STAN JENSON has been acting for 56 years since his high school debut at the age of 14. In those ensuing years, he has appeared in several hundred productions across the United States and Australia including understudying Joel Grey in a tour of Cabaret, dancing in Raquel Welch's club and television acts, and appearing on stage and on television as various sea and space monsters for Sid & Marty Krofft Productions. He has recorded over 35 unabridged audio books, stage managed extensively, directed, composed, designed, and worked as a union stage hand. He now resides in Palm Springs where he appears in as many as eight productions per year, with numerous Desert Theatre League awards and nominations.
Coyote Stageworks is an unusual and wonderful inclusion in the desert's theatre scene; unusual because it only produces two shows per year, but wonderful because both of those shows continually turn out to be excellent. Their current production, Dirty Blonde, adds another jewel to their crown.BWW Review: DINNER AT FIVE at Indian Wells Theatre February 1, 2018
Writer Lloyd J. Schwarz, a veteran of such television comedies as The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island, has scribed a new stage comedy called Dinner at Five which has just commenced a five-week run in Palm Desert. Starring four familiar faces from 70's and 80's television, experiencing the play is a bit of a time warp, but much like Televisionland, it wafts us back to a gentler time, and provides an enjoyable evening out.BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY at Palm Canyon Theatre January 30, 2018
Palm Canyon Theatre has pulled off quite a coup by acquiring rights to Hello, Dolly, one of America's favorite musicals, while the revival is still packing houses on Broadway. In one year, we have had Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters (Bette's replacement), and now Se Layne all giving their take on the matchmaker of Yonkers at the turn of the 20th centuryBWW Review: RABBIT HOLE at Dezart Performs January 16, 2018
Dezart Performs has always aspired to quality rather than quantity in their productions, staging just three mainstage plays each season. I have never been disappointed with one of their shows, and it somehow seems that each new show tops all the ones that have preceded it. Rabbit Hole, the second production of their Gala Tenth Season, might just be the closest thing to a perfect production that I have seen in the Coachella Valley.BWW Review: NUNSENSATIONS at Desert Theatreworks January 13, 2018
Nunsense, with book music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, has become quite a cottage industry since its debut off-Broadway in 1985. The original production ran for 3,672 performances, making it the second-longest-running off-Broadway show in history (behind Fantasticks). Since that successful opening, the playwright has concocted six sequels and three spinoffs. A couple of years ago, Desert Theatreworks presented Nunsense: The Mega Musical, one of the spinoffs, which was basically the original five-nun musical expanded to a cast of 17, with a couple of new songs added. They are currently presenting Nunsensations, the fifth of the six sequels.BWW Review: HERE'S TO THE LADIES at Desert Ensemble Theatre November 19, 2017
Once again, Desert Ensemble Theatre has kicked off its new season with an Opening Gala, and once again, it was an unabated delight! I found myself smiling broadly throughout the 75-minute revue, and those around me were tapping toes, clapping, hooting, and occasionally singing along.BWW Review: LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS at Desert Theatreworks November 5, 2017
Desert Theatreworks continues their tradition of a Neil Simon comedy every season with Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Written in 1969, it is Simon's nod to the Swinging Sixties, with a nebbish middle aged man making three attempts at having a sexual fling outside of his 22-year marriage. Although firmly set in the Sixties, DTW's production is fast, frisky, and very, very funny!BWW Review: PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Palm Canyon Theatre October 30, 2017
Three cross-dressing entertainers bringing mirth and mayhem to a desert. Has there ever been a show more destined for Palm Springs? The production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert currently playing at Palm Canyon Theatre, deserves every full house, every standing ovation, and every word of enthusiastic praise it has received so farBWW Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK at Desert Theatreworks October 21, 2017
There's nothing like a creepy tale told well for these cool October nights, and Desert Theatreworks delivers with The Woman in Black. This two-hander is the second-longest running non-musical in London, and still scaring British audiences today.