Dating Advice from the Mosh Pit Diver in the Miter Hat who Lives in James Ensor’s ‘Christ’s Entry into Brussels’ at the Getty,” by James Scarborough

Every couple of months – there’s no precise pattern here – a work of art will talk to me. I don’t mean the dialogue you get when you stand in front of a painting for 45 minutes, interrogating it with... Read more →


“Always on Sunday: Whoodat Already at the South El Monte Swap Meet,” by James Scarborough

It isn’t the lawyers that worry artist Whoodat Already the most. “They drone like mosquitoes,” he says, “but otherwise they’re harmless. I think of them as white noise generators – they help me get to sleep.” It’s not fellow artists,... Read more →


A Gambling Ship Moored Off the Coast of Long Beach and Artists From the School of Paris: How I Blew My Big Chance With Myrna Loy, by James Scarborough

This time the invitation came by telegram. Yes, telegram. I too thought Western Union sent the last one in 2006. But there he was, some Freddie Bartholomew-looking guy with ridiculously correct posture, standing before me in his faux-military uniform: high... Read more →


The Exhibition That Never Happened, Of Art That Never Existed, By An Unknown Artist/Curator/Collector With Exquisite Penmanship, by James Scarborough

The invitation came by mail. I thought it was for a wedding. The envelope was 6x4 inches, its paper cream-colored, thick. Both had heft. There was no return address. My name and address were printed with black ink, written in... Read more →


Clocking in at a smidge under 90 spellbinding minutes, Gotta Gittit Done, written by Glen "Frosty" Little, directed by Achille Zavatta for The Bixby Park Community Players, presents a threnody for the passing of the father of two nameless characters... Read more →


Larger than life. On the plus side, the phrase characterizes the personalities of the two protagonists in Jamrack Holobom's "The Apotheosis of Herman Rodman Guidry," directed by Jackson Timbers and adapted for the stage by Holobom for The Theatre at... Read more →


If you want a nifty little recipe for escapist humor, look no further than The All American Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall’s “Churley’s Angels.” Start with a tantalizing concept (a satire on the iconic “Charlie’s Angels”). Fold it in to... Read more →


“Once Upon a Murder,” written and directed by Paul Vander Roest for Act Out Mystery Theatre at the Reef Restaurant, skewers the residents of our bedtime stories – various princes, evil step-parents, witches, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks, even Cinderella –... Read more →


Generating a rousing Y’all come back now, hear!, “Beverly Hillbilly’s 90210,” written by Valerie Speaks, directed and with additional jokes by Ken Parks for The All American Melodrama Theater and Music Hall, captures the humor to be found in this... Read more →


If the Found Theatre does one thing very well on a regular basis, it presents meaningful stories that totter on the verge of utter and wildly entertaining collapse. It's purposeful, of course. What also collapses is the Fourth Wall between... Read more →


With their latest production, “It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol,” written and directed by Ken Parks, with music by Parks and Rick Illes, it’s easy to see why The All American Music Theater and Music Hall was recently honored by Trip... Read more →


Written and directed by Ken Parks, with music by Parks and Rick Illes, for the All American Melodrama Theater & Music Hall, “Snooty and the Beast,” represents the theatrical equivalent of “Goofus and Gallant,” the life lesson found in each... Read more →


What’s black and white and red all over? The marquee outside the International City Bungalow Gallery where Cassie T. Ration recently unveiled her much anticipated piece, “Stay Free© or Die: The Menstrual Hut Project.” The piece’s inspiration and sources are... Read more →


Pixellated with Thomas Hardy moods and Blade Runner visuals, Bailey Rum’s “A Shropshire Dalliance,” directed by Saffron Mendes-Munns for the Long Beach Bit Players, offers an appetizing tale of espionage, food chemistry, and small town love. This tale of star-crossed... Read more →


It may be set in 1994, it may bespeak an historical era of music, of feminism, of counterculture; but the story behind “Girl Band in the Men’s Room,” written by Robert Ford, directed by Michael Kortlander for Dirty Blonde Productions... Read more →


Our experience of Harold Pinter’s “The Dumb Waiter,” directed by Landon Johnson for Vespertine Productions at The Flight Theatre at The Complex Theatres, is not so much that of a fly on a wall; a fly’s buzz would unbalance Johnson’s... Read more →


“100 Saints You Should Know,” written by Kate Fodor, directed by Lindsay Allbaugh, and given its West Coast premiere at the Elephant Theatre Company, presents a story that asks questions but doesn’t, alas, provide answers. To great effect it frames... Read more →


If summer means light-hearted, family fun entertainment, then “My Big Fat OC Wedding,” written and directed by Ken Parks, with music by Parks and Ken Illes, proves that it’s always summer at the All American Melodrama Theater & Music Hall.... Read more →


Bert V. Royal frames “Dog Sees God: Confession of a Teenage Blockhead”, at the Long Beach Playhouse’s Studio Theatre, as a “Whatever Happened to the Peanuts characters?” It begins with the death of the-dog-that-for-legal-reasons-can’t-be-named Snoopy and ends, long before the... Read more →


Despite it’s undertone of despair, Rebecca Campbell’s “Romancing the Apocalypse” waxes affirmative and instructional. Bold and confident, it doesn’t shy away from the inevitabile rages of Time; instead, it embraces them. Each piece (and the experience of moving from piece... Read more →


It’s the 447th birthday of William Shakespeare, so what better way to commemorate the occasion than for the Long Beach Shakespeare Company to present three radio programs and a play based on Shakespeare characters and one of the actors that... Read more →


Written and directed by Ken Parks with piano playing and musical direction by Rick Illes, “Back From the Future or Forward to the Pasture,” for the All American Melodrama Theater, offers an evening (or afternoon) of simple, unadulterated pleasure to... Read more →