Monthly Archive:: December 2015

The 3rd Annual “Vee-Cee” Awards for Top Performances in Ventura County Theater

BY CARY GINELL As we close 2015, many theater critics not unexpectedly take stock of performances seen during the past twelve months. I am no different, and although many critics rank individual performances against

Righteous Brothers Musical Needs More Soul and Inspiration

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL The prospect of a new stage musical about the Righteous Brothers is an enticing idea, and with the premiere of That Lovin’ Feelin’, James A. Zimmerman’s new production about the lives

That’s a Wrap – Who We Talked To In 2015

BY CARY GINELL VC On Stage was busy in 2015. In addition to reviewing dozens of shows throughout Ventura County, we also got to know a number of performers on a more intimate basis.

“Let’s Put On a Show!” – Brittany Danyel Talks About “The Thirty-Nine Steps”: a Tour de Farce

BY CARY GINELL Putting on a play or musical is a daunting enough task, but to do it with only a handful of people and no budget, is something only the most passionate (or

Too Many Kooks Don’t Spoil This Soup in Agoura High’s “On the Razzle”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Last weekend, Agoura High School presented the comedic farce On the Razzle, which was staged at the school’s black box theatre in the Performing Arts Education Center. The play marks the

The 3 Masketeers Make the Most Out of the Least in “The 39 Steps”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL What do you get when you combine Alfred Hitchcock with Monty Python? The 39 Steps, a riotous adaptation of Hitchcock’s memorable 1935 comic suspense film that features a cast of four actors

CLU Grad Now Playing Bobby Hatfield in New Righteous Brothers Musical

BY CARY GINELL The West Coast premiere of That Lovin’ Feelin’, new biographical musical about the ’60s group the Righteous Brothers, takes place at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood tonight and in the cast is a

Director/Choreographer Arryck Adams Returns to the Glamor of “Follies”

BY CARY GINELL For Arryck Adams, who directs Conejo Players’ current production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, the production is proving as cathartic as the storyline is for its troubled characters. Adams, a CP mainstay for

Ring-a-Ding-Ding! Behind the Scenes at “A Rat Pack Christmas”

BY CARY GINELL December 12 marks the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birth, which makes the arrival of Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Christmas, which plays for one performance this Saturday at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, all