Monthly Archive:: April 2016

“Drowsy Chaperone” Cast Members Discuss Acting, Reading Audiences, & Their Own Futures in the Theater

BY CARY GINELL We continue with our visit with Kevin Repich, Malissa Marlow, and Leah Dalrymple, three of the stars of California Lutheran University’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone, which closes this weekend at the

CLU’s “Drowsy Chaperone” Cast Talks About Getting Into Their Characters

BY CARY GINELL Playing a character is hard enough for many actors and actresses who are starting out in musical theater, but The Drowsy Chaperone throws its performers a curve because of the complicated nature of

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” Is Farcical Felonious Fun

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Occasionally we venture beyond the borders of Ventura County to see what is going on in Los Angeles, and on this occasion, we couldn’t resist taking in a performance of A

Marissa Margolis: A Little Girl With Big Dreams

BY CARY GINELL Ventura County is never short of young talent, and we always like to track young performers as they make their way up the theater ladder. Many begin when they are children

Men of Tortuga: A Black Comedy of Diabolic Proportions

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL “The very powerful are always fools,” intones Kit Maxwell, the one character with a conscience in Jason Wells’ 2009 black comedy, Men of Tortuga, a taut and ironic thriller about corporate

High School Senior Landen Starkman Readies Himself For a Career on the Stage

BY CARY GINELL The Addams Family has hit Ventura County with a vengeance. Recent productions by Actors’ Repertory Company of Simi and the Ojai Art Center are being followed in succession by performances at Santa

“Children of Eden” – Cabrillo’s Celebration of Family and Life

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL With the angst over the immediate future of Cabrillo Music Theatre finally receding into the background, it’s time to focus once again on what is happening on the Cabrillo stage.

Natalia Vivino & Ryan Driscoll Talk About Their “Children of Eden” Characters

BY CARY GINELL Last night’s opening of Cabrillo Music Theatre’s Children of Eden was every bit as enchanting and magical as anticipated. After the debacle of Theater League’s Ragtime, in which two synthesizer players were hidden

The Back Story of Cabrillo’s Lazarus-Like Resurrection

BY CARY GINELL The suddenness in the fortunes of Cabrillo Music Theatre over the past two weeks has left many of its fans’ heads spinning. During that time, there has been more drama behind

CSP’s “Nunsense” Is Second to Nun for Laughs

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL The idea for Nunsense, the whimsical musical about five wacky but lovable nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken, came to creator Dan Goggin from an unexpected quarter. A friend had