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AYAD AKHTAR’ POWERFUL/FUNNY/ANGRY PLAY ON SOCIAL DISCOURSE

AYAD AKHTAR’ POWERFUL/FUNNY/ANGRY PLAY ON SOCIAL DISCOURSE

One can get away with a lot when the weapon of biting social discourse is comedy. Remember, ‘God of Carnage’? Yazmina Reza’s four seemingly-intelligent adults meet to sort out a schoolyard incident involving their young sons, only to have the meeting explode into hand-hand combat when a casual remark sets off a firestorm of recriminations. […]

OLD GLOBE STAGES A DELICIOUS COMEDY ABOUT THE ART OF SUSHI

OLD GLOBE STAGES A DELICIOUS COMEDY ABOUT THE ART OF SUSHI

Japan as an Island country had been insulated, by choice, from outside influences for centuries. Its culture and customs were relatively unknown to Westerners until the 16th Century. The Japanese people have always taken pride in their more measured lifestyle with its appreciation for patience, regimentation, introspection, and discipline along with a respect for periods […]

WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW NOIR MUSICAL “HOLLYWOOD” AT LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE

WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW NOIR MUSICAL “HOLLYWOOD” AT LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE

The La Jolla Playhouse has the best track record of any West Coast theatre when it comes to sending their original theatrical productions to Broadway (over 30 of them to date). Their 2008 musical production “Memphis”, written by Joe Di Pietro and directed by Christopher Ashley went on to Broadway winning a 2010 Tony Award […]

ST. JOSEPH PLAYERS OF YUCCA VALLEY PRESENT NEIL SIMON’S “BROADWAY BOUND”

ST. JOSEPH PLAYERS OF YUCCA VALLEY PRESENT NEIL SIMON’S “BROADWAY BOUND”

Neil Simon was the King of comedy playwrights during the 1960’s through the 1980’s He has written over thirty Broadway hits with three plays on the ‘great white way’ simultaneously. No other playwright has ever broken that record. Simon wrote mainly comedies. But he always infused his plays with some form of drama because drama […]

POWERFUL DRAMA “AGNES OF GOD” A TRIUMPHANT MUST SEE AT THE ANNENBERG THEATRE IN PALM SPRINGS

POWERFUL DRAMA “AGNES OF GOD” A TRIUMPHANT MUST SEE AT THE ANNENBERG THEATRE IN PALM SPRINGS

Whoever says one has to go to New York or LA to see great theatre obviously hasn’t seen, but should see, the current Coyote StageWorks production of “Agnes of God” currently on stage at the Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs. The serious, thought-provoking play written by John Pielmeier examines not only the core issue of […]

NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY OF ‘A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER’ OPENS AT THE AHMANSON THEATRE

NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY OF ‘A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE                              AND MURDER’ OPENS AT THE AHMANSON THEATRE

Music maybe the food of love per the Bard, who urges us to play on. However, it’s devilishly difficult when everyone is laughing and having a great time to think about squaring the circle concerning the murderous aspects in the title of the brilliant and entertaining musical comedy/farce production now on stage at the Ahmanson […]

US PREMIERE OF COMEDY/FARCE “NOW YOU SEE IT” ON STAGE AT NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE

US PREMIERE OF COMEDY/FARCE “NOW YOU SEE IT” ON STAGE AT NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE

Farce, in general, as a theatrical genre has always been a tough sell to American audiences.   Lately, we’ve seen a noticeable upswing in the plays of the masters of the genre – playwrights like the great Moliere, and the “Belle Epoque” favorite Georges Feydeau – being staged again, albeit, via translations mainly by British playwrights, […]

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