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Hollywood Fringe Binge

by Peter Foldy With over 400 productions playing at the moment as part of the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival, I am making an effort to see a good number of them. I have already reviewed the excellent, "And Now It's All This," a play that examines the repercussions of John...
Review by: Peter Foldy "God Forever, Beatles Never" and "Go Home Beatles" were just some of the derogatory slogans painted on placards during protests against the world's number one rock band in 1966. Encouraged by the Christian right, kids all over America and the UK were suddenly smashing Beatles records...
Review by Peter Foldy After the "N" word is spray painted onto the home of young Carly Uhlenbeek (Jasmine St. Clair), an African/American girl living in an innocent, all-white community, she gathers her friends from the 7th grade where the kids decide to reenact the crime in order to figure...
Review by: Peter Foldy Although many refer to them as the greatest generation, Americans who fought World War II, or whose labor helped win it, had, like all generations, the potential for lapses in morality. Arthur Miller's classic play, ALL MY SONS, first performed on Broadway in 1947,  highlights one...
April 6, 2019 Recently completing a starring role in the world premiere of Paradise Square at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area, KEVIN DENNIS has been a rising star in Canada since the late 1990s. He has landed leading roles in stage productions by respected theatre...
Review by Peter Foldy First produced in L.A. in 2011, and off Broadway in 2013, SMALL ENGINE REPAIR is a taunt, character-driven drama that uses humor to draw you in before taking us to the dark side. Written by John Pollono, who starred in both previous incarnations, the story introduces us...
Review by: Peter Foldy The musical, "Hello, Dolly" has been around since 1964 when the late, great Carol Channing first introduced us to the loveable marriage broker, Dolly Levy. Fifty four years later, Dolly is back on the Broadway stage where she was recently brought to life by Tony award...

Come From Away: Review

By Peter Foldy: If you believe that people are basically decent in nature, COME FROM AWAY, the sensational Tony Award Winning musical, which opened at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, is solid proof. The story takes place in a little know place called Gander, Newfoundland. It's in...
Review by Peter Foldy OPPENHEIMER by Tom Morton-Smith is a sweeping and complex play that examines the moral issues and personalities surrounding the invention of the nuclear weapon that was used to devastate Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. Boasting a cast of 24, the production stars James Liebman...
Review by Lucy Houlihan The Little Foxes at Antaeus Theatre is stunning in both its appearance and its execution, and powerfully kicks off the Glendale Theatre’s new season. From the set, to the acting, to the costumes, this production gives an updated and captivating take on Lillian Hellman’s Post-reconstructionist Southern...
Play Review by Peter Foldy Writer, William Francis Hoffman's CAL IN CAMO, making it's West Coast Premiere at the VS Theatre is a chilling, metaphoric drama with dialogue as raw as it's wounded characters. The story revolves around Tim and Cal, a young married couple adrift in what seems to be...
Los Angeles: October 5, 2018 Performances of the Los Angeles engagement of the first national tour of Tony Award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen” begin Wednesday, October 17, at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. The opening is set for Friday, October 19. The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical,...
By Peter Foldy Be warned, your face may hurt from laughter after seeing, Fairy Tale Theatre 18 & Over: The Musical. This show is frinkin' hilarious. Originally inspired by a hot date gone wrong (and who can’t relate to that), “Fairy Tale Theatre 18 and Over” took Los Angeles by storm...
Review by: Peter Foldy From 1902 to 1951, Bimini Baths was the premiere hot springs resort in Los Angeles. It served everyone from movie stars to maids. Admission was just 25 cents, but only if you were white. At the end of each month, before the filthy water was about...
Play Review by: Peter Foldy Three young cousins and a significant other spend the night together in a small apartment after the funeral of their beloved grandfather, a holocaust survivor they all call "Poppy" in Joshua Harmon's BAD JEWS, currently playing at the Oddysey Theatre in West L.A. Daphna (Jeanette Deutsch),...
Los Angeles, April 11, 2018 Black and White is beautiful. Photographer, John Simmons proves that with his new exhibit “A Life In Black and White,” opening on April 12, 2018 at the Perfect Exposure Gallery in Los Angeles. A familiar figure on film and TV sets, Simmons is a well-known cinematographer...

