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Hello out there to my theatre lovin’ readers

Hello out there to my theatre lovin’ readers

Have you missed my weekly theatrical meanderings? I haven’t deserted you… though I haven’t turned in a column for the last couple of weeks. To explain… August is generally a slow month for play “openings” but September picks up again, and offers endless new productions locally, throughout the holiday season. So far, I’m booked to […]

Forever Young Celebrates Great American Songbook

Forever Young Celebrates Great American Songbook

Featuring tunes from the great American songbook as well as newer Broadway/movie show tunes, Elate Theatre’s entertaining musical revue Forever Young demonstrates the power of good music to make one feel alive. The production combines cast members ranging from 9 to 81 singing and dancing to music appealing to all ages. Producer/director Carol Bratcher mixes […]

CART Presents Heartbreak House in Honor of Norman Lloyd’s One Hundredth Birthday!

CART Presents Heartbreak House in Honor of Norman Lloyd’s One Hundredth Birthday!

CART’s next show is September 7th — a Sunday matinee at 1:30pm, honoring Norman Lloyd on his forthcoming One Hundredth Birthday. This will kick off the series of events that will celebrate him, through November 8th. CART presents George Bernard Shaw’s timely comedy, Heartbreak House, exactly one hundred years after it was first produced in […]

I have two productions to tell you about this week. One, a delightful original musical journey… the other, an age-old classic drama. Both in the neighborhood… try to catch them

I have two productions to tell you about this week. One, a delightful original musical journey… the other, an age-old classic drama. Both in the neighborhood… try to catch them

Doris and Me — The Doris Day Songbook Celebrating Doris Day’s 90th birthday and remarkable life and career, this is a highly enjoyable and loveably nostalgic production! Written and conceived by Scott Dreier (who idolizes her) and Kurtis Simmons, this is Scott’s personal love letter to “America’s Sweetheart.” Also “starring” BRILLIANTLY in this loving and […]

I caught two highly entertaining productions on the weekend. As different as they could possibly be… but both WINNERS!

I caught two highly entertaining productions on the weekend. As different as they could possibly be… but both WINNERS!

Always…Patsy Cline Written and originally directed by Ted Swindley. A triumphant two character show and a NON-STOP DELIGHT from start to finish… my cheeks still ache from smiling! It is the heartfelt true story of an unlikely relationship between a lonely single mother in Houston, and a world famous country music star. Their relationship lasted […]

The Tempest

The Tempest

The Tempest is Shakespeare’s most sublime piece, set on a charmed island. It is fey world, where spirits and sprites are as much a part of the landscape as the soil. The story starts with a shipwreck. The passengers make it safely to shore, and in better shape than before. How can this be? Because, […]

Munted Shows Resilience of New Zealand People

Munted Shows Resilience of New Zealand People

Employing the actual words of survivors of Christchurch, New Zealand’s 6.1 earthquake on February 22, 2011, Bare Hunt Collective’s production of Munted (Busted) is a thought provoking, powerful play about hope, humanity, and survival. The nonfiction piece features outstanding performances and thoughtful composition that tells witty, touching, and moving stories of people facing tragedy and […]

I hope you all had a fun-filled 4th of July!

I hope you all had a fun-filled 4th of July!

What is it about explosive patterns of bright lights filling the sky that brings out the child in all of us? I spent the day with about 65 people, at the home of a loving and generous friend who lives a couple blocks from Burbank’s Starlight Bowl. Many were friends from the late 70’s — […]

Wish You Were Her: True Focus Theater’s CAT FIGHT

Wish You Were Her: True Focus Theater’s CAT FIGHT

By Natasha Lewin Women are nature’s multi-taskers — consistent only in the complexity to be entirely inconsistent. Constantly changing, ever growing, eternally nurturing, the female species is not only the more stoic of the genders but also — until men can start giving birth like male seahorses can — the givers of life. So what […]

Sanger: One Woman, One Story

Sanger: One Woman, One Story

By Natasha Lewin Taking on the tough role of equally commended and criticized Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger is no easy feat. Seasoned actress Pamela Daly was drawn to the role portraying the intrepid Sanger in her own words. Daly’s husband (and playwright) compiled Sanger’s most common and controversial quotes to compose the one-woman show […]