Monthly Archive:: September 2014

Jonalyn Saxer Talks About Missing Her Sister’s Wedding to Make Her Broadway Debut

BY CARY GINELL On the night Jonalyn Saxer made her debut in Bullets Over Broadway, her older sister Randi was getting married in Topanga Canyon. Jonalyn had flown home for the rehearsal dinner the previous

“9 to 5” Returns to the Live Stage

REVIEW BY NATALIA VIVINO Country music superstar Dolly Parton reached a new level of success after starring in the 1980 hit comedy film 9 to 5. Several decades later, Parton decided to transform the

Jonalyn Saxer: “Welcome to Broadway”

BY CARY GINELL Another example of “local-girl-makes-good” occurred this summer when Jonalyn Saxer, who had just graduated from the theater program at Syracuse University, made her Broadway debut in the Woody Allen comedy musical, Bullets

Chris Mahr Interview: Part 2

BY CARY GINELL Chris Mahr, who is currently directing High Street Arts Center’s production of Guys and Dolls, was born in Thousand Oaks and raised in Ventura. He didn’t catch the theater bug until high

Director Chris Mahr Discusses “Guys & Dolls”

BY CARY GINELL Many people are not aware of the fact that High Street Arts Center’s acclaimed production of Guys and Dolls is a first-time directing effort by Chris Mahr. Mahr usually plays over-the-top roles

Rubicon’s “Conviction” is Riveting Drama

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL “My faith in him is all he has left,” says Leigh Hodges of her husband Tom, an upstanding, respected high school English and drama teacher who has been accused of

Recreating the Annex for “The Diary of Anne Frank”

BY CARY GINELL “The Diary of Anne Frank,” which continues through September 20 at the Conejo Players Theatre, is the product of many hours of hard work and research. Led by director Rachael Pugh,

Review of “The Fantasticks” (Panic! Productions)

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL The Fantasticks, which holds the record for the longest run of any musical production (42 years and over 17,000 performances between 1960 and 2002) is, for some reason, rarely performed

“Fantasticks” Veterans to Attend Opening of Panic! Productions Musical

BY ROBERT WEIBEZAHL Three original New York “Luisas” will be coming to see The Fantasticks: two on opening night–Susan Watson (original workshop) and Karen Culliver (Off-Broadway)–and one–Sara Jean Ford (original 2006 Off-Broadway revival Luisa) on

A Remembrance of Ricardo Cota Jr.

BY JOLYN JOHNSON Ricardo Cota, Jr., a member of the VC theatre community, passed away the morning of August 30th after battling a long time with a rare form of lymphonic cancer that had