November 19, 2013 |
A comforting mix of the familiar and unexpected floats the smooth 25th anniversary revival of “Aspirin & Elephants” at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Despite some formulaic aspects, playwright Jerry Mayer's boulevard comedy about intergenerational marital issues on a cruise ship is a surefire date show, a high-end sitcom with flashes of emotional heft. The title refers to the blood-thinning meds and cardiac pressures endured by Stephen “Junior” Frank (Kip Gilman), a St. Louis paterfamilias whose wisenheimer attitude conceals genuine dread, hence his secret stash of an alleged euthanasia drug called “The Terminator.” Facing early retirement after a heart attack, Junior and Honey (Wendy Michaels)
May 10, 2012 |
A basket for "Donations" blocked the refreshment table at the opening-night reception for Arnold Schulman's "Sleeping Ugly. " The Santa Monica Playhouse has evidently taken fundraising advice from the Third Street Promenade buskers. But as this quirky, inventively staged world premiere demonstrates, the 50-year-old theater knows how to squeeze the maximum entertainment value out of each dollar. You have to wonder what they could do with a few more. Can't afford a fancy set? Use actors as scenery.
July 7, 2011
THEATER Enjoy family theater fun for kids of all ages at the Free Festival of Theatre at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Join in "All Join In," a musical fairy-tale journey featuring sing-alongs, dance and performance, with prizes offered. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Fri.-Sun. See website for times. Free. (310) 394-9779; http://www.santamonicaplayhouse.com.
February 28, 2010
Kids Stuff Compiled by Jason Gelt Earthworm Ensemble Celebrate the release of this family music act's latest CD at a special all-ages concert. Composed of some of L.A.'s best folk and country artists, including I See Hawks in L.A., Mike Stinson, and the Chapin Sisters, the band's lively sound pleases kids and adults alike. McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Today, 11 a.m. $8. (310) 828-4497. Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party Audiences help Alice set a topsy- turvy Wonderland aright in this zany Rudie-DeCarlo musical comedy.
November 29, 2009
Kids' Stuff Compiled by Jason Gelt Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The L.A. premiere of the hit holiday musical fable stars John Larroquette as Old Max and Stefan Karl as the Grinch. www.ticketmaster.com.Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Today, 11 a.m., 2 p.m.; Tue.-Thu., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. $23-$90. (323) 468-1770; (213) 480-3232. Cinderella: The Musical This interactive musical from Rudie DeCarlo will charm and delight kids of all ages.
October 20, 2008 |
Charlie Lustman is on a musical mission to help people feel better. He's written and stars in the first pop operetta about surviving cancer, "Made Me Nuclear," now at the Santa Monica Playhouse through December. The sweet, sad and humorous one-man show chronicles Lustman's bout with cancer, beginning with receiving the diagnosis to being declared clean of the disease after a year of chemotherapy.