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ROAR: 67% – BITTERSWEET

BITTERSWEET Like Rockwell’s last cabaret-style show “The Album Project: Jagged Little Pill,” this tries to mix a profoundly emotional story with modern pop music. And while “Pill” seemed a more cohesive piece, “Roar” feels a bit disjointed and scattered. While the story of a lesbian couple’s fight with breast cancer was the most compelling, the […]

The Los Angeles Newspaper Group to Take All Theater Reviews Online

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Your 2014 Pay to Play – Er – Ovation Award Nominees

Without looking at these I’m going to make a couple of predictions: Cricket Meyers and John Zalewski will be nominated for something and there will be numerous ties come award night. That is all. Congrats to the nominees. Without further Freddy Adu here are your… 2014 OVATION AWARD NOMINEES BEST SEASON 3-D THEATRICALS ACTORS CO-OP […]

IT’S JUST SEX (SECRET ROSE THEATRE): 67% – SWEET

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