Articles by Elaine Mura

Rules of Seconds Review - The Gentlemen's Code of Honor

Rules of Seconds Review - The Gentlemen's Code of Honor Set in Boston 1855, Martha Leeds must deal with the "Code Duello" when her gentle older son is challenged to a duel by rich, amoral Walter Brown after her son spills tea on Brown's favorite boots - hopefully with the aid of her dashing younger son

Farragut North - Director Cathy Linder's Notes

Farragut North - Director Cathy Linder's Notes Director Cathy Linder was interviewed about FARRAGUT NORTH, a play which takes place during a hotly contested Presidential primary and explores what goes on "behind the scenes" when everyone involved on both sides wants to win

Woody's Order! Review - Making Lemonade

Woody's Order! Review - Making Lemonade Woody's sister Ann has always had a special connection with her brother, afflicted with cerebral palsy; the tale follows the impact of having a "special" child on an average family and how they cope with the stressful challenges which this presents

Building the Wall Review - Who will lay the Foundation?

Building the Wall Review - Who will lay the Foundation? An army veteran who has risen from hard beginnings to become a responsible citizen and devoted family man, Rick was also the warden of a detention center for immigrants awaiting deportation - and now sits on death row ready to tell his story

The Cruise Review - Storms over the Caribbean

The Cruise Review - Storms over the Caribbean A third-generation Latino and "guest lecturer" on cruise ships for years, Ramon invites his NYU graduate son to join him, perhaps hoping that the two can bond; but healing their huge chasm may take more than sun, smiles, and Caribbean rum drinks

April, May, and June Review - Appearances Can be Deceiving

April, May, and June Review - Appearances Can be Deceiving Three sisters reminisce while packing up their late mother's house - each having different memories of the same events; however, they all agree that their mother was proper, staid, and mediocre - until secrets that she carefully hit from them emerge

At Home at the Zoo Review - The Evolution of Artist and Man

At Home at the Zoo Review - The Evolution of Artist and Man A set of two one-act plays combined together follows Peter, a staid book editor, into his respectable lifeless living room with a wife who yearns for more and into the park, where he encounters a volatile, desperate, and lost man who went to the zoo

Martha Review - The House of Pelvic Truth

Martha Review - The House of Pelvic Truth A major influence in the evolution of modern dance, Martha Graham was the first dancer invited to perform at the White House - but now she is in her 70's and told to rest on her laurels, impossible for the feisty, persistent, and talented woman

Still Life Review - Life, Death, and Choices

Still Life Review - Life, Death, and Choices A compilation of the haphazard and even trial events which are strung together like beads in everyone's life, Still Life focuses on several people who find their lives overlapping - with questions about life's meaning rising from these encounters

Hansel and Gretel Bluegrass Review - A New Perspective on a Classic Tale

Hansel and Gretel Bluegrass Review - A New Perspective on a Classic Tale Radio announcer "The Duke" tells the story of Hansel and Gretel, two Appalachia children abandoned during the 30's Great Depression who stumble upon an evil, blind witch in her forest home and must use all their skills to escape or die

Married People: A Comedy Review - Marriage under a Microscope

Married People: A Comedy Review - Marriage under a Microscope When two couples who have known each other for years begin to show signs of marital "issues," they decide to hash out their problems in group therapy - but it turns out that the serious problems go deeper than simple couples conflicts

Disinherit the Wind Review - Scopes Monkey Trial Redux

Disinherit the Wind Review - Scopes Monkey Trial Redux University professor Dr. Bertram Cates has been fired due to his heretical ideas about Darwin's theory of evolution and sues the university - with explosive results when he duels with Dr. Richard Hawkins, Darwin's current and very vocal advocate

A Delusional Affair Review - How Many People are in that Bed Anyway?

A Delusional Affair Review - How Many People are in that Bed Anyway? Oliver and Julia Foxx have been married long enough to know each other's every secret - or so they think - until Oliver decides to sell his business and spend time traveling the world with his wife - only to find out that Julia has other plans

Bye Bye Birdie Review - Hello, Laughter and Song

Bye Bye Birdie Review - Hello, Laughter and Song When teen heart throb Conway Birdie receives a draft notice, his music publisher decides to have Birdie sing a newly released tune as he gives his last kiss to a teen fan before going off to war - what could possibly go wrong?

