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EXIT REVIEW of “Thieves” – an ArtsBeatLA vlog – Los Angeles theater review video

"Thieves" curtain call.

“Thieves” curtain call.

Pauline Adamek from ArtsBeatLA.com presents Exit Reviews; a new series of ‘vlogs’ or video reviews.

Here’s the first Exit Review for Thieves by Charlotte Miller, which just opened on Friday night.

Written review can be found here!

Thieves — a new play by Charlotte Miller.
Presented as a co-production by Rising Phoenix Repertory, Weathervane Productions and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater companies.
This world premiere is directed by Daniel Talbott.

Playing at the Monroe Forum Theatre at the El Portal, in NoHo.
5269 Lankershim Blvd.,
North Hollywood, CA 91601.

Runs:
Wednesday, March 18 to Saturday, April 4, 2015.

Performance schedule:
Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

Tickets:
Price: $25.00
Online here.
Phone: 818-508-4200
Box Office: 1-hour prior to performances, at the El Portal Box Office
5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.

Video info:

Video produced, filmed, edited and hosted by Pauline Adamek.

An ArtsBeatLA production.

 

 

 

ENTER NOW! Los Angeles Commissioned Work Series – submissions deadline May 25th – Los Angeles theater report

A Theatre Connection

LAST 10 days remain for an exciting opportunity for all SoCal based playwrights! The deadline is May 25th.

A Theatre Connection is accepting submissions for its Los Angeles Commissioned Work Series. The NoHo-based theater company will be commissioning several writers to create monologues inspired by the fair city of Los Angeles.

Selections will be made by June 2014.

In particular, they are looking to support writers (based in Southern California) in the early stages of their career.
Submission Guidelines:
Please submit the following by the May 25th deadline (early submissions are encouraged):

-Two writing samples (full length-plays, one-acts, ten-minute plays are all acceptable but must be in .pdf format- do not put name, or any other writer contact information on the writing samples themselves)
- Bio / Resume

Please e-mail all submissions to –  [email protected]  — with the subject line: Commissioned Work Series.

They will be scheduling meetings with writers the first week of June to discuss potential projects, scope of work, and fee to pay writer.

About the company:
A Theatre Connection is a company dedicated to developing/producing wildly ambitious theatrical experiences that captivate, and thrill, audiences.

A Theatre Connection
5215 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, California 91601

Phone: (818) 763-1208
Email    [email protected]
Official website here.

 

 

 

 

A fun & frothy romp – “The Liar” at Antaeus – Los Angeles theater review

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Photo by Geoffrey Wade.

David Ives’ dazzling translation of Pierre Corneille’s farcical play by (first performed in 1644) is vividly brought to life by two casts at Antaeus. Here follows a review of the ‘Tangerines’ cast.

There is so much fun to be had with this hilariously sexy play. The language is so fresh and lively – and in rhyming verse, no less – that you almost can’t believe you are hearing a translation from 17th Century French, complete with silly puns and in-joke references to Molière and Shakespeare.

The story itself is a classic comedy of errors / mistaken identity nonsense that resolves happily by the end.

Set in the houses and public gardens of high society Paris, circa 1643, we meet Dorante (Nicholas D’Agosto) a compulsive fabulist whose elaborate lies get him deeper and deeper into trouble with his wealthy father Geronte (Peter Van Norden). After meeting two women, Clarice and Lucrece, in the royal Tuileries gardens in the heart of Paris, Dorante decides to woo Clarice (Kate Maher), mistaking her for Lucrece (Joanna Strapp). He employs a witty valet Cliton (Rob Nagle) to assist him with his quest. Cliton is impressed with his new master’s skills for improvisatory invention, given he has “…a tragic flaw—I cannot tell a lie!” Meanwhile, Cliton attempts to woo the ladies’ identical twin servants Isabelle and Sabine (Gigi Bermingham) and Dorante is unaware that Clarice is secretly promised to his swaggeringly comical best friend Alcippe (Bo Foxworth).

Above all, the actors seem so comfortable in their roles. It’s clear they all had sufficient rehearsal to be able to forget the mechanics and the complicated text and just have fun with their performances. D’Agosto as Dorante is super-charming and brash, also cocky, glib, witty and cheeky—lunging at every moment and interaction as a challenge to “finesse.” It’s a superb performance.

Director Casey Stangl enlisted her design team to concoct a two-level dingy nightclub set (by Keith Mitchell) and ‘Goth-rock’ inspired costuming (by Angela Balogh Calin)—all black on black—and, married with François-Pierre Couture’s lighting design, it all serves the play very well.

