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“Avenue Q” Delights at PaliHi – Only a Weekend Left

If you’re looking for an absolutely delightful and silly way to spend an evening examining racism, sex, the internet and even naked puppets, the Palisades High School production of “Avenue Q” will not disappoint. Director (and resident) Nancy Cassaro-Fracchiolla writes, … Continue reading

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“LIZASTRATA” AT THE GETTY VILLA: Humorous and Relevant, Centuries Later 

  By LIBBY MOTIKA Circling the News Contributor Willkommen back! Leave your troubles here! No Covid here, life is beautiful, exhorts the Master of Ceremonies, a la “Cabaret,” on the opening night of the Getty Villa’s outdoor theater. The audience … Continue reading

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Theatre Palisades Reopens with a Tense, Vigorous ‘Wait Until Dark’

By LIBBY MOTIKA Circling the News Contributor   Live theatre is back! That was evident Friday night as an eager crowd entered Pierson Playhouse proudly wearing their LTIB sticker! A long-delayed hiatus and yearlong pause on the opening of “Wait … Continue reading

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Holly Sidell’s Hit Solo Show, Deconstructing Holly, Comes to Hollywood Fringe Festival

  Holly Sidell shared her story of surviving breast cancer in an online show, “Deconstructing Holly,” in December. Then she said, ““While undergoing cancer surgery to remove my lady parts, I floated in the space between life and death.” Sidell … Continue reading

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Theatricum Botanicum Opens with a Joyful ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’    

  LIBBY MOTIKA Circling the News Contributor Opening the 2021 summer season with “Midsummer Night’s Dream” after the pandemic-driven dormancy, the Theatricum Botanicum couldn’t have chosen a better play to confirm the joy and magic of theater. From its founding … Continue reading

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Theatricum Botanicum’s “Julius Caesar” Pertinent Toda

By LAUREL BUSBY Special to Circling the News A palpable joy filled the audience at Theatricum Botanicum when Julius Caesar began. After more than a year without local theater, the crowd exploded with applause when narrator and soothsayer Gerald Rivers … Continue reading

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Mollie B’s Cookies Take This Treat to a New Level

One of this editor’s favorite desserts is a cookie. It is not a fancy dessert, but if it is made correctly, there is no more satisfying way to end a meal—not too much, but just enough. During Covid-19, Rotary President … Continue reading

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MUSICAL REVIEW: PaliHi’s “First Date” Delivers Great Live Entertainment

The theatrical department at Palisades High School is widely admired for its talented singers, dancers and actors and the two major productions they perform every year, one a musical, the other a play. With the Covid-19 shutdown, it appeared that this year’s … Continue reading

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Ready for Some Live Theater? PaliHi Students Offer a Musical Comedy This Weekend

This Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Palisades High School will present “First Date,” a musical comedy, on the Quad. There will be a live band. To reserve a ticket go to palihighasb.square.site/. Attendees will be required to acknowledge they … Continue reading

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Bravo, Theatre Palisades Actors’ Troupe! 

The Theatre Palisades Actors’ Troupe presented a Zoom edition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on December 16. Annually the TPAT presents a radio play at Christmas for residents of Pacific Palisades. This year, more than 118 people registered to watch the … Continue reading

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