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Why Doesn’t L.A. Get the Cool New Plays Like Those Cities Back East?

L.A. Theatre, plays, Everything You Touch

LA Weekly:  Los Angeles has a lot going for it when it comes to theater. It’s filled with creative types, has a large and vocal 99-seat theater scene, is home to some heavyweight large theaters putting on big-budget productions and is crawling with successful TV and film actors who enjoy doing stage work.  Why, then, do so many of the country’s coolest plays — including ...

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Jon Mullich

There are thousands upon thousands of people coming out of high schools and colleges all over America every year that are determined to pursue a life as an ACTOR! Parents cry, friends smile, family wonders how long they’re going to have to support the lunacy. For most, in short order it becomes apparent that it’s not all fun and games, it’s hardly glamorous, and with ...

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Deborah S. Craig

You know that indescribable quality that defines a “star”?  Sometimes it is labeled as charisma or sex appeal and other times you just can’t put your finger why someone is extraordinary.  Well, if you spend any amount of time with Deborah S. Craig you’ll get a sense of what I am talking about plus you’ll probably laugh your ass off. “I started acting because people ...

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Patty McCormack

A stint of much needed rain was falling outside The Whitefire Theatre when a petite woman ducked inside the lobby.  She was wearing a bright pink shirt under her coat that  popped her piercing blue eyes.  The same blue eyes that helped her win the role as Rhoda Penmark in the 1956 classic film, The Bad Seed.  As she threw her bags down on the ...

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Tonya Cornelisse

There is no one in the world like Tonya Cornelisse. No one. Her sultry voice, ginger head of hair and more sweet, raw talent wrapped up in her petite frame than all that Halloween can handle. Cornelisse grew up in Chicago and Grand Rapids and started working professionally as soon as she could hustle her parents into the car. “I was overwhelming to say the ...

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A Timely Portrayal: Pamela Daly as Margaret Sanger

Timing is everything. Acting teacher and professional veteran of film/TV, Pamela Daly, appreciates the divisive climate as she prepares to bring women rights activist Margaret Sanger to the stage in her one-woman show at the El Portal Theatre in NoHo succinctly called “Sanger.” “It’s so charged!” Daly utters with a wide-eyed expression of wonder tinged with apprehension. “I always wanted to portray a strong, historic ...

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Dakin Matthews

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Dakin Matthews deeply understands the actor, although his journey has been anything but traditional.  “I never intended on being an actor.  I fell into it by way of teaching,” Matthews says.  “I was teaching in the Bay Area and stumbled onto stage as a way to better understand the (Shakespearean) text I was teaching my students.”  For twenty years, Matthews drove upwards to a hundred ...

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Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden is right on time as she pulls up to the Atwater Village Theatre.  There is no designated spot listed for her, she just parks wherever.  I mean, she does run the place.  “Honey, you mind carrying this in for me?”, as she hands me a bag stuffed with scripts.  I follow her inside the bustling theatre and she keys open her office, which ...

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