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The Emperor’s New Clothes Designs Fun Entertainment

The Emperor’s New Clothes Designs Fun Entertainment

Combining a classic children’s fairy tale with bouncy, toe-tapping show tunes, the Nine O’Clock Players’ entertaining, world-premiere production of The Emperor’s New Clothes features infectious performances to entrance audiences of all ages. The Emperor (Judy Claverie) lusts after new fashions, and demands a flashy new suit for his birthday, stating he will richly reward the […]

Q&A with the Writers of Jitterbug Lift

Q&A with the Writers of Jitterbug Lift

By Diane Skwarek [Jitterbug Lift was originally reviewed in our Dec. 11, 2013 edition.] Q: How did y’all meet? What made you decide to write as a team? Dominic Oliver: I had an idea for a film script and met Jay, who loved the same sci-fi and adventure films I did. Jay Flynn: When we […]

I only caught one play to tell you about, and it was a ton of fun!

I only caught one play to tell you about, and it was a ton of fun!

Thanks to the “water gods” we finally got a heavy dose of much needed rainfall, although I’m much happier and more productive when it’s sunny. Boeing Boeing A maniacally madcap journey from start to finish, this one will inspire “belly laughs” from all who see it! Starting with the clever theater announcements pre-show, offered by […]

Actor Richard Herd to Star in Broadway … My Way

Actor Richard Herd to Star in Broadway … My Way

Richard Herd, well known to TV viewers as Mr. Wilhelm, George’s boss on Seinfeld, will be appearing at the Gardenia Supper Club in his one-man presentation Broadway … My Way on Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15. Richard has appeared in hundreds of plays, films, and television shows during his long and distinguished career. […]

Nine O’Clock Players Bring Love of Theater to Kids

Nine O’Clock Players Bring Love of Theater to Kids

For 85 years, the Nine O’Clock Players have presented entertaining theatrical productions for families and schoolchildren that demonstrate the magic and joy of live presentations to kids who have never set foot in a theatre before. The Nine O’Clock Players earned its name when originally presenting musical revues and presentations for their friends and spouses […]

I have two new productions to tell you about this week …

I have two new productions to tell you about this week …

As different from each other as they could possibly be, but both are worthy of your time. The Foreigner A fast-paced hilarious farce with a dark edge to it, taking place in a fishing lodge in Georgia in the 1980s. This story of misconception, is a non-stop crowd pleaser. Written by Larry Shue, having had […]

Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, a Clever Multi-Media Affair at The Wallis

Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, a Clever Multi-Media Affair at The Wallis

Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter is an ultra-clever multi-media stage production being presented by the UK’s renowned Kneehigh Theatre Company at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The show was inspired by director David Lean’s beloved movie and shifts between theater and brief film scenes. It is cleverly adapted from Noël […]

Derby Day Races Towards Disaster

Derby Day Races Towards Disaster

Unflinching in its bleak portrayal of human depravity, Samuel Brett Williams’ Derby Day features gut-wrenching prose, black comedy, and animalistic acting as it examines the destructiveness of one family. Williams dissects addiction and dysfunction and their emotional toll on the psyche. The three distant Ballard brothers, Frank (Robert M. Foster), Ned (Malcolm Madera), and Johnny […]

I only caught one production on the weekend, but it was a lot of fun!

I only caught one production on the weekend, but it was a lot of fun!

A tongue-in-cheek look at politics today … with more than a few belly laughs to be had … try to see it! Obama Spy Drama This satirical show is certifiably insane! Admittedly, I am not a wizard on political world happenings. I probably missed some of the pertinent true to life “barbs,” as the pace […]

“In The Mood,” a Big Band Blast at the Alex Theatre

“In The Mood,” a Big Band Blast at the Alex Theatre

The Alex Theatre, performing arts and entertainment center in Glendale, presented the outstanding and patriotic “In The Mood,” big band musical revue over Presidents Weekend to a packed house. It was a blast featuring the show’s creator and producer Bud Forrest leading the 13-piece String of Pearls Orchestra, along with six terrific big band singers […]