A truly swashbuckling staging of The Three Musketeers

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BY JACKIE HOUCHIN The word that most often describes Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers" is swashbuckling, and indeed you'd be hard pressed to find three (no, four) more swaggering, vociferous, impetuous, and confident fellows than his Aramis, … [Read more...]

Shakespeare's "Hamlet" comes alive at the Theatricum Botanicum

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BY JACKIE HOUCHIN Despite the threat of an afternoon scorcher (which never materialized), devoted fans the Bard poured into the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum to see HAMLET, Shakespeare's most often quoted play. They were rewarded by an amazing … [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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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 “ACTING The … [Read more...]

Two “not to miss” One-Act Plays by Murray Schisgal at Lonny Chapman

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BY JACKIE HOUCHIN The Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre in NoHo is currently offering two wonderfully entertaining plays by veteran playwright Murray Schisgal (co-writer of the Oscar winning screenplay “Tootsie” starring Dustin … [Read more...]

Sidewalk Astronomers: Homemade telescopes you have to see to believe

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BY JACKIE HOUCHIN The Sidewalk Astronomers and the East Valley Coalition held a “Star Party” the evening of  August 7 at the Lower Hansen Dam Park. When I arrived I didn't really have a clear idea about what would unfold or what I would see through … [Read more...]

Burbank’s Towns-Burr Gallery features twice gifted actor/artists

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BY JACKIE HOUCHIN For the third time since opening their beautiful "downtown Burbank" gallery in February 2008, Connie Towns and Bruce Burr are hosting a fine art show, this time featuring the work of seven artists from The Fairfax Art Group. The … [Read more...]

Falcon’s “Fellowship!” a madcap tribute to Tolkien

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BY JACKIE HOUCHIN From the moment the screwball gang of Middle-earth characters arrives on the Falcon Theatre stage in their energetic, Broadway style opening number (including barefoot tap-dancing), until they exit with a wink and a bow at the … [Read more...]

“Cymbeline,” Shakespeare’s ‘Fairy Tale’ Play

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BY JACKIE HOUCHIN The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, with its 299-seat amphitheater in rustic Topanga Canyon, is the ideal venue for the reenactment of “Cymbeline” one of Shakespeare’s most complex and utterly delightful last plays. Not strictly … [Read more...]