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NEIL SIMON IS ALIVE AND WELL AT NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE

NEIL SIMON IS ALIVE AND WELL AT NORTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE

Neil Simon, one of America’s most prolific and successful playwrights, has all but disappeared from the radar screens of patrons, and from the stages of professional and regional theatres across the country.   Simon like other playwrights of his generation over the last fifteen years, have been caught in the crossfire of changing audience demographics. The […]

GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE STAGES CONOR MCPHERSON’S “THE NIGHT ALIVE”

GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE STAGES CONOR MCPHERSON’S “THE NIGHT ALIVE”

It’s been said that the Irish are great storytellers and spinners of mystical tales and yarns.  And this is very true. It’s also been said that the Irishman’s vice comes bottled and is readily available at every pub in the Emerald Isle, which also may be true depending on who is doing the talking. Their […]

AMERICA’S PARANOID 1960’S RETURNS TO THE PEARL MCMANUS STAGE

AMERICA’S PARANOID 1960’S RETURNS TO THE PEARL MCMANUS STAGE

Dezart Performs of Palm Springs presents the West Coast Premiere of its 2014 Annual Theatre Festival award winning production “Duck and Cover”, written by Michael Kimball and directed by awarding winning actor/director Judith Chapman. It’s 1962. WW II is but a sad memory. America has lost its innocence and now teeters on the brink of […]

THE WISDOM OF AGE IS TENDERLY PLAYED OUT ON CV REP STAGE

THE WISDOM OF AGE IS TENDERLY PLAYED OUT ON CV REP STAGE

Watching the lives of two professional African-American centenarian sisters ages 101 and 103 unfold on stage, is like opening a time capsule and exploring its contents through culturally different eyes and time frames. CV REP artistic director Ron Celona, who carefully selects his all-Equity productions for the season, has come up with another compelling and […]

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE DELIVERS INVENTIVE FILM NOIR MUSICAL

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE DELIVERS INVENTIVE FILM NOIR MUSICAL

The “film noir” genre is not necessarily the first choice of stage producers to become book musical material. I’m having trouble coming up with a candidate, unless one considers Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd”, an English “noir” story set to music, as an example. And that’s a stretch at best. For audiences of North Coast Repertory […]

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF TROUBLING DOCUMENTARY CONCERNING AMERICA’S FAVORITE FISH – THE SALMON

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF TROUBLING DOCUMENTARY  CONCERNING AMERICA’S FAVORITE FISH – THE SALMON

For audiences who follow PBS documentaries, the disturbing news from Pacific Northwest filmmaker Mark Titus comes as no surprise to find that America’s favorite fish, the wild Alaskan King salmon and other varieties of salmon are now in danger of becoming extinct. He begins his film with the intriguing film graphic warning: “There is a […]

BLACK COMEDY ABOUT DIVORCE ISRAELI-STYLE IS CINEMA OF THE ABSURD

BLACK COMEDY ABOUT DIVORCE ISRAELI-STYLE IS CINEMA OF THE ABSURD

For all those cineastes who miss seeing work from the likes of Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Beckett, and the rest of the “theatre of the absurd” gang, take heart. The new Israeli dark dramedy film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” is a worthy semantics-laden candidate to warm the cockles of your heart. The melodrama […]

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