Fun Home Los Angeles Review - The Elephant in the Room

Fun Home Los Angeles Review - The Elephant in the Room At three different critical periods in her life, Alison Bechdel must come to terms with her sexuality, her relationship with her gay father, and her search for meaning in the mysteries of life - a musical based on her graphic memoir

Die, Mommie, Die! Review - Finally, a Truly Dysfunctional Family

Die, Mommie, Die! Review - Finally, a Truly Dysfunctional Family Aging, has-been film star Angela wants to spend her twilight years with hunky, young Tony - but her husband Sol, a sleazy movie producer, may stand in the way - so Sol must go - and now her two strange children may seek revenge for pop's death

Forever Plaid Review - Doo-Wop is Back!

Forever Plaid Review - Doo-Wop is Back! Forever Plaid, a guy group from the 1950's, never made it to their very first performance because of a fatal auto accident; 50 years later, they get a second chance to strut their stuff in front of a live audience - it's the stuff dreams are made of

33 Variations Review - A Meeting of Minds

33 Variations Review - A Meeting of Minds 200 years separate music genius Beethoven and musicologist Katherine Brandt; yet their lives parallel each other - evident when Katherine goes to Germany to figure out why Beethoven became obsessed with a few musical notes and so wrote 33 variations

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips Review - Incredible but True

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips Review - Incredible but True When American soldiers come to the English countryside during World War II, things in the bucolic little village are sure to change - and change they do for each of the residents and Adolphus, a Yank private, as all prepare for the Normandy invasion

Zoot Suit Review - Pride and Prejudice 2017

Zoot Suit Review - Pride and Prejudice 2017 Chicano Henry Reyna and 22 members of the 38 Street gang - all proudly sporting their zoot suits - are accused of murder, convicted in a sham trial, and sent to prison for life - marking but one event in the racially charged, 1940's LA landscape

Shades of Disclosure Review - AIDS Anonymous

Shades of Disclosure Review - AIDS Anonymous Members of QueerWise, a Los Angeles-based LGBTQ group, share their poignant, true stories about life as outliers, some of whom have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and have learned to accept and live with this terrifying disease

Debussy: His Letters and His Music Review - Brought to Life by Julia Migenes

Debussy: His Letters and His Music Review - Brought to Life by Julia Migenes Celebrated soprano Julia Migenes brings music giant Debussy to life as she chats about his life, loves, successes, and failures - all to the backdrop of Debussy's lush, haunting, and emotional melodies skillfully played by pianist Manuel Arellano

Witness for the Prosecution Review - Agatha Christie at her Best

Witness for the Prosecution Review - Agatha Christie at her Best English barrister Sir Robarts is called upon to defend accused murderer Leonard Vole after the body of his rich widow friend is found, but only his wife can afford him an alibi - so why is she a witness for the prosecution rather than the defense?

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Return Review - Chekhov Dances

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Return Review - Chekhov Dances Vanya and his sister Sonia have lived in a quiet farmhouse for their entire lives, while their sister Masha has traveled the world as a famous movie star - but fur will fly when Masha decides to return to the family homestead for a surprise visit

Plasticity Review - A Multimedia Study of Meaning

Plasticity Review - A Multimedia Study of Meaning As comatose David Rosely lies in his hospital bed, the people important in his life pass through his world, each sharing thoughts, opinions, and feelings while David tries to make sense of the senseless and organize the disorganized

Fugu Review - Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Fugu Review - Truth is Stranger than Fiction When Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara wrote visas for 6,000 Lithuanian Jews and transported them to Kobe, Japan, during World War II, the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs must battle with the Gestapo to insure their safety and maintain peace

A White Guy on the Bus Review - Why Not Take the Mercedes?

A White Guy on the Bus Review - Why Not Take the Mercedes? This white guy lives a privileged life in an affluent suburb, while his wife teaches in a ghetto school trying to inspire her inner city students to reach for the American dream - so why is he chatting up a pretty black nursing student on a bus?

Beckett 5 Review - A Journey into the Absurd

Beckett 5 Review - A Journey into the Absurd Samuel Beckett's legacy lives on in five short plays which demonstrate his absurd, sometimes obscure, and constantly metaphysical approach to theater - an approach which led to his Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 and his lasting impact on writers

Late Company Review - The Consequences of Bullying

Late Company Review - The Consequences of Bullying Still grieving over their son's suicide a year ago, a Canadian politician and his wife invite one of the bullies who made their son's life miserable and his parents to their home for dinner hoping for closure - with explosive results

The Last Vig Review - Goodfellas, Circa 2014

The Last Vig Review - Goodfellas, Circa 2014 A nostalgic peak at a mob boss who tries to hold on to past glory while the world marches on, perhaps without him

A Time to Kill Review - Mississippi Justice

A Time to Kill Review - Mississippi Justice Based on John Gresham's novel, idealistic white attorney Jake Brigance agrees to defend black Carl Lee Hailey, who has murdered the two white men who raped and brutally beat his ten-year-old daughter as the world outside the courtroom erupts in riot

Black Comedy Review - Let There Be Light!

