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May

Kentwood Players Presents Pippin

Schwartz’s cutting-edge score (his first for a major Broadway show) adeptly combines the best elements of ‘old school’ classic musicals from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s with the more ‘contemporary’ sound favored by such blockbusters of the day as “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Hair”. Ms. Boole’s direction prudently capitalizes on these melodic strengths, with her overall concept evoking a kind of “Laugh-In” meets “Barnum And Bailey” ambience.

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May

Tigers Be Still

“Tigers Be Still,” now playing at Chance Theater in Anaheim through June 2nd, is a gamesome play considered to be a dark comedy, but ironically also manages to be charming, optimistic, and downright funny. This show has the Highest Recommendation!

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May

Tigers Be Still

These are vulnerable materials, but pliant and, as fabricated in this play, resourceful. Just as all the characters in “Tigers Be Still” turn out to be.

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May

Tigers Be Still

“Tigers Be Still” offers a new and articulate voice in the realm of offbeat theater and Rosenstock’s imaginative comedy receives a terrific production with all four actors in fine form at the Chance.

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May

A Bit Much

Stacey is one of a kind. Her delivery of being "A Bit Much" resonates on so many levels. If you're a strong woman not afraid to stand on your own two feet... go see this show. You'll laugh and appreciate the life experiences Stacey shares.

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May

A Bit Much

WOW! Stacy Dymalski is a great writer and performer. The stories she tells are heartfelt and cover a wide range of emotions. One minute your laughing at one of Stacy's insightful ruminations and the next your caught in a moment of introspection. She covers all the bases but in the end winds up laughing and we can't help but laugh with her. She is a site for sore eyes and a breath of fresh air on the stage. I loved her show and I can't wait to see what she does next.

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May

A Bit Much

It takes a woman who is truly “a bit much” to have the courage, humor, and honesty to create a fabulous show like this. Through her wicked sense of humor and wit, she let’s you into her inner workings that can lead you to open up to your own possibilities of being a bit much. We all need to embrace our “bit much” and let it grow. Thank you Stacy for showing us all that it’s OK to be our real, bit much selves.

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May

Not Here Right Now

Not Here Right Now is purpose awakening comedy. You will be inspired to be more present, more active, more loving, more passionate, more bold! This story reaffirms the beauty in humanity and ourselves.

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May

Bronco Billy - The Musical

I cannot offer enough superlative-laden adjectives to describe the brilliance of the cast, beginning with Eric B. Anthony as Bronco Billy, who channels one of the most famous African American cowboys, Nathan "Deadwood Dick" Lane, with his effervescent personality making me believe he could easily be one of the great, rodeo-winning cowboy's descendants! His partnership onstage with Amanda Leigh Jerry as Antoinette/Miss Lilly, is beautifully realistic and dreamlike at the same time as they tear up the stage singing catchy tunes while executing athletic choreography to perfection.

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May

FALSETTOS

The energy required by this extraordinarily talented cast rises above any adjectives I can think of to describe them. FALSETTOS is really an operetta, entirely sung-through while Liff’s choreography keeps them moving almost non-stop while Lapine’s direction requires constant changes being made to what first appears as a large, gray Rubik’s cube and then transforms into every single set price needed to represent all the various locations in the show. Not to take away from the brilliance of the actors and magnificent, continuously playing musicians (conducted by P. Jason Yarcho), the scene changes alone are enough to guarantee sell-out shows throughout the tour!

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May

Daniel's Husband

Certainly the skill of these four actors in presenting honest and truthful characters, and Simon Levy’s skill at keeping them intertwining with each other as the conversation switches sides, will have you looking at your own behavior in relationships with piercing insight, especially for those of us walking that same line between “do we or don’t we” from many sides of the same argument. Be prepared to be amazed at the intense and utterly heartbreaking situations, perfectly scripted, acted and directed by this brilliant team, which arise as the question of legal guardianship surfaces. And bring Kleenex. And walk away in awe of this outstanding production sure to be a hit at next year’s Ovation Awards.

