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Theater Review - Don’t Tell My Mother! – A Dramatic Retelling With A Comedic Twist

Theater Review - Don’t Tell My Mother! – A Dramatic Retelling With A Comedic Twist An award winning show presents life stories in a comedic fashion

6th Annual CATbaret Coming to the Avalone Theatre on October 15, 2016 - A SpeCATular Musical Charity Event!!

6th Annual CATbaret Coming to the Avalone Theatre on October 15, 2016 - A SpeCATular Musical Charity Event!! Fred Willard, Hal Sparks and Keith David are just a few of the stars performing at the 6th annual CATbaret, the speCATular at the Avalon Theatre on Saturday, October 15th. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the homeless cats of Los Angeles

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Theatre Review - Brilliant Performances Chase Away the Blues

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Theatre Review - Brilliant Performances Chase Away the Blues Ambition and art collide with the business of the blues in August Wilson's masterpiece "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom" Set in 1927 Chicago during a recording session at a white-owned studio -inspired by real-life Mother of the Blues Gertrude "Ma" Rainey

Captain of the Bible Quiz Team Review - From the Mouths of LGBTQ Lutheran Ministers

Captain of the Bible Quiz Team Review - From the Mouths of LGBTQ Lutheran Ministers An idealistic minister fresh out of the seminary, Pastor Landry Sorenson returns to his childhood church at Christmas due to the current minister, also his father, having a health crisis; in a few months, events will change the congregation forever

Theater Unspeakable presents The American Revolution Review - American History Comes to Life

Theater Unspeakable presents The American Revolution Review - American History Comes to Life Theater Unspeakable’s The American Revolution presents an important chapter of American history. Using only their bodies and voices, 7 actors sharing only 21 square feet of space 2 feet off the ground recreate America's fight for independence

Barbecue Review - A Good Old-Fashioned Family Party

Barbecue Review - A Good Old-Fashioned Family Party The family has decided that Barbara, what with her alcoholism and drug addiction, needs a push in the directions of sobriety at her barbecue birthday party; but it's a barbecue with lots of twists that will keep the audience guessing to the end

For the Record: Scorsese Review - A Millennial Rave

For the Record: Scorsese Review - A Millennial Rave An immersive musical theater experience that integrates media from multiple sources - film, strolling entertainers, live theater, food, drink, and a full evening of fun and surprises - this production artfully weaves Scorsese's crime dramas and song

KAABOO Del Mar Review - The Full 'Mix-Perience'

KAABOO Del Mar Review - The Full 'Mix-Perience' Thousands flocked to the race track this past weekend for the 'Mix-Perience' of a lifetime, KAABOO Del Mar

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Review - Blues: Life's Way of Talking

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Review - Blues: Life's Way of Talking Set in a Chicago recording studio in 1927, Wilson's play gives us a glimpse into how African-Americans of the era lived and thought by introducing us to Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues, and the members of her blues band, each a unique black musician

Review of Verdi's Macbeth at LA Opera: Spellbinding!

Review of Verdi's Macbeth at LA Opera: Spellbinding! Witches and demons dominate the landscape in Verdi's Macbeth at LA Opera - it seems to say, "Don't go to fortune-tellers!"

Moral Imperative Review - The Philosophy of Murder

Moral Imperative Review - The Philosophy of Murder When University professor and Provost Seth and his former student, current colleague, and close friend Robert decide that they must get rid of new President Oscar "for the greater good," plans to speed up Oscar's exit from this world begin to unfold

A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story Review - Three Tales in One

A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story Review - Three Tales in One A story about the Morales family spanning three generations, A MEXICAN TRILOGY tells the tale of a Mexican couple who come to the US and must learn to adapt - and also about their children and their grandchildren, who have feet in two worlds

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Review - A Feast for the Eyes and Ears

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Review - A Feast for the Eyes and Ears Based on Hugo's novel with songs from the Disney film, this production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is a brilliantly-produced musical starring a deaf actor as the deaf hunchback, an awesome stage, beautiful costumes, and magnificent music and dance

Our Town Review - The Dowager Gets a Facelift!

Our Town Review - The Dowager Gets a Facelift! Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, is a small town, an ordinary town filled with a couple of thousand ordinary people - yet Pulitzer Prize winner Thornton Wilder weaves a moving and timeless story which transcends simplicity and approaches the sublime

A View from the Bridge Review - Arthur Miller for Millennials

A View from the Bridge Review - Arthur Miller for Millennials Longshoreman Eddie has a big problem when his orphaned niece - who has lived with him and his wife since she was 12 years old and for whom he harbors a forbidden passion - falls in love with illegal immigrant Rodolpho, recently arrived from Italy

“Mutual Philanthropy” Director Dan Bonnell Interview – Navigating the American Dream for Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA

“Mutual Philanthropy” Director Dan Bonnell Interview – Navigating the American Dream for Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA Temptation and seduction, by the American Dream, proves to be both humorous and hazardous between friends when wealth divides. It’s the elephant in the room that nobody talks about

Calendar Girls Review - All Together in the All-Together

Calendar Girls Review - All Together in the All-Together When Annie's husband dies from cancer, her best friend Chris hopes to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund in his name by convincing the conservative, middle-aged ladies of her Yorkshire village to pose nude for a calendar

Charm Review - A Work Forever in Progress

Charm Review - A Work Forever in Progress An African-American transgender woman, Mama Darleena shares her views about proper behavior under all circumstances with a homeless youth group in an LGBTQ shelter who are still struggling with sexual, racial, and gender issues

Drama Queens from Hell Review - "Sunset Boulevard" with a Twist

Drama Queens from Hell Review - "Sunset Boulevard" with a Twist In a satirical farce, fledgling Hollywood mogul Gerard Manville decides to remake "Sunset Boulevard;" and three fierce competitors vie for the lead role, including a washed-up TV actress, a black movie bit player, and a pre-op transgender woman

Versa-Style Dance Company - Insights by Co-Directors Lopez and Foaad

Versa-Style Dance Company - Insights by Co-Directors Lopez and Foaad Co-directors Jackie Lopez and Leigh Foaad shared their insights about the Versa-Style Dance Company - specializing in hip-hop dancing - which they co-founded in 2005 and which will perform at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood on September 17, 2016

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