Review: Lackawanna Blues at the Mark Taper Forum

In 2001, with composer/musician Bill Sims Jr., playwright Ruben Santiago-Hudson opened Lackawanna Blues off-Broadway to rave reviews and awards for both play and music.
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Come From Away at the Ahmanson Theatre Review by: Keri Tombazian

By: Keri Tombazian “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Fred “Mister” Rogers Where were you on 9/11? For a generation of Americans, the question might be phrased, “Where were you when the world as we knew it was ending.” Yet, out of the endless accounts of heartache...
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Theatre Review: “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” Never Gets Old (Or spoiled)

After watching the news cycle early in the week, I thought: “I really need some humor.” Well, Dixie's Tupperware Party, the hilarious off-Broadway one-woman comedy starring Dixie Longate (which took the theater world by storm and garnered a prestigious Drama Desk Award nomination) has returned to...
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A Bronx Tale Is A Blast at the Pantages Theatre!

Media Night at A Bronx Tale was a star-studded affair. After all, there were some pretty big names behind this production as well as on the red carpet. Robert DeNiro shared direction duties with Jerry Zaks. The music is by the formidable Alan Menken, and noneother than Chazz Palminteri wrote the...
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Best Tacos in Los Angeles

By: Hungry Hungry Harris Happy National Taco Day everyone! No matter how many burgers or pieces of fried chicken are slanged here, Los Angeles will always be a taco town. We have been blessed with some of the best Mexican food, and no matter where you stand politically we can all be happy that even...
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Review: Netflix's 'Quincy' Documentary

Quincy Jones turned 85 in March but the celebration is still going on. There was a big bash in London in June and last night at the Microsoft Theater the stars came out for Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones that was videotaped for a TV special that will be aired later this year. Stevie...
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The Humans at the Ahmanson

Every minute of every day battles are waged for all to see on screens large and small. Tweets fly, three-sentence posts are quickly buried beneath a mass of comment-laden threads, articles are sent like little missiles of righteous indignation. Who among us has no sense that this endless time and...
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STOMP Slays At The Pantages

If someone handed you a plastic grocery bag, a newspaper and a grocery cart, could you entertain a large Hollywood theatre for two hours straight? Yeah, I surely couldn’t either, but the cast of STOMP did exactly that—and more. Using everyday objects as percussive instruments, this utterly talented...
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Native Son at Antaeus Theatre

Antaeus Theatre Company was wise to put award-winning Director Andi Chapman at the helm of the Southern California premiere of Nambi E. Kelley’s Native Son , adapted from Richard Wright’s 1940 novel. It is a heavy load to bear and Chapman, as she has so often done, took up the work with vision. Her...
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