1389summitridge-35-crop-low.jpg - 38.18 KbMany homeowners find it difficult to arrange furniture. The average person will line the walls with all the pieces, leaving a huge space in the middle of the room, causing it to look like an office waiting room. While this plan might work for bedrooms, it certainly makes for a boring and unimaginative space in other areas of the house.

The NoHo Business Improvement District (NoHo BID) and www.nohoartsdistrict.com teamed up to offer the NoHo Card free to all local residents and now is giving a free NoHo Card to anyone visiting the NoHo Arts District in North Hollywood.

This story will be familiar to many people. It deals with the difficult relationship between Mother and Daughter. Told through Jane and her Mother, who in death reaches her Daughter by leaving her in charge of finishing her novel. Jane (Joanna Kalafatis) is emotionally closed and not in sync with her Mother’s feelings about life. There is a resentment that comes from Jane towards Mom (Mary Burkin ), the voice of wisdom, and she is not going to give in to Mom’s advice, who appears as a persistent ghost continually directing her how to handle her life and how to write the novel. Jane’s roommate Ali (Samantha Carro) is a perfect opposite and brought home the differences in the two girls.

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the bridge club nohoWest Coast Premiere

Presented by Simon Productions
Writer: Richard Raskind
Director: Mike Sabatino

Opening Weekend Shows:
Friday, April 20 at 8pm (Talkback after show)
Saturday, April 21 at 2:30pm (Talkback after show)
Saturday, April 21 at 8pm (Talkback after show)
Sunday, April 22, at 2:30pm (Talkback after show)

Friday, April 20 – Sunday, May 13
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2:30pm
Sunday at 7pm (except opening weekend)

Show Tickets:
Opening Night April 20 - $34
General Admission all other performances - $25

Gala Package Opening Weekend: $25 ticket add-on includes pre-play dinner reception & mingle with the playwright 1hr. prior to curtain

Buy Tickets/Information: www.plays411.com/bridgeclub or (323) 960-7711

Where: Deaf West Theatre 5112 Lankershim Boulevard North Hollywood 91601
Parking: Metered parking on Lankershim & on Magnolia until 6pm; best free parking on sidestreets west of Lankershim Blvd. (please read all parking signage)
Running Time: 120 minutes (plus one intermission)

THE BRIDGE CLUB West Coast Premiere at Deaf West Theatre
Richard Raskind’s “The Bridge Club” directed by Mike Sabatino, produced by Simon Productions, will have its West Coast Premiere Friday, April 20 through Sunday, May 13 at the Deaf West Theatre in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.

Set on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a despairing man parks his car and considers the waters below, only to find a mouthy, opinionated young woman already on the edge. These two discover what, if anything, is worth living for. This art imitates life story offers suspense, mystery, and a surprising touch of humor.

Cast features Christopher Franciosa, Shelly Kurtz, Nancy Dobbs Owen, Vesna Tolomanoska, and Andrew Villarreal.


RICHARD RASKIND (Playwright) hails from the Boston area, which makes him a diehard Red Sox fan. He attended but did not graduate from Tufts University. Richard got his start in radio comedy, where a Tufts man – Tommy Hadges – donated studio time at WBCN in Boston for Richard to put together a network of eight radio stations for his comedy sketches. Three live cabaret style shows followed – the “Nothin” show, the long-running “Nothin Special,” and “Portland’s a Piece a Cake.” Later, Richard wrote for many television shows, both comedies and dramas, and contributed famous episodes for such shows as “Family Ties,” “Coach,” “Hart to Hart,” “Hunter,” “Scarecrow & Mrs. King,” “Webster,” “Fantasy Island,” “Roc,” “Crazy Like a Fox,” and “E.R.” Richard’s play “Newtonville Weekly” was staged at the Court Theater in Los Angeles, where it captured three DramaLogue Awards. He has since created a new body of work, beginning with the “The Bridge Club” which premiered on the main stage of the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia, May 2011, where it was a ‘Critics Choice’ of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

MIKE SABATINO (Director) started his career in front of the camera as an actor and stuntman. His years of film and TV acting credits include numerous Guest Star and Co-Star roles. Mike is perhaps best known for his 11 year recurring role as Officer Martelli on the hit TV series NYPD -BLUE. After directing a series of short films, Mike came back to the stage with his original play “Honor The Badge” which recently premiered at The Crown City Theater in North Hollywood. Future projects include his original plays “Heaven Sent” and “Wedding Vows” to be produced late 2012.


