Monthly Archive:: June 2015

Elite’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a “Very Nice, Very Nice, Very, Very, Very Nice” Show

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL As a theater critic, it sometimes gets tiresome seeing the same shows over and over again. After all, how many variations on The Sound of Music or Footloose can there be? Well, one

Panic! Productions’ “A Pack of Lies” Is Riveting Drama

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL In their 1962 Cold War satire, “The John Birch Society,” the Chad Mitchell Trio sings, “You cannot trust your neighbor or even next of kin / If Mommy is a

Cabrillo’s Melanie Mockobey, Is Durn Funny as “Oklahoma!’s” Ado Annie

BY CARY GINELL When playing Ado Annie, the fickle, man-hungry hayseed in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, Melanie Mockobey brings to mind another classic show business clown who got her start in musical theater: Carol Burnett. With

Former Dreamgirl Vanessa Townsell Relives Her Broadway Audition

BY CARY GINELL In 1983, Vanessa Townsell was a 22-year-old telephone operator who had dreams of making it big on Broadway. One day, on a whim, Townsell and a few friends went down to