Cary Ginell has been writing theater reviews in Ventura County since 1996. He joined the staff of the Ventura County Acorn in 2007 and since then, has written over 500 reviews. In 2013, he started his own theater arts blog, VC On Stage (www.vconstage.com), which includes reviews of musicals and plays from Calabasas to Ojai. From 2005 to 2010, Cary was Broadway project manager for Alfred Publishing, producing all of the publisher's piano/vocal songbooks. He is the author of 9 books on music, including "Broadway Musicals: Show By Show," published by Applause Books.
Beginning this Saturday, the Elite Theatre Company's South Stage will be presenting Zero Hour, a one-man play about legendary actor Zero Mostel. The project is near and dear to the heart of actor John Medeiros, who has tried to get it produced for almost 5 years. Medeiros has performed in two roles made famous by Mostel, Pseudolus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof). He won the Four Star Alliance Award in 2013 for Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of Tevye.BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Rubicon Theatre Company August 13, 2015
Although I am not as familiar with the plays of Anton Chekhov as some, Christopher Durang's play, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, doesn't require a pop quiz of Chekhovian references in order for one to enjoy the show. This character study into the lives of three squabbling, middle-aged siblings has enough humor and poignancy in it so you don't have to have your SparkNotes handy to enjoy it. The play, produced by Leslie Nichols and directed by Fred Helsel, plays at the Santa Paula Theater Center through August 16.BWW Reviews: MAME at Ojai Art Center Theater July 27, 2015
In their 1962 Cold War song, 'The John Birch Society,' the Chad Mitchell Trio sings, 'You cannot trust your neighbor or even next of kin / If Mommy is a Commie then you gotta turn her in.' This suggests the dilemma faced by a suburban English family in Pack of Lies, Hugh Whitemore's 1983 drama of deceit and betrayal, which closes this weekend at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Panic! Productions has assembled a first rate cast in presenting the tension-filled story concerning the members of the Jackson family, who reluctantly allow their home to be taken over as a stakeout by an investigator from Scotland Yard, who is suspicious of the activities of the Krogers, their best friends who live across the street.BWW Reviews: FROST/NIXON at High Street Arts Center - Moorpark April 15, 2015
Frost/Nixon is Peter Morgan's award-winning play about the televised 1977 interviews between British talk show host David Frost and deposed president Richard M. Nixon. The interviews were divided into four segments, each focusing on a different topic. The original broadcast of the first segment drew 45 million viewers. What most people were looking for, including Frost, was an admission of guilt, a show of remorse, and some sign of contrition from the former president for the Watergate scandal that brought down his administration in 1974.BWW Reviews: 13 at Hillcrest Center For The Arts April 13, 2015
Terra C. MacLeod was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. Her experience in the performing arts started when she was four years old, when she began taking ballet lessons. She got her theater arts degree at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy), after which started getting roles such as Cassie in A Chorus Line. Terra has traveled around the world as a performer; today, she calls Vancouver, British Columbia home, and has performed in such shows as Damn Yankees, My Fair Lady, and She Loves Me. This weekend, Terra comes to Thousand Oaks performing one of her favorite roles, the sultry murderess Velma in Theater League's production of Chicago. We talked to her from the road and she gave us some fascinating insights into her character.BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET at Ventura College March 27, 2015
CSUCI Senior Andrew Metzger is proving to be a formidable force on the Ventura County stage scene. A combination of Zero Mostel and John Belushi, Metzger commands attention from his very first words. He is simply magnificent in this role.BWW Interviews: Chris Lemmon of JACK LEMMON RETURNS (Part One) March 25, 2015
After last Sunday's matinee performance of Jack Lemmon Returns, we met his son Chris Lemmon in the green room at the Rubicon Theatre Company to talk about the show, his father, and his memories of growing up with a legend. This is the first of a two-part article.BWW Reviews: JACK LEMMON RETURNS is One Touch of Terrific! March 18, 2015
In JACK LEMMON RETURNS, the legendary actor's son Chris takes the audience through highlights of his father's career. There is, of course, lots of laughter but also poignant moments about the elder Lemmon's total preoccupation with his career, to the detriment of his satellite family's relationship with him.