“Miravel, or The Promise of Alphonso Bloch” at Sacred Fools Theater Company

It’s an audacious undertaking, this thorny jazz musical; a love story wrapped up in a conundrum. “Miravel, or The Promise of Alphonso Bloch” – written by Jake Broder, with music and lyrics by Jake Broder, starring Jake Broder and featuring the amazing Jake Broder at the piano – draws a cue from Rostand’s “Cyrano” and … Continue reading “Miravel, or The Promise of Alphonso Bloch” at Sacred Fools Theater Company

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at Long Beach Shakespeare Company

The rightly revered poet, Dylan Thomas, famed for his unique way with words strung together with cunning juxtapositions of noun, adverb and adjective, has brightened Yuletide for decades now with his poetic prose piece “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” A reminiscence of a Christmas childhood in Swansea, Wales, the lyric work came to prominence with … Continue reading “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at Long Beach Shakespeare Company

“Julia Migenes Sings Kurt Weill” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Slim and elegant, Julia Migenes wafts onto the Odyssey stage, which is bare save for a baby grand, a chair, two or three crates and a ladder. She chats up the audience with easy self-effacing humor, then launches into the whys and wherefores of an evening of Kurt Weill songs. Establishing a warm rapport with … Continue reading “Julia Migenes Sings Kurt Weill” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Rogue Artists Ensemble’s “Wood Boy Dog Fish” at Bootleg Theater

To call Rogue Artists Ensemble’s “Wood Boy Dog Fish” a bold, multimedia extravanganza is entirely appropriate. It is a mélange of disciplines both onstage and off. To tell the story of Carlo Collodi’s “The Adventures of Pinocchio” in a new, adult oriented way, the production deploys a squadron of actors, artists, designers and technicians to … Continue reading Rogue Artists Ensemble’s “Wood Boy Dog Fish” at Bootleg Theater

“The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek” at The Fountain Theatre

In The Fountain Theatre’s production of Athol Fugard’s “The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek,” a West Coast premiere, the time is 1981 and the setting is an arid hillside in Mpumalanga Province, Union of South Africa. An old man and a young boy enter onto a dry, dirt-filled stage where stones have been painted in … Continue reading “The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek” at The Fountain Theatre