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“Private Eyes” at Morgan-Wixson Theatre runs Jan. 16 through Feb. 7. It will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre Presents “Private Eyes”

Posted Jan. 8, 2016, 7:13 am

Nothing is ever quite what it seems. Matthew’s wife, Lisa, is having an affair with Adrian, a British theatre director. Or perhaps the affair is part of the play being rehearsed. Or perhaps Matthew has imagined all of it simply to have something to report to Frank, his therapist.

'Jack and Jill' stars Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Modern Romance “Jack and Jill” On Stage At Santa Monica Playhouse

Posted Jan. 7, 2016, 9:05 am

A new production of “Jack and Jill” at Santa Monica Playhouse reunites a trio of artists who achieved critical acclaim and popular success with their previous collaboration, a mounting of “The Rainmaker” in 2013 that ran for nearly a year and was hailed by a number of publications.

The historic Miles Memorial Playhouse will host Fireside at the Miles from Jan. 8 – Feb. 26.

News, Seven Days, Theater, Music, Santa Monica

7th Annual Fireside At The Miles Returns Jan. 8

Posted Jan. 7, 2016, 9:00 am

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs will present the 7th annual Fireside at the Miles performance series at the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse from Jan. 8 – Feb. 26.

Pastor Paul (Andrew Garman) listens as associate pastor Joshua (Larry Powell) challenges his new ideas.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

CTG & Playwrights Horizons Present the Actors Theatre Of Louisville Production Of “The Christians”

Posted Dec. 22, 2015, 9:16 am

Pretend that it’s Sunday morning and you are tuning in to your favorite Evangelistic preacher. The Mark Taper Forum stage has been transformed into such a typical televised church setting, well done by set designer Dane Laffrey, augmented by Ben Stanton’s lighting design.

After waiting years, Rosemary (Jessica Collins) finally gets her kiss from Anthony (Dan Donohue.)

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar” On Stage At The Geffen Playhouse

Posted Dec. 4, 2015, 9:08 am

As a rule, a review doesn’t begin with a “thank you” note. That said, I feel compelled to express my deep gratitude to Irish playwrights, poets, and novelists – Irish American and those writers who live or lived in the Emerald Isle.

Costumes and sets being prepared for the production of 'M. Courage' at Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Main Stage Dec. 4-13.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College To Stage "M. Courage"

Posted Nov. 24, 2015, 9:58 am

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present “M. Courage” Dec. 4-13 at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Westside Ballet of Santa Monica company members and Santa Monica residents Giorgia Martelloni Zabriskie (left) and Molly Novak (right) will alternate as Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Nov. 28 - Dec 6 at The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica, Dance

The Nutcracker: Holiday Tradition Begins Nov. 28 At The Broad Stage

Posted Nov. 20, 2015, 6:00 am

In its 5th decade of performances, Westside Ballet of Santa Monica, with live music by Santa Monica College Symphony Orchestra, returns to present its enchanting rendition of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.”

From left: Sophie Jones Kellett and Eilina Verger de Dios in “The Great God Pan” at Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Main Stage Oct 16-25.

Life And Arts, Theater, Santa Monica, Smc

SMC To Stage 'The Great God Pan' Oct. 16-25

Posted Oct. 11, 2015, 9:44 am

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present “The Great God Pan” Oct. 16-25 at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Matthew Carlson and Jake Shears as Greta. Back from left: Jonathan B. Wright, Brionne Davis, and Wyatt Fenner in the only production number in Martin Sherman’s “Bent” on stage at the Mark Taper Forum.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Mark Sherman’s Explosive "Bent" At Mark Taper Forum

Posted Aug. 1, 2015, 9:20 am

The slaughter of six million Jews under Hitler’s extermination plan is well documented and that, in and of itself, is the terrifying face of the Holocaust. It is an historic fact that the Third Reich also rounded up gypsies, the mentally retarded or handicapped, and intellectuals. What is perhaps a lesser known is that gays, referred to as “bents” or “fluffs,” also fell victim to not fitting into Hitler’s manifesto of a pure Aryan race. Martin Sherman’s powerfully written play, “Bent,” shines a light on that more obscure piece of history, illuminating the treatment of homosexuals under the Nazi regime.

