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Review: THE FANTASTICKS at College Of The Desert Photo Review: THE FANTASTICKS at College Of The Desert
by Stan Jenson - November 16, 2022

COD's production of THE FANTASTICKS is a simple joy -- something we can all use more of! ...
Review: THE HUMANS at CV Rep Photo Review: THE HUMANS at CV Rep
by Kay Kudukis - November 11, 2022

Like love, fear is specific to each human. Monsters under the bed; the Bogeyman; things that go bump in the night; losing your mind; losing it all - Stephen Karam's The Humans collects all of our fears and deposits them all into one play, The Humans. A 2016 review in The New York Times called it 'Th...
Review: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Desert Theatreworks Photo Review: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Desert Theatreworks
by Stan Jenson - November 09, 2022

What did our critic think of BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Desert Theatreworks?...
Review: CHOIR BOY at Dezart Performs Photo Review: CHOIR BOY at Dezart Performs
by Kay Kudukis - November 01, 2022

If you like thought provoking, entertaining theater. Choir Boy at Dezart Performs is just the ticket....
Review: NUNSENSATIONS, THE NUNSENSE MUSICAL REVUE at Palm Canyon Theatre Photo Review: NUNSENSATIONS, THE NUNSENSE MUSICAL REVUE at Palm Canyon Theatre
by Stan Jenson - October 30, 2022

What did our critic think of NUNSENSATIONS, THE NUNSENSE MUSICAL REVUE at Palm Canyon Theatre?...
Review: DON'T VOTE FOR ME at Scrips2Stage2Screen Photo Review: DON'T VOTE FOR ME at Scrips2Stage2Screen
by Stan Jenson - October 29, 2022

What did our critic think of DON'T VOTE FOR ME at Scrips2Stage2Screen?...
Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Desert Theatreworks Photo Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Desert Theatreworks
by Stan Jenson - October 20, 2022

How can eight murders onstage bring an audience to laughter that almost raises the roof? I suggest you get to Desert Theatreworks' production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder to find out for yourself! Great music, acting, directing and sets - this show has it all....
Review: TITANIC THE MUSICAL at Palm Canyon Theatre Photo Review: TITANIC THE MUSICAL at Palm Canyon Theatre
by Stan Jenson - October 08, 2022

It's hard to believe that the death of over 1,500 people could provide an amazing night in the theatre, but that's just what Palm Canyon Theatre's production of Titanic the Musical has done. ...
Review: SOUTHERN FRIED NUPTIALS at Desert Theatreworks is a Must-See. Photo Review: SOUTHERN FRIED NUPTIALS at Desert Theatreworks is a Must-See.
by Audrey Liebross - September 14, 2022

Desert Theatreworks (DTW) starts its 2022-23 season with a bang — its production of J. Dietz Osborne's and Nate Eppler's farce, SOUTHERN FRIED NUPTIALS, is a must-see. It is hilariously written, fabulously staged, and brilliantly acted....
Review: BILOXI BLUES at Palm Canyon Theatre Photo Review: BILOXI BLUES at Palm Canyon Theatre
by Stan Jenson - September 03, 2022

What did our critic think of BILOXI BLUES at Palm Canyon Theatre?...
Review: GODSPELL at Palm Canyon Theatre Photo Review: GODSPELL at Palm Canyon Theatre
by Stan Jenson - July 13, 2022

What did our critic think of GODSPELL at Palm Canyon Theatre? Stephen Schwartz's 1971 musical Godspell was part of a movement during the late 60's and 70's of the reinvention of theatre norms. The movement paralleled the hippies, free love, rock bands with classical orchestras, artists such as Andy ...
Coachella Valley Repertory Announces 2022/2023 Season Photo Coachella Valley Repertory Announces 2022/2023 Season
by Kay Kudukis - July 05, 2022

​​​​​​​ CVRep is thrilled to announce a five play, Tony Award winning Season. Two musicals and three plays are scheduled to take the stage from November 2022 through April 2023. Taking the reins from Founding Artistic Director Ron Celona, CVRep's new Executive Artistic Director, Adam Karsten, sought...
Review: A Fine Production of CRIMES OF THE HEART is Playing at Desert Rose Playhouse Photo Review: A Fine Production of CRIMES OF THE HEART is Playing at Desert Rose Playhouse
by Audrey Liebross - June 28, 2022

CRIMES OF THE HEART, the 1981 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama and a Tony nominee for best play, is currently playing at Desert Rose Playhouse. The production is well-directed and well-acted, and the play itself is absorbing, with both shallow and deep moments. Desert Rose’s take on Beth Henley’s pla...
BWW Review: THE DRAG at Desert Rose Playhouse Photo BWW Review: THE DRAG at Desert Rose Playhouse
by Stan Jenson - June 06, 2022

