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: Totally Immersive ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST Draws You Realistically into the Psych Ward ExperienceReview: Totally Immersive ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST Draws You Realistically into the Psych Ward Experience
Posted: Jun. 5, 2018


Review: SEX Sells the Bawdy Humor of Boundary-Breaking Blonde Bombshell Mae WestReview: SEX Sells the Bawdy Humor of Boundary-Breaking Blonde Bombshell Mae West
Posted: May. 22, 2018


BWW Review: Tom Dugan Thoroughly Inhabits Simon WIESENTHAL, Honoring the World-Renowned Nazi HunterBWW Review: Tom Dugan Thoroughly Inhabits Simon WIESENTHAL, Honoring the World-Renowned Nazi Hunter
Posted: May. 23, 2018


FIRST LOOK: CRE Outreach Presents MARCHING ON World Premiere Written and Performed by Military VeteransFIRST LOOK: CRE Outreach Presents MARCHING ON World Premiere Written and Performed by Military Veterans
Posted: May. 23, 2018


Review: A CATERED AFFAIR Encourages Everyone Take the Ride of Life, But Never Miss the ViewReview: A CATERED AFFAIR Encourages Everyone Take the Ride of Life, But Never Miss the View
Posted: Jun. 3, 2018


Review: LOST & FOUND: A GUILT TRIP THROUGH SHOW BUSINESS Shares Memories from the Show Business Career of Steven ShawReview: LOST & FOUND: A GUILT TRIP THROUGH SHOW BUSINESS Shares Memories from the Show Business Career of Steven Shaw
Posted: May. 22, 2018


Feature: CRE Outreach Receives City, County, State, and Federal Funding in Support of Their Life Changing Programs: MARCHING ON Opens June 28Feature: CRE Outreach Receives City, County, State, and Federal Funding in Support of Their Life Changing Programs: MARCHING ON Opens June 28
Posted: Jun. 16, 2018


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BWW Review: George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM Speaks Directly to the World's Current Political TurmoilBWW Review: George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM Speaks Directly to the World's Current Political Turmoil
Posted: Aug. 2, 2017


BWW Review: I AM NOT A COMEDIAN - I'M LENNY BRUCE Will Open Your Eyes to his Comedic Genius and Dedication to Free SpeechBWW Review: I AM NOT A COMEDIAN - I'M LENNY BRUCE Will Open Your Eyes to his Comedic Genius and Dedication to Free Speech
Posted: Jun. 25, 2017


Review: JOSEPH Proves to be Musical of Biblical Proportions Performed in Fabulous Broadway Style by 5-STAR THEATRICALSReview: JOSEPH Proves to be Musical of Biblical Proportions Performed in Fabulous Broadway Style by 5-STAR THEATRICALS
Posted: Oct. 17, 2017


Review: BORN FOR THIS Boldly Reminds Us to Choose Faith and Family Over the Excesses of FameReview: BORN FOR THIS Boldly Reminds Us to Choose Faith and Family Over the Excesses of Fame
Posted: Aug. 3, 2017


First Look: THE HERO WITHIN Brings Veterans' Personal Stories to Life, Extended July 7-8-9 in Santa MonicaFirst Look: THE HERO WITHIN Brings Veterans' Personal Stories to Life
Posted: Jun. 22, 2017


Review: Adam Rapp's Pulitzer Prize Nominated and Award-Winning Play, NOCTURNE, Brilliantly Acted by Jamie WollrabReview: Adam Rapp's Pulitzer Prize Nominated and Award-Winning Play, NOCTURNE, Brilliantly Acted by Jamie Wollrab
Posted: Jul. 24, 2017


Feature: CRE Outreach Receives City, County, State, and Federal Funding in Support of Their Life Changing Programs: MARCHING ON Opens June 28Feature: CRE Outreach Receives City, County, State, and Federal Funding in Support of Their Life Changing Programs: MARCHING ON Opens June 28
June 16, 2018

The process of acquiring government grants is intended to spread public dollars across electoral districts and across a variety of art forms and projects. Even more importantly, the focus of the grants is on increasing cultural equity-the notion that our arts organizations need to reflect our diverse communities and that grant dollars need to help increase the access to high quality arts experiences for underserved populations. CRE Outreach is proud to have received recognition of our mission via these funding streams, as we tirelessly work to provide a dedicated performing space for the voices and stories of people historically marginalized by society. Next production, the world premiere of MARCHING ON, is written and performed by military veterans.

