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Just finished my write-up of "Doubt" at Rep East Playhouse​ in Newhall, starring Georgan George​, Jeff Johnson​, Alli Kelly​, and Cherrelle Élan​. Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF): Go, and see a great show that will challenge your way of looking at things. The performances were excellent.

P.S. Into the Pro99​ movement and I Love 99​? Go and see the show and view Sister A as AEA, the Father as actor/producers, Sister James as the actors just wanting to do what they enjoy, and the Mullers as the audience. I works, just like you can sing Adon Olam to the tune of Gilligan's Island.
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Here's my write-up of 'The Drowsy Chaperone'​, which we saw last night at CSUN Valley Performing Arts Center​. BLUF: If you can make it there at 7:30pm tonight or 2:00 pm tomorrow, do so. This is a very high quality production of the show in a first class venue, and a demonstration of the talent and artistry of the CSUN theatre arts program.
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Every year on my father's birthday I post the eulogy I wrote for him in 2004. Read on, and learn about the man who made me who I am.
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Last night, we went to see the second preview performance of CARRIE THE MUSICAL in Los Angeles​ at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts​. What was once a flop has been transformed into a very effective statement on bullying; a statement made even more relevant in this era of school shootings as revenge for ostracizing and bullying. Carrie is no longer horror; it is a reflection of what our society often does to the different. This immersive staging (which had some sound and seating comfort problems, some correctable by opening) is intriguing and well worth seeing. I'll note that this creative production wouldn't have been possible without the leadership's grounding and the cast's honing in LA's intimate theatres -- which must be saved from the proposal about to be voted upon by the AEA. Learn more at http://ilove99.org . #Ilove99 #LAThtr #pro99 #changefor99 #experiencecarrie
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My thoughts on the upcoming season at the Ahmanson Theatre​. 3 hits, one miss. That's pretty good odds.
The Ahmanson Theatre has just announced its 2015-2016 season. As I did with the Pantages, Cabrillo, and the Colony, here are my thoughts on the season: Thumbs Down The Sound of Music. September 20 through October 31, 2015. This is the start of a new American tour, but I have really no interest ...
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Here's a second helping of news chum stew for you. Articles in this bowl include: NYC subway cars being dumped in the ocean, charities for yarn crafters, what replaces the Costco Amex, free Office 365 for students, large music libraries in the cloud, the closing of the Riviera, some thoughts on Edward Snowdon and being wrong right, and is the 405 really better now that construction is completed?
We have so much news chum stew for you this week we couldn't fit it all in a single bowl. So here's a second tasty helping: Subways in the Water. Those of you who know Los Angeles history probably remember the pictures of the Red Cars being dumped in the ocean. New York has done the same thing, ...
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The Saturday link chum Stew. Articles on gluten-free fried chicken in Las Vegas, how to save watter; how Nestle/Arrowhead is abusing water rights; food packaging; bikinis on the beach; the pill and Crohn's disease; migraine help; natural painkillers; silent technical privilege; girl-friendly SF; "Google Feud"; discounts for people over 50; and some interesting funding links -- including how to fund I Love 99​!
It's Saturday — the day I pull down all those URL links that have been seasoning all week, and assemble them together with some potatoes and veggies and make some tasty news chum stew. I hope you're hungry — we've got a lot of twofers in here: Vegas News and Notes. A few items I've noted on Las ...
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An interesting article by Ken Davenport​ at The Producers Perspective on the makeup of the Broadway Touring audience, combined with a comment by Jay McAdams at Bitter Lemons about needing to promote intimate theatre got me thinking... and its lunchtime... and I write. The BLUF of my post is this: Intimate theatre is not only the incubator of new writers, actors, and designers, it is in incubator of new audiences. It is our best chance to bring young, diverse, new blood into the seats and grow them into an audience that will populate our large regional theatres and Broadway... and will go buy tickets. Kill your intimate theatre -- as AEA's proposal will do -- and you kill your future audience.
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The usual Saturday news chum stew: the 20 best foodie places in the Valley, the history of the first Taco Bell, they are bulldozing Twains in Sherman Oaks... but then they aren't... and 23 rhymes for unrhymable words.
It's Saturday, and you know what that means: Time to clear all the old and rubbery links out of the bookmarks and cook them up into a tasty stew. So lift up your heads from the I Love 99 debate for a bit, and have a little stew. In fact, looking at the links, this week's post is quite ...
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A short post because I didn't want to leave the top post on my blog being news chum; I would rather it show that I Love 99​. #Pro99 #LAThtr
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It's time to start clearing the links, so here is your first helps. Articles about a synagogue supporting gay marriage in Alabama, a time when we didn't see the color blue, the reaction of cybersecurity experts to CSI:Cyber, a new bodily organ -- the fascia -- discovered by Gywneth Paltrow, a new treatment for migraines, Yiddish printing machines, and a few things about the death and rebirth of Skymall.
No, I'm not talking about the proposal from AEA. Rather, over the last two weeks I've accumulated a lot of links, none of which I can coherently theme. So we're going to do a “refrigerator soup” of links. Let's dig in… Doing Right in Alabama. Alabama has been in the news of late, ...
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Daniel is a mild-mannered computer security specialist with interests in a wide variety of things, especially live theatre, highways, Judaism, history, and off-beat news. His primary home is on Livejournal, but you can also find him on Facebook and G+.
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