Black Comedy Review - Let There Be Light! A sculptor and his fiancé "borrow" some of their neighbor's priceless antiques for the evening to impress her straight-laced father and a millionaire art collector when a fuse blows, and the building is plunged into darkness - let the farce begin!

The Super Variety Match Bonus Round! Review - Risky Business

The Super Variety Match Bonus Round! Review - Risky Business The Eagleton's have faced a devastating tragedy in their family and now must face the challenge of dealing with the fall-out and picking up the pieces; with the help of a little magic and lots of hope, this may be possible

I'm Just Wild about Harry Review - 1911 Comes Alive

I'm Just Wild about Harry Review - 1911 Comes Alive Harry and his friend Jack want to entertain their sweethearts; but they run into a problem - no chaperone - which they solve by getting their friend Benjamin, an aspiring actor, to impersonate Harry's aunt, a wealthy widow from Brazil

Bakersfield Mist Revival Review - Jackson Pollack or Junk?

Bakersfield Mist Revival Review - Jackson Pollack or Junk? Based on a true story, this is the tale of an unemployed, chain-smoking, ex-bartender living in a run-down California trailer park who believes that a painting she bought for $3 at a thrift shop is really an undiscovered masterpiece worth millions

Thrones! The Musical Review - A Laugh a Minute

Thrones! The Musical Review - A Laugh a Minute A group of close friends gather to watch the season finale of their favorite TV show and discover that one of their members has never watched "Game of Thrones" - so they play "catch-up" by acting out all six seasons of the show with rollicking humor

Christmas in Bethlehem - Where It All Began

Christmas in Bethlehem - Where It All Began Being in the Holy Land at one of the holiest times of the year for Christians the world over is what makes Bethlehem the center of the world on Christmas Eve

Amelie, A New Musical Review - Magic is All Around Us

Amelie, A New Musical Review - Magic is All Around Us The gentle tale of a charming French woman for whom magic is quite real and very appealing as she learns to discover her own identity and face the real world and the real people in it

Holiday Celebration - A Gift to the People of Los Angeles

Holiday Celebration - A Gift to the People of Los Angeles Producer Adam Davis discusses the annual Holiday Celebration, a free holiday-themed event sponsored at The Music Center by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the people of Los Angeles - a tradition for the past 57 years

Everything in Between Review - Home from the Wars

Everything in Between Review - Home from the Wars Veteran Lance Porter has just returned from Afghanistan after facing the most traumatic experiences in his entire life - as he struggles to adjust to peacetime in his own home town amid fears that he will never be his old self again

How to Love a Republican Review - Keep an Eye on the Democrats

How to Love a Republican Review - Keep an Eye on the Democrats There's been warfare for years in the McCoy household, with a devoted Republican husband and a dedicated Democrat wife; their daughter is sick of politics - but then finds herself in a two-party love affair, both men running for the same office

A Nice Family Christmas Review - The Further Adventures of a Slightly Eccentric Clan

A Nice Family Christmas Review - The Further Adventures of a Slightly Eccentric Clan A Norwegian-American family from Minnesota is spending Christmas Eve together - zany Grandma up from Florida, her peace-keeping daughter, her conflicted grandsons Michael and Carl, and her gay granddaughter Stacey - each ready for a memorable holiday

A Touch of the Poet Review - The Rise of Romantic Pragmatism

A Touch of the Poet Review - The Rise of Romantic Pragmatism Irish Con Melody owns a seedy tavern just outside Boston but really lives inside his compelling memories of past glory as a student at Trinity College in Dublin and a decorated officer in Wellington's campaign against Napoleon - while quoting Byron

Reflections on "Everything In Between" - Writer Rebecca Stahl and Director John DiFusco

Reflections on "Everything In Between" - Writer Rebecca Stahl and Director John DiFusco In honor of Veteran's Day, this moving play premieres at the Hollywood American Legion Post 43, a legendary building combining a memorial and a clubhouse; playwright Stahl and director DiFusco share what led them to work on this unique project

Blood: Back by Popular Demand Review - Conspiracy Reaches to the Top

Blood: Back by Popular Demand Review - Conspiracy Reaches to the Top A stunning political thriller tells the tale of a massive conspiracy; when scientists discover that blood is a major vector of AIDS, tainted blood is withdrawn from the market - but then sold to foreign countries, including Japan, for a nice profit

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure Review - The Game is Still Afoot

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure Review - The Game is Still Afoot The world's greatest detective has decided to retire when the King of Bohemia approaches him on a small matter of blackmail; can Holmes turn his back on a case which may involve both his secret love and his perennial nemesis?