Review: SKELETON CREW Asks When is Doing Just Enough Really Good Enough?Review: SKELETON CREW Asks When is Doing Just Enough Really Good Enough?
June 15, 2018

Directed by Patricia McGregor at the Geffen Playhouse, this emotionally-charged play looks deep into the hearts and souls of its four characters, with all four actors brilliantly commanding the stage from start to finish. Caroline Stefanie Clay portrays Faye, the factor's UAW union rep who finds herself caught between a rock and a hard place when her supervisor Reggie (DB Woodside) informs her privately that the factory will soon be closing, throwing everyone out of work. Asking her to keep the information confidential to insure his own employment to the end, puts Faye, his mother's former lover who first got him a job at the factory, in a difficult position with her co-workers.

Review: Totally Immersive ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST Draws You Realistically into the Psych Ward ExperienceReview: Totally Immersive ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST Draws You Realistically into the Psych Ward Experience
June 5, 2018

After our intake interview with the Asylum's Dr. Spivey (Trent Mills), we were invited through the loading dock door into the showers where two asylum staff members required us to don our patient wear. Once we learned the rules for the evening's entertainment, double doors opened to reveal the Psych Ward, marvelously realistic with wired cage doors opening into the space where patients sat playing games at the tables around the center stage area. Nurses walked around handing out "medication" while new patients interacted with the actor-patients playing cards or other games at tables, after which we were directed to look for clues to discover the secrets around the "ward" which would lead us to our reward. No - I am not going to tell you what that reward was nor how to solve the clues. That is part of the fun!

Review: A CATERED AFFAIR Encourages Everyone Take the Ride of Life, But Never Miss the ViewReview: A CATERED AFFAIR Encourages Everyone Take the Ride of Life, But Never Miss the View
June 3, 2018

Many baby boomers whose parents married quickly and inexpensively after World War II will identify with the premise in A CATERED AFFAIR, taking place in the Bronx in 1953. At the beginning of the play, we meet young lovers Janey Hurley (bubbly blonde Alison Boettcher) and Ralph Halloran (handsome Christopher Tiernan) as they awake in bed after spending the night together who then decide to get married. But rather than spend too much money and time planning a big wedding, Janey decides the best way to go about it is to get married in a couple of day at City Hall, after which the two newlyweds can drive a friend's car across the country to California, while getting paid and put up at motels along the way. Seems like an easy plan, no? Not according to their parents...

FIRST LOOK: CRE Outreach Presents MARCHING ON World Premiere Written and Performed by Military VeteransFIRST LOOK: CRE Outreach Presents MARCHING ON World Premiere Written and Performed by Military Veterans
May 23, 2018

CRE Outreach presents the World Premiere of MARCHING ON, an original play written by and starring eight military veterans from Veterans Empowerment Theatre (VET), a group dedicated to presenting a first-hand view of the soldiers' experiences in their rawest form, unfiltered by press, political, or military censorship. This artistic journey brings veterans' personal stories to life from boot camp to returning home, highlighting the difficulty of transitioning back into society, exposing the inner turmoil of the lasting scars, both external and internal, endured from combat. For one veteran, her transition unlocks memories that have been hidden away for years, another feels rejected because of the color of his skin, while others realize that, above all, family matters most. Though alone in their stories, these heroes come together as a unit as they search for the strength to keep marching on.

