Non-Registered Critics: Ron Irwin

Ron Irwin was born in Chicago, Illinois a long time ago. He served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, became a trial lawyer, TV and radio host, CEO of a public company and once held an Emmy. He never won an Emmy he just held one. Ron has written and published fourteen books . His most important book to date is “Live, Die, Live Again” in which Ron tells of his early life and his unexpected and very temporary death in 2012. That experience dramatically refocused his life and within the pages of that book Ron reveals how he achieved a much healthier life, ridding himself of Diabetes, Cancer and Heart Failure. Now Ron enjoys writing about many things but mostly health topics and the world of performing arts. He loves writing theatrical reviews and profiles of entertainers he finds uniquely interesting. That passion began in the 1980’s when his very first celebrity interview was on KFOX 93.5 FM with a young lad who had just returned from Australia. That young man’s name was Mel Gibson. Ron’s motto is “Live better, live longer and live stronger because it feels great and annoys others.” Recently Ron expanded his resume even further by publishing two books containing his extremely captivating visual art. “Whimsical Trees” is a collection of fifty images. All based on digital photographs of real trees but modified to show something hidden within. His most recent publication is a collection of 80 deeply compelling images all modified with a rare artistic flare.
Feb

HELLO DOLLY

If you are the type of theatre goer who demands of each performance the absolute best in story line, performance, undeniable music, riveting stagecraft, abundant humor and pure nonstop entertainment then you need to get over to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre right now and enjoy Hello Dolly. It truly is one of the very best of the best in musical theatre, led by the utterly captivating Betty Buckley as the irrepressible, somewhat devious yet totally loveable Dolly Gallagher Levi.

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Nov

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

The show is only 90 minutes with no intermission but every one of those 90 minutes is packed with true entertainment value.

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Oct

Showpony

The show was meant to be funny and it achieves that goal. But it also, in some interesting ways, addresses issues of sexism and racism. It does so in a manner that is interesting and informative but not preachy. Overall the entertainment value of Show Ponyis high and well worth your time.

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Sep

The Rescued

The Rescued turned out to be something far different then what I at first expected by looking at the images on the playbill. It is also one of the most unique shows I have ever watched. But without a doubt it is compelling and entertaining.

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Sep

UK Underdog

Truth be told there really isn’t all that much unusual about a teen male, or sometimes female, being bullied by some peers. That Steve Spiro chose to elevate his physical person to combat that bullying sends an excellent message. That a young man or woman may choose to go to Hollywood to pursue an acting career is anything but rare. But the overall quality of the performance and the very unique and powerful ending makes this one-man show one that deserves to be seen and enjoyed.

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Sep

Gloria

So when looking at the totality of the show Gloria I saw something that is rich in abundant but often dark humor, while concurrently presenting valid issues facing our modern society and in all likelihood probably not all that rare in past generations as well. If you are the kind of theatre patron who primarily wants to watch great choreography presented with spectacular music and overwhelming happiness Gloriais not your show. But if you enjoy having your mind stretched and your thoughts challenged then Gloriawill deliver for you.

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Sep

Time Stands Still

What makes this show so much fun is the character development and the interrelationships between the four characters.

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Sep

ROMEO AND JULIET

In the literally thousands of theatrical presentations I have been privileged to watch and review this version of “Romeo and Juliet” comes as close to a “must see” show as any show I can remember because it is both deeply entertaining and concurrently powerfully thought provoking. My unrestricted kudos to the Group Rep and the entire cast and crew for producing a true theatrical masterpiece.

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Aug

Cry It Out

Watching Cry it Out is pleasant and enjoyable, largely thanks to the superb talent on stage. But in all truth I have to say that at the end I thought to myself: “Well yeah life is always full of ups and downs and not infrequently things don’t work out the way we would like, so what is so special about these three women?” It does however demonstrate very dramatically just how powerful is a new child in everyone’s life along with the reality that life must still go on. And as for a drunk woman raising a child, well I know all too well just how devastating that can be.

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Aug

Jews, Christians, and Screwing Stalin

Wow! That is a lot of detail but what makes the show hilarious are the great performances from all of the actors as they present real life stressors… It is generally accepted that Jewish humor tends to be a bit on the dark side. One great example would be the late great Don Rickles who made a career out of being extremely dark yet side splittingly funny at the same time. Likewise, in Jews, Christians and Screwing Stalinthe humor is abundant, dark, deep and delicious. It is much easier to watch it and enjoy it than it is to try and explain it fully and properly in a review.

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Aug

Under Milk Wood

The show is fast paced with never a dull moment but at times on the brink of over powering. The dialogue is witty and offers an abundance of often dark humor.

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Aug

THE MOTHER F**KER WITH THE HAT

It is perhaps one of the weirdest and possibly most provocative I have ever seen. Yet as the story unfolds it makes sense and it was after all written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. It is also directed by multiple award winning Gloria Gifford and staged at her new Gloria Gifford Conservatory in Hollywood. Oh and what a tale is told. Though billed as a dark comedy I saw much more.

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Aug

Side by Side by Sondheim

There are no flashing lights, no full orchestra, no abundance of back up dancers just good solid memorable music presented well in a modest setting by superb talent. From a guy who has watched literally thousands of shows on Broadway, in London’s West End and locally in Los Angeles at the marvelous Pantages this is not one of those shows but it is very smooth, relaxing and enjoyable.

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Jun

RUMORS

Happily for The Group Rep they have once again succeeded in assembling an astonishingly brilliant cast for its presentation of Rumors. The banter is fast paced often sharp and witty with a steady interplay amongst the cast. Almost every line is laugh inducing as the story is told, a story that is all the more hilarious because the audience can easily identify with the events being portrayed on stage.

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Jun

Pump Boys and Dinettes

…I haven’t begun to touch upon to abundance of great singing by every single member of the cast – except the drummer who just keeps on drumming. Now if you just do not like country style music then this may not be your show. Otherwise it is as close to a must see as any performance can ever be.

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Jun

Paris Syndrome

It is a well-crafted and superbly presented tale filled with a steady stream of great humor as the main character works his way through his many experiences past and present presented in a way that genuinely entertains… Kudos to Ross Buran, Heidi Hayward and Mark David Christenson for a job very well done.

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Jun

VIOLET

Atypical of a smaller venue, this show at the Crossley Theatre has a live band backing the vocals giving the show even greater depth. And the performances of all of the team but especially Claire Adams [Violet], Jahmaul Bakare [Flick] and Morgan West [Monty] are enrapturing.

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Jun

Sex

I am confident that neither Director Sirena Irwin nor Producers Jocelyn O’Keefe and Kevin Comartin will be put in jail for this production of “SEX.” But yes the show definitely has its bawdy moments and clearly is intended for an adult audience but in my view falls far short of any reasonable understanding of the word “obscene.” What it genuinely is is funny, even hilarious. Yet it does also stimulate deeper thought.

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Jun

Cult of Love

The show is rich in both humor and deep drama. The acting is superb and it achieves the two most important things a good show must achieve and that is it stimulates thought and entertains.

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May

Wood Boy Dog Fish

It is thoughts and experiences like this that fill the show with massive energy and visual as well as mental stimulation and I love shows that not only create emotion but which also generate mental stimulation, and “Wood Boy Dog Fish” does that abundantly… It is a wild and zany ride and one you will long remember.

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