Mostly Women in Verona

In the second or third show I was in the cast had a shortage of boys. While this a common issues in youth theater, the director wanted to beef up the scene. So, she enlisted some of the girls to play soldiers. This lead to a minute quick change from a dancing angel to a…

Dress Size Matters

This one is going to get personal. Read on. Saturday evening my mom and I went on a date to see Freaky Friday at the La Jolla Playhouse. A body switching tale that we’re all pretty familiar with at this point. An over bearing, perfectionist mother and an angry, just trying to have fun teen daughter…

How far is too far?

On a trip to Phoenix, AZ, my family stopped at the Phoenix Theatre to see Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. A stage play on the story of Sherlock Holme’s The Hounds of the Baskerville. A folk tale of a giant hound lurks in the shadows as Watson and Holmes work to solve the murder of Sir Charles Baskerville….

La La Land

La La Land has been sent by the musical theatre gods to satisfy our cravings for a love story told to music. Set in the grunginess of LA, our leading man and woman are real people with real problems. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling play typical, average people, hoping to break through into the arts…

A New Year

Looking forward to the growth of this page during the year. I’m excited to use this as an excuse to see theatre. What are you looking forward to this year? Theatre, or otherwise. Cheers, Emma  

A Play Is Just A Play

When should a play be aware of the fact that it is just a play, and when should it be unaware, allowing the characters and the audience to be carried away together to another world? In most traditional plays, a story is crafted with a beginning middle and end and simply played out in front…

Now You See It (Now You Don’t)

In the spring of 2015, North Coast Repertory opened Now You See It. This “magical” comedy takes place in a 1920s drawing room of the Summersby couple, played by Ken McFadden and Allison Minick. The play begins with Oriole (John Greenleaf), the couple’s British butler dawning a circus ring master outfit, emerging on stage in a…

Empire the Almost Musical

Empire the Musical, as performed at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in January and February of 2016, had the potential to be a great show, but lacked real robustness and substance. The 20s themed musical hearkens to Thoroughly Modern Millie, with its large dance productions and a starring lady who is seeking to make…