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A Stage Review of ‘The Lady With All the Answers’

A Stage Review of ‘The Lady With All the Answers’

By | April 19, 2017 at 10:12 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox “At age 20 we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” – Ann Landers It is a major part of the human condition to want someone else to give...

Posted in: Breaking the 4th Wall, Columns, Week 04/20 - 04/26 2017

A Stage Review of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

A Stage Review of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

By | March 29, 2017 at 4:40 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox “…Everyone of us is a fiddler on the roof…and how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word, tradition.” Tradition. Religion. Culture. Oppression. Family. Love. Change. Joy. Heartache. There are few shows that seem to reflect the human...

Posted in: Breaking the 4th Wall, Columns, Week 03/30 - 04/05 2017

A Stage Review of ‘Lost Cherry Cabaret’

A Stage Review of ‘Lost Cherry Cabaret’

By | March 22, 2017 at 7:50 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox SULTRY… SEXY…. SASSY…. Adjectives that inspire the senses and the imagination and most aptly give insight to the Lost Cherry Cabaret, a joint production venture between PS Underground, a secret members only supper club and Pete’s Hideaway/Wendy’s...

Posted in: Breaking the 4th Wall, Columns, Events, Week 03/23 - 03/29 2017

A Stage Review for ‘Disgraced’

A Stage Review for ‘Disgraced’

By | March 15, 2017 at 8:24 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox “I think that at its best, what the theater does is that it gathers us together. We social herding animals arrive together in a room and we behold something that actually happens before us.  Not something mediated to us by a screen, but the presence of...

Posted in: Breaking the 4th Wall, Columns, Week 03/16 - 03/22 2017

A Stage Review of ‘Drowsy Chaperone”

A Stage Review of ‘Drowsy Chaperone”

By | March 15, 2017 at 8:22 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox In theater the ‘fourth wall’ is an invisible boundary that separates the actors from the audience.  While of course the audience can see through this wall, it is a given that the actors can’t and therefore remain encased in their fictional...

Posted in: Breaking the 4th Wall, Columns, Week 03/16 - 03/22 2017

A Stage Review of “Evita”

A Stage Review of “Evita”

By | February 22, 2017 at 1:44 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox "I have one thing that counts, and that is my heart; it burns in my soul, it aches in my flesh, and it ignites my nerves: that is my love for the people and Peron." Eva Peron History is rarely reflected with complete accuracy and substance.  Tales and...

Posted in: Breaking the 4th Wall, Columns, Theatre, Week 02/23 - 03/01 2017

A Stage Review of “Baby, The Musical”

A Stage Review of “Baby, The Musical”

By | February 1, 2017 at 2:05 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox 283 performances on Broadway and 7 Tony Award nominations should be enough to indicate that a stage play/musical is pretty good.  But this show went beyond expectation.  “Baby, the musical,” with book by Sybille Pearson, music by David Shire and...

Posted in: Breaking the 4th Wall, Columns, Week 02/02 - 02/08 2017

A Stage Review of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

A Stage Review of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

By | January 25, 2017 at 8:20 pm | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Not every Broadway production is a hit.  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, currently in production at the Palm Canyon Theatre, in Palm Springs and directed by Charles Harvey, was a collaboration between famed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and...

Posted in: Breaking the 4th Wall, Columns, Week 01/26 - 02/01 2017

The Ghostlight Project – Theaters Creating Brave Spaces

The Ghostlight Project – Theaters Creating Brave Spaces

By | January 18, 2017 at 11:54 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Theater has reflected the attitude and perspectives of cultures across the world and across the centuries.  It is the keeper of the creative light having begun long before film or television was even a distant concept and having survived the oppression of...

Posted in: Breaking the 4th Wall, Columns, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

“YO YOUNGER – A One-Woman Show”

“YO YOUNGER – A One-Woman Show”

By | December 22, 2016 at 12:25 pm | No comments

 By Dee Jae Cox “I don't want realism. I want magic!”  Exclaims Blanch Dubois. (One of Tennessee William’s most famous characters from his classic play, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire.’) And that is the true essence of theater and most performing arts, which...

