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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Theater: LOTTERY DAY (Goodman in Chicago) by Frank Arthur

THERE WILL BE NO REVIEW This hasn’t happened before and I hope it won’t again. My regrets for a wasted night. I’m (sort of) sorry but, alas, I found last night’s Goodman Theatre worl…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018


GREAT THINGS ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES THEATRE Los Angeles, dubbed as the City of Angels, is truly a magnificent destination that holds some of the most beautiful architectural buildings in the …

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Theater Preview: ZORBA (Musical Theatre Guild) by Frank Arthur

GREEK ACTIVE It only seemed natural that Michael Cacoyannis’s 1964 film, Zorba the Greek, about a happy-go-lucky fisherman on the isle of Crete, should one day become a musical. It took J…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Theater Preview: THE SEAFARER (Laguna Playhouse) by Frank Arthur

THE DEVIL’S AT THE DOOR “He knows not Who lives most easily on land, how I Have spent my winter on the ice-cold sea Wretched and anxious, in the paths of exile Lacking dear friends, …

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Theater Preview: 42ND STREET (3-D Theatricals) by Frank Arthur

YOU’VE GOT SOME FEET TO MEET Call us saps or suckers but we can’t, it seems, get enough of “The Understudy Who Becomes A Star.” Not when the sweet and satisfying story is stuffed…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Theater Feature: OPPENHEIMER (Rogue Machine Theatre at its new home, Electric Lodge in Venice) by Frank Arthur

A READY ROGUE MACHINE OPENS OPPENHEIMER J. Robert Oppenheimer was a brilliant, enigmatic and complex man. Ambitious and charismatic, Oppenheimer found himself uniquely placed to spearhead th…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Theater Preview: WHO’S HYSTERICAL NOW? (Bootleg Theater) by Frank Arthur

GENDER-SWITCHED REENACTMENT OF THE KAVANAUGH/FORD TESTIMONIES ONE NIGHT ONLY, TUESDAY OCTOBER 2 If you think the Senate hearings last week were high drama, imagine seeing them live in the th…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Theater Preview: 2018 PLAY LA FESTIVAL (Casa 0101) by Frank Arthur

PLAY ON Opening Night of the 2018 PLAY LA Festival of New Plays takes place Friday, September 7, at CASA 0101. Doors open at 7:00 pm at the Casa 0101 Gallery space for Hotel Mariachi, phot…

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Theater Preview: SWEAT (Mark Taper Forum) by Frank Arthur

SWEATING IT OUT Sweat, Lynn Nottage’s 2017 Pulitzer winner for drama — couldn’t have come at a better time. Since its arrival, the play has been hailed as a benchmark for our times…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Theater Review: TAR (Playwrights’ Arena at Atwater Village Theatre) by Frank Arthur

TARANTINO IN THE STICKY SWAMPS OF SADNESS Tom Jacobson’s Tar is from his The Ballad of Bimini Baths, a triad of works playing concurrently in Los Angeles. For half a century (1902-1951), t…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

CD Review: A LEAP IN THE DARK — LIVE AT FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW (Arielle Jacobs) by Frank Arthur

AN ACT IN THE DARK For her debut at 54 Below in NYC – a nearly solo cabaret which was recorded for release on Broadway Records – the triple-threat Arielle Jacobs opened by letting us kno…

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Theater/Dance Preview: THE COLLECTIVE MEMORY PROJECT (The Big Show Co. at the Ford Amphitheatre) by Frank Arthur

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” Author Lois Lowry On June 28 & 29, Ford Theatres, in associat…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Theater and TV Feature: GAME OF THRONES (From the Small Screen to the Big Curtain) by Frank Arthur

GAME OF THRONES — FROM THE SMALL SCREEN TO THE BIG CURTAIN Since HBO’s Game of Thrones hit our screens back in 2011, the show has gone on to become one of the most popular and b…

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Theater Preview: DO RE MI (Musical Theatre West Reiner Reading Series in Long Beach) by Frank Arthur

GIMME THAT DO-RE-MI, BOYS The 1960 musical Do Re Mi is about a would-be big shot named Hubie Cram, a wheeler dealer who just can’t make the big time. As his wife Kay says, they have 40…

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

London Theater Preview: KILLER JOE and KING LEAR (Trafalgar Studios and Duke of York’s Theatre) by Frank Arthur

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT THIS SUMMER WITH TWO BIG SHOWS The West End, one of the great epicentres of the Theatrical world, is undergoing something of a renaissance these days. It has always popula…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Los Angeles Theater Preview: 57 CHEVY (Highways) by Frank Arthur

