Let Everyone Eat Cake

Walking into the smaller Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater inside the Geffen Playhouse, I admired Peter Hickok’s set for The Cake. It was so detailed that I thought I was walking into a soundstage to watch a taping of the Cake Wars baking show. The Tiffany blue walls and bright pink bakery counter were pleasing to…

BLACK! at the Zephyr Theatre

Sitting in the Zephyr Theatre to watch a touching one man show by British playwright, actor and storyteller Michael Washington Brown, I felt as if I was attending a Black Studies class at a local college.  With a simple set, this multimedia experience is enhanced with images and music as Brown examines race from a…

Hershey Felder Unveils Beethoven at The Wallis

My review was featured in OnStage Blog – http://www.onstageblog.com/reviews/2018/7/30/review-hershey-felder-unveils-beethoven. At the age of nine while attempting to play one of Beethoven’s most recognized and beloved piece’s Fur Elise, Hershey Felder developed an interest in one of the world’s greatest composers.  Not only is Felder a brilliant actor, concert pianist, storyteller, he also is a historian. Right…

Theatre Review: You in Midair

  Sitting in the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood, an older gentleman and two young girls sitting in the front row, step onstage to make an announcement. The man is Benson Schaeffer, the father of Rebecca Shaeffer and the girls are her cousins. Benson informs us he is the husband of the performer, and father of…

Stick It To The Man – School of Rock

It’s been a while since I’ve walked out of a theatre humming a song from a musical. After seeing School of Rock on opening night, I found myself not only humming, but singing “Stick it to the Man” while driving home. The next day, I sang it again while doing chores around the house. Not…

Torn Between Two Lovers – Love Never Dies at the Pantages

I wanted to love the continuation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in the sequel Love Never Dies. I was a huge fan of the musical when it premiered at the Pantages Theatre in the 1990s starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. I went back to see the beloved musical again, when television…

Golden Moments Watching Aladdin

Want to see a great Bromance where the lead actors have each others backs? Go see Aladdin now at The Pantages. The first time I experienced Aladdin was in 1992 with my young daughter as we watched Disney’s animated feature until we could sing every word to each lyrical songs by Howard Ashman (two time…

The Heart of Robin Hood at The Wallis

Walking into the Bram Goldsmith Theater, I was wow’d by the verdant, magical and dramatic Sherwood Forest set by scenic designer Borkur Jonsson. The camouflage green, enormous skateboard-style ramp acts as a hill for Robin Hood and his delightful band of outlaws to run, tumble and slide down. There is also a small pond with…

LOVE Chasing Mem’ries at Geffen Playhouse

If you have recently lost a loved one, you will relate to stage and television actress Tyne Daly’s character Victoria in Chasing Mem’ries at the Geffen Playhouse. You will also empathize with Scott Kradolfer playing Victoria’s son Mason. Both have lost one of the most important people in their life, Franklin, Victoria’s husband of 57…