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What price freedom? Suzan-Lori Parks at the Mark Taper Forum

Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) – a review by Bondo Wyszpolski The latest effort from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks to come to the Mark Taper Forum (“Topdog/Underdog” has stayed with me all these years) takes place during the Civil War and begins on a modest plantation in Texas, […]

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Where the Music Never Ends

Where the Music Never Ends

The Norris Theatre presents “Fiddler on the Roof” for three weekends Tomorrow evening, the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” opens at the Norris Theatre for 11 performances, a decent run by local standards. However, when the show opened on Broadway in 1964 it was an unstoppable phenomenon that didn’t step off the stage until nearly […]

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A Feisty Woman, and the Man in the Mirror

A Feisty Woman, and the Man in the Mirror

Surf City Theatre brings a rarely seen comedy to Hermosa Beach Charles Busch has written many successful plays, including “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” which in 2002 was staged to acclaim at the Ahmanson Theatre. “Olive and the Bitter Herbs” didn’t garner as much praise when it opened off-Broadway a few years back, and […]

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Something About Mary

Gail Bennett stars in “Mary Poppins” at the Norris Theatre   I know you’ve been asked these questions before, so maybe I can just turn on this tape recorder and leave and come back later… Gail Bennett laughs. “I can give you the whole interview, yeah.” Anyway, you’ve done the show quite a few times. […]

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THEATER REVIEW: “The Dixie Swim Club” – five women in the water of life

THEATER REVIEW: “The Dixie Swim Club” – five women in the water of life

Once upon a time, in a faraway galaxy called Youth, five Southern teenaged girls were members of the same swim team, and apparently the camaraderie and group spirit was so binding that they agreed to meet every August for a long weekend at a beachside cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Their story […]

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THEATER REVIEW – “Cinderella”

THEATER REVIEW – “Cinderella”

Revamped musical tries hard to be relevant As musical collaborators, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had a number of success stories, from “Oklahoma!” to “The Sound of Music,” but “Cinderella” (written for TV) wasn’t one of them, relatively speaking. Even so, it’s a timeless fairy tale, and it’s been dusted off for a new […]

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“Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out” – but is she coming back?

“Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out” – but is she coming back?

Norm Foster’s “Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out” is a humorous spin on one woman’s midlife crisis, which kicks in when her husband forgets all about their 32nd wedding anniversary. Presumably he remembered, or at least acknowledged, the 31 that came before. As presented by the Torrance Theatre Company and directed by local stage veteran Perry Shields, […]

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“Thérèse Raquin” – carnal crisis at Long Beach Opera

“Thérèse Raquin” – carnal crisis at Long Beach Opera

In 1999, while the world was looking forward to the new millennium, Tobias Picker was gazing back more than a century, to the novel Thérèse Raquin that Émile Zola had written in 1868. Picker had already composed the operas “Emmeline” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox;” Zola would go on to write Nana, Germinal, L’Assommoir, and several […]

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Theater Review – “Love, Sex, and the I.R.S” – The Taxman Cometh

Theater Review – “Love, Sex, and the I.R.S” – The Taxman Cometh

For subtle, turn the dial to the far left; for excessive, turn it to the right. In the case of “Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.” – an unabashed farce by playwrights Billy Van Zandt and Jan Milmore – the knob goes all the way to the right. Theatrically speaking, farce is my least-favorite genre, but […]

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Making memories with “Marjorie Prime”

Making memories with “Marjorie Prime”

The less said about this play, the better. No, I’m not slighting Jordan Harrison’s cleverly constructed “Marjorie Prime”; rather, I’m reminding myself to allow each theatergoer the pleasure – in the words of lead actress Lois Smith – “to discover the layers of the story as it unfolds.” And, believe me, this world premiere, now […]

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“The Persians” – A loser’s lament

“The Greeks fought the Persians in gold-crested helmets,/ from cliffs they hurled the invader harshly into the sea.” – Velimir Khlebnikov, “Zangezi” (1922) Fought in 480 B.C., the Battle of Salamis was a turning point in history, but perhaps more so it was a turning point in theater. Written by the prolific Aeschylus, the Neil […]

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“We Will Rock You” – Tossing and turning in a Queen-sized bed

Shall we talk about a musical that may not be worth talking about? “We Will Rock You” is a dystopian, futuristic tale that weaves in and out of 24 songs written and recorded by Queen from the early 1970s through the 1980s. With the apparent blessings of guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, Ben […]

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Sealed with a Kiss-“Romeo and Juliet” under the stars

Young love against the world, does it ever stand a chance? The literary genre’s classic tale of crushed innocence is “Romeo and Juliet,” which Ben Donenberg and the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles are presenting under the tall trees and the night sky in the Japanese Garden at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare Campus. […]

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Theater Review-Cloudy Skies, with a Chance of Rain: “The Country House”

Theater Review-Cloudy Skies, with a Chance of Rain: “The Country House”

It begins peacefully enough, this new play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies. We’re in the Berkshires – outside of Williamsburg, Massachusetts – and the front room where the story unfurls seems comfortable and inviting. But don’t relax just yet. Susie Keegan (Sarah Steele), home from Yale, isn’t alone for long. Her grandmother, Anna Patterson (Blythe […]

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A Family Affair: “Arsenic and Old Lace” in Hermosa Beach

A Family Affair: “Arsenic and Old Lace” in Hermosa Beach

BY VY S. NGUYEN SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR  If you’ve been asking yourself, “Should I watch a comedy or a drama?” Well, why not have both? Surf City Theatre Company is presenting “Arsenic and Old Lace, a hilarious dark comedy that takes place during World War II. Many of us may think that our family members are […]

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