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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.

Amy Raasch performs at a previous “Fireside at the Miles” performance.

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

“Fireside At The Miles” Heats Up At Miles Memorial Playhouse

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.

Christopher Lemmon morphs into his dad, the legendary Jack Lemmon, on stage at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Jack Lemmon Brought Back To Life On Stage At Santa Monica's Broad Stage

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.

The talented cast of The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Production of “Into The Woods” which just completed a successful run at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Theater, Beverly Hills, Beverly Hillss

“Into the Woods” Concludes At The Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts

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.

'Wicked' has returned to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a 14-week engagement.

Theater, Video, Santa Monica, Hollywood

VIDEO: "Wicked" Returns To Hollywood Pantages For 14-Week Engagement

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.

Long before Dorothy from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the Land of Oz, including Emma Hunton as Elphaba who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West.

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

REVIEW: "Wicked" Now On Stage At Pantages Theatre For 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.

Hershey Felder plays Irving Berlin in his latest one-man show on stage at the Geffen Playhouse.

Theater, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Geffen Playhouse

Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin On Stage At Geffen Playhouse

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.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

“What The Butler Saw” On Stage Through Dec. 21

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.”

Alex Perez performs with SMC’s Synapse Dance Theater Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

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

SMC Synapse Dance Theater To Showcase New Works This Weekend

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.

The cast of 'Kinky Boots' is on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood now through Nov. 30, 2014.

Seven Days, Theater, Hollywood

Enjoy The Magic Of "Kinky Boots" At Pantages Theatre In Hollywood Until Nov. 30

Posted Nov. 14, 2014, 12:08 pm

The magic of touring Broadway shows continues at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood with the arrival of “Kinky Boots” through Nov. 30 after it opened on Tuesday as part of its first national tour.

Richard King is played by Alejandro Zuniga in 'Richard II   I, A Lamentable Tragedie Comedie' at Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Studio Stage Nov. 7-16.

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

Santa Monica College Presents "Richard II + I" Starting Friday, Nov. 7

Posted Nov. 3, 2014, 9:33 am

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present “Richard II + I, A Lamentable Tragedie Comedie,” Nov. 7-16 at the Theatre Arts Studio Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Tanna Frederick will star in the world premiere engagement of the play “Train to Zakopané” at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Main Street, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Actress Tanna Frederick Stars In “Train To Zakopané”

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:10 am

Tanna Frederick, a Santa Monica actress, will be starring in Henry Jaglom’s new play “Train to Zakopané” which tackles the issues of love and anti-Semitism in interwar Poland, on stage at the Edgemar Center for the Arts on Main Street in Santa Monica.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Quaker Group To Host One Woman Show Sunday

Posted Oct. 24, 2014, 7:50 am

A one-woman show called “Holy Pal - Decades of Joy, Revelation and Spiritual Creativity as a Teacher” will be held this Sunday, Oct. 26 from noon to 1 pm.

Jeremy Pope reprises his role as Pharus in Tarell Alvin McCraney's 'Choir Boy' on stage at the Geffen Playhouse.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

“Choir Boy” Makes West Coast Premiere At Geffen Playhouse

Posted Oct. 16, 2014, 8:36 am

Any time a production comes to down that originated at New York’s Alliance Theatre or the Manhattan Theatre Club, you almost automatically know that it’s a play that deserves your attention.

From left: Cicely Tyson as Mrs. Carrie Watts, Blair Underwood as her son Ludie, and Vanessa Williams as Ludie’s wife, Jessie Mae in “The Trip To Bountiful,” on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Celebrity

Cicely Tyson Wows In “The Trip To Bountiful” At The Ahmanson Theatre

Posted Oct. 15, 2014, 9:48 am

Cicely Tyson as Mrs. Carrie Watts brilliantly shines in Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful,” a revival production currently on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre. Directed with surgical precision by Michael Wilson, Foote’s iconic script was enough to entice Miss Tyson back to the Broadway stage after a 30-year break, which was rewarded with a Best Actress Tony Award.

Cultures clash in 'Locals Only!' with Harrison Meloeny as Buzz, Brendan Cobia as Lance, and Ryan Snanoudj as Rick. SMC art student Pace created the murals that will be projected onstage and serve as backdrops in the production.

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

"Locals Only!" Musical Takes A Look At Santa Monica-Venice Surfer Culture

Posted Sep. 25, 2014, 8:17 am

Santa Monica College will next month present “Locals Only!” – a world premiere musical written by the Emmy Award-winning creator of the smash hit “High School Musical” – Oct. 3 through 19 in the SMC Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd.

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.

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