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.

Robert De Niro Is Older Than Me

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

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

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

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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Beckett5

Brought to life by five extraordinary actors, the scenes offer a range of emotions from wonder to apprehension, meditation to introspection, and every once in a while, but not too often, a small smile at Beckett’s playfulness.

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Plasticity

The innovative music composed by Ken Rich, the set and lighting design by Matt Richter, and the editing by Peter Chalkos all coalesce to form a nearly perfect theatrical event.  And that’s not easy to do with a solo performance on a subject so esoteric that it boggles the mind!

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