Monthly Archive:: March 2014

The Value of Community Theater: A Visit to the Westport Country Playhouse

BY CARY GINELL We in Ventura County value community theater because of its ability to attract quality performers and entertainment, presented in a relaxed, local setting. Simply put, there would be no Broadway if

A Talk With Rebekah Tripp of Rubicon Theatre’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten”

BY CARY GINELL A Moon For the Misbegotten is playwright Eugene O’Neill’s last published work, a story of vulnerability, passion, humor, and torment. Written as a loose sequel to A Long Day’s Journey Into Night,

Blythe Renay: The Girl From Kansas

BY CARY GINELL At twenty-eight, Blythe Renay is amazingly close to the character she portrays in the Conejo Players’ production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Attractive, spunky, and eminently talented, Blythe has a sense of

Kyer Komments: How to Direct & Star at the Same Time

BY KRISTOPHER KYER In recent years I’ve been asked to not only star in a musical, but to direct it as well. Usually it has been a show I have done previously which has

Theater League’s “West Side Story” – A Revival of Rumbles and Romance

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL When West Side Story burst upon the Broadway scene in 1957, audiences and critics were stunned by the frank violence of the show. In The New York Times, Brooks Atkinson called the

“The Boys Next Door” – A Hilarious & Touching Presentation

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Tom Griffin’s play, The Boys Next Door, presents a sympathetic look at the mentally disabled through the eyes of a burned-out social worker. Elite Theater Company’s current production, which made