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Nija Okoro as Dussie May and Levee (Jason Dirden).

News, Theater, Santa Monica, Play

Review: A Powerful “Ma Rainey’s”

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:08 am

Playwright August Wilson has been one of the most compelling voices in illuminating the African-American experience. He received two Pulitzer Prizes for the ten plays in “The Pittsburg Cycle,” which began in 1904 with “Gem of the Ocean.” The other plays were: “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” “The Piano Lesson,” “Seven Guitars,” “Fences,” “Two Trains Running,” “Jitney,” “King Hedley II,” and “Radio Golf.” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” originated in 1927 and to say the play has travelled well is evidenced by its current riveting revival.

Aesop's Fables

News, Theater, Santa Monica, Entertainment, The Edgemar Center

The Edgemar Center presents the children's musical "The Fabulous Fables of Aesop"

Posted Jun. 23, 2016, 11:36 am

Looking for creative theater activities for your kids this summer? Come down to the Edgemar Center in Santa Monica to watch the magical children's musical "The Fabulous Fables of Aesop" running everySaturday and Sunday at 3:00pm till the end of July. Book through A musical for all ages!

 Edgemar Center for the Arts

Theater, Edgemar Center For The Arts, Stopping By, Barbara Tarbuck

Stopping By, a new production at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica from June 4 – 25.

Posted May. 4, 2016, 10:26 am

An older woman sets out to take her husband’s ashes to Burning Man

Beckett Trilogy

News, Theater, Broad Stage, Things To Do

Irish actress Lisa Dwan to Performing Her Acclaimed “Beckett Trilogy” in Santa Monica

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.

(L-R) top: Anne-Marie Talmadge (Dark Creeper), Jones Welsh (the Hero), Alina Bolshakova (Master Criminal), bottom: Courtney Munch (Julie the Hunter), Syd Mason (Waitress), Jessica Carlen (Evil Dirty Witch), Joanna Bateman ( Julie), Laura Covelli (Julie the Changed)

News, Theater, Santa Monica, Things To Do

The SuperHero and His Charming Wife

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.

Rebecca Pidgeon as Olivia, a failed writer in Laura Eason’s “Sex with Strangers.”

News, Theater, Review, Things To Do, Center Stage

Sex With Strangers

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.


News, Theater, Things To Do, Blood

Theatre: "Blood" - Japanese Tainted Blood Scandal

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.

Lisa Robins’ lead performance as Mandell.

News, Theater, Santa Monica

Healing a Broken Heart

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.


News, Theater, Review, Things To Do

Review: Bathsheba Doran’s “The Mystery of Love & Sex”

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.”

Sean Hayes in All His God Glory

News, Theater, Art

Sean Hayes Dazzles in the Outrageously Satirical “An Act of God”

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.

“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?”

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Posted Dec. 31, 1970, 4:00 pm

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.*

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