Savion Glover - Dance Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
By Joan Alperin After going through a 70 million dollar renovation, the Ford Amphitheatre, which originally was built in 1920, reopened with an incredible show. The amazing Savion Glover tapped to the sounds of Dance Candy, a super tight jazz group, ...
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The Devil's Wife - Skylight Theatre
Posted By Joshua Kahn
By Joshua Kahn The Skylight Theatre presents another world premiere with Tom Jacobson's The Devil's Wife, a pulpy, comedic melodrama, heavily steeped in the world of 19th Century moralistic fables. Its roots as a European folktale become immediately ...
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Any Night - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
By Rachel Flanagan Is it a sleepwalker's nightmare or a sweet love story? Any Night at Sacred Fools Theater will have you hooked on finding out. Anna (Marie Fahlgren) is an attractive young woman looking for a new place to start over. Thanks to a ...
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Odd Brodsky - Film Review
Posted By Bill Garry
By Bill Garry Odd Brodsky, an independent comedy from writer-director Cindy Baer (working with co-writer Matthew Irving), is a little movie overstuffed with big-hearted sitcom laughs. It's about quirky Audrey "Aud" Brodsky and a group of equally ...
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Spider-Man: Homecoming - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
By Joan Alperin First off, I must say that British actor Tom Holland is my favorite Spider-Man ever and this reboot, directed by Jon Watts, is my favorite film in this Marvel franchise. What makes this film work so well, is that it's your basic ...
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From the Editor
Posted By Nyla Arslanian
Summertime and the livin' is easy. That may be true for the true South, but it's also vacation time and there's always an influx of visitors that our summer travel plans don't match. Rachel Flanagan's article about the Hollywood Sign points out what ...
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Apathy Killed the Cat - Hollywood Fringe Festival Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
By Rachel Flanagan Apathy Killed the Cat is a one-act play written and directed by Ryan Lisman and premiering at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The play centers around an unstable playwright named Colin (Aaron Stall). Colin is slowly losing his ...
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Out & About with Susan Hornik 6/26/17
Posted By Susan Hornik
By Susan Hornik For Mummy Day, Tom Cruise was at the Hollywood & Highland complex as they unveiled a big mummy for Universal's The Mummy movie. "I just remember growing up and seeing them on Friday and Saturday night when I was a little kid and ...
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The Amitycode - Hollywood Fringe Festival Review
Posted By Harrison Held
By Harrison Held Photo by Nick Cimiluca I had a terrific time at the Hollywood Fringe Festival last night watching the 10 pm performance of the must see play The Amitycode written by and starring the talented Devin Crittenden at the intimate ...
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1001 Minutes of New Musicals - Hollywood Fringe Festival Review
Posted By Bill Garry
By Bill Garry I think of the Hollywood Fringe Festival as creative anarchy -- independent writers, composers, actors and producers put on hundreds of shows with just as many goals in mind. Some want to be discovered, some want to hone their craft, ...
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The Interference - Hollywood Fringe Festival Review
Posted By Erin Fair
By Erin Fair It is a tale as old as time, but The Interference is no fairytale; it's a story of sexual violation. Before the play begins, the audience walks in and the stage is littered with a cast of thirteen front and center. They sit very still ...
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Tough Brown Leather - Hollywood Fringe Festival Review
Posted By Erin Fair
By Erin Fair Two chairs adorn the minimalist stage, framing the performer and a projector shining on a white screen. The lights in the theater go down and the screen displays a singular image of four black girls holding hands and partaking in a ...
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Dogfight - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
By Joshua Kahn The talented young ensemble of After Hours Theatre Company attempts their biggest production yet with the spirited staging of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's Dogfight at the Hudson Theatre. The musical, based on the 1991 film of the same ...
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Book of Mormon - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
By Rachel Flanagan What do you get when you mix the writers of an animated series that follows cartoon children on foul-mouthed adventures with a Broadway musical comedy about two mismatched Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to spread the word of ...
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Species Native to California - Theatre Review
Posted By Annette Semerdjian
By Annette Semerdjian Species Native to California is a tale about the significance of land, especially in the age of current political turmoil. Inspired by Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and the Mexican folk tale of La Llorona, Dorothy ...
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Lucky Stiff - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
By Bill Garry There's something really wholesome about seeing a show at the Actors Co-Op in Hollywood. The troupe's home is at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, which has a beautiful, pristine campus on the northern edge of Hollywood with ...
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Out & About with Susan Hornik 5/19/17
Posted By Susan Hornik
By Susan Hornik Will Brahm It's rare to find a musician as diverse as Will Brahm. Whether he's playing jazz in "The Los Angeles Jazz Collective" or covering contemporary songs with "New West Guitar," Brahm is a master at his craft. Brahm's latest ...