Posted in: Breaking the 4th Wall, Columns, Week 12/22 - 12/28 2016

A New Seeing Place

A New Seeing Place

By | December 14, 2016 at 8:14 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox  Though New York is often thought to be the heart of the American Stage, Southern California and the desert in particular, certainly claims a part of the soul for this great art form.  It is widely known that theater originated in Greece around the...

Posted in: Breaking the 4th Wall, Columns, Week 12/15 - 12/21 2016

A Stage Review “Meet Me In St. Louis”

A Stage Review “Meet Me In St. Louis”

By | December 7, 2016 at 9:38 pm | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox In Theater a ‘classic’ tends to be defined as a show that is timeless.  It can be performed at any date and still be enjoyed by most audiences.  There is much to be learned about the art of theater by watching performances that are not limited to...

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A Stage Review of “Sordid Lives”

A Stage Review of “Sordid Lives”

By | November 16, 2016 at 9:20 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox It’s not a stretch to imagine the comedy and tragedy of being a gay man from Texas.  There is just something about the juxtaposition of southern hospitality with right wing conservatism that pulls you in like watching a car driving in the wrong lane...

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A Stage Review of ‘A Murder is Announced”

A Stage Review of ‘A Murder is Announced”

By | November 9, 2016 at 9:12 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox  Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, aka crime novelist Agatha Christie, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works...

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A Stage Review of “The Music Man”

A Stage Review of “The Music Man”

By | October 6, 2016 at 11:45 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you're left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.” And so says one of the most memorable Con Men in American theater, Professor Harold...

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A Stage Review of ‘The Realistic Joneses”

A Stage Review of ‘The Realistic Joneses”

By | September 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox At some point in our lives we are all faced with mortality. The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno, takes us into the melancholy and somewhat strange world of two couples, Bob Jones (Luke Rainey,) Bob’s wife Jennifer, portrayed by Christine Tringali, and their new...

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A Stage Review of “Footloose”

A Stage Review of “Footloose”

By | July 15, 2016 at 12:55 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Coming of age can be a painful experience. It can hold all of the joys of new discoveries and also the devastation of oppression and restrictions for the ‘I just want to be me’ teen spirit. The 1998 Tony Award winning Broadway version of the 1984 movie,...

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A Stage Review of ‘Love, Sex and the IRS’

A Stage Review of ‘Love, Sex and the IRS’

By | June 24, 2016 at 12:46 am | No comments

  By Dee Jae Cox The word farce is a noun and defined as a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations.  Mistaken identities, men in dresses and unexpected visitors are...

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A Stage Review of “Cabaret”

A Stage Review of “Cabaret”

By | May 19, 2016 at 11:09 pm | No comments

  By Dee Jae Cox “What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play Life is a cabaret, old chum Come to the cabaret” --- Cabaret The Musical Once those lyrics are dancing in your head it’s near impossible to get them out.  And that seems to...

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A Stage Review of “You Make Me Laugh!  A Love Song to Gilda Radner”

A Stage Review of “You Make Me Laugh!  A Love Song to Gilda Radner”

By | May 12, 2016 at 7:48 pm | No comments

  By Dee Jae Cox “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it,...

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A Stage Review of ‘Other Desert Cities’

A Stage Review of ‘Other Desert Cities’

By | April 14, 2016 at 12:53 pm | No comments

By Dee Jay Cox The word theater comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place.  It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation. – Stella Adler And no greater example of finding truth about life and the social situation can be found...

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A Review of “The Passionate Pursuit of Angela Bowen”

A Review of “The Passionate Pursuit of Angela Bowen”

By | April 7, 2016 at 3:57 am | No comments

By Dee Jay Cox  Nelson Mandela said, “There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” And it is in the pursuit of passion and the refusal to settle for less, that filmmaker Jennifer Abod has...

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A Stage Review of ‘I Love You, Marilyn’

A Stage Review of ‘I Love You, Marilyn’

By | March 24, 2016 at 7:20 pm | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox One of the things that I love most about theatre is that an actress can walk onto a stage, stretch out on a bench and then rise up as the deceased Jane Russell.  Creative transformations are magic in the world of theatre and so it is always exciting to see new...

