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BWW Review: West Coast Premiere of BAR MITZVAH BOY Explores the Meaning of Faith at t Photo BWW Review: West Coast Premiere of BAR MITZVAH BOY Explores the Meaning of Faith at the Miles Memorial Playhouse
by Shari Barrett - Apr 8, 2019

In this two-person character study, Joey Brant (R. Emmett Lee, who more than adequately took on the challenge of learning to speak Hebrew for the part) is a Jewish divorce lawyer in his 60s who never had a bar mitzvah ceremony. For reasons which become clear in the story, Joey's bar mitzvah ceremony must take place at the synagogue he attended five decades ago where his grandson Ben Goldman will carry on the family tradition with his own bar mitzvah in a matter of months. Joey, a thoroughly secularized man, must now re-connect with the faith of his ancestors, but promptly alienates the synagogue's regular instructor. But when Joey goes to meet with the temple's new rabbi for his bar mitzvah lessons, he is shocked to find a woman is now in charge.

BAR MITZVAH BOY Opens March 23 At Miles Memorial Playhouse Photo BAR MITZVAH BOY Opens March 23 At Miles Memorial Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2019

Bar Mitzvah Boy. Southern California Premiere engagement of a new play.

Photo Flash: First Look at Open Fist Theatre Company's LAST CALL Photo Photo Flash: First Look at Open Fist Theatre Company's LAST CALL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2019

When is it time to give up the keys? Get ready for the laughter-through-tears magic that is Last Call by Anne Kenney. Open Fist Theatre Company presents the world premiere of this funny, sad and very human debut play by the Peabody Award-winning writer best known for her work on Switched at Birth, Hellcats, Greek, L.A. Law and, most recently, the first three seasons of Outlander. Open Fist company member Lane Allison directs for a Jan. 18 opening at Atwater Village Theatre, where performances will continue through Feb. 23. Pay-what-you-want previews begin Jan. 11.

OUTLANDER's Anne Kenney Premieres LAST CALL at Open Fist Photo OUTLANDER's Anne Kenney Premieres LAST CALL at Open Fist
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2019

When is it time to give up the keys? Get ready for the laughter-through-tears magic that is Last Call by Anne Kenney.

OUTLANDER's Anne Kenney Premieres LAST CALL at Open Fist Photo OUTLANDER's Anne Kenney Premieres LAST CALL at Open Fist
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2019

When is it time to give up the keys? Get ready for the laughter-through-tears magic that is Last Call by Anne Kenney.

OUTLANDER's Anne Kenney Premieres LAST CALL at Open Fist Photo OUTLANDER's Anne Kenney Premieres LAST CALL at Open Fist
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2018

When is it time to give up the keys? Get ready for the laughter-through-tears magic that is Last Call by Anne Kenney.

BWW Review: BROADWAY BOUND Shares Truthful Tales from the Simon Brothers Early Break  Photo BWW Review: BROADWAY BOUND Shares Truthful Tales from the Simon Brothers Early Break Into Show Business
by Shari Barrett - Oct 22, 2018

Directed by Howard Teichman for the West Coast Jewish Theatre at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica on a beautifully detailed split-level set designed by Kurtis Bedford and lit by Ellen Monocroussos, Neil Simon's classic took on a more emotional dedication from the cast with Simon's passing on August 26, 2018 during the show's rehearsal process. But even though Teichman keeps the pace moving along at a steady pace, running at almost 3 hours with very little laughter, the play, though extremely well written and performed, does seem a bit long and drawn-out as there certainly were moments when it could have ended much sooner and still been as effective.

West Coast Jewish Theatre Presents Broadway Bound Photo West Coast Jewish Theatre Presents Broadway Bound
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2018

It's 1949, the war is over, and America is beginning a new chapter. Eugene Jerome and his brother Stan are being given a chance to audition as comedy writers for CBS in the emerging medium of television. If they succeed, they'll move out of the family home in Brighton Beach and into the Big City. Eugene, however, is distracted. He's fallen in love and thinks his new girl is The One. Stan has episodes of writer's block.

West Coast Jewish Theatre Presents Broadway Bound Photo West Coast Jewish Theatre Presents Broadway Bound
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2018

It's 1949, the war is over, and America is beginning a new chapter. Eugene Jerome and his brother Stan are being given a chance to audition as comedy writers for CBS in the emerging medium of television. If they succeed, they'll move out of the family home in Brighton Beach and into the Big City. Eugene, however, is distracted. He's fallen in love and thinks his new girl is The One. Stan has episodes of writer's block.

West Coast Jewish Theatre Presents Broadway Bound Photo West Coast Jewish Theatre Presents Broadway Bound
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2018

It's 1949, the war is over, and America is beginning a new chapter. Eugene Jerome and his brother Stan are being given a chance to audition as comedy writers for CBS in the emerging medium of television. If they succeed, they'll move out of the family home in Brighton Beach and into the Big City. Eugene, however, is distracted. He's fallen in love and thinks his new girl is The One. Stan has episodes of writer's block.

