Post-Mortems: An Exit Interview With Lewis Wilkenfeld

BY CARY GINELL Tonight, friends and colleagues will pay tribute to Lewis Wilkenfeld at a special fundraising banquet and program honoring his 10 years as artistic director of Cabrillo Music Theatre. Wilkenfeld has turned...

Steve Perren Is A Good Judge Of Roles In “Parade”

BY CARY GINELL His day job is as associate justice of the Second District, Division Six of the California Courts of Appeal, but Steve Perren’s passion for the stage has seen him appear in a...

Joshua Finkel Talks About The Martyred Leo Frank In “Parade”

BY CARY GINELL One of the most heinous crimes of the 20th century was the one in which 13-year-old Atlanta pencil factory worker Mary Phagan was mysteriously murdered in 1913. The suspect, the girl’s...

Pico Playhouse’s “Next to Normal” Is Next to Perfect

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Last Sunday, we ventured into Los Angeles to see two Ventura County theater alumni in a production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Next to Normal, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning...

“See How They Run” Runs Amok In Ojai

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL After experiencing Philip King’s comic farce See How the Run, which opens tonight at the Ojai Art Center, one can easily figure out where the title came from: bringing to mind a trio of...

Local Favorites Harrison Meloeny & Michelle Lane Star Ride The Emotional Roller Coaster Of “Next To Normal”

BY CARY GINELL Occasionally we venture out of the sanctity of Ventura County to see how some of our locally raised theatricians are faring in their acting careers. Today we visit with Harrison Meloeny...

Brilliant, Spirited “In the Heights” Closes This Weekend At The Rubicon

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL It never ceases to amaze me what young talent can do given a near-impossible task and a short amount of time. Director Brian McDonald has worked a minor miracle, assembling...

New Sponsor Welcome: Creative Combustion Acting Studio

BY CARY GINELL VC On Stage would like to welcome a new sponsor for the months of August and September. Joshua Finkel’s Creative Combustion Acting Studio helps its clients build and polish audition or callback...

Katherine Bottoms Talks About The Manically Funny “Peter And The Starcatcher”

BY CARY GINELL Today we meet Katherine Bottoms, a young actress who we hope you will be able to see on stage some day before fame and fortune takes her away from us. Katherine was...

Musical Theatre Intensive’s “In the Heights” Challenges Young Actors With An Ambitious, Vibrant Production

BY CARY GINELL Last week we spoke with Fearless Shakespeare director Joseph Fuqua, dramaturg Jonathan Drahos, and Musical Theatre Intensive director Brian McDonald about their production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Today we continue our interview...