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Quickie plays absorb or bore viewers in a hurry

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By Eva Trieger ENCINITAS, California —   Nicknamed the ADHD Festival by Director D.Candis Paule, the audience was warned, “If you don’t like what you’re watching, wait about three minutes and it’ll be over.”  She was of course referring to the 2nd Annual 5 Minute Short Play Festival.  About 125 people gathered at the Encinitas library […]

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‘Superman’ vs. the Nazis in Holocaust play

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By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California — The 1930s clearly marked one of the bleakest periods in European history and more pointedly in Jewish history.  As Nazis gained momentum and attempted a mass extermination of this small segment of Europe’s population, two young men in Cleveland, dreamed up an antidote to the sense of impotence […]

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‘Sunset Park’ dramedy director is also an actor

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By Eva Trieger SAN DIEGO — Sharing a cup of tea with an old friend is one of those rare gifts that requires such a small investment, but reaps such huge rewards.  There’s a Yiddish phrase that translates loosely to “rattle a tea cup” and this is how we meet Evelyn and Rose, as they […]

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Friendship Circle provides an inclusive network

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By Eva Trieger SAN DIEGO — King Solomon may have said it best when he penned “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”  The wisest man […]

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‘Unnecessary Farce’ untrue to title; it’s a must see

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By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California — Is there such a thing as a “necessary farce”?  Who doesn’t love the requisite slamming doors, misinterpreted double entendres, and odd couplings?  One man understands this genre better than most, and that man is Matthew Wiener.  Wiener will delight North Coast Rep audiences with another fantastic romp, opening […]

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‘Annie,” J* Company help more than her fellow orphans

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By Eva Trieger LA JOLLA, California — As nearly 500 youngsters took their seats in the Garfield Theater of the Lawrence Family JCC, Pied Piper Joey Landwehr greeted them and gave some pointers on being the perfect audience.  He engaged the viewers to define “focus” and “respect” so that the show would be most rewarding for […]

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Neil Simon’s ‘Chapter Two’ still wows them

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By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California — With friends and collaborators like Mel Brooks and Woody Allen, it is not too surprising that Neil Simon turned out so many successful comic shows, including Barefoot in the Park, Plaza Suite, The Return of Max Dugan and The Odd Couple.  What is surprising is how his writing has […]

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Five actresses speak of life’s highs and lows at Lyceum

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By Eva Trieger SAN DIEGO–When the Ephron sisters penned Love, Loss and What I Wore, they kept true to form.  Though many of the lines produce audience laughter, there is an underlying thread of the many disappointments suffered through the fabric of the ages and stages of a woman’s life. Melinda Gilb has appeared on […]

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Hands of Peace bring Middle East teens together

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  By Eva Trieger ENCINITAS, California -“When summer camp ends, you miss the friends you’ve made for about a week. When Hands of Peace ends you miss those friends forever, “said Itamar, describing his experience of the dynamic dialogue-based program that has one agenda: to develop open-minded young leaders who want to be a catalyst for […]

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Susan Stein readies Palm Springs’ Fashion Week

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By Eva Trieger PALM SPRINGS, California — If your fashion acumen consists of “Don’t wear white after Labor Day.” get yourself to Fashion Week at El Paseo!  Palm Springs Life magazine is producing the tenth annual week-long event under the direction of Susan Stein.  Seven days of fashion, food, music, gorgeous models and international designers is […]

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Director Ellenstein to act again in ‘Chapter Two’

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By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California -When Artistic Director David Ellenstein takes the stage, audiences can bet that they are in for a great show. In the past few years we’ve been treated to the director as actor in Tally’s Folly, My Name is Asher Lev, and recently at the Moonlight, Fiddler on the Roof.   […]

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Joyce Forum provides short films with impact

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By Eva Trieger LA JOLLA, California — After my animated and upbeat interview with Joyce Axelrod, I was looking forward to a spirited and playful morning at the Joyce Forum.  I was completely caught off guard, not because of anything Joyce said or promised, but simply because I anticipated an array of fun, lively shorts that […]

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They’re still teaching youngsters how to dress

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By Eva Trieger LA JOLLA, California–With a tee shirt advertising “Old is the New Black” Ari Seth Cohen introduced his documentary featuring seven aging New York fashionistas.  Each of these beauties had her own style, panache, and comportment, but all shared a joie de vivre and an obvious delight in wearing her style—loud and proud. […]

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Letter to Wedgewood triumph for subject, filmmaker

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By Eva Trieger SAN DIEGO — I knew that he was an amazing klezmer musician, playwright, photographer, and historian, but what I did not know about Yale Strom was that he was also a filmmaker!  I don’t know how I could have missed this given that he sold his first film, At the Crosswords, to the Learning Channel […]

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