Theatre

French Stewart as BUSTER KEATON!

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“I mean, I never thought I’d have all of this. Look at me! I’m 50, married to this incredible woman [pointing to Vanessa], have a beautiful little girl, work for Chuck Lorre during the day [MOM on CBS], and at night, I get to do this with all of my friends playing a character of a man I’ve admired all of my life. I’m living the dream!”

– French Stewart

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TOTEM Cirque du Soleil

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Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. Uniquely beautiful costuming, golds, eccentric, feathers, bowls, juggled balanced passed from performer to performer with a skill absolutely bewildering.

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1st Annual One Starry Night

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PASADENA, CA – There are events that happen in life that you never forget: Your first crush, your first concert, your first victory – and if you’re lucky, you get to add meeting a few childhood inspirations to that list. Last night, invited to attend Pasadena Playhouse’s 1st Annual One Starry Night Benefit Concert, I not only experienced one of the most incredible benefit events to date, I met inspirations that are among the reasons I create – and – the reason most of us still believe in a little magic.

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A Tale of John Barrymore

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The evening begins with the presence of a man. A man with charisma and charm and conviction as he reaches towards the mobile cocktail tray and makes himself a martini. The man is John Barrymore played by Gordon Goodman (who is a psychologist by day). With a two hour monologue, this one-man show takes you through the many phases of Barrymore’s life. His childhood hurt, his family legacy, his love for the theatre and comedy, his desire for love, addiction to marriage, and uncanny ability to nearly sabotage all of the above in some charming and unforgettable way.

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The Rainmaker: Who Cares if its Not Feminism—Its True

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With such an excellent cast, it’s easy to nitpick. The only off note comes from Robert Standley’s Starbuck. Starbuck is supposed to be a charming con man, but on Standley, the snake oil is a little too thick. Still in later love scenes, he embodies the hope and confidence of a true “confidence man”—one that is able to inspire the confidence of others.

The tale is a familiar one—resting on the idea that nobody can love you until you love yourself. But of course this internal struggle to believe in ones own beauty comes much easier when surrounded by people who already believe in it for you.

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A Man of MUCH Importance

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I’ll admit that I was swept away by the music but when I started to truly understand what was happening in the story, when Alfie clearly shows he is in love with Robby, things begin to really fall into place. With a bizarre but dutiful relationship between Alfie and his sister, Lily, the protector, anchor, and opinionated powerhouse; the friendship between Alfie and Robby that is seemingly innocent and true; the importance of the theatre to every character involved; societal persecution; the unfortunate backdrop of conservatism rearing it’s head to take the freedom and swell of joy right out of it – this was a play/musical that leaves you full of thought, a bit of sadness, and a reason to feel your voice needs to sound.

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Broadway My Way

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The detailed archways, the ascending dual staircases leading to the smell of popcorn we couldn’t help but be drawn to, the movie history that emanated from every gorgeous corner of this theatre – well, everything in me felt as if creativity was just oozing out. And as she saw tables and tables of curious art, memorabilia, and several auction items, she asked me the BIG question: “What is this all for?” I had to pause. How do I explain AIDS to a 6 year-old?

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LOVE Bites.

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We’ve all been through some torrid relationship where we love entirely or hate entirely, been overly emotional, blown things out of proportion, made tragic mistakes that cost us the ones we love, or – if you’re lucky – learn to just laugh it all off as “experience”, a “life lesson”, or the reason you won’t make the same mistakes twice. LOVE. It can be beautiful but it can, as it most often is in today’s world, bite.

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Lovesick

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The play moves with a transcendence of space and time, with this out-of-the-world reproach, dialogue that leaves your soul craving more – like words dripping off of a juicy apple smothered in honey, and a story that makes you feel things you weren’t expecting to feel – your heart, your soul, your mind is running right along with every scene.

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Under My Skin, Pasadena Playhouse

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Under My Skin, recently performed at the Pasadena Playhouse, can best be described as a transparent look at today’s healthcare system, the unrelenting stream of apathy running amuck, the discourse between male and female dynamics, the difficulties of being single parents raising children and children caring for elderly parents, and the harsh truth that life is fraught with challenges, setbacks, and an unrelenting pursuit of accepting that perhaps we’ve given up on our dreams along the way. Acclaimed writers and producers Robert Sternin and Prudence Frasier have created a play that is relevant to us all in some way or another. The brutal honesty, the uncomfortable moments, the sadistic humor, the misguided love, the need to feel what we do matters, the reality of what is and the raw grit of what isn’t is why this story is something of a revelation.

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