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A Stage Review of “I Am My Own Wife”

A Stage Review of “I Am My Own Wife”

By | March 17, 2016 at 4:00 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox “I Am My Own Wife.”  Doug Wright’s Pulitzer prize winning play, currently in production at Coachella Valley Repertory, is a one man show that follows the intricate weavings of a life that has taken so many twists and turns through tragedy and triumphant...

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A Stage Review of ‘The Improvables”

A Stage Review of ‘The Improvables”

By | February 11, 2016 at 6:26 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox im·prov·i·sa·tion imˌprävəˈzāSH(ə)n/ noun. - the action of improvising. - something that is improvised, especially a piece of music, drama, etc., created without preparation. Improvisational Theatre (Improv) is the art of creating or crafting a...

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A Stage Review for ‘Laughter on the 23rd Floor’

A Stage Review for ‘Laughter on the 23rd Floor’

By | February 4, 2016 at 2:57 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Time is a prism that refracts the light and perspective of events and can leave us yearning for bygone days or celebrating the passage of such out of touch eras, depending on ones view.  Neil Simon’s comedy, Laughter on the 23rd  Floor, currently in...

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A Stage Review of “Anything Goes”

A Stage Review of “Anything Goes”

By | January 28, 2016 at 1:57 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Anything Goes is the Tony Award winning play currently in production at the Palm Canyon Theatre.  With Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, original book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, heavily revised by the team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse and...

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Comedian Shann Carr

Comedian Shann Carr

By | January 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Once upon a time in a land far away, someone once said that women just aren't funny. And so it became the guiding rule of film and television that only men could write comedy. Greats like Lucille Ball, still had those such as comedian Jerry Lewis, denying she...

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A Stage Review of “A Christmas Carol”

A Stage Review of “A Christmas Carol”

By | December 17, 2015 at 1:34 am | No comments

  By Dee Jae Cox “Marley was dead: to begin with.  There is no doubt whatever about that.  The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner.  Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change, for...

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A Stage Review of “A Christmas Story”

A Stage Review of “A Christmas Story”

By | December 10, 2015 at 4:56 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Since its origins, in 700 BC, when the Greeks honored their god of wine and theatre, Dionysus, with festivals and drunken men in goat skins, theatre and storytelling has taken on many forms.  Some classic dramas with lines that resonate deep in the psyche,...

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A Stage Review of “Street Car Named Desire”

A Stage Review of “Street Car Named Desire”

By | November 18, 2015 at 11:41 pm | No comments

“They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and transfer to one called Cemeteries, and ride six blocks and get off at—Elysian Fields!” By Dee Jae Cox This journey, the precursor to the play, allegorically represents the trajectory of Blanch Dubois’ life, the...

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A Stage Review of “Happy Hour”

A Stage Review of “Happy Hour”

By | November 5, 2015 at 1:43 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Bette Davis said, “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.”   And rarely have I seen a more prime example of that adage than in the World Premier of George Eastman’s play, “Happy Hour,” currently in production at the Coachella Valley Repertory...

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A Stage Review of “Cats”

A Stage Review of “Cats”

By | October 8, 2015 at 3:00 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Cats is a musical, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, by T.S. Eliot.  Cats is the winner of the 1983 Tony Award for best Musical. And Cats is currently in production at the Palm Canyon Theatre through...

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A Stage Review of “The Secret Life of Girls”

A Stage Review of “The Secret Life of Girls”

By | October 1, 2015 at 2:19 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Theatre is an age old reflection of our cultures, our politics, our intimate dramas played out on a stage so that others can see and identify themselves and recognize that they are not alone.  It’s why equity and balance is vital in the stories that are...

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A Stage Review of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”

A Stage Review of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”

By | September 24, 2015 at 10:39 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Playwright Sarah Ruhl is known for writing surreal fantasies that are filled with average people.  She likes to blend the mundane with the metaphysical.  Her Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, currently in production with Desert TheatreWorks, is a prime example...

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