Palm Springs Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Desert Theatreworks' Production of ON GOLDEN POND is Golden, and Not to be Missed. BWW Review: Desert Theatreworks' Production of ON GOLDEN POND is Golden, and Not to be Missed.
by Audrey Liebross - February 19, 2018

Desert Theatreworks' (DTW's) production will make you reevaluate everything you thought you knew about ON GOLDEN POND -- it has many comedic moments. Here, the play is expertly performed and directed.... (more...)
BWW Review: DETC's Production of ELECTION DAY is a Winner BWW Review: DETC's Production of ELECTION DAY is a Winner
by Audrey Liebross - February 19, 2018

Desert Ensemble Theatre's production of Josh Tobiessen's off-Broadway comedy, ELECTION DAY, is a winner. All five actors deliver howlingly funny performances, full of mostly impeccable timing and seemingly effortless physical comedy.... (more...)
BWW Review: DIRTY BLONDE at Coyote Stageworks BWW Review: DIRTY BLONDE at Coyote Stageworks
by Stan Jenson - February 09, 2018

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.... (more...)
BWW Review: DINNER AT FIVE at Indian Wells Theatre BWW Review: DINNER AT FIVE at Indian Wells Theatre
by Stan Jenson - February 01, 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY at Palm Canyon Theatre BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY at Palm Canyon Theatre
by Stan Jenson - 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 th... (more...)
BWW Review: CVRep's ROMANCE ROMANCE is a Sweet, Feel-Good Winner BWW Review: CVRep's ROMANCE ROMANCE is a Sweet, Feel-Good Winner
by Audrey Liebross - January 21, 2018

Coachella Valley Repertory (CVRep) has a winner in ROMANCE ROMANCE, two one-act musicals by Keith Herrmann (music) and Barry Harman (book and lyrics). The superb cast makes the most of the material; it is a pleasure watching these four Equity performers own the stage.... (more...)
BWW Review: RABBIT HOLE at Dezart Performs BWW Review: RABBIT HOLE at Dezart Performs
by Stan Jenson - 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 pr... (more...)
BWW Review: Desert Rose Presents a Fine Production of FIFTH OF JULY. BWW Review: Desert Rose Presents a Fine Production of FIFTH OF JULY.
by Audrey Liebross - January 16, 2018

Desert Rose Playhouse's 2017-18 'gay heritage production' is Lanford Wilson's FIFTH OF JULY, which the company pulls off admirably except for some pacing problems.... (more...)
BWW Review: NUNSENSATIONS at Desert Theatreworks BWW Review: NUNSENSATIONS at Desert Theatreworks
by Stan Jenson - 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, t... (more...)
BWW Review: DTW Skewers the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in a Terrific Holiday Send-up BWW Review: DTW Skewers the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in a Terrific Holiday Send-up
by Audrey Liebross - December 12, 2017

Desert Theatreworks has mounted a high-quality production of THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL, with a superb cast and excellent design. If you're looking for laughs, toe-tapping melodies, corny albeit raunchy jokes, and great performances, you won't want to miss this show.... (more...)
BWW Review: Desert Rose's TIME SQUARE ANGEL is Moving and Excellently Presented BWW Review: Desert Rose's TIME SQUARE ANGEL is Moving and Excellently Presented
by Audrey Liebross - December 05, 2017

Desert Rose Playhouse's director, Jim Strait, and musical director, Joel Baker, have added popular numbers and Christmas songs to Charles Busch's TIMES SQUARE ANGEL to create what the playbill calls a musical pastiche. Their fine work, along with the terrific acting and singing, result in a producti... (more...)
BWW Review:  A Lovely Night! Rodgers And Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Is Must-See Musical Magic At The McCallum! BWW Review: A Lovely Night! Rodgers And Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Is Must-See Musical Magic At The McCallum!
by David Green - November 25, 2017

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is sumptuous and fanciful and bursting with all of the ingredients necessary to make up the perfect family musical . The score is timeless and emotionally stirring. The costumes and scenic elements are candy for the eyes. The dancing ensemble is impeccable and t... (more...)
BWW Review: HERE'S TO THE LADIES at Desert Ensemble Theatre BWW Review: HERE'S TO THE LADIES at Desert Ensemble Theatre
by Stan Jenson - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: HAMILTON Who? SPAMILTON Reigns Supreme at the Kirk Douglas Theatre BWW Review: HAMILTON Who? SPAMILTON Reigns Supreme at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
by Ellen Dostal - November 16, 2017

