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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.

‘Hello Stranger’ A Captivating Journey Against The Back Drop of the Day of the Dead

“Hello Stranger’ written by Sharon Yablon and directed by Sarah Figoten Wilson is one of the most original, engrossing plays I’ve seen in a long time. When the play opens we meet Mike (the outstanding Trevor H. Olsen) a man … Continue reading

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‘Mrs. Warren’s Profession’ by George Bernard Shaw Shines at A Noise Within

Shaw wrote more than 60 plays, including “Man and Superman,” ‘Major Barbara,’ ‘Pygmalion,’ and the protofeminist play, ”Mrs. Warren’s Profession.’  Considering the events of late, this play is extremely timely and the production at A Noise Within, directed by Michael … Continue reading

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Blade Runner 2049: Philip K. Dick Would Be Extremely Proud

First thing I have to say is that the studio asked us many times over to be very careful not to write a review that contains  “spoilers,” and since there are so many in this extraordinary film. I’ll just give … Continue reading

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‘Our Town’ and The Deaf West Theatre: A Beautiful Poignant Commentary On Life

‘Our Town’ is a Pulitizer Prize-winning 1938 three act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. It tells the story of the fictional American small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire between 1901 and 1913 as its seen through the every day … Continue reading

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Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights: Get Ready To Scream — Loud

The other day my friend and I were talking about why we both love to be scared. Why do we walk around pitch black mazes where monsters jump out and scare us?  The answer we came up with is that … Continue reading

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‘We Are One’, A Benefit Concert Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Playing For Change Foundation

I remember when I first saw the Playing For Change video ‘Stand By Me’ in 2008. It was so inspiring to see musicians from all around the world including New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, India, Nepal, the Middle East and … Continue reading

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‘Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally’ There Hasn’t Been a Phone Invented Like This One

‘Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally’ is an extremely funny, sad and highly original coming of age story written by playwright Kevin Armento and directed by Peter Richards. The play features an unconventional narrator: the phone belonging to a troubled … Continue reading

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‘Dark Harbor’ at the Queen Mary: Prepare To Be Scared-Very Very Scared

I love to be scared.  That is why I go to horror films, not the gory ones, just the super scary ones. I like nothing more than to be so scared that I jump out of my seat. It does … Continue reading

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‘Grey Nomad’ Hop Aboard for a Really Fun Ride

Australian playwright Dan Lee came up with the idea for “Grey Nomad,”  a couple of years ago. He was living in the Australian town of Boome and noticed that every year during the dry season, 15,000-60,000 baby boomers would descend … Continue reading

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‘Viver Brasil’ Will Bring Its Magic to the Ford Theatre for the Company’s 20th Anniversary

This is an event you do not want to miss. I’ve seen this extraordinary company  several times during the years and they never ever disappoint. Viver Brasil is an Afro-Brazilian dance company based in Los Angeles, It was created 20 … Continue reading

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