Archive for September, 2009

The Informant!

The Informant!

The Informant! Runtime: 108 Minutes OK for Children There is one important aspect to movie making that always gets short shrift if, indeed, it gets any shrift at all: music. I don’t mean “Singin’ in the Rain” type of music—I mean the score. There are some films for which the score is famous, like “Lawrence […]

Disgrace

Disgrace

Disgrace Runtime: 113 Minutes OK for Children David Lurie (John Malkovich), a divorced professor of romantic poetry in post-apartheid South Africa, is a flawed womanizer. With a reputation as an abuser of his female students, he has an affair with one of his mixed-race students, Melanie Isaacs (Antoinette Engel), and all hell breaks loose—completely upsetting […]

No doom n’ gloom this time…

No doom n’ gloom this time…

I caught two charmingly-enjoyable productions… without driving any farther than NoHo… “A Big Gay North Hollywood Wedding” What better wedding gift could I give to the “blushing” grooms… than a “glowing” review? This riotously high energy, interactive wedding ceremony and following reception party… where we are the guests… is a ton of fun! Beyond the […]

Local Acting Student Raises Money to Fight Breast Cancer

Local Acting Student Raises Money to Fight Breast Cancer

Riley Ceder, a 17-year-old senior studying theater at a local performing arts high school, recently combined his talent for acting with his concern for breast cancer in a fundraising effort for the Los Angeles County affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Earlier this summer, Ceder founded the Bear Feet Theatre Company which, over […]

“The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit”

“The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit”

By popular demand and with few changes, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit has returned to the Fremont Center Theatre in South Pasadena. Written by the inimitable and prolific author, Ray Bradbury, it is one of my Bradbury favorites. The story is all about the mystical powers of dreams. When five young Latino men talk about […]

“12 Angry Jurors” Explores Justice

“12 Angry Jurors” Explores Justice

Examining what it means to truly perform citizenship and honestly dole out justice, 12 Angry Jurors, Sherman L. Sergel’s modern adaptation of Reginald Rose’s classic play, contains intense, hearty performances in its thoughtful production. Produced by West of Broadway as both a literacy and civic responsibility tool, the play operates interactively, asking the audience to […]

Prince and Princess, and Frog, Oh My!

Prince and Princess, and Frog, Oh My!

By Bonnie Priever Theatre West/Storybook Theatre’s The Princess and the Frog is a must-see for every little boy and girl in Los Angeles seeking a chance to be a prince/princess for a day! With such cheerful, lovable characters, colorful scenery, props and costumes, kids of all ages are in for a royal treat with plenty […]

“Moist” Celebrates Womanhood

“Moist” Celebrates Womanhood

By Bonnie Priever With plenty of backstage drama and onstage sex appeal and charm, Moist ‘takes off where Sex and the City, and the Vagina Monologues began.” For chicks and significant others, this show is sure to seduce and whet one’s appetite for what promises to be an evening of pleasure – before, during and […]

Burbank

Burbank

Barbara Howell to Be Honored as Burbank’s “2009 Woman of the Year” The Zonta Club of Burbank Area is proud to announce that Barbara Howell, Executive Director of the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, has been selected as “Burbank’s Woman of the Year” for 2009. The “Woman of the Year” is an annual event sponsored by […]

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Generations have celebrated Walt Disney’s beloved classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one –her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into […]