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1969, A Topical Triumph

1969, A Topical Triumph

1969, presented by Towne Street Theatre, LA’s Premiere African American Theatre Company, is a wonderful tribute to the turbulence of that infamous decade, as it relates to the Black experience. The plot involves a revolutionary group, patterned on the Black Panthers, called Blacks United, run by the charismatic Ajamu (Jaimyon Parker). In total contrast, there […]

This is Banned

This is Banned

What is particularly interesting in this production is the juxtaposition of concepts that are presented and explored. There is the issue of generated loyalty and what defines the usefulness of a weapon. Opposed to generational guilt — do the sins of the father, or husband in “Winchester,” constitute a purgatorial sentence of visitations from the […]

The Pasadena Playhouse Presents “Lavender Night Out,” a Benefit in Support of Art, Inclusion and Equality on Thursday, November 6th

The festivities start at 6:30pm on November 6th at The Pasadena Playhouse! “Lavender Night Out” supports The Pasadena Playhouse’s Theatrical Diversity Project, which is committed to bravely serving and representing the LGBTQ and other communities that broaden the diversity, equality and inclusion of American theatre through new play development and main stage productions. Lavender Night […]

A or B?, Now Running at the Falcon Theatre

A or B?, Now Running at the Falcon Theatre

A or B?, now in its run at the Falcon Theatre, is a brilliant depiction of “if only…” in matters of dating and career. The couple, Abby (Jules Wilcox) and Ben (Jason Dechert) travel down two parallel lives, ala the film Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, where a woman’s love life and career both hinge, […]

Irina Maleeva’s Illusions: An Interview with the Artist

Irina Maleeva’s Illusions: An Interview with the Artist

By Natasha Lewin Veteran actress and cabaret artist Irina Maleeva returns this November with her one-woman musical revue, Illusions. Featuring songs from Amanda McBroom and Edith Piaf, the show is directed and co-written by Randy Johnson, the writer/director of the 2014 Tony Award-nominated musical A Night with Janis Joplin. The Tolucan Times had the opportunity […]

Jimmy Spencer’s Music – A ‘Blues-Print’ to Happiness

Jimmy Spencer’s Music – A ‘Blues-Print’ to Happiness

Magic was truly in the air this past Saturday evening at the Smokehouse in Toluca Lake, as Jimmy Spencer wooed the audience in a most intimate, cozy setting. He was in top form, in a setting much like a throwback to the Las Vegas nightclub lounges and dinner shows, featuring the likes of Frank Sinatra […]

I only caught one play on the weekend for your consideration

I only caught one play on the weekend for your consideration

A totally entertaining musical with a nutty storyline, countless “over the top” visuals, and whacky songs. What’s not to like? Don’t Hug Me, We’re Married A world premiere – the fifth in the crowd pleasing Don’t Hug Me series of whacky Minnesota musical comedies. Penned OUTRAGEOUSLY by Phil Olson, with music and orchestrations by his […]

Crazy Love: A Night of One-Act Relationships

Crazy Love: A Night of One-Act Relationships

By Natasha Lewin Whether you’ve got the attention span of a goldfish (three seconds) or you need a quickie ride on the frightening rollercoaster of love, the Renegade Theater can cure what ails you with their current production, The Renegade Theatre One Acts: The Crazy Love Edition. Four different one-act plays have been selected from […]

Jimmy Spencer and the Karen Hernandez Trio will be performing at the Smoke House on Saturday, October 18th

Jimmy Spencer and the Karen Hernandez Trio will be performing at the Smoke House on Saturday, October 18th

By M. Valentine Fall is in the air and the night’s are beautiful… a perfect time to join Jimmy Spencer and The Karen Hernandez Trio (Karen — Piano; Lou Shoch — Bass; Larry Klein — Drums) at the Smoke House for an evening of music, dancing and fun! The music menu for the evening will […]

Melissa Arctic – A Chilling Tale

Melissa Arctic – A Chilling Tale

The Road Theatre, operating for 22 years, is a vibrant force in the Noho Arts District. This play, Melissa Arctic, written by Craig Wright, is a modern day existential delving into A Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare. It takes place in a small town in Minnesota, over a period of 20 years. The theatre itself […]