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PASADENA PLAYHOUSE’S “THE ORIGINALIST” BRINGS THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TO LIFE

PASADENA PLAYHOUSE’S “THE ORIGINALIST” BRINGS THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TO LIFE

By Lisa Lyons Whether you loved him or hated him, no one could deny the powerful influence that Justice Antonin Scalia held over the Supreme Court since his appointment by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Always a polarizing figure with an incisive mind, savage wit and superlative writing skills, Scalia delivered many dissents that will […]

Coachella 2017 set to bring musical greats to Indio

Coachella 2017 set to bring musical greats to Indio

The 2017 edition of Coachellafest will feature headliners Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar. The event will be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio April 14-16 and April 21-23. This round-up will highlight my “wish list” of performances that I hope to catch at Coachella. However, there is always the good chance that […]

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Special to Desert Star Weekly from Lisa Lyons In the history of theatre, from the ancient Greeks to contemporary multi-casting, the idea of casting a black actor to play “Othello” has been seen as earth-shaking in its audacity. Why that should be so and what black actors had to endure to make it an accepted […]

NEW COMEDY FROM DESERT ENSEMBLE THEATRE IN PALM SPRINGS

NEW COMEDY FROM DESERT ENSEMBLE THEATRE IN PALM SPRINGS

Tony Padilla, award-winning playwright/director, and Founding Producing Artistic Director of Desert Ensemble Theatre, for years preferred the shorter, one-act format to tell his stories.  When he finally did branch out into two act plays I think he found his groove. Padilla has covered a broad spectrum of genres and subject matter over the last ten […]

DELIGHTFUL EUGENE O’NEILL COMEDY AT A NOISE WITHIN THEATRE

DELIGHTFUL EUGENE O’NEILL COMEDY AT A NOISE WITHIN THEATRE

Eugene O’Neill, America’s only Nobel Laureate in Literature (1936) is a giant of the American theatre. He’s arguably one of the four greatest American dramatists of the 20th century, along with Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and Edward Albee. O’ Neill, is best known as a highly-regarded dramatist who explored the dark and rougher side of […]

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE STAGES A MAGICAL COMEDY

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE STAGES A MAGICAL COMEDY

Tony Kushner, one of the country’s premiere intellectual playwrights is an award-winning dramatist who is best known for his monumental Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning, two-part epic “Angels in America”.  In that play, he tackled the worldwide Aids epidemic. In the current North Coast Repertory Theatre production he switches 180 degrees to translate and […]

“ZOOT SUIT” REVIVAL RETURNS TO ITS BIRTHPLACE: THE MARK TAPER FORUM 

“ZOOT SUIT” REVIVAL RETURNS TO ITS BIRTHPLACE: THE MARK TAPER FORUM 

Seventy-five years ago a murder was committed in Los Angeles in an area known as the ‘Sleepy Lagoon reservoir’.  Four young Latino men were charged with the crime of murder, and the ensuing, highly controversial trial introduced a new word into the main-stream American lexicon – “Pachuco”. In 1977, playwright/director Luis Valdez, brought his play […]

2015 TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL DRAWS RAVES FROM LA AUDIENCES

2015 TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL DRAWS RAVES FROM LA AUDIENCES

The ‘boys’ won Tony Awards in the 80s with such gay-themed shows as “Torch Song Trilogy and nabbed another with the musical “La Cage aux Folles “(1983), and yet another, with the blockbuster musical hit “Kinky Boots” in 2013; all from the creative brain of Harvey Fierstein. Now it’s the ‘girls’ turn in the first […]