Articles by Peter Balaskas

We Weren’t Just Bicycle Thieves: Neorealism Movie Review – A Pleasant “Bicycle” Tour into Neorealism

We Weren’t Just Bicycle Thieves: Neorealism Movie Review – A Pleasant “Bicycle” Tour into Neorealism In his documentary, “We Weren’t Just Bicycle Thieves: Neorealism,” director Gianni Bozzacchi deftly explores how this film movement played an important role in the ever-evolving art of cinema

Short Films Review – “Papa” and “Auto-Cowrecked” Demonstrate How Humans Connect

Short Films Review – “Papa” and “Auto-Cowrecked” Demonstrate How Humans Connect Overall, both filmmakers show their artistry with these cinematic gems

Peter and the Starcatcher Theatre Review – A Crazy “Star” Shoots Over Orange County

Peter and the Starcatcher Theatre Review – A Crazy “Star” Shoots Over Orange County South Coast Repertory ends its 51st season with this family-friendly, slapstick theatrical treat

Chasing Yesterday Film Review – “Yesterday” Joins Other Poignant Works at Newport Beach Film Festival

Chasing Yesterday Film Review – “Yesterday” Joins Other Poignant Works at Newport Beach Film Festival Director Pernice’s feature debut is a true comedic gem that adds to the festival experience

Reparation Film Review – A Thrilling “Reparation” at Newport Beach

Reparation Film Review – A Thrilling “Reparation” at Newport Beach Courteous of Kyle Ham’s expert direction, a detailed script and fine acting, “Reparation” serves as another example of a quality independent thriller screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival Shorts Review – “Short” Cinematic Gems Sparkle at Newport Beach

Newport Beach Film Festival Shorts Review – “Short” Cinematic Gems Sparkle at Newport Beach At the 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival, three short films deliver an emotional punch that matches their full feature counterparts

Mr. Wolf Theatre Review – A “Wolf” Stalks Carefully in Orange County

Mr. Wolf Theatre Review – A “Wolf” Stalks Carefully in Orange County Although he briefly utilizes a tired cliché in the second act, Rajiv Joseph's script still possesses a multilayered dimensionality, which matches the brilliance of the actors

Of Good Stock Theatre Review – A Fine “Stock” of Laughter and Tears

Of Good Stock Theatre Review – A Fine “Stock” of Laughter and Tears Thanks to the brilliant cast and Gaye Taylor Upchurch’s visionary direction, playwright Melissa Ross’s dramatic voice is one of the strongest at SCR

Swan Lake Theatre Review – An Elegant “Swan” Graces Irvine Barclay Theatre

Swan Lake Theatre Review – An Elegant “Swan” Graces Irvine Barclay Theatre Courtesy of the powerful lead performances by Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Helimets, Tchaikovsky ends his Orange County ballet run with elegant style in IBT’s “Swan Lake”

tokyo fish story Theatre Review – An Appetizing, Poetic “Fish” Tale

tokyo fish story Theatre Review – An Appetizing, Poetic  “Fish” Tale With their latest production at the Julianne Argyros Stage, “tokyo fish story,” SCR not only transcends into theatrical excellence, but also transforms the beauty of food into an art form

The Sleeping Beauty Theatre Review – An Enchanting “Beauty” in Orange County

The Sleeping Beauty Theatre Review – An Enchanting “Beauty” in Orange County Dancing to the live music of the Pacific Symphony, the American Ballet Theatre presents their amazing world premiere at the Segerstrom Hall

Kneehigh’s Tristan and Yseult Theatre Review –An Updated, Classic Love Story That Dazzles

Kneehigh’s Tristan and Yseult Theatre Review –An Updated, Classic Love Story That Dazzles As this UK theatre troupe comes to South Coast Repertory with their latest work, Kneehigh’s dynamic creativity combines musical merriment with subtle poignancy

Potted Potter Theatre Review – This Playful “Potter” is Priceless Fun in Orange County

Potted Potter Theatre Review – This Playful “Potter” is Priceless Fun in Orange County Whether you are a Harry Potter aficionado or a newbie, Potted Potter brings laughs and much joy to Irvine Barclay Theatre audiences