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May

Kentwood Players Presents Pippin

PIPPIN debuted on Broadway 1972 with Bob Fosse directing to critical acclaim. Centering on the story of a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life, this beautiful and thought-provoking musical uses the premise of a magical and mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player, to guide the audience through Pippin’s adventures. Ben Vereen and Patina Miller won Tony Awards for their portrayals of the Leading Player in the original Broadway production and the 2013 revival, respectively, making them the first two actors of different sexes to win a Tony for the same role. Samantha Barrios portrays the Leading Player in the Kentwood Players production, with Kyle Ray as Pippin, a formidable duo!

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May

Old Jews Telling Jokes

OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES has garnered rave reviews across the country, and I can certainly understand why it's kosher for a Jew to be a ham after watching these five talented and energetic actor/comedians take over the stage. Sets of jokes are broken into categories, with the titles displayed on a large screen at the back of the stage, upon which we also see various settings where jokes are set. Starting with Birth and Childhood, they move through Dating and Courtship, Business and Money, Marriage, Religion, Assimilation, School, Doctors and Retirement, making fun of everyone while the audience roared with laughter.

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May

Birdland Blue

Just be aware this is not just a jazz concert, although the trio creates the perfect smoky club mood as you are seated, waiting for the play to begin. Soon the actors start walking in, stopping to thank patrons who have come to Birdland to hear the Sextet play. But this is a dramatic play, so don't expect to more than a few numbers "played" by the actors, but rather a realistic look at their personal and professional lives as they attempted to cash in on their newly-found fame without destroying their friendships in the process.

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May

FAMOUS

From the moment you walk into the new 11:11 performance space on Kings Road in West Hollywood, you will find yourself immersed in scenic designer David Offner's multi-level, three-bedroom home any of us would love to own, no doubt born in the outrageously detailed imagination of Leoni. Add in Ovation Award-nominee Martha Carter's brilliant stage lighting, which colorfully highlights the black and white set as downward, spiraling moods or overwhelming anger explode as the night unfolds at an adrenaline-rushed pace, ultimately revealing one of Jason's darkest secrets. His attempt to control the party's outcome ignites a chain of events that pushes the boundaries of real friendship and reveals the true cost of fame. This stunning production should be seen by EVERYONE.

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May

Crime and Punishment

Peter Richards directs Michael Trevino as Raskolnikov, with his portrayal being one of the most intense I have ever seen on the stage. All at once, you will feel sorry for the poor, starving man who can't catch a break or find a job, living in a squalid one-room basement invested with rats. And yet, even though he gives the last of his money to a poor family who cannot afford to bury its patriarch, he still reasons with himself as to why he had to kill two sisters in his building. And just like him, from the beginning we know he committed the murders but not why. Trevino morphs between reality and the fantasy worlds in which he imagines he wanders, often not realizing what is the truth.

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May

Captivated: You

For fans of real immersive, horror-based theater which usually include bits of fright, special effects, multi-dimensional characters, great costumes, and dark places from which you have to escape, this is not the show for you. It's simple structure and lackluster presentation will leave you as disappointed as I was when the experience ended.

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May

VIOLENCE: The Misadventures of Spike Spangle, Farmer

This comical yet critical satire of the ways in which media moguls and politicians can influence social change when the gullible public is pulled into their financially-motivated schemes certainly reflects today's sad state of affairs. One can only hope visionaries such as Robbins can keep encouraging us to #SpeakUp and #Vote leaders into places of power who truly reflect more than just their own self-importance and greed. #Word

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May

Not Here Right Now

Not Here Right Now is filling in the best way. It's the same feeling as when you have your best friends over for dinner and it extends into the night and into the morning and it's so sweet and you never want it to end. From the production quality to the storytelling, Royce and his team have created something we are all seeking so much: novelty. An amazing feat.

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May

Daniel's Husband

Avoiding Lifetime Movie-style clichés every step of the way, and guaranteed to leave you profoundly touched and moved, Daniel’s Husband’s Southern California Premiere at the Fountain is not to be missed.

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