Until Sherlock Through the Looking-Glass, I was worried that Benedict Cumberbatch, the embodiment of the impish genius in the latest BBC series, had ruined me for all future incarnations of the detective world’s most interesting mega-geek. Rest assured that Kevin Stidham’s brilliant performance in the title role of the Porters of Hellsgate’s production made me realize there is clearly more than one man for the job.
“Suburban Showgirl Is a Wonderful One-Woman Journey of Dance, Music and Song!”
“Zombie Joe’s Makes The Brothers Grimm Proud”
“Scanty, Snappy and Fun! The Owl and The Pussycat!”
"The Owl and the Pussycat" is based on a play by Bill Manhoff and more popularized by a screenplay written by Buck Henry for George Segal and Barbara Streisand in 1970. It has always been a fun story of a ‘cat’n’mouse’ dynamic between two very different people and there is no better play about when opposites attract each other.
In staging "Macbeth" for the Antaeus Company, director Jessica Kubzansky offers a different explanation for the title character's swift transformation from hero to murderer; profound grief. Neither the scheming of the witches (Fran Bennett, Susan Boyd Joyce, and Elizabeth Swain) nor his own previously disguised lust for power finally prompts this Macbeth (Bo Foxworth) to turn evil, but the unbearable pain of having lost an infant child.
The Colony Theatre Company Presents
The Colony Theatre presents its sixth and final production of its fantastic 37th season with the rollicking musical comedy DAMES AT SEA, the delightful parody of the lavish 1930’s musical extravaganzas of director Busby Berkeley. For anyone who enjoys musical comedies, loads of fantastic tap dancing, boundless energy and enthusiasm, song and dance numbers galore, then you will LOVE this wonderful show.
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group Presents
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group
4850 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Showing through December 30th
Fridays at 11pm
Reservations (818) 202-4120
It's that time of year when you untangle the Christmas lights, shop too much, eat too much, and enjoy life too much. I know-- there's no way to enjoy life "too much", but you can get pretty close in the NOHO Arts District. Need a push to get into the Christmas spirit? No problem, just check out Zombie Joe's "Christmas Thrills and High Adventures". It's a Christmas gift you must not miss.
Photo by Zombie Joe
Richard Nathan has wrapped up a delightful package of short holiday plays and songs. This sexy, zany, whacky collection of shorts spans Elizabethan times through sci-fi space travel. Denise Devin has directed (and creatively costumed) another batch of high-octane musical numbers and yule-tide fun.
Katherine Bowman sings "Santa Baby" with the full company in dance mode. Kevin Michael Shiley heads up a "Film Noir"- style detective caper. Zargots the Strong, and Floop the Clever discover the magic of Christmas in a mind-twisting fantasy. If you're up for a rootin'-tootin' western Christmas, Marshall John Stone, Gunman of the West will fill the bill; it's hard to not giggle at a mix of guns and yule-tide comedy. Need your buckle swhashed? "A Pirate Christmas with Captain Broderick Reef" will have you rolling around on the deck with laughs.
The full company provides a real show-stopper: Adam Sandler's outrageous "Chanukah Song" proves that there are many ways to rhyme with "Chanukah"
Of course, no Zombie Joe presentation would seem complete without vampires and werewolfs; and you won't be disappointed with "A Playhouse of the Damned Christmas".
In fact you won't be disappointed by anything during this hour of laugh-filled, cheerful Christmas joy. Arouse your yule-tide spirit at 11pm on Fridays through December 30th. It's a perfect aperitif after an evening out in the NOHO Arts District.
“The Tempest “ by William Shakespeare at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group.
There are more than 20 theatres on the NohoArstDistrict.com Theatre grid.
More than 80 percent are in a one-square-mile radius in the NoHo Arts District. You can drive around Lankershim and Magnolia and clearly see the playhouses with bright marquees. There are however several other hidden away theatres that you would not know where even there, unless you already knew, or were told by a friend.
Photo by Denise Devin.
What?!? Shakespeare at Zombie Joe's? That's right!
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group presents their fast-paced, high-impact production of Shakespeare's passionate tragedy, about two star-cross'd lovers whose untimely deaths unite their feuding families. Directed by Denise Devin.
FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS @ 8:30p
AUGUST 19 - OCTOBER 8, 2011
ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
Reservations: (818) 202- 4120
There is nothing "underground" about this production. Zombie Joe's production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a classic theatrical take on this heart-wrenching story. Presented in a mode reminiscent of the small troops of actors that traveled from town to town to perform for the regular folks in the town square, this production has no sets, or fancy lighting. What it does offer is eleven seasoned and very accomplished actors, in beautifully designed costumes, in a minimalist black limbo setting, performing Shakespeare's work with all the intensity and passion you would expect. The show is fast-paced, the eloquent language flowing with poetic meter and quick tempo. Romeo and Juliet's passion is palpable, the love scenes erotic, and the stresses it causes in the two feuding families is vividly presented as the tragedy unfolds. The swordplay was very believable, blood and all, as director Denise Devin saw to it that all the action was as refined as the poetic delivery of the classic language.
Shakespeare is the "holy grail" of acting. The classical music of the theatre. Only the best and most experienced actors can pull this off. They do so here with excellence. This intimate production is perfect for the theatre-goer who wants to "get" Shakespeare.
There is not one moment of boredom or ho-hum here. The fast-paced, tight production does justice to Shakespeare, and proves that Zombie Joe's Group, as wild and crazy as it likes to be, can be serious and masterful as well.
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