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A Stage Review of “THE MIRACLE WORKER”

A Stage Review of “THE MIRACLE WORKER”

By | May 14, 2015 at 1:51 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox The Miracle Worker was first produced in 1959, but the story is timeless. And some classics are most certainly worth restaging.  William Gibson’s, “The Miracle Worker” is by far one of them.  Set in the early part of the twentieth century, it tells...

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A Stage Review of “August: Osage County”

A Stage Review of “August: Osage County”

By | April 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Dark cannot begin to define Palm Canyon Theatre’s production of Tracy Letts’, play, “August:Osage County”.  I don’t recall ever being so enthralled with a play that inspired such a dichotomy of emotion. I absolutely hated the story, but loved being...

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A Stage Review of “Buyer & Cellar”

A Stage Review of “Buyer & Cellar”

By | April 2, 2015 at 12:03 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox It’s rare that I leave a theater with a sense of neutrality about a show.  I usually love it or hate it, but seldom am I on the fence.  And that is why Coyote Stageworks production of Jonathan Tolins’ comedy, “Buyer & Cellar” is a unique...

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A Stage Review of “The Secret Garden”

A Stage Review of “The Secret Garden”

By | March 26, 2015 at 1:54 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox The stage is a magical arena that transforms and transfixes and transports your imagination into new realms and worlds.  As the lights came up on the Palm Canyon Theatre’s Production of Tony Award winning musical, “The Secret Garden” I was immediately...

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A Stage Review of “The Divine Sister”

A Stage Review of “The Divine Sister”

By | March 19, 2015 at 2:33 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox I happen to like a good laugh, though off the wall, camp comedy can be a hit or miss, Thankfully, Charles Busch’s, “The Divine Sister,” now in production through March 29th at the Desert Rose Playhouse in Rancho Mirage, is a winner.  I’ve seen few who...

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A Stage Review of “La Gringa”

A Stage Review of “La Gringa”

By | March 12, 2015 at 3:05 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox If you can only see one play this year, go and see Coachella Valley Repertory’s production of Carmen Rivera’s, “La Gringa.” This Obie Award winning play, which is in its sixteenth year of an off Broadway production, is now running through March 22nd at...

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A Stage Review of “Handful of Nickels & Dimes”

A Stage Review of “Handful of Nickels & Dimes”

By | March 5, 2015 at 3:14 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox A Handful of Nickels and Dimes, Comedy and music from the golden age of Vaudeville, is currently in production at the Indio Performing Arts Center and running through March 22nd. Between 1880 and 1920, The Gunfight at the OK Corral occurred, The Statue of...

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A Stage Review of  “A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum”

A Stage Review of  “A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum”

By | February 26, 2015 at 2:01 pm | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox There are multiple classic Broadway musicals that should be seen in Revival. Gypsy, West Side Story, Peter Pan, My Fair Lady and the Sound of Music just to name a few. But some shows, really are better off being left to bygone eras. “A Funny Thing Happened on...

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A Stage Review of “Luck be a Lady”

A Stage Review of “Luck be a Lady”

By | February 18, 2015 at 5:58 pm | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox “I’m a bad woman, but I’m damn good company” – Fanny Brice And so aptly describes the antics of Darci Daniels and Francesca Amari in their fun, feel good show, “Luck be a Lady; let us blow on your dice.” Billed as Two of Palm Springs' favorite...

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Lizann Warner

Lizann Warner

By | February 12, 2015 at 12:22 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Music has a way of magically taking you to any time and place just through the words and melody. And so it’s not surprising to hear a song that transports you to that first high school date or the first dance you shared with your significant other. What is...

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A Stage Review of “DUCK AND COVER”

A Stage Review of “DUCK AND COVER”

By | February 5, 2015 at 4:20 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Dezart Performs is one of the most respected and accomplished theatre companies in the Coachella Valley, but they missed the mark on the selection of ‘Duck and Cover’. Michael Kimball’s script could almost be seen as a biographical piece if you are...

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A Stage Review of “Having Our Say: The Delany Sister’s First 100 Years”

A Stage Review of “Having Our Say: The Delany Sister’s First 100 Years”

By | January 29, 2015 at 1:33 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox The first thing I heard as I took my seat for The CV Rep’s production of, “ Having Our Say, The Delany Sister’s First Hundred Years” was the 1930, Ethel Waters jazz/blues classic “What did I do to be so black and blue?” After my initial wide-eyed...

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A Stage Review of “LOST IN YONKERS”

A Stage Review of “LOST IN YONKERS”

By | January 22, 2015 at 4:40 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox “You got Moxy kid.” Uncle Louie, portrayed by Mr. Moxy himself, Stephen Blackwell, tells his young nephew as he zealously slaps him across the chest. It’s 1942 and the war is on, in Desert Theatre Works Production of Neil Simon’s play, “Lost in...

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A Stage Review of THE JUDY SHOW

A Stage Review of THE JUDY SHOW

By | January 8, 2015 at 3:42 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox Showcasing the intimacy and glamour of a bygone era, the Purple Room at the Club Trinidad in Palm Springs, is billed as a place that the locals go and one of the original Rat Pack Hangouts where Frank Sinatra would bring friends to eat, drink and play. And...

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A Stage Review:The Heart of a Gypsy Troubadour

A Stage Review:The Heart of a Gypsy Troubadour

By | December 18, 2014 at 8:11 pm | No comments

December 14th at the Indio Performing Arts Center By Dee Jae Cox The English word troubadour is derived from a French word first recorded in 1575 in an historical context to mean a poet who carried messages from one town to the next, sometimes from one lover to...

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