I hope everyone had a nice Easter with family and friends

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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

From l, Caroline Aaron and Larisa Oleynik star in the L.A. Premiere of “Be a Good Little Widow” by Bekah Brunstetter and directed by Sara Botsford and now playing at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood.

From l, Caroline Aaron and Larisa Oleynik star in the L.A. Premiere of “Be a Good Little Widow” by Bekah Brunstetter and directed by Sara Botsford and now playing at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood.

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 emotionally gripping, and “true to life” humorous in turns. Young wife Melody spends a lot of time at home alone, as her beloved husband Craig is frequently away on business (a solid Donovan Patton). New to the area, Melody keeps herself busy cooking and exercising, except when visited by her husband’s flirtatious assistant, Brad (a feisty Trey McCurley). When a horrific plane crash takes Craig’s life, she is devastated, and faced with the unfamiliar process of grieving, while dealing with his caustic and overbearing Mother, Hope, at the same time. This relationship between Craig’s Mother and her daughter-in-law … is the “heart” of the story. Melody must now prepare herself for the funeral, and face the loss of her husband under the scrutiny of her “larger than life” Mother-in-law. The flawless performances of Caroline Aaron as the overbearing and critical Hope, and Larisa Oleynik as the grief-stricken wife, are both powerfully passionate and deeply felt. Sparks fly … and life affirming lessons are learned by both women! The homey set design created by Lacey Anzelc, and mood setting lighting design by Dan Weingarten … set the tone perfectly. A worthy, contemplative, and heart touching evening of theater, perfectly portrayed by a quartet of skilled actors … Do try to catch this one! Running at NoHo Arts Center in the intimate back theatre space located at 11136 Magnolia Blvd. in NoHo. For tickets call (323) 388-3874 or visit thenohoartscenter.com.

Mark Your Calendars –

For two upcoming Group Rep Theatre events you won’t want to miss!

Bingo Mania will explode at West Hollywood’s Hamburger Mary’s (8288 Santa Monica Blvd.) – Sunday, April 27, at 6 o’clock. Group Repertory Theatre’s annual fundraiser … We went last year, and had a naughty, bawdy, “fab” time. Sexy, sassy, and hilarious drag queens host the event and call out the numbers, and ten donated prizes are given to each of the 10 lucky winners (each valued at $75 or more). A pack of 10 games is $20, but you may buy as many packs as you please. A prepaid book holds your spot, but come early to get a good seat. You can buy dinner and cocktails there too if you please. (The burgers are delicious!) To order Bingo Packs ahead call (818) 763-5990 or go to thegrouprep.com. This event is so much fun, and benefits this long respected North Hollywood troupe.

The Ghost of Gershwin – Opening on May 9 at The Lonny Chapman Theatre, performed by the Group Rep Theatre Co. A new old-fashioned musical, in its World Premiere. Featuring a cast of seven, this romantic musical offers all new original songs, in an homage to George and Ira Gershwin. A young, struggling composer is haunted by “the ghost of Gershwin … and in a life-changing moment actually meets him.” Sounds intriguing! I’ll be there on opening night, and tell you all about it. To book seats ahead … use the same contact numbers as listed for Bingo!

That’s all I have to chat about for this week. As always … more to come later.

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