• Woody Guthrie is Still Singin’

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    By John Farrell

    The Hollywood Fringe Festival is over for a year and no one could see everything. But there were moments, and the best, from our point of view, was Hard Travelin' with Woody Guthrie, a one-man show written and directed by Randy Noojin that was intimate, as simple as the music of American

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  • Shakespeare is Still Going Strong

    [gallery columns="3"] By John Farrell It's time for Shakespeare. For the 17th season Shakespeare by the Sea is presenting plays by the bard of Avon at Point Fermin Park for the next few weeks before going on tour to more than 20 sites around Southern California and then returning for their final performances in

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  • Picasso’s Women is one the best at the Fringe

    By John Farrell Picasso's Women: The Darker Side of Genius is a clever and thought-provoking look at the many women in Pablo Picasso's long, creative and troubled life. The event in question is a gathering of the surviving women from Picasso's life, brought together by Dora Maar with the idea of writing a book about them and how

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  • Last Confession

    [gallery columns="3"] By John Farrell Catholic or non-Catholic there is a fascination with the ancient rituals and modern politics of churches. When Dan Brown wrote The Da Vinci Code he tapped into that fascination and made millions. But that was, for all the web excitement that book generated, a book of fiction. The Last

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  • Better? Probably Not. Funny? You Bet

    By John Farrell Does Shakespeare need help? Better Than Shakespeare certainly thinks so. For its inaugural production Much Ado About Something they have taken Much Ado About Nothing, kept much of the comedy, and added an alien invasion to the mix, making a delightful interpretation of the play that uses much of Shakespear

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  • The Last Remnants of Cops, Robbers & Hollywood Cowboys: Small Scale but Fascinating 

    By John Farrell The Last Remnants of Cops, Robbers & Hollywood Cowboys doesn't depend on fancy theatrics for its considerable charm. Based on short stories by writer-director Tom Cavanaugh, the play has little action, with actors taking directly to the audience, sometimes sitting s

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  • A Gay Take on a Classic

    By John Farrell The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde's incredibly witty play about the antics of a couple of British gentlemen in love in the 1890's. It seems to be as heterosexual as a play could be, but re-imagined by Queer Classics and director Casey Kringlen it is just as delightful as a play about two

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  • The Fantasticks: A Delight, Now and Forever

    By John Farrell Before there were any Fringe Festivals — well before the first Edinburgh Fringe Festival — there were plays that should have been in a festival, plays that started small and grew big and successful. Perhaps the best representative of that sterling, but very limited class, is The Fantasticks, whic

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  • Fringe Fest Opening

    By John Farrell It's time again for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the celebration of all things theatrical that has become an annual rite for theater fans, for theater performers,  and for over-worked stage crews. It began officially on June 12 (though there were performances before that date) and closes on  Read More
  • Friends Like These Mixes Great Performances with Flawed Script

    [gallery columns="3"] By John Farrell Friends Like These is writer Gregory Crafts' visceral look at one group of students at a local high school who you know are doomed from the start. The play begins with reports of a mass shooting at the high school and the only question is “Who does the shooting?” In th

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