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

**”Chapter Two” – Runs Till Apr. 6th – Little Fish Theatre – San Pedro
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“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” – Runs Wednesdays Till Apr. 10th – Theatre Asylum – Hollywood
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“Trainspotting” – Runs Till Apr. 13th – Elephant Theatre – Hollywood
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“Dreamgirls” – Runs Till Apr. 14th- MET Theatre – Hollywood

“Master Class” – Runs Till Apr. 14th – ICT – Long Beach
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“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
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“Complete” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – The Matrix Theatre – Hollywood
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“Songs of Bilitis” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles

“Paradise”Runs Till Mar. 30thRuskin Group Theatre – Santa Monica
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**”Chapter Two”Runs Till Apr. 6thLittle Fish Theatre – San Pedro
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“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” – Runs Wednesdays Till Apr. 10th – Theatre Asylum – Hollywood
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“Trainspotting”Runs Till Apr. 13thElephant Theatre – Hollywood
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“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
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** = YOU MUST SEE THIS

Little Fish Theatre + Neil Simon = Excellent Production of “Chapter Two”

Published March 9, 2013 by mickala
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Richard Perloff and Trisha Miller. Photo by Mickey Elliot.

There are good playwrights, bad playwrights, playwrights with good ideas but bad technique and then there is Neil Simon. The most famous and successful playwright of all time. With over 30 plays which include The Odd Couple, The Goodbye Girl, Barefoot in the Park and many many more. Simon is a master of comedy and relationships, if done correctly his work will charm you all night long. That is the key point, if done correctly. Simon’s work focuses so much on relationships and chemistry that if his work is not done by the right actors, all of its charm could fizzle away. This is definitely not the case at Little Fish Theatre with their current production of Chapter Two. The four actors who perform this riveting piece are not only superbly talented they have amazing chemistry with one another.

Chapter Two is a delightful play about two people, George Schneider (Richard Perloff) who is now a widower and Jennie Malone (Trisha Miller), a fresh divorcee. They are hurt, broken and not quite ready to start the second chapter of their lives. Neither are looking for love but they find each other with the help of their matchmaking supporters. The story touches upon the fear of letting go the old, as well as the paralyzing feeling of letting in the new. It is funny and heartwarming and at times rather sad. It has everything it needs to be a stellar play, but why should it not, it is Neil Simon.

What makes this particular production special is the company and the staging/set design. There are two settings in this play, George’s apartment and Jennie’s. Scene Designer, Chris Beyries has done a clever job in creating these two places in a small space. On stage right is George’s apartment, a perfect setting for a writer and on stage left is Jenny’s. The two meet in the middle sharing a sofa for their living rooms. Now this could go totally awry, but it works. At times, George is in his apartment sitting on the couch and Jennie is in her home sitting on her sofa. It may be the same sofa but you completely believe that they are in separate apartments. In order to pull off Beyries clever set, you need phenomenal directing, which Patrick Vest brings, and convincing actors, which they most definitely have.

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Richard Perloff and Tony Cicchetti. Photo by Mickey Elliot.

Perloff is devastating , charming and heart wrenching as the widower George. He loved his deceased wife, Barbara as much as any woman wishes to be loved and is now at a loss. Your heart skips a beat when he loses his mopy lost puppy persona and becomes love struck with the beautiful, clever and funny Jennie. Miller keeps you on your heels as Jennie. She is a strong independent woman who vows not to waste her life on another wasted relationship. Yet when her and George hit a rocky road, she stands up for herself and for their love in a monologue that is riveting. The sidekicks of the play, portrayed by Tony Cicchetti and Dana Pollak are loveable as they push their hurting friends into each others arms.

Chapter Two at Little Fish Theatre is a must see. It has everything you want from an evening at the theater and more. If you have never been to Little Fish then this is the time to go. It is a theater full of people who love what they do and it shows. This is only my second trip to this theater but I can securely state that it is quickly becoming one of my favorite theaters in LA.

–Mickala Jauregui

Chapter Two runs until April 6th, at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro.

