Jack Lyons

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 […]

DICKENS CLASSIC NOVEL “A TALE OF TWO CITIES ON STAGE AT ‘A NOISE WITHIN’ THEATRE IN PASADENA

DICKENS CLASSIC NOVEL “A TALE OF TWO CITIES ON STAGE AT ‘A NOISE WITHIN’ THEATRE IN PASADENA

Nineteenth century English novelist Charles Dickens, is one of the English-speaking world’s greatest writers. His many novels validate his talent for creating memorable characters along with a gift for rich plotlines and the ability to keep the reader fully engaged from beginning to end. “A Tale of Two Cities”, published in 1859, was one of […]

NSPIRATIONAL ‘OUR TOWN’ AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE


NSPIRATIONAL ‘OUR TOWN’ AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE


Playwright Thornton Wilder’s, arguably quintessential philosophical play, “Our Town”, is a snapshot study of 20th-century American small town life.  Written in 1938 the play presented a view of a society that was kinder, gentler, and less chaotic than our 21st century of life in America.  The messages from that seminal 1938 play are sorely needed […]

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 […]

KEN LUDWIG’S WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY “ROBIN HOOD”

KEN LUDWIG’S WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY “ROBIN HOOD”

The great Neil Simon deservedly earned his soubriquet as the ‘king of comedy’ with sheer brilliance and longevity; two components that assure one a place in the pantheon of American comedy playwrights. Britain’s Alan Ayckbourn, earns his Pantheon honor for his prodigious comedy output and brilliance in England. American playwright Ken Ludwig, is currently the […]

 “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, […]

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SAN FRANCISCO’S ‘SUMMER OF LOVE’ REVOLUTION

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SAN FRANCISCO’S ‘SUMMER OF LOVE’ REVOLUTION

Theatre critics have been known to wander from their traditional ‘two-on-the-aisle theatre seats to sally forth in the cities where they hold their annual conferences.  This year the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) held its conference in San Francisco, the fabulous “City by the Bay”. Coincidently, the 2017 ATCA conference took place at the same […]

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 […]