• AMADEUS @ South Coast Repertory

    When I first read Peter Shaffer's Equus, I was so enthralled that I ran out and rented Sidney Lumet's film adaptation. Although quite faithful to its source, I noted minor variations from the play—all of them improvements. And why not? It was Shaffer who wrote the screenplay, so he was basically taking a second bite at the apple. I've se

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  • Mæry Queens Sinks the Ship Before it Sails

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor I love Long Beach! From its geographic and cultural diversity to its “chill” environment, Long Beach is the place I’ve called home for quite a long time. It’s surprising to me that the beach city, so rich in stories, is so often eclipsed by the larger metro

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  • A Walk in the Woods

    A WALK IN THE WOODS @ International City Theatre

    In the 1960s fear and ideology brought the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. perilously close to nuclear war. But rather than responding to such brinksmanship by backing away from the precipice, both countries responded by raising the stakes, building up their arsenals to the point of being able destroy the entire planet many times over. Throughout the 19

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  • Table Manners-Little Fish Theatre

    TABLE MANNERS @ Little Fish Theatre

    Although Annie is terribly fond of Tom, he seems to lack the courtship gene. As she confesses to sister-in-law Sarah during Table Manners's opening scene, her romantic frustrations with her would-be suitor led her to yield one night not so long ago to the dubious charms Norman, her sister Ruth's husband. And now here she is, geared up for

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  • OFFICE HOUR @ South Coast Repertory

    If it walks like a future school shooter and talks like a future school shooter, should we treat it like a future school shooter? This is the starting point for Office Hour, essentially a one-act play portraying a professor's potentially pivotal office hour with a troubled student. So you don't spend the first 10 minutes of Office

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  • LA VOIX HUMAINE @ Long Beach Opera

    The human voice is a compelling means of connection, especially when it's all you have left. That is the situation for Elle, the sole onstage character in La voix humaine, in relation to her cheri. Recently separated, he telephones her one last time to say goodbye and arrange the retrieval of his belongings. Her real-time side of

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  • Evolve Creates Change through the Power of Theater

    Jackson Alexander Kelly as Daniel in the stage production of Choosing Us. Photo by Francis Gacad Theatre & Dance Photography, Courtesy of Evolve Theatre By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer Evolve Theatre Co. is on a mission to create positive social change. Its production, Choosing Us,

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  • Long Beach Got Humped

    By Mike Botica, Editorial Intern The 11th annual Hump! Film Festival recently returned to Southern California. On its third international tour, the festival will make a pit stop at the Art Theatre in Long Beach, on March 24, with all other showings in Los Angeles. Hosted by Dan Savage, Hump! featured 22 short films by amateurs

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  • FALLUJAH — world premiere @ Long Beach Opera

    We all know the broad strokes. After 9/11, the George W. Bush administration misled Congress into authorizing the Iraq War, one of the most ruinous missteps in American history, costing the U.S. over $2 trillion and claiming the lives of over 4,000 American troops. That's nothing, of course, compared to what has befallen Iraq itself, where over 150

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  • DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY @ Little Fish Theatre

    Like so many 1950s suburbanites, Herbert, Ethel, and their daughter Cindy like Ike, and—on the surface, at least—they revel in the predictable, button-down ethos is the rule in Orchard Grove. But three escaped convicts upset their domestic tranquility, raising questions about whether home is really where the heart is. If that description ent

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