• RLn THEATER Calendar: Aug. 15, 2014

    Aug. 17 Busker Alley Musical Theatre West's Reiner Staged Reading Series presents Busker Alley, starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 17, at Cal State Long Beach’s University Theatre. The one-night-only show marks the first time in 18 years the show will be presented in Southern California. Directed by the show's original

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  • Time Stands Still is Current, Timeless

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    By John Farrell

    Time Stands Still is a fable of our times, a fable of our times set in New York. The play gives a knowing view of how war affects lives, even if that war is at a distance and even if the people involved are reporters and not soldie

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  • Man of La Mancha is Less Than a Delight

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    By John Farrell

    Man of La Mancha is the second offering of the new San Pedro Theatre Club. Its first, Cabaret, was extended three weeks after critical acclaim. Man of La Mancha is an interesting, sometimes even compelling, production, but it also has more

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  • RLn THEATER: Aug. 5, 2014

    Aug. 15 Flyin’ West Flyin’ West lands for three weekends in August in celebration of CSU Dominguez Hills’ Black Theatre Program’s 15th anniversary. Set in 1898 in the era of reconstruction following the Civil War, “Flyin’ West” is the story of four African American female pionee

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  • Four Clowns Take the Bible to the Beach

    By John Farrell Can anything be better than a relaxing afternoon at the beach? How about a relaxing afternoon at the beach and an intriguing and original play, thrown in for free? That's what Four Clowns, the very successful LA-based acting company, is offering through at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica. The Anne

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  • 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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