Non-Registered Critics: Rich Borowy

Aug

Dope Queens

The dialogue is hard hitting, its characters are real, and the city it all takes place in are for those that either have everything, or for those that must find that everything someplace else!

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Aug

Fefu and Her Friends

What makes this play unique in its staging is where the audience members are lead in small groups to various “rooms” found within Fefu’s country estate.

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Aug

The Last Days of Don Juan

Many folks enjoy a summer time taking part in a theatre show that is presented outdoors/ This show will fit that bill. It’s also 90 minutes in length, making this production a perfect one-act. THE LAST DAYS OF DON JUAN isn’t exactly a “Shakespear-in-the-park”, but it comes awfully close!

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Aug

Bad Hamlet

Billed as “bootlegged” by William Shakespeare and the people of Los Angeles, BAD HAMLET isn’t “bad” in any way. In fact, it’s quite appealing! It won’t be a spoiler alert to inform those that has yet to experience this new method of stage storytelling that everyone meets their match since the original source as extracted is some multiple centuries old, but that is what occurs. Call this piece as Shakespeare for a new generation.

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Jul

The Spitfire Grill

This musical, with book by James Valcq & Fred Alley, with musical score by Valcq and lyrics by Alley, and based on the 1996 “indy” film release written by Lee David Zlotoff, is a music that is more dramatic and sober in frame than a traditional musical of this ilk that would be more upbeat and charming. Although this program does hold a distinct charm, the mood shifts from being dramatic with hints of comic relief in the first act, to more moody and sullen by its second.

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Jul

Billie Holiday: Front and Center

Along with the acting, it’s the music and vocals that make this show really happen!

For those that desire for their theater peppered with jazz/blues music, or their jazz and blues music set with an additional back story, this presentation is flawless. And as the title suggests, it’s all front and center!

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Jul

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

That non-linear forge is what makes this play rather appealing for how it stands, complete with lots of rich dialogue, interesting characters direct from the “old country”, as well as a conclusion where the Georgian village’s state never qualified for a Marshall Plan. Alistair Beaton’s English translation from the original German enhances the for noted productive dialogue that is far better that how an uneducated peasant could normally speak...

It’s not often to see a play as THE CAUCASINA CHALK CIRCLE perform in any legit theater. For those that desire something light and snappy, it’s recommended to venture off to another playhouse. For those that are bold enough to experience a play that is more fruitful in spirit, this is the production to take advantage of. It’s indeed worth its time and space!

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Jul

Renovations for Six

Howard Storm, who has directed a number of TV sitcoms of such hit series as Rhoda, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Taxi, and a host of others, directs his comic talents and timing that is witnessed throughout. Granted, much of the comedy projected is focused on the other character’s emotional expenses. However, since comedy is based on tragedy, the humor formula is fully on track!

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Jul

Son of Semele presents MEN ON BOATS

Not only there are no sets depicting nature, there are no men in the cast either as the ensemble are all women or those that are not of the male persuasion. This gender change enhances the drama that exists within this stage program. And the performers appearing are not necessarily causation either as the diversity levels are at its peak. The cast of ten players work well with one another that shows off the so-called “he-man” stance that is required to fulfill such an excursion. Skill, wits, and strength are key elements here, and these women (and equivalent) brings these characteristics to its fullest.

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Jul

The Skin of Our Teeth

It’s another fine theater production as performed within the rustic canyons of Topanga!

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Jun

Dames at Sea

The Sierre Madre Playhouse presents a full scale Busby Berkley-style show on a breadline budget, making that kind of staging even more appealing! It features a selection of tunes that recall those tunes of the 30’s as performed by musical director Sean Paxton on piano. Jeffrey Scott Parsons’ choreography provides how much of the cast, especially Katie Franqueira’s tap dancing, makes this show a real treat to experience. And Joshua Finkel’s stage direction gives all of that dancing and romancing placing it into new heights

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Jun

LOVE, MADNESS, AND SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN

To place this performance in basic terms, James’ show is well titled. It is a place of love, madness, and surrendering into middle ground. Only using a few props as a guide through this virtual pilgrimage with no sets to speak of, it’s James all the way with his own self and the strange tale he weaves.

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Jun

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Directed by Ellen Geer, the daughter of the theater’s founder and namesake Will Geer, TWELFTH NIGHT or “What You Will”, is a great stage piece to experience Shakespeare for the first time, or for the first time in a long while. It may also be a good idea to “brush up your Shakespeare” in order to become familiar with the program presented as it may be a bit hard to follow. (After all, it is some 400+ years old!) But once one gets past of all the flowering dialogue spoken, one will witness high moving theater at its finest! And as ol’ Willie might say, the play’s the thing as you like it!

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Jun

Lend Me A Tenor

LEND ME A TENOR is just as fun to view for the first time, or as a first time in a while! No matter, though! It’s still a comical laff fest. And what better way to experience this production is on the intimate stage of Theatre Palisades!

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Jun

Moby Dick - Rehearsed

Ellen Geer once again takes on the director’s seat to present a play that is big in scope, complete with intense drama, full fledged action (thanks to Dane Oliver’s fight choreography), as well as offering a selection of sea chanties as its musical soundtrack performed for salt-air moodiness. Marshal McDaniel provides an original music score for these ditties showing itself off as the only way to feel the said saltiness of the ocean deep without using water for effeteness.

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Jun

The 2nd Annual Trump Family Special

This political satire with book and lyrics by Daniel Salles with music and additional lyrics by Tory Hymans & Lisa St. Lou is very witty and is just as cocky in attitude as the real Donald (or make that “The Donald”) could muster up! With a seventy minute running time, the cast of four (also playing additional roles) give this piece its real trump card. (Pun indented!) With a roster of fourteen song numbers performed by the cast with choreography by Benji Schwimmer and stage direction by Daniel Salles, this show deserves a 3rd annual treatment!

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Jun

Lend Me A Tenor

LEND ME A TENOR is just as fun to view for the first time, or as a first time in a while! No matter, though! It’s still a comical laff fest. And what better way to experience this production is on the intimate stage of Theatre Palisades!

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Jun

HERSHEY FELDER: A PARIS LOVE STORY

This latest showcase by Hershey Felder brings upon a new light to the music that is moody and hosts color that one can hear as much as “see”. It’s the form of melody where Hershey states is the kind that can one also feel less afraid.

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May

Mistakes Were Made coulda-woulda-shoulda

For a single act production, this show is simple yet sweet. There are no real “mistakes” seen here. It could ask the time tested question if one has a chance to do their life all over again, would it be done in the same way. The answer is to perform all of the mistakes a lot sooner! Whatever the case, this show is a keeper, and that's soon enough!

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May

Moving On: The One-Acts 2019

t's not often that one can experience a group of short plays as this collection consists of. It's been stated that big things come in small packages. MOVING ON.. is a stockpile of those intimate packages that hold plenty of ideas, with a few good laughs inserted to boot!

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