Theatre Reviews (296)

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, Madrid Theatre, ZJU, and many more.

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William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” storms onto the T.U. Studio stage. This classic romantic comedy is an exhilarating evening with ship wrecks, magic, spirits and monsters, young love, drunken fools, sword play, political conspiracy, betrayal and forgiveness? A Jamaica Moon Production presents, what is said to be Shakespeare’s swan song. This performance is a “No Fear Shakespeare” The Tempest adaptation by John Crowther, (simply said this is an abridged version that has been translated into current day English and blended with original text).

“The Tempest” central figure is deposed Duke Prospero, (Robert May), who has been marooned for a dozen years on an enchanted island with Miranda, (Lauren Plaxco) his young daughter. During his exile, Prospero, a student turned master of sorcery, captured two magical island creatures; a spirit Ariel (Lucy Walsh) and the monstrous son of a witch Caliban (Francis Lansang).

Enlisting his supernatural powers and the aid of his enchanted captive, Prospero is able to bring to the island the enemies who had betrayed him; among them his traitorous brother Antonio, (Glenn Fancher), who seized his position, and Alonso, (Jeff Hamasaki Brown) the King of Naples, who aided in the takeover, and Ferdinand (Chad Doreck), the son of Alonso, who falls in love with Miranda.

Once his enemies are delivered, allowing him to to exact his revenge, he chooses not kill or harm them, though he does use his power to teach them a lesson or two. Instead it is revealed that Prospero’s intent is forgiveness. In the end, love prevails, those enslaved are freed, Prospero is able to return to his Dukedom, and good triumphs over evil.

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With laughter and merriment throughout, there were several stand-out performances. Lucy Walsh’s Ariel as a light airy spirit was magnetic. She quivers with fear, dances with glee, bounds into action, and blends imperceptibly as though she were born a spirit.

Francis Lansang’s Caliban was enthralling. His body contorted, face distorted, Francis manages to compassionately give Caliban a soul.

Justin Truesdale’s Stephano and Alex Miller’s Trinculo are an amusing duo well deserving of the laughter and applause garnered by their wild and crazy performances.

Director Gloria Gifford has once again skilfully brought classic theatre to the masses, she is worthy of acclaim.

For an enchanted evening, see William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” This performance is entertainment for both the Shakespearian connoisseur, and the nouveau alike.

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Robert May (l.), Chad Doreck, Lauren Plaxco, Otari Daneliya, Kevin Ferris, Billy Budinich
Lucy Walsh (l.), Jeff Brown, Christian Maltez, Glenn Fancher.

 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 07:09

Theatre Review - WITHOUT ANNETTE

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The World Premiere Comedy

WITHOUT ANNETTE

Created & Written by Hope Juber & Jeff Doucette

Directed by Jeff Doucette
Produced by Laurence Juber for Juber Productions & Gabrieal Griego, Green Door Productions

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(left to right): Mark Beltzman, Julia Morizawa, and Kersten Haile

It isn’t every day that we are fortunate to see the world premiere of a new comedy, and it’s even less frequent that we get to see a GREAT world premiere comedy. WITHOUT ANNETTE is that great World Premiere Comedy.

SOLOFEST at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks is an experience. If you have never seen any of its performances there during its 3 week run of talent, please do not miss it next time.

Monday, 23 June 2014 08:34

Theatre Review - ABBAMEMNON

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Falcon Theatre PRESENTS
Troubadour Theater Company’s

ABBAMEMNON

Directed by Matt Walker

The Troubies are back at The Falcon. The Ovation Award–winning Troubadour Theater Company, that is. This time we are fortunate to have the Troubies trademark talented “silliness” in ABBAMEMNON, directed by Matt Walker, where we are transported into the Greek tragedy world of the “Malibuians” and the sibling rivalry between ABBAMEMNON, King of Malibu (Matt Walker), and Menelaus, ABBAMEMNON’s brother (Jason Turner).

If you are interested in a play about the interweaving of relationships in a very dramatic family, look no further than the Geffen Playhouse and Manhattan Theatre Club's co- production of Donald Margulies’ “The Country House” at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood running through July 13th.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 16:30

Theatre Review - Lear

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If you are interested in a play about a Queen and her relationship with her three sons, make your way to William Shakespeare’s “Lear” at Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga running through September 28th.

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“Marital Blissters” a series of three - one act comedies is a laugh insurgence. “Raising Kids It Ain’t Easy”, by Thaine Allison, “Chance Meeting”, by Frederick Stroppel, and “Central Park West” by Woody Allen, are presented by The Vagabond Players Theatre Company at the Sherry Theatre, June 6th through June 28th.

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If you are interested in Neil Diamond and his music, run don’t walk to the 3,000 Miles Off Broadway Productions production of “Hot August Night! A Tribute to Neil Diamond” at The Monroe/ Forum Theatre at The El Portal Theatre in the NoHo Arts District running through June 15th.

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The experience of watching good acting, interesting storytelling, and perfect staging, has all come together at the Road Theatre on Magnolia in’"Flower Duet."

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 06:58

Theatre Review - Death of the Author

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J. Trumbull Sykes (Orson Bean), the brilliant English professor in Steven Drukman’s “Death of the Author,” having its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse, is a lapsed post-modernist. On the brink of retiring, Sykes now disavows his earlier belief, expressed in hugely influential articles and books, that meaning inside the text is subjective.

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