Cynthia Citron has lived and worked on every continent except Antarctica as a journalist, public relations and communications director, a documentary screenwriter and a theater reviewer. She is also a co-founder of Earthwatch, the scientific research expedition company, and served as the editor of Bostonia, the prize-winning alumni magazine of Boston University.

GREY NOMAD review

Dan Lee’s play is predictable, boring, and nearly unfathomable due to the garbled accents, quirky vernacular, and fast-paced delivery of the players. Because the play apparently contains many Australian idioms (which you can neither decipher nor understand because of the tortured speech patterns of the players), there is a glossary included in the playbill. For example, “a headless chook” is someone who is not thinking clearly; if someone takes off without warning, he has “dunna runna” (done a runner); and if you say someone is “a bit ‘how’s your father’” you are indicating that the person is odd, “not quite right.”

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A STEADY RAIN - THE BROADWAY SMASH HIT BY KEITH HUFF, 2ND EXTENSION! AUG 4-20 review

Denny (R.J. DeBard), the “bad cop,” is an explosive, out-of-control bully. Joey, the “good cop” (played by Andy Hoff in a consistently supportive and self-effacing manner) takes the brunt of Denny’s bullying, both physical and emotional, turns a blind eye to his partner’s misdemeanors, and covers for him with police officials and with Denny’s wife Connie. Which makes him not always the “good” cop.

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THE MARRIAGE ZONE review

The attractive middle-aged couple is having a fight. It’s not one of those screaming, throwing-things-at-each-other kind of fights. Rather, it’s the irritable kind of bickering where every time he opens his mouth she argues with whatever he has to say. This time the argument is about selling the house they have lived in for 20 years. She wants to “move up” to a nicer house in a better neighborhood. He wants to stay where they are. Nevertheless, she appears to be winning. They have put the house up for sale. It’s a fast-paced opening to playwright Jeff Gould’s delightful and hilarious take on a marriage that has lasted long enough for the participants to become permanently annoyed with each other. We all know how that works, right?

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THE LOST CHILD review

"The Lost Child" opens with Daniel (Peter James Smith) returning alone to his off-the-grid cabin in the woods. It’s unclear how long Daniel’s been away, but shortly after he arrives his wife Ann (Addie Daddio) enters. From their reactions to each other you can surmise that they are estranged, if not actually divorced. As it turns out, they have come to their old house to commemorate the 18th birthday of their daughter, who had disappeared some seven years earlier. The mystery of where she went and who had taken her has left her parents with permanent anguish and pain.

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HERSHEY FELDER'S "OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY" review

It’s another one-man show composed of two men. And “composed” is the operative word here. It’s Hershey Felder with another in his series of performances featuring iconic composers, conductors, and musicians. This time the “other man” is “Our Great Tchaikovsky” and Felder, seated at the piano, begins by playing works that Tchaikovsky began creating at the age of six. The telling of the story of Tchaikovsky’s life, accompanied by the dramatic and emotional turmoil of his music and its warm familiarity, constitutes another personal triumph for Hershey Felder. His presentation is gripping and the entire evening is spellbinding.

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ROBERT DE NIRO IS OLDER THAN ME review

Even as you giggle continuously through Sy Rosen’s delightful chronicle of his journey into “old age” you are also continually aware of how skillfully he has mounted his gentle stories. Rosen’s play “Robert De Niro Is Older Than Me” is a one-man show for three people and a slide projector. Rosen’s co-stars are Deborah Geffner, a delicious comedienne with a beautiful singing voice who also directed this play, and Robert Romanus, who plays the guitar and sings and represents the many cantankerous men who have given Rosen a hard time in life. “Robert De Niro Is Older Than Me” is a wonderfully enjoyable entertainment. But as Sy Rosen ruefully repeats in the last segment of the play, “I’m not going to be around forever.”And neither is this Fringe Festival play, which closes this Sunday, June 24th. Try to get there!

DOGFIGHT review

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the lyrics AND composed the music for “Dogfight” have just brought their rip-roaring, award-winning musical to L.A. Lucky L.A.!

The musical tells the story of three Marines on leave in San Francisco before leaving for Viet Nam. They are Birdlace (Payson Lewis), Bernstein (Trent Mills), and Boland (Spencer Strong Smith) who are so bonded that they call themselves “The Three Bs” and each has had three bees tattooed on his forearms. And, of course, they are on the prowl for women to take to dinner, and to bed, if they can.

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THE FOREIGNER review

It’s a two-act, two-and-a-half-hour absurdist comedy that taxes the abilities of the lead actor, who has to speak in gibberish the entire time. Fortunately, Mike Niedzwiecki is up to the task.

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THE LYONS review

Cruelty is usually the weapon of choice in dysfunctional families. In Nicky Silver’s play, “The Lyons”, however, the mitigating factor is that the unfolding drama is bursting with some of the funniest dialogue to be found on the current Los Angeles stage.

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