Monthly Archive:: October 2015

Rubicon’s Two-Piano Version of “My Fair Lady” – a Simply Loverly Production

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL In the opening scene of the Rubicon Theatre Company’s production of My Fair Lady, buskers in London’s Covent Garden, where Cockney Eliza Doolittle works as a flower girl, are rewarded with

Santa Barbara’s Out of the Box Theatre Presents the Edgier Side of Musicals

BY CARY GINELL Today we visit with Samantha Eve, artistic director and founder of the Out of the Box Theatre in Santa Barbara. Although we’re not changing our web name to VC-and-Sometimes-SB On Stage,”

Renée Marino: Jersey Girl Makes Good – Part 2

BY CARY GINELL This week we conclude our interview with Renée Marino, who stars as Lola in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of Damn Yankees, which closes this weekend at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Reviewing Community Theatre. Are the Gloves Off or On?

BY CARY GINELL Recently, our good friend, actress and costumer-extraordinare Lori Lee Gordon made me aware of an editorial by Skip Maloney in his On Stage blog titled “We Should Review Community Theater Productions…Honestly.” (

Combustible Performances Highlight “Small Engine Repair”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL When you walk into the plain storefront that serves as the home for The Flying H Group Theatre Company, you have to do a double-take to make sure you’re in the

Cassie Nickols Takes the Baton for “Damn Yankees”

BY CARY GINELL One of the most talented musicians to join the Ventura County musical theater scene in the past few years has been Cassie Nickols. Most audiences haven’t seen Cassie before because she

Renée Marino: Another Op’nin’, Another Show – Part 1

BY CARY GINELL For an actor, Renée Marino has lived a charmed life. This Friday, the “Jersey Girl” will be appearing in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of Damn Yankees, in the part of Lola, the

Reigning Supreme in the Ensemble

BY CARY GINELL We’ve spent a lot of time interviewing stars, dancers, and directors in this blog, but this is our first opportunity to showcase that bedrock of musical theater – the ensemble. If

Australian David Gilchrist Lands the Role of a Lifetime

BY CARY GINELL Ventura County has its share of young, talented performers, but the anchors for many of these splendid productions are the veteran actors who have settled here after having successful careers elsewhere.