The Whipping Man Theatre Review –A “Man” Who Soars Free in Southern California

The Whipping Man Theatre Review –A “Man” Who Soars Free in Southern California This multidimensional story about freedom, traditions and redemption is brought to life in incredibly dynamic ways, thanks to Lopez’s layered writing, Martin Benson’s tight direction and the talented cast, lead by SCR veteran Charlie Robinson

The Nutcracker Theatre Review – This “Nutcracker” Brings Traditional Christmas Joy to Orange County

The Nutcracker Theatre Review – This “Nutcracker” Brings Traditional Christmas Joy to Orange County Courtesy of the Festival Ballet Theatre’s artistry, this classic brings an enchanting evening to the Irvine Barclay Theatre

A Christmas Carol Theatre Review – A “Carol” that Continues to Capture the Soul

A Christmas Carol Theatre Review – A “Carol” that Continues to Capture the Soul During its 35th anniversary, lead actor Hal Landon, Jr., director John-David Keller and a talented cast create Christmas magic once again at SCR

Zealot Theatre Review – SCR Brings a Commanding “Zealot” to Southern California

Zealot Theatre Review – SCR Brings a Commanding “Zealot” to Southern California Rebeck’s writing, Marc Masterson’s direction and the potent acting by the stars exposes grave injustices from a moral and political standpoint

Venus in Fur Theatre Review – SCR Artists Restore a Fine “Venus”

Venus in Fur Theatre Review – SCR Artists Restore a Fine “Venus” The electrifying performances by Graham Hamilton and Jaimi Paige save the play from its own defects

BackHausdance Theatre Review – A “Dance” Troupe that Gives a Perfect Curtain Call to Shakespeare Orange County

BackHausdance Theatre Review – A “Dance” Troupe that Gives a Perfect Curtain Call to Shakespeare Orange County By ending its 2014 season with the spectacular BackHausdance, Shakespeare Orange County fulfills its daring mission as it establishes itself as a multifaceted regional theatre in Southern California

Made in Taiwan Theatre Review – This “Taiwan” Story Fortifies Cultural Bridge at Shakespeare Orange County

Made in Taiwan Theatre Review – This “Taiwan” Story Fortifies Cultural Bridge at Shakespeare Orange County Krusiec’s one-woman show has proven that she is one of those rare actors who starts off in the entertainment industry young, stays on course in terms of professional maturity, and develops artistically into a talented actress of stage and screen

The Tempest Theatre Review –A Magical “Tempest” Surges and Flourishes in Orange County

The Tempest Theatre Review –A Magical “Tempest” Surges and Flourishes in Orange County Brilliant acting, delicate direction and spectacular magic make The Tempest a profoundly perfect production for SCR as it begins its 51st season

Trieu Tran (Unplugged) Theatre Review – An ”Unplugged” Journey into Racism, Forgiveness and Redemption

Trieu Tran (Unplugged) Theatre Review – An ”Unplugged” Journey into Racism, Forgiveness and Redemption Shakespeare Orange County delves into the Vietnamese culture with actor Trieu Tran’s critically acclaimed one-man show

The Tavern Theatre Review – A Fun, Hilarious Night Occurs at this “Tavern”

The Tavern Theatre Review – A Fun, Hilarious Night Occurs at this “Tavern” Shakespeare Orange County successfully breaks new ground in its vision and evolution with this contemporary classic

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part Five: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev: Solo for Two

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part Five: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev: Solo for Two Ballet veterans Osipova and Vasiliev exude grace and passionate stage chemistry in this Orange County debut

A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream Theatre Review – The Troubadours Invade Garden Grove…with Hilarious, Sidesplitting Results

A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream Theatre Review – The Troubadours Invade Garden Grove…with Hilarious, Sidesplitting Results The LA Based Troubadours makes a smashing debut at Shakespeare Orange County, combining Shakespeare…and (gulp) disco

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Theatre Review – A Magnificently Multicultural “Night” at Orange County

