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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, and recently won the "Theater Hound" critics award on Better Lemons.  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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BWW Interview: Director Elisabeth Tsubota on the World Premiere of LIVE AT THE PURPLE PhotoBWW Interview: Director Elisabeth Tsubota on the World Premiere of LIVE AT THE PURPLE LOUNGE
Posted: Apr. 20, 2022


BWW Interview: Multi-Talented Actor Ron Bottitta on his roles in WAKINGS! at the Odys PhotoBWW Interview: Multi-Talented Actor Ron Bottitta on his roles in WAKINGS! at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Posted: Apr. 21, 2022


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Interview: Allan Murray on Bringing THE LAYERS OF TOM LEHRER to HFF21 PhotoBWW Interview: Allan Murray on Bringing THE LAYERS OF TOM LEHRER to HFF21
Posted: Sep. 1, 2021


BWW Interview: SALVAGE Director Damian D. Lewis on the Importance of Pursuing Your Dr PhotoBWW Interview: SALVAGE Director Damian D. Lewis on the Importance of Pursuing Your Dreams
Posted: Nov. 18, 2021


BWW Interview: Rachel Parker on her World Premiere of THE WOLFE & THE BIRD PhotoBWW Interview: Rachel Parker on her World Premiere of THE WOLFE & THE BIRD
Posted: Sep. 16, 2021


BWW Feature: PRIVATE EYES: A BLIND EXPERIENCE by ArtsUp!LA Theatre By The Blind PhotoBWW Feature: PRIVATE EYES: A BLIND EXPERIENCE by ArtsUp!LA Theatre By The Blind
Posted: Jun. 24, 2021


BWW Interview: Director Caitlin Lopez on Ophelia's Jump Productions' Twelfth Night PhotoBWW Interview: Director Caitlin Lopez on Ophelia's Jump Productions' Twelfth Night
Posted: Jul. 17, 2021


BWW Feature:  NUNSENSE THE MEGA-MUSICAL By Torrance Theatre Company PhotoBWW Feature: NUNSENSE THE MEGA-MUSICAL By Torrance Theatre Company
Posted: Aug. 2, 2021


BWW Interview: Playwright Inda Craig-Galv?n on A HIT DOG WILL HOLLER at Skylight Thea PhotoBWW Interview: Playwright Inda Craig-Galv?n on A HIT DOG WILL HOLLER at Skylight Theatre
Posted: Nov. 30, 2021


BWW Interview: Multi-Talented Actor Ron Bottitta on his roles in WAKINGS! at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
April 21, 2022

The ability to totally transform yourself into the physical, emotional and intellectual persona of another person so believably that audience members will see the character and not the actor is one of the most fascinating elements of live theatre to me. This is especially true for actors I follow, seeing them in several productions and always being surprised at the new person presented in front of me, often having nothing in common with the real personality of the actor. One such actor is Ron Bottitta, an English-born actor who has called the USA his home since 1980, who I spoke with about his characters in WAKINGS! at the Odyssey Theatre,

BWW Interview: Director Elisabeth Tsubota on the World Premiere of LIVE AT THE PURPLE LOUNGE
April 20, 2022

Crimson Square Theatre Company is presenting the world premiere of Live at the Purple Lounge, a drama by five talented female playwrights featuring a cast of five women (plus a few men) involved at a stand-up comedy club. I decided to speak with playwright/director Elisabeth Tsubota about her experience working with the all-female writing team and almost exclusively female cast to bring the production to the stage.

BWW Interview: Sona Tatoyan on her Multimedia Theatrical Experience AZAD at the Pico Playhouse
April 15, 2022

During the darkest of times, surprise discoveries of childhood joy can allow the sunshine in on even the bleakest of situations. And with Ukrainian refugees in the news daily, when I heard about Sona Tatoyan's Multimedia Theatrical Experience AZAD ('free' in Armenian) which offers 'one woman's magical, multi-generational, healing journey from the Armenian Genocide to the Syrian war,' I decided to speak with her about her creative journey to, as she shares, 'find the brightest light from the deepest shadows, while living in an upside-down world.' And we can all understand living in that type of situation given the past two years. Performances April 21-22-23 at the Pico Playhouse.

