West Side Archive

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Rubicon’s Education & Outreach Program’s Production Of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

BY CARY GINELL The Rubicon Theatre Company’s Education and Outreach program enables youngsters as early as five years old to become acclimated to the theatrical experience through a variety of programs.  The Fearless Shakespeare

Intervention Turns “Open Meeting Closed” Into Confrontation

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL The proverb “it takes a village” is the theme for Michael Perlmutter’s Open Meeting Closed, a tense and often funny play that is being staged at the Elite Theatre Company in

Katy Jarvis & Parker Harris Make for a “Fantastick” Couple

BY CARY GINELL One of the great things about Ventura County theater is that there is a never-ending progression of young talent that keeps coming up through the ranks. Two of the more impressive

Song & Dance Duo Perform at Rubicon

BY CARY GINELL This weekend, the husband-and-wife duo of Kirby and Beverly Ward will be performing Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance, in three concerts at the Rubicon Theatre Company. Although nothing new in the annals of

“The Mousetrap” – Classic Whodunnit Features “Elite” Cast

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Agatha Christie’s masterpiece, The Mousetrap, made its debut in London’s West End in 1952, and, incredibly, some 64 years later, it’s still running, the longest continuous run of a play in

Rubicon’s “Clarence Darrow” Invokes Populism and Passion in Riveting Production

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL It’s funny how many shows we’ve seen recently that bring to mind concepts evident in the current election season. In In the Heights, it was the plight of immigrants trying to make

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

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

Lewis Wilkenfeld Discusses Life After Cabrillo

BY CARY GINELL In the conclusion of our somewhat disheartening visit with Lewis Wilkenfeld, we talked about the future of Cabrillo Music Theatre, both the hopeful and the realistic prospects for its future. VCOS: How