Monthly Archive:: November 2016

To Thine Own Self Be True: A Female “Hamlet” Plays At Curtain Call Youth Theatre

BY CARY GINELL The idea of a woman playing the lead in Shakespeare’s Hamlet is not a new one. The first female Hamlet, Elizabeth Powell, performed the role at London’s Drury Lane Theatre in 1796

Political Figures In “Ragtime” – Part 1: Emma Goldman

BY CARY GINELL The musical Ragtime, which plays through this Sunday, December 4, at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, is an important work that weaves actual historical personages into the fabric of its three intersecting

“Like Herding Cats” – A Visit With Stage Manager Kimberly Kiley

BY CARY GINELL Everyone knows that the director is the person responsible for the look and content of a musical or play, but once the cast has been selected, sets and props are delivered,

Shindig In Space: “Return to the Forbidden Planet” Is Boomerrific Fun

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Before Mamma Mia!, before The Marvelous Wonderettes, and before Jersey Boys, there was Return to the Forbidden Planet, an Off-Broadway space farce that was one of the first musicals to incorporate pop hits into its

Elite’s “All My Sons” Is Shattering Drama

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL The title of All My Sons, Arthur Miller’s riveting play of guilt, heartbreak, and tragedy, refers to 21 young World War II combat pilots, who were needlessly killed when cracked cylinder heads