Category Archives: Theater

Musical Theatre West’s Production Of Lin Manuel-Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Soars at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach

When I saw ‘In the Heights’ on Broadway in 2008, I was not only blown away by the musical, but I was blown away by the performance of the man who conceived the show and wrote the music and lyrics, … 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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‘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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‘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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‘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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‘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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‘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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Pacific Opera Project Presents Lucia Di Lamermoor at Forrest Lawn in Glendale

Pacific Opera Project’s 2017 season resumes with a production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Forrest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale for five shows this September. In February, POP staged a charming production of the same composer’s L’Elisir d’Amore at … 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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‘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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