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May 29, 2015

GREY GARDENS - THE MUSICAL




GREY GARDENS IS ABOUT AN EXPLORATION OF AN AMERICAN DREAM 



Little Edie and Edith
In 1975, filmmakers drug out their swell cameras at their Grand estate for the well known Edith Bouvier Beale (Jackie Kennedy's Aunt) plus her daughter Little Edie, of course was younger. The older women is surrounded and ostracized from their town. As the time goes by - so does the money go by. They used it all up with the dozens of the cats and the raccoons. Well - they have to eat don't they? 

During 1971 and 1972 - the living conditions left the house - that now has to stumble across numerous cats and raccoons. The house is a disaster. Now they are deprived of running water and very little food. And... they won't want to eat the garbage and decay. But they have no course....the Beale Women faced bad days. The house is NOW a Train Wreck: Edith and Edie become very rigid individualists. Each Lady is very nasty to each other. They don't seem to care. Yep - at one time the Mansion was exoctic.

They did have great days at one time. They sang - they had someone play the piano -- and each one of them were Jealous. Oddly enough - the Girls could have done much for the Palace - but they failed for them. 

Lee Radziwill gave some necessary funds. She tried to repair the torn apart home now. Oh by the way....the home was called Grey Gardens due to the color of the dunes, and sea mist. 

Grey Gardens - the musical (San Francisco premiere of the award-winning musical) was at one time, a fantastic home that kept magical music filled with charm. As the singing at the huge home - is now a complete wreck - will they stabilize and repair a house that doesn't meet village codes?

It's a shame! They were too stern. They argued with each other day and night. Maybe that's the reason that they keep the cement garden walls that fall apart. This is the best Musical I have seen and heard in the world.

THE CAST: David Brown, Nathan Brown, Nandi Drayton Mary Gibboney, Gabrielle Jarvie, Julian Lustenader, AeJay Mitchell, Heather Orth, CC Sheldon, and Dave Sikula*

CREATIVE STAFF: William Campbell - lights, Cat Howser - stage Manager, Brooke Jennings* - costumes, Stewart Lyle* - scenic design, Kim Saunders" - choreography. 

*member, Custom Made Theatre Co.  

RATING: Six Stars: ****** or 
Six Glasses of Champagne ******













May 20, 2015

TROUBLE COMETH - SAN FRANCISCO PLAYHOUSE - STAGE WORLD PREMIERE










SAN FRANCISCO PLAYHOUSE
TO STAGE WORLD PREMIERE
OF TROUBLE COMETH

This play is Fact, Fiction and a comic thriller about two executives that struggle during an impossible narcissism. It's certainly selfies that admire themselves. Who else could possibly bring top-notch actors to this re-imagining. 

The Downtown show has attracted this New Show in near Union Square. There is every thing there. Everything is the most exciting evening on this stage. The Actors, Directors, Writers, designers and inspiring environment. 

The Men and Women at the office seem to pant as soon as they can throw their arms around themselves. Yes, it's cold, and you have to throw your arms around the guys -- when they get the chance. Yes - he pants - she likes it - and both of the men are married to others. However, that doesn't seem to bother them. They sometimes eat at the Table. Both are sneaking around. One guy says: "Hello Birdshit!" Someone else says: "Hello Nothing." But they all talk under the desks as they might leave the Hubby and the Sexy Girls. You'll see - you all will notice the hilarious glitches. He's funny, and she has fun also. But what do they do with their partners? 

One of the Girls in the office - and one guy gave her a gorgeous Ring (remember, he still is married). She took the Ring... he took it back. She wants the Ring Back. What a nasty guy. 

This is High Quality at the Playhouse. It's the best acting and directing talent I've seen yet. 

Near the end, are the most exciting moments and thrills. You will believe it. The exciting kisses almost fall off the Chair. Heck - I wanna see it again, and again. 

THE CAST: Kyle Cameron*, Marissa Keltie*, Patrick Russel*, Nandita Shenoy*, and Liz Sklar* 

SAN FRANCISCO PLAYHOUSE WORLD PREMIERE - TROUBLE COMETH 


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May 10, 2015



WOMAN IN GOLD 

This is a realistic British-American 
drama film

HELEN MIRREN 



The British-American drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by the famed Alexi Kaye Campbell. The well-known stars are Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmen, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, and Johnathan Pryce. 

The movie is based a true story of late Marie Altmann. She was an elderly Jewish refugee living in Los Angeles. Altman got together with her young Lawyer (Randy Schoenberg) - fought the Government of Austria for at least a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt's iconic painting of her aunt. The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. The Nazi's confiscated all of the portraits in Vienna just prior to World War II. Altman took her legal battle to the Supreme Court of the United States. It ended up in favor in the 'Republic of Austria v. Altmann (2004. 

