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Review of Group Repertory Theatre’s Productions of the One-Act plays”Let Me Hear You Whisper” by Paul Zindel and “The Strangest Kind of Romance” by Tennessee Williams Upstairs at The Lonny Chapman Theatre

If you are interested in a pair of inextricably linked One-Act plays, make a beaten path to The Group Repertory Theatre’s productions of Paul Zindel’s “Let Me Hear You Whisper” and Tennessee Williams’ “The Strangest 
Kind of Romance” running through May 5th Upstairs at The Group Repertory Theatre, on the second floor of the Lonny Chapman Theatre in the North Hollywood Arts District. 
The first One-Act concerns a scientific laboratory where experiments are being conducted on mammals, and the new cleaning lady who slowly uncovers the laboratory’s secrets.
The second One-Act deals with the proprietress of a boarding house who attempts to take advantage of a young European foreigner working at the nearby factory and the sparks that fly, or do not soar.
In the former One-Act, science takes on humanity in a display of the dangers of ego, superficiality, materialism and greed in a beautifully-written cautionary tale that leaves us, the audience, both riveted and
emotionally moved.  Zindel won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1971 for “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds.”
The language is as thought-provoking and seamless as a long day at the beach.  Except that this beach is frought with dolphins trained to destroy, detonate and annihilate.
Zindel’s clever anti-war satire is subtle, yet charming in its innocent anger and frustration.  It even goes so far as to remind us in Nazi-like boot-clicking fashion that those who do not talk back
against what is wrong are as bad as those perpetrating that evil.
Director Katelyn Ann Clark finds a way to involve every actor in the action.  In so doing, she not only allows each actor the chance to make their presence felt, but lets the ensemble paint an inglorious, yet 
nakedly honest and raw portrait, of science gone terribly wrong.
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Review of Group Repertory Theatre’s Production of Agatha Christie’s THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS

If you are interested in a play loaded with high mystery, run do not walk to The Group Repertory Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s “The Secret of Chimneys” running in the Lonny Chapman Theatre in the North 

Hollywood Arts District through May 5th.
This is the story of a cosmopolitan adventurer who uncovers murder, mayhem and madness at an English country house under the watchful eye of both Scotland Yard and the French Surete.
Yes, at times the play is hard to follow and often it seems that there are more characters on stage at the same time than the eye can swallow, but this is Christie at her most playful, jovial and genuine.
Comedy seeps from the pores of this whodunit like sweat or blood.
This play was originally published in the United Kingdom in June of 1925.  Read more

Review of Sierra Madre Playhouse’s Production of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher

If you are interested in a play about a friendship between a student and his beloved sociology professor, look no further than Sierra Madre Playhouse’s
 production of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Jeffrey Hatcher and Albom at Sierra Madre Playhouse in Sierra Madre, CA through March 31st.
This is the story of a friendship between a nationally-known professor at Brandeis University suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) 
and his famous sports journalist of a former student who has more questions than answers. 
 Within this moon glow of a relationship, two major questions are advanced:
1.What is friendship?
2.Who is God?
The former builds on stage throughout as the master, here referred to as coach, slowly withers away before us, the audience, but not before 
changing the student from a self-involved, time-absorbed professional to a kindred spirit unafraid of showing the love and freedom in his heart of hearts
and soul of souls.  The latter defined by the love displayed by both men.  One in coming to terms with his mortality, and the other by learning 
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Review of Group Repertory Theatre’s Production of WHOOPSIE DOOPSIE By Art Shulman Upstairs at the GRT in North Hollywood, CA

If you are interested in a charming, comic tale of two young people at a crossroads in their relationship and lives, run do not walk to The Group Repertory Theatre’s production of

“Whoopsie Doopsie,” written and directed by Art Shulman, and playing in the Black Box Theatre Upstairs at the GRT in the North Hollywood Arts District through March 3rd.
This is the story of a young man who gets his girlfriend pregnant, but instead of having the baby, the young woman decides to have an abortion.
In-between the story of the two lovers, we, the audience, are treated to events happening to the young lad each year from age two to the current 17.

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Review of Group Repertory Theatre’s Production of One-Acts LAUNDRY AND BOURBON and LONE STAR by James McLure

If you are interested in two one-act plays that intertwine through time and place, run do not walk to The Group Repertory Theatre’s production of
James McLure’s “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star” at The Lonny Chapman Theatre in The North Hollywood Arts District through March 3rd.
These are the stories of three women and three men who come together separately on a hot day in Maynard, Texas in the early 1970’s for tales of
love, marriage, desperation, betrayal and, ultimately, redemption.
“Lone Star” completes what “Laundry and Bourbon” begins with grace, aplomb and passion.
These are six authentically human characters presented by the Louisiana-born and Jesuit-educated playwright as nothing less than strong, funny, but, undoubtedly, vulnerable and wounded
people.

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Review of CAPS-ATC Productions Presentation of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Jewish Wife” and Jean-Paul Sartre’s “The Respectful Prostitute”

If you are interested in two plays about racial persecution that are motivated by and echo in today’s world, run do not walk to The CAPS-ATC Productions’ presentation of
Bertolt Brecht’s “The Jewish Wife” and Jean-Paul Sartre’s “The Respectful Prostitute” running through December 9th at T.U. Studios in The North Hollywood Arts District.
Both plays tell stories of suffering, doubt and paranoia.  The first, translated by Eric Bentley, of a Jewish wife in Berlin, Germany in the late 1930’s leaving the world she knows behind because of
the impending and
looming threat of the Nazi Party and its brutal and final anti-Jewish solution, is simple but profound in plot, intent and execution.

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Review of The Group Repertory Theatre’s Production of A CAROL CHRISTMAS

If you are interested in a new musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” run do not walk to The Group Repertory Theatre’s World Premiere production of “A Carol Christmas,” book
by Doug Haverty, music
and lyrics by Bruce Kimmel, at The Lonny Chapman Theatre, running through December 30th in the North Hollywood Arts District.
This adaptation of the Dickens classic, set in today’s America, features a woman named Carol, the brains and beauty behind a home shopping network show, who does not like Christmas and
wants her staff to work through the holidays.

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Review of Collaborative Artists Ensemble’s Production of Kat Ramsburg’s ANATOMY OF A HUG

If you are interested in a drama about a relationship between a mother and her daughter, look no further than Collaborative Artists Ensemble’s production of Kat Ramsburg’s award-winning
“Anatomy Of A Hug”
running at The Sherry Theatre in The North Hollywood Arts District through December 2nd.
This is the story of Amelia, the heartbroken but idealistic daughter, and Sonia, the dying mother who murdered her husband, Amelia’s father, when Amelia was a child.
With the aide of a social worker, Amelia agrees to take in her mother as Sonia is suffering from Ovarian Cancer and has been given Compassionate Release from prison because of her terminal
illness.

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Review of Combined Artform’s Production of Alex M. Frankel’s REVOCABLE TRUST on Theatre Row in Hollywood, CA

Review of The 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company’s Production of I’M NOT A COMEDIAN…I’M LENNY BRUCE in North Hollywood, CA Extended Through September 15th

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