Category Archives: Reviews

Theatre Palisades Award Show Provides a Delightful Romp

If a resident is ever invited to the Theatre Palisades awards show, promptly cancel all other plans, and say “Yes.” It starts with a happy hour – and everyone is happy that live theater is back. After wine, drinks and … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Trouble The Water Details Life of African-American Congressman

BY LAUREL BUSBY Photos: IAN FLANDERS Trouble the Water explores the life of little-known hero Robert Smalls, the first African-American U.S. congressman, who commandeered a Southern ship to lead a daring sea escape during the Civil War. The world premiere … Continue reading

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One of LA’s Bigger Conventions: Anime Expo: SOLD OUT

(Editor’s note: When intern Chaz Plager said he was going to the Anime Expo, this editor had no idea what it was and asked if he would write about it. He agreed and said that he had first discovered anime … Continue reading

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Go See “Newsies:” Last Performances this Weekend

Raw talent and sheer exuberance make “Newsies” a play you will want to see. If you have children or grandchildren, this is the ideal place to take them, too. Forty-two youth in grades third through eighth make an appearance in … Continue reading

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“HARVEY” Provides an Enjoyable Evening at Theatre Palisades

Several shoppers at the farmers market Sunday morning asked this editor, “Is there any news I’m missing? Is there any good news?” Yes. Even as we’re all being hit with higher gas prices, water rationing and heated political rhetoric, I … Continue reading

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Theatricum’s ‘Merry Wives’ Guarantees a Belly Laugh

By LIBBY MOTIKA Circling The News Contributor For those of us who are exalting in the return of live theater, Saturday evening at the Theatricum Botanicum filled the order perfectly. Set in the open-air stage under the live oak canopy … Continue reading

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Simon’s “Prisoner of Second Avenue” Reverberates to Today’s World

By LIBBY MOTIKA Circling the News Contributor Despite all the challenges of the last two years, Theatre Palisades’ stalwart cast and crew prevailed and reopened last Friday night with Neil Simon’s “The Prisoner of Second Avenue.” Thanking the full house, … Continue reading

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“Oliver” Opens as Palisades High School’s Spring Musical

“Oliver” a British stage musical, based on the 1838 book “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens, will open at Palisades High School in Mercer Hall, tomorrow, Thursday, March 24. There are limited performances with additional 7 p.m. performances on March 25, … Continue reading

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“You Haven’t Changed a Bit and Other Lies” Provides a Fun Evening

According to Empower LA more than 1.8 million people 60 and older live in greater L.A. County and more than 700,000 of them are in the City of L.A. If you look to entertainment in movies and television, you’ll see … Continue reading

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“It’s a Wonderful Life,” a Wonderful Celebration at Theatre Palisades

We now can enjoy two annual Christmas celebrations in Pacific Palisades. One, the revived Ho!Ho!Ho! in Temescal Canyon, provides a warm community event. This year, family and children gathered with Santa at Simon Meadow on a Saturday. The second event … Continue reading

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