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ICT stages a surprisingly compelling two-actor play in Park Your Car in Harvard Yard

May 8, 2008

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By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts & Entertainment Editor Park Your Car in Harvard Yard is every bit as fine a dramatic two-actor play as The Gin Game or Visiting Mr. Green. I just wasn't familiar with it. No matter, as I love a surprise. You know, th...

Musical Theater West delights with the show-within-a-show The Andrews Brothers

May 1, 2008

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By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts and Entertainment Editor Sweet romance, soaring harmonies, and musical comedy so good your face will hurt from smiling ear to ear for two happy hours. That's what you get with The Andrews Brothers, Musical The...

Vicki’s View : Bunbury gives life to various unseen literary characters at the Long Beach Playhouse

April 24, 2008

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The Long Beach Playhouse has taken what could be both a giant leap and a swan dive with Bunbury, a flight of fancy that turns all of great literature on its ear. Based on a nonexistent “character" from my favorite play, Osc...

LB Playhouse has a ‘Picnic’ to remember

April 10, 2008

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By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts & Entertainment Editor It's amazing how a random unforeseen element can render what was more-or-less tolerable yesterday completely unacceptable today. In the case of William Inge's classic drama Picnic, that...

Vicki’s View: “Jest” sequel ranks second at the Long Beach Playhouse

March 13, 2008

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< By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts & Entertainment Editor “Jest a Second" stands on its own as a somewhat entertaining, if flawed, work of theater. But having seen its prequel “Beau Jest" at the Long Beach Playhouse last July, I think ...

Trattoria Limone offers inventive Italian fare

February 28, 2008

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Trattoria: an informal restaurant or tavern. Limone: lemon. I assure you Trattoria Limone is no lemon. Far from it. In fact, with its location on Orange Avenue, and a few blocks west of Cherry, the charming new upscale eatery is fast bec...

Playhouse finds cast fidelity with “The Constant Wife”

February 21, 2008

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By Vicki Paris Goodman As juicy as “The Importance of Being Earnest," and just as politically incorrect, is “The Constant Wife," W. Somerset Maugham's brilliantly clever play about men and women, marriage and fidelity. ...

International City Theatre delivers stunning no-holds-barred production of Cabaret

February 14, 2008

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By Vicki Paris Goodman It turns out “Cabaret" is more than a Liza Minnelli song fest owing its intensity to the threat of fascism looming over pre-WWII Berlin. There are indeed wonderful, moving, romantic subtleties that I n...

‘Little Footsteps’ brings hope and laughter to the audience at the Long Beach Playhouse

February 7, 2008

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Cold feet at the prospect of becoming a dad gets its airing every which way and then some in “Little Footsteps," playwright Ted Tally's cautious comedy about growing up, taking responsibility and choosing the right mate...or not. Read M...

Vicki’s View : Reality sets in at Anne Meara’s After-Play in Playhouse’s Studio

December 6, 2007

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What I liked most about After-Play, a surprisingly adept first playwriting endeavor by well-known comedienne Anne Meara, is the quality of her characters. They are at once recognizable and all too human. They are not at all evi...

Vicki’s View: Jersey Boys croons a musical history lesson

November 22, 2007

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By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts & Entertainment Editor Although I really liked Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, they weren't among my favorite groups way back when. Not even close. But when the curtain opened on Jersey Boys, the musi...

Vicki’s View : British comedy brings laughter and longing to ICT

November 1, 2007

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By Vicki Paris Goodman, Arts & Entertainment Editor Given my utter devotion to British comedy and my profound impatience for most full-length farce, I am presented here with the usual dilemma as to just how positive or n...

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