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A Little Night of Theater: Mar. 27th – 31st

Published March 27, 2013 by mickala

So many must sees!!!

“Complete” – Last Weekend – The Matrix Theatre – Hollywood
My Night Musing

“Songs of Bilitis” – Last Weekend – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles

**”Chapter Two” – Runs Till Apr. 6th – Little Fish Theatre – San Pedro
My Night Musing

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” – Runs Wednesdays Till Apr. 10th – Theatre Asylum – Hollywood
My Night Musing

“Trainspotting” – Runs Till Apr. 13th – Elephant Theatre – Hollywood
My Night Musing

“Dreamgirls” – Runs Till Apr. 14th- MET Theatre – Hollywood

“Master Class” – Runs Till Apr. 14th – ICT – Long Beach
My Night Musing

“Tomorrow” – Runs Till Apr. 21st – Skylight Theatre Complex – Hollywood

“Mrs Warren’s Profession” – Runs Till Apr. 21st – The Antaeus Company – North Hollywood

“On The Spectrum” – Runs Till Apr. 28th – The Fountain Theatre – Hollywood

**”Paradise” – Runs Till May 4th – Ruskin Group Theatre – Santa Monica
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**”Walking the Tightrope” – EXTENDED Till May 18th – 24th Street Theatre – Downtown
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** = YOU MUST SEE THIS

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A Little Night of Theater: Mar. 13th – Mar. 17th

Published March 14, 2013 by mickala

So many great options this week!!!

A Family Thing” – Last Weekend – Stage 52 – Los Angeles
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“Ladyhouse Blues”Runs Till Mar. 24thNewPlace Studio Theatre – North Hollywood

“Dirty Filthy Love Story”Runs Till Mar. 24th – Skylight Theatre Complex – Hollywood

**”Walking the Tightrope” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – 24th Street Theatre – Downtown
My Night Musing

“Complete” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – The Matrix Theatre – Hollywood
My Night Musing

“Songs of Bilitis” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles

“Paradise”Runs Till Mar. 30thRuskin Group Theatre – Santa Monica
Night Musing Coming Soon

**”Chapter Two”Runs Till Apr. 6thLittle Fish Theatre – San Pedro
My Night Musing

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” – Runs Wednesdays Till Apr. 10th – Theatre Asylum – Hollywood
My Night Musing

“Trainspotting”Runs Till Apr. 13thElephant Theatre – Hollywood
Night Musing Coming Soon

“Dreamgirls”Runs Till Apr. 14th- MET Theatre – Hollywood

“Tomorrow” – Runs Till Apr. 21st – Skylight Theatre Complex – Hollywood

“Mrs Warren’s Profession”Runs Till Apr. 21st The Antaeus Company – North Hollywood

“On The Spectrum” Runs Till Apr. 28th – The Fountain Theatre – Hollywood
Night Musing Coming Soon

** = YOU MUST SEE THIS

A Little Night of Theatre: Feb 28th – Mar 3rd

Published February 28, 2013 by mickala

“The Snake Can”Last WeekendOdyssey Theatre – West Los Angeles
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**A MUST SEE**
“Walking the Tightrope”
Runs Till Mar. 30th24th Street Theatre – Downtown
My Night Musing

A Family Thing”Runs Till Mar. 17th Stage 52 – Los Angeles
My Night Musing

“Complete” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – The Matrix Theatre – Los Angeles
Night Musing Coming Soon

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” Runs Wednesdays Till Apr. 10th – Theatre Asylum – Hollywood
My Night Musing

24th Street Theatre is “Walking the Tightrope” with Their Thought Provoking Productions for Children

Published February 12, 2013 by mickala

24th Street Theatre is all about community, reaching out to help others and providing a chance to see a high quality, thought engaging production to those who may not normally have that opportunity. They want to reach anyone and everyone they can but this season their main focus is the children. With their new LAb24, 24th Street Theatre is working on touching young audiences and introducing them with theatre that will teach them, inspire them and make them think. This is not your typical children’s theatre, it is a conversation starter for both minds of young and old. They want to approach subjects that can sometimes be hard to discuss and they are doing just that with their current production Walking the Tightrope. Written as a lyric poem by English playwright Mike Kenny, there were no stage directions of any kind when 24th Street first looked at this production, however with the superb direction by Debbie Devine, they have crossed that hurdle elegantly and perhaps even perfectly.

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Walking the Tightrope is the story of Esme (Paige Lindsey White), a little girl who visits her Granddad Stan (Mark Bramhall) and Nana every year at the end of Summer. This year however, Nana is nowhere to be found. This story deals not only with the mountainous task of explaining death to a child but also how one must go on after the loss of someone they have spent most of their life with. Granddad Stan tires of Esme’s questioning and yet he cannot tell her the truth, so he tells her that Nana has joined the circus, fulfilling a lifelong dream of hers to be a tightrope walker.

