BWW Review: THE ART OF DINING - An Acquired Taste For Some BWW Review: THE ART OF DINING - An Acquired Taste For Some
by Gil Kaan - Oct 28, 2019

Art, as a rule, is subjective. It can be appreciated or not, liked or not. At opening weekend's Sunday performance, playwright Tina Howe's THE ART OF DINING had its own built-in laugh gallery, who loved this ART, as this one large portion of the house frequently led all others in laughter. Set in a home-converted restaurant - The Golden Carrousel - at the Jersey Shore in the late 70s, ART covers one evening of this newly opened, two-man operation fraughtly run by husband Cal and chef Ellen. Gloria Gifford directs her enthusiastic cast through slapstick, overprojecting and over-the-top acting in lightning-fast dialogue, often overlapping, often two separate monologues simultaneously. (more...)

THE ART OF DINING Opens Oct. 26 At Gloria Gifford Conservatory THE ART OF DINING Opens Oct. 26 At Gloria Gifford Conservatory
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2019

Juicy. Delicious. Salivate your way through The Art of Dining, a hilarious exploration of tantalizing appetites and desires. Then eat with the cast. Gourmet meals at every show (for V.I.P. ticket holders). (more...)

NAACP Reveals Nominations For The 28th Annual Theatre Awards NAACP Reveals Nominations For The 28th Annual Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2019

Once again, the NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch's Theatre Viewing Committee has spoken, and the nominations are in for the 28th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. This year's pedigreed list of nominees collectively represents a rich, extensive dossier of legacies and accolades for both stage and screen. These nominees include members of a legendary 'gospel royal family' as well as a Legend whose part of an elite group of artists in the EGOT winners circle. These, along with all their fellow nominees, will be honored for their excellence on the small and large stages during our annual awards dinner, slated to be held on Monday, June 17, 2019, 6:00 p.m.at the prestigious Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (more...)

Review: THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT Inaugurates the Gloria Gifford Conservatory in Hollywood Review: THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT Inaugurates the Gloria Gifford Conservatory in Hollywood
by Shari Barrett - Aug 2, 2018

Gloria Gifford is a stage-trained actress from New York City, giving her the necessary background to understand the intricacies of people caught up in a place where the traffic is loud and people live in close proximity to each other, yet still think it's necessary to always be screaming at one another to get the upper hand. Such is the case with the five characters in Stephen Adly Guirgis' 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning THE MOTHF**CKER WITH THE HAT, an urban comedy now being presented as the inaugural production at the Gloria Gifford Conservatory for the Performing Arts new location on Theater Row in Hollywood. (more...)

Review: Contemporary Music Enhances the Classic Tale of Sexual Obsession in WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ANTONY & CLEOPATRA Review: Contemporary Music Enhances the Classic Tale of Sexual Obsession in WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ANTONY & CLEOPATRA
by Shari Barrett - Dec 19, 2017

Thanks to director Gloria Gifford, who retains Shakespeare's text while augmenting the proceedings with a contemporary and very soulful song score in the current production at Grey Studios in NoHo, the overall addition of the much-needed modern sensibility through music makes the complicated plot easily understood, even while adding in moments of sheer levity. Just imagine Anthony and his troops starting off the show by lining up and singing Super Freak by Rick James, as their way to describe Cleopatra and you get the idea. (more...)

BWW Review: Taylor and Bologna's LOVE ALLWAYS Enjoys L.A. Premiere at Gray Studios
by Shari Barrett - Mar 27, 2017

Comprised of 10 short plays in 2 acts about the follies and foibles of love and lovers, LOVE ALLWAYS addresses the subjects of love and romance which have long provided great source material for comedy, created from the pens of two proven masters of American comedy. With busy careers in film, television and Broadway, Taylor and Bologna have defied the Hollywood odds with a marriage that's lasted 51 years (so far). And no doubt, many of the relationship stories shared must be of a very personal nature to them, or perhaps some of their closest friends! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Curtain Calls and Stage Door Fun at the Rockin' MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING At T.U. Studios
by Lily Lim - Sep 16, 2016

This production of Shakespeare's popular romantic comedy is enhanced by a rock-and-roll score. Much Ado About Nothing is set in Messina, Sicily. Beatrice, niece of the local governor Leonato, and Benedick, a gentleman and friend of the powerful Prince of Aragon Don Pedro, are seeming adversaries, engaging in much verbal jousting and argument. The antagonistic remarks fool neither the men nor the women in Don Pedro's court; Beatrice and Benedick are obviously meant for each other, even if their love isn't instantly apparent. Their friends conspire to trick them into confessing their love for each other. (more...)

BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Mixes Shakespeare's Classic Romantic Comedy with a Rockin' Song Score
by Shari Barrett - Aug 17, 2016

Director Gloria Gifford takes her job of inspiring upcoming stars in proper stage presentation, and above all, I must commend her for making sure each actor in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at TU Studios understood exactly what they were saying so audience members could not only understand the words but also what was being said in terms of the dialogue's meaning. It is the first production of the play in which I could get the meaning of each line, even though the words as written were foreign to modern English. Some of the actors shared with me that Gloria demanded their line presentation and stage movements make perfect sense, and the actors responded with great care. (more...)

New Comedy HOLLYWOULD Opens This Week at The Hudson Theatres
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

TEATRO DE LA O and OCTAVIO CARLIN FASHION HOUSE proudly presents HOLLYWOULD, a new comedy by fashion designer Octavio Carlin. Don't miss this hilarious fashionable farce set in the heyday of the golden age of cinema and silver screen intrigue. Hollywould opens on February 13, 2016 at THE HUDSON THEATRES. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S THE TEMPEST Combines Enchantment and the Wonder of First Love
by Shari Barrett - Aug 11, 2014

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S THE TEMPEST, the last of his romantic comedies, was written in 1610 and published in 1623. This great romantic comedy has it all: danger, intrigue, politics, revenge, a mighty sorcerer, and his beautiful daughter who falls deeply in love at first sight with the handsome prince who is so conveniently shipwrecked near her island home. THE TEMPEST still exerts an influence over popular culture four centuries later, ranging from "Forbidden Planet" to "Gilligan's Island" to "Lost." (more...)

BWW Reviews: World Premiere WILD SONGS AND NAKED SOULS Shares Literary Musings on the Obsession Called Love
by Shari Barrett - Mar 17, 2014

In this day of instant communication, how do you feel when the person you love does not answer a text or email within an hour? Makes you wonder what that person is up to and with whom, doesn't it? So image how was it in the days when the only way to reach a loved one was by sending a letter, and then having to wait for weeks or months for a response. Certainly the most outrageous scenarios would play in your head as to what was really going on. (more...)

OLD DOGS & NEW TRICKS Joins Hulu, Netflix
by TV News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Popular site Hulu has added Old Dogs & New Tricks to its vast library of streaming TV programs, replacing YouTube as online 'network' for the hit web series. (more...)

Unlinear.tv Releases Trailer for Interactive Series UNTITLED MURDER PROJECT 2.0
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2013

Unlinear.tv announces Untitled Murder Project 2.0, a 49-episode interactive murder mystery available online starting 10/10/2013 from The Story of Luke writer/director Alonso Mayo and producer Nina Leidersdorff. (more...)

Unlinear.tv Releases Trailer for Interactive Series UNTITLED MURDER PROJECT 2.0
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2013

Unlinear.tv announces Untitled Murder Project 2.0, a 49-episode interactive murder mystery available online starting 10/10/2013 from The Story of Luke writer/director Alonso Mayo and producer Nina Leidersdorff. (more...)

Unlinear.tv Releases Trailer for Interactive Series UNTITLED MURDER PROJECT 2.0
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2013

Unlinear.tv announces Untitled Murder Project 2.0, a 49-episode interactive murder mystery available online starting 10/10/2013 from The Story of Luke writer/director Alonso Mayo and producer Nina Leidersdorff. (more...)

Unlinear.tv Premieres Interactive Series UNTITLED MURDER PROJECT 2.0 Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2013

Unlinear.tv announces Untitled Murder Project 2.0, a 49-episode interactive murder mystery available online starting today, 10/10/2013 from The Story of Luke writer/director Alonso Mayo and producer Nina Leidersdorff. (more...)

Unlinear.tv Releases Trailer for Interactive Series UNTITLED MURDER PROJECT 2.0
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2013

Unlinear.tv announces Untitled Murder Project 2.0, a 49-episode interactive murder mystery available online starting 10/10/2013 from The Story of Luke writer/director Alonso Mayo and producer Nina Leidersdorff. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FOOL FOR LOVE Will Grab You From the Beginning and Leave You Begging for More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2013

FOOL FOR LOVE by Sam Shepard is about romantic obsession, although that may be redundant: Romance IS obsessive. It is feisty, muscular, sexually charged, and often based in fantasy, creating a dream lover where no such person exists. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FOOL FOR LOVE Will Grab You From the Beginning and Leave You Begging for More
by Shari Barrett - Aug 26, 2013

FOOL FOR LOVE by Sam Shepard is about romantic obsession, although that may be redundant: Romance IS obsessive. It is feisty, muscular, sexually charged, and often based in fantasy, creating a dream lover where no such person exists. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FOOL FOR LOVE Will Grab You From the Beginning and Leave You Begging for More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2013

FOOL FOR LOVE by Sam Shepard is about romantic obsession, although that may be redundant: Romance IS obsessive. It is feisty, muscular, sexually charged, and often based in fantasy, creating a dream lover where no such person exists. (more...)

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