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DTW's THE PRODUCERS Brings Much-Needed Laughs! Photo DTW's THE PRODUCERS Brings Much-Needed Laughs!
by Stan Jenson - March 17, 2020

Just when gloom and doom seems to be coming at us from all angles, Desert Theatreworks presents one of the funniest, finest works they have ever staged. Following its laugh filled opening night, the company has put the show on hiatus per government guidelines, but it certainly must resume its run as...
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THING at Desert Rose Playhouse is, indeed, a Beautiful Thing Photo BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THING at Desert Rose Playhouse is, indeed, a Beautiful Thing
by Audrey Liebross - March 13, 2020

Jonathan Harvey's 1993 BEAUTIFUL THING is rightfully part of the pantheon of gay-oriented theatre. Desert Rose Playhouse's beautiful production does justice to this seminal play. BEAUTIFUL THING will run through March 29, 2020, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost bet...
BWW Review: SWEAT at Dezart Performs Photo BWW Review: SWEAT at Dezart Performs
by Kay Kudukis - March 01, 2020

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BWW Review: ANYTHING GOES at Rancho Mirage Amphitheater Photo BWW Review: ANYTHING GOES at Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
by Kay Kudukis - February 26, 2020

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BWW Review: THE PAJAMA GAME at Palm Canyon Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE PAJAMA GAME at Palm Canyon Theatre
by Stan Jenson - February 23, 2020

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BWW Review: RUMORS at Desert Theatreworks is a Hilarious Evening of Fun. Photo BWW Review: RUMORS at Desert Theatreworks is a Hilarious Evening of Fun.
by Audrey Liebross - February 11, 2020

Desert Theatreworks presents a Neil Simon play every season. This year's production is the 1988 farce, RUMORS, which is the perfect vehicle to show off DTW's team of talented actors' physical comedy skills. And they do show it off, in spades; the laughs keep coming, as much from the performers' and ...
BWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2 at Coyote Stageworks Photo BWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2 at Coyote Stageworks
by Kay Kudukis - February 10, 2020

For those who are unfamiliar with A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen that's perfectly fine. All you need to know is that Nora Helmer walked out on her husband Torvald and their three children with a slamming of the front door....
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Is A Satisfying, If Not Remarkable, E Photo BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Is A Satisfying, If Not Remarkable, Evening In The Theatre At The McCallum
by David Green - February 09, 2020

Sometimes an evening in the theatre can be provocative, emotionally stirring, highly uplifting, mind-altering, eye-opening or even life-changing. Sometimes an evening in the theatre can bring you such immense joy or elation by the power of the story or the incredible performances that your very soul...
BWW Review: DETC's ADOPTION ROULETTE is Drama at Its Finest Photo BWW Review: DETC's ADOPTION ROULETTE is Drama at Its Finest
by Audrey Liebross - February 04, 2020

Desert Ensemble Theatre (DETC) has a must-see winner in its world premiere production of ADOPTION ROULETTE, by Elizabeth Fuller and Joel Vig. The play tells the true story of the horrifying experiences that Ms. Fuller and her husband, Reuel Dorman, went through in 2004 in picking their way through t...
BWW Review: BALLROOM at CVRep Playhouse Photo BWW Review: BALLROOM at CVRep Playhouse
by Kay Kudukis - February 04, 2020

Post-world-war-two America somehow managed to erase what 1920s women had fought so hard to create, and what the war effort at home had literally proved, that women could just as easily do a man's job. During the war, women were working in factories, becoming mechanics, if it was a 'man's job' women ...
BWW Review: Desert Rose's THOSE MUSCLEBOUND COWBOYS FROM SNAKE PIT GULCH is a Rip-Roa Photo BWW Review: Desert Rose's THOSE MUSCLEBOUND COWBOYS FROM SNAKE PIT GULCH is a Rip-Roaring Yee-Haw!
by Audrey Liebross - January 20, 2020

Desert Rose Playhouse has another winner in its laugh-filled world premiere campy musical, THOSE MUSCLEBOUND COWBOYS FROM SNAKE PIT GULCH, with book by Andy Halliday, music by Frank Schiro, and lyrics by CJ Critt. This production is well-done in every way....
BWW Review: YOU MAKE ME LAUGH: A LOVE SONG TO GILDA RADNER at Temple Isaiah Ballroom Photo BWW Review: YOU MAKE ME LAUGH: A LOVE SONG TO GILDA RADNER at Temple Isaiah Ballroom
by Kay Kudukis - January 20, 2020

Accompanied by Wayne Abravenel on keyboards, cabaret performer Francesca Amari takes us through Gilda Radner's early years, her loves, and her ultimate challenge, facing her own death, through storytelling and song. If you didn't love Radner already, you will by the time the show ends....
Palm Canyon's Camelot Shines With Strong Performances Photo Palm Canyon's Camelot Shines With Strong Performances
by Stan Jenson - January 19, 2020

The finest moments of the evening for me were Arthur's speeches, notably his telling of the story of removing Excalibur from the stone and his soliloquy at the end of Act I when he tries to find how to deal with the two greatest loves of his life betraying him, as a man and as the king. Grant's hand...
BWW Review: DANIEL'S HUSBAND at Dezart Performs Photo BWW Review: DANIEL'S HUSBAND at Dezart Performs
by Kay Kudukis - January 13, 2020

There are plenty of couples that eschew the institution of marriage. Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon have been together for 37 years, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell for 35, Robin Roberts and Amber Laign have 14, and none have ever walked down the aisle together and said 'I do'....
BWW Review: The Music of the 60's is Alive and Well at Desert Theatreworks With BEEHI Photo BWW Review: The Music of the 60's is Alive and Well at Desert Theatreworks With BEEHIVE: THE 60'S MUSICAL
by Stan Jenson - January 13, 2020

Let's be frank. A lot of us in the Coachella Valley remember the music of the 60's very, very well. Just the first few notes of familiar songs can ignite memories of young love, a memorable party, long ago friendships or a school dance. Indio's Desert Theatreworks is currently presenting Beehive: Th...
DTW's Mary Poppins is Practically Perfect! Photo DTW's Mary Poppins is Practically Perfect!
by Stan Jenson - December 17, 2019

One of the most enjoyable treats of this holiday season is the Desert Theatreworks (DTW) production of Mary Poppins, wrapping up its successful run this weekend. As Mary herself would say, it's practically perfect in every way...