A dynamic, musical “Insanity” at the NoHo Arts Center

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BY DON GRIGWARE Within its first year of production (2004-2005) NoHo ACE (Arts Center Ensemble) created the marvelous original musicals Dorian, The Musical and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. The newest, Insanity, by the same creative team of DeTurk & … [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...]

New Artistic Director at Lonny Chapman

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The Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre has chosen Ernest A. Figueroa as its new Artistic Director to succeed longtime Artistic Director Lonny Chapman, who was at the helm of the Group Repertory Theatre Company for more than three decades, until … [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...]

Kelly McGillis and Julia Duffy in vibrant The Little Foxes

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BY PAULINE ADAMEK In The Little Foxes, playwright Lillian Hellman masterfully constructs a tale of backstabbing family politics and greed that is as relevant today as it was when the play was first staged in 1939. Set in Demopolis, Alabama, on a … [Read more...]

From Valley theater to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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BY CHELSEA SUTTON Pulsing with vitality and sharp-witted wisdom, famed model Robyn Peterson and her one-woman show, Catwalk Confidential, are packing up their valley bags and going abroad this August to the largest arts extravaganza in the world - … [Read more...]