• LB Playhouse’s A Christmas Carol: Airy, Ghostly Version

    [gallery] By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer Cynics would say that Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol is done to death every December. Cynics (including this reviewer) have seen A Christmas Carol so often that, when an actor goes up on his lines we feel the urge to shout out the words for him. We have them engrave

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  • Theater

    December 20 The Nutcracker The South Bay Ballet presents The Nutcracker at 7 p.m., Dec. 20. The narrative is of a grandma who tells a story of a young girl on Christmas Eve, dreaming a lush and vivid fantasy of her faithful Nutcracker prince. The play will also be showing at 2 p.m., Dec. 21 and 22. De

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  • In the Heights

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    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    In the Heights, the Tony-winning musical about a mostly-Dominican neighborhood in New York's Washington Heights, fits physically almost exactly into the Boyle Height's neighborhood where it is running at Casa 0101 Theatre. Read More

  • THEATER

    Dec. 6
    Reel Rockumentaries: Gimme Shelter
    Enjoy a concert film of Gimme Shelter¸ starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 6, at The Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.
    Capturing theStones fateful Altamont concert, this documentary shows the Stones in their prime yet struck by the violence at the tragic free co

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  • The Magic Flute

     

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    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    When the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is full, it's a dynamic place to be.

    When it is empty, it is very different. The hall is echoingly empty, as a recent tech rehearsal, the first ever open to the press (or so it was said) proved.

    When t

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  • Hamlet Performed with Grace, Neatness

    [gallery] By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    It takes guts to present Shakespeare's Hamlet, a play that is both a daunting challenge and one of the finest works in the English language. It takes even more courage to present it as your first local performance. TE S

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  • New Arts Council President Adds an Edge to the Long Beach Establishment, Says Changes Are Coming

    [portfolio_slideshow id=5359] By Greggory Moore It didn't take long for Marco Schindelmann to become immersed in the Long Beach arts scene. In 2005, one year after stumbling across the first iteration of SoundWalk, Schindelmann was a participant in the annual event, filling the Grand Salon of the Cooper Arms with a five-hour sound installatio

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  • Avenue Q: Message within Joke

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer If you don't get the fun in Avenue Q, then you probably haven't seen television for about 40 years or so. But if you are of the generation that was reared on Sesame Street or reared children or grandchildren on Miss Piggy (she has to be mentioned f

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  • 3rd Annual Brown and Out Festival Has Changed for the Better

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    Eight original short plays featured at the 3rd annual Brown & Out Festival reflect the Supreme Court decision that made marriage equality for same-sex couples legal in California. Instead of angst from the inability to wed, a couple of the eight new plays featured at the fest

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  • Sin Is In The Air

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer There is a beauty in flying over the homes from the sky of the San Francisco Bay Area. But for Avery, (Christine Cummings,) the reporter who sees the city from the air every day, everything else in her life is in doubt. In Wendy Macleod's Sin, set on the weekend of the Loma Prieta earthquake

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