CLASS

What starts out a bright and breezy odd-couple romcom turns into something considerably richer and more rewarding as the Falcon Theatre presents the West Coast Premiere of Charles Evered’s Class.
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INSIDE OUT

Group therapy has never been more entertaining—or more tuneful—than it is in Doug Haverty and Adryan Russ’s 1995 off-Broadway musical Inside Out, back for an all-star 20th Anniversary revival at Burbank’s Grove Theatre Center.
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CLOSER THAN EVER

Four of the most gloriously-voiced actor-singers in town, clever musical staging by the Ovation-winning Janet Miller, over two-dozen of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire’s most melodious and insightfully worded songs, and a superbly played 9.5-foot-long concert grand add up to a thoroughly captivating Closer Than Ever at Burbank’s Hollywood Piano. Lighting may be rudimentary, the set may consist simply of a red velvet curtain, four stools, and said piano, and the folding-chair seating as back-challengingly uncomfy as it gets, but oh the performances! Oh the songs!
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THE ROAD TO APPOMATTOX

A war approaching its bloody end and a marriage quite possibly nearing its own death throes come together Catherine Bush’s enlightening, entertaining new dramedy The Road To Appomattox, now getting its West Coast Premiere at Burbank’s Colony Theatre.
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LEND ME A TENOR

Glendale Centre Theatre follows this past summer’s staging of Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies with the master playwright’s 1986 smash Lend Me A Tenor, a revival that hits all the right comedic notes as performed by an expert cast under James Castle Stevens’ snappy direction.
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The Snow QUEEN

It wouldn’t be December at the Falcon Theater without the Troubadour Theater Company’s latest holiday treat, and this year’s The Snow QUEEN is not only one of their most entertaining extravaganzas to date, it’s one of the most musical Troubies musicals in years.
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HANDLE WITH CARE

The more romantic your soul, the more likely you will be to fall in love with the West Coast Premiere of Handle With Care at Burbank’s Colony Theatre. Cynics may carp, but if you’re anything like this reviewer, Jason Odell Williams’ cross-cultural romcom will have you believing in soul mates and destiny all the way up to its uber-romantic finale.
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MAN OF LA MANCHA

Several outstanding performances including a best-yet star turn by Marc Ginsburg in the title role make Glendale Centre Theatre’s Man Of La Mancha revival a fine introduction (or return visit) to the Tony-winning Best Musical of 1966, though the in-the-round setting does somewhat impede the atmospheric look that has made past La Manchas such production design dazzlers.
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