Do not miss this production!

 

Photo by Geoffrey Wade.

Photo by Geoffrey Wade.

The Liar by Pierre Corneille, adapted by David Ives.

Performances:

Thursdays @ 8 pm: Oct. 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14, 21 (dark Nov. 28)

Fridays @ 8 pm: Oct. 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Saturdays @ 2 pm: Oct. 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (no matinee on Oct. 5 or 12)

Saturdays @ 8 pm: Oct. 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Sundays @ 2 pm: Oct. 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24; Dec 1

ANTAEUS THEATER


5112 Lankershim Blvd.

North Hollywood CA, 91601

(1½ bocks south of Magnolia)

PARKING:

$7 in the lot at 5125 Lankershim Blvd. (west side of the street), just south of Magnolia.

TICKETS:

Thursdays and Fridays: $30.00

Saturdays and Sundays: $34.00

(818) 506-1983

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTENDED: “Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension” – theater review for LA Weekly – Los Angeles theater

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

 

::STOP PRESS::

Extended by popular demand for two weekends:


FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS @  11:00pm

SEPTEMBER 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2013.

 

Greetings Earthlings! This theater review for the LA Weekly is of the hilarious retro sci-fi romp “Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension,” now playing at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in NoHo.

We gave it a ‘GO’!

 

“Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension”

A nicely acted, crisply directed and neatly written piece of 1950s sci-fi comedy, featuring nearly naked, green-painted, go-go-dancing space aliens — what’s not to love?! Playwright Matthew Sklar stars as Captain Dan Dixon in his creature-feature retro romp through space. Panels of switches, buttons and analog meters signify the interior of a spacecraft as he and his crew of seven rockets into the fifth dimension, causing a purring, whirring sextet of moth-like minxes to materialize.

Clad in teeny, gold-lamé hot pants, white go-go boots and pasties, the jiggling, shimmying erotic powers of the Vulvulans gradually infect the brains of almost all on board. The only person apparently immune is Dr. Canigulus (incisively portrayed by Jonica Patella), the ship’s brainiac — thanks to her massive, mutant cerebellum. It’s up to her to decipher the true intentions of these insectile invaders.

To read the remainder of this review, go to the LA Weekly’s theater page and scroll down.

 

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

“Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension”

Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.

Continues through Sept. 28, 2013.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre,

4850 Lankershim Blvd.,

North Hollywood,

818-202-4120.

 

 

 

 

 

“Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension” – theater review for LA Weekly – Los Angeles theater

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

Greetings Earthlings! This week’s theater review for the LA Weekly is of the hilarious retro sci-fi romp “Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension,” now playing at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in NoHo.

We gave it a ‘GO’!

Click here to go to the LA Weekly’s theater page and scroll down to read it.

~ OR ~

You can just read it here!!

Happy reading!

 

“Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension”

A nicely acted, crisply directed and neatly written piece of 1950s sci-fi comedy, featuring nearly naked, green-painted, go-go-dancing space aliens — what’s not to love?! Playwright Matthew Sklar stars as Captain Dan Dixon in his creature-feature retro romp through space. Panels of switches, buttons and analog meters signify the interior of a spacecraft as he and his crew of seven rockets into the fifth dimension, causing a purring, whirring sextet of moth-like minxes to materialize.

Clad in teeny, gold-lamé hot pants, white go-go boots and pasties, the jiggling, shimmying erotic powers of the Vulvulans gradually infect the brains of almost all on board. The only person apparently immune is Dr. Canigulus (incisively portrayed by Jonica Patella), the ship’s brainiac — thanks to her massive, mutant cerebellum. It’s up to her to decipher the true intentions of these insectile invaders.

Sebastian Muñoz directs his cast of 14 extremely well; all have fun with the rapid-fire ’50s lingo, playing the trashy, B-movie sexploitation tone straight without overly camping it up. Jeri Batzdorff and Corey Zicari (also a blond-wigged moth slut) created skimpy costumes for the babes and Star Trek-inspired suits for the crew. R. Benjamin Warren devised the clever props. Gloria Baraquio is great as Urania, the ship’s android and captain’s concubine, unhappily ousted by statuesque moth leader Empress Syphla (a sexy and sinister Katherine Canipe).

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

Photo Credit: Joe-Munoz-Varon.

“Captain Dan Dixon vs. The Moth Sluts from the Fifth Dimension”

Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.

Continues through Sept. 14.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre,

4850 Lankershim Blvd.,

North Hollywood,

818-202-4120.