BWW Review: Tom Dugan Thoroughly Inhabits Simon WIESENTHAL, Honoring the World-Renowned Nazi HunterBWW Review: Tom Dugan Thoroughly Inhabits Simon WIESENTHAL, Honoring the World-Renowned Nazi Hunter
May 23, 2018

WIESENTHAL tells the powerful true story of Simon Wiesenthal, often called the "Jewish James Bond," a Holocaust survivor who, after cheating death at the hands of Hitler's S.S., spent his life bringing to justice the most notorious war criminals in human history. This provocative solo performance, written and performed by Tom Dugan and directed by Jenny Sullivan, is an uplifting and highly entertaining one-man show that unfolds like a gripping spy thriller, telling how Wiesenthal devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice after WW II.

Review: SEX Sells the Bawdy Humor of Boundary-Breaking Blonde Bombshell Mae WestReview: SEX Sells the Bawdy Humor of Boundary-Breaking Blonde Bombshell Mae West
May 22, 2018

Mae West was definitely a woman who played by her own rules in all aspects of her life. She dismissed barriers, boundaries, fears, judgements and prejudices and always believed women needed to be in charge of their own lives. Her play SEX was both outrageous and pornographic in 1926, full of playfulness and lots of camp as well as topical storytelling about the battle of the sexes. As the show's director Sirena Irwin shares, "SEX is a story of survival, imprisonment, fear, revenge, transformation, freedom, and love. It is a feminist perspective from nearly 100 years ago that invites us to reflect on where we've progressed and where we've stagnated. Mae West, in her wisdom, tried to open minds with humor and heart."

Review: LOST & FOUND: A GUILT TRIP THROUGH SHOW BUSINESS Shares Memories from the Show Business Career of Steven ShawReview: LOST & FOUND: A GUILT TRIP THROUGH SHOW BUSINESS Shares Memories from the Show Business Career of Steven Shaw
May 22, 2018

In our town full of struggling actors and others from all aspects of show business, it's no wonder so many solo shows about the Industry make their way into local theaters. And any of us who have endured that backstage moment when overwhelming fear makes us forget every single line we were about to speak, or when a spotlight hits your face and makes you freeze will certainly understand many of the familiar moments shared by Steven Shaw in LOST & FOUND: A GUILT TRIP THROUGH SHOW BUSINESS, returning to Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills after a sold out run in January 2017.

Review: MR. PIM PASSES BY Creating Havoc via a Tale of Mistaken IdentityReview: MR. PIM PASSES BY Creating Havoc via a Tale of Mistaken Identity
May 19, 2018

MR. PIM PASSES BY debuted on the stage in 1919, written by A.A. Milne (1882-1956) Although he will be known forever for his children's literature as the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, Milne also wrote numerous plays and screenplays, books of poetry, and seven novels. This comedy for grown-ups tells a tale of mistaken identity and the lives it affects after a mysterious stranger pops up at a Woodbury, Connecticut home. It's never explained why Mr. Pim is in the neighborhood, although it's very apparent he does not live in the area nor is he visiting anyone else who does. And as the story builds, you might decide he is a character much like Clarence the Angel in "It's a Wonderful Life," there to simply make sure that love rules the day.

Review: VIOLET Embarks on a Journey of Transformation via Love, Courage and the Real Meaning of Beauty at the Actors Co-opReview: VIOLET Embarks on a Journey of Transformation via Love, Courage and the Real Meaning of Beauty at the Actors Co-op
May 15, 2018

Sharing scenes and memories with her younger self during the entire musical is 25-year old Violet, portrayed with both great innocence and insightful common sense by Claire Adams, whom we meet as she is setting off on a journey of hope and discovery aboard a Greyhound bus bound for Tulsa, Oklahoma ('On My Way') where she hopes a TV evangelist can create a miracle and cure her disfigurement. And just how disfigured is Violet that people react to her appearance with so much shock? That is left to your imagination since her scar is often described but never seen, almost as if the real scar is unseen on her soul rather than a physical deformity on her face.

