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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Pasadena Playhouse Uncrates New Imagining Of “Ragtime” by Cary Ginell

Ragtime, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s musicalized version of E. L. Doctorow’s novel about a quickly changing America at the turn of the 20th century, has received a new concept, wh…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

“Minnie’s Boys” Staged Reading Tracks Early Antics Of The Marx Brothers by Cary Ginell

Musical Theatre Guild’s latest staged reading, Minnie’s Boys, was performed at Glendale’s Alex Theatre on Sunday, February 10, and although it was great to finally get to see this rar…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Rubicon’s “Heisenberg” Delivers With Life-Affirming, Intimate Drama by Cary Ginell

As Simon Stephens’ 2015 play Heisenberg opens, a 75-year-old Irish butcher named Alex Priest is sitting in a London Underground station, listening to music on his iPhone. Without warning…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Agoura High Senior Griffen Hamilton To Direct “Mamma Mia!” by Cary Ginell

Next week, Agoura High School senior Griffen Hamilton will be directing the school’s production of Mamma Mia!, his first full-length musical. Griffen has been featured in Raymond Saar’…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Shannon Warne & Marc Baron Ginsburg Join Pasadena Playhouse Cast Of “Ragtime” by Cary Ginell

Two faces familiar to Ventura County audiences will be performing dream roles when they debut in Ragtime, which plays from February 10 to March 3 at the Pasadena Playhouse. Both Shannon Wa…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Nick Santa Maria & Jordan Schneider Talk Revolution In “1776” by Cary Ginell

In McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s production of 1776, director Glenn Casale cast a mix of veteran stage performers with younger newcomers. The result blends beautifully in the musical comedy…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

“1776”: That Other Musical About Our Founding Fathers by Cary Ginell

With all the fuss and fame that Hamilton has caused in bringing America’s founding fathers to the stage, one easily forgets its predecessor, 1776, a delightful show that only gets bette…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

New Musical “Scott Robbins” Makes Its Debut At Hillcrest Center by Cary Ginell

A brand-new musical made its world premiere on the black box stage of the Hillcrest Theatre for the Arts to kick off 2019. “Scott Robbins & the Traveling Show” had been percolating i…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Sharon McNight Stars As Sophie Tucker At The Rubicon by Cary Ginell

“Larger than life” is a description that is overused in show business, but this is not hyperbole when it comes to legendary vaudeville entertainer Sophie Tucker (1884-1966). Famously pro…

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

The 4th Annual “Vee-Cee” Awards for Top Performances in Ventura County Theater by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL It’s time once again for the annual “Vee-Cee” Awards, in which we honor some of the most memorable performances on Ventura County stages over the course of t…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Taking Stock: Who We Talked To In 2016 by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL As each year comes to a close, we like to look back at some of the highlights of the past year in musical theater and plays in Ventura County. 2016 was the fourth year in whic…

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Curtain Call Youth Theatre Finds A New Home by Cary Ginell

(Agoura Hills, Calif. – December 17, 2016) After 11 years of renting multiple local spaces and partnering with many local theatre groups and local high schools and colleges, the New Year w…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Meet Singer/Actress Siena Avila – The New Kid On The Block by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL Siena Avila is like many other 16-year-old high schoolers you know. Cheerful, friendly, enthusiastic, and just a little bit shy. But Siena has one thing that most kids her age…

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Monday, December 12, 2016

“Calendar Girls” – Wacky Performances Highlight Bawdy, Warm-Hearted Play by Cary Ginell

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Calendar Girls, a 2009 play based on a hit 2003 film, is Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi’s true-to-life comedy about six middle-aged women from a village in Yorks…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

The Historical Characters Of “Ragtime” – Part 2: “Make Them Hear You” – Louis Baker Talks About Playing Booker T. Washington by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL Louis Baker has had a varied career in the entertainment world. As an actor, he studied under three prestigious performers: Bill Duke, Haile Gerima, and Debbie Allen. He has w…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