BWW Interview: GMCLA Executive Director & Producer Lou Spisto on QUEEN OF THE NIGHT at UCLA Royce Hall
March 30, 2022

GMCLA's next long-anticipated event, QUEEN of the night, featuring the greatest hits from the critically acclaimed legendary rock band Queen, mixed with opera and high-energy dance numbers performed by the Chorus, live, in-person at UCLA Royce Hall on Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. To find out more about the production, I spoke with GMCLA Executive Director & Producer Lou Spisto about the creation of this special event concert

BWW Interview: Director Bob Turton on Bringing CAN'T PAY? DON'T PAY! Back to The Actors' Gang After Two Years
March 12, 2022

After two years of most people living in at least semi-isolation, with many unemployed through no fault of their own, the Actors' Gang is returning to the stage with a re-mounting of Can't Pay? Don't Pay! written by Nobel Laureate Dario Fo and Franca Rame on March 19, 2022, with previews beginning March 12, exactly two years from the day the theater was shuttered and had to suspend this hilarious production. Fo's high-energy, satirical farce is again directed by Bob Turton, and I decided to speak with him about the journey he has taken with the production, especially what it's been like waiting for two years to bring the play back to its original location.

BWW Interview: Playwright France-Luce Benson on the World Premiere of DETAINED at the Fountain Theatre
February 18, 2022

Certainly, almost every American can talk about how we are descendants of immigrants who dreamed of living in a free country and did whatever was necessary to arrive on our shores. As a direct descendant of four grandparents and one parent who escaped from Eastern Europe in the early 20th Century, when I read about the Fountain Theatre presenting the world premiere of DETAINED, written by The Lily's 2021 Lorraine Hansberry Award-winning playwright France-Luce Benson, 'a gripping new docudrama composed of a compilation of true stories that explores the rippling impact of mass deportations on families,' I knew I wanted to speak with her about her inspiration and vision for the play.

BWW Interview: Playwright/Director Sharon Yablon of A GARDEN OF TERRIBLE BLOOMS
February 2, 2022

Interview with award-winning playwright/director Sharon Yablon whose love of surrealism, noir and the darker side of Los Angeles led to the creation of A GARDEN OF TERRIBLE BLOOMS, which offers a dreamlike tour of short plays led by characters through a city that is vanishing, even as they move through it. Each play is set in a different part of L.A., or in nearby places where locals go to escape the city, but find themselves still haunted by it.

BWW Interview: A.P. De La Caridad, Travyz Santos Gatz, and Tor Brown of COLOROPOLIS at Loft Ensemble
February 1, 2022

The world premiere of COLOROPOLIS, written by A.P. De La Caridad, directed by Travya Santos Gatz and Tor Brown, opens this Friday, February 11 at 8pm and runs through Sunday, February 27 only at Loft Ensemble, located at 11031 Camarillo Street in North Hollywood, 91602. Here is my interview with the talented trio on their vision for the production and the process of bringing it to the stage.

BWW Interview: Playwright/Director Michael Leoni on FAMOUS THE FILM
January 6, 2022

Michael Leoni, a writer, bi-coastal director, and founder of the production company An 11:11 Experience, has created productions both on stage and in film which have brilliantly focused attention on the pitfalls of modern society, especially in the entertainment industry and on homeless street kids. Since it's been over a year since I have spoken to him, I decided to reach out about the recent opening of his film Famous as well as what has been going on in his artistic world this past year.

BWW Interview: Brian White on Co-Hosting the 62ND ANNUAL L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
December 22, 2021

Brian White is co-hosting this year's 62nd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration to be broadcast live from the stage at The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday, December 24 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. The program will air on PBS SoCal on Friday, December 24 and stream on PBSSocal.org, KCET.org and holidaycelebration.org. Out of an abundance of caution given the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, there will be no live audience at the event. For more information, including a complete list of scheduled performers, please visit holidaycelebration.org

BWW Feature: My Magical Retro Movie Experience at the El Capitan Theatre
December 11, 2021

As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, the greatest movie town in the country (if not the world), I remember how special it was to attend Saturday movie matinees with my cousins in the late 50s and early 60s. But it was not until I attended the special Dapper Opening Night Fan Event on Thursday, December 9th just prior to the December 10th opening of WEST SIDE STORY at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood that those childhood memories were rekindled, thanks to the magical retro world created not only within the theater but the neighborhood itself.

BWW Interview: Playwright Inda Craig-Galván on A HIT DOG WILL HOLLER at Skylight Theatre
November 30, 2021

In partnership, Skylight Theatre Company and Playwrights' Arena have launched the first of four World Premiere productions for the 2021/2022 Season with Inda Craig-Galván's play A HIT DOG WILL HOLLER. Read my interview with her about the process of bringing the play to life onstage at the Skylight Theatre.

