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,…

Playhouse’s ‘Crimes’ touches the heart

By Neena Strichart Publisher Knowing I was going to see what was billed by the Long Beach Playhouse as a “Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece” put me on my best behavior as an audience member. Such great expectations of the studio theatre’s Crimes of the Heart was a bit unnerving, however—what if I wasn’t sophisticated enough…