Theatrical Musings

Balancing Act: Accountants You Want to Spend Time With

By Beverly Wilkerson on Apr 29, 2007 - 11:43:00 AM
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Frank Salisbury’s Balancing Act at the Falcon Theatre is a perfect foil for all the negativity of the day. Directed by Adam Carl, this two-person box-set play is a throwback to a purer era.

  What to Expect from Mommy! Mommy!

By Beverly Wilkerson on Mar 4, 2007 - 6:17:00 AM
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All they teach you about before having a child is how to change a diaper and how to breathe during the birthing process. (And even that is a futile lesson. When it comes to the moment of birth, mommies just get through it on a wing and a prayer and a grunt. Lamaze has little play in reality.) Then, presto, yes, you're ready to be…a Mommy! Or not. 

Marriage on the Rocks

By Beverly Wilkerson on Feb 18, 2007 - 4:48:00 AM
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Who's afraid of going to another production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"? For a whole generation of people and then some, the memory of a battling couple weighs heavily on the brain. Three hours of watching George and Martha, the ultimate dysfunctional couple, spewing forth nonstop venom, has in the past left audiences weak in the knees, feeling abused and battered, maybe even with post-traumatic stress syndrome.....

  A Chorus Line, Still Kicking After 31 Years

By Beverly Wilkerson on Nov 12, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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A Chorus Line
is 31 years old, the same age (according to the show) of a dancers demise. Are its joints getting a little creaky? Should it hang up its toe shoes and retire? Maybe not yet. It is still strutting its stuff currently on Broadway, after a 16-year break, and in a major coup of Cabrillo Music Theatres acquisition of the rights, simultaneously at the Kavli Theatre in the illustrious Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Dirty Rotten Good Time

By Beverly Wilkerson on Aug 20, 2006 - 12:46:00 PM
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Better than coming out humming the songs, you will leave Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with a sense of mischievous fun and the shameless vulgarity of a twelve-year-old boy having just wolfed down a pack of doughnuts and a quart of cola.

  The Actors, Gangs, Loves. Labors Lost Works Well

By Beverly Wilkerson on Aug 6, 2006 - 1:02:00 PM
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One of Shakespeare?s less known and infrequently performed comedies, Loves, Labors Lost is being given a fresh look by the Actor's Gang. Director Simon Abkarian uses his expertise, gleaned from years of training with the Theatre du Soleil, to direct with a choreographeris touch.

The Black Rider: The Same Old Avant-Garde?

By Beverly Wilkerson on Apr 30, 2006 - 4:30:00 PM
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"The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets" at the Ahmanson Theatre is a musical fable collaboration of Robert Wilson, Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs. It might also be called "The Emperors New Theatrical Production."

  Pilgrim, an Epic Mistep

By Beverly Wilkerson on Apr 2, 2006 - 2:28:00 PM
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Pilgrim has a huge cast of highly talented actors. It has acrobats, a stilt-walker, an elaborate scaffolding of a 3-story set thats in a constant state of flux, and rock music mixed with old world sounds (by John Stothers). It could all be spectacular. Theres just too much feast on the plate.

Too Little, Too Late for Dr. Dolittle

By Beverly Wilkerson on Feb 26, 2006 - 10:02:00 AM
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A show with 13 musical numbers and no intermission, based on The Dr. Dolittle Stories of Hugh Lofting and the 1967 movie with Rex Harrison, should fly by, no? Not necessarily.

  Mariette Hartley Takes Aim at a Troubled Past

By Beverly Wilkerson on Jan 29, 2006 - 2:40:00 PM
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Hartley has achieved the nearly impossible. She has taken the one-woman show to its most personal place and given it a universal life. Riveting and heartbreaking, "If You Get to Bethlehem, Youve Gone Too Far," intimately directed by Don Eitner, is the latest step in her mission to bring to light a devastating family legacy.



Pure as the Driven Snow

By Beverly Wilkerson on Dec 4, 2005 - 11:59:00 AM
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Irving Berlins White Christmas
is a return to the naivet of yesteryear. It brings back a time when one could believe a show could go up in five days. A time when love could blossom in a heartbeat.

  After 16 Years, the Ovation Awards Stand Strong

By Beverly Wilkerson on Nov 20, 2005 - 11:01:00 AM
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Good work receives Ovations, and Ovations lead to more good work, a simple equation thats kept LA theater strong since 1989.

 



Annie, the Mop-topped Little Orphan, Grows Up

By Beverly Wilkerson on Oct 9, 2005 - 7:18:00 AM
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Annie
has spent the past 28 years growing older, and now, directed once again by its original director/lyricist, Martin Charnin, Annie has thankfully grown up.

  "Purlie" is Pure Fun

By Beverly Wilkerson on Jul 10, 2005 - 3:16:00 PM
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Get your toe-tappin, head-bobbin, hand-clappin, finger-snappin self over to the Pasadena Playhouse, because Purlie is in town and its purtdarn near perfect.

"Purlie" is Pure Fun

By Beverly Wilkerson on Jul 10, 2005 - 3:16:00 PM
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Get your toe-tappin, head-bobbin, hand-clappin, finger-snappin self over to the Pasadena Playhouse, because Purlie is in town and its purtdarn near perfect.

  "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir" Sails into NoHo

By Beverly Wilkerson on Jun 12, 2005 - 11:24:00 AM
Something spooky is happening in NoHo. Through a ghostly production, it is finally developing into the artistic center it has been striving to be. "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir is breathing new life into the old neighborhood.

"The Ghost & Mrs. Muir" Sails into NoHo

By Beverly Wilkerson on Jun 12, 2005 - 11:24:00 AM
Something spooky is happening in NoHo. Through a ghostly production, it is finally developing into the artistic center it has been striving to be. "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir is breathing new life into the old neighborhood.

  Place Your Bets on "Private Lives"

By Beverly Wilkerson on May 29, 2005 - 10:31:00 PM
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Place your bets on this sure winner at the Pasadena Playhouse. With Coward, its hard to go wrong, and Manke and his team have gleaned every bit of stardust possible from this still-vibrant 75-year-old standard, making it shine ever brighter.

Place Your Bets on "Private Lives"

By Beverly Wilkerson on May 29, 2005 - 10:31:00 PM
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Place your bets on this sure winner at the Pasadena Playhouse. With Coward, its hard to go wrong, and Manke and his team have gleaned every bit of stardust possible from this still-vibrant 75-year-old standard, making it shine ever brighter.

  "Pipeman on the Moon" Brings Sad Realities of Cancer to Stage

By Beverly Wilkerson on May 15, 2005 - 10:31:00 AM
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Cancer survivor Keith Hamilton, as actor and writer, brings his story to the stage in "Pipeman on the Moon," an affectionate, sometimes raw, and obviously necessary piece for Hamilton to have written.

"Pipeman on the Moon" Brings Sad Realities of Cancer to Stage

By Beverly Wilkerson on May 15, 2005 - 10:31:00 AM
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Cancer survivor Keith Hamilton, as actor and writer, brings his story to the stage in "Pipeman on the Moon," an affectionate, sometimes raw, and obviously necessary piece for Hamilton to have written.

  Hart to Hart

By Beverly Wilkerson on May 1, 2005 - 11:01:00 AM
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"You Can't Take It With You," one of America's most beloved comedy classics, by Kaufman and Hart, is taken on by the playwright's son, Christopher Hart, at the Geffen Playhouse.

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