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Julia Arian (as Rachel), Tom Berklund (as Patrick), Stacey Moseley (as Christina), Chip Bolcik (as Barry), Paul Zegler (as Sol), and Aidan Blain (as Mose) in Robin Uriel Russin’s “The Face In The Reeds” making its World Premiere at the Ruskin Group Theatre.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

"The Face In The Reeds" World Premiere At Santa Monica's Ruskin Group Theatre

Posted Sep. 4, 2014, 8:41 am

There are traditional Passover Seders and then there are Passover Seders of a different kind. One of the recent depictions of this 2000-year-old tradition, was the one presented in the West Coast Jewish Theatre’s production of “The Whipping Man,” in which the Seder was conducted by Simon, a newly freed slave whose owners were Jewish and whose religion and its practices he embraced as his own.

In Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound,” on stage at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Simon's alter ego Eugene (Ian Alda) and his brother Stanley (Noah James) bounce ideas back and forth to try to come up with a sketch for CBS by the next morning.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

"Broadway Bound" Reincarnated A Odyssey Theatre

Posted Aug. 19, 2014, 9:13 am

Once in a while, someone decides to revive an old chestnut. Sometimes it’s a waste of time and sometimes it’s fun to welcome an old theatrical friend.

Annie Chernecky plays Jennifer, a 15-year-old “Lolitaesque”seductress who might be in dangerous waters with Terry(Aaron McPherson).

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

"In A Dark Dark House" Makes Its L.A. Premiere At The Matrix Theatre

Posted Aug. 6, 2014, 9:08 am

Neil LaBute is a playwright who doesn’t shy away from theatrical blood letting. His play “In A Dark Dark House,” which is a guest production on stage at The Matrix, is yet another of LaBute’s fascinating, albeit painful, journeys into childhood trauma, memories of which are trapped in the subconscious or too painful to consciously revisit.

'The Way You Look Tonight' is currently on stage at the Odyssey Theatre.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Anything To Never Leave Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 28, 2014, 9:38 am

Santa Monica resident and Emmy-Award winning playwright-producer, Peter Lefcourt, is the epitome of the local who doesn’t want to leave home even to go to work.

Dixie Longate is the star of the most entertaining one-woman show “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” on stage at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

"Dixie's Tupperware Party" Scores 100 On The Laugh Meter

Posted Jul. 22, 2014, 9:41 am

Most people of a certain age might remember that wonderful quote from “All About Eve.” “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” Well, as it applies to X-rated “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” on stage at the Geffen Playhouse, it could be rewritten to read: “Fasten your seatbelts. You’re in for an evening of non-stop laughter,” which includes funny stories, free giveaways, and audience participation.

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal star in 'Once.'

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica, Hollywood

Fall In Love “Once” At Hollywood Pantages Through August 10

Posted Jul. 18, 2014, 9:16 am

The story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music opened on stage Tuesday at the Hollywood Pantages as part of a limited four-week engagement.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica, Annenberg

Four Clowns Presents Noah & Jonah In Santa Monica Through July 18

Posted Jul. 10, 2014, 8:44 am

Join Four Clowns on the beach in Santa Monica this summer with the first two installments of its Old Testament project.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

City Shakespeare Company Presents "Romeo & Juliet" In Santa Monica Starting Friday

Posted Jul. 10, 2014, 8:40 am

The City Shakespeare Company opens the doors to its summer production of Romeo & Juliet this Friday, July 11. They kick off the run with a red carpet masquerade ball in honor of the famous ‘ancient feast’ in the story, and run through July 26.

The 24 Hour Plays is a one-night-only live performance at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica this Friday. The entire creative process – from writing to directing and performing – takes place in just 24 hours. Pictured is Jamie Chung and Molly Sims in a previous production.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Broad Stage, Santa Monica

Celebs To Create Short Plays At The Broad Stage In Just 24 Hours This Friday

Posted Jun. 18, 2014, 12:18 pm

The Broad Stage in Santa Monica will host six 10-minute performances this Friday night as part of 24 Hour Plays starring the likes of Alanis Morissette, Kelly Osbourne, Abbie Cornish, Seth Green, John Cho, and Wilmer Valderrama.

Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil is a spirited journey through an abandoned theater where an extraordinary circus comes back to life.

Theater, Travel, Santa Monica

Zarkana: A Stunning Modern Acrobatic Spectacular In Las Vegas

Posted Jun. 12, 2014, 8:27 am

Set in a world where physical ability meets the extraordinary of Cirque du Soleil, the show Zarkana has embraced its new home of ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Members of the Big Dance Theater Tymberly Canale, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Aaron Mattocks perform in 'Man in a Case,' currently at The Broad Stage.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Baryshnikov On Stage At The Broad In The Highly Stylized “Man In A Case”

Posted May. 5, 2014, 8:28 am

At the end of this play, a lot of the audience milled around the lobby asking each other if they could explain what just happened on the stage. People scratched their heads but all agreed it was a special treat to see the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov, even if they didn’t understand the narrative.

Alicia Hall Moran as Bess and Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy in the American Repertory Theater's production of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Los Angeles, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess - An Adaptation of a Musical Treasure

Posted May. 2, 2014, 9:36 am

For those of you who are purists and would prefer to not see this ground-breaking American folk opera fiddled with in any way, you may very well have problems with the American Repertory Theater’s version of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Annette Bening as one of the several characters she creates in 'Ruth Draper's Monologues' on stage at the Geffen Playhouse.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Annette Bening Dazzles In The World Premiere Of “Ruth Draper’s Monologues”

Posted Apr. 23, 2014, 9:46 am

For those of you who might be wondering who is Ruth Draper and why is she being channeled by Annette Bening, in “Ruth Draper’s Monologues,” currently on stage at The Geffen Playhouse, the answer is simple.

