Review: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARY JO KOPECHNE Gives Voice to the Woman Who Inadvertently Changed American Political History Review: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARY JO KOPECHNE Gives Voice to the Woman Who Inadvertently Changed American Political History
by Shari Barrett - Jul 17, 2018

Perhaps, as suggested by playwright Peter Lefcourt in his world premiere play THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARY JO KOPECHNE, she had also been drinking and could not say no to a man of considerable power and influence, a man who could help advance her career, a man she also may have admired after the death of his brother Robert the previous year. Certainly, this dilemma has become particularly prominent in the #MeToo era in which we are now living where men of power are being taken to task for making unwanted sexual advances on those working for them who go along with it for career gain. What we do know is that Kennedy survived and she did not. But who was Mary Jo Kopechne? (more...)

BWW Review: APRIL, MAY & JUNE Examines if Sisters Can Unite After a Family Secret is Revealed
by Shari Barrett - Mar 18, 2017

Theatre 40 is a well-known for presenting superb and very professional World Premiere productions in the Reuben Cordova Theatre on the campus of Beverly Hills High School. Their winning streak continues with APRIL, MAY & JUNE written by Gary Goldstein and directed by Terri Hanauer which continues through April 16, 2017. In it, we meet April, May and June, fortyish sisters all born a year apart. They're Jewish by birth but temperamentally so different, which becomes all the more apparent as they gather in their family home to pack up what is left of their mother's belongings to give to Good Will and discover a hidden family secret among her belongings. (more...)

BWW Review: DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL - A PC Sunset Blvd. Gone Awry
by Gil Kaan - Aug 22, 2016

Playwright Peter Lefcourt manages to cram every current political hot topic into DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL, his two-act dramedy on the proposed re-make of the classic Sunset Boulevard. DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL's chronicling the beginnings of Gerard, an indie director's quest to cast his remake of the Gloria Swanson-starrer, has the benefit of the frequent witty one-liners, biting disses and smarting comebacks. (more...)

Theatre Planners Presents World Premiere Comedy DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

A washed-up TV actress, a former Blaxploitation movie bit player and a pre-op transgender woman compete for the role of Norma Desmond in a remake of Sunset Boulevard in the latest outrageous comedy from Emmy Award-winning TV writer / bestselling novelist / playwright Peter Lefcourt (Cafe Society). Terri Hanauerdirects the world premiere of Drama Queens from Hell, presented by Theatre Planners as a visiting production at theOdyssey Theatre beginning August 20. (more...)

Theatre Planners Presents World Premiere Comedy: DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

A washed-up TV actress, a former Blaxploitation movie bit player and a pre-op transgender woman compete for the role of Norma Desmond in a remake of Sunset Boulevard in the latest outrageous comedy from Emmy Award-winning TV writer / bestselling novelist / playwright Peter Lefcourt (Cafe Society). Terri Hanauer directs the world premiere of Drama Queens from Hell, presented by Theatre Planners as a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre beginning August 20. (more...)

DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL Begins in August at Odyssey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

A washed-up TV actress, a former Blaxploitation movie bit player and a pre-op transgender woman compete for the role of Norma Desmond in a remake of Sunset Boulevard in the latest outrageous comedy from Emmy Award-winning TV writer / bestselling novelist / playwright Peter Lefcourt (Cafe Society). Terri Hanauer directs the world premiere of Drama Queens from Hell, presented by Theatre Planners as a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre beginning August 13. (more...)

BWW Review: FATHER, SON & HOLY COACH's A Tailor-Made Role for John Posey
by Gil Kaan - Feb 15, 2016

Actor/playwright John Posey charismatically performs his one-man show FATHER, SON & HOLY COACH providing multi-faceted, well-rounded performances of multiple, distinct characters. Writer Posey has written the leading role of John (the Son) that fits like a glove for actor Posey, both in the physicality and the deep emotional exposures that the main character John experiences. (more...)

Photo Flash: John Posey Brings Solo Show FATHER, SON & HOLY COACH to Odyssey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

Southern storytelling at its best! Writer/performer John Posey (How to Get Away with Murder, Teen Wolf) returns to L.A. with an all-new revival of his critically acclaimed comedy about a former small-town football star who attempts to live vicariously through his son. Father, Son & Holy Coach, presented by Rainy Night Films in association with Tyler Posey and directed by Terri Hanauer, opens as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre on February 13. (Scroll all the way down for links to high resolution photos.) (more...)

