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Theatre review: Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s Antony and Cleopatra

March 6, 2015

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Heidi Nye Culture Writer Pirates. Exotic dancers. Buff men in gladiator costumes. Sounds like a wild Hollywood party. But, no, it's Antony and Cleopatra, playing at the Richard Goad Theatre through March 21. Set in ancient...

Theatre review Musical Theatre West’s South Pacific

February 20, 2015

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Heidi Nye Culture Writer South Pacific, a tale of cross-cultural love, is as moving and relevant today in Musical Theatre West's production as it was when it was first performed in 1949. Set on a tropical isle that seems...

Theatre review: The Last Lifeboat at Claire Trevor School of the Arts

December 1, 2014

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Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Is there more to the sinking of the Titanic than we've been told? Have we been misled by the usual account depicted in books, newspaper articles and movies covering the tragic event? The astonishing...

Theatre review: Cal Rep’s The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

November 21, 2014

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Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Though he is likely best recognized as an actor who specializes in portraying mildly campy, but nuanced, female characters in a handful of independent films, Charles Busch has penned a number of plays, especially the off-off-Broadwa...

Theatre review: Arms and the Man at Long Beach Playhouse

November 14, 2014

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Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Am I slow? I thought I was thoroughly ready to see Arms and the Man for a second time, the first being 12 years ago. But the play has so much going on that once again I feel I missed a lot. It's not that the action shifts about...

Theatre review: The 39 Steps at Long Beach Playhouse

October 10, 2014

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Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer The 1935-made movie The 39 Steps was the first of Alfred Hitchcock's films to gain wide attention here in the US. It was a fast-paced dramatic thriller, serious in tone and story line while farcical in its intensity and ...

Theatre review: Merrily We Roll Along at Cal State Long Beach Studio Theatre

October 10, 2014

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Heidi Nye Culture Writer Merrily We Roll Along, playing through Oct. 12 at the Studio Theatre on the Cal State Long Beach campus, concerns Frank Shepard, a financially successful but personally bankrupt Hollywood mogul. Based on the 1934 play b...

Theatre review: Twelfth Night at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre

September 12, 2014

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Heidi Nye Culture Writer Twelfth Night, playing through Oct. 4 at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, includes the standard fare of Shakespearean comedies: men in tights, mistaken identities, unrequited love and cross-dressing. In this ta...

Theatre review: Trying at International City Theatre

September 5, 2014

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Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer When it comes to being civil to others, it seems some people must try. Perhaps a sort of “Scrooge complex" could be the individual's natural condition, or a bad reaction to life's “curves." In the cas...

Theatre review: Fiddler on the Roof at Long Beach Playhouse

July 18, 2014

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Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer The Long Beach Playhouse doesn't attempt major musical productions very often, but I don't know why not. Whenever in recent memory the venerable community theater has done so, it has met with success. But there is no denying that a mu...

Theatre review: Other Desert Cities at ICT

June 13, 2014

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Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Our “reality" often amounts to little more than what others want us to know. Hence, authors of non-fiction must verify facts, and stick to the facts, or risk distorting truth beyond recognition. But what of writers of personal mem...

Theatre review: Night and Her Stars at the Garage Theatre

June 6, 2014

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Heidi Nye Culture Writer If you could make a lot of money doing something that is not illegal but of questionable ethics, would you do it? That is the $64,000 question posed in Night and Her Stars, playing through June 28 at the Garage Theatre. Inspired by the quiz-show...

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