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Posted By Suzanne
A review by Suzanne Birrell Michael Henry, Jamison Scala, Todd Risenmay & Gina Brown. Photo: Chuck Jones Second City in Hollywood celebrates over 50 years of cutting edge satiric revues and sketches with its latest hysterically witty musical ...
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Oscar's Hollywood
Posted By Oscar Arslanian
As the Publisher of a magazine devoted to promoting the unique culture and lore of Hollywood, it's a pleasure to see the Palladium Residences project coming along. Not only will it provide badly needed new housing, but it will restore and celebrate ...
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From the Editor
Posted By Nyla Arslanian
We're heading into what promises to be another record-breaking visitor season. Hillside residents are still plagued with issues regarding people who want to get "up close and personal" to see the famed Hollywood Sign. So, if you're a visitor, please ...
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The Load-In - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A Review by Suzanne Birrell The Load-in is a light situation comedy following a band "loading in" a bar. The genius is in the location-location-location. The 3 Clubs Bar on Vine is the perfect venue. The show actually starts when you walk in the ...
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Alien vs. Musical - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
A Review by Bill Garry. The laughter starts the moment the first character steps on stage at "Alien vs. Musical," a clever mash-up of Broadway shows and Hollywood sci-fi now playing at the L.A. Fringe. That character (I won't tell you who) is just ...
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Green Day's American Idiot - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A review by Suzanne Birrell. Green Day's American Idiot was in and of itself a highly successful album. Green Day's American Idiot the Rock Opera draws in the fans and does not disappoint. The story has a strong arc. Three friends go off on ...
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The Count of Monte Cristo: The Musical - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A Review by Suzanne Birrell. The Count of Monte Cristo: The Musical previewed at the Lounge Theatre on June 5 th. The book and Lyrics by Kelly D'Angelo and Music by Matt Dahan were ten years in the making. A rightfully excited Kelly D'Anglelo ...
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I See You Made an Effort - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
A review by Bill Garry. If you're a middle-aged, liberal, suburban mom, or you have one, you'll love Annabelle Gurwitch's one-woman comedy about the anxiety of turning 50. Bonus laughs if you know who Anna Quindlen is. Ms. Gurwitch tackles hormones ...
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Imagining Brad - Theatre Review
Posted By Harrison Held
A review by Harrison Held. Sarah Randall Hunt & Sirena Irwin Imagining Brad is a powerful, poignant & peculiar 80 minute 2 character play written by Academy Award nominated writer Peter Hedges ( About A Boy, Dan In Real Life, What's Eating ...
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A Little Bit of This and That
Posted By Susan Hornik
by Susan Hornik NEW AT EASTOWN: If you are looking for a way to wake up feeling amazing, head to Pressed Juicery Hollywood at 6201 Hollywood Blvd., in the new Eastwood Apartment Complex. Try an exciting morning of flavors perfect for the summer ...
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Den of Thieves - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
A review by Bill Garry Montana Roesch, Fletcher Day, Alexandra Lemus It's always a pleasure attending a show at the Stella Adler Academy. Classic shows with solid acting and skilled technical design - performed in front of enthusiastic young ...
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One Cut, One Life - Film Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
By Rachel Flanagan. Ed Pincus was well-known as a pioneer to first person documentary films. One Cut, One Life is one last film Ed made with Lucia Small, who had previously collaborated on an earlier film, "The Axe in the Attic" (2007). The film is a ...
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House of Yes - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A Review by Suzanne Birrell. The show started nine minutes late. The opening was stark and intense. I had approximately two minutes of uncertainty and then was hooked and fully engaged in The House Of Yes, a twisted and witty play by Wendy Macleod, ...
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Motown - the Musical -Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne
A review by Suzanne Birrell. Julius Thomas III as Berry Gordy (center right) & Cast MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour (C) Joan Marcus, 2015 Motown, the Musical is a story of a man and his dreams, the history of a time, and a legacy of songs ...
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The Glass Menagerie - Theatre Review
Posted By Harrison Held
A review by Harrison Held James O'Halloran and Amanda Correia in "The Glass Menagerie" at Renegade Theater. Photo credit: Theodora Greece. Tennessee Williams' classic The Glass Menagerie is now playing at the cozy 37 seat Renegade Theatre in ...
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Loophole$ A pain in the I.R.S
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A review by Suzanne Birrell An excited crowd of taxpayers gathered at the Hudson Theater for Stan Rich's new musical, Loophole$ A pain in the I.R.S., a musical parody based on Mr. Rich's actual dealing with the I.R.S. It's a happily ever after story ...
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Recorded In Hollywood - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A review by Suzanne Birrell. Before Motown there was John Dolphin whose record store, Dophin's of Hollywood, introduced Doo-wop, rhythm & blues, and rock 'n roll music to the west coast. As a bass player, I love R&B and so was excited to see ...
