performed Ever So Beautifully
by Gil Kaan - October 12, 2015

An incredibly talented cast populate the West Coast premiere of Gretchen Cryer's I'M STILL GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER (AND TAKING IT ON THE ROAD). This production actually includes the original 1978 I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road as the first act with the newly written second act... (more...)
BWW Review: Would You TELL MR. POULOS Your Deepest Secrets?
by Shari Barrett - October 09, 2015

Into the turmoil of a marriage in trouble comes the enigmatic and apparently deaf Mr. Poulos, a quiet man who rents a room in the Meadows' apartment to assist them in staying afloat while Jimmy looks for work. But who is he really since he never speaks and just sits at the kitchen table all day read... (more...)
BWW Review: Singer/comedienne DIANE VINCENT Uproarious at Sterling's
by Don Grigware - October 06, 2015

On Monday October 5, zany comedienne/singer Diane Vincent brought her act: Diane and Lucy & Betty: A One Woman Show to an SRO room at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. The best way to describe Vincent is off.the.wall, wound up tightly like a coil that will spring loose at any second. Watch out! Sh... (more...)
BWW Review: S/HE & ME at CSULB Is an Educational Labor of Love
by Don Grigware - October 06, 2015

Transgender actress/singer Alexandra Billings has done quite remarkable work on LA stages over the last decade, as well as being one of the stars of the current amazon TV hit Transparent. She holds nothing back; her acting style is brutally honest. Now through next Sunday only October 11, you can se... (more...)
BWW Review: APPROPRIATE Tears Into Mark Taper Forum
by Don Grigware - October 06, 2015

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a young, upcoming playwright whose Neighbors back in 2010 was an alluring eye-opener about racism and the human condition. It declared that race is just an illusion, so the outrageous display of some black characters wearing black face and other blacks sublimating their her... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING TRULY MONSTROUS Takes You on a Wickedly Wild Ride!
by Shari Barrett - October 06, 2015

Legends about Hollywood stars are often difficult to prove or disprove. Such is the case about what happened to famous Shakespearean actor John Barrymore after his death. What can be substantiated is that on May 19, 1942, while recording a line from Romeo and Juliet for the show, Barrymore collaps... (more...)
BWW Review: So Cal Premiere of FIRST DATE a Surprise Charmer at La Mirada
by Michael L. Quintos - October 06, 2015

So does FIRST DATE---the relatively new musical comedy now playing its Southern California regional premiere at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts through October 11---merit an outing? Sure! If you're looking for a cute, charming little musical that's giddy and entertaining and features a... (more...)
BWW Review: Splendid CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Group rep
by Don Grigware - October 05, 2015

birthday. He is dying of cancer but is told that he is suffering from a spastic colon. Mendacity. Margaret (Madeline Fair) denies gossip that she and husband Brick (Daniel Kaemon) are sleeping apart. The denial is a lie. Gooper (Todd Andrew Ball) and wife Mae (Kyra Schwartz) swear to have Big Daddy'... (more...)
BWW Review: Stunningly Unflinching SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN Mesmerizes From Start to Finish
by Gil Kaan - October 05, 2015

The West Coast premiere of playwright Martin Zimmerman's involving SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN receives a splendid, mesmerizing mounting with all the artistic elements artfully converging into one of the best and riveting theatrical experience I've seen in the Los Angeles theatre scene this year.... (more...)
BWW Review: AWAKE AND SING!- An Intense Evening's Journey into Guilt & Emotional Abuse
by Gil Kaan - October 04, 2015

The 20th anniversary revival of the Odyssey production of Clifford Odets' classic AWAKE AND SING! receives a raw and reverential mounting. As directed by Elina de Santos, most characters in this two-hour-and-fifteen-minute three-act portray their roles in bold black-and-whites with little shades of ... (more...)
BWW Review: CINDERELLA WALTZ Offers Fractured Fairy Tale Fun!
by Shari Barrett - October 03, 2015

CINDERELLA WALTZ investigates the archetypal origins of the world's more popular fairy tale, contrasting the familiar and charming Perrault version with the darker, more ancient and disturbing tale recorded by the brothers Grimm. Grotesque farce and romantic fantasy blend in a fairy tale for adults.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN'S A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES Brings Nostalgia with the Pasadena Pops
by Aimee Curameng - October 02, 2015

