Review: Anzu Lawson Opens Her Heart and Shares Her Soul in DEAR YOKOReview: Anzu Lawson Opens Her Heart and Shares Her Soul in DEAR YOKO
by Shari Barrett - Aug 27, 2019

I was unaware of how Anzu's personal history inspired Ono's spirit to speak so directly to her until I was in the audience at her World Premiere solo show, DEAR YOKO, in which Anzu opened her heart and soul as she revealed how her personal history of non-acceptance as an Asian woman and her overwhelming depression was turned around when she discovered Ono as she studied her story and writings. During her 90-minute performance, directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson at the Whitefire Theatre, Anzu not only portrayed Ono with her signature dialect, hat and sunglasses, but also personal family members, rock musicians she met while touring as a singer/songwriter, agents and entertainment moguls who brought on the need for the #MeToo movement, and others who assisted her in turning her life around and accepting herself as the person she really was meant to be. And that road was never easy but so worth the journey. (more...)

Binge Free Festival Opens Oct. 12 At Santa Monica PlayhouseBinge Free Festival Opens Oct. 12 At Santa Monica Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2019

Santa Monica Playhouse has been a cultural treasure in the seaside community for 60 years. Now, the Playhouse is giving love back with its Fourth Annual Binge Free Festival (BFF), a full month of free performances, workshops, readings, music and poetry in Santa Monica's ONLY fringe festival. The BFF's primary focus will be on Santa Monica and Los Angeles-based artists. (more...)

Review: BWW's Shari Barrett Selects Her Favorite Plays in 2018Review: BWW's Shari Barrett Selects Her Favorite Plays in 2018
by Shari Barrett - Jan 2, 2019

The month marks the start of my 7th year as a reviewer for Broadway World Los Angeles. With awards season in full bloom each January, many people ask me what my favorite shows were for the previous year. Since I see 3-5 shows per week, that is a difficult and time-consuming task for me to accomplish. But for 2018, I decided to go back through all the 188 reviews/articles I wrote for every show I saw and selected my top shows month-by-month. And what fun it was to go back and select one photo from each of the top 39 shows I selected. (more...)

Review: DEAR JOHN, WHY YOKO? Musically Celebrates the Love that Survived Despite Overwhelming OddsReview: DEAR JOHN, WHY YOKO? Musically Celebrates the Love that Survived Despite Overwhelming Odds
by Shari Barrett - Apr 27, 2018

DEAR JOHN, WHY YOKO? with music by Anzu Lawson and Joerg Stoeffel, book and lyrics by Anzu Lawson, tells the untold story of a love that changed the world and defined an era fraught with the same type of protests taking place now. It is my hope by sharing your story, we may all be lucky enough to live out our own dreams in a world where peace and love really exist between all people and war is dead. And we will have John Lennon and Yoko Ono to thank for that vision. (more...)

Tiffany Alford, Teala Dunn, Jessie Paege and More Announced for AT&T Hello Lab's 'Guilty Party'Tiffany Alford, Teala Dunn, Jessie Paege and More Announced for AT&T Hello Lab's 'Guilty Party'
by TV News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

When the victim of high school bullying appears to start taking revenge on the clique that casts her out, a group of teens must face the sins of their past before their secrets tear them apart. In AT&T* Hello Lab's “Guilty Party”, the audience plays the role of detective to discover who is exposing everyone's secrets. (more...)

BWW Review: ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS Playfully Pokes Fun at Life in American Theatre
by Shari Barrett - Apr 25, 2016

ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS by Jane Martin is a satirical romp across the stage of American Theatre, that holds a hilarious mirror up to the live theatre entertainment from coast to coast. The story focuses on Holly (Gillian Shure), a wildly popular TV star, who needs to get theatrical street cred to be considered for film. On a whim she signs on to do Anton Chekov's "Three Sisters" in a small repertory theatre in Texas where she can hire directors and pull all the strings as the show's financial backer. The entire cast is portrayed by women in this ensemble piece that combines the depth of Chekov and the levity of a Bravo sitcom. (more...)

Jane Martin's ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS Open 4/9 at Hudson MainStage Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

SLIGHTLY SANE PRODUCTIONS announce the opening of prolific award-winning and somewhat mysterious playwright Jane Martin's, ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS, Directed by Nell Teare.  This satirical gem,  with a stellar cast opens at The Hudson MainStage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.  Tickets: www.plays411.com/anton - Opening April 9th, 2016.  There will be one preview Friday, April 8th. (more...)

BWW Review: ROCK & ROLL'S GREATEST LOVERS Shares the Inspirational John Lennon and Yoko Ono Love Story
by Shari Barrett - Jun 14, 2014

The World Premiere of ROCK & ROLL'S GREATEST LOVERS, with music by Anzu Lawson and Joerg Stoeffel, book and lyrics by Anzu Lawson, tells the Romeo and Juliet story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, two rebels from opposite ends of the world who stood together in the name of LOVE only to face every kind of hate and tribulation. The 60 minute production of selected songs from the play is directed by Nell Teare, presented at the Lillian Theater during the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival. (more...)

New Musical ROCK & ROLL'S GREATEST LOVERS Play Hollywood Fringe 2014, Now thru 6/29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2014

The WORLD PREMIERE of ROCK & ROLL'S GREATEST LOVERS, a new musical. (more...)

ROCK & ROLL'S GREATEST LOVERS Coming to Hollywood Fringe, 6/7-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

The controversial and sometimes tumultuous relationship between former Beatle John Lennon and avant-garde artist Yoko Ono is the focus of the new musical play "Rock & Roll's Greatest Lovers" opening at 3:45 p.m. June 7 at the Lillian Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way in Hollywood as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Fringe Spotlight: ROCK & ROLL'S GREATEST LOVERS
by Ellen Dostal - May 20, 2014

Inspired by John Lennon's controversial love for Yoko Ono, ROCK & ROLL'S GREATEST LOVERS tells the Romeo and Juliet story of two rebels from opposite ends of the world who stood together in the name of love only to face every kind of hate possible. (more...)

New Musical ROCK & ROLL'S GREATEST LOVERS to Play Hollywood Fringe 2014, 6/7-29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

The WORLD PREMIERE of ROCK & ROLL'S GREATEST LOVERS, a new musical. (more...)