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Theatre Review – A Magnificently Multicultural “Night” at Orange County Courtesy of a talented, multiethnic cast and Susan Angelo's deft direction, this popular Shakespearean comedy enhances Garden Grove’s presence as a cultural capital in Orange County

Stinky Cheese Man Theatre Review – This “Stinky Man” Brings Aromatic Joy to Kids and Adults

Stinky Cheese Man Theatre Review – This “Stinky Man” Brings Aromatic Joy to Kids and Adults SCR's theatrical program finale is a pure treat for audiences of all ages

Tartuffe Theatre Review – A Darker “Tartuffe” Ruined by Its Own Excesses

Tartuffe Theatre Review – A Darker “Tartuffe” Ruined by Its Own Excesses  In an attempt to get to the dark underbelly of religious fanaticism, Director Dominique Serrand completely destroys SCR’s season finale by confusing satire with gratuitous shock clichés

The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois Theatre Review – These “Lights” Shine the Brightest at SCR

The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois Theatre Review – These “Lights” Shine the Brightest at SCR Rapp’s dramatic voice, as well as a superb cast, makes this production the best world premiere in SCR’s Golden Anniversary season

Five Mile Lake Theatre Review – A Flawed, but Placid “Lake”

Five Mile Lake Theatre Review – A Flawed, but Placid “Lake” Despite its structural blemishes, Five Mile Lake is still a crowd pleaser with its sharp dialogue and naturalistic acting

Rest Theatre Review – “Rest” Assured: A Poignant World Premiere

Rest Theatre Review – “Rest” Assured: A Poignant World Premiere Director Benson, Playwright Hunter, and a talented cast paint a detailed theatrical landscape full of tenderness and power

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Part Four of Five: Philharmonia Chamber Players and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Part Four of Five: Philharmonia Chamber Players and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater The Philharmonia Chamber Players and the American Dance Theater simply emphasize the high quality and especially the diversity the Segerstrom Center offers

Reunion Theatre Review – A “Reunion” Filled With Laughs and Tears

Reunion Theatre Review – A “Reunion” Filled With Laughs and Tears Playwright Gregory S. Moss’s latest work proves that his creative voice is a wonderful addition to this Southern California regional theatre

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Continuing Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part Three of Five: St. Lawrence String Quartet and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo—LAC (after Swan Lake)

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Continuing Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part Three of Five: St. Lawrence String Quartet and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo—LAC (after Swan Lake) Both the chamber music quartet and the prestigious ballet company exude passionate energy and classical grace

Shakespeare Orange County Theatre Feature – One Big Family Under the Stars

Shakespeare Orange County Theatre Feature – One Big Family Under the Stars Under this new artistic direction, Shakespeare Orange County will expand its season and its outreach throughout Southern California

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Continuing Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part Two of Five: Emerson String Quartet and the Hamburg Ballet

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – Continuing Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part Two of Five: Emerson String Quartet and the Hamburg Ballet Both the chamber music and dance programs surpass expectations as they begin 2014 with a bang

The Light in the Piazza Theatre Review – A Shining, Romantic “Light” in Orange County

The Light in the Piazza Theatre Review – A Shining, Romantic “Light” in Orange County This romantic musical is an exquisite selection for SCRs Golden Anniversary Season

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Feature – On the Money with the 3rd Annual Off Center Festival

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Feature – On the Money with the 3rd Annual Off Center Festival This exciting festival is celebrating its third year of eclectic music and dance performances, as well as contemporary theater

Trudy and Max in Love Theatre Review – This “Love” Story Needs Considerable Revision

Trudy and Max in Love Theatre Review – This “Love” Story Needs Considerable Revision Zoe Kazan’s amateurish, shallow script, the lackluster acting, and Lila Neugebauer’s sterile, anemic direction makes this show the most disappointing production during SCR’s 50th Anniversary

A Christmas Carol Theatre Review – A Joyous Theatrical Tradition Continues to Thrive

A Christmas Carol Theatre Review – A Joyous Theatrical Tradition Continues to Thrive After 34 straight years, this classic still captures and maintains the Christmas magic for Orange County audiences