Two-time Grammy winner Paul Overstreet is opening his new musical 'Sneaky Ole Time' in Santa Monica at Ruskin Group Theatre.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

“Sneaky Ole Time” Opens Aug. 1 At Ruskin Group Theatre

Posted Jul. 27, 2015, 9:18 am

Two-time Grammy Award winner Paul Overstreet has chosen Santa Monica and the Ruskin Group Theatre as the location to premiere his new musical, “Sneaky Ole Time.” A BMI Songwriter of the Year (five years in a row), and Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Famer, Overstreet didn’t have much trouble catching Ruskin’s attention, but locking in a deal was a journey that took another few years.

Olympic gold medal Greek champion Ioaness Melissanidis makes his long-awaited American stage debut in “Sisyphus” July 28-29.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Beverly Hills

Spoiler Alert: Icarus Was Sisyphus All Along

Posted Jul. 24, 2015, 9:16 am

Sisyphus, a character from Greek mythology, angered the gods by cheating death. When he was caught, he was condemned to push a stone up a hill, only for it to roll back down and have him restart the process all over again. Imagine seeing that situation on stage. Imagine the screams of agony. Now, imagine that all of it and the events leading up to it is silent. That is exactly what one would see when they go to see the production of “Sisyphus” opening this Tuesday at Theatre 40 (241 S Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills).

Casey Kramer as Ellen Mellman, Tom Bower as Matt Browne, and Michael Uribes as Freddie in Neil Koenigsberg 'Off The King's Road.'

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Neil Koenigsberg’s “Off The King’s Road” West Coast Premiere At Odyssey Theatre

Posted Jul. 11, 2015, 10:51 am

To do a riff on a recent credit card commercial that ends with the spokesperson saying: “What’s in your wallet?” - that tag line could be rewritten to “What’s in your suitcase?”

Chris Mann as ‘The Phantom’ and Katie Travis as his love interest Christine Daaé in 'The Phantom of the Opera' currently on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

News, Theater, Hollywood

"The Phantom Of The Opera" Arrives At Pantages Theatre In Hollywood

Posted Jun. 26, 2015, 9:09 am

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, “The Phantom of the Opera” opened last week at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for an eight-week run.

Brett Ryback and Jeff Blumenkrantz as the original dynamic, sometimes competing for center stage duo, in 'Murder for Two.'

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

The Wonderful Whacky World Of “Murder for Two” On Stage At The Geffen

Posted Jun. 18, 2015, 8:57 am

Murder for Two is an Agatha Christie-style whodunit on speed. With an original fun book and entertaining music by Joe Kinosian and book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, under the superb split-second timing and staging by director Scott Schwartz, fasten your seat belts for a non-stop 90 minutes of unabashed, high spirited, comic antics.

Mia Sinclair Jenness as Matilda in the national touring company production of 'Matilda, The Musical,' on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Roald Dahl’s “Matilda, The Musical” On Stage At The Ahmanson Theatre

Posted Jun. 15, 2015, 3:46 pm

The national touring company production of Matilda, The Musical is basically a giant piece of cotton candy that once consumed, will leave a sugary aftertaste in your mouth. The story revolves around the main character of Matilda, played on opening night by a tiny tot of a young lady named Mia Sinclair Jenness.*

Sandra Mae Frank as Wendla and Austin McKenzie as Melchior, struggle with new sensations in their bodies.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Deaf West Theatre’s “Spring Awakening” Electrifies The Senses

Posted Jun. 1, 2015, 3:24 pm

The lobby of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts was filled with excitement as hearing-impaired friends greeted each other with hugs and kisses, signing their enthusiasm that almost translated itself for those of us who are not hearing impaired. This enthusiasm was only the beginning of what was an astounding evening of a rare, emotionally charged theatrical experience.

The family breaks up a fight between Ronnie and Evy in Paul Oakley Stovall’s 'Immediate Family.'

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

An Evening Of Laughter With “Immediate Family”

Posted May. 19, 2015, 9:47 am

Paul Oakley Stovall’s “Immediate Family” blasted off like a rocket and continued its hilarious trajectory throughout the 90-minutes of almost non-stop merriment. You could say it was a kind of an “All In The Family” sitcom on speed as it dealt with the complications of revealing an alternate life style versus adhering to traditional family values, as well as smoldering sibling resentments. Serious subjects are handled in almost a farcical manner.

