• RLn THEATER Calendar: May 30, 2014

    June 14 Beauty of Nature Series Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Palos Verde Land host their second film Riding Giants at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. June 14. Admission is free with limited seating. This spectacular film is a comprehensive look at the history of surfing, from its origins as a tiny subcultur

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  • The Last Romance

    [gallery columns="1" ids="7092,7091"] By John Farrell Ralph Bellini takes a walk in a different direction for once in his retired life and it makes all the difference in his world. Well, actually Ralph makes the difference: Scott Renfro, playing Ralph, makes plenty of difference when he meets Carol Reynolds (Daryl Hogue Fr

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  • Cabaret

    [gallery columns="1" ids="7084,7085,7086,7087,7083"] There are two stories told in Cabaret, the musical which opened at the San Pedro Theatre Club and continues there through June 8. The first story is about love and life in the surreal world of Weimar Germany, which you probably know. Th

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  • RLn THEATER calendar: May 26, 2014

    June 4 Other Desert Cities International City Theatre presents Other Desert Cities, June 4 through 29, at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. In Jon Robin Baitz's funny, explosive and entertaining look at unruly family politics (a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize), the manicured life of an actor-turned-politician and

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  • Midsummer Night’s Scream

    [gallery columns="1"] By John Farrell The view from the Reef Restaurant across Queensway Bay to downtown Long Beach is fantastic. The dinner served is elegant and delicious. But when the curtain is pulled across the view and one of the cast of A Midsummer Night's Scream is poisoned before your eyes (and carri

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  • Documentary Finds Sugar Man

    Melina Paris, Music Columnist Singer and songwriter rock musician Sixto Rodriguez  released his two albums and disappeared from the music scene back in the 1970s, few took notice in the states. Wild stories of his death circulated, like the artist setting himself on fire while performing or pulling a gun to his head and shooting himself

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  • Scandal in San Pedro

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer Head to downtown New York for a delightful evening of sexual intrigue, all without having to go any farther than the Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro. Central Park West is Woody Allen's one-act play that involves all the participants, incl

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  • Review: Long Beach Opera’s “An American Soldier’s Tale” + “A Fiddler’s Tale”

    Long Beach Opera does non-traditional opera. So what could be more non-traditional than staging a work devoid of singing? How about staging two on a single bill? That's exactly what LBO is up to with their double-bill based on Igor Stravinsky's neoclassical theatre piece L'Historie du soldat. There's music, dancing, and recitation, but

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  • Coffin in Egypt Review

    By John Farrell

    For more than 400 hundred years, the biggest driving force in opera has been mental illness.

    No, not mental illness of the megalomaniac kind that drives producers to spend millions, which they can't afford on productions that are less than glorious. (That's a book in

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  • The Gin Game: A Complex Tale Told Simply

    [gallery]   By John Farrell The Gin Game started in an equity-waiver theater in Hollywood in 1976. Since then, it has gone on to conquer Broadway, the United States and the world. The play, with just two actors, is a tour-de-force, a package that combines comedy and tragedy in a single, si

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