"Nosferatu, A Symphony In Terror" playing at Studio/Stage at Hollywood Fringe Festival through June 24.
A CARLIN HOME COMPANION - Growing Up with George
George Carlin was one of my favorite no, IS one of my favorite stand-up comedians of the last 4 decades. Seeing his only daughter, Kelly, relive her relationship with her father and mother was a show I would not have missed. Playing at the Falcon Theater in Burbank, it is a one-woman show that is very entertaining, enjoyable and a bit sad. Unbeknownst to me and probably most of the general public, George Carlin was not just a brilliant and talented entertainer; he was haunted with family secrets and troubles. Hiding under the cleverness of his near perfect routines, Kelly saw the truth but went along with the charade anyway. This show is her homage to him and her family while finding her own path to happiness.
The Colony Theater in Burbank is currently showcasing a wonderful play called Blame It On Beckett, written by Jon Morogiello. This is a production that should not be missed. The acting is superb and the story is crafted so wonderfully that the audience is in it for all the right reasons. The storyline centers around four individuals that intersect backstage at a non-profit theater, with each one trying to push ahead in this unorganized and chaotic world. But that is too simple a description of this complex yet easily understood work. Playwright Morogiello deftly crafts the characters exposing a nastier, unkind and manipulative side with humor and cunning banter.