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Alien: Covenant - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
By Joan Alperin Many people, myself included, weren't that crazy about Ridley Scott's Prometheus. People found it confusing and not up to par with the original Alien film. Well, guess what? Mr. Scott has completely redeemed himself with his new film ...
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The Ningyo - Film Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
By Rachel Flanagan A good movie can transport anyone to a faraway place in a faraway time, make people laugh, cry or scream in terror and sometimes teach a little something along the way. The Ningyo, a short film directed by Miguel Ortega and ...
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Fefu and Her Friends - Theatre Review
Posted By Annette Semerdjian
By Annette Semerdjian "Theatre is life! Life is theatre," exclaims Caro Zeller who plays Emma in the internationally cast Fefu and Her Friends. Emma is just one of the characters that comes from all walks of life and further adds to the theatrics of ...
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The Awful Grace of God - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
By Rachel Flanagan Seasoned actor Michael Harney, widely known as Inmate Counselor Sam Healy in the Netflix original Orange Is the New Black, brings to the stage an evening of six one-act plays in The Awful Grace of God. Harney reunites with Director ...
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Lord of the Underworld's Home for Unwed Mothers - Theatre Review
Posted By Annette Semerdjian
By Annette Semerdjian Lord of the Underworld's Home for Unwed Mothers is not only a great name for a metal band but also the title of Skylight Theatre's new play. Written by Louisa Hill, the story spans from the 60s to the 90s beginning with Dee who ...
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Rabbit Hole - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
By Rachel Flanagan Rabbit Hole, directed by Eric Hunicutt, is David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer-Prize winning play that tells a tale of a family struck by the emotional whirlwind of a tragedy. As they struggle to regain their footing, the world around ...
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Saudi Film Festival
Posted By Alexander Woodman
By Alexander Woodman Despite stereotypical Western perceptions of Saudi Arabia, its culture is complex and diverse. The country is evolving and growing at its own rate. The labor ministry has approved film production as an economic activity. This is ...
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Lone Star - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
By Bill Garry I've seen Lone Star a number of times in both professional and student productions. The story of a battle-scarred Viet Nam vet, Roy, and his submissive brother, Ray, is set in the junk-strewn yard behind a bar in Maynard, Texas in 1981. ...
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Woody's Order! - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
by Joshua Kahn An overly-long montage of fascinating home videos from the 1950s introduces us to the Talman clan. Even though we don't yet know their names, a couple things stick out immediately: first is the serene, peaceful nature of that ...
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Elevator - Theatre Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
by Joan Alperin Written and directed by Michael Leoni, Elevator is one of the most original and entertaining plays I've seen recently. I knew I was in for something special the moment I walked into the Coast Playhouse. The play had a first, year-long ...
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Oscar's Hollywood
Posted By Oscar Arslanian
The results are in and more than conclusive. Measure S, which, by all accounts was a misguided moratorium on new and affordable housing that Los Angeles desperately needs, was defeated. I have always tried to see the positive aspects of things like ...
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From The Editor
Posted By Nyla Arslanian
We all love Spring, the time of new beginnings and renewal-even Californians who are happy to be drying out after a long-awaited wet winter. Our hills are green and flowers are everywhere, even the desert is in bloom. We certainly do need a lift ...
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An American in Paris - Theatre Review
Posted By Jen Brown
by Jen Brown Inspired by the 1951 Academy Award winning film of the same name, An American in Paris opened at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in April 2015 and closed over a year and a half later. The current national tour opened in the autumn of 2016 ...
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The Snow Geese - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
by Joshua Kahn These days, it's not too surprising that theatre companies everywhere are champing at the bit to present politically relevant works, and the Independent Shakespeare Company is no exception. But here they've taken the action to the ...
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Malicious Bunny - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
by Rachel Flanagan Could you ever love someone so much that you would kill for them? That is what Jonathan Wicks must ask himself when his wife Angela proposes he commits a double homicide in the world premiere of the Bryan Fox directed Malicious ...
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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles April 5 - 9, 2017
Posted By Bekah Caden
INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING AND SPECIAL EVENTS Legendary tabla maestro Zakir Hussain in person to present the documentary AN INDIAN ACCENT and participate in a conversation with Zane Dalal, Associate Music ...
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Finding Neverland - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
by Rachel Flanagan Most people know the story of Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell and their adventures fighting pirates and the treacherous Captain Hook. Just as extraordinary as pixie dust is how J.M. Barrie came to create Peter Pan or The Boy ...
