Archive for August, 2009

The Gifts of Citizenship, Membership

The Gifts of Citizenship, Membership

I want to talk about a touching letter regarding Eunice Shriver, who touched all of us. And, just a touch of the local theatre that is such a gift. It’s the time to hop on my soapbox to give my take on the upcoming SAG elections. It’s a great opportunity for stability to return to […]

One on One with Robert Pine

One on One with Robert Pine

“I like The Tolucan Times: a community paper that tells you what’s going on in this neighborhood. And the ads help you know where to shop in this neck of the woods.” –Robert Pine   Robert Pine, a most respectable actor, lives in a lovely home with his wife Gwynne and Daisy the dog, in […]

Gregg Hunter’s Newspace

The Labor Day holidays are straight ahead and, if Hawaii is a trifle distant, check out the 43rd annual Labor Day Luau happening Saturday September 5th at Horace Heidt Estate in Sherman Oaks. There’ll be dinner at 7 p.m. and live entertainment at 8 followed by dancing at $50 per person by advance paid reservations […]

Flame & Citron

Flame & Citron

Flame & Citron Runtime: 130 Minutes OK for Children, Except for Graphic Violence Bent Faurschou-Hviid, aka Flame (Thure Lindhardt), was a 23 year-old Danish patriot who killed Germans and collaborating Danes when the Nazis were occupying Denmark during WWII. He was a cold-blooded assassin. His driver was Jørgen Haagen Schmith, aka Citron (Mads Mikkelsen), who, […]

Paris Carney

Paris Carney

At the NoHo Arts Center on August 15th, in an evening generously hosted by Kevin Bailey and James J. Mellon, a very special night of original music by Paris Carney (and special guests) played out, accompanied by the world premiere of “Battles of You,” her first music video, directed by “up and comer,” Nick Borges! […]

One Hilarious Greek Tragedy

One Hilarious Greek Tragedy

The term “certifiable lunatic” probably doesn’t get used often enough in the theatre world, but Matt Walker and his Troubadour Theatre Company are working very hard to change that. Case in point: Their latest musical extravaganza, “Oedipus the King, Mama” at the Falcon Theatre. Sophocles’ ancient plot about a Greek King (Walker) who learns too […]

Random but Relevant Ramblings…

Random but Relevant Ramblings…

No plays to review for you this week (I feel a bit like a “fish out of water”). As is my nature, I kept busy all weekend anyway! As I mentioned last week, theatrical ventures are “struggling” financially (like many businesses) due to our weak economy. “Live” theatre is an act of love and dedication, […]

On A Sad Note…

On A Sad Note…

This week our paper lovingly says good-bye to Amanda Bloom (the cheery gal who often answers your phone calls!). The brainy and funny little firecracker who’s as smart as she is cute… She’s decided to go back to school to get even smarter! Who, I wonder, will now inherit the chore of correcting all of […]

“Gaslight” Opens at Theatre West on August 28

“Gaslight” Opens at Theatre West on August 28

Set in London, 1880, “Gaslight” tells the demonic story of the Manninghams of Angel Street. Under the guise of kindliness, handsome Mr. Manningham is torturing his wife into insanity. He accuses her of petty aberrations that he has arranged himself; and since her mother died of insanity, she is more than half convinced that she, […]

Lost Souls. Troubled Times. Dignity Prevails.

Lost Souls. Troubled Times. Dignity Prevails.

By Bonnie Priever As downtown L.A. faces gentrification and image “clean-up,” Alive Theatre brings to stage “In Arabia,” an assortment of down-and-out characters in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, 1990’s, desperately trying to survive and maintain dreams, fearing displacement from the bar they call ‘home.’ One musical number sets the tone: “Ain’t No Heart in the City, […]