57 CHEVY: THE ANTI-IMMIGRANT ANTIDOTE, OR HOW BROWN WAS MY VALLEY? There’s palpable excitement surrounding the upcoming West Los Angeles engagement of Cris Franco’s autobiographical come…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Los Angeles Theater Preview: SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF A PLAY (Celebration Theatre) by Frank Arthur

SHORES ‘NUFF Texas-born playwright Del Shores, best known for his romp Sordid Lives (the hilarious play and movie that also introduced us to Leslie Jordan) is coming to the Celebrati…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Theater Review: ALADDIN (National Tour) by Frank Arthur

A BROADWAY AMUSEMENT PARK THAT FLIES LIKE A CARPET “Open sesame” indeed. It’s “Abracadabra” times ten as the arrival of Aladdin in Hollywood feels as triumphant as Prince Ali…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CD Review: JAZZ LOVES DISNEY 2: A KIND OF MAGIC (Various Artists on Verve) by Frank Arthur

YOU CAN’T TOP PIGS WITH PIGS After The Three Little Pigs‘ runaway success in 1933, Walt Disney attempted a few more shorts starring the little porkers, but they weren’t as…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

San Diego Theater Preview: ACCOMPLICE (Scripps Ranch Theatre) by Frank Arthur

ACCOMPLISHED ACCOMPLICE Rupert Holmes’s Accomplice is the wittiest and most accomplished fooler play since Ira Levin’s Deathtrap. Each time you think you know what is unfolding…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Theater Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (North American Tour) by Frank Arthur

DETECTING LOVE A 15-year-old math whiz, Christopher is an only child with Asperger’s Syndrome. The anomaly is enough to push adolescence way beyond awkward. His autism manifests in manic m…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

CD Review: WAR PAINT (Original Broadway Cast on Ghostlight Records) by Frank Arthur

STAR POWER MEETS GIRL POWER The new Broadway musical War Paint centers on historical personages and rags-to-riches rivals Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, cosmetic moguls who are not…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Broadway Theater Preview: FALSETTOS (Screening in movie theaters nationwide beginning July 12, 2017) by Frank Arthur

FALSETTOS ON THE BIG SCREEN FROM BROADWAY: EVEN UP CLOSE, THERE’S NOT A FALSE NOTE The musical masterpiece Falsettos follows Marvin, who struggles to create a tightknit family out of …

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Theater Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON (National Tour reviewed at Hollywood Pantages Theatre) by Frank Arthur

FAITH IN FANTASY One of the best and certainly funniest shows of this century has returned. Beginning its latest national tour at the Hollywood Pantages last night, The Book of Mormon remai…

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Monday, May 22, 2017

CD Review: GROUNDHOG DAY (Original Broadway Cast on Broadway Records) by Frank Arthur

DOES GROUNDHOG DAY BEAR REPEATING? The Masterworks Broadway and Broadway Records CD of the musical adaptation of Groundhog Day may be a bit tough for some to hear over and over and over and …

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

San Diego Theater Preview: THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON (The Old Globe) by Frank Arthur

OLD MAN, OLD MOON, OLD GLOBE Having seen PigPen Theatre Co.’s The Old Man and the Old Moon in Chicago, I can guarantee that gem of a theater experience will gently pluck at your heartstr…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Los Angeles Theater Review: WEST SIDE STORY (La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts) by Frank Arthur

A SUBURBAN WEST SIDE STORY Sadly, hate conquers all in West Side Story, but the love we see and feel can hold its own. Though over a half-century old, the Bernstein/Laurents/Sondheim/Robbins…

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Los Angeles Theater Preview: APOCALYPSE PLAY (Moving Arts at Atwater Village Theatre) by Frank Arthur

FINAL WEEKEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD If you think the end of the world is scary, how about the end of a run of a terrific new play and you missed it? The Ovation-recommended Apocalypse Pla…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Los Angeles Theater Photo Preview: CAROUSEL (Musical Theatre West in Long Beach) by Frank Arthur

COME RIDE THE CAROUSEL The photos are in for Musical Theatre West’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical masterpiece Carousel, which opens tonight and plays through April 9, 2…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Los Angeles Theater Review: HALLELUJAH, BABY! (Musical Theatre Guild at the Alex Theatre in Glendale) by Frank Arthur

COME ON, BABY I wanted so badly to say “Glory, Hallelujah!” after seeing Musical Theatre Guild’s staged concert version of the 1968 Tony-winning musical. While it’s e…

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Los Angeles Theater Feature: FOUR BY TENN: A TENNESSEE WILLIAMS READING SERIES (The Pasadena Playhouse) by Frank Arthur

A PERFECT TENN The Pasadena Playhouse is currently presenting God Looked Away, an ode to Tennessee Williams at the end of his career. As an adjunct to this world premiere development produc…

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