Monthly Archive:: August 2015

John Medeiros Excels As Zero Mostel In “Zero Hour”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Samuel Joel Mostel was nicknamed “Zero” because the publicity agent who came up with the name told him it was because “you came from nothing.” After years of struggling as a nightclub comic

Alison Rosenblum Reloads As Annie Oakley In “Annie Get Your Gun”

BY CARY GINELL When Annie Get Your Gun makes its debut at the High Street Arts Center September 11, the little lady totin’ the rifle will be a familiar face to Ventura County audiences. In

Sondheim’s “Assassins” Hits the Target at the Pico Playhouse

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL As the topic of guns in society becomes more and more prominent during the upcoming election season, Stephen Sondheim’s controversial 1990 Off-Broadway and off-beat musical Assassins has increased in its relevancy.

John Medeiros Gears Up for One-Man Show as Zero Mostel in “Zero Hour”

BY CARY GINELL Beginning this Saturday, the Elite Theatre Company’s South Stage will be presenting Zero Hour, a one-man play about legendary actor Zero Mostel. The project is near and dear to the heart of actor

Passionate Performances, Electrifying Dancing Highlight “West Side Story”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Musical Theatre Intensive is a five-week program designed to challenge serious musical theatre students in a professional setting. The program offers intermediate to advanced training in acting, singing and dancing. This

“Flowers for Algernon” Is Another Tour de Force for R. Shane Bingham

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL This past spring, R. Shane Bingham took on the challenging task of portraying British talk show host David Frost in High Street Arts Center’s outstanding production of Frost/Nixon. In his next

“The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” Skewers Broadway Classics

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL On Saturday night, we journeyed outside of our usual geographical sphere to the West Valley Playhouse in Canoga Park to see several familiar Ventura County faces perform in a wacky show

The Roots of “Oklahoma!” Come Alive in “Green Grow the Lilacs”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL In Scene Two of Lynn Riggs’ play, Green Grow the Lilacs, farm girl Laurey Williams speaks passionately to her Aunt Eller about the ranch where she grew up: If we ever