INSIGHTFUL AND POIGNANT MUSICAL LAUNCHES A NEW VERSION

INSIGHTFUL AND POIGNANT MUSICAL LAUNCHES A NEW VERSION

Word on the street regarding the new, intimate, insightful, and delightful musical production “The Band’s Visit”, indicates that this small and compelling musical set in Israel, may become a sleeper candidate for Best New Musical and Best Female Actor in a Musical, come Tony Award time on June 10, 2018. Opening to rave critical reviews on November 9th, […]

G.B. SHAW IS ‘ALIVE AND WELL’ AND STILL VERY RELEVANT IN 2017 AMERICA

G.B. SHAW IS ‘ALIVE AND WELL’ AND STILL VERY RELEVANT IN 2017 AMERICA

George Bernard Shaw, was an irascible, prickly, Irish playwright, author, essayist, and critic of everything that English Victorian society held dear.  He relished poking his fingers into their hypocritical eyes when it came to politics and the plight of English and Irish women held hostage by centuries of patriarchy; and he did it with his […]

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE PRESENTS A NEIL SIMON HILARIOUS COMEDY

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE PRESENTS A NEIL SIMON HILARIOUS COMEDY

If only it were possible to roll back time to the 1960’s, 1970’s and 80’s when America’s favorite and funniest playwright Neil Simon was knocking them dead with his prodigious string of winning comedies. No one had his gift and talent for writing gut-busting, laugh-out-loud comedy plays. He was simply the best! Simon was referred […]

HAMLET PRINCE OF DENMARK ARRIVES IN SAN DIEGO WITH ENERGY AND FLAIR

HAMLET PRINCE OF DENMARK ARRIVES IN SAN DIEGO WITH ENERGY AND FLAIR

Hamlet has to be the most ‘traveled’ character in all of theatrical performed history. Its been around for over 400 hundred years and still has the power to draw actors and audiences together in celebration of Shakespeare’s, arguably, most fascinating and enigmatic character. The richness and poetry of Shakespeare’s text in spinning a multifaceted tale […]

IN ‘”KING OF THE YEES” A FATHER & DAUGHTER RE-DISCOVER THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER IN CHINATOWN

IN ‘”KING OF THE YEES” A FATHER & DAUGHTER RE-DISCOVER  THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER IN CHINATOWN

Special to Desert Local News by Lisa Lyons, Theatre Critic California native Lauren Yee is an award-winning playwright with an impressive resume; the 30-something’s work has been rewarded with prestigious awards (including the American Theatre Critics Association’s Francesca Primus Prize), commissions from such esteemed theatre companies as Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3, […]

 “DUNKIRK “A POWERFUL AND VISCERAL MOTION PICTURE EXPERIENCE

 “DUNKIRK “A POWERFUL AND VISCERAL MOTION PICTURE EXPERIENCE

Movies being shown today are surgically produced for specific audiences.  Whether its millennials, baby-boomers, or seniors, producers have resorted to targeting audiences by their age demographic as a way of capturing more box office dollars. Millennials, apparently are drawn to stories set in the dystopian future, and loaded with visual pyrotechnics of super-human heroes, aliens, […]

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE SERVES UP A DELICIOUS COMEDY/FARCE IN SOLANA BEACH WITH “AT THIS EVENING’S PERFORMANCE

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE SERVES UP A DELICIOUS COMEDY/FARCE IN SOLANA BEACH WITH “AT THIS EVENING’S PERFORMANCE

Comedy/Farce is a tricky genre to do well.  Many theatre companies in America have tried to mount successful productions over the years but, somehow, they always come up short.  To do the genre well, theatrical companies need trained, gifted actors and directors to fill the roles of crazy, deluded, egomaniacal, hyper-active, and child-like characters, and […]

PALM CANYON THEATRE SOARS TO THE MUSIC OF “IN THE HEIGHTS”

PALM CANYON THEATRE SOARS TO THE MUSIC OF “IN THE HEIGHTS”

When the Palm Canyon Theatre (PCT) of Palm Springs, CA opened its doors twenty years ago it made a promise to the community to bring professional-quality, theatrical entertainment to the Coachella Valley.  Thanks to the efforts, dedication and vision of the Layne family of theatre professionals – the family rich in producers, actors, directors, designers, […]

THE POWER OF QUANTUM PHYSICS AND LOVE ON STAGE AT LA’S GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE

THE POWER OF QUANTUM PHYSICS AND LOVE ON STAGE AT LA’S GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE

What are the odds of a play whose premise is underpinned with quantum physics, bees, and the seductive power of love that brings two disparate souls together turning the result into a riveting evening of intellectual theatre?  Pretty slim, I’d say. And then I saw the play. “Constellations”, a poignant drama written by British playwright […]

2nd ANNUAL JOSHUA TREE IMPROV/COMEDY FESTIVAL RUNS JULY 7-8-9 AT HDCC

2nd ANNUAL JOSHUA TREE IMPROV/COMEDY FESTIVAL RUNS JULY 7-8-9 AT HDCC

If you love ‘IMPROV’ theatre, especially comedy/improv theatre, then the High Desert Cultural Center (HDCC), in Joshua Tree, CA is definitely the place to be on opening night Friday, July 7 at 6:30 PM.  A Gala will kick off the three-day Improv/Comedy Festival with Cabaret star and actress Francesca Amari, presenting her tribute to Gilda […]

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