Lend Me a Tenor Review - Maybe Two?

Lend Me a Tenor Review - Maybe Two? A delightful tale of double entendre and mistaken identity, this play follows the adventures of Italian superstar opera tenor and lady-killer Tito, who gets more than he bargained for when he comes to Cleveland to sing "Othello"

Sylvia Review - It's a Dog's Life

Sylvia Review - It's a Dog's Life A four-footed furry stray who hopes she has found the home of her dreams with mild-mannered Greg and his wife Kate, Sylvia is a pooch with panache - and the occasional cynical gaffe - so how can Greg resist as she twists him around her little paw

Plastic Surgery - Valuable Insights by Dr. Andrew Miller

Plastic Surgery - Valuable Insights by Dr. Andrew Miller On 10/19/16, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Miller shared information and insights about plastic surgery, present and future, including the most popular changes people today are hoping to achieve and how to deal with patient expectations

Singapore Airlines Travel Massive Event - Something for Everyone

Singapore Airlines Travel Massive Event - Something for Everyone On 10/25/16, Singapore Airlines hosted a Travel Massive Event in Santa Monica, California, to launch a new daily service from LAX to Seoul, Korea, beginning on 10/23/16 - as well as its resumption of nonstop flights from San Francisco to Singapore

It's Time Review - You'll Know When

It's Time Review - You'll Know When Master monologist Paul Linke shares important moments in his life with humor and poignancy as he recounts being widowed at 38 with three very small children, a turning point in his life, and how love and hope worked together to create a healing

The Turn of the Screw Review - Do You Believe in Ghosts?

The Turn of the Screw Review - Do You Believe in Ghosts? Henry James classic novella, adapted into a two-actor play by Jeffrey Hatcher, keeps the audience guessing: What happened to the last governess? Why are the two young children so strange? Who are those two fleeting presences who look familiar?

Other People's Money Review - Dogs, Doughnuts, and Money

Other People's Money Review - Dogs, Doughnuts, and Money "Larry the Liquidator" Garfinkle is in the middle of the hostile takeover of a company which employs 1200 workers and supports a small town; and the CEO turns to the attorney daughter of his secretary to try and stop him

The Model Apartment Review - The Aftermath of Survival

The Model Apartment Review - The Aftermath of Survival Holocaust survivors Max and Lola retire and move to Florida as they run from haunting memories and their mentally unstable adult daughter - born after the war and named after Max's first daughter, who never survived the camps

Shipwrecked Review - Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Shipwrecked Review - Truth is Stranger than Fiction A family-friendly, sort-of true story about the life and adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told my himself), SHIPWRECKED follows this quirky hero through thick and thin - and dozens of characters played by his two exuberant sidekicks

Spindle City, the Lizzie Borden Musical Review - Murder and Mayhem in the Gay Nineties

Spindle City, the Lizzie Borden Musical Review - Murder and Mayhem in the Gay Nineties Lizzie Borden achieved notoriety in the 1890's for the celebrated axe murder of her father (40 whacks) and her mother (41) - really her stepmother; visit the Gay Nineties in Fall River, Massachusetts, and decide for yourself what really happened

Underneath Review - The Ramblings of a Corpse

Underneath Review - The Ramblings of a Corpse A stylistic and creative tale about a woman, now dead in her tomb, and her reflections about society and her life make this "Kafka meets YouTube" story intriguing and fascinating

Autry Museum of the American West Review - California Continued Opens

Autry Museum of the American West Review - California Continued Opens California Continued opens at the Autry Museum of the American West in October 2016; California Continued includes a new permanent exhibit (Human Nature), a new rotating exhibit (currently Life and Works of Mabel McKay), and the Human Nature Garden

Hollywood Premiere Party, the Show Review - Chaos on the Titanic

Hollywood Premiere Party, the Show Review - Chaos on the Titanic An immersive theater experience based on the ultimate Hollywood event - a film premiere which includes a red carpet, paparazzi, celebrity interviews and antics, live music, dinner, and dancing - this party mimics real-life Hollywood's excesses

