• Much Ado

    [gallery] By John Farrell It's a triumph, a superb, over-the-top, triumph. Much Ado About Nothing, at the Long Beach Playhouse's Mainstage Theater, deserves every critical accolade it gets, and more. It is lively from start to finish, lovely to look at, with superb costumes and a great design, and the fun of its cha

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  • Melville Boys

    [gallery] By John Farrell The Melville Boys is Canadian playwright Norm Foster's second work. Since then he has written a few more plays, more than 50 others in all, and has had more than 150 plays produced every year for 20 years (including plays at the Torrance Theater recently and at the Long Beach Playhouse). H

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    Feb. 28 Top Dog/Underdog Cal State Dominguez Hills Theatre and Danced Department has produced a Topdog/Underdog, a character study of two black men, at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28, March 1, 7 and 8, and at 2 p.m. March 2 and 9, at its Edison Theatre.

    Topdog/Underdog is a powerful play written by Af

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  • 39 Steps Turns Hitchcock’s Adventure into Comedy

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer Perhaps the first thing you need to know about The 39 Steps, is that Jeffrey Cannata, who plays the unflappable hero Richard Hannay, never has to change his costume, — not even once. The three other actors in the play hardly stay dressed the same for more than a few minutes at a

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  • Let’s Misbehave

    [gallery] By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer Some people just can't stop writing. Fifty years after his death Cole Porter, or someone writing for Porter, is still producing musicals in his name, with his delightful and witty lyrics and lively and memorable tunes. Let's Misbehave, which recently opened a three-week runs at

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  • Deathtrap Still Thrills

    [gallery] By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer Deathtrap has been done many times since it became the rage of Broadway. It was longest-running play in the early 80s. It also was a smash as a film, starring Christopher Reeve and Micheal Caine. If you haven't seen the Ira Levin comic thriller, you need to. The Long Beach Pl

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  • Hollywood Shorts

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer Hollywood Shorts is an evening of brief, energetic comic delights, put together by 19 actors and eight playwrights for eight short plays. These 29 people have won Emmy and Golden Globe awards and have been nominated for Oscars. The level of talent and imagination is on display two

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  • Pick of the Vine

    [gallery] By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer Little Fish Theatre continues a long (and a little heroic) tradition with Pick of the Vine: Season 12, their annual selection of the best of the hundreds of plays that are submitted to them every year. This year more than 600 plays were considered and winnowed down to

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  • San Pedro Takes Starring Role in Sunken City Film

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer

    Making its rounds in the Harbor Area is the independent film “Sunken City.”

    Locally, they screened the film at the Chowder Barge, a location site for the film, and at the San Pedro Brewing Co. They are hoping that these small screenings wi

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  • 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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