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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 […]

Scenes from ANZAC

Scenes from ANZAC

Our collective memory of WWI is usually bits and pieces of newsreel film played in a fabricated fashion on TV. With the exception of a few documentaries, the distant from the actual events seems archaic. Little do many know that that war changed the very fabric of history that is still reverberating today. However, we […]

Pray to Ball

Pray to Ball

By Natasha Lewin From racist remarks to religious discrimination, it seems like every time you turn on the news someone somewhere is spewing hate. While boycotts and anger only further the backlash of intolerance, ignorance is best dealt with using creative outlets to further spread education and understanding. This strategy is perhaps best witnessed by […]

Tony Monaco in The Road to Damascus is Riveting

Tony Monaco in The Road to Damascus is Riveting

“I never knew playing a saint would be so hard,” is a prophetic line at the beginning of the musical play The Road to Damascus playing at The Little Victory Theatre in Burbank. The line is uttered by the character George Spelvin, a troubled actor about to perform the transformative role of the apostle St. […]

I hope everyone had a nice Easter with family and friends

I hope everyone had a nice Easter with family and friends

Home in bed with a cold, I had to skip dinner with the family, and settle for I Love Lucy reruns…. Be a Good Little Widow – A Los Angeles Premiere Written with soul searching passion by Bekah Brunstetter, and directed with heart-wrenching focus by Sara Botsford. This sad comedy about “loss and longing,” is […]

Detective Partner Hero Villain

Detective Partner Hero Villain

This production is an eclectic blend of Philip Marlowe and Foucault, an interesting mix of crime-drama infused with theoretical diatribes that make for quick laughs and deep thought. Who would have thought that a simple murder mystery could be so complex with philosophical interludes? Could it be so entertaining and yet leave one searching within, […]

The Entertainer Headlines Changing Times

The Entertainer Headlines Changing Times

A caustic look at the parallel declines of the British Empire and the British Music Hall, John Osborne’s The Entertainer examines the changing culture and mores of a failing England and declining community, revealing the shabby underbelly of a struggling nation through fine acting and thoughtful direction. Old-fashioned comic Price presides as headliner over the […]