Shari Barrett

Shari Barrett Shari Barrett, a Los Angeles native, has been active in the theater world since the age of six - acting, singing, and dancing her way across the boards all over town. After teaching in secondary schools, working in marketing for several studios, writing, directing, producing, and performing in productions for several non-profit theaters, Shari now dedicates her time and focuses her skills as a theater reviewer, entertainment columnist, and publicist to "get the word out" about theaters of all sizes throughout the Los Angeles area.

As a founding member of the LA Stage Alliance Leadership Council Task Force, she and reps from theaters throughout the city worked together to articulate a vision for the theater community of Greater Los Angeles.

Shari is a member of the Board of Directors for Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse, one of the thriving community theater groups in Los Angeles, and the Publicist for CRE Outreach at The Blue Door, a theater group dedicated to providing artistic expression for those with all disabilities, military veterans, and at-risk youth.

Along with being on the dedicated team of Broadway World theater reviewers in Los Angeles, Shari writes a weekly "Stage Page" column in the Culver City News featuring local theater news and reviews.

Shari has received recognition from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication of heart and hand to the needs of friends, neighbors and fellow members of society for her devotion of service to the people of Los Angeles, and is honored to serve the theater world in her hometown.



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Review: World Premiere Comedy SPECIAL Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Worst Variety Show in TV HistoryReview: World Premiere Comedy SPECIAL Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Worst Variety Show in TV History
Posted: Dec. 17, 2018


Review: Long Beach Ballet's Stunning Holiday Classic THE NUTCRACKER Named the Best-Loved in the U.S. for 2018Review: Long Beach Ballet's Stunning Holiday Classic THE NUTCRACKER Named the Best-Loved in the U.S. for 2018
Posted: Jan. 1, 2019


BWW Review: PLAID TIDINGS Brings Musical Holiday Cheer to Simi ValleyBWW Review: PLAID TIDINGS Brings Musical Holiday Cheer to Simi Valley
Posted: Dec. 28, 2018


Review: BWW's Shari Barrett Selects Her Favorite Plays in 2018Review: BWW's Shari Barrett Selects Her Favorite Plays in 2018
Posted: Jan. 2, 2019


First Look at the Cast of OUR TOWN by Kentwood Players at the Westchester PlayhouseFirst Look at the Cast of OUR TOWN by Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse
Posted: Dec. 31, 2018


Review: World Premiere of FOREVER BROOKLYN! Kicks off the Whitefire Solofest 2019Review: World Premiere of FOREVER BROOKLYN! Kicks off the Whitefire Solofest 2019
Posted: Jan. 6, 2019


Review: RITA WILSON'S LINER NOTES Spotlights Stories Behind the SongsReview: RITA WILSON'S LINER NOTES Spotlights Stories Behind the Songs
Posted: Jan. 15, 2019


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Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Celebrates the Queen of Rock and Roll's Glory Days and Early Blues InfluencesReview: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Celebrates the Queen of Rock and Roll's Glory Days and Early Blues Influences
Posted: Sep. 16, 2018


Review: World Premiere MARTIANS: AN EVENING WITH RAY BRADBURY Takes Audiences on an Imaginative Journey to Life on MarsReview: World Premiere MARTIANS: AN EVENING WITH RAY BRADBURY Takes Audiences on an Imaginative Journey to Life on Mars
Posted: Sep. 26, 2018


Review: SELL/BUY/DATE Highlighted by Sarah Jones' Masterful, Multiple, Multicultural CharacterizationsReview: SELL/BUY/DATE Highlighted by Sarah Jones' Masterful, Multiple, Multicultural Characterizations
Posted: Mar. 9, 2018


BWW Review: PARADISE, a Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy Made Great Again at Ruskin Group TheatreBWW Review: PARADISE, a Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy Made Great Again at Ruskin Group Theatre
Posted: Aug. 20, 2018


Review: DEAR JOHN, WHY YOKO? Musically Celebrates the Love that Survived Despite Overwhelming OddsReview: DEAR JOHN, WHY YOKO? Musically Celebrates the Love that Survived Despite Overwhelming Odds
Posted: Apr. 27, 2018


