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Against the Wall Forces Change

Against the Wall Forces Change

Blending romance and stand-up comedy, Against the Wall thoughtfully yet hilariously examines how it often takes moments of great desperation to face difficult emotional truths. Featuring excellent acting and some laugh-out-loud one-liners, the show steps behind the curtain to present the difficult realities of not only the shaping of a career, but the shaping of […]

I caught two new productions on their Opening Nights, on the weekend. Both theatres have good AC, thank goodness!

I caught two new productions on their Opening Nights, on the weekend. Both theatres have good AC, thank goodness!

Two Grooms: Big Gay North Hollywood Wedding Redux How long since you’ve been to a wedding, and got tipsy on champagne at the reception? This hilarious interactive musical production is a “larger than life,” laugh a minute riot! Cleverly co-written by William Reilly (who also playfully directs, and accompanies on piano) and Ben Rovner. We […]

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of you “Moms” out there!

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of you “Moms” out there!

I spent mine stuck at home, with a crummy cold, but received gorgeous flowers from my daughter Dana, and son Jeff, along with a box of my favorite See’s Candy. Dana brought me dinner (Jeff lives in Vegas), and I celebrated in my comfiest pajamas … then blew my nose, and went back to bed. […]

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 […]