Noted Broadway director Steve Zuckerman helms this world premiere of '63 Trillion' by John Bunzel, now playing as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Up Front With "63 Trillion" Director Steve Zuckerman

Posted May. 19, 2015, 9:17 am

Money. Sex. Bad behavior. It’s just another day at the stock exchange. When global financials go radioactive, predators stand poised for a fight to the finish. Partnerships prove to be perilous and laws are meaningless in the jungle of scheming money managers.

From left: Lara Wallace as Lauren, Sarah Long as Marty, Nico Lozano as James, Olivia Worthen as Teresa, and (center) Zeno Robinson as Schultz perform in 'Circle Mirror Transformation' at Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Studio Stage Apr. 3-12.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College To Present "Circle Mirror Transformation" April 3-12

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:31 am

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present “Circle Mirror Transformation” Apr. 3-12 at the Theatre Arts Studio Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris (from left), Jason Weiss and Mark Belnick in Donald Margulies' 'Sight Unseen' on stage at The Lounge Theatre.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Award-Winning “Sight Unseen” On Stage At The Lounge Theatre

Posted Mar. 25, 2015, 3:59 pm

Playwright Donald Margulies is a writer with issues to explore. In his play, "Sight Unseen,” presented by Wasatch Theatrical Ventures, he delves into questions of what constitutes art as well as the slippery slope of love, commitment, bigotry, and the loss of creative purity.

Nico Jesus (to the right of “Jack Kelly” leaning on the wagon) stars in “Newsies”.

Seven Days, Theater, Ucla, Santa Monica, Hollywood

UCLA Grad Nico DeJesus To Star In “Newsies” On Stage At Pantages Theatre

Posted Mar. 20, 2015, 12:08 pm

When “Newsies” opens at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood this Tuesday, March 24, there’s one performer with local roots who’s extra excited for the four-week Los Angeles engagement, as it’s a chance to sing and dance in front of plenty of friends and family.

Theodore Folsome, Darya Razaviani, Krystyna Rodriguez, and Silvana Gonzalez in 'Elephant’s Graveyard,' Mar. 20-29 at Santa Monica College.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College Begins "Elephant's Graveyard" Performances Friday

Posted Mar. 18, 2015, 9:30 am

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present "Elephant's Graveyard" starting this Friday, March. 20 at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Performances will continue through March 29.

Victor Franz (Sam Robards) discusses the sale of the family furniture with Gregory Solomon (Alan Mandell).

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Arthur Miller’s “The Price” On Stage At The Mark Taper Forum

Posted Mar. 10, 2015, 9:16 am

It’s almost sacrilegious to even think about criticizing Arthur Miller – one of America’s most preeminent, most lauded playwrights. His Death of a Salesman, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, stands as one of the greatest plays ever written as it dissected the slow demise of a once very successful salesman.

Karen Landry and Chris Mulkey star in David French’s “Leaving Home” on stage at Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica.

News, Life And Arts, Theater, Santa Monica

“Leaving Home” - Ruskin Group Theatre Play Has Hits & Misses

Posted Feb. 16, 2015, 8:47 am

“Kitchen sink realism,” a style of theatre, as well as other art forms, popularized in Britain in the late 1950s and 1960s, illuminated the domestic challenges of every-day living of the working class. David French’s “Leaving Home” clearly falls into that genre as it explores the dynamics of a particular dysfunctional family.

Much to the delight of audiences around the world, Dr. Barry Humphries has been channeling Dame Edna for over sixty years.

Seven Days, Theater, Celebrity, Santa Monica

Dame Edna's "Glorious Goodbye" Farewell Brings Down The House

Posted Feb. 9, 2015, 9:46 am

What can you say about Australian-born Dr. Barry Humphries’ “Anima,” Dame Edna, that hasn’t been said over the past 60 years? Well, as luck would have it, this was my first experience with the Grand Dame of nuanced “nastiness,” so I can talk about her performance with virgin eyes.

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