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MAY
18
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Review - David Hare’s Skylight Gets masterful treatment at Ojai Art Center Theatre

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David Hare’s Skylight is an excellent play, one of the best plays written in the last 50 years. Sharply written, multi-layered, beautifully constructed, engaging, and timely, it is a good-humored, entertaining, highly-charged emotional rollercoaster ride of a play. 
 
Director Steve Grumette does us a great favor bringing it to the 805 and giving us a well-crafted professional production with scintillating acting from Anna Kotula as Kyra Hollis and Noah Terry as Edward Sargeant, with an admirable debut from Buddy Wilds as the son, Tom Sargeant.
 
The other good news is that the Ojai Art Center Theatre has lowered its ticket prices for this season.
 

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23
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Review - 4000 Miles at Santa Paula Theatre Center

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Santa Paula Theatre Center continues an interesting season of strong dramas with Amy Herzog's Pulitzer-Prize-nominated comedy, 4000 Miles.  Set in the East Village New York City apartment of a 91-year-old partisan widow, Vera, the play opens as her 21-year-old grandson, Leo, appears at three in the morning at the end of a tragic 4000 mile cross-country bike ride.
 
Marilyn Lazik and Parker Harris star in the Pulitzer Prize nominated comic /drama 4000 Miles, at the Santa Paula Theater Center.
 
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MAR
24
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Review: Uncanny Valley at the Elite

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Once again the Elite Theatre Company has used its South Stage to produce a timely and well-worth watching play.  Uncanny Valley features a relatively unusual casting configuration: pitting a  young male part for the robot against an older female part for his creator.
 
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MAR
21
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Review: An Open Table

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Flying H Group Theatre Company presents its first world premier​, An Open Table by James James, an over-the-top dark comedy set one night in a fine-dining restaurant where the disgruntled staff decide to murder the customers. Fast-paced, raucous, a bit ribald, and totally hilarious, An Open Table is an exciting new play that should enjoy a long and successful future.
 
Sensational acting by Eric Mello, Javiera Torres, and the author, James James lead a fine ensemble cast in an excellent production directed by Flying H Artistic Director, Taylor Kasch. The Taylor Kasch-designed set features original paintings by Soceity805.com's own Erik Reel.
 
The best cheap date in the county and definitely not family entertainment.
 
 
 
Eric Mello, Javiera Torres
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MAR
07
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Review - Taking Liberty

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, directed by Jenny Sullivan. It’s 1890; a lawless time in the Wild West. Two men must stand up for what they believe in. Only one will survive. Rubicon Theatre presents the American premiere of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, written by Jethro Compton and based on the short story that inspired the classic John Ford film. The show received rave reviews in London and plays for a limited time only through the 20th.
Rubicon Theatre Company announces EXTENSION through SATURDAY, MARCH 26 
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FEB
16
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Review: Do Not Miss The Other Place

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Santa Paula Theatre kicks off its new season with a wonderful production of Sharr White’s beautifully written psychological drama, The Other Place.
 
Producer Leslie Nichols has brought in the dynamic duo behind Flying H Theatre, Taylor Kasch and Cynthia Killion, to do their magic, and magic it is, with the tight ensemble work, extremely effective set, production details, cast and crew excellence, collaboration and execution of high order we’ve come to expect from all things Kasch and Killion.
 
 
 
Killion and Perlmutter re-arranging the tectonic plates of the mind in Sharr White's The Other Place at  the Santa Paula Theater Center  Photo Credit:  Brian Stetham. 

 

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FEB
02
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REVIEW - See Rock City at Rubicon

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A play worth seeing more than once, See Rock City is the “don’t miss” sequel to Last Train to Nibroc, the second part of Arlene Hutton’s Nibroc Trilogy American set piece featuring Nibroc’s young couple, May and Raleigh.
 
 
 
Quietly struggling with timeless inner truths, Lily Nicksay and Erik Odom in Arlene Hutton’s See Rock City at the Rubicon Theatre, downtown Ventura, through 14 February, 2016. Photo courtesy Zachary Andrews
 
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JAN
25
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Review- FUBAR at Flying H

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Flying H Group Theatre’s presentation of Karl Gajdusek’s FUBAR delivers another fun night of whacky, dark comedy.
 
(l) Brian Robert Harris in Karl Gajdusek's FUBAR at the Flying H Group Theatre, Ventura, January 2016
Photo Credit: Maria Rojas
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OCT
19
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Review: Acting Rules at Flying H and Elite

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Some scripts call for tremendously committed acting. These are the kind of scripts that great actors hunger for; but often aren't produced as they scare the daylights out of everyone else. John Pollono's Small Engine Repair, and Jim Brochu's Zero Hour are scripts that might be considered in that category. Both scripts are smartly written, with sweeping structures yet tightly focused, giving both the kind of range and focus that great actors like to exploit. Both plays take a certain level of significant courage and commitment from their actors. A level that lessor talents dare to attempt.
 
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SEP
13
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Review: Rubicon’s Copenhagen

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Michael Frayn’s play, Copenhagen, is a rare treat for anyone who is remotely interested in finding intellectual stimulation in Ventura. There is great art and then there is important great art. Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen is the latter.
 
 
(L-R) Peter Van Norden, Linda Purl & Brett Rickaby photo credit: Christopher Brown
 
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