Non-Registered Critics: Bonnie Priever

Jun

I CAN'T INDIAN GOOD (Hollywood)

His is a stunning one man show that entertains, titillates, and disturbs us all in one...

His grasp of nuances, accents, and physical comedy impeccably capture a visual image of each character he portrays. Brandon is quite the master storyteller, vividly revealing the persona of each influence on his life journey.

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Feb

Revenge Song

Written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Robert Ross Parker, “Revenge Song” makes the case for a spectacular production filled with a mix of French minstrel and 1600’s comedy/slapstick, wacky hi-jinks, juxtaposed with romantic lingo to the tune and spirit of mon Cheri amor, time traveling to modern day shopping malls, singing “I Think We’re Alone Now.”  The production is genius in combining past, present and future.  Be sure to get thee to the Geffen in time for “Revenge Song, A Vampire Cowboys Creation.”

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Feb

Tales Of Modern Motherhood - This Sh*t Just Got Real

Pam’s words, all of which are autobiographical from her own life’s journey, from marriage to motherhood, elicit tears of joy amidst stories of struggle and angst. One (of her many) humorous personal vignette revolves around her first learning of her pregnancy and testing it with both generic and name brand pregnancy tests just to ensure its validity.  Each and every story is told with heartfelt delivery (no pun intended), rendering life lessons and beautiful values.

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Feb

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Now, Los Angeles audiences get the privilege to witness Foreman’s impeccable, dazzling performance, and a voice like velvet, in celebration and tribute to Billie Holiday’s tragic life story.

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Dec

MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE

As always, Tchaikovsky’s score is a masterpiece, the performance, powerful, the dancing, impeccable; overall this show makes for the consummate holiday treat, sure to ruffle your feathers.

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Dec

Tonight only. All other dates cancelled - La Vie En Rose

Julia  sings and belts her heart out with songs of a different caliber, stories of travels, musical interludes, and conditions of pure rapture.  I perceive this vocalist/actress extraordinaire as a musical damsel with a parasol, yearning to break free of all barriers, to be seen, heard and understood.  She is a formidable prodigy, bar none.  When she sings, all inhibitions are set free.

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Nov

SUMMER - THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL

As Broadway has taken a chance with presenting larger than life biography stories on a theatrical level, it has indeed succeeded with the story of Donna Summer.

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Nov

The Thanksgiving Play

The play is filled with such blatant contradictions throughout: vibrancy and darkness; tragedy and comedy, and the cast members leap from one emotion to another, almost effortlessly.  The play is a constant roller coaster of extreme emotions, keeping the play  multi dimensional and allowing the audience to come to its own conclusion.

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Nov

Ruthless! The Musical

Ruthless is a must see this holiday season. You won’t be sorry.

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Nov

Circa: Humans

They bring a combination of energy, elegance, and passion to the art of dance. Their dynamic and fluid moves continue to dazzle throughout. From flying above the ground…to immaculate posture onstage, with ballet grace to athletic prowess, the performers bounce, tumble, and build human towers, bringing the world of circus art and dance to new heights.

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Nov

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

Each scene contains emotional intensity, each one more riveting than the previous, with thought provoking moments and a stirring score.  Both satiric and tender hearted in one, Jesus Christ Superstar tugs at one’s heartstrings as it reveals Jesus’ inner turmoil as well as interpersonal struggles with his disciples.  Costume design by Tom Scutt was extremely well executed, with creative, more flashy, avant-garde modern touches, as well as authentic adherence to the traditional, muted tone Biblical era garb.

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Oct

Treya's Last Dance

Her aura will amaze you, as it did me...

Treya’ s pain and angst is so real and visceral, as she battles for her voice to me heard.  Go see it and you’ll be charmed at first sight.

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Oct

Neil Simon's Musical Fools

The music and lyrics, so cleverly contrived by Swann West, have a Sondheim-esque tone to them, each musical number outshining the previous. We’re simple people- we know not what we do” has such a catchy beat, you’ll find yourself humming upon leaving the theatre, the tell tale sign of a hit song. To escape a real world, fraught with worry and fear, come see “Musical Fools” filled with a ‘don’t worry, be happy’ vibe.

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Oct

Last Swallows

Again, Kiff Scholl’s direction of his play, in the style of a Greek tragi-comedy is a challenge ably mastered.  The subtle, subliminal reference/analogy of the swallows as noisy chattering creatures who appear and then fleetingly quiet and disappear, much like the Whitestone adult children is a brilliant metaphor.

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Oct

Treya's Last Dance

Treya’ s pain and angst is so real and visceral, as she battles for her voice to be heard. Go see it and you’ll be charmed at first sight.

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Sep

Skintight

This focus will definitely resonate with California audiences of any age. Inside jokes and innuendos relating to the fashion design industry, as well as the lives, loves, and travails of the rich and famous add a humorous touch to the overall story. It’s no surprise that this show has been extended due to sold out shows. For a chance to increase your laugh lines, treat yourself to a performance of “Skintight".

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Sep

Witch

Playwright Jen Silverman explains, “The Witch of Edmonton is the only play I encountered from that time that boldly announces to the audience that it is going to do this exact thing, and then does entirely the opposite.” Her keen ability to create a revival of this classic piece by Jacobean playwrights Rowley, Dekker, and Ford is something not to be missed, as she recreates the story, now set in contemporary times, even more so resonating with audiences today.

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Jul

Anne, A New Play

Each cast member gives a memorable performance, creating each character’s legacy and imprint on us all. Leaves the audience in awe of this courageous, heroic group of people. A must see, especially in today’s world in which we live, with the resurgence of racism, anti-semitism, and senseless intolerance.

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Jul

Nancy F***ing Reagan

Hurewitz is spot on in writing good characters, dialogue and conflict; each member of the ensemble making a vivid, memorable first impression.

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Jul

LOVE, MADNESS, AND SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN

Cox proves that humor, performance and strength is the best revenge of all. With candor, raw humility, and grace, Cox reveals the power of ‘writing what you know,’ and this brilliant actor does just that, in this brilliant show, garnering accolades, encores, and sold out crowds at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe.

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