Runaway Home - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
By Bill Garry Camille Spirlin and Maya Lynne Robinson Photo : Ed Krieger "Runaway Home" is a political play that goes down easy like a sitcom, but leaves the audience with new awareness and renewed sympathy for the lingering tragedy of post-Katrina ...
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Grey Nomad - Theatre Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
By Joan Alperin Ros Gentle, Paul Tassone, Wendy Hammers and David Ross Paterson Photo : Adrian Wlodarczyk Australian playwright Dan Lee came up with the idea for "Grey Nomad," a couple of years ago. He was living in the Australian town of Boome and ...
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Fixed - Theatre Review
Posted By Annette Semerdjian
By Annette Semerdjian Boni B. Alvarez, Chris Aguila, Allen Lucky Weaver and Tonatiuh Elizarraraz Photo: Darrett Sanders As the spotlight captures three fabulous drag queens at center stage, the music, reminiscent of the New York City LGBTQ ...
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Heartbreak Help - Theatre Review
Posted By Harrison Held
By Harrison Held Teresa Ganzel, Stan Zimmerman, Sarah Gilman, Melissa Peterman and Marissa Jaret Winkour Photo: Adam Southhard Opening night of Justin Tanner's comedy "Heartbreak Help" at The Dorie Theatre at The Complex on Santa Monica Boulevard was ...
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Viver Brasil Celebrates Their 20th Anniversary at the Ford Amphitheatre
Posted By Joan Alperin
By Joan Alperin Viver Brasil at the Ford Theatres on September 22 is an event you do not want to miss. I've seen this extraordinary group several times during the years and they never disappoint. Viver Brasil is an Afro-Brazilian dance company based ...
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Blackbird - Theatre Review
Posted By Harrison Held
By Harrison Held I attended the terrific opening night of the intense, dark drama "Blackbird" by David Harrower held in the MET Theatre's cozy Great Scott Theate. Blackbird is the first production from director Don Bloomfield's DBA Studio and is a ...
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Nevertheless, She Persisted - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
By Bill Garry "Nevertheless, She Persisted" is an evening of five short plays by women playwrights. L.A.'s Echo Theater Company created the show as a response to the outright sexism now playing in our country's political theater. If you're looking ...
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Out & About - August
Posted By Susan Hornik
By Susan Hornik Television NBC has had huge success with "American Ninja Warrior," which was recently nominated for an Emmy. "I have been so excited with how the show has been appreciated by viewers. It has been an amazing season," said host Akbar ...
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The Dreamer Examines His Pillow - Theatre Review
Posted By Harrison Held
By Harrison Held "The Dreamer Examines His Pillow" is an amazing, intense and thought provoking play. The play features an excellent cast of actors, well directed by Mark Blanchard at the Lounge 2 Theatre in Hollywood. Lovely Scottie Thompson sizzles ...
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The Taste at Paramount's Backlot
Posted By Joan Alperin
By Joan Alperin This Labor Day weekend, over 100 of L.A.'s best restaurants are coming to the Paramount backlot for five themed food and drink events. Friday, September 1 • 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Opening Night Enjoy an opening night soirée mingling with ...
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Welcome to the White Room - Theatre Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
By Joan Alperin "Welcome to the White Room" not only had me guessing until the end but the next day. The extremely funny play, written by Trish Harnetiaux, will keep you thinking long after the curtain falls. When the play opens, we discover Ms. ...
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The Queen of Spain - Film Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
By Joshua Kahn Photo by Gyorgy Slater The time-tested genre of "movies about movies" has been around almost as long as movies themselves. They're usually joyous, energetic crowd-pleasers (think of recent Oscar winners "The Artist" and "La La Land") ...
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Honky Tonk Laundry - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
By Bill Garry At the end of "Honky Tonk Laundry," the new jukebox musical from writer-director Roger Bean (of "The Marvelous Wonderettes" fame), you'll leave the theatre feelin' happy, energized and loved. The only problem is you have to sit through ...
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Las Garcia - Hollywood Fringe Festival Review
Posted By Harrison Held
By Harrison Held "Las Garcia" is a captivating one woman show that is definitely worth seeing. The exciting, entertaining and intriguing production was written by and stars the talented, energetic and charismatic Gabriela Ortega who recently ...
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The Lost Child - Theatre Review
Posted By Annette Semerdjian
By Annette Semerdjian Skylight Theatre creates yet another compelling, topical and one-of-a-kind production with its latest play, "The Lost Child." The story follows a wife and husband who have been torn apart by the disappearance of their ...
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Out & About with Susan Hornik - July
Posted By Susan Hornik
By Susan Hornik Movers and Shakers If you were a fan of Will Farrell's Anchorman you might remember a hilarious scene with the comedian playing a flute. The man who, behind the scenes, so deftly played that instrument was really Katisse Buckingham, ...
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The Conway Curve - Film Review
Posted By Bill Garry
By Bill Garry The Conway Curve, an ambitious new indie from a Texas-based team, provides both the pleasures and the pitfalls of an independent film. Led by director, producer, and co-writer Marian Yeager, the film goes the way a lot of independent ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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