CHRISTOPHER FRANCIOSA (Jack) was recently seen at The Odyssey Theatre in Shaw’s Misalliance and Off-Broadway at The Mint Theatre in The Charity That Began at Home. Although being Darth Vader on Chapelle’s Show was pretty fantastic, his favorite Regional theater credits include Antony & Cleopatra with Mercedes Ruehl at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Camino Real with Eli Wallach at The Actor’s Studio, Dan in Closer at The Hippodrome Theatre, Treplev in The Seagull, Tom Joad in Grapes of Wrath, Ellard in The Foreigner, Banquo in Macbeth, Trinculo in The Tempest, and all the male roles in The Trojan Women. A playwright as well, Christopher has had numerous productions of his works all over the U.S. and was a member of the Warner Bros. TV Writing Workshop.

SHELLY KURTZ (Harold) Shelly’s last show was NEW JERUSALEM. Before that he was seen in COUNTER MEN, COME SUNDOWN, BROOKLYN USA, DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER, LAND OF THE TIGERS, WIT, MOLLY SWEENY, TWENTIETH CENTURY, AMY’S VIEW, SIMCHA, A SLIGHT ACHE, and many too numerous to mention. His most recent film work has been major roles in MANDOULA, THE SPHERE, THE LEPIDOCTOR, and the futuristic film/pilot THE GUNRUNNER BILLY KANE. Shelly played Coach Sanderson in the award- winning feature JUMPING FOR JOY and Feliksas in MIRIAM. He has starred and guest-starred on many television shows such as DALLAS, THE NEW LASSIE, HILL STREET BLUES, HUNTER, FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES, THE OLDEST ROOKIE and recurred as Detective Pete Reynolds on KNOT’S LANDING.

NANCY DOBBS OWEN (Sue) Nancy’s credits include National Theater: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. LA Theater: The Limitations of Genetic Technology at Theatre of Note, Sweeney Todd at the Production Company plus productions at The Alex Theater, The Hudson Theater, The Santa Monica Playhouse and The Met Theatre. Numerous independent films and national commercials. Other regional theater: American Musical Theatre of San Jose, The Magic Theater, 42nd St. Moon and Berkeley Opera. LA choreography: Theatre of Note, Sight Unseen Theatre, the Production Company, Santa Monica Playhouse and the Hudson Theater. She also choreographed the new video "YoSe" for the band Pie. Nancy is a dance faculty member at Gabriella Charter School, The Performing Arts Center, Centre Stage Dance, and Synthesis Dance Center.

VESNA TOLOMANOSKA (Ginny) was recently seen in the role of Vera in Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at the Lonny Chapman Theatre, and as ‘Vivi’ in LE TIC TOC CABERET at the Edgemar Theatre. She was born in Macedonia and was raised in New Jersey, where as a teen she toured with a Macedonian folk dance company. Vesna studied at the (AMDA) in New York City. www.vesnatolomanoska@yahoo.com

ANDREW VILLARREAL (Sebastian) was recently seen in Carol’s Christmas under the direction of Steven Helgoth at The Underground Theatre. Notable theatre credits include Hal in Nicky Silver’s Three Changes under the direction of Sandy Martin, and El-Fayoumy in Stephen Adley Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot under the direction of Joe Garcia at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Villarreal has also portrayed Nick in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Harold Dobbs in David Auburn’s Proof in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. Villarreal is the proud recipient of the Santa Monica Theatre Guild’s Geoffery Award for Best Actor as Alan Strang in Equus at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre directed by Madeleine Dahm.

We have all heard that the San Fernando Valley is a cultural wasteland. Well maybe they should go to the West Valley and see a theatre production at Los Angeles Pierce College. Nohoartsdistrict.com's theatre reviewers continue to be thrilled with the college's productions. It takes a team of talented professionals to produce good theatre. Today, we are interviewing Michael Sande, Pierce College's Theatre Manager and the "glue" behind the scenes.