For the last 25 years, Gerardo Alessandrini has paid homage to the Great American Musical in the best way he knows how, by skewering it relentlessly. It is an arena where nothing is off limits no diva, no composer, and no quirk of the genre, which is why his FORBIDDEN BROADWAY revues are as belove... (more...)
BWW Review: LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS at Desert Theatreworks BWW Review: LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS at Desert Theatreworks
by Stan Jenson - November 05, 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 fir... (more...)
BWW Review: CVRep Presents an Excellent Production of a Disturbing Play BWW Review: CVRep Presents an Excellent Production of a Disturbing Play
by Audrey Liebross - October 31, 2017

Coachella Valley Repertory's (CV Rep's) first offering of its 2017-18 season is David Ives' Tony-nominated VENUS IN FUR. Primarily a drama, the play hooks the audience with comedy in the early minutes. Later, as things get more serious and more disturbing the script introduces a mystery, and eve... (more...)
BWW Review: PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Palm Canyon Theatre BWW Review: PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Palm Canyon Theatre
by Stan Jenson - 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 enthus... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK at Desert Theatreworks BWW Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK at Desert Theatreworks
by Stan Jenson - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Desert Rose's VANYA & SONYA & MASHA & SPIKE is Brilliantly Presented. BWW Review: Desert Rose's VANYA & SONYA & MASHA & SPIKE is Brilliantly Presented.
by Audrey Liebross - September 27, 2017

Desert Rose Playhouse has opened its 2017-18 season its sixth with a brilliant production of Christopher Durang's simultaneously literary and loony 2012 comedy, VANYA & SONYA & MASHA & SPIKE (VSMS), which Durang has likened to taking Chekhov scenes and characters and whirling them around in a bl... (more...)
BWW Review: Recontextualizing Architecture as Art in Pacific Standard Time LA/LA's CONDEMNED TO BE MODERN BWW Review: Recontextualizing Architecture as Art in Pacific Standard Time LA/LA's CONDEMNED TO BE MODERN
by Ellen Dostal - September 15, 2017

While watching Crystal Sep lveda perform during the opening of Pacific Standard LA/LA's Condemned To Be Modern exhibit, I couldn't help but think of a quote by Frank Lloyd Wright: 'Space is the breath of art.' Poetic in its simplicity, it is an observation that is particularly eloquent when consider... (more...)
BWW Review: DTW's Production of ANNIE is a Winner for Adults and Kids Alike. BWW Review: DTW's Production of ANNIE is a Winner for Adults and Kids Alike.
by Audrey Liebross - September 11, 2017

Desert Theatreworks' (DTW's) rip-roaring production of the Broadway musical, ANNIE, is a winner. The cast (both grown-ups and children), perform their roles with heart and expertise, resulting in a fabulous, feel-good presentation that all ages can enjoy.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Pure Joy of MUSE-IQUE's Summer of Sound: GLOW/TOWN BWW Review: The Pure Joy of MUSE-IQUE's Summer of Sound: GLOW/TOWN
by Ellen Dostal - August 31, 2017

It's official. I have a new favorite thing, and it is called MUSE/IQUE. You would too if you'd been in the audience for GLOW/TOWN, the third in a 3-part series celebrating Motown and its roots Saturday night at Caltech. From the structure of the program to the sophistication of the environment, Arti... (more...)
BWW Review: Backstage Antics Abound in Indie Film OPENING NIGHT BWW Review: Backstage Antics Abound in Indie Film OPENING NIGHT
by Ellen Dostal - July 30, 2017

Every theatre production comes with its share of backstage drama. One Hit Wonderland, the Broadway musical comedy depicted in Gary De Leon and Greg Lisi's indie film OPENING NIGHT is no exception. Sex, drugs, and crazy characters collide in this rousing tongue-in-cheek comedy full of splashy product... (more...)
BWW Review: The Palm Canyon Theatre Reaches New HEIGHTS With Current Production Of Tony Winning Musical BWW Review: The Palm Canyon Theatre Reaches New HEIGHTS With Current Production Of Tony Winning Musical
by David Green - July 14, 2017

As a diversion from my standard, oft-critical observations of professional theatre, this column serves as less of a "review" and more of a LOVE NOTE to the Palm Canyon Theatre and the cast and creative team of their current stage production, Lin Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS, playing through Sunda... (more...)
Theatre in Historic Places: A Ballerina in the Desert's Legacy Lives on at AMARGOSA OPERA HOUSE Theatre in Historic Places: A Ballerina in the Desert's Legacy Lives on at AMARGOSA OPERA HOUSE
by Ellen Dostal - May 31, 2017

The last place you'd expect to find a ballerina is in the middle of the desert; in a bustling city center full of people to fill an audience, yes, but in Death Valley Junction population less than 20? No, in this cultural hot spot, art is found in the shifting sands and sunset-washed mountains where... (more...)