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – A Tour through Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part One of Five

Segerstrom Center Performing Arts Review – A Tour through Segerstrom’s 2013/2014 Season, Part One of Five For the beginning of their 2013/2014 season, the Segerstrom Center’s jazz, dance, and chamber music productions proves to entice and amaze Orange County audiences

4000 Miles Theatre Review – This “4000 Miles” Trip Breaks Down and Crashes

4000 Miles Theatre Review – This “4000 Miles” Trip Breaks Down and Crashes Playwright Amy Herzog’s latest work suffers from flat, stilted dialogue, unlikable characters, and a completely unsatisfactory ending

Fast Company Theatre Review – This “Company” Races “Fast” and True with Wit and Intrigue

Fast Company Theatre Review – This “Company” Races “Fast” and True with Wit and Intrigue Newcomer scribe Carla Ching creates an entertaining tale involving family, the grifter life, and a valuable comic book

Smoke and Mirrors Theatre Review – This “Smoke” Billows With Magical Marvel

Smoke and Mirrors Theatre Review – This “Smoke” Billows With Magical Marvel At The Road Theatre, actor-magician Albie Selznick deftly combines mystical magic and personal pain, resulting in joy and wonder

Death of a Salesman Theatre Review – A Golden “Salesman” Shines with Theatrical Glory

Death of a Salesman Theatre Review – A Golden “Salesman” Shines with Theatrical Glory Serving as SCR’s Golden Anniversary season opener, Death of a Salesman is a powerful testament to the theatre’s legacy as a major artistic force in the country

Macbeth Theatre Review – A “Macbeth” immersed in murder and mayhem

Macbeth Theatre Review – A “Macbeth” immersed in murder and mayhem In the expert hands of Shakespeare Orange County, this popular play proves to be an exciting end to their 2013 season

Twelfth Night Theatre Review – A “Night” of Love, Laughter, and Legs with Cross-gartered Yellow Stockings

Twelfth Night Theatre Review – A “Night” of Love, Laughter, and Legs with Cross-gartered Yellow Stockings  Led by the talented Karissa Vacker, John Frederick Jones and especially John Walcutt, Shakespeare Orange County’s season opener is a romantic and humorous crowd pleaser

The Fantasticks Theatre Review – “Fantastick” Magic Conjured in Orange County

The Fantasticks Theatre Review – “Fantastick” Magic Conjured in Orange County South Coast Repertory’s The Fantasticks serves as a perfect theatrical finale for its 2012/2013 season

Steel Magnolias Theatre Review – This Laguna “Magnolia” Blooms into a Beauty

Steel Magnolias Theatre Review – This Laguna “Magnolia” Blooms into a Beauty In this character-driven production, the talented acting ensemble provides healthy doses of heart and soul

Smokefall Theatre Review –“Smokefall” Rises with Creative Magic

Smokefall Theatre Review –“Smokefall” Rises with Creative Magic Led by the brilliant Orson Bean, Smokefall is a profound, surreal theatrical ride about family, life, and even the joys of apple pie

The Whale Theatre Review – This “Whale” Swims into the Dark Realms of Guilt

The Whale Theatre Review – This “Whale” Swims into the Dark Realms of Guilt Courtesy of playwright Samuel D. Hunter’s layered dialogue and especially Matthew Arkin’s phenomenal lead performance, The Whale is a careful exploration of how redemption is sought and earned

Chinglish Theatre Review – Chinglish Brings Celebratory Cheer to Orange County

Chinglish Theatre Review – Chinglish Brings Celebratory Cheer to Orange County Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang explores the issues of language barriers and misunderstandings in his hilarious and insightful comedy, Chinglish, which is a welcome addition to South Coast Repertory’s 2012-2013 Season

Chapter Two Theatre Review – A Theatrical Best Seller at Laguna Beach

Chapter Two Theatre Review – A Theatrical Best Seller at Laguna Beach Courtesy of Andrew Barnicle’s deft direction and his talented actors, Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical love story captures all the romantic laughs and tender-hearted tears

