I had a lazy weekend off theatrically speaking.

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No theatre opinions to share with you this week. Worked in my garden, hung out with my family, did a lot of vintage shopping for my store… etc. I glued myself to the tube catching all of my favorite shows and cooked myself some homemade “fave” dishes. An avid fan of American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice… both shows mid-season are really heating up! If Crystal Bowersox doesn’t win Idol there’s something wrong with the American voting public! A down-to-earth, dynamically original cross between Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt… she blows the other contestants off the stage week after week! Prayers to Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison, and a finalist on Trump’s show… he’s still in intensive care as I write this, from a brain hemorrhage. I do have a few little theatre “tid-bits” and unique Magnolia Park shopping tips to share…

Mark your calendar: Correction: The Road Theatre in NoHo. In my last column informing you of upcoming May theatrical openings I’ll cover, there has now been a change. Due to a cast member’s illness and subsequent minor surgery, their two plays running in “rep” have rescheduled the opening dates. Madagascar will now open on Friday, May 21st, and White People will kick off on May 22nd. With much “buzz” anticipating this coupling of compelling plays, I do hope you’ll consider both of them, and of course I’ll tell you all about them as I see them.

sugar happens: Opening May 12th at Burbank’s Sidewalk Studio Theatre. Promising to be a poignantly touching comedy, starring Rachel Bailit in a solo performance, it is the true story of a “nice Jewish girl” who won’t take “no” for an answer. Coming to Hollywood in search of love and superstardom… she survives countless setbacks, and then flashes forward 20 years for a “peek” into her future.

Congrats to Group Rep at The Lonny Chapman Theatre! In these weak economic times, when “live” theatre attendance has suffered, it is a joy to report that Sweet Sue, an A.R. Gurney play, has been extended through Mother’s Day. See it… it’s a lot of fun!

Langston & Nicolas: “Two men… one voice,” at Hollywood’s Stella Adler Theatre. If you haven’t yet followed my rave review (April 14th issue) on this excitingly epic, multi-racial play, this will be the last weekend to catch it! A true telling of the 30-year friendship of these two iconic literary figures, this is a wonderful production! A huge and talented cast takes us on a historical, passion-filled journey, loaded with music, dance and poetry. These two visionaries dared to write “their truths” to the people, through the Spanish Civil War, the Cuban Revolution, and the Civil Rights movement, against much controversy. Powerfully enthralling throughout!

Cruising Magnolia Park’s increasingly trendy shopping strip

Playclothes is finally open for business! Wanda’s popular vintage clothing and furniture treasures (…for 12 years in the Tujunga/Moorpark area) are now gracing Burbank’s collection of “cool” shops, and it is quite spectacular! A great addition to our collectible shop area, it looks like a museum of days gone by. Check it out, and tell her the wacky “Hubba Hubba!” lady sent you! 3100 W. Magnolia.

33 Rooms – Welcome also to Holly, the adorable young and “happening” new owner of her first store. Recently open, she carries resale and vintage wearable items for both males and females at reasonable prices. An artist herself, she will showcase jewelry and art pieces of other local artists too. You may have read our recent feature on her by Adreana Robbins in the March 14th issue. Pop in and “rock out” to her “cutting edge” music selection while you shop. 3318 W. Magnolia.

When you leave 33 Rooms, have a cruise through Encore Nouveau and Magnolia Commons too (within a block away). Both are beautiful, classy shops, selling fashionable re-sale and consignment clothing and jewelry.

Look out, Melrose Avenue! Burbank is buzzing!

More “chit chat” next week…

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