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BWW Review: Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS is Wowing Audiences at Palm Canyon Theatre. Photo BWW Review: Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS is Wowing Audiences at Palm Canyon Theatre.
by Audrey Liebross - May 17, 2022

Palm Canyon Theatre (PCT) deserves kudos for the fine singing, acting, dancing, and technical achievements in its production of Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS - the audience was highly enthusiastic the night I attended, for good reason. The show will play through Sunday, May 22, 2022....
BWW Review: INEZ'S BIRTHDAY...AND THEN SOME at Script 2 Screen 2 Stage Photo BWW Review: INEZ'S BIRTHDAY...AND THEN SOME at Script 2 Screen 2 Stage
by Kay Kudukis - May 05, 2022

Never before produced comedy with two female older leads, and four men of varying ages, it's a laugh-out-loud dysfunctional love fest....
BWW Review: GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER is a Feast at Desert Theatreworks. Photo BWW Review: GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER is a Feast at Desert Theatreworks.
by Audrey Liebross - April 27, 2022

Desert Theatreworks has mounted another must-see production with GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, Todd Kreidler's stage adaptation of the beloved Spencer Tracy - Katherine Hepburn motion picture. The direction, the acting, and the technical design and execution of the comedic drama are first-rate....
BWW Review: MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT at Palm Canyon Theatre is Fabulous. Photo BWW Review: MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT at Palm Canyon Theatre is Fabulous.
by Audrey Liebross - April 28, 2022

Palm Canyon Theatre’s musical productions, with their terrific costuming, top-quality dance numbers, live music, and professional singing, usually dazzle audiences. MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, now playing at PCT, is no exception. The production is thoroughly professional in every way. Theatregoers who ...
BWW Review: MID-CENTURY MODERNS at Desert Rose Playhouse Photo BWW Review: MID-CENTURY MODERNS at Desert Rose Playhouse
by Stan Jenson - April 21, 2022

Fun and personal triumph take center stage in Desert Rose Playhouse’s current production of Mid-Century Moderns.  Great writing, incredible voices, terrific acting and beloved songs combine to make this one of the most enjoyable visits to the theatre that I have had in a very long time.  I saw the w...
BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Desert Theatricals At R Photo BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Desert Theatricals At Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
by Kay Kudukis - April 19, 2022

Ah, the old musicals, when PC didn't exist and, as the Cole Porter song says, Anything Goes. And so it went with the final production (with presenting partner The City of Rancho Mirage) of Desert Theatrical's 2021/2022 season A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, a tale about a slave named...
BWW Review: NATIVE GARDENS at CVRep Photo BWW Review: NATIVE GARDENS at CVRep
by Kay Kudukis - April 18, 2022

The last play of CVRep's 2021/2022 season, Native Gardens by playwright Karen Zacarias begins with all of the best intentions, but with change comes a perceived as well as a real cost. It is a slow grower, but the penultimate moment is well worth the burn....
BWW Review: EVERY BRILLIANT THING at Dezart Performs Photo BWW Review: EVERY BRILLIANT THING at Dezart Performs
by Kay Kudukis - April 03, 2022

Every Brilliant Thing was a short story written by Duncan MacMillan. Actor and comedian Jonny Donahoe work-shopped it into a play with MacMillan before they took it off-Broadway. It is about suicide, and, surprisingly, it is not dark nor morose. It is, in fact, funny, touching and, in the broadest s...
BWW Review: CYRANO DE BERGERAC SHINES at Palm Canyon Theatre. Photo BWW Review: CYRANO DE BERGERAC SHINES at Palm Canyon Theatre.
by Audrey Liebross - April 01, 2022

Although the technical aspects of the production are fabulous, the crown jewels here are what goes on on the stage. The sword fighting is impressive. Even the scene changes provide their own hilarious entertainment - while baroque music plays, a group of dancing and clowning nuns move the scenery. S...
BWW Review: ALL THIS INTIMACY IS A Brilliant, Must-See at Desert Ensemble Theatre Photo BWW Review: ALL THIS INTIMACY IS A Brilliant, Must-See at Desert Ensemble Theatre
by Audrey Liebross - March 29, 2022

The latest extraordinary piece of theatre -- another must-see -- that I have had the privilege to attend is Desert Ensemble Theatre's production of Rajiv Joseph's ALL THIS INTIMACY, playing for one more weekend (April 1st to 3rd). The play has plenty of laughs, but it is not a comedy. It tells the s...
BWW Review: Desert Theatreworks Has Mounted A Must-See Production of LITTLE SHOP OF H Photo BWW Review: Desert Theatreworks Has Mounted A Must-See Production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by Audrey Liebross - March 24, 2022

There is a new must-see production in the Coachella Valley: Desert Theatreworks’ presentation of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, the rock musical mash-up of comedy, horror, and sci-fi, with music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman. The directing, acting, singing, dancing, puppetry, and all-...