The Pasadena Pops held their final event of the summer at the Los Angeles Country Arboretum and Bontanic Garden on September 12, 2015. Michael Feinstein, performer and principal Pops Conductor led the full orchestra and featured soloists Shelea Frazier and Broadway's Jeremy Jordan.... (more...)
BWW Review: Vibrant New SOUND OF MUSIC Opens at the Ahmanson
by Don Grigware - October 01, 2015

Perhaps the best known musical of all time Rodgers' and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music has remained a family favorite since the 50s. Number one, the score is to die for; secondly, the book is dramatically fulfilling with a real life family being torn asunder by the ravages of fascism. Touches of r... (more...)
BWW Review: Hilarity and High Jinx Abound in ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS at South Coast Rep
by Michael L. Quintos - October 01, 2015

To put it succinctly, be ready to laugh your ass off. A brilliant, witty melange of slapstick, sight gags, silly absurdity, hyperbolic acting, and even bits of good ol' reliable audience participation, ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, Richard Bean's exceedingly hilarious comedy of errors, misdirections, and mi... (more...)
BWW Review: MAN COVETS BIRD and Delivers Magic at 24th Street Theatre
by Ellen Dostal - October 01, 2015

You can tell when a theatre company cares about its audience, especially when that audience is largely made up of young people. It doesn't talk down to them and it doesn't assume they will only understand the obvious. Instead, its directors take the time to seek out work that is worthy of engagement... (more...)
BWW Review: Linda Ronstadt Celebrates Her Life in a Conversation With Dan Guerrero at CSUN
by Shari Barrett - October 01, 2015

It's not often you get to share a rare moment in time with a music legend, listening in on a conversation as if it were taking place in her living room with a good friend as she shares memories of her incredible career in the music industry. Such was the case on Tuesday evening, September 29 at the ... (more...)
BWW Review: Disney's MARY POPPINS Musical Wows Audiences at the Norris Theatre
by Shari Barrett - September 30, 2015

The beloved Mary Poppins character has been on a journey with children of all ages since 1934, first as a popular children's book series by P.L. Travers, then as the 1964 Academy Award-winning and most popular Disney film of all time (after Walt Disney managed to convince the author to allow him to ... (more...)
BWW Review: WELCOME TO MY WORLD at Grove Theater Center
by Cary Ginell - September 30, 2015

Sami Staitman is pretty much your typical 15-year-old teenaged girl. On Sunday afternoon, we journeyed into the Valley to see the Ventura County resident play the part of Molly, pretty much your typical 14-year-old teenaged girl, in a one-girl musical called Welcome to My World, which played at the ... (more...)
BWW Review: Desert Rose's LOOT is a Bizarre, Irreverent Hoot
by Audrey Liebross - September 29, 2015

LOOT, a 1965 satirical farce -- a bizarre, dark parody of an English drawing room comedy -- by British enfant terrible Joe Orton, is a difficult production. Desert Rose Playhouse, in Rancho Mirage, California, pulls it off. Excellent acting and directing result in a great deal of hilarity.... (more...)
BWW Review: Dancer MARK C. REIS Brings New Cabaret to Sterling's
by Don Grigware - September 29, 2015

On Sunday September 27 at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal, dancer Mark C. Reis debuted his brand new cabaret show I'd Enjoy Being a Girl...on Broadway. Reis had tremendous success in 2012 with his first show at Sterling's called Diapers, Dishes and Dreams...Stories of a Dancer about his gay marri... (more...)
BWW Review: Actress/Singer MEGAN HILTY Rocks VPAC
by Don Grigware - September 28, 2015

Broadway and TV actress/singer Megan Hilty performed a splashy show at Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN, Northridge on Thursday, September 24 at 8 pm to a packed audience of her fans. Hilty is best remembered for playing Glinda in Wicked for four and a half years - she replaced Kristin Chenowet... (more...)
BWW Review: Uber Clever ICU Provides Terrific Transfusion of Laughs Via Superb Cast
by Gil Kaan - September 28, 2015

What a witty script! What a fine cast! What an incredible first act! The world premiere of playwright Fielding Edlow's ICU immediately grabs your attention the moment you enter and take a seat in the waiting room of an unnamed New York hospital. With precision machine-gun delivery of Edlow's brutall... (more...)


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The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
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The Hot L Baltimore
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