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Hey "Ethel" Lose the Mic

Gaby Rey has got some serious pipes, she also has some serious stage presence, what she doesn’t have in her one-person show Ethel Merman: Queen of Musical Comedy currently playing at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe festival, is some serious theater. But first let’s talk about Ms. Rey’s pipes. As mentioned, they are powerful and well-trained and can most definitely carry and deliver a tune, clearly exhibited by her ability to belt out some of Merman’s classic Broadway tunes in...
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Adam and Eve and the Meth-Lab Fire

Allegory is tough. Musicals are tough. And soft rock should burn in hell. So with The Songs of the Fall Ben Boquist is putting himself to a lot of trouble to show off a handful of musically interesting, lyrically simplistic songs that you’ll like if you liked 1990s show tunes that really wanted to be 1980s show tunes. There are complex progressions, surprising extensions, and idiosyncratic declensions (get it? The fall of the songs? No? Sorry). Unfortunately, few in this Holly...
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The Wildcat

The inaugural Los Angeles Theater Festival is underway at The Complex’s Ruby Theatre, just a few months after the Hollywood Fringe Festival bowed at that venue (among many others along Santa Monica Boulevard). While the HFF lasted just two and a half weeks and the LATF stretches from September 4 through October 11, the latter is actually a much smaller affair, comprising 62 performances of 16 titles (plus a closing-nig...
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A Trial of Some Scope

This week I read a piece of dialogue from a missionary in a Robert Louis Stevenson story: "I never argue...
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"The Big Snake" is Hard to Swallow

As ambitious as its title, The Big Snake or How I Got Eaten Alive on National Television and Lived to Tell About It! is writer/director Tom Cavanaugh’s attempt to sen...