There are many flashbacks throughout the film. Altmann recalls the arrival of Nazi forces in Vienna, Austria, and much suppression of the Jewish community. The Nazi's looted and pillaged against the Jewish families. They all tried to escape, before the country was completely torn apart. And - the reason the Jews wanted to flee from Germany. I don't wonder - I would do the same. However they didn't stay in their gorgeous homes they fled to Austria. Altmann moved the painting to the United States

Altmann and members of her family were lucky to flee to the United States. Many were successful in their escape. Altmann enlists the help of Randol Schoenberg, a young Lawyer with little experience. However, he was smart enough to make a claim for the art restitution board in Austria. 

And Altmann has the painting moved to the to the USA on displayed at an early New York gallery. It was moved to a permanent exhibit. 

The acting is Supreme. At times there were many tears coming on my eyes. There is gorgeous flashbacks of the paintings and the fabulous homes that you all had to leave from Germany. The pictures on the walls in Germany. This movie certainly brings out a true story and grand historical elements for Art, Identity, Justice and International Law. Everyone in the this chapter brought out the long-term effects - it's a joy to see for yourself. 

THIS IS THE REAL STORY: STARS...Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl - Katie Holmes - Tatiana Maslany - Max Irons - Charles Dance - Antje Traue - Elizabeth McGovern - Frances Fisher - Moritz Bleibtreu - Tom Schilling - Allan Corduner - Henry Goodman  and Nina Kunzendorf 

STRONG AND IRRESISTIBLE  

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her Aunt that was plundered by the World War II. Maria managed to get some of the Gorgeous Arts off the wall. Oh by the way - don't get confused with Austria and Australia. The fight never ends. Some thematic elements are brief, but very strong language. 

PROFOUNDLY UNIQUE AND EXCITING
AND ENGAGING  

RATING: SIX  BRILLIANT DAILY STARS  ****** 
or SIX GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE ****** 


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May 4, 2015

WHERE'S CHARLEY? - IT'S A GRAND MUSICAL AT THE EUREKA THEATRE



CHARLEY'S AUNT HAS REVISED 
MANY TIMES  


THE COMEDIC CHESTNUTS STARTED FROM THE 1890'S. AND IT'S STILL STANDING

Jack Benny's 1941 film and many revisions are outrageous. Now we have many versions. But, I'm glad to have people like Ed Norton (star) along with several other showcases on the stage. 

I was overwhelmed at the 'Eureka'. The entire cast gave everyone many yeoman years. This year is the best that I've ever seen - especially when Charlie goes from Women's Dresses to men's clothes. This thrilling show excites all. There is a gorgeous Piano that overwhelms. Some of the guys popped with a deviled egg. The crowd bent over constantly. 

There are many people in the show -- and they include girls and boys: It goes - "My darling, My Darling - I love you so"- Jack and Kitty -  what a sensational voices. Hey why not? They are all addressing their hair, as the Gossips eyes pop out. 

Charley is so much fun as he masquerades as he pretends to be the aging Aunt.You can imagine how the whole audience is bent over as they hurdle along the way. The popular song "Once In Love With Amy" brings even more thrill to the stage. Love is Love! 

Departure's boys - and girls get a little depressed. After the girls leave the stage (wow) - the Boys take over the stage (more wow! Legs are up in the air as the Grand Ensemble twitter along the way.  

Charley's Aunt (in early days) play men and females. It's like "Kinky Boots, and La Cage Aux Folles). This show has been a great success on Broadway...and it's still running around the world.

A TRULY FASCINATING SHOW - TERRIFIC! 

Wonderful Stars: Keith Pinto . James Bock. Jennifer Mitchell . Abby Sammons . Scott Hayes . Stephanie Rhoads . John-Elliott Kirk . Roy Eikleberry . Katherine Leyva . Maria Mikheyenko . Noelani Neal. Zac Schuman . Stephen Vaught . Tim Wagner

Directed by DYAN McBride . 

Music Director: Lauren Mayer : Choreographer: Nancy Dobbs Owen: Stage Manager: Daniel Schultz: Production Manager: Hector Zavala 

SET DESIGN: HECTOR ZAVALA - also Production Manager
Costumes: Rebecca Valentino. Resident Music Director: DAVE DOBRUSKY . Props: Daniel Schultz 

Greg MacKellan  
Artistic Director

Stephanie Rhoads 
Producing Director 

Joe Mader
Managing Director 

PRESENTS: Where's Charley? 

RATING: Six Stars ****** or 
Six Glasses of Champagne ******

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