Hollywood Premiere Party, the Show Review - Chaos on the Titanic

Hollywood Premiere Party, the Show Review - Chaos on the Titanic An immersive theater experience based on the ultimate Hollywood event: a film premiere which includes a red carpet, paparazzi, celebrity interviews and antics, live music, dinner, and dancing - all with bling and glitter to mimic Hollywood's excesses

The Beauty, The Banshee, and Me Review - The Search for Roots

The Beauty, The Banshee, and Me Review - The Search for Roots The adopted daughter of media celebrities Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy, Cathy Lind Hayes struggled for decades to trace her origins in a society which historically tried to shield the birth mother from being identified

A Taste of Honey Review - A Hard Look at the Two W's*

A Taste of Honey Review - A Hard Look at the Two W's* Life is hard in Manchester, England, in the 1950's; and teenager Jo and her mother Helen may be losing the battle with poverty - until a gentle, sweet-talking sailor and a violent, hard-drinking beau try to change that

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

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

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

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

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

Titus Andronicus Review - Violence and Revenge

Titus Andronicus Review - Violence and Revenge Shakespeare's classic tale of retribution recounts the downfall of Titus Andronicus, initially revered by his people, after he fails to show compassion for a mother's pleas for her son's life; when she becomes the wife of his leader, revenge follows

Dutch Masters Review - An Unexpected Thriller

Dutch Masters Review - An Unexpected Thriller Two young strangers meet on a New York subway - African American Eric and Caucasian Steve - and racial tensions quickly escalate as Steve tries desperately to ignore, avoid, and finally escape from Eric in this brilliant must-see production

My Girlfriend is an Alien Review - Metaphorically Speaking

My Girlfriend is an Alien Review - Metaphorically Speaking The question of risk in relationships is deftly and humorously portrayed as fictional playwright Keith DeFacto must decide whether to remain a perpetual outsider or dive headfirst into the choppy seas of love - with a girlfriend who might be an alien

Baby Doll Review - Sex, Sensuality, and Sin in the South

Baby Doll Review - Sex, Sensuality, and Sin in the South A 19-year-old virgin bride who must consummate her marriage in two days in exchange for a promised comfortable life, Baby Doll finds herself both player and pawn in the struggle between her middle-aged husband and his young, virile immigrant rival

Mutual Philanthropy Review - Is There Equality in Real Life?

Mutual Philanthropy Review - Is There Equality in Real Life? A study of what happens when two LA couples, a wealthy investment banker, his socialite wife, and a struggling Hispanic pair - who have nothing in common except for two children who go to the same school - meet for dinner, fun, and mind games

Next to Normal Review - A Musical with a Message

Next to Normal Review - A Musical with a Message How does an average family adapt to chronic mental illness when mom's unpredictable bipolar moods shoot up and crash down - while her reliable but frustrated husband and her teenaged daughter try to maintain some sort of equilibrium in the home?

Recorded in Hollywood Review - The Heart and Soul of South Los Angeles

Recorded in Hollywood Review - The Heart and Soul of South Los Angeles Music legend John Dolphin's small record shop opened in 1948 in south LA, growing in 10 years into the most influential spot in California for recording musicians-both well-known and aspiring-aided by Dolphin's recording studio and keen instincts

Grey Gardens Review - Alive with Memories

Grey Gardens Review - Alive with Memories Mother "Big Edie" and daughter "Little Edie" have lived together most of their lives in the Bouvier mansion in East Hampton, New York; their tale is one of riches to rags blended with family dysfunction and strained, unresolved mother/daughter issues

Roger Q. Mason Looks at LIZZY - Who Knew History Could be so Intriguing?

Roger Q. Mason Looks at LIZZY - Who Knew History Could be so Intriguing? Playwright Roger Q. Mason shares how he became interested in the tender yet volatile relationship between newly widowed Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley, her seamstress, modiste, and confidante during Mary's days as First Lady

Part 2 of 2016 One-Act Festival Review - It Keeps Getting Better

Part 2 of 2016 One-Act Festival Review - It Keeps Getting Better EST/LA continues its 2016 festival with Program C, six one-act pieces which again offer a wide variety of plays to spark the interest of heterogeneous audiences; two of the strongest one-actors are comedies guaranteed to keep the audience laughing

The Imaginary Invalid Review - Medicine is not Comedy

The Imaginary Invalid Review - Medicine is not Comedy Well-to-do Mme. Argan surrounds herself with medical remedies and her personal physician - all to ward off her imaginary ailments - and plans to marry off her daughter to her doctor's nephew, also a doctor, so that she can get free medical treatment

2016 Playwright's One-Act Festival Review - A Potpourri of Choices

2016 Playwright's One-Act Festival Review - A Potpourri of Choices Ensemble Studio Theatre of Los Angeles has served up a variety of one-act plays by 14 top playwrights and 39 actors, and each member of the audience should find something to delight - with special kudos to "Lizzy" and "To Serve Butter" in Program A

Church and State Review - Are the Boundaries Blurred?