Review: INTO THE WOODS Honored by Cupcake Studios on the 30th Anniversary of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award Winning MusicalReview: INTO THE WOODS Honored by Cupcake Studios on the 30th Anniversary of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award Winning Musical
Posted: Jan. 23, 2018


Bucket List Theatre Announces the Cast of SILENCE! THE MUSICAL opening 10/11Bucket List Theatre Announces the Cast of SILENCE! THE MUSICAL opening 10/11
Posted: Aug. 20, 2018


Review: RITA WILSON'S LINER NOTES Spotlights Stories Behind the SongsReview: RITA WILSON'S LINER NOTES Spotlights Stories Behind the Songs
January 15, 2019

Those of us old enough to remember the excitement of buying a new vinyl record album and devouring every song's liner notes shared on the back or inner sleeve will certainly understand the appeal of RITA WILSON'S LINER NOTES, which enjoyed its fourth tour at the Geffen's Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater in Westwood from January 10-13 as part of the Geffen Playhouse Spotlight Entertainment Series. The evening offered not only great entertainment but lots of insider information on what went into the creation of many favorite songs from the actual songwriters themselves.

Review: World Premiere of FOREVER BROOKLYN! Kicks off the Whitefire Solofest 2019Review: World Premiere of FOREVER BROOKLYN! Kicks off the Whitefire Solofest 2019
January 6, 2019

Born and raised in Suburban Philadelphia, playwright Mark Wesley Curran admits he has only been to Brooklyn once in his life while driving through the town to get somewhere else. And yet he chose to write the World Premiere play FOREVER BROOKLYN! about Melvin Kaplofkis, a young Jewish man growing up in Brooklyn in the 1950s who, as a kid, entertained his family and friends by telling jokes and stories, longing for success as a comic in the 1960s. Fans of Neil Simon will point to Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound, two plays which I assume Mr. Curran used as source material, along with a few early films by Woody Allen, to develop the play's characters and setting rather than writing from his own personal experience.

Review: BWW's Shari Barrett Selects Her Favorite Plays in 2018Review: BWW's Shari Barrett Selects Her Favorite Plays in 2018
January 2, 2019

The month marks the start of my 7th year as a reviewer for Broadway World Los Angeles. With awards season in full bloom each January, many people ask me what my favorite shows were for the previous year. Since I see 3-5 shows per week, that is a difficult and time-consuming task for me to accomplish. But for 2018, I decided to go back through all the 188 reviews/articles I wrote for every show I saw and selected my top shows month-by-month. And what fun it was to go back and select one photo from each of the top 39 shows I selected.

Review: Long Beach Ballet's Stunning Holiday Classic THE NUTCRACKER Named the Best-Loved in the U.S. for 2018Review: Long Beach Ballet's Stunning Holiday Classic THE NUTCRACKER Named the Best-Loved in the U.S. for 2018
January 1, 2019

The Long Beach Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER has been seen by millions of people worldwide, including live audiences totaling more than 400,000 in Long Beach, 70,000 in Pasadena, hundreds of thousands throughout Asia (as performed by the Chinese Guangzhou Ballet), and millions more on television. And now that I can count myself among those entertained by the talented troupe of dancers, I can assure you LAB's overall production is so magnificent on all levels that even those who think they do not like ballet will certainly enjoy it, along with Tchaikovsky's beautiful score conducted by Dr. Roger Hickman.

First Look at the Cast of OUR TOWN by Kentwood Players at the Westchester PlayhouseFirst Look at the Cast of OUR TOWN by Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse
December 31, 2018

Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning classic play OUR TOWN comes to the Kentwood Players stage with a dramatic restaging, directed by Stanley Brown and produced by Kathy Dershimer, opening Friday, January 11 through Saturday, February 16, 2019 on Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue, LA 90045. Featured in the cast, in alphabetical order, are Dan Adams, Stephen Anthony Bailey, Shari Barrett, Jenny Boone, Allison Cunningham, Harold Dershimer, Aly Etienne, Sadie Fisher, Eddie Ed O'Brien, Shawn Plunkett, Judy Rosenfeld, Michele Selin, Gabrielle Sigrist and Ethan Trejo.