A Warm and Fuzzy El Nino

Review by: Peter Foldy Sharp writing from Justin Tanner and spot on performances from a talented cast make Rogue Machine's new season premiere, El Niño, a must see theatrical event. The first thing you notice as you wait for the play to begin is the incredibly detailed set from scenic designer,...
January 23, 2018 The Academy Award nominations were announced and The Shape of Water received 13 including for best picture. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”and Dunkirk also emerged as strong Oscar contenders in this year's race. There were a few snubs and surprises this morning. James Franco's work in The...
Hollywood, CA: December 11, 2017 It was a great morning for some in Hollywood today with the announcement of the 2018 Golden Globe Nominations.  The brilliant film, "The Shape of Water" scored the most number of nominations with eight, closely followed by the TV series, "Big Little Lies" which received...
“Many of you who read this are going to find it very offensive,” warned an ad on Craigslist. Continuing into those four paragraphs, playwright, Ruth Fowler not only wondered who would create such an ad but quickly became even more curious to know who would answer it?  She created...
Review by: Peter Foldy A brilliant and charismatic dancer, Fred Herko was a central figure in New York’s downtown avant-garde in the early 1960s. He was a member of Andy Warhol’s eclectic group of creatives who hung out at Warhol's studio, known as the Factory. He went on to star...
Review by: Peter Foldy Written over two years ago, it is uncanny when one of the characters in BR'ER COTTON, the new play making it's Los Angeles premiere at the Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood, talks about police brutality in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s as if playwright, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm and the Lower...
Los Angeles: September 17, 2017 The 2017 Emmy Awards were held at the Microsoft Theater tonight. Host, Steven Colbert tried hard to breath life into the ceremony and occasionally delivered. Some of the highlights included John Lithgow's win for "The Crown," Alex Baldwin being rewarded as Outstanding Supporting Actor in...
Review by: Peter Foldy Christopher John Francis Boone, the lead character  in Simon Stephens’ Tony-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is anything but your normal 15 year old. Christopher knows that adults "do sex" but bristles at human touch. He's...
Review by Peter Foldy "ANY NIGHT" by Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn is a play that takes us to a surreal and voyeuristic world where troubled souls, twisted minds and nightmares collide. A young dancer, Anna, (Maria Fahlgren) moves into a basement apartment after a bad breakup. Anna has a chronic...
Hollywood, CA: July 13, 2017 The Nominees for the 69th Annual Emmy awards were announced this morning in Hollywood. Although Game of Thrones has been one of the highest-nominated series in recent years, other dramas didn’t have to worry about competing against the HBO show this time around: The drama wasn’t...
June 28, 2017 The Hollywood Reporter's "awards columnist," Scott Feinberg, slammed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today for trying to fix the Academy's implied diversity problems by inviting candidates who don't have the credentials to belong. Feinberg claims that the Academy's current course is akin to putting a...

The Boys Are Back In Town

Review by: Peter Foldy Jersey Boys, the jukebox musical that opened last week at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre is like a visit with your colorful, occasionally chaotic relatives. It's great to see them once in a while, catch up on old stories and reminisce--but it's also hard to ignore...
Review by: Peter Foldy Set in a 19th-century marble Mausoleum in Altadena, the powerful conclusion to The Speakeasy Society’s THE JOHNNY CYCLE: Part III - The Living is immersive theater at it's best. As soon as you arrive at the venue you feel like you've stepped into a time warp. The...
Review by Peter Foldy It's perhaps a little known fact that prior to the Civil War, black jockeys dominated the sport of horse racing. Pure Confidence by Carlyle Brown explores that world in Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble's West Coast Premiere of a powerful and multi layered tale that explores the...
by Peter Foldy Our teenage years were fragile. Many of us grew up wondering how the other half lived. At times,  we wondered whether our class mates had the same fears and insecurities we did. Were they as fragile as we sometimes felt? Did they think crazy thoughts or was...
Hollywood, CA: March 16, 2016 GAME OF THRONES-The Musical is rocking the Macha Theatre, garnering rave reviews. Co-written, Co-Produced and Directed by STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER PARKER, he is an actor with credits in a slew of hit movies including Juno, Rebound, Blades of Glory and Little Miss Sunshine. Parker also had...
Hollywood, CA: January 24, 2017 La La Land leads the 2017 Oscar nominations with a record tying 14 nods. Damien Chazelle's love letter to classic Hollywood musicals  joins Titanic and All About Eve as one of the most nominated films of all time. Some observations, surprises and disappointment: Amy Adams was...
Hollywood, CA: December 13, 2016 The 2017 Golden Globe nominations were announced yesterday in Beverly Hills. Actor Don Cheadle, Laura Dern, and Anna Kendrick were joined by the Miss Golden Globe trio — Sophia, Sistine, and Scarlet Stallone as well as Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Lorenzo Soria, and Barry Adelman in revealing the...
by Dale Reynolds Based on the novels of Håkan Nesser, wherein a retired northern European chief detective opens up a used book shop for his leisure time, but cops – friends from the force, or not – keep coming in to test his skills on difficult cases. In Season One,...
Reviewed by: Dale Reynolds In Antaeus’ recent re-discovery of semi-lost plays, DIANA OF DOBSON'S the director, Casey Stangl, has partner-cast it with great aplomb. Written in 1908, in England, playwright Cicely Hamilton (1872-1952), a confirmed feminist and suffragette in her day, makes her political and social points about the problems...
Review by: Dale Reynolds These days we’re all aware of the growing amount of class LGBTQ theatre, and there is now also positive growth in outsiders’ perceptions of this persecuted minority. A major addition to this growing output will send you running to the historic Fountain Theatre in Hollywood to...
Review by: Peter Foldy It is well documented fact that a boy's relationship with his father is probably the most important one he will ever know. A hostile or unavailable father can burden a young man with bagage that he may carry for the rest of his life. This was...
LOS ANGELES (May 2, 2019) — In observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Simon Wiesenthal Center today announced casting for a new play about Anne Frank that will celebrate what would have been her 90th birthday this summer. Eve Brandstein will direct Timothy P. Brown, Rob Brownstein, Tony DeCarlo, Andrea...