Once again Halloween is quickly approaching

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The manic season for all of the eclectic and vintage stores in Magnolia Park! After 30 years of “costume insanity” … last year I quit participating, in my vintage store, “Hubba Hubba!” and sold off all of my costumes. I’m still there selling “fab” vintage clothing and jewelry as usual though … and still lovin’ it! Do check out all of my friendly competitors for your costume needs. The selection is awesome and the time to buy is now before the mania erupts!

Marilyn … Madness & Me

Alison Janes and Adam Meyer star in Frank V. Furino’s world premiere play “Marilyn … Madness & Me.”

Alison Janes and Adam Meyer star in Frank V. Furino’s
world premiere play “Marilyn … Madness & Me.”

A hypnotically unique evening of theater … I was mesmerized from start to finish! In a two character play … Marilyn Monroe and a man whose life she touched deeply, we are privy to a most personal and moving story. Written compellingly by Frank V. Furino from an original concept by Didier Bloch, and directed with impeccable timing by Joe Leonardo … this is a truly spellbinding story. A bittersweet tale of unrequited love, revealing a most unusual relationship, the audience was riveted throughout. Marilyn tragically died of a drug overdose on Aug. 5, 1962. At the onset of the psychedelic ‘60s – The Beatles exploded in the U.S. and the first man stepped on the moon a few years later. Tim is a conflicted man who was Marilyn’s devoted chauffeur, driving her repeatedly in the last few months of her life. Sharing a special bond in all innocence … their relationship nurtured both of them in different ways. As he drove the legendary Marilyn Monroe, he became obsessed with the lonely girl beneath the glamour … Norma Jean Baker. We first meet Tim some time after her passing. He has acquired her personal diary, and shares her words and feelings with us in first-person style, relating it to their acquaintance, and dramatized by fictional excerpts. A hypnotically powerful performance is mastered by Adam Meyer as Tim, who remains onstage throughout the entire production. Bravo! The lovely “Monroe-like” Alison Janes is hauntingly mesmerizing throughout … seen by us sporadically, through a sheer curtain, as she shares her innermost feelings and life stories. The breathy voice, fragile vulnerability, and inner sadness of Monroe, are all exposed in her gut-wrenching portrayal. Her fame, loneliness, insecurities, and notorious celebrity relationships are revealed, alternating scenes with Tim reading us excerpts from her diary. A most unusual theatrical concept! Congrats to the visions of Valeria Rosenthal for her appealing costumes, and Trefoni Michael Rizzi must also be applauded for his triple contribution … designing the lighting, projection design, and the set! This is a hypnotically involving production, folks … Spellbinding! Do try to catch it! Running Thursdays thru’ Sundays through Oct. 13 at The Marilyn Monroe Forum Theatre at the El Portal located at 5269 Lankershim in NoHo. For seats call (818) 508-4200 or (866) 811-4111.

Mark Your Calendar Fall Shorts – at The Whitefire Theatre. Opening Oct. 8.

An evening of 11 original ten minute comedies … sure to have you falling apart with laughter! Featuring a ton of talented writers and actors, and directed by Bryan Rasmussen, this show will run on Tuesday nights for 6 weeks. I’ve attended past evenings here of similar one act offerings … and they are hilarious! I’ll be there on opening night, and tell you all about it! For early booking go to brownpapertickets.com or call (800) 838-3006.

Back next week with more entertainment choices to entice you….

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