Author Archives: Joan Alperin

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.

‘Pterodactyls’ A Hilarious Touching Play About a Very Dysfunctional Family

Pterodactyls’ written by the award winning playwright Nicky Silver, is a play that you’ll be thinking about way after the curtain falls. When the play opens we meet the Duncans, an affluent but super dysfunctional ¬†family living in the Main … Continue reading

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Kitten Rescue’s 9th Annual Fur Ball at the Skirball Center September 16th

I always refer to myself as a ‘crazy animal person.’ I have to pet every dog I see and attend every dog and cat show in Los Angeles and beyond. All my animals have been rescues and I firmly believe … Continue reading

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‘Silent Sky’ A Beautiful Tribute to the Women Who Led Us To The Stars

Decades before the ‘hidden figures’ were made famous by the Academy Award nominated film, there was a woman named Henrietta Swan Leavitt (the wonderful Jennifer Cannon) who was an astronomer born in 1868. She and her female colleagues, Williamina Fleming … Continue reading

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‘Welcome to the White Room’ A Funny Dark Comedy That Will Have You Guessing Right Up To The End

This play will have your guessing right up until the end. In fact, it had me guessing until the next day. Not only is “Welcome to the White Room,” written by Trish Harnetiaux, extremely funny, it will keep you thinking … Continue reading

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‘Logan Lucky’ An Hilarious Comedy from Academy Award Winning Director Steven Soderbergh

Divorced and desperate for money, unemployed West Virginia coal miner Jimmy Logan (the wonderful Channing Tatum) hatches a wildly elaborate scheme to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway in neighboring North Carolina during a NASCAR race. He convinces his one-armed bartender … Continue reading

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‘Honky Tonk Laundry’ is Definitely a Place You Don’t Want To Leave

‘Honkey Tonk Laundry’ is a wonderful new musical written and directed by Roger Bean (‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’, ‘Life Could Be A Dream’, ‘The Andrew Brothers’) with choreography by James Vasquez. There are many reasons why you should see this musical, … Continue reading

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‘Rainbow Bridge’ A Comedy About a Mother, a Sister and a Dog

‘Rainbow Bridge’ directed by Mike Myers and written by Ron Nelson is a new comedy now playing at Santa Monica’s Ruskin Theatre. When the play opens, we meet Jerry (Paul Schackman) a lawyer who is at his vet, Dr. Klein’s … Continue reading

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‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is Theatre at its Best

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is based on the best selling novel written by Mark Haddon. It’s the story of a 15 year old math genius, Christopher Boone (the extraordinary Adam Langdon) a high-functioning boy who … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: ‘Shout Sister Shout’ The Story of the First Lady of Rock & Roll

Long before the great female rocker Janis Joplin came on the scene, there was a lady named, Rosetta Tharpe, a gospel singer born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas in 1915. Miss Tharpe was gospel’s first superstar and the preeminent crossover figure … Continue reading

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Savion Glover Plus the Reopening of the Ford Amphitheater Equals Perfection

After going through a 70 million dollar renovation, the Ford Amphitheater, which originally was built in 1920, reopened with an incredible show Saturday. The amazing Savion Glover tapped to the sounds of Dance Candy, a super tight jazz group, that … Continue reading

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