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This story is beautifully told in every aspect. Keith Mitchell has designed the set poignantly, by draping a circus tent around the set of Granddad’s house. It is simple yet at the same time it helps to tell the story, by having that fantasy of the circus always looming over the characters. The circus theme is played out even more with the onset music provided by Michael Redfield, who provides an exquisite background soundtrack from an upright piano on the side of the stage.

Adding to the production’s powerful presentation is Devine’s brilliant idea of having Nana’s memory always looming in the background as a silent, melancholy clown, played to heartbreaking perfection by Tony Duran. Duran’s character walks quietly around the stage never seen by the other characters. Watching over them as they go through the same motions they always did every year. Helping to point out where things were that only Nana had known, he is the spirit of Nana and it is tragic and yet beautiful at the same time. This play would not be as moving as it is if White’s performance as the young Esme wasn’t as convincing as it is. Though an adult herself, she embodies the mindset and mannerisms of a little girl and it never once bothers you that she is well beyond the young years that Esma is supposed to be. Your heart breaks with hers as she ventures through her holiday without Nana and her interaction with Granddad are sweet and yet torturous. Bramhall’s Granddad is lost and heartbroken at the loss of his lifelong partner. The way he muddles through everyday forced to remember that Nana is gone with Esme’s numerous questions, makes it feel real and taps into every fear we all have about death and losing those closest to us. When Esme finds Nana’s glasses in the couch, it is everything you can do not jump up and hug Bramhall forgetting almost all together that you are watching a work of fiction.

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Fiction it may be, but this story is one we can all relate to. We all have to deal with death and by bringing in the idea of the circus Kenny and 24th Street are making it accessible to children. They want to start a conversation. So if you think this is a topic your child needs to start learning about, then this is the prefect conversation starter. If you don’t have children or do not want to bring them then still go see it. Walking the Tightrope is a phenomenal piece of theatre, and by the fact that there was not a dry eye in the house when I saw it, I am not the only one who thinks so.

–Mickala Jauregui

Walking the Tightrope plays Saturdays through March 30th.

ICT’s “Ghost Writer” Unleashes the Secrets of Being a Writer

Published August 28, 2012 by mickala

As a writer, you spend a lot of time staring off into nothing-ness waiting. Waiting for what is hard to describe. An idea, a story, a way out of a sticky situation or sometimes, just the right words. Michael Hollinger’s Ghost-Writer  presents that experience in a very strange and somewhat mysterious manner. Set in the year 1919, Myra Babbage is the faithful typist of famed (fictional) author Franklin Woolsey, who has passed away. After years of ignoring other aspects of her young life, Myra Babbage has found herself in an unfamiliar world without her one task in life, typing Woolsey’s dictations. However, her task does still remains. An unfinished book is left lingering in her head and she is the only one left capable of finishing it.

Directed as an open ended mystery, Ghost-Writer  is currently being presented by the International City Theatre in downtown Long Beach. Directed by ICT’s artistic director caryn desai, Ghost-Writer envelopes the audience in the mystery of the deceased author and his typist and the question of who is really finishing the novel. Is she being haunted or is she just crazy? The  roles in this play are portrayed beautifully by the cast. Paige Lindsey White’s Babbage never leaves the stage, and narrates the entire play. White shows her confused, infatuated and heart broken emotions through her eyes and facial expressions during her narration of her life before and after Woolsey’s death.  Leland Crooke’s solemn , lost in thought, intense Woolsey paces the back ground of the set through out most of the play, representing the presence ever lurking in Myra’s mind. Their interactions, during the flashbacks scenes are intense and heart felt. The romantic tension between the two can be felt, like electricity shooting waves throughout the entire theater.

The play consists of constant changes between the past and the present. Babbage recounts her interactions with Woolsey, which are played out by the actors. To differentiate  between the times, light designer, Donna Ruzika, has done a beautiful job altering the lights. From bright during the years Woolsey was alive, to dark and shadowed when Babbage is without her author.

As for the mystery of the play, in my mind I believe that after all of the years working so closely with Woolsey’s creativity and with the stories; Myra has finally become much more than just a typist. She is a writer herself. Yet she is unfamiliar with how the words come in one’s mind. She believes that being a writer must be so different from being a typist,  where you are waiting for the words to appear from the narrating author. But in actuality that is exactly what being a writer is. The narrator may be your own thoughts, but you still wait and wait, hoping for the rest of the words to come to you. And sometimes when they do, you try with every fiber of your being to be able to write them down as fast as they pour out of your head and through your fingers. This is being a writer. It is a surreal feeling and when anyone asks, where did that idea or phrase come from, more often than not a writer will not know and neither did Babbage. She just assumed that it must be coming from her beloved, late dictator, thinking herself incapable of forming the story on her own.

But that is just this humble writer’s opinion, or at least that is what I felt compelled to write down.

Ghost-Writer plays at ICT until September 16th. Visit their website for ticket information and to view their newly announced 2013 season.

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