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Free Staged Reading of A BEATING HEART Will Be Presented at the Lonny Chapman Theatre Photo Free Staged Reading of A BEATING HEART Will Be Presented at the Lonny Chapman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2020

The Group Rep presents a free staged reading of the musical A Beating Heart, inspired by Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray with book by Thomas Sheehan and Claire Barré, lyrics by Thomas Sheehan, music and additional lyrics by EJ Reyes, directed by Jules Aaron. March 3 and March 4 at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood, California.

FIFTEEN MEN IN A SMOKE-FILLED ROOM Now Playing At Theatre 40 Photo FIFTEEN MEN IN A SMOKE-FILLED ROOM Now Playing At Theatre 40
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2019

Chicago, June, 1920. The Republican National Convention is in full swing. Warren G. Harding is overwhelmed by the prospect of being the nominee of the Republican Party for President.

BWW Review: THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS at the Lonny Chapman Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS at the Lonny Chapman Theatre
by Don Grigware - Apr 15, 2019

The time is 1947. The place, England. Politics abound with the murder of an heir to a foreign throne, hunting a jewel thief. At the Chimneys Estate we find in residence Lord Caterham (Lloyd Pedersen), friend Lottie Lomax (Michelle Schultz), and visitor Virginia Revel (Stasha Surdyke), highly suspect...as is Cade (Lee Grober) who seems to be in love with Virginia. On the surface he's investigating a blackmail against her for scripting some mysterious letters.

HOMEWARD LA 2019 Comes to Theatre 40 Photo HOMEWARD LA 2019 Comes to Theatre 40
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2019

Homeward L.A. 2019 is a program consisting of eleven monologues based on stories of people who've experienced homelessness. Actors of Theatre 40 will perform the show, directed by one of Theatre 40's regular directors, Jules Aaron.

BWW Interview: Jules Aaron Discusses Agatha Christie's THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS at Grou Photo BWW Interview: Jules Aaron Discusses Agatha Christie's THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS at Group Rep
by Don Grigware - Mar 21, 2019

ell me about the play. The Secret of Chimneys. How does it rate among Christie's masterpieces? Lost for thirty years, The Secret of Chimneys is one of Agatha Christie's least known plays and one of the most intriguing. While it does not have the sleek veneer and brilliant solution of a Murder on the Orient Express, it is a delightful comedy of manners with a very prestigious dead body. There is no Poirot or Miss Marple, but there is fun repartee between the leading could be lovers, Anthony and Virginia, as well as a sly game of cat and mouse with Anthony and the deceivingly pedestrian Superintendent Battle ('no flies on him' Anthony tells Virginia.) .And also the mystery humorously comments on itself ('Suspicious stranger, eh? So obvious you can hardly believe in it. A mysterious stranger with a beard': or, 'well, no handcuffs for one, Superintendent')

The Group Rep At The Lonny Chapman Theatre Announces 45th Season Photo The Group Rep At The Lonny Chapman Theatre Announces 45th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2019

The Group Rep's Co-Artistic Directors, Larry Eisenberg and Chris Winfield announce the Group Rep's 45th Season (2019) with six eclectic and unique plays: Laundry and Bourbon & Lone Star, two one-act comedies by James McLure, directed by Barbara Brownell (January 25 - March 3),  The Secret of Chimneys, a long lost play by Agatha Christie, directed by Jules Aaron (March 29 - May 5), Avenue Q, the wry, Broadway musical written by Jeff Whitty, Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, directed by Patrick Burke (May 31 - July 7),  Loose Knit, a modern comedy by Theresa Rebeck, directed by L. Flint Esquerra  (August 2 - September 8), Night of the Living Dead, a gripping terror-filled drama based on the George Romero film, adapted by Gus Krieger directed by Drina Durazo (October 4 - November 10), and the beloved farce The Man Who Came to Dinner by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, directed by Bruce Kimmel (December 6, 2019 - January 12, 2020).  The six shows will be performed on the Main Stage, first floor 90 Seat Theatre.

