Shari Barrett, a Los Angeles native, has been active in the theater world since the age of six - acting, singing, and dancing her way across the boards all over town. After teaching in local secondary schools, working in marketing for several studios, writing, directing, producing, and performing in productions for several non-profit theaters, Shari now dedicates her time and focuses her skills as an independent publicist to "get the word out" about smaller theaters throughout the Los Angeles area.

As a founding member of the LA Stage Alliance Leadership Council Task Force, she and reps from theaters throughout the city worked together to articulate a vision for the theatre community of Greater Los Angeles.

Shari has received recognition from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication of heart and hand to the needs of friends, neighbors and fellow members of society for her devotion of service to the people of Los Angeles, and is honored to serve the theatre world in her hometown.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY, review

I do hope the comedy's title will not keep away those who have been through such trying times, although I do fear that will be the case since watching a loved one deal with cancer is never a pleasant experience. I would encourage you to remember the emotional support you received from others going through the same experience and allow yourself to laugh at the shenanigans Karla and Don share as they learn to turn to each other to make an unbearable situation work out in their favor.

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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE review

Directed by Richard Israel at the fast pace so necessary to keep the action moving at the speed of "Pandemonium" so prevalent in teenage circles, the cast 9 features 6 young contestants, two adult hosts barely out of their own childhoods, a "Comfort Counselor" to escort those disqualified from the bee, and the show also features special guest spellers from the audience, making each performance unique. When you add in the adolescent-appropriate choreography by Daniel Smith (especially during the raucous "Pandemonium" full cast number) and the sharp musical direction by Sean Alexander Bart, magic happens!

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THE FANTASTICKS review

Kudos to Choreographer Victoria Miller, Musical Director Brian Murphy, Fight Choreography by Drew Fitzsimmons (yes, I noticed the foil toss), June Lissandrello whose costumes matched the original production as closely as possible, Producer Martha Hunter, and everyone else on the crew who added their talents to make the show a theatrical experience not to be missed. But most of all, my congrats to director Sherman Wayne for not only his set and lighting design skills to match the original off-Broadway production, but for casting such an excellent assortment of triple-threat actors to bring this musical's characters to the stage as its writers intended audiences to see them.

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BIG NIGHT review

Kudos to the actors who so realistically present the characters, especially in the aftermath of the horror-filled attack. And while the play may need a little refinement in its flow, I think those of us who work in the industry, as well as those who wish they did, will appreciate the often humorous look inside what goes on behind the scenes on Oscar night when things go in both the best and worst possible ways.

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SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE review

This thought and discussion-provoking play will certainly resonant with anyone raised in a family where their parents’ religious beliefs and prejudices clashed with their own, with the younger generation usually taking a more liberal view on the mixing of religions and races when it comes to dating and marriage.

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GREY NOMAD review

Lee's play is written with a very distinct Australian voice, making it a bit difficult to understand certain phrases not familiar to American ears. But no worries as the humor, just like the lifestyle, is increasingly universal, and I guarantee you will be laughing at yourself and your own relationships as reflected in the two couples at the center of the comedy.

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WELCOME TO THE WHITE ROOM review

I guarantee this play will have you talking afterwards about exactly what it is you saw, and I am not sure there is any one correct answer. I am just offering you my opinion and leave it up to your own imagination to enter the White Room and play along until the riddle of life is solved. And please let me know if you figure out what that purple rope is all about!

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ARSENIC AND OLD LACE review

All four actors are magnificent and hysterically off-beat throughout the play, making their character performances a joy to watch, with costumer Amanda Martin keeping the 1940s ever-present with beautifully styled ensembles for Kopp and lacy, old-fashioned creations for the maiden and murderous aunts.

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ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY review

Review: Laugh Your Way Through a Musical Screwball Ride ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURYGiven the play's original 1932 publication and 1934 film, the musical is a perfect fit for the Proof Doubt Closer Theatre Company with their mission to present lost classics, new and recent works awaiting their chance, and buried treasures awaiting rediscovery. Directed at a fast pace by Trace Oakley, one of the group's founders/producers (along with the musical's star Alena Bernardi who also acts as the production's musical director), ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY certainly lives up to being an over-the-top comedic satire of the acting style so prevalent in the screwball comedies from the 1930s.

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TROUBLE IN MIND review

Perfectly cast by Ellen Geer in this one-of-a-kind outdoor setting in the heart of Topanga Canyon with its roots in the 1950s McCarthy-era Hollywood blacklist (when actors Will Geer and his wife, Herta Ware, created the theater as a haven for blacklisted actors), Theatricum is the perfect setting for this play about actors learning to speak their hidden truths without fear.

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