SLEUTH

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Anthony Shaffer’s cat-and-mouse comedy mystery thriller Sleuth ran nearly three years on Broadway in the early 1970s, chalking up over 1200 performances, much of the play’s success stemming from its multiple unexpected plot twists. The terrifically acted revival now playing at Little Fish Theatre delivers on most of the surprises, but unfortunately not on the big post-intermission humdinger.
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ETHAN CLAYMORE

A handsome young widower, a pretty new schoolteacher in town, a matchmaking neighbor, and a just-deceased older brother who’s been given one last chance to make amends in the few remaining days between now and Christmas add up to a crowd-pleasing holiday romcom as Little Fish Theater treats South Bay audiences to Norm Foster’s Ethan Claymore.
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MAME

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Auntie Mame Dennis, the woman who can “coax the blues right out of the horn” and “charm the husk right off of the corn,” is back. Yes, Kentwood Players’ revival is community theater and not the great-big Equity production L.A. has been awaiting the past baker’s dozen years. Still, with a pizzazzy lead performance and several supporting gems, it’s worth a visit to the Westchester Playhouse to rediscover the gal who took Broadway by storm not once but twice.
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TIME STANDS STILL

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A wounded photo-journalist’s return home from the war zone proves even more challenging than a life lived on the edge in Donald Margulies’ intelligent, perceptive, often funny, always compelling Time Stands Still, now being given a mostly satisfying production at San Pedro’s Little Fish Theatre under Patrick Vest’s solid direction.
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THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

The Norris Center For The Performing Arts couldn’t have picked a better musical, nor staged it more sparklingly, than their 2013-2014 3-Play Series season closer The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of 5 Tony Awards and quite possibly the most entertaining Valentine to musical theater ever.
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A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

The lives of couple dozen “unimportant” Dubliners are bestowed the significance they deserve in Torrance Theatre Company’s beautifully performed intimate-stage production of Terrence McNally, Lynn Aherns, and Stephen Flaherty’s 2002 off-Broadway musical A Man Of No Importance.
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BECKY’S NEW CAR


“When a woman says she wants new shoes, what she really wants is a new job. When she says she wants a new house, what she really wants is a new husband. And when she says she wants a new car, what she really wants is a new life.”

Imparting these words of wisdom is Rebecca (Becky) Foster, middle-aged wife and mother and the title character of Steven Dietz’s Becky’s New Car, Kentwood Players’ terrific 2014 opener at the Westchester Playhouse.
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IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS


Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is back for a second year at the Norris Center For The Performing Arts with its four fantastic leads intact, the same sensational direction and choreography, designs like those you’d expect in the best regional theater productions, and—brand new this time round—a live pit orchestra. There may be other White Christmases around town this time of year, but this is the one to see, or see again.
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