The Signal Tribune newspaper

Blythe Spirit spoofs the occult and its believers

July 24, 2008

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By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts and Entertainment Editor The Long Beach Playhouse's new production of Noel Coward's comedy Blithe Spirit is a chuckle a minute...at least. A scathing yet good-hearted spoof on the occult, and presumab...

‘Of Mice and Men’ brought to life at LB Playhouse

July 17, 2008

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By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts and Entertainment Editor With his classic drama Of Mice and Men, playwright John Steinbeck certainly provided all the expressive power and explosive emotion any theater's production staff could ask fo...

‘Gift of Murder’ amounts to gift of gab at LB Playhouse

May 21, 2008

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By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts and Entertainment Editor The morning after I saw Gift of Murder I'm having trouble remembering its story. Come to think of it, I don't really think it had much of a story. But I liked it. And since Gi...

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...

‘Good Night Mrs. Puffin”s precognitive title character a fascinating intruder at Playhouse

November 8, 2007

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By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts & Entertainment Editor I think the title character of Good Night Mrs. Puffin could be one of the great literary characters of all time. Given the right time, place, genre or marketing, as well as the...

Playhouse’s ‘Crimes’ touches the heart

October 25, 2007

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By Neena Strichart Publisher Knowing I was going to see what was billed by the Long Beach Playhouse as a “Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece" put me on my best behavior as an audience member. Such great expectations of the studio theatre's Cri...

Long Beach Playhouse keeps its ‘Cabaret’ clean

October 4, 2007

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The Long Beach Playhouse is adding a new act to their Sunday Cabaret Series. Premiering Sunday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. and performing every first Sunday of the month is “Clean Comedy Showcase," a live comedic show that is suitable...

‘Private Lives’ has situations that predate modern sitcoms

August 30, 2007

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By Vicki Paris Goodman, Arts & Entertainment Editor At once far-fetched and bursting with realism, Noel Coward's Private Lives takes its audience to a place that feels all too familiar. I mean, how likely is it that a divorc...

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