BWW Review: PLAID TIDINGS Brings Musical Holiday Cheer to Simi ValleyBWW Review: PLAID TIDINGS Brings Musical Holiday Cheer to Simi Valley
December 28, 2018

The hilarious angel doo-wop quartet of Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge (Craig Sherman, Philip McBride, Augusto Guardado and Andrew Allen) again return to Earth to get a second chance at 'making it big' after missing out on the opportunity when a freak accident caused their demise on the night of February 9, 1964 while the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. Believing their mission is to find the purpose for their return, the spirited guys set out to recall past show-stopping performances, finally realizing how much it meant to bring joy and music to their fans.

Review: World Premiere Comedy SPECIAL Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Worst Variety Show in TV HistoryReview: World Premiere Comedy SPECIAL Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Worst Variety Show in TV History
December 17, 2018

The World Premiere comedy SPECIAL commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the worst variety show in television history with a behind-the-scenes imagined look of how The Star Wars Holiday Special came to be. And from the outrageous imagination of playwright Andrew Osborne and a hard-working multi-role cast directed by Kerr Seth Lordygan (who also appears as a Special Guest Star in the production), laughs abound from start to finish as we witness how the ridiculous nature of the script, backstage politics and out-of-control spending doomed it to go down in history as being the most horrible Holiday Special that nobody talks about, notorious known for its extremely negative reception by Star Wars fans, the general public, and critics.

Review: Sandra Bernhard Brings Her Own Brand of SANDEMONIUM to The Sorting Room at the WallisReview: Sandra Bernhard Brings Her Own Brand of SANDEMONIUM to The Sorting Room at the Wallis
December 15, 2018

While Sandra Bernhard may not be the greatest singer to ever take the stage, her raw enthusiasm and oversized personality enveloped each of her songs, especially her opening revival-style meeting rendition of Neil Diamond's 'Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show' in which she celebrated spiritual freedom with each clang of her tambourine. Her own brand of Self Love is apparent in everything she does, accepting her differences with such aplomb you cannot help but love her exactly as she is.

Review: Cupcake Theater Moves DREAMGIRLS into the Saban Theatre for One Very Special NightReview: Cupcake Theater Moves DREAMGIRLS into the Saban Theatre for One Very Special Night
December 10, 2018

The head of the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills came to see DREAMGIRLS, produced by Michael Pettenato and directed/choreographed by Tor Campbell at the 180-seat Cupcake Theater in North Hollywood earlier this year, and believed they absolutely could not let the brilliant show end without giving people on the Westside a chance to see it. And who were they to say no? Under Pettenato's care, the group packed up 450 costumes and boxes of wigs, and headed to Beverly Hills for a one-night only show on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

Review: FINKS Centers on a Terrifying Time and No-Win Situation for Artists in AmericaReview: FINKS Centers on a Terrifying Time and No-Win Situation for Artists in America
December 5, 2018

Rogue Machine, known for its mission to present original and provocative programming, is now presenting the West Coast premiere production of FINKS, a New York Times Critic's Pick which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. The play brings together writer Joe Gilford and director Michael Pressman, friends since childhood and both children of Blacklisted artists. In it, Gilford documents the struggle his parents, entertainers Jack Gilford and Madeline Lee Gilford, endured when they were called to testify, with actual testimony or published statements by those who appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee used in the play.

Review: Hilarious Off-Broadway Hit DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY Arrives at the Kirk Douglas TheatreReview: Hilarious Off-Broadway Hit DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY Arrives at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
December 1, 2018

For those of us around in the days before the internet took over the shopping world, we can certainly remember the glorious gatherings we attended which were hosted by family or friends in order to sell the newly-invented hard plastic and practically indestructible storage items forever known as Tupperware. Perhaps, like me, you remember how much fun it was to make popsicles out of whatever liquid you wanted by using the Tupperware Popsicle Maker. But even better, how much fun it was at the hosted parties where you could chat and gossip while learning how to use each item properly, then decide on what you wanted and order it. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, or those who want to go back to those fun days, rush over to the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City to be a part of DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY, the hilarious off-Broadway one-woman comedy written by Kris Andersson starring Dixie Longate which took the theater world by storm and garnered a prestigious Drama Desk Award nomination.

