Blythe Spirit spoofs the occult and its believers

By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts and Entertainment Editor The Long Beach Playhouse’s new production of Noel Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit is a chuckle a minute…at least. A scathing yet good-hearted spoof on the occult, and presumably those who attempt to mess around with it, the play pokes fun at the afterlife and makes no excuses…

‘Of Mice and Men’ brought to life at LB Playhouse

By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts and Entertainment Editor With his classic drama Of Mice and Men, playwright John Steinbeck certainly provided all the expressive power and explosive emotion any theater’s production staff could ask for. And the Long Beach Playhouse has pulled out all the stops. On what is easily the most fantastic set of…

LB Playhouse has a ‘Picnic’ to remember

By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts & Entertainment Editor It’s amazing how a random unforeseen element can render what was more-or-less tolerable yesterday completely unacceptable today. In the case of William Inge’s classic drama Picnic, that element is a man who emits more pheromones than a pack of wolves in heat. Young, virile and utterly physical,…