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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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Meet Joyce Axelrod, S.D’s queen of short films

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By Eva Trieger ENCINITAS, California — Though I did not get to meet Joyce Axelrod face to face, I had the distinct impression from our phone interview that this was one vivacious lady, who loved to experience life and share it with others.  I didn’t pick this up solely from the conversation, but also from […]

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Muslim, Jewish comedians appear together Jan. 27

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By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California — One Arab, One Jew, One Stage, Two Humors….That was my takeaway from interviewing the upcoming headliners of the JCC’s unique program, featuring Rabbi Stand-Up Bob Alper and Actor/Stand-up Ahmed Ahmed. The two men share a similar vision:  They like to make people laugh and believe that laughter is […]

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A Fein family mystery: What was Minkowitz like?

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The Spoon from Minkowitz:  A Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Lands; ISBN-13: 9780988401938; 256 pages By Eva Trieger ENCINITAS, California  —  It wasn’t just the elegant lunch of quiche, salmon, and fresh fruit that brought residents and guests into the Ellen & Ingram Chodorow Synagogue at Seacrest Village, though the buffet was enticing and the atmosphere approached […]

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J*Co’s ‘Peter Pan’ thrills adults and kids

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LA JOLLA, California (Press Release) – The curtain was not rising and the audience grew increasingly restless as the delay persisted. What was the hold up, you ask? It wasn’t that Peter Pan couldn’t find his shadow, nor that Nana needed to be walked, not even that Captain Hook had mislaid his prosthetic. No, the reason […]

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