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Catch ‘Some where in the Middle’ before it closes

By Cynthia Citron NORTH HOLLYWOOD—The play Somewhere in the Middle is about three generations of a family living together somewhere in the Midwest.  For once, they are not a dysfunctional family, a subject that many playwrights these days tend to focus on.  This family is  an affectionate, intelligent, funny, and reasonably harmonious company. The older […]

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Where, Oh Where is Angelica?

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — As producer Gary Grossman explains it, the mission of the Skylight Theatre Company is to present only world premieres.  No revivals, no imports from London or New York, no old rehashes of plays from the 1930s.  Just brand new plays to be introduced to Los Angeles and the world […]

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Three couples zoned out at The Secret Rose Theatre

By Cynthia Citron NORTH HOLLYWOOD, California — The attractive middle-aged couple is having a fight.  It’s not one of those screaming, throwing-things-at-each-other kind of fights.  Rather, it’s the irritable kind of bickering where every time he opens his mouth she argues with whatever he has to say. This time the argument is about selling the house they have lived […]

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Korzen, once Seinfeld’s nudnik, in one woman show

By Cynthia Citron SANTA MONICA, California — “The world would be a better place if everyone would just do what I say!” Annie Korzen Famous Actress announces as she begins her one-woman show detailing the traumas and triumphs of her colorful life. As a “Jewish comedienne” Korzen’s performance encompasses all the quirks and mishegas that […]

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Franken mixes politics, comedy in L.A. appearance

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — Minnesota Senator Al Franken was in Los Angeles last weekend to promote his new book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.  Taking advantage of his visit, Andrea Grossman, founder of the popular discussion forum The Writers Bloc, teamed up with The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Arts to sponsor two hilarious discussions between […]

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About Lenny Bruce, who started it all

By Cynthia Citron NORTH HOLLYWOOD, California — Before George Carlin.  Before Richard Pryor.   Before EVERYONE who followed, there was Lenny Bruce. Ostensibly having died of a drug overdose in 1966, Bruce is apparently still alive and unwell at Theatre 68 in North Hollywood. His essence and his memories are currently residing in the body of consummate actor Ronnie […]

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Robert De Niro is in the title, but not in the play

  By Cynthia Citron HOLLYWOOD, California — Even as you giggle continuously through Sy Rosen’s delightful chronicle of his journey into “old age” you are also continually aware of how skillfully he has mounted his gentle stories.  Rosen’s play Robert De Niro Is Older Than Me is a one-man show for three people and a slide […]

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Maudie: The Grandma Moses of Nova Scotia

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — If you can imagine the handsome Ethan Hawke with a perpetual frown and a gravelly voice like Billy Bob Thornton’s in Sling Blade, you will appreciate Hawke’s amazing performance in a lovely, delicate new movie that opens in L.A. tomorrow (Friday, June 16th). The film is Maudie, based on […]

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‘Dogfight,’ a well staged musical, hasn’t dogs or planes

  By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — Well, they aren’t Stephen Sondheim—-yet.  But they could be—-in time. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the lyrics AND composed the music for Dogfight have just brought their rip-roaring, award-winning musical to L.A.  Lucky L.A.! Adapted by Peter Duchan from a 1991 play by Bob Comfort, the musical premiered […]

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‘Paris Can Wait’ updates class ‘A Man and A Woman’

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — Things were a lot softer in 1966.  If you were old enough to go to movies in those relatively tranquil days, you will undoubtedly remember with a smile Claude Lelouch’s beautiful romantic film A Man and A Woman. It was a simple tale of a widow (Anouk Aimee) and […]

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The Lyons, hear them roar

By Cynthia Citron NORTH HOLLYWOOD, California — Cruelty is usually the weapon of choice in dysfunctional families.  In the Lyons family this toxic behavior has engendered alienation, isolation, and loneliness in an unhappy foursome in New York.  In Nicky Silver’s play, The Lyons, however, the mitigating factor is that the unfolding drama is bursting with […]

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Being ‘foreign, protagonist speaks gibberish

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — Since he wrote it in 1984, Larry Shue’s play The Foreigner has been produced and revived by amateurs, students, and professional  companies almost continually.  It’s a two-act, two-and-a-half-hour absurdist comedy that taxes the abilities of the lead actor, who has to speak in gibberish the entire time.  Fortunately, Mike Niedzwiecki is up […]

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New film asks ‘Who do you love?’

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — Probably every long-time married couple will acknowledge that every once in a while the rapture will wear off. If they’re lucky they will find a spark that reignites their romance. If not, they may turn to a lover or a divorce. That’s the situation that Mary and Michael find […]

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A French farce that is hard to parse

  By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — The first French farce was performed in the 13th century.  British farce began a century later.  They are both still going strong, but often in very different directions. British farce usually tends to be a frenetic comedy of people chasing each other up and down stairs, banging doors, […]

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