To Thine Own Self Be True: A Female “Hamlet” Plays At Curtain Call Youth Theatre by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL The idea of a woman playing the lead in Shakespeare’s Hamlet is not a new one. The first female Hamlet, Elizabeth Powell, performed the role at London’s Drury Lan…

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Political Figures In “Ragtime” – Part 1: Emma Goldman by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL The musical Ragtime, which plays through this Sunday, December 4, at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, is an important work that weaves actual historical personages into…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

“Like Herding Cats” – A Visit With Stage Manager Kimberly Kiley by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL Everyone knows that the director is the person responsible for the look and content of a musical or play, but once the cast has been selected, sets and props are delivered, an…

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Shindig In Space: “Return to the Forbidden Planet” Is Boomerrific Fun by Cary Ginell

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Before Mamma Mia!, before The Marvelous Wonderettes, and before Jersey Boys, there was Return to the Forbidden Planet, an Off-Broadway space farce that was one of …

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Elite’s “All My Sons” Is Shattering Drama by Cary Ginell

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL The title of All My Sons, Arthur Miller’s riveting play of guilt, heartbreak, and tragedy, refers to 21 young World War II combat pilots, who were needlessly ki…

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

“Evita” Teen Star Isa Briones On The Energy Of Acting by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL If you have the opportunity to see Cabrillo Music Theatre’s splendid production of Evita this weekend, you will no doubt be drawn to the electrifying performances by it…

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Empty Spaces: The Camarillo Skyway Playhouse Dilemma by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL It’s the day after opening night at the Camarillo Skyway Playhouse and the house is nearly empty. On stage, a terrific production of the Kander and Ebb musical Curtains…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rebecca & John Pillsbury Talk About The Magic Of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Sorcerer” by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL For years I have been saying that the best kept secret in Ventura County theater is the Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire Company. Celebrating its 10th season t…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Marc Baron Ginsburg Talks About Playing “Che” in Cabrillo’s New Production of “Evita” by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL In Cabrillo Music Theatre’s new production of Evita, the role of Che, the narrator figure based on Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, is played by Marc Baron Ginsburg. …

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Vintage Costumes Come Alive In “Hollywood Revisited” by Cary Ginell

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL You’ve seen them. Gaudy costumes worn by Hollywood and Broadway stars, preserved and on display in museums and galleries. It’s a great way to witness first-…

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Post-Mortems: An Exit Interview With Lewis Wilkenfeld by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL Tonight, friends and colleagues will pay tribute to Lewis Wilkenfeld at a special fundraising banquet and program honoring his 10 years as artistic director of Cabrillo Music …

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Steve Perren Is A Good Judge Of Roles In “Parade” by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL His day job is as associate justice of the Second District, Division Six of the California Courts of Appeal, but Steve Perren’s passion for the stage has seen him appea…

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Joshua Finkel Talks About The Martyred Leo Frank In “Parade” by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL One of the most heinous crimes of the 20th century was the one in which 13-year-old Atlanta pencil factory worker Mary Phagan was mysteriously murdered in 1913. The suspect, t…

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pico Playhouse’s “Next to Normal” Is Next to Perfect by Cary Ginell

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Last Sunday, we ventured into Los Angeles to see two Ventura County theater alumni in a production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Next to Normal, the Tony and Pu…

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

“See How They Run” Runs Amok In Ojai by Cary Ginell

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL After experiencing Philip King’s comic farce See How the Run, which opens tonight at the Ojai Art Center, one can easily figure out where the title came from: b…

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Local Favorites Harrison Meloeny & Michelle Lane Star Ride The Emotional Roller Coaster Of “Next To Normal” by Cary Ginell

BY CARY GINELL Occasionally we venture out of the sanctity of Ventura County to see how some of our locally raised theatricians are faring in their acting careers. Today we visit with Harris…

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