The blues of Bill Withers delightfully mixes with Shakespeare at The Falcon Theatre

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BY AMY LYONS The Troubador Theater Company (known as the Troubies to fans), the acrobatic, song-styling troupe of parody players in residence at the Falcon Theatre, are mixing it up with a show that's less laugh-inducing than their typically … [Read more...]

Kres Mersky is captivating as Einstein's devoted secretary

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BY JACKIE HOUCHIN Kres Mersky's one-woman play, "THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A. EINSTEIN" currently playing at Theatre West is charming, captivating and moving. It's not a flashy show; it doesn't shock or astound. Instead it invites the audience to walk … [Read more...]

Beau Bridges and daughter Emily show how it’s done in “Six Lessons”

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Beau Bridges and daughter, Emily Bridges.

BY JACKIE HOUCHIN After an amusing introduction to himself, his daughter, and the play they are about to perform, Beau Bridges steps back in time to 1933 to become the mature and experienced “Teacher” in Richard Boleslavsky’s iconic book … [Read more...]

The Demon of Barber Street makes a spectacular cut at the Chandler Studio Theatre

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Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett

BY AMY LYONS A spectacular, larger-than-life show inhabits a small stage at the Chandler Studio Theatre, where The Production Company is staging Stephen Sondheim's sarcastic slasher story, “Sweeney Todd.” The tiny stage brims with blood and … [Read more...]

Raucous, bawdry camaraderie at Banshee

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BY AMY LYONS A Seisiun of sorts is filling Theatre Banshee's little theatre with accordion bleats and bodhran beats. Traditional Irish music is the backbone of the company's current production of Brendan Behan's "The Hostage," a play about … [Read more...]