Wicked Lit. 2012 Theatre Review – A “Wicked” Tour of Tantalizing Terror

Wicked Lit. 2012 Theatre Review – A “Wicked” Tour of Tantalizing Terror Courtesy of superior acting and direction, Wicked Lit’s successful adaptation of three obscure horror tales has resulted in an extension to their theatre run

The 39 Steps Theatre Review – These “Steps” Dance with Hilarity and Nostalgia

The 39 Steps Theatre Review – These “Steps” Dance with Hilarity and Nostalgia At the Laguna Playhouse, this hilarious adaptation of a Hitchcock classic brings a wonderful sense of slapstick silliness

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Theatre Review – There’s NOTHING Like Love in Orange County

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Theatre Review – There’s NOTHING Like Love in Orange County At Shakespeare Orange County, stage veterans Michael Nehring and Evelyn Carol Case drive this timeless play with class and comedic flair

RICHARD III Theatre Review – This Infamous Villain Slashes, Seduces, Slays, and Smiles at Shakespeare Orange County

RICHARD III Theatre Review – This Infamous Villain Slashes, Seduces, Slays, and Smiles at Shakespeare Orange County For this 2012 season opener at Shakespeare Orange County, theatre, film, and television veteran John Walcutt is absolute perfection in the title role

Jitney Theatre Review - August Wilson’s Jackpot of a Jalopy Jaunts into Orange County

Jitney Theatre Review - August Wilson’s Jackpot of a Jalopy Jaunts into Orange County As far as JITNEY is concerned, South Coast Repertory has chosen a perfectly dynamic way to end their 2011-2012 season, courtesy of a top-notch cast, led by SCR vet Charlie Robinson

The Prince of Atlantis Theatre Review - A Royal Gem in Orange County

The Prince of Atlantis Theatre Review - A Royal Gem in Orange County This World Premiere at the South Coast Repertory proves to be a success while delving into family and self-discovery

The Burbank International Film Festival - Legendary Roger Corman Honored; Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films Saluted

The Burbank International Film Festival - Legendary Roger Corman Honored; Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films Saluted At the 2011 Burbank International Film Festival: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Film Night, Cinematic Guru Roger Corman received The Pioneer in Sci-Fi Filmmaking Award, paving the way for promising filmmakers in the genre

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless SOC regulars Shaun Anthony and Jeremy Schaeg, as well as Alyssa Bradac’s expert direction, help provide a slide-splitting finale to the Orange County theatre’s 20th Season

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless SOC regulars Shaun Anthony and Jeremy Schaeg, as well as Alyssa Bradac’s expert direction, help provide a slide-splitting finale to the Orange County theatre’s 20th season

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless SOC regulars Shaun Anthony and Jeremy Schaeg, as well as Alyssa Bradac’s expert direction, help provide a slide-splitting finale to the Orange County theatre’s 20th season

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless SOC regulars Shaun Anthony and Jeremy Schaeg, as well as Alyssa Bradac’s expert direction, help provide a slide-splitting finale to the Orange County theatre’s 20th season

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless

The Comedy of Errors Theatre Review - This "Errors" is Truly Flawless SOC regulars Shaun Anthony and Jeremy Schaeg, as well as Alyssa Bradac’s expert direction, help provide a slide-splitting finale to the Orange County theatre’s 20th season

Julius Caesar Theatre Review - A Bloody Good Voyage into Betrayal

Julius Caesar Theatre Review - A Bloody Good Voyage into Betrayal With Director Carl Reggiardo at the helm, and veteran actors David Denman and John Walcutt as the leads, S.O.C. 20th Anniversary opener mixes political action with keen philosophical insight on ambition and honor

A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Review - This Wonderful "Dream" Shines in the Hills

A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Review - This Wonderful "Dream" Shines in the Hills Director Sam R. Ross and his brilliant actors bring this adapted, updated, and shortened romantic comedy to life with side-splitting results

Extraordinary Chambers Theatre Review – This “Chambers” Opens the Door to Genocide and Inner Pain

