Monthly Archive:: August 2016

Joshua Finkel Talks About The Martyred Leo Frank In “Parade”

BY CARY GINELL One of the most heinous crimes of the 20th century was the one in which 13-year-old Atlanta pencil factory worker Mary Phagan was mysteriously murdered in 1913. The suspect, the girl’s

Pico Playhouse’s “Next to Normal” Is Next to Perfect

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Last Sunday, we ventured into Los Angeles to see two Ventura County theater alumni in a production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Next to Normal, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning

“See How They Run” Runs Amok In Ojai

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL After experiencing Philip King’s comic farce See How the Run, which opens tonight at the Ojai Art Center, one can easily figure out where the title came from: bringing to mind a trio of

Local Favorites Harrison Meloeny & Michelle Lane Star Ride The Emotional Roller Coaster Of “Next To Normal”

BY CARY GINELL Occasionally we venture out of the sanctity of Ventura County to see how some of our locally raised theatricians are faring in their acting careers. Today we visit with Harrison Meloeny

Brilliant, Spirited “In the Heights” Closes This Weekend At The Rubicon

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL It never ceases to amaze me what young talent can do given a near-impossible task and a short amount of time. Director Brian McDonald has worked a minor miracle, assembling

New Sponsor Welcome: Creative Combustion Acting Studio

BY CARY GINELL VC On Stage would like to welcome a new sponsor for the months of August and September. Joshua Finkel’s Creative Combustion Acting Studio helps its clients build and polish audition or callback

Katherine Bottoms Talks About The Manically Funny “Peter And The Starcatcher”

BY CARY GINELL Today we meet Katherine Bottoms, a young actress who we hope you will be able to see on stage some day before fame and fortune takes her away from us. Katherine was

Musical Theatre Intensive’s “In the Heights” Challenges Young Actors With An Ambitious, Vibrant Production

BY CARY GINELL Last week we spoke with Fearless Shakespeare director Joseph Fuqua, dramaturg Jonathan Drahos, and Musical Theatre Intensive director Brian McDonald about their production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Today we continue our interview