Editor/painter invites viewers into his dark world

Brandy Soto Editorial Intern Cory Bilicko talks about New Orleans with great nostalgia. The Southern artist says although it is a celebratory and upbeat place, there is darkness hiding in the forms of untimely death, natural disaster and other misfortune. Not long after he graduated from the University of New Orleans, in 1995, he decided…

Van Hooten resigns as LB Playhouse executive director

David Haberbush, president of the board of directors for the Long Beach Playhouse has announced the appointment of Andrew Vonderschmitt as the interim managing director effective immediately. Vonderschmitt replaces Joan Van Hooten, who has resigned from her position as executive director effective May 3, 2010.  “I feel that much of what I was hired to…

LB Playhouse performance to benefit animal-support group

The Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., will host a “Benefit for the Animals” on Thursday, April 22. The event will begin at 6:30pm with a reception and entertainment, along with drawings, a door prize and silent auction. The Playhouse production of Agatha Christie’s The Hollow will begin at 7:30pm. All proceeds will benefit…

LB Playhouse celebrating its 80th with speakeasy

The Long Beach Playhouse will “turn the clock back” to 1929 to celebrate its 80th anniversary at Joey “The Saint” Valentine’s Speakeasy on Saturday, February 13. Vintage attire is encouraged at the celebration, which will commemorate the February 1929 founding of the Playhouse, the oldest continually operating community theatre west of the Mississippi River. Joey…

TV tries to kill the radio stars in ‘Lutz Radio Hour’

By Cory Bilicko Entertainment Writer Long Beach Playhouse’s Lutz Radio Hour is a perfect holiday show for audiences who like a strong dose of nostalgia infused into their seasonal entertainment. Unfortunately, those seeking an engaging plot, distinctive character goals or refined storytelling should stay home and watch It’s a Wonderful Life. Set on Christmas Eve…

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…