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Out & About with Susan Hornik 3/15/2017
Posted By Susan Hornik
by Susan Hornik Award season is always a busy time for Hollywood journalists and celebrities. While I attend many red carpet events, one of my favorite things to do is talking to all the great charities at the gifting suites. Celebrity Connected had ...
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Roger Neal Style Hollywood 2nd Annual Oscar's Viewing Party at The Hollywood Museum
Posted By Harrison Held
by Harrison Held We had a fantastic time at the 2nd annual Roger Neal Style Hollywood Viewing Party held at the beautiful Hollywood Museum founded by my pal Donelle Dadigan. Roger and Lynn Neal and staff pulled out all the stops to ensure our evening ...
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Transition - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
by Joshua Kahn By the 2020 election there will surely be many plays, films, concept albums and all manner of artistic rebuke of Donald Trump's term in office. Ray Richmond, making his playwriting debut with the new comedy Transition, is boldly ...
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Die, Mommie, Die! - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
by Bill Garry Charles Busch's Die, Mommie, Die! , which premiered in LA in 1999, returns in a riotous new production at the Celebration Theatre. The show is a grand old party (in more ways than one) in the tradition of "Grande Dame Guignol" - campy, ...
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Married People - Theatre Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
by Joan Alperin Every so often you go the theatre and get pleasantly surprised by what you are seeing on stage. That's exactly what happened to me when I attended the opening of a brand-new play at Zephyr Theatre. Married People: A Comedy is an ...
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Liana and Ben - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
by Rachel Flanagan Circle X Theatre Co's world premiere of Liana and Ben, written by Susan Rubin and directed by Mark Bringleson at the Atwater Village Theatre tells creates a retelling of Faust. In simple terms, Faust is a man who becomes bored with ...
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Circus 1903 - Theatre Review
Posted By Bekah Caden
by Bekah Caden Full of whimsy and some of the most incredible skill you'll ever see, Circus 1903 revives a turn of the century tradition in splendor. Replaced by fairs, festivals and theme parks, touring circuses are few and far between these days. ...
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33 Variations - Theatre Review
Posted By Bekah Caden
by Bekah Caden As one the most influential composers of all time, Beethoven's legacy weighs heavily on this production, and playwright Moises Kaufman puts his reverence for art centerstage. 33 Variations follows two stories. Ludwig van Beethoven ...
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Game of Thrones the Musical - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
by Joshua Kahn You've got Silence! , the "Silence of the Lambs" musical. You've got Bayside! , the "Saved By the Bell" musical. You've even got Thrones! , another Game of Thrones musical currently playing in Los Angeles. The world is rife with parody ...
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The Princess and the Frog - Theatre Review
Posted By Jen Brown
by Jen Brown What happens to a frog when kissed by a Princess? It turns back into a Handsome Prince, of course! But not before he has learned to be gracious and good and a little less self-obsessed. Storybook Theatre productions always impart ...
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Plasticity - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
by Bill Garry Plasticity, now running at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Los Angeles, is a remarkable production. A single actor (Alex Lyras, who co-wrote the play with director Robert McCaskill) plays ten separate characters, interacting with the ...
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Motown the Musical - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
by Joshua Kahn Like other LA natives, I grew up listening to K-Earth 101 on countless car rides, raised on the music of Motown and the "Keyes on Van Nuys" jingle. For me and my fellow millennials, the music of Motown has a mythic tinge to it; it ...
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The Found Dog Ribbon Dance - Theatre Review
Posted By Bekah Caden
by Bekah Caden Echo Theatre Company's most recent production examines the very base of theatre and art; connection. The Found Dog Ribbon Dance follows a professional cuddler, Norma, as she navigates between providing warmth and happiness for a few ...
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Out & About with Susan Hornik 1/31/17
Posted By Susan Hornik
With award season kicking off, January always goes by so quickly. I went to the Palm Springs Film Festival's opening gala and stayed at the lovely Miramonte Spa and Hotel--if you ever want a weekend getaway away from Los Angeles this is the place to ...
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Brilliant Traces - Theatre Review
Posted By Bekah Caden
by Bekah Caden Experiencing the almost 30-year-old play Brilliant Traces at the Underground Theatre put me in a quandary. I left thinking, "What did I just see? What were they trying to say?" The next day I bought the play book. "This," I thought, ...
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Hidden Figures - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
by Joan Alperin Watch the video here! I loved 'Hidden Figures' so much that I saw it twice, and I'll probably see it again. It is one of the most inspiring, touching films I've seen in a long time. It's also a film that reminds us there are times ...
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