Church and State Review - Are the Boundaries Blurred? Religion, politics, and social media juxtapose as the North Carolina Republican incumbent - running for Senate re-election in three days - makes some spontaneous remarks about God which land him in very hot water with his conservative constituents

A Few Good Men Review - Justice Questioned

A Few Good Men Review - Justice Questioned A gripping military courtroom thriller set in Cuba during the Cold War questions the limits of military power and whether the military, in its role as society's protector, is exempt from the beliefs and values that govern the rest of society

Bad Jews Review - So Who's Judging?

Bad Jews Review - So Who's Judging? When the patriarch of a Jewish family dies, fur begins to fly among the grandkids over who is a better Jew and who deserves to keep grandpa's gold pendant - the Hebrew symbol for "life" which he kept around his neck throughout his life

Tom Review - Uncle Tom Lives in Topanga

Tom Review - Uncle Tom Lives in Topanga Adapted from Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin," TOM brings to life a shameful time in American history seen through the eyes of plantation slaves and especially through the experiences of Uncle Tom himself: "I'll be free when I die"

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale Review - Summer Seduction and Spiritual Awakening

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale Review - Summer Seduction and Spiritual Awakening Alma is a preacher's daughter who must overcome her father's strict rules for living a lifeless life and her mother's deteriorating mental illness to experience life to its fullest and express her love for her unattainable next-door neighbor

Big Sky Review - It Really is Falling

Big Sky Review - It Really is Falling When Jack takes his family to Aspen, he hopes that his job interview with corporate Board members at the resort will end his extended period of unemployment - but will it help to work out his ruptured relationships with his wife and daughter?

Disgraced Review - It Depends on Who's Deciding

Disgraced Review - It Depends on Who's Deciding A happily married, successful attorney, Amir was raised Moslem but has turned his back on Islam in his pursuit of the American Dream - until a small article in the New York Times upends his life and brings everyone's hidden prejudices to the surface

Romeo and Juliet Review - Lovers Reunited in Israel

Romeo and Juliet Review - Lovers Reunited in Israel An exhilerating production of the Shakespeare classic, the star-crossed lovers are in modern-day Israel, where the daughter of the Capulets, a prominent Israel family, falls in love with the son of the well-to-do Montague clan in a forbidden liaison

Ruben Guthrie Review - An Alcoholic's Lament

Ruben Guthrie Review - An Alcoholic's Lament When his girlfriend leaves him, Ruben decides that it's time to give up alcohol and become a sober Australian - but he never anticipates what that means to his life as he knows it and what huge changes will occur on the path to sobriety

The Armadillo Necktie Review - War is Hell, and Occupation is Worse

The Armadillo Necktie Review - War is Hell, and Occupation is Worse Col. Ulysses S. Armadillo refuses to leave Iraq, even though his military compatriots departed years ago; what happens when the NY Times sends a reporter and photographer to interview him, given his notoriety over remaining in his bunker in Iraq

Smoke Review - Is Everyone a Little Kinky?

Smoke Review - Is Everyone a Little Kinky? When two party-goers slip into the kitchen for a quick cigarette, things heat up very quickly as facades begin to slip and sex rears its smoky head

Speaking in Tongues Review - Feelings and Emotions are Unpredictable

Speaking in Tongues Review - Feelings and Emotions are Unpredictable This play explores that complex intertwining and tangling of marital relationships - especially when one or both of the spouses is looking beyond marriage for a little excitement - and maybe love

Home/Sick Review - Profiling 1960's Radical Students

Home/Sick Review - Profiling 1960's Radical Students A group of six SDS activist students organize in 1962 to change society; their initial dreams for a better America gradually grow more radical when they form The Weathermen, where violence is a given and they are forced to go underground

Bull Review - Playground Bullying in the Marketplace

Bull Review - Playground Bullying in the Marketplace When a corporation decides to downsize one of its departments - with one unlucky employee out of three to be selected for the chopping block - two band together to target the third - a gentle, likeable, but also pitiful soul, the perfect victim