Extraordinary Chambers Theatre Review – This “Chambers” Opens the Door to Genocide and Inner Pain Courtesy of the riveting eloquence of David Wiener’s text and the potent performances by its stars, CHAMBERS explores the agonies of loss with realistically frightening results

As You Like It Theatre Review - Orange County Shakespeare's Comedic Production a Charming Debut for its 2009 Season

As You Like It Theatre Review - Orange County Shakespeare's Comedic Production a Charming Debut for its 2009 Season Shakespeare Orange County's AS YOU LIKE IT is a joyous, exciting adventure into love and mistaken identity, courtesy of a solid direction by Carl Reggiardo and a phenomenal performance by Kara Revel as Rosalind

Richard III Theatre Review - The Infamous Duke of Gloucester Seduces and Kills With Sinister Glee at A Noise Within

Richard III Theatre Review - The Infamous Duke of Gloucester Seduces and Kills With Sinister Glee at A Noise Within The Bard's most notorious historical villain is very much alive and well (but, alas, this cannot be said for his victims) as RICHARD III proves to be an spectacular 2009/2010 season opener for the Glendale based theatre troupe

Southern Comfort Theater Review - Long Beach Production is a Romantic "Comfort" for the Soul

Southern Comfort Theater Review - Long Beach Production is a Romantic "Comfort" for the Soul With veteran actors Michael Learned and Granville Van Dusen at the helm, Kathleen Clark’s play on the budding relationship between a retired widow and widower brings a glimmer of romantic hope in a world filled with bitter cynicism

A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Review - A Hilariously Sweet "Dream" in Orange County

A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Review - A Hilariously Sweet "Dream" in Orange County Director Mark Rucker’s vision and the comedic timing of his talented cast illustrate once again the superior craftsmanship this Orange County theatre troupe possesses



The Train Driver Theatre Review - This "Driver" Gloriously Rockets Full Speed Ahead

The Train Driver Theatre Review - This "Driver" Gloriously Rockets Full Speed Ahead This year, Athol Fugard’s U.S. premiere of THE TRAIN DRIVER is a true testament of how a talented playwright and theatre company can come together to create a story about race, rage, and redemption

King Lear Theatre Review - This King Lear Howls With Madness and Pride

King Lear Theatre Review - This King Lear Howls With Madness and Pride Director Thomas F. Bradac and his talented cast at Shakespeare Orange County elevate this complex epic about betrayal and pride to uncanney levels of theatrical brilliance

The Three Musketeers Theatre Review - Topanga Canyon Adaptation of Historial Epic Tragically Misses Its Mark

The Three Musketeers Theatre Review - Topanga Canyon Adaptation of Historial Epic Tragically Misses Its Mark Sadly, Director Ellen Geer tries too hard to include every aspect of Dumas’s classic, resulting in a disastrous second act that brings down the entire play

Blank Theatre Review - Solo Artist Presents Profound Theatrical Mosaic About Identity

Blank Theatre Review - Solo Artist Presents Profound Theatrical Mosaic About Identity L.A. performer Brian Stanton demonstrates his multifaceted skills as an actor and playwright in his one-man show BLANK, which details his journey about how an adopted young man decides to meet his birth mother

A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Review - Magnificent Magic Comes Alive at The Botanicum Once Again

A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Review - Magnificent Magic Comes Alive at The Botanicum Once Again For the fifth year in a row, the Will Geer Theatre continues its annual tradition of producing this enjoyable Shakespearean production that appeals to all ages

Hamlet Theatre Review - Theatricum Botanicum's 2010 Season Opener "To Be" the Beginning of a Phenomenal Theatrical Summer

Hamlet Theatre Review - Theatricum Botanicum's 2010 Season Opener "To Be" the Beginning of a Phenomenal Theatrical Summer Theatricum Botanicum regulars Mike Peebler, Melora Marshal, Jeff Wiesen, and Susan Angelo alternate their performances as the Danish prince and his conflicted mother, resulting in what may be the best production of this Shakespearean play that has been conjured in Southern California to date

