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A Swan Song: Turning Thirty

A Swan Song: Turning Thirty

By Natasha Lewin When playwright Lisa Phillips Visca first heard that swans mate for life a light bulb went off. Reeling from her successful run with the romantic comedy Raise Me Up, Visca found her voice penning stories that focus on love as its theme. But this time with Turning Thirty she turned her lens […]

Fool for Love

Fool for Love

It has been said that we cannot rise above our heredity. There are also various philosophies and beliefs that state fate is dictated, we are mere puppets on the world’s stage. These themes are explored in Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love. The story follows star-crossed lovers who have yet to find the avenue for any […]

Vanessa Bell Calloway Reveals the “Cosmic Zora” in Her One Woman Show at The Pasadena Playhouse

Vanessa Bell Calloway Reveals the “Cosmic Zora” in Her One Woman Show at The Pasadena Playhouse

Reviewed by Steven Woodruff Writer Gabrielle Denise Pina’s detailed one-woman play, Letters from Zora, a paean to the adventurous life of Harlem Renaissance figurehead Zora Neale Hurston, has returned to The Pasadena Playhouse. And in Vanessa Bell Calloway as the title character, Pina has found a powerful collaborator in bringing Hurston’s complex, flawed character to […]

Big Problems, Little Country — The Mouse That Roared

Big Problems, Little Country — The Mouse That Roared

What does a European country that boasts only 6,000 residents do once it goes broke? Why, declare war on the United States of course! After a wine company in Southern California rips off the one and only export from the dwarfed Duchy of Grand Fenwick, the tiny territory plans on losing a war with the […]

Lancers Restaurant

For decades, Lancers has been dishing up the tastiest breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The ultimate community mainstay, Lancers is one of the best restaurants in Burbank. Open daily from 5:30 a.m. to midnight, a great meal always awaits you at Lancers. Lancers’ Mother’s Day Dinner menu is as follows: Roast Tom Turkey with Dressing – […]

I didn’t catch any plays on the weekend, but I have a couple coming up in the near future, that look like winners!

Let me give you a “heads up” … so you have a chance to book seats early, if interested. The Ghost of Gershwin – A World Premiere Opening on May 8 at The Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood. Billed as a “new old fashioned musical.” Directed by one of L.A.’s most visionary and highly […]

TARZAN The Stage Musical, is swinging at NoHo’s El Portal

TARZAN The Stage Musical, is swinging at NoHo’s El Portal

Tarzan swings! That’s not a cliché, it’s a fact! At NoHo’s historic El Portal Theatre TARZAN The Stage Musical is swinging through May 18 with a fun and sumptuous musical for the entire family. The cozy Monroe Forum Theatre has been transformed to a lush jungle for the setting of the story is based on […]

I only caught one production on the weekend to tell you about

I only caught one production on the weekend to tell you about

Presented by an innovative theater troupe called “Stages of Gray.” They have recently taken residence at the long respected Hudson Theatre, in the intimate space next to the café. This production is double cast … so my review is only on the actors I saw the night I attended. Mandrake’s End A World Premiere murder […]

Tony Monaco, Pat Boone Preach Transformation

Tony Monaco, Pat Boone Preach Transformation

Saul of Tarsus experienced a life-transforming event on the “Road to Damascus,” abandoning a life of hatred to become the prolific scholar, Paul the Apostle, spreading God’s word. Thirty-eight years ago, actor Tony Monaco also saw mystical visions, abandoning addiction for a life of peace and happiness. Inspired by how his life-giving experience mirrored that […]

Not to Be Missed! Bryony Lavery’s Frozen

Critical Action Theater Company’s inaugural play showcases talent and tears at the heart with Bryony Lavery’s Frozen — a play about unthinkable acts in everyday people. Weaving together the lives of a grieving mother, the man who abducted her child, and the psychologist sent to study him, Frozen challenges our potential for forgiveness and revenge […]