BUYER & CELLAR

“Mem’ries” may light the corners of Broadway/TV star Jai Rodriguez’s mind, but they are neither “misty” nor “water-colored” in Jonathan Tolins’ deliciously dishy Buyer & Cellar, a revelatory showcase for Queer Eye “Culture Vulture” Rodriguez under Dimitri Toscas’ truly inspired direction.
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THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY

The Absolute Brightness Of Leonard Pelkey, James Lecesne’s hilarious, touching stage adaptation of his 2008 novel has arrived as a guest production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre only months after generating plenty of well-earned off-Broadway buzz for its author-performer.
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GHOST LIGHT

NOT RECOMMENDED

Deborah Puette is luminous, but the four vignettes that comprise Tommy Smith’s Ghost Light add up to a rather low-wattage half-hour solo show.
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SUBURBAN SHOWGIRL

Manhattanites will be in for a treat when Palmer Davis takes her self-penned, self-performed Suburban Showgirl to the New York United Solo Festival (on 42nd Street no less) this coming November.
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STANLEY ANN: THE UNLIKELY STORY OF BARACK OBAMA’S MOTHER

Ann Noble makes an indelible impression as the woman who gave birth to our country’s president in the World Premiere production of Mike Kindle’s one-woman bioplay Stanley Ann: The Unlikely Story Of Barack Obama’s Mother.
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ALL-AMERICAN GIRL


A girl-next-door Bostonian turns Islamic terrorist in Wendy Graf’s powerful, thought-provoking solo-play All-American Girl, now getting its World Premiere production at Hollywood’s Lounge Theatre under Anita Khanzadian’s astute, visually imaginative direction.
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BUYER & CELLAR

“Mem’ries” light the corners of struggling actor Alex More’s mind, but they are neither “misty” nor “water-colored” given that the divinely heavenly boss-from-hell whom Alex is “rememb’ring” in Jonathan Tolins’ hilarious Buyer & Cellar, now getting an absolutely fabulous San Diego Premiere at The Old Globe, is none other Barbra herself, no family name required.
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A LOVELY LINEAGE

When you grow up the granddaughter of both an MGM movie musical goddess and the pop vocalist who took “Laura” to the top of the Hit Parade, your lineage is a lovely one indeed, as this past year’s Scenie-winning Director/Star Of The Year Kristin Towers-Rowles makes abundantly clear in A Lovely Lineage, her musical tribute to her Hollywood heritage.
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