Monique A. LeBleu is a freelance writer, photojournalist and Editor-in-Chief of ScopingLA.com, an online magazine on all-things-L.A. with an evolving line-up with a focus on food, theater, and events. She also contributes to The Los Angeles Beat online magazine and is Social Media Editor and contributor to 99 Percent Magazine. She has a background in smaller theatre as an assistant director and technician, and as an editor in post-production film.

TALLEY'S FOLLY BY LANFORD WILSON review

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Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson, winner of Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York drama critics Circle award in 1980, has been brought to the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood by Bright Eyes Productions. The 90-minute play (as you will be instructed by character Matt Friedman, a Jewish man) is set in a dilapidated, but dignified Victorian Boathouse "folly" in Lebanon, Missouri in 1944, where he arrives to plead his love to Sally Talley, daughter of the locally excentric, but conservative Protestant, Talley family.

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CABARET review

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I saw "Cabaret" years ago on Broadway with the late Natasha Richardson, and then again in 2014 with Michelle Williams. This is one of my favorite musicals and I was really looking forward to seeing it at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts last week. Well, I can definitely say not only did this production not disappoint, it goes to the top of my list as one of the best. It's absolutely fantastic. The story of "Cabaret" is now more relevant than ever. When the show opens, we find ourselves at the fabulous Kit Kat Club. The year is 1930. The place Berlin. It's here we meet the wonderfully outrageous and the extraordinarily talented Emcee (Jeff Skowron) who introduces us to the gorgeous dancers of the Club as well as Miss Sally Bowles (the fantastic Zarah Mahler), the headliner.

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THE MANOR- MURDER AND MADNESS AT GREYSTONE review

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POSTING FOR THE LA BEAT REVIEWER, JOAN ALPERIN - This is the second time I've seen The Manor: Murder and Madness at Greystone and it is still an absolutely thrilling, beautifully done play that takes place at the magnificent Greystone Manor in Beverly Hills. The play is now in its sixteenth year has surpassed its 200th performance in 2014 and it's obvious why.

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PIZZA MAN review

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POSTING FOR THE LA BEAT REVIEWER, JOAN ALPERIN - 'Pizza Man' written by Darlene Craviotto is the second production I've seen by the Pop Up Theater and once again they did not disappoint. The POP UP THEATER  was founded in 2014 by a group of extremely talented thespians who realized that exciting theatre in LA needed some help, and created a company that brings immersive and interactive performances to the audience.

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NOTHING IS THE SAME review

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Four youngsters in Hawaii enjoy the simple pleasures that only childhood can afford – the unbridled joy of innocent play and friendship without serious judgment – until an act of war changes their lives forever. In “ Nothing is the Same” by Y York currently at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, deals with the personal aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Bobi (Chloe Madriaga), George (Cedric “Ikiaika” Jonathan), and Daniel (On Shiu), portraying Asian Pacific Americans of Filipino and Korean descent, and Mits (Kurt Kanazawa), portraying a Japanese-Hawaiian, play four children whose lives on the North Shore of O'ahu have, up til now, focused intently on the most important things in life – marble collecting, inner-tubing, and free donuts.

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CHEMO BARBIE: MY LADY BITS' JOURNEY THROUGH BREAST CANCER review

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Told that she had a 98% chance of a cure rate, as of December 2017, actress Heather Keller was given a cancer-free diagnosis after a near two-year battle. And she's so excited, she'll even show you her breasts! Keller's Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017 Encore Producers Award winning "Chemo Barbie: My Lady Bits' Journey Through Breast Cancer" opens again for one night only at the Whitefire Solofest 2018 on Sunday, February 4, 2018. In a uniquely funny show about fighting breast cancer … yes, I said funny … the Real Housewives of Theatre West actress and marathon runner Keller takes the audience along on a one-hour ride through her two-year journey, treatment, endurance, and recovery.

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EASY TARGETS review

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Tired of all the political rhetoric emanating from your TV screen and radio? How about all that stupid spewing from someone's mouth and feeling powerless because you just can't do anything physical—or even verbal—to make it ALL just stop?! Want to get that pent up aggression out of your system due to stupidity and rhetoric?

Well "Easy Targets" at Sacred Fools is here for you.

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DARK ARTS review

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Like Lawrence Meyers award-winning production of Porn Rock on the Parent’s Music Resource Center Senate Committee Hearings in 1985, the writing is well researched—or just lived—and the comedy comes from the fact that at some point we all have encountered an Andrew St. Jude (Meyers) or two, or have been a Marcia Bradford (Elizabeth Dement) in caring far too much in a job. Terence Leclare and Bill Caterwaul, is hysterical as a seemingly clueless FDA inspector, who plays it near full-on Poindexter/Lab nerd without the stereotype getting too in the way. (Actually the stereotype is the point here, appropriately.) The well written dialogue and direction of Dark Arts often has a His Girl Friday style and feel and was often was played high pace where this writer had to really to perk up and pay attention. That's a good thing.

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LIGHTS - CAMERA - LYLA! THE SECOND ACT review

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Actor and social activist Jeffrey Wylie as Lyla KaRug returns to Hollywood Fringe Festival (HFF) 2017 with “Lights, Camera, Lyla!” Lyla KaRug, with her Lucy-red bouffant and bubbly social media personality, enters the interweb spotlight in “Texas Loves Lyla!” Wylie likens to Lyla to “Minnie Pearl,” and along with sequel “Lights, Camera, Lyla!” the country-gal-from-backyard-to Big-Time themed productions address adult bullying head on.

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