John O'Keefe's ALL NIGHT LONG Gets Southern CA Premiere Photo John O'Keefe's ALL NIGHT LONG Gets Southern CA Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2018

The thin line between waking and dreaming, the conscious and subconscious, is exposed in an outrageously funny, surreal sit-com about 18 hours in the life of an all-American nuclear family.Jan Munroe directs theSouthern California premiere ofAll Night Long by John O'Keefe, opening Sept. 14 in anOpen Fist Theatre Companyproduction at Atwater Village Theatre.

Open Fist Presents Beautiful, Moving, Funny UNDER MILK WOOD Photo Open Fist Presents Beautiful, Moving, Funny UNDER MILK WOOD
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2018

Intensely beautiful, poignant and sublimely funny. Open Fist Theatre Company presents a revival of Under Milk Wood, the linguistic tour-de-force by the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Ben Martin directs for a July 27 opening atAtwater Village Theatre. 

Political Pop-Up ONE YEAR LATER Pops Up For One More Weekend Photo Political Pop-Up ONE YEAR LATER Pops Up For One More Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2018

Two performances of One Year Later have been added due to popular demand! Open Fist Theatre Company's "political pop-up" features 13 short plays by writers from across the country that explore our nation's current social and political climate and how the past year has affected us. Finding it hard to get off the couch and get to the theater? Open Fist has brought the couches to Atwater Village Theatre, creating a cozy, speakeasy setting where patrons can arrive early or stay late to have a drink and a chat with the cast and fellow audience members.

Photo Flash: Open Fist presents Hilarious Shakespeare Musical DELEARIOUS Photo Photo Flash: Open Fist presents Hilarious Shakespeare Musical DELEARIOUS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

Tragedy meets hilarity and King Lear gets a happy ending in a madcap musical romp la Mel Brooks and Monty Python. Open Fist Theatre Companyrevives its smash hit production of deLEARious, an award-winning play-within-a-play by Second City'sRon West and composer Phil Swann. West directs for a Nov. 10 opening at Atwater Village Theatre, where performances will continue through Dec. 16. Pay-what-you-want previews begin Nov. 3.

Open Fist Revives Hilarious Production of Shakespeare Musical deLEARious Photo Open Fist Revives Hilarious Production of Shakespeare Musical deLEARious
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2017

Tragedy meets hilarity and King Lear gets a happy ending in a madcap musical romp la Mel Brooks and Monty Python. Open Fist Theatre Company revives its smash hit production of deLEARious, an award-winning play-within-a-play by Second City's Ron West and composer Phil Swann. West directs for a Nov. 10opening at Atwater Village Theatre, where performances will continue throughDec. 16. Pay-what-you-want previews begin Nov. 3.

Open Fist Presents Shattering Comedy WALKING TO BUCHENWALD Photo Open Fist Presents Shattering Comedy WALKING TO BUCHENWALD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Two couples learn what it means to be American in a world that no longer admires the U.S. Open Fist Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Walking To Buchenwald, a protean comedy with shocking consequences by Tom Jacobson.Roderick Menzies directs for a Sept. 9 opening atAtwater Village Theatre.

West Coast Jewish Theatre's ROMANCE.COM Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2015

West Coast Jewish Theatre has announced the second production of its 2015-16 season, the internationally acclaimed comedy Romance.com by Hindi Brooks. Directed by WCJT Artistic Director Howard Teichman, the show opens tonight, October 10 at 8pm at the Pico Playhouse in West Los Angeles. The engagement will run through November 15.

West Coast Jewish Theatre's ROMANCE.COM Opens 10/10
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2015

 West Coast Jewish Theatre has announced the second production of its 2015-16 season, the internationally acclaimed comedy Romance.com by Hindi Brooks. Directed by WCJT Artistic Director Howard Teichman, there will be two preview performances on October 8 and 9 with opening set for Saturday, October 10 at 8pm at the Pico Playhouse in West Los Angeles. The engagement will run through November 15.

BWW Review: Who is Really the ACCOMPLICE, and What is Going On?
by Shari Barrett - May 31, 2015

Martin Thompson directs Rupert Holmes' intriguing murder mystery ACCOMPLICE at Theater 40 with reverence to actors and what they go through to put on a play as well as to put up with each other. The first act seems like a fairly normal British offering with four characters all seemingly trying to outdo each other to gain control of the two husbands' mutual business by having affairs with each other in every possible combination. A particularly shocking revelation just prior to intermission will have you wondering just who is the accomplice trying to assist the perpetrator in getting away with murder.

Robert Smith & Ginger Lawrence to Lead BEYOND SIGHT at Stella Adler Theatre, 4/25-5/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Blind actor Robert Smith and former U.S. Marine Ginger Lawrence head the cast of a new musical about a soldier who returns to the U.S. after losing his sight during combat in Afghanistan. Featuring a book by Nick Sivakumaran and Jeremy Aldridge, music by Emmy-nominated Mark P. Leonard and Colin Simson, and lyrics by Greg Shane, Colin Simson and Mark P. Leonard, CRE Outreach presents the world premiere of Beyond Sight at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood for a five-week run opening April 25.

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