Articles by Georja Umano

Diamond Not Furs - A Gala Celebration for Animal Welfare

Diamond Not Furs - A Gala Celebration for Animal Welfare Diamonds Not Furs, a glamorous West Hollywood gala, proves to the world that you don't need animal fur to put on the Ritz

Review of Celebrity Autobiography at the Broad: A Delicious Piece of Toffee Twice Chewed

Review of Celebrity Autobiography at the Broad: A Delicious Piece of Toffee Twice Chewed Celebrity Autobiography is a perfect cabaret piece-- light, gossipy, fun

Review of "This" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre - An Unpleasant Slice of Life

Review of "This" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre - An Unpleasant Slice of Life Old friends endure life's banalities together

Richard III at Theatricum Botanicum Review - A Production of Many Delights

Richard III at Theatricum Botanicum Review -  A Production of Many Delights Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Richard III at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, is worth taking in

The Naked Army at the Powerhouse Review - Lusty, Bawdy Feminists

The Naked Army at the Powerhouse Review - Lusty, Bawdy Feminists Kudos to the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble for creating and mounting an energetic, updated adaptation of Aristophanes’ classic anti-war comedy, "Lysistrata"

The Method Gun at Kirk Douglas Review - Wild Circus of Ideas

The Method Gun at Kirk Douglas Review - Wild Circus of Ideas "The Method Gun," created and performed by members of the Austin, TX troupe Rude Mechs is a wacky send-up of Tennessee Williams, formal theater training, as well as an exploration of loyalty to a guru

The Academy’s Tribute to Sophia Loren: Love Fest For a Goddess

The Academy’s Tribute to Sophia Loren: Love Fest For a Goddess Many of us fans have had Sophia Loren in our lives for our whole lives

Merchant of Venice at the Broad Stage Review - Powerful as Today's News

Merchant of Venice at the Broad Stage Review - Powerful as Today's News Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice at the Broad Stage, presented by Theatre for a New Audience, is an important, engaging, delightful

The Cripple of Inishmaan Review - Outrageous Banter, Stunning Cruelty

The Cripple of Inishmaan Review - Outrageous Banter,  Stunning Cruelty You will be entertained, astonished and also saddened

Hotel Frank Review - Hip New Digs on Union Square

Hotel Frank Review - Hip New Digs on Union Square Just about everyone we know in Los Angeles considers San Francisco to be a great vacation spot

Turn of the Screw at LA Opera Review - Eerie and Esoteric

Turn of the Screw at LA Opera Review - Eerie and Esoteric Patricia Racette plays the Governess in Benjamin Britten's operatic adaptation of Turn of the Screw ghost story by novelist Henry James

Re-Animator the Musical Review - Zombies Gone Wild!

Re-Animator the Musical Review - Zombies Gone Wild! What’s a little blood bath when you can laugh and scream at hysterically funny horror antics

Broken Glass at Pico Playhouse Review - Arthur Miller Intensity

Broken Glass at Pico Playhouse Review - Arthur Miller Intensity As the first production of their new season, West Coast Jewish Theatre has mounted this production of Broken Glass by Arthur Miller at Pico Playhouse

LA Opera The Turk in Italy Review - Hilarious and Charming

LA Opera The Turk in Italy Review - Hilarious and Charming A lot of people who say they don't like opera really have no idea what they are missing

33 Variations at the Ahmanson Review - Fonda Thrills

33 Variations at the Ahmanson Review - Fonda Thrills Jane Fonda is a phenomenon

Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy - Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World

Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy - Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World Preparations are being made for the exclusive preview of a new documentary “Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy,” to be screened January 20 at Kat Kramer’s “Films That Change The World” Series

Sunworld Safari Review - Dramatic Wildlife, Fascinating Maasai People, Essential Eco-Tourism

Sunworld Safari Review - Dramatic Wildlife, Fascinating Maasai People, Essential Eco-Tourism The vast and beautiful Maasai Mara, home to the great wildebeest migration, is land of the Maasai people

Venice at the Kirk Douglas Review - Wow What a Musical

Venice at the Kirk Douglas Review - Wow What a Musical Kudos to Venice, a world premiere musical at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Loveland at Santa Monica Playhouse Review - Ann Randolph's Manic and Meaningful Flight

Loveland at Santa Monica Playhouse Review - Ann Randolph's Manic and Meaningful Flight In her 70-minute one-woman and multi-character show Loveland, writer-comedienne Ann Randolph takes the audience on a flight of imagination and memory

L.A. Opera's The Marriage of Figaro - Not To Be Missed!!

L.A. Opera's The Marriage of Figaro - Not To Be Missed!! What could be more refreshing on a hot Sunday afternoon, than Placido Domingo, Mozart, belly laughs, and air conditioning

Sunworld Safaris Review – First Exciting Days in Kenya

Sunworld Safaris Review – First Exciting Days in Kenya Americans used to mostly get their notions of safari from the movies

Sunworld Safari Review – Kenya’s Fabulous Flamingos, Hungry Hippos, Galloping Giraffes

Sunworld Safari Review – Kenya’s Fabulous Flamingos, Hungry Hippos, Galloping Giraffes The first president and grandfather of independent Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, who came to power in 1963, used to spend lunchtimes every weekend at Lake Nakuru

Forest Dream Cottage Kenya Review – A Treasure of the South Coast

Forest Dream Cottage Kenya Review – A Treasure of the South Coast Forest Dream is a lovely compound of Swahili-style cottages nestled in a lush equatorial forest

Hotel Le Tourville Review - A Classy Nook in Paris

Hotel Le Tourville Review - A Classy Nook in Paris Hotel Le Tourville in Paris is a gem of a place

Comedy Stars Give Their All for Elephants

Comedy Stars Give Their All for Elephants Joviality and laughter filled the evening soiree at the Voice for Animals Foundation’s Beverly Hills fundraiser hosted by Lily Tomlin

Stars Perform To Free Billy From L.A. Zoo

Stars Perform To Free Billy From L.A. Zoo Legendary comedienne Lily Tomlin will be joined by some of today's leading comedy acts including Orny Adams, Elayne Boosler, Rick Overton with emcee Bruce Vilanch at a private estate in Beverly Hills in a benefit event for Voice For The Animals this Saturday, Aug.7

Up Chick Creek Review at Santa Monica Playhouse - Three Sassy Solos

Up Chick Creek Review at Santa Monica Playhouse - Three Sassy Solos Up Chick Creek is a trio of short one woman shows performed recently as a benefit for Santa Monica Playhouse. Barbara Cole, Lizzie Czerner and Dinah Steward pitched in to show, in their very different styles, a medley of women finding themselves

Stoop Stories at the Douglas - Poetic and Heart-Wrenching

Stoop Stories at the Douglas - Poetic and Heart-Wrenching With only a staircase, good lighting and synchronistic sounds, Dael Orlandersmith presents her love poem about the characters she grew up knowing so well in Harlem

Cougars and Kittens Prowl Through Hollywood

Cougars and Kittens Prowl Through Hollywood “Cougars and Kittens” is a citywide stand up comedy competition which is picking up steam. Sexy and funny ladies tickle the funny bone and titillate other bones as well.

Gotterdamerung Review - A Thrilling End to the Ring

Gotterdamerung Review - A Thrilling End to the Ring Götterdämmerung (The Twilight of the Gods) is the fourth and last opera in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (Ring Cycle)

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