Review: Block Party 2018 Ends with Campy Noir Classic DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! at the Kirk Douglas TheatreReview: Block Party 2018 Ends with Campy Noir Classic DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
May 14, 2018

DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! is a campy noir classic that follows the devious actions of fading Hollywood star Angela Arden, played to the hilt by Drew Droege in drag. Think of Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard" and throw in a bit of Joan Crawford's attitude and you get the idea of who Angela Arden is. And let me tell you, Droege is a wonder running across the stage in high heels, always dressed to feminine perfection by costumer Allison Dillard. But Angela is trapped in an unhappy marriage and plots to kill her husband, Hollywood producer Sol Sussman (Pat Towne) in order to be with her young, and very well-hung lover Tony Parker (Andrew Carter). His endowment is a running gag throughout the play, aimed at almost every other character at some point, a bit too suggestive and sexy for young audiences.

Review: PROVENANCE Centers on the Lives of Two Women and a Very Rare BookReview: PROVENANCE Centers on the Lives of Two Women and a Very Rare Book
May 11, 2018

Perhaps the best way to start writing about Elizabeth Gregory Wilder's play PROVENANCE is to share its definition, as it pertains to the history of ownership of a valued object or work of art or literature, not the capital of Rhode Island. Now being performed at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro's Arts District, directed with loving reverence by Holly Baker-Kreiswirth and produced by Tara Donovan, the play centers on a rare book search which leads to an isolated library, and librarian, on the top of a hill in an identified area. Perhaps the best guess, according to the director and cast, would be the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

BWW Review: Five-Door French Farce BOEING BOEING is Fabulously Fantastic at the Morgan-WixsonBWW Review: Five-Door French Farce BOEING BOEING is Fabulously Fantastic at the Morgan-Wixson
May 9, 2018

In the years before computers and cell phones to assist Bernard with scheduling, he uses a datebook and the world globe sitting on his desk to keep track of where each of the three stewardesses he plans to marry will be travelling, and has managed to keep 'one up, one down and one pending.' But Bernard's life is about to get incredibly bumpy when his friend, Robert (pratfall expert Brian O'Sullivan), comes to stay and unexpected schedule changes bring all three women to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time. And with Robert meeting all these lovely ladies for the first time on the same day, he soon forgets which lies to tell to whom to keep Bernard out of the doghouse. Hilarity ensues!

Review: The Dollface Dames Bring the Art of Burlesque into a Real Speakeasy in El SegundoReview: The Dollface Dames Bring the Art of Burlesque into a Real Speakeasy in El Segundo
May 2, 2018

I have seen and loved many shows by The Dollface Dames performed at other locations in our city, each show having a different feel to it along with each group's own style of choreography. There is so much variety, within their shows and the venues where they perform, no two shows have ever been alike. So, I was very excited to visit a real speakeasy where the art of burlesque began. Our evening began with a 40-minute private tour of the R6 Distillery in El Segundo with Head Distiller and Owner, Rob Rubens, who carefully explained the distilling process and facility, noting it is the only establishment in Los Angeles where both hard alcohol and beer are created from scratch. But then it was on to the show in the distillery's Speakeasy!

Review: THE IMMIGRANT Speaks to the Journey Faced by Those Searching for Freedom in a Strange New LandReview: THE IMMIGRANT Speaks to the Journey Faced by Those Searching for Freedom in a Strange New Land
May 1, 2018

Director Simon Levy, who has won much acclaim for his current production of Chaim Potok's The Chosen at the Fountain Theatre, now brings his directorial insight on achieving assimilation into America to the Sierra Madre Playhouse's production of THE IMMIGRANT, written by Mark Harelik about his grandfather's struggle to survive as the only Jewish immigrant to settle in Hamilton, Texas in 1909. The play is a timely and touching meditation on parents and children, newcomers and natives, Christians and Jews, and on what it means to be an American.

