Theatre review: The Philanderer at Long Beach Playhouse

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer In a departure from his usual dramatic playwriting, George Bernard Shaw tried his hand at farce with The Philanderer, which has a conspicuously Oscar Wilde-esque flavor. The Long Beach Playhouse sought the experience and expertise of Elaine Herman to direct the play that is decidedly not one of Shaw’s better…

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks at Laguna Playhouse

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Does 75-year-old Lily really need the dance lessons for which she hires instructor Michael? You could head over to the Laguna Playhouse and catch a performance of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks to find out. In a big sense, this production is all about the extra-special two-person cast engaged…

The Vibrator Play at Long Beach Playhouse

Heidi Nye Culture Writer A dead baby, a mourning mother, two dead marriages, hints of adultery and shifts in sexual orientation sound like the stuff of heavy drama. Yet In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, at the Long Beach Playhouse is as much about hilarity as it is about anguish. The “operating theatre”…

S’Wonderful at Musical Theatre West

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer I’ve been crazy about the songs of George and Ira Gershwin ever since I got my hands on a CD that featured the likes of Elvis Costello, Carly Simon, Elton John, and even Meatloaf singing many of the sibling duo’s most popular tunes. It was kind of a backdoor approach…

Theatre Review: Cal Rep’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Gregory Spooner Culture Writer One thing’s for certain– California Repertory Theatre’s latest production is not for kids. The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? deals with infidelity and adultery with (I kid you not)… a goat. The production was originally scheduled to open on Valentine’s Day (How romantic!), but it seemed the gods thought that was…

Avenue Q at Long Beach Playhouse

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Hats off to the creators of Avenue Q for a delightfully unique audience experience. Not only do the musical’s puppet characters express a full range of emotion, but so do their human puppeteers. The overall effect of this high-profile Long Beach Playhouse production is a doubly satisfying performance for the…

The Foreigner at Long Beach Playhouse

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer In the case of the Long Beach Playhouse’s production of The Foreigner, I could talk about how the play’s flawed characters bring out the best in one another. Or the way their humanity and goodness inspire us to be better people. The play certainly entertains with its plentiful funny lines…

Equus: Latin for horse, success for LB Playhouse

Daniel Adams Culture Writer With its current production of Equus, Long Beach Playhouse (LBPH) is providing a whole new level of entertainment that thrills (and even chills) the audience. As a psychological thriller, Equus contains dramatic, thought-provoking issues regarding humanity, religion, and the question of whether a person’s devotion to his beliefs should be tamed…