Articles by Peter Balaskas

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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