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Chops Embargo

When young Georgian Donna Thomas lost her college fund in her parents’ divorce, she had to get a job at Steak and Ale. There she met a rich customer who gave her a VCR for a birthday present. This was in the 1980s, when a VCR was a big ticket item, so she broke up with her boyfriend and went off on an around-the-world fling with the mysterious businessman. They fell madly in love. They got engaged. He had a crazy ex-wife, but that seemed surmountable. He paid for the twelve thousand dollar engagement ring with...
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A Poignant Fable, Timely Told: Lady into Fox @ The Hollywood Fringe Festival

I very rarely use the word charming to describe much of anything. This is mostly due to the fact that I am rarely charmed. For something to qualify as such, it must strike a nearly impossible balance between the familiar and the magical, the simple and the profound. Lady into Fox, a modern story-theater adaptation of David Garnett’s underrated 1922 novella with pictures, proves not only to be an undeniably charming and satisfying hour of theater, it accomplishes these feats with very limited resources. What wr...
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The Music and The Mirror: The Woman of the Hat

There is no Broadway production that better signified the end of the “conventional” song-and-dance musical than 1975’s A Chorus Line. It marked the end of an era where big, unabashed dance numbers could occur (in a musical) without being staged with willful denial, noticeable irony or at the very least, inherently self-aware intent.A Chorus Line used its self-awareness and its meta-theatricality to not only move the genre forward, but also celebrate what it had been. Much of Melissa R. Randel’...
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Felderstein's stage adaptation of "The Owl and The Pussycat" gushes with carnal creativity

What novelty can come from a play with a 52 year run, written in the 1960s by a television writer?   Without a doubt, The Owl and the Pussycat is a play doesn’t see much love nowadays. However, this adaptation of the mature production may prompt at least a little crush.  Whether Director Todd Felderstein’s undertaking of The Owl and The Pussycat is a labor of love or a fist in the air, he has managed to find some freshness in this rendition of the long-running comedy. &...