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.

DESSA ROSE review

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Before I go on any further, I must tell you that the Chromolume's production is one the best shows/musicals I have ever seen, hands down, with a cast of 12 talented triple-threat performers, led by two amazing women with voices that inspire the angels: Review: DESSA ROSE Musical Performed to Perfection Saluting Black History Month at Chromolume TheatreShaunté Tabb as Dessa Rose, the terribly mistreated (and pregnant) slave longing to escape to freedom, and Abby Carlson as the Charleston-raised white aristocratic Ruth who has been abandoned with a baby on a rundown farm. These two women play both characters in their youth through old age by changing their gait and posture, moving a shawl wrapped around their waist when young to over their shoulders as they slouch as elderly matrons. Kudos to designer Kara McLeod for her dedication to time period and class appropriate costumes in the show.

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ELLIOT, A SOLDIER'S FUGUE review

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Directed by Shishir Kurup, ELLIOT, A SOLDIER'S FUGUE introduces audiences to Elliot, a young American of Puerto Rican heritage, as he begins to find his way in life, portrayed by Peter Mendoza from East Los Angeles with an emotional understanding of the character from deep within his soul, having spoken with the real Elliot upon whom the role is based. No doubt most of us have met young men in the same set of circumstances, making a choice they are not prepared to make and winding up living the kind of life they could never have imagined for themselves.

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IRONBOUND review

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Now playing at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, the 80-minute play IRONBOUND by award-winning playwright Martyna Majok recounts the hard luck life of Polish immigrant Darja and the men she chooses to have in it. Moving between 2014, 1992, and 2006 - but not necessarily in that order - this wry drama points out that sometimes survival is the only measure of success.

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WATER BY THE SPOONFUL review

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Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, Hudes' 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play WATER BY THE SPOONFUL continues through March 11, 2018 at the Mark Taper Forum. IBWW Review: Center Theatre Group Presents ELLIOT, A SOLDIER'S FUGUE and WATER BY THE SPOONFUL, the First Two Plays in Quiara Alegría Hudes' Trilogyn it, we meet the women in Elliot's family, his aunt Odessa (Luna Lauren Vélez) who raised him like her own after his birth mother, her sister, gave him up. His aunt, herself a crack addict fighting her addiction on a daily basis, is now the leader of an online crack addicts support group. Online chats between the group's members are noted with overhead projections designed by Hannah Wasileski.

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4PLAY: SEX IN A SERIES review

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As you relax at cocktail tables with drinks in hand, chatting amicably with others seated near you, a singer in the audience steps onto one of the two platforms in the room to entertain us with a sexy rendition of "It Was Just One of Those Things," which happens to be exactly the type of relationship action we are about to experience around us. The show then begins as actors walk around among the tables as their characters meet and get to know each other, often speaking directly to audience members who are more than welcome to answer back or give an opinion on how their hook-up chances are going. Without the fourth wall to separate the actors from the audience, everyone is the room has a chance to be in the show - so be prepared!

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FREUD'S LAST SESSION review

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Turns out, this stimulating and highly intellectual play offers much debate on many topics and concerns, not only religious but political as radio broadcasts and air raid sirens interrupt them, causing them to scramble like frightened children for gas masks and the closest bomb shelter when the threat of an imminent air raid takes place. And thanks to Christopher Moscatiello’s brilliant sound design, those broadcasts, as well as Freud’s beloved dog’s offstage barking, are totally realistic.

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THE CHOSEN review

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The ultra-Orthodox father and son are portrayed with a great depth of understanding by Alan Blumenfeld as Reb Saunders and Dor Gvirtsman as his son Danny, BWW Review: THE CHOSEN Proves There is More Than One Way to Raise Your Son to be a Manwith the more modern yet still very traditional duo portrayed thoughtfully and realistically by Jonathan Arkin as David Malter and Sam Mandel as his son Reuven. The most telling moment when you can really see how differently the boys are being raised occurs when the two fathers and sons appear simultaneously on opposite sides of the stage with Danny and his rabbi father studying religious texts but never speaking to each other while Reuven and his father freely express their opinions loudly with each other, each listening intently to the other. But is one way really better that the other when it comes to raising sons to become intelligent and free-thinking individuals, confident to pursue their dreams? The answer appears to be that although there are two different ways to look at all things, each way can be correct simultaneously.

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THE LAST WIFE review

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In Canadian playwright Kate Hennig's play THE LAST WIFE, now playing at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, Review: Katherine Parr, THE LAST WIFE of King Henry VIII, Revealed as an Early Supporter of Women's Equalitywe are taken inside a fascinating what-if imagining of the Tudors in the 21st Century, centering on the story of King Henry VIII and his final wife, the wealthy widow Katherine Parr. Directed with clarity by Flint Esquerra, longtime artistic director of the MET Theatre, the play centers on Parr's royal life as she actively plays a role in being the stepmother and educational guide to Henry's three surviving children, Edward, Mary and Bess.

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A LOVE AFFAIR review

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Have you and your partner ever thought how nice it would be to go back and have a conversation with your younger selves that might be able to change the course of your lives together? No doubt playwright Jerry Mayer, whose plays deal with the "ups, downs and sideways" of male/female relationships, must have wondered the same thing and created the comedy A LOVE AFFAIR to address the idea of one couple, at two different stages of their marriage, meeting in the midst of relationship upheaval when selling their family home and sorting through years of marriage mementos. Review: A LOVE AFFAIR Recounts the Roller Coaster Ride of a 38-Year (and Counting) Marriage. Witty sexual innuendos abound as the business of aging is handled with great humor and understanding from both the youthful and more mature viewpoints.

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BUGABOO & THE SILENT ONE review

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Fans of Orange is the New Black certainly enjoy watching the escapades of female inmates stuck together in prison as they attempt to understand each other and either try to get along or attempt to murder each other. As Bugaboo keeps rambling on and on, we learn why these two women were both incarcerated for their third infractions, each now serving 25 years to life for their crimes. It's a sad tale of woe for The Silent One, while Bugaboo seems to really enjoy being boastful about her attempt to better her life at the cost of others.

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