• Clean Start: A New Look at a Beverly Hills Maid

    [gallery columns="3"] By John Farrell Celebrating the beginning of its 15th year, Casa 010 opened Clean Start, a new play by Casa founder Josefina Lopez and Kathy Fischer. The play opened to an almost full house of celebrants who enjoyed the play's comic look at the relations between a Mexican maid and her Beverly Hil

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  • RLn THEATER Calendar: Jan. 27, 2015

    Jan. 30 Murder on the Nile Witness the Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile, Jan. 30 through Feb. 14, at the Long Beach Playhouse. In this classic by the modern mistress of mystery, we travel through the Dark Continent along with master sleuth, Canon Pennefather, as he uncovers an audacious conspiracy and brings the c

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  • Murder on the Nile is Too Long, Too Wordy

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer Don't be surprised if Murder on the Nile doesn't quite take you on a journey that you expect. Agatha Christie play, which opened at the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, is genuine Christie, but it shouldn't be confused with Death on the Nile, the 1978 film that fea

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  • Ten Hits Come to One Show

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer There are at least 10 reasons why you should go see the 13th Annual Pick of the Vine at Little Fish Theatre. And, that's only if you count just the 10 plays selected from hundreds of submissions for: Little Fish's yearly salute to new plays and new playwrights. The 10 plays

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  • Long Beach Opera Becomes San Pedro Opera (Unofficially)

    [gallery ids="8607,8608,8609"] By John Farrell, Theater Writer They've been everywhere. One opera was performed in the water (and we mean in the water) at the Belmont Shore Olympic Pool, which has seen both international competition and day-time exercise swimmers. It was repeated. (That was Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus a

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  • RLn COMMUNITY, THEATER Calendars: Jan. 2, 2015

    COMMUNITY Jan. 11 South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society Gregg DeChirico, president of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America, is presenting a program on the plants and wildlife of Madagascar, starting at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 11, at the South Coast Botanic

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  • Cynthia Galles: The Cornerstone of Found Theatre

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer Cynthia Galles was a star: a Long Beach star. She graduated with honors as class valedictorian from St. Anthony High School in Long Beach. Later, she graduated with honors from the then-new University of California Irvine in theater. She was a dynamic presence in the arts community, which

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  • Piñata Dreams

    By John Farrell Piñatas are the colorful creations of papier mache that are the center of celebrations for children. When broken open they reveal candy and surprises inside. This is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years in Mexico. In Piñata Dreams, the world premier play by Josefina Lop

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  • Bus Stop Is a Trip to the Past

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    By John Farrell

    It's an era long forgotten, an era when you took the bus and got to know the people around you, — sometimes more intimately than you cared to. Now people, even on the local trains and buses, stare straight ahead, ear-buds connected to something in their pocket, occa

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  • Ubu the Sh*t

    By John Farrell Usually you know who is playing the starring role in whatever play you are seeing. Hamlet? Oh, yes, that's whoever. Earnest Worthing? Of course, that's another whoever. But when you go to see Ubu the Sh*t (the elision is theirs, not ours), even with a program it is impossible to keep track

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