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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 youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Peter Parker is Back and Better than Ever


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First off I must say that British actor Tom Holland is my favorite Spider-Man ever and this reboot, directed by Jon Watts, is my favorite film in the Marvel ‘spider’ franchise. What makes this film work so well, is that … Continue reading

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‘I Am Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce’ and Ronnie Marmo Brilliantly Shows Us Why


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Lenny Bruce was not only a comic legend, but was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.  His work had an impact on everything from politics, music, film and of course comedy. It’s because of Bruce’s legal battles … Continue reading

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‘The War of The Planet of the Apes’ The Best of the Three


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‘The War For The Planet of the Apes” takes places two years after “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. Most of the human race across the globe have been wiped out by the outbreak of the ALZ113 V, aka … Continue reading

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‘Baby Driver’ I’d Go Riding With This Dude Anytime


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‘Baby Driver’ is by far the best film of the summer. I went to the press screening a few days ago and have not stopped thinking about it nor have I stopped playing the fantastic sound track. Edgar Wright (‘Shaun … Continue reading

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‘It’s Only Life’ and it’s Beautiful at the Chromolume Theatre


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First off I have to say I absolutely loved this show and it definitely falls into the ‘must see’ category. ‘It’s Only Life’ was originally conceived and directed by Daisy Prince with music and lyrics by John Bucchino. If you’re … Continue reading

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‘Emmitt & Ava’ A Tale of Love, Loss and Acceptance


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“Emmitt & Ava” is a play written and directed by two-time Ovation winner Dominic Hoffman. The story is about two families, unacquainted with one another, who suddenly find themselves forced to communicate on the most intimate of terms. When the … Continue reading

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‘Dog Fight’ From The Musical Team Who Brought You ‘La La Land’


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‘Dog Fight’ now playing at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood is from Benj Hasek and Justin Paul, the Academy Award-winning musical team responsible for ‘La La Land’ and the smash Broadway hit ‘Dear Evan Hansen’. The date is November 21, … Continue reading

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“Jersey Boys” at the Ahmanson Theatre – Oh, What A Night


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“Jersey Boys” is what I call a feel good jukebox musical. Whether you’re a fan of The Four Seasons or not, by the time you leave the theatre, you’ll be singing many of the great songs the group wrote and recorded. … Continue reading

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“Little Shop Of Horrors” Rocks At The Hillcrest Center For The Arts


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“Little Shop of Horrors” is a comedy rock musical by composer Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.  The musical is based on the low budget 1960 black comedy film of the same name.  It opened Off Broadway in 1982 where it … Continue reading

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“Pure Confidence” A Powerful Play About an Unlikely Friendship


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The high-stakes world of pre-Civil War horse racing sets the stage for this captivating drama during the time of slavery followed by the Reconstruction era in the 1900’s. Director Marya Mazor tells us that “this is a play, that at first glance, … Continue reading

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