Review: VALLEY OF THE HEART Recounts a Cross-Cultural Love Surviving World War IIReview: VALLEY OF THE HEART Recounts a Cross-Cultural Love Surviving World War II
November 26, 2018

For playwright, director and El Teatro Campesino founder Luis Valdez, who was born in Delano, CA as the second of ten children born to migrant farm worker parents who made a living picking whatever crop was in season, Cupertino will always be known for the rich land that once grew an abundance of crops and fruits trees during the time he lived in the area shortly after World War II. His latest play, the phenomenal VALLEY OF THE HEART at the Mark Taper Forum through December 9, 2018, uses California history as a jumping-off point to tell an important story about the fight to maintain dignity, identity, family and faith in the once-fertile farmland that is now known as the Silicon Valley.

BWW Review: Brian Dennehy Inhabits Lives Remembered in HUGHIE and KRAPP'S LAST TAPE at the Geffen PlayhouseBWW Review: Brian Dennehy Inhabits Lives Remembered in HUGHIE and KRAPP'S LAST TAPE at the Geffen Playhouse
November 20, 2018

Both one-acts in this masterful and memorable double-billing, directed by Steven Robman, are reflective and confessional in nature, with each of the main characters portrayed by masterful actor Brian Dennehy sharing tales of their lives in an attempt to make sense of the way it has turned out for them, especially since the present does not seem to have lived up to the excitement of the past. Perhaps that universal truth is what united these two one acts, with O'Neill and Beckett asking audiences to take a look back at our own lives and realize that even when things seem hopeless and/or meaningless, memories of times past may be the thing to break your downward spiral.

BWW Review: A Remote Kansas BUS STOP Takes Center Stage at Theatre 40BWW Review: A Remote Kansas BUS STOP Takes Center Stage at Theatre 40
November 19, 2018

It is Bo's hard-learned lesson about romance and respect that keeps BUS STOP in the forefront as one of the great classic American romance stories. And thanks to the talented cast and director Ann Hearn Tobolowsky's attention to detail and effective use of freeze framing cast members while others speak, these well known characters will reach out and grab you by the heart, stirring your emotions as lessons are learned, partnerships are formed, and everyone gets exactly what they want by the time the road re-opens, especially a naive cowboy and a 19-year old hick singer from the Ozarks determined to make a better life for herself.

Review: SAFEHOUSE '77 Recruits Participants Into a 1970's Spy Versus Spy Immersive Party GameReview: SAFEHOUSE '77 Recruits Participants Into a 1970's Spy Versus Spy Immersive Party Game
November 18, 2018

SAFEHOUSE '77 is a site-specific interactive show with a mixture of historical and pop-cultural influences in the exciting world of spy movies. The evening begins after parking in a Bank of America lot a few blocks away from the party house where Connie (Ashley Jones, decked out in high-waisted bell bottom jeans), the sister of our party host, Sharon (Katie Rediger), meets us and goes over a few rules for the evening before escorting us to the party. Just prior to entering, each guest is given an ERA YES badge, every one different in color with an animal sticker in its center. Of course, there is a purpose which soon becomes apparent once the party begins.

BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Speaks Directly to the Need for Hope and Redemption During Challenging TimesBWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Speaks Directly to the Need for Hope and Redemption During Challenging Times
November 13, 2018

I cannot even think of enough accolades to share about the current production being staged by Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors) at the Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles) through December 9. The totally entertaining and artistically brilliant production, directed and choreographed by NAACP Theater Award-winner Jeffrey Polk, pulled me in from the moment it started until the end, given the amazingly talented cast who bring the characters so realistically to life that you can actually feel all the emotions each is going through from moment to moment. You will laugh, be fearful, cry and celebrate with all of them by the time the show ends.

