Posted May. 4, 2016, 10:26 am
An older woman sets out to take her husband’s ashes to Burning Man
Posted Mar. 31, 2016, 10:45 am
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica presents Irish actress Lisa Dwan, performing her internationally acclaimed “Beckett Trilogy” Not I / Footfalls / Rockaby for five performances only, April 7 through 10.
Posted Mar. 29, 2016, 8:00 am
A wonderfully absurd and deeply philosophical hero story dramatized in the world of the graphic novel, the premiere of “The SuperHero and his Charming Wife” is billed as an entertaining wild journey into our fear of the unknown, and opens in Santa Monica April 15.
Posted Mar. 28, 2016, 1:20 pm
Review: It was a cold and snowy night in the Michigan countryside. Olivia (Rebecca Pidgeon) is curled up on a couch in the living room of a bed and breakfast, which serves as a writers’ retreat.
Posted Mar. 19, 2016, 9:00 am
After sitting through some unsatisfying evenings of theatre, every once in a while I see a production that leaves me emotionally moved, reminding me of why I love the potential magic of theatre. Right up there is the brilliant production of the world premiere of “Blood,” produced by the newly formed company, The Garage, and currently on stage at The Complex.
Posted Mar. 11, 2016, 1:53 pm
In the wake of Paris and San Bernardino, communities have been called on for resilience. In Santa Monica, a new play demonstrates the inner workings of that process.
Posted Mar. 8, 2016, 1:13 pm
Center Stage with Beverly Cohn: "The Mystery of Love & Sex," which could be sub-titled “Four Characters in Search of a Cohesive Play.”
Posted Feb. 24, 2016, 1:48 pm
Get thy earthly bodies to the Ahmanson Theatre before the next plague comes upon you, as Sean Hayes’ God has materialized and is currently holding court in his breathtakingly beautiful heavenly home designed by Scott Pask, complete with a colorful stairway to heaven.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.