Post image for DVD Review: PRIME SUSPECT: TENNISON (MASTERPIECE on PBS Distribution)

NOT SO PRIME For the few who don’t know, Prime Suspect is the well-loved cop-show game-changer from MASTERPIECE on PBS. The series, which ran from 1991-2006 starring a glorious Helen Mirren, now has a prequel. Series creator Lynda La Plante’s 2015 novel Tennison is the basis for this newest six-part television mini-series, but she abandoned the adaptation, which […]

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Post image for San Diego Theater Review: AVENUE Q (OB Playhouse)

IT MAY SUCK TO LIVE ON AVENUE Q, BUT NOT TO SEE IT In the right setting, irreverence is so jovial. Our era of thought-police and political correctness has made it delicious to pervert that which seems simple and pure solely for the sake of entertainment (The Producers and The Book of Mormon are still […]

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Post image for DVD Review: MASTERPIECE: KING CHARLES III (PBS)

A ROYAL PERFORMANCE When British actor Tim Pigott-Smith died this past spring a month shy of his 71st birthday, the Community of Actors lost a legend. He came to fame three decades ago in The Jewel in the Crown, the dazzling series about the end of British rule in India. A consistently working actor, his last role […]

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Post image for CD Review: WAR PAINT (Original Broadway Cast on Ghostlight Records)

STAR POWER MEETS GIRL POWER The new Broadway musical War Paint centers on historical personages and rags-to-riches rivals Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, cosmetic moguls who are not incidentally female and, even less accidentally, played by Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole. Their half-century squabble, fueled by polar temperaments, marketing competition, even the men they stole from each other, […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Music Preview: THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA – 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW! (Hollywood Bowl)

SWINGIN’ AND ROCKIN’ THE BLUES AWAY AT THE BOWL Wait a minute. Hold on. If the Brian Setzer Orchestra—which pumps joy into the blood of both rabid fans and newcomers thirsty for a good time—is celebrating its 25th anniversary at the Hollywood Bowl next week (August 2, 2017 at 8), then that means Setzer has […]

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Post image for Tour Review: LUZIA (Cirque du Soleil)

MEMORIES OF MEXICO, LUZIA UNLEASHES A RAIN OF JOY The Cirque du Soleil just made a run for the border—and not the Canadian one. Ignoring the United States (a favorite activity of many nowadays), the Montreal-based human circus lavishes its unstoppable imagination on our neighbor to the south. Luzia, the latest (ad)venture under the redesigned white-and-gold Grand […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Theater Review: A STEADY RAIN (John Kirby Studio)

A STEADY PLAY What police personnel go through day-by-day isn’t really fully understood by civilians: the life-and-death tensions that alternate with the inevitable boredom and the public’s political vacillation between Protect Our Cops and Protect Our Citizens From Those Cops tends to get politicized and therefore ignored by all the oppositions. Keith Huff’s amazing play A Steady […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Theater Review: BORN FOR THIS (The Broad Stage in Santa Monica)

THE MIRACLE OF LOVE: WINANS STYLE BeBe Winans was on-hand to enjoy a triumphant opening night for his coming-of-age stage musical Born For This, that takes him and his sister CeCe from young adulthood through several decades of their lives and legendary careers. The star-studded audience included Stevie Wonder, Cicely Tyson, Debbie Allen, Sidney Poitier, […]

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Post image for San Diego Theater Review: GUYS AND DOLLS (The Old Globe’s Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage)

A FEW BLEMISHES CAN’T MAR THIS BEAUTIFUL DOLL It’s amazing. Were this masterpiece from Broadway’s golden age an actual guy or doll, he or she would be scoring Social Security. But make no mistake, this 1950 hoofer is no worse for the wear, thanks to Frank Loesser’s timeless score and Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows’ […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Music Review: ELLA AND DIZZY: 100 YEARS, 1,000 MEMORIES (Hollywood Bowl)

JAZZ SO HOT, IT MADE ME DIZZY The air was pure celebration at a crowded Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night as folks came from near and far to celebrate two of jazz’s greatest talents: Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald and trumpeter John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, both of whom would be celebrating their 100th birthday this year. For the […]

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