“Dogfight” Musical Explores A Mis-Matched Relationship at the Start of the Vietnam War

BY CARY GINELL On November 21, 1963, three Marines decide to spend their last night before their deployment to Southeast Asia for one final night of debauchery, partying and a little trouble. A “dogfight”...

“Hamilton” Satire Makes Synagogue “The Room Where It Happens”

BY CARY GINELL His profession is as cantor of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks. But David Shukiar is also a brilliant composer, arranger, conductor, choir director, and creator of Chamilton, a shpiel (Yiddish for “play”)...

Victoria Sayeg Talks About Her New Children’s Play, “The Gone Deers”

BY CARY GINELL It’s time to check out the progress of our local children’s playwright, Victoria Sayeg. Victoria, who works at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, is also a natural storyteller with a...

Four Star Theatre Alliance Awards Handed Out

A report from our far-flung correspondent from up north (Ojai). BY JOHN HANKINS While the film community was handing out Oscar awards somewhere in La La Land on Sunday, February 26, nearly a hundred...

Rubicon Celebrates The Life Of Bessie Smith In “The Devil’s Music”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL It’s been 80 years since Bessie Smith, the celebrated Empress of the Blues, died a lonely death, after an auto accident on a desolate Mississippi road. Contrary to legend, Smith did...

Actress/Singer Marlie Rodriguez Addresses The Question: Is College For Everyone?

BY CARY GINELL Last month I went to a private showcase of music from the musical Hamilton. The showcase was organized by pianist/arranger/singer Justin Ramos, former director of vocal music at Newbury Park High School who...

Rubicon’s “Gulf View Drive” Is Superb Drama About Bravery and Family

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL In See Rock City, the second installment of Arlene Hutton’s trilogy about a post-World War II family, aspiring novelist Raleigh Brummett had left for New York to pursue his career,...

Lit Live Dramatizes The Life Of The Author Of “Frankenstein”

BY CARY GINELL There are three new events being unveiled at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Thursday evening: Lit Live, a new local production company, And Lightning Struck, a new play written by the...

“Dirty Dancing” Has Most Of The Right Moves

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL The success of the awkwardly titled Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage depends primarily on whether or not you were a fan of the motion picture it was closely modeled...

Conejo Players’ Upcoming 60th Year Celebrated In “Encore!”

BY CARY GINELL This fall, the Conejo Players will be celebrating its 60th anniversary, and in anticipation of that momentous occasion, the theater will be hosting a special evening event titled “Encore! An Evening Celebrating...