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The Relay For Life of Studio City‐North Hollywood will be held on May 19‐20, 2012 at Walter Reed Junior High School. Teams of 5-20 people create a relay by taking turns walking, running, or strolling around the school track for 24 consecutive hours. Participants will camp out with family and friends, enjoying music, entertainment, food, and friendship while building team spirit to help in the fight against cancer. The event’s 24 hours symbolize the difficulties cancer patients can face in just one 24‐hour period.

mylittlebrother have released their emotion filled EP ‘Nosedive’. It is a is very Beatle-esque bunch of songs, letting the listener become immediately familiar with its tone and sound. The band have taken their influences, added their own style and have created something not to be taken lightly. What makes it even better is that it isn't only one style, at times it can come across slightly folksy adding a more poetic side to the songs.

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In an eclectic and diverse community like North Hollywood, there are many times where one might be overwhelmed by all the prospects, events and good times to be had, but what many often find underwhelming is the lack of resources highlighting these events.

written & directed by Jon Cellini
Victory Theatre
through December 3

Webster defines harbor as shelter, refuge... for boats, of course... but the meaning may be extended to include human beings, in regard to harboring - holding onto - feelings, emotions. When Tommy (Matthew Lillard) accuses his ex-wife Jules (Mary Thornton Brown) of "harboring sh-- and never letting go", he places the initial blame for their breakup on her, excusing his own weaknesses and lack of commitment. The connection between Tommy and Jules is but one of the relationships explored in Jon Cellini's engrossing new play Harbor onstage at the Big Victory until December 3.

Jules is seeing Saul (Grinnell Morris), a successful scientist who is crazy about her, but she, for a multitude of reasons, just cannot commit. Then there's Jules' dad, with whom she was quite close (Bob Rumnock; role shared with John C. McLaughlin), who has just passed away. Jules and her sister DeeDee (Luka Lyman) are still grieving, each in her own way. Then there's DeeDee's marriage to loyal Ronnie (P J Marino), which seems the happiest of the lot. There's also Tommy's new wife Christie (Zibby Allen), the complete opposite of Jules in so many ways. She's less sophisticated, to be sure, but warm, caring and easy to get to know and like, as she refuses to hold on to negativity - unlike Jules. Finally there's Justin (Matthew Gardner), Jules' and Tommy's teenage son, trying to deal with his own set of issues as well as to make sense of all the adult turmoil around him. But wait, this is a dramedy, and there are many comic moments to lighten things up.

Cellini has created a very enjoyable evening of theatre in which the main issue is Jules' relationship with Tommy. Despite their divorce, when they come together, sparks fly, both negative and positive. An attraction remains that both must deal with. For Jules who is also dealing with the loss of her father, her father's will - in which Tommy was named inherited owner of his boats, Justin's angst and Saul's moving in on her much too quickly - well, the stress is more than she can bear. There is a great sense of humor within the dialogue, some delightful characterizations, and an overall very realistic approach to the situations that make for a finely tuned play with great potential. My only qualm is that the play begins and ends with Jules. In the opening scene she sees her father before he dies and the closing scene is a fabrication in her mind in which the father and Tommy come together in a peaceful reconciliation. Does this mean that Jules' perspective dominates the entire play? Is it all to be judged subjectively from her viewpoint or is there an objective eye at work here? I see both, but it's not crystal clear if Cellini wants Jules in control of all that comes across, particularly in regard to Tommy's behavior.

Under Cellini's fast-moving direction, the entire cast glows. Brown is engaging from the first scene. She makes Jules real, complex, strong, yet vulnerable. Lillard is an electric presence on stage. He is tall and lanky, and carries himself well, even when he sits and stretches out for comfort. His volatility is intense, yet his tremendous humor makes Tommy's faults seem less affecting than his likability. He's like a big kid who never grew up. As to appealing, all of the actors put humane touches on the characters, making them totally pleasant company. Gardner, especially stands out, making Justin's maturation focused and perceptive.

Harbor's strengths outweigh its flaws, making it simultaneously absorbing and enjoyable to watch. One scene toward the end of Act I in which the whole ensemble play the game Celebrity is laugh-out-loud hilarious, showing without restraint the aggressively competitive nature of each and every player.

Great cast! Go see it through December 3 only!

4 out of 5 stars

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