BWW Review: Visually Stunning THE WOMAN WHO WENT TO SPACE AS A MAN Explores the Secret Life of Writer Alice B. SheldonBWW Review: Visually Stunning THE WOMAN WHO WENT TO SPACE AS A MAN Explores the Secret Life of Writer Alice B. Sheldon
November 8, 2018

Formidable actress Betsy Moore brilliantly portrays Alice as an adult who questions whether or not to end her life due to personal and professional road blocks. Her mind wanders, creating a visit from Mira, an extraterrestrial "star caller" from one of Tiptree's stories, portrayed by Megan Rippey, phantasmagorically dressed by Lena Sands in mermaid-like, metallic green, who leads Alice on an episodic, emotional journey through the shadows of her past where, despite her life's accomplishments, buried pain and unmet desires reside. During her journeys, Alice encounters her younger selves (Isabella Ramacciotti as Little Alice and Paula Rebelo as Young Alice) during the dreamlike remembrance sequences in which Alice travels to Africa with her mother (Anneliese Euler), becomes an officer in the Army, works for the CIA and the Pentagon before she started writing science fiction under the male pen name of James Tiptree, Jr. as a last grasp for life at the age of 50.

BWW Review: PARFUMERIE Takes Much Too Long to Get to the Love Story at its HeartBWW Review: PARFUMERIE Takes Much Too Long to Get to the Love Story at its Heart
November 6, 2018

The 1936 Hungarian play PARFUMERIE by Miklos Laszlo has the humble distinction of living in the shadow of the more famous movies (and Broadway musical) that it inspired. In fact, Hollywood has cashed in on the play not once but three times - the first adaptation was the 1940 Ernst Lubitsch romantic comedy 'The Shop Around the Corner,' starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, which was followed by the 1949 screen musical version 'In the Good Old Summertime,' starring Judy Garland, and much later by the 1998 Nora Ephron movie 'You've Got Mail,' with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. And of course, the Broadway musical 'She Loves Me' - adapted from the play by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff - opened in New York in 1963 and is now one of the most beloved (and revived) musicals during the Christmas season each year. All I can say is for those who enjoy this story of mistaken identity between pen-pal lovers should see one of those versions

BWW Review: Absurdly Comic OLD CLOWN WANTED Gets West Coast Premiere at OdysseyBWW Review: Absurdly Comic OLD CLOWN WANTED Gets West Coast Premiere at Odyssey
November 5, 2018

Inspired by a 1970 Federico Fellini film, OLD CLOWN WANTED centers on three aging clowns who compete for a job in a room with no windows and very little furniture, in which theater and circus arts are intertwined in an absurdist, cynical, tender and very funny look at aging and man's fear of uselessness in society. The entertaining and non-stop action in this new translation from the French by Jeremy Lawrence, is appropriately directed by Romanian-born Florinel Fatulescu, who has won numerous theater awards for his daring and innovative style. While the overall production seemed very Italian in nature to me, there was certainly enough Vaudevillian slapstick schtick to keep audiences laughing from start to finish.

BWW Review: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET Gloriously Re-Visits the Rubicon Theatre Galaxy to Celebrate its 20th Anniversary SeasonBWW Review: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET Gloriously Re-Visits the Rubicon Theatre Galaxy to Celebrate its 20th Anniversary Season
October 30, 2018

The musical is a send-up of the cult classic movie and other sci-fi films and TV shows of the 1950s, melded with plot elements from "The Tempest" along with dialogue bits from multiple Shakespeare plays. That was part of the fun for me, catching so many Shakespearean quotes perfectly placed in the dialogue of Bob Carlton's musical set on a spaceship sometime in the future, featuring a galaxy of 1950's and 1960's rock and roll classics including "Wipeout," "Good Vibrations," "Great Balls of Fire," "All Shook Up," "Monster Mash" and "We Gotta Get Out of this Place." And what an outrageously fabulous band under the musical direction of Trevor Wheetman and Omar D. Brancato, both of whom rocked the house on guitars while believably playing Ensign crew members onstage.



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