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.

HEISENBERG

The play begins amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station when Georgie spots Alex, a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game where the truth is often told so believingly yet turns out to be filled with enough falsehoods to jeopardize any chance of a future for these two lonely people to be together. And when the real reason is revealed why Georgie, with all her crazy behavior, flirts and pursues the intrigued Alex, the stage is set for a classic battle of the sexes where you will hope everything works out for the best - however impossible that outcome seems to be.

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It's Only Lipstick

During her 22-year career in the beauty and cosmetics industry, when Claudia DiMartino found herself exhausted and working around the clock or when colleagues stressed out over projects, she would often say, "It's only lipstick" in an attempt to remind herself the work was not all that important and to calm down and relax for the sake of her health. But it was not until she visited Israel and a life-changing experience changed her outlook on life and belief that she really could succeed by choosing to life the type of life she's always wanting since being called the "free spirit" of her family. As she recounts vibrant tales of more than 40 people in her life at age 10 through adulthood, you will come to understand who each played a significant role in her life.

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KING OF THE YEES

In her new latest play KING OF THE YEES, now enjoying its World Premiere at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, Yee shares the tale of how her father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Fung Toy (Yee Family Association), a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men's club formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush when workers from China were brought to San Francisco to assist in the building of the much-needed railroads crossing America. And while the story may be totally fictionalized, it seemed very real to me, especially since Yee wrote herself as well as her father into the play, having them introduced in an innovative, comical, and interactive way during the preamble to the production. For those of you lucky enough to be seated in the front row, be prepared to interact with the overly friendly and well-intentioned Larry Yee, portrayed with energy and glee by Francis Jue.

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The Gingerbread Lady

Maureen Stapleton won Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actress for the role of Evy Meara, a popular cabaret singer who has hit the skids in Neil Simon's THE GINGERBREAD LADY. The play is set in New York City in 1972 after Evy's short stay in rehab. Upon her return home, her best friend, the age-defying Toby, Evy's daughter Polly, and Jimmy Perry, a gay actor, all try to help her adjust to sobriety with a jolly birthday party. First Look: Neil Simon's THE GINGERBREAD LADY Opens 7/14 at the Westchester PlayhouseEnter Lou Tanner, a former lover, who ends up giving her a black eye. The party is a wash out, the "gingerbread lady" falls off the wagon and hits the ropes once again. With Neil Simon's characteristic wit and humor, his serious story of lost misfits is genuinely and deeply touching. The play was later rewritten by Neil Simon as the film Only When I Laugh starring Marsha Mason.

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Suessical

I attended the first Sunday matinee and was totally surprised at the number of young children who were attending with their parents. But as soon as the show started, it became clear to me why the performance had sold out. Even 3-year old Lev, who was sitting in front of me with his parents, was having trouble controlling his excitement at seeing Horton the Elephant on the stage and eagerly ran through the list with me all the Dr. Seuss characters he already knows and loves. He sat in rapt attention through the entire production, a real triumph for a show lasting more than two hours (with one intermission),BWW Review: Spectacular SEUSSICAL Takes Audiences on Flights of Fancy at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre! thanks to the talents of director Anne Gesling, musical director Daniel Koh, choreographer Lauren Blair, costumer Kristie Rutledge, whimsical set designed by Tristan Griffin, wondrously colorful lighting by Bill Wilday, all held together by producer Meredith Wright.

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Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

The production at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. is directed by Dan Fishbach and musical director Anthony Lucca, who performs with an amazing 4-piece orchestra whose melodic stylings add a touch of magic to the show which features Marc Francoeur, Susan Kohler, Miyuki Miyagi and Michael Yapujian in the cast, with energetic choreography by Imani Alexander and Dara Weinberg whose movements assist in bringing focus to both the joy and sorrow of Brel’s songs that brim with flair, attitude and European sophistication.

