Posts Tagged ‘Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center’


In The Heights, the thrilling, entertaining, emotionally powerful Tony-winning Best Musical of 2008, has arrived at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in a production whose triple-threat performances rival the best of the multiple professional ITH stagings I’ve seen over the past six years.
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Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proves that you don’t need a Broadway budget to give audiences their money’s worth, not with a show as crowd-pleasing as Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (one of the few musicals you can feel safe in inviting even your most Broadway-musical-phobic friends to for a monstrous good time), and not with performers as multi-talented as this production’s seven leads.

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bare: a pop opera

Catholic school is hardly the most welcoming environment for two teenage boys to fall in love, or so roommates Peter and Jason discover in Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere’s off-Broadway cult favorite bare: a pop opera, now being given a particularly powerful Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center debut under Fred Helsel’s inspired direction.
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The four heavenly songbirds who call themselves Forever Plaid have returned to earth “one last time” to treat SoCalians to their “live” holiday TV special as the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents Stuart Ross’s Plaid Tidings to much deserved audience cheers.
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A trio of showstopping performances highlight Actors’ Repertory Theatre Of Simi’s crowd-pleasing production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, one of the most laugh-out-loud hilarious Broadway musicals ever.
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The “birds” are boys and the boys are girls as Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s La Cage Aux Folles (aka The Birdcage), and if an uninspired scenic design gives the production a more “community theater” look than it deserves, the result is nonetheless a crowd-pleasing, gender-bending treat.
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