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BWW Review: ANIMAL CRACKERS at Ojai Art Center BWW Review: ANIMAL CRACKERS at Ojai Art Center
by Cary Ginell - November 28, 2017

Ojai Art Center's production of 'Animal Crackers' features impeccable performances by Sean Mason (Groucho), Daniel Mitchell (Chico) and Anna Kotula (Harpo) as the Marx Brothers. Directed by John Medeiros.... (more...)
Review: ROTTERDAM: A Queer Love Story About All of Us, Highlighted by Brilliant Writing, Direction and Character Portrayals Review: ROTTERDAM: A Queer Love Story About All of Us, Highlighted by Brilliant Writing, Direction and Character Portrayals
by Shari Barrett - November 25, 2017

One of the most current topics in the media now concerns transgender people being able to live the life they envision for themselves without prejudice or scorn aimed at them. After all, no doubt you have seen public restrooms now labeled to allow anyone access to them, be that person either physica... (more...)
BWW Review: WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN at Musical Theatre Guild BWW Review: WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN at Musical Theatre Guild
by Cary Ginell - November 16, 2017

Frantic, broad comedy and an attractive Spanish-flavored score highlight Musical Theatre Guild's recent staged reading of Jeffrey Lane's 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.'... (more...)
BWW Review: CYMBELINE at California Lutheran University Department Of Theatre And Dance BWW Review: CYMBELINE at California Lutheran University Department Of Theatre And Dance
by Jeffrey Scott - November 11, 2017

CYMBELINE proves to be a technical and emotional success- Director Michael J. Arndt consistently produces above-university-level work which constantly challenges his student actors.... (more...)
BWW Review: TAKING SIDES at Rubicon Theatre Company BWW Review: TAKING SIDES at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - November 03, 2017

The time: 1946. The place, Berlin, Germany. Esteemed German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, who refused to leave his post as head of the Berlin Philharmonic, despite his refusal to acknowledge the vicious Hitler regime, is interrogated by an American de-Nazification officer, who believes Furtwangler ... (more...)
BWW Review: JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at 5-Star Theatricals BWW Review: JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at 5-Star Theatricals
by Cary Ginell - October 23, 2017

5-Star Theatricals (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) unveils its first production, an ambitious reworking of 'Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.' Did it work? Read our review to find out!... (more...)
Review: JOSEPH Proves to be Musical of Biblical Proportions Performed in Fabulous Broadway Style by 5-STAR THEATRICALS Review: JOSEPH Proves to be Musical of Biblical Proportions Performed in Fabulous Broadway Style by 5-STAR THEATRICALS
by Shari Barrett - October 17, 2017

Thanks to the magnificent performance of handsome and muscular Adam Hollick, there is an overwhelming Spiritual Presence that shines within Joseph, a power that allows him to overcome every obstacle in his way. He rises above being separated from his loved ones, sold to nomads traveling through the... (more...)
BWW Review: INCOGNITO at Rubicon Theatre Company BWW Review: INCOGNITO at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - September 20, 2017

Nick Payne's acclaimed Off-Broadway smash 'Incognito' makes its West Coast debut with this thought-provoking production, staged at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura.... (more...)
BWW Review: AT THE END OF THE DAY at Elite Theatre Company BWW Review: AT THE END OF THE DAY at Elite Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - August 23, 2017

The Elite Theatre Company begins a new theatrical experiment as three high school actors not only perform, but help in writing the script for a new drama, 'At the End of the Day.'... (more...)
BWW Review: JULIUS CEASAR at Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival BWW Review: JULIUS CEASAR at Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival
by Jeffrey Scott - July 28, 2017

What happens when a family loses a loved one? Said family bans together, consoles each other, and stand as a united front to continue the celebration of the memory of the lost family member.... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST at Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival BWW Review: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST at Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival
by Jeffrey Scott - July 05, 2017

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BWW Review: PETER PAN at Cabrillo Music Theatre BWW Review: PETER PAN at Cabrillo Music Theatre
by Cary Ginell - July 05, 2017

An interview with Carly Bracco, who performed as Jane and Tootles in the national tour of 'Peter Pan' who is now playing the title role.... (more...)
BWW Review: SYLVIA at Rubicon Theatre Company BWW Review: SYLVIA at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - May 05, 2017

What would it be like if dogs could speak? That's one question that is answered in A. R. Gurney's 1995 play Sylvia, which deals with much more than just a man and his dog.  Sylvia is currently playing through Sunday, May 7 at the Rubicon Theatre Company Ventura. ... (more...)
BWW Review: ABSINTHE L.A. Brings Sin City to Los Angeles, and It's an Instant Hit BWW Review: ABSINTHE L.A. Brings Sin City to Los Angeles, and It's an Instant Hit
by Ellen Dostal - March 24, 2017

It used to be true that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But not anymore. For the next five weeks, LA audiences will get a taste of Sin City right here in our own backyard, thanks to Spiegelworld's in-your-face adult-only production, ABSINTHE LA.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH at Rubicon Theatre Company BWW Review: THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - February 24, 2017

It's been 80 years since Bessie Smith, the celebrated Empress of the Blues, died a lonely death, after an auto accident on a desolate Mississippi road. Contrary to legend, Smith did not bleed to death after being refused admission to a white Southern hospital. That story was related to Down Beat m... (more...)
BWW Review: GULF VIEW DRIVE at Rubicon Theatre Company BWW Review: GULF VIEW DRIVE at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - February 10, 2017

In See Rock City, the second installment of Arlene Hutton's trilogy about a post-World War II family, aspiring novelist Raleigh Brummett had left for New York to pursue his career, leaving his school teacher wife May behind in the rural town of Corbin, Kentucky. Hutton's trilogy about the Brummett... (more...)
BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE at Theater League BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE at Theater League
by Cary Ginell - February 06, 2017

The success of the awkwardly titled Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage depends primarily on whether or not you were a fan of the motion picture it was closely modeled after. It's easy to say this since the stage version is nearly identical to the film, and in many ways works better as a live ... (more...)