Category Archives: Reviews

“Sweet Delilah” Provides Warm and Lovely Evening

By LAUREL BUSBY Circling the News Contributor Fans of Steel Magnolias will likely be delighted by Theatre Palisades new play, The Sweet Delilah Swim Club. Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and James Wooten, the play centers on five Southern women, former college … Continue reading

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Pure Joy! “Mamma Mia!” Opens at Palisades High School

This is the kind of production that makes you glad there is live theater. This reviewer listened in awe at the tremendous voices in the Palisades High School production of “Mamma Mia” – and never stopped smiling- because it was … Continue reading

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Theatre Palisades’ “Nunsense” Sparkles with Music and Comedy Talent

By LIBBY MOTIKA Circling the News Contributor Photos by: Joy Daunis There is always something killingly funny about nuns doing just about anything beyond praying, teaching, nursing or tending to the poor. Yet, there are numerous set-ups that lead to … Continue reading

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Deaf Theatre West Presents a Profound ‘Oedipus’ at Getty Villa

  By LIBBY MOTIKA Circling the News Contributor The city is filled with cries of pain. The hearing audience can only “feel” the mood, while the deaf in attendance “hear” the citizens’ lamentation. Blight is on the land; crops wither, … Continue reading

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Billy Crystal’s Broadway Musical Wraps Up

By BERNICE FOX After about four-and-a-half months reliving his Mr. Saturday Night character before appreciative audiences on Broadway, Billy Crystal is understandably emotional. And funny. Crystal wistfully told Sunday’s closing night audience – actually the final performance was a matinee – that … Continue reading

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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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