BLACK IN THE GAME Toni Stone is as much about storytelling as it is about the story it is telling. Thanks to the inspiring source material by Martha Ackmann and this resulting play poignantly written and directed by Lydia R. Diamond, this important piece of history is vividly brought to life in its regional premiere […]

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A NEW SPECIES OF ACTRESS Maia Novi’s Invasive Species is a topsy-turvy meta play that reflects its plot: a moment in the life of a confused young woman infected with the acting bug. Or so it seems at the beginning; very soon we discover that the core of the piece is dedicated to mental illness, a delicate […]

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There are simply days when we’re craving for the thrill of a suspenseful, mind-bending twists and turns only psychological thriller TV shows can give. For so many years, many people have liked the psychological thriller genre, and many previous shows have delivered. If you’ve watched and loved shows like Dexter, Black Mirror, and You, chances […]

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Netflix’s Baby Reindeer has been generating a lot of buzz the past few weeks because for many, it was a work of art. However, like any other film/show, there were also a lot of critics that found the series too disturbing, or even exploitative. This dark comedic miniseries based on Richard Gadd’s real-life experiences with […]

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many industries have shifted online and never went back. But even before the pandemic began, the music industry has already been very active in the digital world. If we take a trip down memory lane, you’ll probably remember how you and your friends anticipate the newest music video of Beyonce or […]

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A SONG WHICH HAS BECOME A STANDARD Harvey Fierstein wrote his semi-autobiographical Torch Song Trilogy in the late 1970s. In it, Arnold Beckoff, a gay, Jewish man and professional drag queen and torch singer looks for love and family in the pre-AIDS world of New York City. The three one-act plays, the first of which, International […]

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THE LAST FIVE YEARS AT SIERRA MADRE CAN BE SEEN IN DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS Last weekend, Sierra Madre Playhouse opened what seems like a bewildering number of performance configurations of their new revival production of Jason Robert Brown’s 2001 musical The Last Five Years. The two-hander is double cast and also offers two types of accompaniments: […]

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HOUGH’LL HUFF AND HE’LL PUFF AND HE’LL BLOW YOU AWAY For those of you who’ve somehow missed all of the 31 seasons of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, two of the male dancers have crossed over from mere participants to celebrity status, on and off the show. Dark, handsome Maksim “Maks” Chmerkovskiy earned a reputation […]

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A DICTATOR DICTATES MUSIC IN STALIN’S MASTER CLASS In a time when politics collide with state and federal budgets for the arts, Stalin’s Master Class — a wildly comic, music-filled ride by British playwright David Pownall — is all too relevant for today’s audiences. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble founding artistic director Ron Sossi helms with his unique […]

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