Photos: FIRST LOOK at THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (ABRIDGED) by Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse
November 24, 2021

Here is your first look at cast members Michael Mullen, Randy Oppenheimer and Bruce Schroffel in THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (ABRIDGED) by Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse. This festive and fun holiday comedy revue by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, directed by Alison Boole with Assistant Director Jeremy Palmer, and produced by Rhonda Yeager-Hutchinson by special arrangement with Broadway Publishing Inc., opens Friday, December 3 through Sunday, December 19 on Friday/Saturday at 8pm and Saturday/Sunday at 2pm.

BWW Interview: SALVAGE Director Damian D. Lewis on the Importance of Pursuing Your Dreams
November 18, 2021

Having a dream is like running with scissors. Just one false step and the journey, or even your life, can be over.  I asked SALVAGE director Damian D. Lewis about his own dream and how much he was willing to do to achieve it. The same theme runs through SALVAGE centering around Harley, a singer-songwriter whose wife is expecting their first child and his journey to deciding what is more important - pursuing his dream or accepting the responsibilities of family life.

Photos: FIRST LOOK at Englebert Humperdinck's Iconic Opera HANSEL AND GRETEL by Pacific Opera Project
November 3, 2021

Pacific Opera Project will continue its 2021-2022 fairytale-themed opera season with an outdoor, family-friendly production of Englebert Humperdinck's iconic opera HANSEL AND GRETEL. at one of its favorite venues, Forest Lawn Glendale, for performances on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 5:00pm; Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 5:00pm; Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 5:00pm; and Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 5:00pm. Here is your first look at Kara Morgan as Hansel, Emily Rosenberg as Gretel, and Melanie Ashkar as the Witch.

BWW Interview: Simon Levy on Directing the Los Angeles Premiere of THE CHILDREN by Lucy Kirkwood
October 25, 2021

Here's my interview with director Simon Levy on Lucy Kirkwood's funny and astonishing Tony-nominated play is a taut and disquieting thriller about responsibility, reparation and what one generation owes the next. With the outside world in chaos following a devastating environmental disaster, two retired nuclear engineers live a quiet life in a remote cottage on the lonely British coast - until a surprise visit from a former colleague upends the couple's equilibrium and trust. LA. premiere at the Fountain Theatre from Saturday, November 6 through January 23. Featured in the cast are Ron Bottitta, Elizabeth Elias Huffman, and Lily Knight, all three well known around the L.A. theatre scene.

BWW Feature: VETERAN'S EMPOWERMENT THEATRE COMEDY NIGHT by ArtsUp! LA
October 22, 2021

ArtsUP! LA presents VETERANS EMPOWERMENT THEATRE COMEDY NIGHT, a one-night comedy event where talented Veterans get on the mic and speak the truth!!  This will be a night of poignant, hilarious stand-up comedy that you don’t want to miss on November 4th at 7PM at The Blue Door Theatre, 9617 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA.  The show will also be screened virtually: link to be provided with ticket purchase. Veterans Comedy Night will also be re-screened in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11th.

BWW Feature: MTI'S ALL TOGETHER NOW! by Kentwood Players at The Westchester Playhouse
October 12, 2021

Kentwood Players is proudly presenting MTI’s ALL TOGETHER NOW! as a Gala Red Carpet Fundraising event, directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth, produced by Gail Bernardi, with musical consultant Mike Walker and choreography by Victoria Miller. Performances take place on Friday, November 12 at 8pm, Saturday, November 13 at 8pm, and Sunday, November 14 at 2pm. Audience members are invited to dress up, walk the red carpet, and have your photo taken on our outdoor front patio while you sip champagne. There will be lots of goodies and a few surprises too!

BWW Feature: THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (ABRIDGED) Auditions at Westchester Playhouse
October 6, 2021

Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged), a holiday comedy revue by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, on Saturday, October 16th from 11am to 2pm and Monday, October 18th from 7pm to 9pm. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, October 21st at 7pm by appointment only. This is a non-equity/non-paid production directed by Alison Boole, with Assistant Director Jeremy Palmer, for Kentwood Players by special arrangement with Broadway Publishing Inc.Auditions will be held in person at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045 with rehearsals to begin on Saturday, October 23rd.  Show run dates are December 3rd to December 19th, 2021, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. 

BWW Interview: Jonathon Saia on the NEW WORKS FESTIVAL at Morgan-Wixson Theatre
September 30, 2021

I was so impressed with the two new plays I saw, Boulevard of Bold Dreams and Pretender, I decided to speak with New Works Festival Co-Producer Jonathon Saia (who is also active with the Morgan-Wixson as a D.E.I. Committee Member and Play Reading Committee Member) to find out more about how and why the New Plays Festival came into existence.



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