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Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.

“The Ghost In The Shell” – An Exciting, Strange Trip Into The Future

“The Ghost in the Shell” based on the Japanese anime of the same name has been the focus of much controversy since the announcement that Scarlett Johansson would be playing the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi aka Major. Hopefully the casting of Miss Johansson … Continue reading

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In “Martha,” Christina Carlisi Exquisitely Brings Martha Graham To Life

Actress/dancer, Christina Carlisi is breathing life into the great Martha Graham at the Whitefire Theatre and you do not want to miss it. For those of you unfamiliar with Miss Martha Graham, she was the most influential, dancer/choreographer of the Twentieth century. … Continue reading

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“Beauty and the Beast,” or “Beneath Every Monster Is a Prince”

Well, not every monster, but definitely the one in this Disney classic. “Beauty and the Beast,” directed by Bill Condon, written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Siliotopoulous, is a live-action/CGI remake of Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same name. For those … Continue reading

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“Kong: Skull Island,” Not Your Ideal Vacation Spot, But Visit It Anyway

“Kong: Skull Island” a fantasy, adventure, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts is set in the 1970’s. For those of you too young to remember and not paying attention in history class, that was the time when people had to actually use … Continue reading

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“Married People: A Comedy” A Terrific New Play About Love and Acceptance.

Every so often you go to the theatre and get really pleasantly surprised by what you are seeing on stage and that’s exactly what happened to me last night when I attended the opening of a brand new play entitled … Continue reading

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“Fun Home” Is So Much More Than Fun

In fact, “Fun Home” based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechtel, with music by Jeanine Tesoro, and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, is absolutely brilliant. Yes, it’s fun and funny, but it’s also a fascinating, original  and poignant character … Continue reading

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‘Forever Plaid’ A Musical Journey Down Memory Lane

‘Forever Plaid’ premiered in New York City in 1989 and ran for five years. Since then it has been produced across the country and internationally. Having seen it twice before, I can honestly say that it has not lost its … Continue reading

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‘Logan’ aka Wolverine, Still Tormented After All These Years

Logan (Hugh Jackman) is not the same superhero that he once was. He’s tired. He’s old, he may be dying and he drives a limo. That’s right, our super hero mutant is a limo driver. If that’s not bad enough, … Continue reading

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‘The Great Wall’ Find Out Why It Was Really Built

According to writers, Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, and Tony Gilroy the wall was built to keep out monsters; big, bad, souless monsters that resemble gigantic prehistoric reptiles, who swarm the wall every 60 years to kill and bring the dead … Continue reading

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‘Lyrics From Lockdown’ A Multimedia Production About Living Life While Black

‘Lyrics From Lockdown’ is a true story and Bryonn Bain lived it. He was racially profiled and wrongfully incarcerated by the New York police when he was a Harvard Law student. Once released, Bain’s saga became a cover story for the … Continue reading

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