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BATTLEDRUM: 75% - BITTERSWEET

BATTLEDRUM: 75% – BITTERSWEET

BITTERSWEET But the book and lyrics (by Doug Cooney) and the music (Lee Ahlin) lacked sophistication. The 75-minutes or so of the show had to cover too much terrain (emotional as well as physical) to remain intriguing and the use of women in the show (a mother of one of the boys, D.J. Harner, who […]

AN IDEAL HUSBAND (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 83% - SWEET

AN IDEAL HUSBAND (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 83% – SWEET

SWEET It’s always a pleasant surprise to discover a gem in a most unlikely setting, and that’s what I experienced last Saturday night when I attended a performance of Oscar Wilde’s comedy An Ideal Husband at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. It was my first time at the venue, and I was delighted to discover an […]

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 100% - SWEET

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET For those seeking a small dose of seasonal cheer, this heartwarming production offers the perks of an intimate venue, charming old town location, and the delivery of several notable performances. Publisher – LifeInLA SWEET What impressed me the most however, was the way these actors handled the children during scenes when they could not […]

THE LION IN WINTER (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 88% - SWEET

THE LION IN WINTER (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 88% – SWEET

SWEET In the new production at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, the smaller stage emphasizes this sense of captivity, enhanced as it is by Gary Wissman’s versatile, representational set. There, director Michael Cooper has gathered a cast ranging from good to very good indeed, all of whom live the characters they wear. Frances Baum Nicholson – […]

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 100% - SWEET

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET This polished and entertaining adaptation of Mark Twain’s coming-of-age classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a rare case of family entertainment done well. Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly SWEET It is the deep and sincere understanding of this childish wonder that colors Leason’s adaptation with such a refreshing brilliance and makes a night […]

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The Other Los Angeles Fringe Theater

Unless you are one of 7 Native Angelenos in my audience (i.e. from the Tongva tribe), odds are you’ve heard this from friends and family: It’s such a long trip to go out to the West Coast, why don’t you come visit us here in the East? As if the direction of travel changes the […]

GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 67% - BITTERSWEET

GOD’S MAN IN TEXAS (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 67% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET Though I can’t help wishing that Rambo had pruned down the Act One sermonizing that this particular reviewer found so alienating, God’s Man In Texas turns out to be quite a play, and one well worth driving over to picturesque Sierra Madre to experience. Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA BITTER Director Nancy Youngblut’s staging employs […]

DRIVING MISS DAISY (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 83% - SWEET

DRIVING MISS DAISY (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 83% – SWEET

SWEET Anyone interested in that period of history should enjoy the play not to mention the relationship between feisty Miss Daisy and her sparring partner Hoke. Serita Stevens – LASplash SWEET Still, “Driving Miss Daisy” remains, at heart, a play about distinct and interesting individuals. Impressive actors can make this piece what they will, and […]

Man in Empty Theater

Response to Steve Julian: A View from a Primitive

In a recent editorial, playwright Steve Julian makes the bold claim that live theater in Los Angeles is in trouble because today’s audience is desensitized.  The thesis goes something like this:  Back in the “golden age” – pre-television – it was far easier to show the audience something new.  With news stories now bathing us […]

INCIDENT AT VICHY (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 100% - SWEET

INCIDENT AT VICHY (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET The well acted play takes its relentless course over an intermission-less ninety minutes and concludes with a courageous act of valor, intended to inspire a ray of hope for the triumph of good over evil. Ingrid Wilmot – Will Call SWEET Resolute craft drives the cautionary content of “Incident at Vichy” at the Sierra […]

Sierra Madre Playhouse seeks Stage Manager

The Sierra Madre Playhouse, a non-profit AEA 99 seat plan theater NE of Pasadena is gearing up for its next production, Gilbert & Sullivan’s RUDDIGORE reset in the late 1950s. We are seeking a Stage Manager. Rehearsals begin August 7 and are held in the evenings Tue-Fri and Sat morning/afternoons and some Sundays. Performances are […]

Stage Manager for RUDDIGORE at Sierra Madre Playhouse

Sierra Madre Playhouse is seeking a Stage Manager for our upcoming musical production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s RUDDIGORE reset in the late 1950s. Rehearsals begin August 7 on Tue-Fri evenings and Sat mornings & afternoons. Performances are Sep 21 – Nov 10 on Fri-Sat evenings & Sun matinees. There is a small stipend. Sierra Madre […]

Audition for Ruddigore

AUDITIONS FOR RUDDIGORE by Gilbert & Sullivan reset and adapted in a 1959 Roger Corman horror movie style. Interested actors/singers should send in a picture and resume to email at [email protected] Auditions are Mon. May 7 at 7pm AUDITION INFORMATION 1. Pianist will be provided. 2. Please bring a resume/CV and headshot. 3. Prepare a Gilbert […]

Sierra Madre Playhouse is seeking Set Designer, Video/Projection Designer, and Costume Designer

Sierra Madre Playhouse, a 99-seat theatre in the San Gabriel Valley, is seeking a Set Designer, Video/Projection Designer, and Costume Designer for an upcoming musical production of RUDDIGORE reset in a 1959 ala Roger Corman horror movie. The show opens Friday, Sep 21 and runs through Saturday, Nov 10. Load-In is Sunday, Sep 9 and […]

TWENTIETH CENTURY (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 86% - SWEET

TWENTIETH CENTURY (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 86% – SWEET

BITTER Though director Michael Lorre and his solid cast manage more than a few shining moments, the story feels stale and the ham-fisted comedy never hits its requisite screwball stride. Amy Lyons – LA Weekly SWEET Twentieth Century gives the venerable Sierra Madre Playhouse one of its best productions ever, and if you’ve never visited […]

Stage Manager Needed for The Sierra Madre Playhouse

The Sierra Madre Playhouse, a non-profit AEA 99 seat plan theater adjacent to Pasadena is gearing up for its Spring production of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Woman In Mind” which opens May 25, 2012. Auditions are being held early on Feb. 27 & 28 but the 6 week rehearsal schedule will not start until April 15 with Tech week beginning May […]

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 100% - SWEET

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET If To Kill A Mockingbird is an indication of the quality production they do I’ll be back. Frazgo – Blogging LA SWEET In sum, please don’t get me wrong. I am very fond of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” its criticisms notwithstanding. Frances Baum Nicholson – The Stage Struck Review SWEET The novel thrives on […]

THE YEOMAN OF THE GUARD: 67% - BITTERSWEET

THE YEOMAN OF THE GUARD: 67% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET Savoyards – you know who you are – rev up your engines and head for the pretty, little town of Sierra Madre and revel in a Gilbert & Sullivan Festival for the next few weeks. The opening salvo is YEOMEN OF THE GUARD and three cheers for that. Ingrid Wilmot – Will Call SWEET […]

Seeking Stage Manager

The Sierra Madre Playhouse, a non-profit AEA 99 seat plan theater adjacent to Pasadena is gearing up for its Fall production of “To Kill A Mockingbird” which opens October 7, 2011. Auditions are being held this Sunday, July 31 and a 6 week rehearsal schedule begins week of August 21 with Tech weekend on Sept. […]

Sierra Madre Playhouse seeking Director for “Our Town”

The Sierra Madre Playhouse is seeking a director for the upcoming production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”. Auditions take place January 16 – 18 and opening is March 4, 2011. 99 seat Equity plan applies. Small director’s stipend. Please direct all inquiries to [email protected] or Barbara Schofield at [email protected]