A Little Night of Theater: Mar. 5th – 10th

Published March 5, 2013 by mickala

A Family Thing” – RunTill Mar. 17th – Stage 52 – Los Angeles
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**”Walking the Tightrope” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – 24th Street Theatre – Downtown
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“Complete” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – The Matrix Theatre – Hollywood
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“Songs of Bilitis” – Runs Till Mar. 30th – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles
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“Chapter Two”Runs Till Apr. 6thLittle Fish Theatre – San Pedro
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“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” – Runs Wednesdays Till Apr. 10th – Theatre Asylum – Hollywood
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“Trainspotting”Runs Till Apr. 13thElephant Theatre – Hollywood
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“Dreamgirls”Runs Till Apr. 14th- MET Theatre – Hollywood

** = YOU MUST SEE THIS

A Little Night of Theatre: February 14th – 17th

Published February 13, 2013 by mickala


**PICK OF THE WEEK – A MUST SEE**
“Around the World in 80 Days”
Last Weekend!International City Theatre – Long Beach
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“Pick of the Vine”Last Weekend!Little Fish Theatre – San Pedro
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“The Snake Can”Runs Till Mar. 2ndOdyssey Theatre – West Los Angeles
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“Walking the Tightrope”
Runs Till Mar. 30th24th Street Theatre – Downtown
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A Family Thing:Runs Till Mar. 17thStage 52 – Los Angeles
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A Little Night of Theater: February 7th- February 10th

Published February 6, 2013 by mickala

Here at ALittleNightMusing, I have decided to make it as easy as possible to go enjoy some great local theatre in and around Los Angeles. Every Tuesday I will post what is playing that weekend.

Think of this as your one stop shop, find out what’s playing and if it’s any good!

“The Magistrate”
Feb 9th OnlyJames Bridge Theatre – UCLA

“Pick of the Vine”Runs Till Feb. 16thLittle Fish Theatre – San Pedro
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“Around the World in 80 Days”
Runs Till Feb. 17thInternational City Theatre – Long Beach
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“The Snake Can”Runs Till Mar. 2ndOdyssey Theatre – West Los Angeles
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“Walking the Tightrope”
Runs Till Mar. 30th24th Street Theatre – Downtown
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San Pedro’s Little Fish Theatre Opens Season with the “Pick of the Vine”

Published January 15, 2013 by mickala

I grabbed a blanket and settled into the intimate, not heated but constantly growing Little Fish Theatre (LFT) in San Pedro. Nestled amongst quaint restaurants is this little theatre which recently expanded their space, allowing more room for audience and performance. This was my first time to LFT, but after watching the opening night of “Pick of the Vine” it will definitely not be my last.

Don Schnossman and Rodney Rincon in “The Divine Visitation of Joe Pikelsimer” directed by James Rice

Don Schnossman and Rodney Rincon in “The Divine Visitation of Joe Pikelsimer” directed by James Rice **

For the past eleven seasons, LFT has been selecting original short plays from several submissions and presenting them in “Pick of the Vine”. I may not be able to speak about previous years but this year their selections are superb. The eight short plays are all packed with laughs, originality and heartwarming moments. Only one of the eight seemed lack luster to me, and that was because I felt that the subject of “The True Cost of Heavenly Birth Insurance” was more suited for a full length play than a small blurb of a piece.
The actors who present these eight plays are honest and full of energy, they are a true ensemble without a weak link in sight. Some have but minutes to change into different characters and they all do it beautifully. The topic of plays range wide, from a gun-toting God trying to change a life-wasting human,  to victims of 9/11 leaving their last voice messages on their loved-ones’ machines, to third graders preparing for the last game of their losing softball season. There is something for everyone, and it is pretty much guaranteed that at one point or another you will be crying, either because of a touching moment or because of how much you are laughing.

Rachel Levy and Craig Shields in “A Name” by Mark Cornell, directed by Bill Wolski -- one of eight short plays in Pick of the Vine, now playing through Feb 16 at Little Fish Theatre. Photo Mickey Elliot.

Rachel Levy and Craig Shields in “A Name” by Mark Cornell, directed by Bill Wolski — one of eight short plays in Pick of the Vine, now playing through Feb 16 at Little Fish Theatre. **

LFT obviously has perfected the art of picking great plays and the venue is filled with wonderful and welcoming people. If you haven’t checked out Little Fish Theatre  then you must, for the theatre itself is the ultimate ‘Pick of the Vine’.

“Pick of the Vine” runs Fridays and Saturdays through February 16th with select weekday performances, check their website for details.

–Mickala Jauregui

** Photos by Mickey Elliot.

 

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