FATHER, SON & HOLY COACH to Play the Odyssey, 2/13-3/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

Southern storytelling at its best! Writer/performer John Posey (How to Get Away with Murder, Teen Wolf) returns to L.A. with an all-new revival of his critically acclaimed comedy about a former small-town football star who attempts to live vicariously through his son. Father, Son & Holy Coach, presented by Rainy Night Films in association with Tyler Posey and directed by Terri Hanauer, opens as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre on February 13. (Scroll all the way down for links to high resolution photos.) (more...)

BWW Review: CAFE SOCIETY - An Almost Satisfying Coffee Break
by Gil Kaan - Aug 24, 2015

The world premiere of Emmy-winning writer Peter Lefcourt 's CAFE SOCIETY deserves credit for attempting a hostage situation as a satisfying sitcom dramedy. A frequent collaborator, Terri Hanauer directs her game cast of seven. Kudos to Yee Eun Nam for her novel, innovative projection design utilizing the two huge menu boards as video screenshots of various text messages, incoming Caller IDs, web searches and TV news programs. (more...)

CAFE SOCIETY Plays the Odyssey Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2015

Five self-absorbed customers find themselves trapped together in Starbucks in the latest off-beat comedy from Emmy Award-winning writer Peter Lefcourt. Set around the corner in a West L.A. franchise, the world premiere of Cafe Society, presented by Theatre Planners and directed by Terri Hanauer, opens as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre tonight, August 22. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatre Planners' CAFE SOCIETY Opens Tonight at Odyssey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2015

Five self-absorbed customers find themselves trapped together in Starbucks in the latest off-beat comedy from Emmy Award-winning writer Peter Lefcourt. Set around the corner in a West L.A. franchise, the world premiere of Cafe Society, presented by Theatre Planners and directed by Terri Hanauer, opens as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre tonight, August 22. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CAFE SOCIETY, Opening Tomorrow at Odyssey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2015

Five self-absorbed customers find themselves trapped together in Starbucks in the latest off-beat comedy from Emmy Award-winning writer Peter Lefcourt. Set around the corner in a West L.A. franchise, theworld premiere of Cafe Society, presented by Theatre Planners and directed byTerri Hanauer, opens as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre on August 22. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Theatre Planners' CAFE SOCIETY at Odyssey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Five self-absorbed customers find themselves trapped together in Starbucks in the latest off-beat comedy from Emmy Award-winning writer Peter Lefcourt. Set around the corner in a West L.A. franchise, the world premiere of Cafe Society, presented by Theatre Planners and directed by Terri Hanauer, opens as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre on August 22. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

CAFE SOCIETY to Play Odyssey Theatre, 8/22-10/11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Five self-absorbed customers find themselves trapped together in Starbucks in the latest off-beat comedy from Emmy Award-winning writer Peter Lefcourt. Set around the corner in a West L.A. franchise, the world premiere of Cafe Society, presented by Theatre Planners and directed by Terri Hanauer, opens as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre on August 22. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MUTANT OLIVE Reminds Us We Are All Dancing By Ourselves Through Life
by Shari Barrett - Jan 23, 2015

Mitch Hara breaks the fourth wall in his hilarious solo play MUTANT OLIVE about father and son forgiveness. A self-described "ADHD buzz saw looking for a two-by-four," Hara gives life to alter-ego Adam Astra, an actor whose past seems to constantly seep into his present. Astra gleefully spoons out tales of his soul-sucking childhood, monstrous substance abuse, rampant sex and crashed cars - all during the course of an audition for "Death of a Salesman" for which he is totally wrong. (more...)

MUTANT OLIVE Begins Tonight at Lounge Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

Father and son forgiveness is at the heart of a hilarious, heart-wrenching and triumphant solo play by writer/performer Mitch Hara. Directed by Terri Hanauer, Mutant Olive opens tonight, Jan. 22 at the Lounge Theatre, where it will run Todays, Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 28. (more...)

MUTANT OLIVE Begins 1/22 at Lounge Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

Father and son forgiveness is at the heart of a hilarious, heart-wrenching and triumphant solo play by writer/performer Mitch Hara. Directed by Terri Hanauer, Mutant Olive opens Jan. 22 at the Lounge Theatre, where it will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 28. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT Examines the Exquisite Perversity of the Human Heart
by Shari Barrett - Jul 19, 2014

The world premiere of Peter Lefcourt's play THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT takes an in-depth and often comic look at two couples, a pair of ex-spouses and their new mates. When the four get together for the first time in years, it blows up in a delightful mess of romantic complications proving you should never underestimate the power of designer shoes on matters of the heart. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT Opens at the Odyssey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2014

Never underestimate the power of designer shoes on matters of the heart. Theatre Planners presents a romantic comedy by Emmy Award-winning writer Peter Lefcourt. Terri Hanauer directs the world premiere of The Way You Look Tonight, opening tonight as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre. (more...)

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