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I and You - Theare Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A review by Suzanne Birrell I and You by Lauren Gunderson now playing at the Fountain Theatre is one of those plays you'll want to see more than once. You'll get to the end and want to go right back to the beginning. There is definitely more than ...
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Occupation - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A Rave Review by Suzanne Birrell. Brandon Bales and K.J. Middlebooks in "Occupation." Jessica Sherman Photography I had the opportunity to attend opening night of Occupation by Ken Ferrigni at Sacred Fools Theatre. The premise of the play is that ...
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Desert Dancer - Film Review
Posted By Eliya Reis
A Review by Eliya Reis. Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto star in Relativity Media's DESERT DANCER...COPYRIGHT DESERT DANCER PRODUCTIONS LTD 201 4 You can't help but appreciate the film " Desert Dancer's " attempts to bring the Western audience into the ...
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Loopholes - An Interview with Stan Rich
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
By Suzanne Birrell. Blame it on the IRS. Stan Rich actually started out working in Medicine and Finance. One of his early assignments was getting Space Monkeys from NASA to a research facility. From monkeys he moved into tax shelters for the Docs he ...
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Oscar's Hollywood
Posted By Oscar Arslanian
Get A Job! That's what the Silhouettes wailed on their 1957 R & B #1 record. Jobs, especially the lack of them, are a big time conversation in 2015. Yet, in Los Angeles County, Tourism and Hospitality is the fastest growing industry adding more ...
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From the Editor
Posted By Nyla Arslanian
It's Spring and the time for thoughts of love. We do love this time of year. Awards have been passed out and there's a brief lull between Spring break and the onslaught of summer visitors. We've rebounded from the Great Recession and many building ...
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Cinderella - Theatre Review
Posted By Jen Brown
By Jen Brown Constance Jewell Lopez as Fairy Godmother. Charleene Closshey as Cinderella. Photo credit: Dina Morrone. If you are looking for a wonderful afternoon of fun, laughter and sheer enjoyment - get yourself along to Theatre West, Cahuenga ...
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Prison Boxing - Theatre Review
Posted By Harrison Held
By Harrison Held. I recently attended a great new one woman show called Prison Boxing making it's world premiere at The Skylight Theatre Skylab on Vermont. It's a very good biographical show starring and written by the gifted and likable Leah Joki ...
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Newsies - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A Review by Suzanne Birrell. Original company, North American Tour of NEWSIES. ©Disney. Photo by Deen van Meer. (When they do this, the crowd goes wild!) Newsies stole our hearts when they opened the show last night in Los Angeles. But before you ...
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Out & About - Grammy & Oscar's
Posted By Susan Hornik
By Susan Hornik Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel with Greenleaf owner Jon Rollo. "I play music and day and all night long!" quipped singer Ryan Cabrera at the Distinctive Assets Grammy Gifting Lounge. " Lately I've listened to Sam Cooke, Frank ...
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Verdigris - Theatre Review
Posted By Harrison Held
Theatre Review by Harrison Held Jim Beaver (l.), Sheila Shaw, Adam Conger. Photo: Charlie Mount Lots of interesting and colorful characters in the play Verdigris which takes place in small town Oklahoma. Theatre West premiered Jim Beaver's terrific ...
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If You Can Get to Buffalo - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A review by Suzanne Birrell (l-r) Chase Cargill, Betsy Moore, Caitlin Teeley & Alex Wells If You Can Get to Buffalo by Trish Harnetiaux is a fine morsel of eclectic humor. Fast moving and funny, witty and thought provoking, If You Can get to ...
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Circles - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
By Suzanne Birrell Lisa Harris and Blake Adams. Photo by Gina Long We are immediately brought into the downward spiral of relationship in Circles, a new play by Lisa Harris and playing at the Bootleg Theatre. The language is smartly convoluted from ...
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Hell Country, Florida
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
By Suzanne Birrell Photos by Chuck Jones (l-r) Chrissy Swinko, Rich Baker, Gillian Bellinger, Maya Estephanos It's an hour of laughter at Second City with their New Show. If you've ever been to Florida, or if you simply watch the news, this show will ...
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7 Redneck Cheerleaders- Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
Review by Bill Garry Seven giant egos collide, conspire, and commiserate in a tenth anniversary staging of Louis Jacobs' " 7 Redneck Cheerleaders" from the Elephant Theatre Company. This production, updated with a few contemporary references in the ...
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Hollywood and Broadway - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
Review by Bill Garry Octavio Carlin, playwright-director-designer, has mined his love for the early years of show business to create " Hollywood and Broadway," an old-fashioned drawing room farce that is now on stage on Hollywood's Theatre Row. ...
