Theatre review: Cal Rep’s The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Though he is likely best recognized as an actor who specializes in portraying mildly campy, but nuanced, female characters in a handful of independent films, Charles Busch has penned a number of plays, especially the off-off-Broadway variety, but with The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, he found success on Broadway. Set…

Theatre review: The 39 Steps at Long Beach Playhouse

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer The 1935-made movie The 39 Steps was the first of Alfred Hitchcock’s films to gain wide attention here in the US. It was a fast-paced dramatic thriller, serious in tone and story line while farcical in its intensity and spirit of adventure. The film, which was packed with colorful characters…

Theatre review: Trying at International City Theatre

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer When it comes to being civil to others, it seems some people must try. Perhaps a sort of “Scrooge complex” could be the individual’s natural condition, or a bad reaction to life’s “curves.” In the case of retired U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle, his condescending nastiness appears to accrue to…

Theatre review: Fiddler on the Roof at Long Beach Playhouse

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer The Long Beach Playhouse doesn’t attempt major musical productions very often, but I don’t know why not. Whenever in recent memory the venerable community theater has done so, it has met with success. But there is no denying that a musical can be a daunting proposition for a theater of…

Theatre review: Other Desert Cities at ICT

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Our “reality” often amounts to little more than what others want us to know. Hence, authors of non-fiction must verify facts, and stick to the facts, or risk distorting truth beyond recognition. But what of writers of personal memoirs, who draw so little from verifiable accounts and so much from…

Theatre review: Night and Her Stars at the Garage Theatre

Heidi Nye Culture Writer If you could make a lot of money doing something that is not illegal but of questionable ethics, would you do it? That is the $64,000 question posed in Night and Her Stars, playing through June 28 at the Garage Theatre. Inspired by the quiz-show scandals of the mid- to late…

Theatre review: Ravenscroft at Long Beach Playhouse

Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Imagine entering the Long Beach Playhouse’s Mainstage theatre to behold a dimly lit stage, at the center of which sits a staircase of exaggerated angular proportion. All around are Victorian-era furnishings, and the haunting strains of Albinoni’s “Adagio in G Minor” fill the space. All this is more than enough…