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.
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.
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).
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?”
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.
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.
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.*
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:06 am
The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division is currently presenting the 6th Annual “Fireside at the Miles” performance series at the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse at 1130 Lincoln Blvd.
Posted Jan. 27, 2015, 9:35 am
Hershey Felder’s theatrical franchise of musical story telling with photos has made him famous for inhabiting such renowned composers, from Beethoven to Bach, to his latest biographical incarnation of Irving Berlin at the Geffen Playhouse.
Posted Jan. 2, 2015, 9:45 am
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Into the Woods,” which just closed after a successful run at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, was an exciting theatrical gift.
Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 10:27 am
The popular musical "Wicked" returned to Los Angeles on Dec. 10 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a 14-week engagement.
Posted Dec. 13, 2014, 1:59 pm
When touring Broadway shows arrive at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, most typically stay for just three weeks. Fans of “Wicked” are in for a treat following its return on Wednesday – it will remain for a 14-week engagement through Sunday, March 15, 2015.
Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 9:30 am
Hershey Felder is back on stage at the Geffen Playhouse with the latest in his series of one-man shows in which he re-creates the lives and times of famous composers through a biographical narrative, interlaced with the composers’ music.
Posted Dec. 4, 2014, 8:12 am
Although “All About Eve” is not in the same genre as Joe Orton’s scathing satire “What The Butler Saw,” there was one line spoken by Margo Channing, played by the iconic Bette Davis, that could very easily sum up the high-voltage shenanigans that take place in the current revival at the Mark Taper Forum: “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:41 am
Synapse Dance Theater – the innovative and widely praised contemporary dance ensemble of Santa Monica College – will present a program showcasing new works by professional guest artists, award-winning faculty artists, and up-and-coming student choreographers this Friday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 23.