Cary Ginell Archive

Angst In Spain: Musical Theatre Guild’s “Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Take a Spanish cad, his lover, his vengeful ex-wife, an airhead fashion model, and a philosophical cab driver, and you have Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a musical

“I Am Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Last night I ventured into deepest, darkest North Hollywood to take in a one-man show about comedian Lenny Bruce (1925 – 1966) that is now on the third extension of

An Impromptu Talk About Improv With Jeremy Zeller

A big part of theater is what is known as “improv,” acting sessions that help prepare actors’ reaction and thought process skills. Usually these are done behind the scenes, but in recent years, improv

Art vs. Politics: The Dilemma of Wilhelm Furtwängler

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL In the era of Germany’s Third Reich, there was no symphonic conductor more admired than Wilhelm Furtwängler. A virulent anti-Nazi, Furtwängler denounced the repressive government of Adolf Hitler at every opportunity,

“All Shook Up” Charms Simi Audiences With Elvis Pop Catalog

Today, an interview with Barry Pearl, director of Studio C Performing Arts current production of All Shook Up, the jukebox musical celebrating the music of Elvis Presley. The show is concluding a brief two-weekend run

“Joseph” Displays New Colors In 5-Star’s Inaugural Musical

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL There was much to like in 5-Star Theatricals’ reinvention of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which concluded its two-weekend run at the Fred Kavli

Miyuki Miyagi – A Newcomer Finding Her Way

This summer we ventured into Los Angeles to see a performance of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris at the Odyssey Theater (see our July 12 review) and were most impressed

Musical Theatre Guild’s “Sugar” Leaves ‘Em Laughing

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL The temptation to take a film classic and turn it into a Broadway musical is a road fraught with peril. How do you take something perfect and make it better?

Rubicon Explores Identity & Albert Einstein In “Incognito”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Nick Payne’s acclaimed, thought-provoking play Incognito made its debut at the Rubicon Theatre Company last weekend in a performance that is sure to have audiences scratching their heads while thinking about

Becky’s New Car – A Farcical Comedy With A Heart

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Have you ever acted on an impulse, knowing you were doing the wrong thing, but went through with it anyway? That’s the dilemma housewife Becky Foster faces in Steven Dietz’s charming