Behind the Gates Theatre Review - World Premiere of Wendy Graf's Latest Play Cannot Conceal Flaws

Behind the Gates Theatre Review - World Premiere of Wendy Graf's Latest Play Cannot Conceal Flaws Sadly, despite the riveting performances of Annika Marks and Keliher Walsh, Graf’s clichéd dialogue and one-note characterization fail to explore the multi-faceted world of an Orthodox Jewish culture

Awake and Sing! Theatre Review - Brilliant Acting Drives Odets Masterpiece

Awake and Sing! Theatre Review - Brilliant Acting Drives Odets Masterpiece With regard to A Noise Within’s production of this play, their talented cast illuminates these timeless themes of desperation, dreams, and the fragility of family

Playboy of the Western World Theatre Review - A Noise Within's Production of J.M.Synge's Classic Provides Poetic End to 2009-2010 Season

Playboy of the Western World Theatre Review - A Noise Within's Production of J.M.Synge's Classic Provides Poetic End to 2009-2010 Season Director Geoff Elliot and his talented cast bring humor, pathos, and the lyrical dialogue of Synge’s masterpiece to the Glendale stage

Much Ado About Nothing Theatre Review - A Noise Within Makes Something Out of "Nothing"

Much Ado About Nothing Theatre Review - A Noise Within Makes Something Out of "Nothing" With regard to MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, A Noise Within has wonderfully shown the proper balance of chemistry and character through fine direction and the exceptional performances of its stars, Torri Higginson and JD Cullum

The Unexpected Man Theatre Review - Bright Eyes Production of Yasmina Reza Play is an Expected Romantic Pleasure

The Unexpected Man Theatre Review - Bright Eyes Production of Yasmina Reza Play is an Expected Romantic Pleasure At The Lounge Theatre, Bright Eyes Productions successfully captures the eloquence of Yasmina Reza’s dialogue and the magical chemistry of her characters

The Top Ten Films of the Decade (2000-2009) - Come and See Which Films Stood Out as the Best These Past Ten Years

The Top Ten Films of the Decade (2000-2009) - Come and See Which Films Stood Out as the Best These Past Ten Years If you are interested in knowing what the Top Ten Films from 2000-2009 were, come and enjoy the cinematic ride

Waiting for Godot Theatre Review - A Noise Within's 2010 Opener of Beckett's Absurdist Classic is Worth the Wait

Waiting for Godot Theatre Review - A Noise Within's 2010 Opener of Beckett's Absurdist Classic is Worth the Wait For the third year in a row, A Noise Within’s WAITING FOR GODOT is a pleasurable, absurdist tradition of smooth direction and frenetic, nuanced acting

Noises Off Theatre Review - A Noise Within Ends Fall 2009 Season With the Sounds of Side-splitting Laughter

Noises Off Theatre Review - A Noise Within Ends Fall 2009 Season With the Sounds of Side-splitting Laughter The Glendale based theatre group’s production of NOISES OFF is a perfectly oiled farcical machine that combines the incredible talents of its direction, the acting, and especially the often underappreciated scenic crew

Tree Theatre Review - Ensemble Studio Theatre's World Premiere Delves Into Issues Regarding Family and Race

Tree Theatre Review - Ensemble Studio Theatre's World Premiere Delves Into Issues Regarding Family and Race Under the smooth direction of Jessica Kubzansky and a quartet of talented actors, TREE is a significant work that explores how a damaged, fragmented family seeks to heal itself by confronting painful secrets that are screaming to be revealed

Crime and Punishment Theatre Review - Dostoevsky's Epic Literary Masterpiece Translates Well at A Noise Within

Crime and Punishment Theatre Review - Dostoevsky's Epic Literary Masterpiece Translates Well at A Noise Within This streamlined CRIME AND PUNISHMENT carefully examines the concepts of good and evil, actions and reactions, and especially choices and consequences, thanks to the talented actors and the tight, crisp direction of Craig Belknap

Shining City Theatre Review - Superior Acting and Conor McPherson's Riviting Dialogue Enhance Shining City

