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“Psyche on Vine” is a very happy surprise

I will confess that when my friend and sometimes collaborator Paul Gant invited me to see a show at The Three Clubs on Vine I said “Sure” with just a wee cringe. Oh there Is nothing all that bad about […]

“Psyche on Vine” is a very happy surprise

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I will confess that when my friend and sometimes collaborator Paul Gant invited me to see a show at The Three Clubs on Vine I said “Sure” with just a wee cringe. Oh there Is nothing all that bad about […]

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Open Fist delivers with “deLEARious”

In a style reminiscent of Mel Brooks and Monte Python the Open Fist Theatre Company has launched a revival of the smash hit production of deLEARious now on stage

Kenneth Branagh did no justice to “Murder on the Orient Express”

1.5 out of 4 stars Maybe Kenneth Branagh should stick to acting. As director of the much-anticipated Murder on the Orient Express, he was handed a cast of stars. But instead

Larry McDonald: “I just wanted to be the conga player”

Larry McDonald is one of the most accomplished percussionists in the world. Honored in Jamaica in 2011 with a lifetime achievement award, for over fifty years McDonald has recorded

Navigating with “A Map of Virtue”

There is a new team in town, an experimental theatre company called “Barker Room Rep” and they are strutting their stuff with Erin Courtney’s award winning play A Map

Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “Underground Truths” at L.A.’s Dub Club

Top photo: Lee “Scratch” Perry performing at the Dub Club in Los Angeles  It’s hard to gauge the immensity of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s contributions to music. By dint of boundless

Have a laugh at “The Man Who Came to Dinner”

Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman The Man Who Came to Dinner was first produced on stage in 1939 and has been on many stages around the

‘Les Liaisons dangereuses’ gripping, torrid and dark

There are dangerous connections in Southern California these days and they don’t all involve Harvey Weinstein. In fact one such dangerous connection had its beginnings in France way back

James Eckhouse: Lunch with a legend

Sometimes my work as a theatrical reviewer brings unexpected yet deeply pleasing perks.  One such incident just occurred. A few days ago I happened to review a shockingly powerful

Storybook Theatre presents “The Ugly Duckling”

Written by Hans Christian Andersen and first published in 1843 The Ugly Duckling is a story of transformation, acceptance and healthy interrelationships. It told the story well then and

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