Reviews for North Hollywood Theatres, Burbank Theatres and shows now playing in Los Angeles and Hollywood theatres. Theatres include: Los Angeles Valley College, J.E.T. Studios, El Portal Theatre, Actors Forum Theatre, Road Theatre, ZJU, and many more.
If a trip to the snow queen is on your schedule of things to do this holiday season, then make your way to the Troubadour Theater Company’s production of “The Snow Queen” at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank running through January 18th.
A Santasia Line - Rusty Locke Lon Gowan Richard Lee Warren Andrew J. Hillis Shaun Loeser photo Michael Duisenberg
Loser Kids Productions presents
“SANTASIA – A HOLIDAY COMEDY”
Directed by Shaun Loeser
Ho Ho Ho!!! It’s a “SANTASIA - A HOLIDAY COMEDY” kind of Christmas, and the gang is back for all the hilarity, merriment, mirth and joyful fun that only SANTASIA can bring to each and every one of us. This is the 15th season of this wacky and wonderful, fun and frolic by our favorite group of comedians.
As Sally Bowles in the Pierce College production of “Cabaret”, Michelle Hallbauer executes her most nimble moves in scenes of pure dialogue, without musical accompaniment. When speaking to Cliff Bradshaw (Michael Beck), Sally’s overmatched lover, Hallbauer at various times spins, struts, strides and twirls. For this Sally, not only is all the world a stage, she intends to use every inch of it.
The Dysfunctional Family Christmas show now playing at the BrickHouse Theater in NoHo is a hoot! It has silly humor, slapstick action and just the right amount of politically incorrectness to make you smile. Just like the title says, this is about a dysfunctional family gathering at Christmas. What ensues is a circus of over the top silliness mixed with mostly clever jokes, sexual innuendos, and one missing body.
If you need a real Christmas Fix, Don't miss “Scrooge, The Musical” at the Big Oak Theatre in Chatsworth. The musical is adapted from the Dicken’s classic, "Christmas Carol." This family holiday favorite transports you to 1860’s London to witness the transformation of “rotten old Scrooge.” What makes this theatre experience unique is the location. The theatre stands in a rustic farm setting that included some of the friendliest roosters and hens. I couldn't believe I was still in the city of LA.
Charlotte Cohn and Tyler Pierce star in the Colony Theatre Company's West Coast premiere production of HANDLE WITH CARE, written by Jason Odell Williams and directed by Karen Carpenter and now playing at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.
If a relationship between two lonely people in a seedy motel room interests you, run don’t walk to the Colony Theatre’s production of the West Coast Premiere of Jason Odell Williams’ “Handle With Care” running through December 14th in Burbank.
The story of an Israeli woman with little command of the English language meeting a man still grieving over the death of his wife in a car crash in a small motel room in Goodview,Virginia on Christmas Eve, 2008, this tale of love found in the most absurd of places ravages the heart and heals the soul.
Presented by Jamaica Moon Productions and GGC Players.
Written by Joyce Carol Oates
Directed by Gloria Gifford
I am ashamed to say that I have not read anything by Joyce Carol Oates, something I will strive to rectify after seeing this quite extraordinary play.
If you’re a fan of pop hits from the 1970s and 1980s, the songs in “Serial Killer Barbie” will seem like a dream weekend on an oldies radio station. Composer Nickella Moschetti has written several numbers for the world premiere musical, now at the NoHo Arts Center, with the pleasant bounce and instantly satisfying melodies that sold millions in their day.
John and Jen a two act musical by Andrew Lippa is presented by Sugar Fix Productions at the Secret Rose Theatre. The play spans the period of four decades from 1952 through 1990.
John and Jen begins with the stories of Jen (Ann Villella), a young girl who throughout the 50’s and 60’s loves and protects her younger brother John from an abusive father. Later claiming her own freedom, she leaves home and her younger brother becoming as she becomes an anti-war activist, a hippie, and indulges in drugs.
So You Want to be a Vampire - The Eclectic Theatre Company
Written by Marni L.B. Troop
Directed by Natasha Troop
Produced by Natasha Troop & Erin Treanor
Associate Producer Rochelle Perry
Well, it is Halloween, which is coincidentally my birthday, so it is to be expected, nay even hoped for that the theatres of NoHo are full of horror, gore and scary stuff.
‘So You Want to be a Vampire’, written by local writer Marni L.B. Troop definitely fits the bill!