In and Of Itself Review - Being, Illusion, and Magic

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Hedda Gabler Review - The Destructive Power of Unfulfilled Dreams

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The Little Mermaid Review - A Visual Feast Under the Sea

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Stopping By Review - The Cycle of Life

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The Boy from Oz Review - Peter Allen's Life in Music

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Climax Review - How Not to End an Affair

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Separate Beds Review - A Marital Tune-Up

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Review - The Curvy Ladder to the Top

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The City of Conversation Review - Family and Politics

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Gruesome Playground Injuries Review - A Gruesome Romance

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Hillary and Monica Review - Survival of the Funniest

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The Hairy Ape Review - A Surrealist Vision of Hell

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Next Fall Review - Life, Love, and Death Choices

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Honky Review - Sticks and Stones May Break Some Bones, But Words...?

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Shine Darkly, Illyria Review - Shakespeare's Thirteenth Night

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Endgame Review - Infinite Emptiness

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The Fantasticks Review - It Never Gets Old!

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A Walk in the Woods Review - No Laughing Matter

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The Leather Apron Club Review - Not Every Conspiracy is a Theory

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The Story of Alice Review - Wonderland Never Looked so Good

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Father Comes Home from the Wars Review - What is Loyalty? Freedom?

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No Place to be Somebody Review - Survival in a Dark Time

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The End Times Review - A Question of Faith

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The Super Hero and his Charming Wife Review - A Super Hero's Scrambled Science

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Stage Kiss Review - Bacon to a Hungry Vegetarian

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The Dig Review - Dark Secrets of the Heart

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The Revisionist Review - Parallel Lines Never Intersect

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Dirt Review - Quantum Mechanics and Death

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Bach in Leipzig Review - Wanted: A German Organist

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A Shred of Evidence Review - Who was Driving the Killer Car?

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Closer Than Ever Review - The Music of Life

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Father, Son, & Holy Coach Review - Life is a Football Game

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Two Sisters Review - A Time to Share Secrets

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1984 Review - Is Big Brother Still Watching?

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Outside Mullingar Review - A Modern Irish Fable

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Angel - A Holocaust Inquiry

Angel - A Holocaust Inquiry The true story of Irma Grese, the Angel of Auschwitz, as constructed from trial transcripts and through the eyes of one victim, is a painful and gripping tale of the many faces of evil

Angel Review - A Holocaust Inquiry

Angel Review - A Holocaust Inquiry ANGEL is the true story of Irma Grese,the beautiful and uneducated teenager who becomes the chief guard of 38,000 female prisoners at the infamous concentration camp and the mistress of Joseph Mengele

Nosferatu Review - The Undead Awakens to Song

Nosferatu Review - The Undead Awakens to Song Live theater based on the iconic silent film, Nosferatu blends music and dance into a creative play without spoken words about an evil vampire who journeys from Transylvania to 1883 Wisburg, Germany, spreading terror and death wherever he goes

Awake and Sing! - A Play and a Cast that Just Keep Getting Better

Awake and Sing! - A Play and a Cast that Just Keep Getting Better Interviews with the director and three cast members of AWAKE AND SING! explore the relevance and timeliness of the Odets play - written in the 1930's, when America was in The Great Depression, and currently being performed in 2015

The Dock Brief Review - A Sly British Comedy

The Dock Brief Review - A Sly British Comedy A poignant comedy about two unsuccessful, forgotten losers - an English barrister nearing the end of his career and a murder defendant who doesn't want to be defended - and the unexpected and amusing effects of their meeting

War of the Worlds Review - Radio History Made by Wells and Welles

War of the Worlds Review - Radio History Made by Wells and Welles Combine the talents of H.G. Wells and Orson Welles and you have the radio classic, War of the Worlds, the 1938 broadcast that caused a panic so extreme that it made headlines in the New York Times

Pacific Resident Theatre - Celebrating 30 Year in Venice

Pacific Resident Theatre - Celebrating 30 Year in Venice An interview with Pacific Resident Theatre's artistic director Marilyn Fox takes us on a journey outlining PRT's history, goals, and future plans

Always...Patsy Cline - Friends Always

Always...Patsy Cline - Friends Always ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE celebrates Patsy's music with a banquet of song presented with gusto and feeling interwoven with the true story of Patsy's friendship with Louise Seger, her most eloquent Texas fan

Watching O.J. Review - The Verdict that Shocked America

Watching O.J. Review - The Verdict that Shocked America WATCHING O.J. shows how ordinary, average Americans handle an extraordinary event in their lives - the trial of an iconic American hero who is accused of a double murder - while racial and social class conflicts threaten to overwhelm them.