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Alternate Endings - Theatre Review
Posted By Harrison Held
Theatre Review by Harrison Held I had the pleasure of recently seeing Skypilot Theatre Company's world premiere of Alternate Endings well written by senior playwright in residence, Jonathan Price. It is a great production and I highly recommend it. ...
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Out & About - Oscar Season!
Posted By Harrison Held
Out & About by Harrison Held Oscar season brings party and events where celebrities, nominees, and VIP's go to mingle and be seen. Presidential Chef Kurt Ehrlich, Karen Sharpe Kramer, Kat Kramer, Harrison Held & Roger Neal. Photo by Billy ...
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Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A review by Suzanne Birrell Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea written by Nathan Alan Davis is a masterful story presented in a style which embraces all cultures. The theme is universal - to connect with our ancestors. It is the story of a dream and the ...
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Pulp Shakespeare (or Bard Fiction) - Theatre Review
Posted By Harrison Held
A review by Harrison Held Pulp Shakespeare (or Bard Fiction) I really enjoyed this fast moving take on Quentin Tarantino's hit 90s film Pulp Fiction performed by an impressive & well trained cast at Theatre Asylum on Santa Monica Boulevard. This ...
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Jesus Christ Superstar - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
Reviewed by Suzanne Birrell From the first chords back in the 1970's, Jesus Christ Superstar, penned by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, was a hit. And the current performance by the Doma Theatre Group reminds us why Jesus Christ Superstar is still ...
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Out & About
Posted By Susan Hornik
Now that awards season has kicked off, I've been a busy journalist attending numerous celebrity events around Hollywood. I was happy to see that in addition to gifting celebrities luxury swag and travel trips, gifting lounges like the Secret Room ...
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Reborning - Theatre Review
Posted By Jen Brown
By Jen Brown We don't live in a perfect world or lead perfect lives. We live, we die and in between, for a good portion of the time, we yearn. In "Reborning", the writer (Zayd Dohrn) focuses on a unique kind of yearning, the yearning (and suffering) ...
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There Is A Happiness That Morning Is - Theatre Review
Posted By Harrison Held
By Harrison Held. Mickle Maher's rhyming scholastic comedy There Is A Happiness That Morning Is now playing at The Sacred Fools Theater is a very enjoyable production... The talented 3 member cast is terrific featuring Bryan Bellomo as Bernard, ...
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Serrano The Musical - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
A review by Suzanne Birrell Serrano-The Musical Entertainment at its finest. Laughter and craziness abound. It all happens in Little Italy. Rival families-Family strife. Dancing and carousing. Friends and feuds. The story is Serrano D'Angelo's -poet, ...
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Wicked - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
Opening night of Wicked at the Pantages Theatre was a Green Carpet festive affair. Stars came out and it was a full house gala. I was probably one of the very few people who had never seen the show before. No need to report that Wicked is a great ...
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Hellcab - Theatre Review
Posted By Harrison Held
by Harrison Held Hell Cab is a very entertaining & enjoyable quick running one act 70 minute show currently at the Elephant Stages on Santa Monica Boulevard. The show is back by popular demand for the holidays and well directed by David Fofi. The ...
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Oscar's Hollywood
Posted By Oscar Arslanian
The recent news that media titan Viacom is moving its cable networks to Hollywood is truly a big time step forward in the on-going renaissance taking place in our town. The company is taking 180,000 square feet of space and moving their cable ...
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From the Editor
Posted By Nyla Arslanian
Isn't it amazing that the holidays come every year and always catch everyone by surprise-or is it just me? Don't get me wrong, I love this time of year especially the Thanksgiving kickoff. Heading into the season in the spirit of gratitude is the ...
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The Groundlings Holiday Show - Review
Posted By Bill Garry
Review by Bill Garry The six improvateurs who rule the stage at The Groundlings Holiday Show were so talented that when they came out at the end to take a bow, I had lost track of who was who. Tony Cavalero, Allison Dunbar, Christ Eckert, Ryan Gaul, ...
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Almost, Maine - Theatre Review
Posted By Suzanne Birrell
By Suzanne Birrell Almost, Maine written by John Cariani is the Our Town of the 21 st century. If you haven't seen it, you should. Go with your best friend or significant other and you'll find yourself bumping shoulders as you recognize yourself. ...
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The Gun Show - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
The Gun Show by EM Lewis Review by Bill Garry Playwright EM Lewis tells a moving, personal story about growing up with, and being bitten by, guns in "The Gun Show," her one-person show now running in Los Angeles. The evening is set up like a ...
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The Vortex - Theatre Review
Posted By Harrison Held
Theatre Review by Harrison Held Another great play from director Gene Franklin Smith - Noel Coward's The Vortex first premiered on the London stage in 1924 and gets a mod 1960's reboot in this sizzling hot new production now playing at The Matrix ...
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