BWW Review: BAD JEWS Centers on a Devastatingly Funny Battle of Old Testament ProportionsBWW Review: BAD JEWS Centers on a Devastatingly Funny Battle of Old Testament Proportions
April 28, 2018

Directed with crackling energy by Dana Resnick at the Odyssey Theatre, BAD JEWS opens the evening after Poppy's funeral, a beloved family patriarch who survived the Holocaust, hiding his most precious gold possession under his tongue for two years. Now that he is gone, a family battle to inherit the precious keepsake is about to take place between the ever-talking, self-centered Daphna Feygenbaum (Jeanette Deutsch), and her cousins Jonah (Austin Rogers) and Liam Haber (Noah James). Their ensuing battle pits her strong will against Jonah's gentle soul and Liam's overly-educated, brash intellect, muted only by Liam's shiksa (Yiddish for a non-Jewish woman) girlfriend Melody (Lila Hood, a seemingly bubble-headed, blue-eyed blonde) whose heart is open to allowing each to have their say, inadvertently setting off the ensuing firestorm for possession.

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
April 27, 2018

DEAR JOHN, WHY YOKO? with music by Anzu Lawson and Joerg Stoeffel, book and lyrics by Anzu Lawson, tells the untold story of a love that changed the world and defined an era fraught with the same type of protests taking place now. It is my hope by sharing your story, we may all be lucky enough to live out our own dreams in a world where peace and love really exist between all people and war is dead. And we will have John Lennon and Yoko Ono to thank for that vision.

Review: AMERYKA Offers an Epic Exploration of Humanity's Longing for Freedom and JusticeReview: AMERYKA Offers an Epic Exploration of Humanity's Longing for Freedom and Justice
April 26, 2018

The second play in this year's Block Party is AMERYKA, written and directed by Critical Mass Performance Group Artistic Director Nancy Keystone, which continues through April 29, 2018 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Plan to arrive early so you can take advantage reading all the information posted in several areas of the lobby (as well as in the two main theater entrances) about Tadeusz Ko?ciuszko, a Polish freedom fighter who assisted Thomas Jefferson in the formation of our country, as his remarkable life and beliefs are central to the plot of this play.

Review: The Dance Theatre of Harlem Blissfully Entertains Audiences at The Broad StageReview: The Dance Theatre of Harlem Blissfully Entertains Audiences at The Broad Stage
April 21, 2018

I was lucky enough to be one of the lucky ones to be in the Broad Stage audience recently when the extraordinary Dance Theatre of Harlem invited Los Angeles audiences, for the first time in way too many years, to join in with them in experiencing the wonders of neo-classical and contemporary ballet that is both of the moment and timeless. The evening's 105-minute program consisted of Brahms Variations, choreographed by Robert Garland (2016), Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, choreographed by Ulysses Dove (1993) and Vessels, choreographed by Darrell Grand Moultrie (2014), each more enchanting than the last!

Review: Backstage Antics and Humorous Situations in PLAY ON! Will Seem Familiar to Anyone Involved in Amateur Theater ProductionsReview: Backstage Antics and Humorous Situations in PLAY ON! Will Seem Familiar to Anyone Involved in Amateur Theater Productions
April 10, 2018

Anyone who has ever been involved in a volunteer theatrical production will certainly understand the craziness associated with amateurs attempting to put on a play due to both their lack of acting experience, taking direction, or the maddening interference from its meddling playwright who drops in at every rehearsal with newly revised and/or added scenes which contradict what they have already been rehearsing. Such is the case in Rick Abbott's comedy PLAY ON! which is currently being presented at Theatre Palisades as the second show of its 2018 season, directed by Sherry Coon and produced for the community theater group by Martha Hunter and Sue Hardie.



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