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Pageant of the Masters Is Sheer Genius

July 7, 2012

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Attending a performance of the Pageant of the Masters each summer at the Irvine Bowl in the picturesque town of Laguna Beach is a tradition I always look forward to.  Every year I am captivated by the astoundingly accurate recreations of life-sized great works of art which magically appear on stage accompanied by live orchestral […]

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War Horse Gallops into the Ahmanson

July 5, 2012

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A human cast of more than 40 in addition to a cast of amazing life-sized equine puppets brought what was originally described as a children’s book to life on the Ahmanson stage of the Los Angeles Music Center.  The author, Michael Morpurgo disagrees.  He feels that the tale set during World War I in England […]

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Shades of Gray

June 12, 2012

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Shades of Gray — no not that book — it’s a new one man play written and performed by Tom Dugan — Robert E. Lee- Shades of Gray at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills.  Mr. Dugan, whose critically acclaimed one-man play, Nazi-Hunter — Simon Wiesenthal, is back bringing to life another perhaps misunderstood historical figure […]

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Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo Emerges Under the Big Top

January 21, 2012

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by Valerie Summers The iconic blue and yellow striped tent is back on the beach next to the Santa Monica Pier.  An excited crowd gathered  under the gigantic tent in anticipation of what was in store.  The newest Cirque du Soleil continues to amaze and delight audiences with its unique themes, amazing talent and comedy.  […]

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New & Spectacular Cirque Du Soliel Debuts in LA

September 26, 2011

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Cirque du Soliel has done it again!  Iris — A Journey Through the World of Cinema debuted last night at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre, home to the Oscars.  Appropriately named after that colorful part of the human eye which gathers light and enables vision as does the lens of a camera, Iris offers a salute to […]

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Having It All

March 15, 2011

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Five very talented actresses, well chosen not only for their voices but also their persona, make the story, Having It All,  that much more believable.   The scene is the waiting room at JFK airport where five strangers from various walks of life initially trapped together due to delay after delay, become intimate friends.  A […]

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Diavolo Opens Season at The Broad Stage

January 22, 2011

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The ten enormously talented and versatile men and women of Diavolo  had members of the audience holding our collective breath as we viewed their unique performance at the 2011 season opening of The Broad Stage.  The show combines  ballet, modern dance, gymnastics, martial arts and acrobatics enhanced by a dramatic musical score. Founded in Los […]

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Title of Show at Celebration Theatre

July 20, 2010

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Every seat in the casual, intimate Celebration Theatre in Hollywood was filled to capacity for the opening night (July 16) of the Los Angeles premiere of a new musical, “title of show.”  Fresh from Broadway, this unique musical is a show about making a musical created by and for people who love musicals, and the […]

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Will Geer Outdoor Theatre presents the story of Maria Callas in “Master Class”

July 14, 2010

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One of my favorite summer outings is enjoying theatrical entertainment in the rustic Will Geer Theatre Botanicum in Topanga.  Over the weekend I viewed a fascinating play about the famous opera diva Maria Callas in Master Class which I enjoyed at the Los Angeles Music Center more than a decade ago.  This was more a […]

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“The Lieutenant of Inishmore” Opens at The Mark Taper Forum

July 13, 2010

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Last night I attended the opening of a strikingly original black comedy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a blistering graphic satire with a moral message about violence, which closed with a standing ovation followed by a private party honoring the actors.  The play is set on a rocky Irish island where a hard-boiled terrorist considered too […]

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