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I AM NOT A COMEDIAN...I'M LENNY BRUCE

BWW Review: I AM NOT A COMEDIAN - I'M LENNY BRUCE Will Open Your Eyes to his Comedic Genius and Dedication to Free Speech The World Premiere of "I AM NOT A COMEDIAN...I'M Lenny Bruce" starring the incomparable Ronnie Marmo as the legendary comedian, directed by multi award winning Joe Mantegna, is now playing through July 29, 2017 at Theatre 68, 5112 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. 91601. The show chronicles the life and death of the most controversial comedian of the mid-20th Century who was busted for obscenity and fought for freedom of speech all the way to the Supreme Court. He accidentally died of an overdose in 1966, while out on appeal, an event which is staged as the opening and closing on the play. Be forewarned, the courageous Marmo appears totally naked in both scenes! An undisputed comic legend, Lenny Bruce was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His life and work have had an impact on poetry, politics, music, film and comedy from Don Rickles to Richard Pryor and Chris Rock, and any other comedian who is now free to speak his/her mind without fear of legal retribution thanks to Bruce challenging our First Amendment freedom of speech rights. Lenny's tempestuous personal and professional life which Marmo embodies with his body, heart and soul, was marked by great passion and great pain, thanks to his unwavering commitment to free speech, which led to numerous obscenity charges and arrests.

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Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

BWW Review: Tour-de-Force Performances Highlight DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Edgemar Center for the Arts Every once in a while, I am treated to an amazing evening of theater featuring actors who step outside of themselves and totally encompass their characters every single moment they are onstage. With performances as riveting as any I have seen, Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley are marvels to behold as unlikely lovers Roberta and Danny in John Patrick Shanley's DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, brilliantly directed with soulful abandon by Carl Weathers at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica. The Rainbow Theatre Company production is the show to see this summer since Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley are quickly becoming the Hepburn and Tracy of local stages, having also appeared together previously in The Rainmaker (L.A. Times Critic's Choice) and Jack & Jill. They also appear in the 2016 feature film Ovation, which is totally appropriate given the standing ovations their current show is garnering for them.

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Oklahoma!

The cast of 52 actors, accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra led by Musical Director/Conductor Julie Lamoureux, relay the story of Laurey (Julia Aks), a trouser-clad farm girl determined to make a success of her land and life. Ms. Aks is probably best known for adding her incredibly marvelous vocal talents to several L.A. Opera productions, and her engaging stage presence is a perfect fit for the somewhat more modern yet innocent woman at the center of a doomed love triangle comprised of European-American cowboy Curly (Zachary Ford, whose incredible voice starts the show off on the right foot with “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’) and African-American Rufus Bonds, Jr. as Jud, the farm hand whose unrequited love fuels the ensuing battle for Laurey's hand in marriage. All three actors are perfectly cast in their roles and bring the necessary and authentic racial tensions to the forefront of the production, especially since interracial relationships were simply not allowed or tolerated at the time, and would have been flat out dangerous for all involved.

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Lucky Stiff

It’s difficult to believe the Tony Award winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, writers of the historical musical Ragtime, first created the farcical murder mystery musical LUCKY STIFF, a killer of a show from start to finish with non-stop clever choreography by Julie Hall, musical direction by Taylor Stephenson and brilliantly directed by Stephen Van Dorn at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre in Hollywood through June 18. 2017. This hilarious musical murder mystery farce, based on the 1983 novel The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, mixes diamonds, mistaken identities, lots of puppies, and a body in a wheelchair in this all singing, all dancing, killer musical comedy!

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JERSEY BOYS

JERSEY BOYS opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005, running 11 record-breaking years and becoming the 12th longest running show in Broadway history. The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical telling the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is now onstage at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre through June 24, 2017. It is absolutely one of the best musicals I have ever experienced, and not just because their music was so much a part of my teenage years and brings back so many great memories, but for its astounding staging and the incredible cast who make the show one not to miss for musical theatre lovers of all ages!

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ACTUALLY

There has been much revealed in legal proceedings relating to what actually constitutes consent when it comes to physical entanglements that somehow go incredibly wrong, thus resulting in a rape charge. Lives can be sidetracked and careers often destroyed upon a court or jurors ruling on who was at fault in such cases, even when the evidence seems too point in both directions. So how do you decide? Such in the case in the award-winning playwright Anna Ziegler's ACTUALLY, directed by Tyne Rafaeli at the Geffen Playhouse through June 11, 2017, as a co-world premiere with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The play tells the story of Amber and Tom, who, finding their way as freshmen at Princeton, spend a night together that alters the course of their lives. They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but as their physical encounter takes place, consent is foggy, and if unspoken, can it be called consent or rape?

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