Bright Star Shimmers in Los Angeles

Opening night at The Ahmanson is always a big deal. Sometimes Hollywood’s favorite stars arrive to be one of the first to see the newest production in Los Angeles. When the Center Theater Group Los Angeles announced it was bringing Bright Star to the Music Center, I knew I had to see it.   First…

Head of Passes at the Mark Taper Forum

Who knew that Tony and Emmy nominated Phylicia Rashad, who many people fondly remember as Clair Huxtable on the long-running iconic 1980s television show The Cosby Show, could move every single audience member into tears with her electrifying, King Lear-style soliloquy during the opening night of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play Head of Passes? Rashad, dubbed…

Rise Up! Hamilton is at the Pantages Theatre

“History Has Its Eyes” on Hamilton, “So Take A Break” and buy a ticket to one of the hottest American Musicals in history. “You’ll Be Back” and sometimes will feel “Helpless” after seeing this Los Angeles cast perform in a show that will leave you “Satisfied”, because they “Blow Us All Away.” Here’s my review…

Understanding The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

One of the most memorable lines in the 1892 book The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.” It’s featured in the story about the disappearance of a prized racehorse. Sherlock Holmes deduces that the nearby dog didn’t make a noise while the…

Seeing Mary Louise Parker in Heisenberg

I’ve never seen the Mark Taper Forum stage transformed to look like a fashion runway,  and chuckled when I heard one audience member ask an usher “Is the stage always going to look like this?” Scenic designer Mark Wendland’s stage worked well for the two award winning performers Denis Arndt (Tony nominee) and Mary-Louise Parker…

See The Pride during Pride Month – June 2017

A group of journalists were invited to meet director Michael Arden and the cast of The Pride at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. I learned from Artistic Director Paul Crewes that previews begin on June 8 and Opening Night is June 14. What’s unique about The Pride is that it takes place in…

Actually is Awesome at The Geffen

Excitedly I brought my recent college graduate to see the play Actually written by the brilliant Anna Ziegler. My daughter has been part of an Advocate support group that she and seven other students started in 2014 at Pitzer College. They support survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and hate crimes. The group…

Joyous Jersey Boys

Los Angeles has become a theatre destination, similar to NYC. The touring company of Jersey Boys rocks with Mark Ballas (Dancing With The Stars), Aaron De Jesus, Miguel Jarquin-Moreland, Matthew Dailey, Keith Hines, and Cory Jeacoma. Here’s my review of Lyrics by Bob Crewe, Music by Bob Gaudio, Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Directed by Des McAnuff…

Wildly Joyous Georgia McBride at The Geffen Playhouse

Walking into the Geffen Playhouse theatre, I admired how lighting designer Josh Epstein draped an array of jewel colored string lights from the stage out into the side walls of the theatre, creating an ambiance of a dive bar or nightclub. Above the center stage is a framework of lighting trusses with red rope lights,…

Flying High After Seeing Finding Neverland

My friend Toni had an extra ticket to Finding Neverland at The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Since I love musicals, I enthusiastically said yes. Little did I know, this entertaining show would capture both of our hearts with its talented cast, sets, and multi-media “magical” experiences. Based on the book by James Graham and music…

Another Winner at The Wallis

Director Emma Rice received a phone call from her mother about a wonderful book that she was reading to her nieces. She urged Rice to bring The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, by Michael Morpurgo (one of the Uk’s most beloved storytellers) to life on stage. Read my review about how she and others brought…