Review: 26 PEBBLES Shares True Tales from Sandy Hook's Accidental Activists Working T Photo Review: 26 PEBBLES Shares True Tales from Sandy Hook's Accidental Activists Working Together to Heal
by Shari Barrett - Sep 29, 2018

Written in much the same style as The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman where a small group of actors portray several characters sharing their experience of living through a tragic local event and its aftermath on the town, Eric Ulloa's 26 PEBBLES does not just recount what happened on December 14, 2012, but is more about how the people of the Newtown community reached out to their neighbors to bond, cope and heal from that devastating tragedy in order to move forward with their lives to a more hopeful future.

Stage Raw Announces Nominees For 2017-2018 Los Angeles Theatrical Excellence Photo Stage Raw Announces Nominees For 2017-2018 Los Angeles Theatrical Excellence
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2018

The 2018 Stage Raw Theater Awards celebrate excellence on the Los Angeles stages in venues of 99-seats or under. This fourth annual edition includes productions that opened between January 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

Stage Raw Announces Nominees For 2017-2018 LOS ANGELES THEATRICAL EXCELLENCE! Photo Stage Raw Announces Nominees For 2017-2018 LOS ANGELES THEATRICAL EXCELLENCE!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

The 2018 Stage Raw Theater Awards celebrate excellence on the Los Angeles stages in venues of 99-seats or under. This fourth annual edition includes productions that opened between January 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

Review: MR. PIM PASSES BY Creating Havoc via a Tale of Mistaken Identity Photo Review: MR. PIM PASSES BY Creating Havoc via a Tale of Mistaken Identity
by Shari Barrett - May 19, 2018

MR. PIM PASSES BY debuted on the stage in 1919, written by A.A. Milne (1882-1956) Although he will be known forever for his children's literature as the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, Milne also wrote numerous plays and screenplays, books of poetry, and seven novels. This comedy for grown-ups tells a tale of mistaken identity and the lives it affects after a mysterious stranger pops up at a Woodbury, Connecticut home. It's never explained why Mr. Pim is in the neighborhood, although it's very apparent he does not live in the area nor is he visiting anyone else who does. And as the story builds, you might decide he is a character much like Clarence the Angel in "It's a Wonderful Life," there to simply make sure that love rules the day.

BWW Review: Ira Levin's Popular DEATHTRAP Revives Once More Photo BWW Review: Ira Levin's Popular DEATHTRAP Revives Once More
by Don Grigware - Apr 16, 2018

Broadway had one of its greatest commercial hits and the longest running comedy-thriller with Ira Levin's Deathtrap in 1978, and it was later on film in 1982 with Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve. Like Sleuth  before it, Deathtrap makes a game out of murder with plot twists too numerable to mention, and adds just a small amount of comedy to make it all palatable. It's a play within a play, making it doubly intriguing to watch. Now on stage at Group rep, this new production of the classic is sturdy with fine direction from Jules Aaron and a top notch cast.

NINE WINNING ONE-ACTS Comes to Upstairs At The Group Rep Photo NINE WINNING ONE-ACTS Comes to Upstairs At The Group Rep
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2018

The Group Rep presents their second Nine Winning One-Acts event, featuring fresh world premiere plays chosen from more than 150 entries from around the country.

BWW Interview: Jules Aaron Talks DEATHTRAP Photo BWW Interview: Jules Aaron Talks DEATHTRAP
by Don Grigware - Apr 4, 2018

ules Aaron has directed shows at GRT including The Paris Letter (a major critical success) and That Lovin' Feelin' (the Righteous Brothers musical that was extended and broke all house records).  Aaron is the winner of over 40 awards for direction around the country (including LA Drama Critics Award, Garland Award, Bay Area Critics Award, Philadelphia Critics Award, Utah Theatre Critics Award, etc.  He is bi-coastal, working frequently in fifteen California theatres including South Coast Repertory,  ICT, McCoy/Rigby, Pasadena Playhouse, Odyssey Theatre (most recently directed the acclaimed Two Fisted Love), TheatreWorks, Colony Theatre, Falcon Theatre and Theatre 40; In New York at The Public Theatre (personally developed plays with Joe Papp), Soho Rep, the Unit Theatre; regionally at the Humana Festival (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Philadelphia Theatre Co., Utah Shakespearean Theatre among many others. Aaron is currently in rehearsal for Deathtrap expected to open at Group rep Friday April 6.