Love, Locs, and Liberation - An Interview with the Author

Love, Locs, and Liberation - An Interview with the Author An activist, author, poet, and actor, Ella Turenne shares her views on hair and how it defines black women - the special meaning hair has to black women, the rituals associated with hair, and stories and myths about hair.

Watching O.J. - The Director's Perspective and Notes from the Producer

Watching O.J. - The Director's Perspective and Notes from the Producer Director Keith Szarabajka and Producer Stephen Burleigh share some insights into their views of WATCHING O.J., a play about the effects of the O.J. trial and verdict on common, ordinary people going about their everyday routines

Watching O.J. - The Director's Perspective and Notes from the Producer

Watching O.J. - The Director's Perspective and Notes from the Producer Director Keith Szarabajka and Producer Stephen Burleigh share some insights into their views of WATCHING O.J., a play about the effects of the O.J. trial and verdict on common, ordinary people going about their everyday routines

Double Door Review - What's in the Secret Room?

Double Door Review - What's in the Secret Room? An eerie Victorian melodrama from 1910 tells the tale of a tyrannical spinster - the last of her tycoon line - whose iron fist controls her neurotic sister and demoralized brother - until a new bride enters the mansion.

Finding O.J. - Through the Eyes of a Black Teen in L.A.

Finding O.J. - Through the Eyes of a Black Teen in L.A. Exactly 20 years after the O.J. murder trial verdict was read, David McMillan's play WATCHING O.J. opens in L.A. During this interview, McMillan discusses his views on this seminal trial and its profound effect on racial relations in the U.S.

When Stars Align - History Lives at the Odyssey

When Stars Align - History Lives at the Odyssey WHEN STARS ALIGN recreates Civil War plantation life at its best and worst, as well as a moment in U.S. history which will reshape the country and perhaps change the human heart

Patterns Review - A Corporate Twilight Zone

Patterns Review - A Corporate Twilight Zone With almost eerie timelessness, PATTERNS explores the in's and out's of corporate values and ethics in 1955. And yet the major themes are as true today as they were in 1955.

The Ben Hecht Show Review - What Does It Mean to be Jewish?

The Ben Hecht Show Review - What Does It Mean to be Jewish? Ben Hecht, one of America's greatest authors, achieved lasting fame writing novels and play for the theater and screen. As his fame grew, he also grappled with his Jewishness, which had all but faded over the years.

El Grande Circus de Coca-Cola - El Circo de Pepe ya ha llegado a Hollywood!

El Grande Circus de Coca-Cola - El Circo de Pepe ya ha llegado a Hollywood! The Hernandez family have crossed the Mexican border and find themselves in the mecca for all performers - Hollywood USA - where they plan to become international stars. In ruptured Spanglish, Papa Hernandez describes their exciting adventures.

Luka's Room Review - A Coming-of-Age Mystery

Luka's Room Review - A Coming-of-Age Mystery What happens in Luka's room? Between bawdy belly laughs, knock-down, drag-out fights, and painful silences, LUKA'S ROOM explores how an impossibly naïve young man comes to terms with the real world.

SNEAKY OLE TIME Review - Honky-Tonk Live

SNEAKY OLE TIME Review - Honky-Tonk Live The recipe for a Tennessee Honky-Tonk: Flannel shirt, cowboy boots, kegs of beer, pretty women, men of all sizes and shapes, and lots and lots of foot-stomping music.

EL GRANDE CIRCUS DE COCA-COLA Review - El Circo De Pepe ya ha llegado a Hollywood

EL GRANDE CIRCUS DE COCA-COLA Review - El Circo De Pepe ya ha llegado a Hollywood The Hernandez family has arrived in Hollywood ready to become international stars.

A Permanent Image Review - The Ultimate Question

A Permanent Image Review - The Ultimate Question Secrets abound and emotions peak as a dysfunctional family gathers to bury their patriarch

A Permanent Image Review - The Ultimate Question

A Permanent Image Review - The Ultimate Question Family secrets abound as a dysfunctional family gathers to bury their patriarch

63 TRILLION REVIEW - A BLACK COMEDY FOR OUR TIMES

63 TRILLION REVIEW - A BLACK COMEDY FOR OUR TIMES A black comedy for our times, 63 Trillion offers a hint into the financial morass that today's investors face

I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT Review - A Woman of a Certain Age

I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT Review - A Woman of a Certain Age A look at aging - from one woman's amusing perspective

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