Carlisle (Frank Noon) tries to seduce Tom (Ben Sharples) to write text that minimizes the side effects of his company’s new drug.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

“Co-Dependents: 2 Plays On Drugs” On Stage At The Little Theater

Posted Apr. 11, 2014, 9:24 am

With the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman from a cocktail of heroin, cocaine, and several other drugs, he became another number in the tens of thousands of people who succumb to deadly drug addiction annually.

Barbara Urich as cut-throat Jan Ballas and Bart Petty as Josef Gross, the Managing Director of a corporation in “The Memorandum.”

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Rep Presents "The Memorandum" At the Miles Memorial Playhouse

Posted Apr. 3, 2014, 8:18 am

George Orwell was the prophet of Big Brother everywhere and his dystopian novel, “1984” painted a grim picture of what the world could expect.

The masquerade ball will be held this Thursday, March 27.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

City Shakespeare Company To Host Masquerade Ball This Thursday Night

Posted Mar. 26, 2014, 9:01 am

The City Shakespeare Company is kicking off its 2014 season with a bash. The Santa Monica-based theater company is hosting a red carpet masquerade ball on opening night this Thursday, March 27.

William Petersen and Rae Gray star in the West Coast premiere of Greg Pierce’s “Slowgirl” on stage at The Geffen Playhouse.

Theater, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles

Experience Stage Craft In Its Purest With William Petersen In "Slowgirl"

Posted Mar. 25, 2014, 9:06 am

Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company is one of the most respected theatres in America so you can be sure if we’re lucky enough to get one of their productions, you’re in for a genuine theatrical treat.

The “Solo Series” continues on April 10 and April 17 with performances of “From Seven Layers to a Bikini Top in Less than Five Hours,” written and performed by Andrea Schell.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Rep Kicks Off "Solo Series" This Thursday

Posted Mar. 25, 2014, 9:01 am

Santa Monica Repertory Theater, the popular and critically acclaimed Westside theater company, launches its first ever “Solo Series” with performances of “bigblueride” and “From Seven Layers to a Bikini Top in Less than Five Hours” this Thursday, March 27 through April 17 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica.

Willy Wonka comes to life at Morgan-Wixson this weekend.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Willy Wonka Comes To Life At Morgan-Wixson In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 21, 2014, 7:49 am

Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find a heir comes to life on stage in Santa Monica starting this weekend.

Mark Rimer as Tommy who is obsessed with his online girlfriend, “Talhotblond” who is seducing “Tommy Marine Sniper,” the older man’s fantasied version of himself, played by Ben Gavin.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

"Talhotblond" Doesn't Quite Sizzle At Ruskin Group Theatre

Posted Mar. 20, 2014, 8:20 am

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. The Ruskin Group Theatre Company is one of Santa Monica’s treasures and one of the best Equity Waiver theatres in Los Angeles. Under the visionary leadership of Artistic Director John Ruskin and its energetic producer Mikey Myers (who also serves as the Santa Monica Arts Commission Chairperson), the theatre is a breeding ground of theatrical activity.

Australia’s Circa pushes boundaries between circus and dance.

Seven Days, Theater, Broad Stage, Santa Monica

A Different Kind Of Circus Comes To Santa Monica From Australia

Posted Mar. 14, 2014, 9:04 am

From Brisbane, Australia, comes Circa – a bold vision of contemporary circus performance that has quickly risen to become one of the most acclaimed circus ensembles in the world.

A scene in the tearoom of the railway station with a rear screen projection of the menu, with changing projections that complement specific scenes, such as champagne bubbles, or waves crashing, symbolizing the seething passion of the two lovers.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills

Noël Coward’s "Brief Encounter" Brilliantly Performed At The Wallis

Posted Mar. 6, 2014, 9:39 am

There are theatre purists who believe that like separation of church and state, there should also be a separation of stage and cinema.

The play is written by and stars 23-year-old Caitlin Hernandez, born totally blind.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Theatre By The Blind To Present Performances Of "Walk Me Home"

Posted Mar. 6, 2014, 9:37 am

Theatre By The Blind will present five performances of “Walk Me Home” at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica over the next two weekends.

From left: John (Kirk Kelleykahn) and Simon (Ricco Ross) share a cheerful moment as Caleb (Shawn Savage) reluctantly participates in the Seder, contributing hardtack to the makeshift Seder plate.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

"The Whipping Man" A Powerful Stage Show At Pico Playhouse Through April 13

Posted Feb. 24, 2014, 9:16 am

The West Coast Jewish Theatre has presented many productions with a Jewish theme, some of which were outstanding and some of which were sub-par.

Two thousand actors from Rome and Milan auditioned for roles in “Siddhartha the Musical,” which resulted in the casting of this incredibly talented ensemble.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

The Italians Score With Traveling Production Of "Siddhartha, The Musical"

Posted Feb. 20, 2014, 8:17 am

In 2012, Italian filmmaker brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani submitted “Caesar Must Die” for Best Foreign Language film, which had won the Golden Bear award at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

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