The Group Rep Presents Ira Levin's Comic Thriller DEATHTRAP Photo The Group Rep Presents Ira Levin's Comic Thriller DEATHTRAP
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2018

The Group Rep presents Ira Levin's comic thriller Deathtrap directed by Jules Aaron, produced by Larry Eisenberg. One of the great popular successes of Broadway history and Tony nominated for Best Play in 1978, Deathtrap deals with the devious machinations of a writer of thrillers who is prepared to go to any lengths to improve his fortunes. Deathtrap runs April 6 through May 20 at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood.

Photo Flash: First Look at Range of Light's TWO FISTED LOVE Photo Photo Flash: First Look at Range of Light's TWO FISTED LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

Range of Light presents the world premiere of David Sessions' dark comedy Two Fisted Love, directed by Los Angeles stage veteran Jules Aaron, in a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre. Opens February 10.

Serena Scott Thomas Stars in Dark Comedy TWO FISTED LOVE Directed By Jules Aaron Photo Serena Scott Thomas Stars in Dark Comedy TWO FISTED LOVE Directed By Jules Aaron
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2018

Range of Light presents the world premiere of David Sessions' dark comedy Two Fisted Love, directed by Los Angeles stage veteran Jules Aaron, in a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre. Opens February 10.

Range of Light Productions Presents World Premiere of TWO FISTED LOVE Photo Range of Light Productions Presents World Premiere of TWO FISTED LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2018

Range of Light presents the world premiere of David Sessions' dark comedy Two Fisted Love, a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre. Opens February 3.

Review: The Renowned Detective Returns in Style to Theatre 40 in SHERLOCK HOLMES AND  Photo Review: The Renowned Detective Returns in Style to Theatre 40 in SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY
by Shari Barrett - Nov 21, 2017

Unlike other plays with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved detective at its center, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY written by Katie Forgette, includes bits and pieces of reality in the mix of characters. The famous actress Lillie Langtry is the focus of Holmes' investigation, which also includes the participation of arch villain Professor Moriarty as well as Oscar Wilde, the famous Victorian playwright, who epigrams, as well as a fragment of a scene from The Importance of Being Earnest, give color and freshness to this thriller comedy. And in the hands of skilled director Jules Aaron, whose direction allows his actors to convey each character so thoroughly, you will be drawn into their plight and scheming while hoping everything works out in the end.

Martin Thompson to Play Legendary Sleuth in L.A. Premiere of SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE  Photo Martin Thompson to Play Legendary Sleuth in L.A. Premiere of SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2017

Award-winning actor Martin Thompson transforms once again into the legendary sleuth 'Sherlock Holmes' starring in the Los Angeles Premiere Engagement of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily.

BWW Interview: Director Eisenberg on LOST IN YONKERS Photo BWW Interview: Director Eisenberg on LOST IN YONKERS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Director/Actor/Writer LARRY EISENBERG earned his MFA from CalArts, received a DramaLogue Award for the world premiere adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer's Stories for Children and has directed numerous productions at GRT. His favorites include The Poor of New York, Trip to Bountiful, Over the River and Through the Woods and his original play, Nautilus, which was later turned into a feature film. He currently serves as one of the two co-artistic directors at the Group Rep. He is currently directing Lost in Yonkers at Group rep which will have its official opening Friday, September 8. Written by Steve Peterson

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