Theater and Stage

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‘Stop Kiss’ at City Lights Theater: A touching play about a meaningful kiss

When you see an animal on the road, do you stop or go forward? Straddle the line or swerve? Kiss or always wonder, "What if...?" Against the backdrop of a disheveled New York apartment and a fast-paced metropolis, Callie (Michelle Beyda), a traffic reporter who despises her job, and Sara...

‘Boleros for the Disenchanted’: A heart-wrenching romance about love and longing

'Boleros for the Disenchanted' starts off set in Miraflores, Puerto Rico in 1953. Flora, a girl in love yet awakening to the first glimpses of its pains, finds out her fiance Manuelo has been rumored to have slept with another girl in the village on multiple occasions. A strong-willed Flora,...

‘Spelling Bee’ musical: A tasty alphabet soup of zingers and tittups

Otherwise misfits, they find comfort in each others quirkiness and love for lexicon.

‘Always… Patsy Cline’: A toe-tapping, good time at the Grand Ole San Jose Stage Company

This musical is about a slice of Patsy Cline's life as seen through the eyes of Louise Seger, a flamboyant and humorous fan of all things Patsy Cline. The band of five and a cast of two, Judith Miller and Marie Shell, took full advantage of the intimate setting of...

‘War Music’ at ACT: A play full of dissonance, a symphony it is not

A bright, warm Sunday in San Francisco, Clint and I ducked into the A.C.T. theater looking forward to being transported to a different world as only the storytelling of stage can. The play is based on the book, 'War Music' by British poet Christopher Logue. He claims it is an...

‘Afghanistan 1970-1975, Images from an Era of Peace’ (Video)

Nomadic tribes, stunning landscapes, the Buddhas of Bamian, textile markets and centuries-old architecture are reflected in the photographs.

‘The Kite Runner’ World Premiere: A thousand splendid standing ovations

I read Khaled Hosseini's novel, "The Kite Runner", over a year ago and still to this day, recall the story vividly. Even when these images fade, the emotional impact does not. And so I wondered. How would such a powerful story translate into a stage play?

In Review: Wicked (The Musical – Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire)

Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California Ticket Price: $192 ($175 + $17 svc charge) I was actually in New York when Wicked debuted several years ago. I had wanted to see it, however, the initial reviews of Wicked were tepid at best so I decided to see...