Shining City Theatre Review - Superior Acting and Conor McPherson's Riviting Dialogue Enhance Shining City The Los Angeles Premiere of Conor McPherson's SHINING CITY carefully examines natural and supernatural ghosts and their relation to the human connection

August:Osage County Theatre Review - Ahmanson Theatre + 2008 Pulitzer and Tony Award Winning Play = Excellence in American Drama

August:Osage County Theatre Review - Ahmanson Theatre + 2008 Pulitzer and Tony Award Winning Play = Excellence in American Drama The West Coast transition of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer and Tony award winning play AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY proves to be a spectacular accomplishment, courtesy of Letts' eloquence, flawless direction, and a dynamic cast

The Cherry Orchard Theatre Review - Botanicum's Production of Chekhov's Final Play Captivates Using New Southern Interpretation

The Cherry Orchard Theatre Review - Botanicum's Production of Chekhov's Final Play Captivates Using New Southern Interpretation The Theatricum Botanicum's gamble of adapting and re-imagining THE CHERRY ORCHARD for 1970 Virginia succeeds, courtesy of the superb acting, smooth direction, and especially the writing talents of Director Heidi Helen Davis and its star, Ellen Geer

The Merchant of Venice Theatre Review - Cruelty and Mercy are Deftly Explored in Shakespeare Orange County

The Merchant of Venice Theatre Review - Cruelty and Mercy are Deftly Explored in Shakespeare Orange County The talented cast, led by SOC veteran Michael Nehring, brings much layering and texture regarding mercy, cruelty, and anti-semitism in The Merchant of Venice

The Miser Theatre Review - The Theatricum Botanicum Fancies Farcical Fun with The Miser

The Miser Theatre Review - The Theatricum Botanicum Fancies Farcical Fun with The Miser The Theatricum Botanicum quenches this hot Summer of Greed by having fun with it in The Miser, led by a dynamic performance from Alan Blumenfeld in the title role

Julius Caesar Theater Review - Treachery and Intrigue Simmers and Explodes at the Theatricum Botanicum's Production of Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar Theater Review - Treachery and Intrigue Simmers and Explodes at the Theatricum Botanicum's Production of Julius Caesar The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum's production of betrayal, intrigue, and revenge simmers and explodes with fast paced direction and superb acting, especially by the two stars, Mark Peebler and Melora Marshall

The Rehearsal Theater Review - The Noise Within's Production Ends its Season With an Unsettling Mixture of Farce and Tragedy

The Rehearsal Theater Review - The Noise Within's Production Ends its Season With an Unsettling Mixture of Farce and Tragedy Jean Anouilh's tragic-comedy, THE REHEARSAL, expertly reveals the corruption of the decadent rich, courtesy of The Noise Within Theater Company

The Accomplices Theater Review - A Fountain Theater Revival at the Odyssey Powerfully Explores Another Facet of the Holocaust.

The Accomplices Theater Review - A Fountain Theater Revival at the Odyssey Powerfully Explores Another Facet of the Holocaust. The Fountain Theater's revival of Bernard Weintraub's THE ACCOMPLICES at the Odyssey is an incredible tour-de-force exploration concerning a rarely explored facet of the Holocaust, driven by a passionate performance by Steven Schub

Stormy Weather Theater Review - Leslie Uggams and Nikki Crawford Shine as Lena Horne in Pasadena Playhouse Production

Stormy Weather Theater Review - Leslie Uggams and Nikki Crawford Shine as Lena Horne in Pasadena Playhouse Production In this beautifully choreographed musical of Lena Horne's life, stage veteran Leslie Uggams and Nikki Crawford provide the perfect doses of theatrical thunder and lightning in STORMY WEATHER

The Top Ten Films of 2008 - If You Would Like Some Insight Regarding Quality Films, Read About My Favorites From Last Year!

The Top Ten Films of 2008 - If You Would Like Some Insight Regarding Quality Films, Read About My Favorites From Last Year! Although 2008 was a hard year for the film industry in terms of quality, some brilliant gems shined through. Here is my list of the Top Ten Films of 2008

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