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Father Brown Solves Mysteries

Published on April 5th, 2013 | by RLn Staff

By John Farrell, Contributing Theater Columnist The Innocence of Father Brown is not long on production values but it is big on words and thoughts. The program describes Father Brown, the detective created by G. K. Chesterton [&hellip... Read More


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Food Takes the Center Stage

Published on April 5th, 2013 | by RLn Staff

By John Farrell, Theater Column Contributor School is about education, about learning and achieving. It’s also about eating. As Bertolt Brecht put it trenchantly: “Food first.” So it is no surprise that Brecht’s Mother Courage and [&hellip... Read More


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The Truth About Camelia La Tejana

Published on March 29th, 2013 | by RLn Staff

By John Farrell, Contributing Theater Review Writer Camelia la Tejana – Only The Truth, which the Long Beach Opera is presenting at the Terrace Theatre of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center March 30 is not [&hellip... Read More


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Camilia the Texan–From Corrido to Opera

Published on March 21st, 2013 | by RLn Staff

By John Farrell, Theatre Columnist Is Camelia la Tejana-Only the Truth an opera? Well, technically, yes. It has an innovative score by Gabriela Ortiz, which was scripted by her brother, Rubén Ortiz Torres. So, of course [&hellip... Read More


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Remembering The Graduate

Published on March 14th, 2013 | by RLn Staff

By John Farrell, Contributing Reviewer If you don’t remember The Graduate as a film, with the memorable line “Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?” as iconic as anything from the 60s, you can see [&hellip... Read More


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Clowns Bring Back Laughter LB Playhouse

Published on March 14th, 2013 | by RLn Staff

[portfolio_slideshow] By John Farrell, Contributing Theater Reviewer Slapstick isn’t dead. Broad, clown-filled comedy is alive and well. Just go to the Long Beach Playhouse’s Studio Theater and see That Beautiful Laugh, a family-friendly laugh-filled story that [&hellip... Read More


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Goad Theatre Presents Tale of Two Kings

Published on March 14th, 2013 | by RLn Staff

By John Farrell Depending on what scholarship you believe, Williams Shakespeare wrote 38 plays, perhaps a few more with collaborators, perhaps none (if you believe in one of the many pretenders to the throne)... Read More


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Proposals Proves to be Just OK

Published on March 14th, 2013 | by RLn Staff

[portfolio_slideshow] By John Farrell, Contributing Writer Even Neil Simon, the star of Broadway, can’t always write hits Remember him for The Odd Couple or Brighton Beach Memoir, not for Proposals, a pleasant but very light weight [&hellip... Read More


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Catching the Butcher

Published on February 13th, 2013 | by RLn Staff

By John Farrell, Contributing Theater Reviewer Sitting on a park bench should be an innocent occupation. Sitting there when there is a serial killer in your small Texas town may be a risk. But when Nancy [&hellip... Read More


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39 Steps Pokes Away from Hitchcock

Published on January 25th, 2013 | by RLn Staff

By John Farrell, Theater Columnist The 39 Steps is a novel, a thriller, by John Buchan, a film, also a thriller, by Alfred Hitchcock, and, finally, a play, a comic romp through the same story, by [&hellip... Read More


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