I’m delighted to say … “Theater” around town is finally “hopping,” after the holiday lull!

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I have the next few weeks already booked, and will tell you about each production as I see them. It’s a fresh new year … Get out there and support L.A. theatre!

Absolute Black

From l, Kelby Cross, Carolyn Hayver, Melissa Gentry, and Kyle Devero out on the town on a hot double-date in the 1940s just before a mysterious murder changes their lives forever in “Absolute Black,” now playing at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood. For reservations call (818) 202-4120.

A fun lovin’ whacky murder mystery spoof, loaded with deceptive twists ‘n turns and romantic dalliances … this stylish “old tyme” romp is a lot of fun! Cleverly written and playfully directed by Vanessa Cate, in a 1940s film noir style, this vintage “whodunit” kept us guessing throughout. Commendably, this is Cate’s first professionally produced play, after numerous “community theater” projects in Ventura County. I look forward to her next theatrical offering. Kudos! Performed on an intimate black box stage, nine young actors take us on a delightful “magical mystery tour.” The sassy and eye appealing period costumes and makeup, designed by Natalie Hyde, set the nostalgic tone flairfully. The play opens as two affectionate couples on a movie date celebrate the success of Minnie’s acting career. Soon the flirtatious fun turns dark, as Minnie is found dead, and the others become suspects. Carolyn Hayver (Minnie), Melissa Gentry (Mabel), Kelby Cross (Frank), and Kyle Devero (Jack) all turn in wonderfully worthy “golden era” performances! Willie Romano-Pugh is fun as the Private Eye conducting the murder case, assisted by his duo of offbeat officers (Tyler McAuliffe and Andrew Hansen). Jeff Cowan is delightfully dashing as Minnie’s film co-star, and Irina Costa sizzles as his glamorous and suspicious wife. There’s plenty of “fooling around” going on between these larger than life characters … as we try to figure out who the murderer really is … but I won’t say much more, for fear of spoiling your fun. Carmelita Thomas and Joshua Kranz original songs offered some cute moments too. A deliciously melodramatic murder mystery, with plenty of chuckles sprinkled in … kooky and ambitious performances, and eye appealing 1940s attire … you’ll get a kick out of this one! Do try to catch it! Plan to have dinner or cocktails afterwards in one of NoHo’s eclectic night spots, as this is only a one-act, one hour long, action-packed experience. Running weekends at 8:30 through Feb. 11 at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group located at 4850 Lankershim Blvd. in NoHo. Tickets are only $15. For seats, call (818) 202-4120.

Mark Your Calendars

Plane Talk

Presented by Sky Pilot Theatre Company, at Theatre Unlimited (T.U.) Studios in NoHo. An evening of ten “one acts,” all taking place in an airport terminal. Some acts are funny and some are serious … with one musical tossed in the mix. All are written and performed by Sky Pilot resident members … showcasing their collective talents. For early booking, call (800) 838-3006.

Many of you I’m sure watched the 69th Golden Globes Awards Show this past weekend. I did … and loved every moment! Home alone with a home-cooked meal, a glass (or two) of wine, in my P.J.’s … I enjoyed every speech, gorgeous gown, award, and accolade given to those creative artists who’ve spent their lives entertaining the world! Ricky Gervais hosted again, and got his share of hearty laughs. Last year, his hilarious but caustic “celebrity bashing” caused a huge Hollywood uproar … and the show’s producers were said to be furious! The TV ratings, however, were “over the moon,” so of course they ended up asking him back. Undeniably, he toned down the insults this time, but he was still a riot! George Clooney and Meryl Streep took the top Actor/Actress awards … and I ended up with a gigantic list of “Must See” movies to catch. So much to do in life … so little time!

See you next week….

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