Theatre

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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THEATRE 29! HAS A SMASH HIT WITH “THE ADDAMS FAMILY” MUSICAL

THEATRE 29! HAS A SMASH HIT WITH “THE ADDAMS FAMILY” MUSICAL

By | October 15, 2015 at 5:29 am | No comments

By Rebecca Havely After sell-out crowds and standing ovations in their first two weeks, “THE ADDAMS FAMILY” at Theatre 29!, the Morongo Basin’s most recognized year round community theatre, is a certified smash hit!  As Z107.7FM Entertainment reporter Rebecca Havely...

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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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A Stage Review of “A Funny Little Thing Called Love”

A Stage Review of “A Funny Little Thing Called Love”

By | June 25, 2015 at 4:46 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox A Funny Little Thing called Love, Currently in production with the Desert Theatre works at the Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert, is a romp through some very funny scenes - and some not so funny, but playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten...

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A Stage Review of “La Cage Aux Folles”

A Stage Review of “La Cage Aux Folles”

By | May 21, 2015 at 2:29 am | No comments

By Dee Jae Cox La cage aux folles literally means "the cage of mad women", though folles is also a slang term for effeminate homosexuals. Palm Canyon Theatre’s production of the Tony Award winning, “LA Cage Aux Folles, book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by...

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THEATRE 29 ACCEPTING DIRECTOR’S SUBMISSIONS FOR 2016 SEASON

THEATRE 29 ACCEPTING DIRECTOR’S SUBMISSIONS FOR 2016 SEASON

By | May 14, 2015 at 1:52 am | No comments

Theatre 29 is beginning the process of selecting plays, comedies, dramas and musicals for their 2016 season. Area theatrical directors are being invited to submit suggested plays for consideration. The Theatre 29 Season Selection Committee strongly suggests Directors submit...

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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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THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR THE “DO IT YOURSELF MURDER MYSTERY MUSICAL” “THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD”

THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR THE “DO IT YOURSELF MURDER MYSTERY MUSICAL” “THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD”

By | March 26, 2015 at 1:52 am | No comments

Auditions for the fourth production of Theatre 29’s 2015 season, the comedic musical whodunit “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, have been scheduled for Monday, April 13th at 6:30pm on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The Broadway hit show...

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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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COYOTE STAGEWORKS PRESENTS “BUYER & CELLAR” BY JONATHAN TOLINS

COYOTE STAGEWORKS PRESENTS “BUYER & CELLAR” BY JONATHAN TOLINS

By | February 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm | No comments

Emerson Collins of “Sordid Lives” and “Southern Baptist Sissies” to Star in Popular Comedy By Johnathan Tollins Coyote StageWorks is pleased to present the most talked about comedy of the year, “Buyer & Cellar,” from March 27 through April 5, 2015 at the...

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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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When Lucie Met Larry

When Lucie Met Larry

By | February 18, 2015 at 6:33 pm | No comments

Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill to Appear at CVRep’s February 25, 2015 Luminary Luncheon at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences The Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre has announced that stage, screen, and television performers Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill...

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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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THEATRE 29! Presents “AN IDEAL HUSBAND” by Oscar Wilde

THEATRE 29! Presents “AN IDEAL HUSBAND” by Oscar Wilde

By | January 15, 2015 at 12:04 pm | No comments

Theatre 29 kicks off its 16th Year by presenting "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde through February 7th, 2015 for a five week run on Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm with Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm on January 18 and February 1, 2015. The Drawing Room Comedy is co-directed by...

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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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The Desert Rose Playhouse To Present “LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!”

The Desert Rose Playhouse To Present “LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!”

By | January 1, 2015 at 1:32 pm | No comments

The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s live stage company serving the LGBT community, will present Terrence McNally’s LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! opening Friday, January 16, 2015 for a five-week run. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2...

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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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A Stage Review of CINDERELLA

A Stage Review of CINDERELLA

By | December 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm | No comments

BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL By Dee Jae Cox “If you wish hard enough, even foolish dreams can come true.” And so believed Cinderella, who found her prince at the ball. Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, now playing at the Palm Canyon Theatre and running through...

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COYOTE STAGEWORKS PRESENTS “SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM”

COYOTE STAGEWORKS PRESENTS “SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM”

By | December 3, 2014 at 11:04 pm | No comments

Star-Studded Cast to Perform in One-Night-Only Benefit for Award-Winning Company Coyote StageWorks will present a star-studded performance of “Side By Side By Sondheim” at 6:30 pm on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center. The one-night-only...

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Marilyn… Madness, & Me

Marilyn… Madness, & Me

By | November 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm | No comments

By Kira Golden On November 19th, the Rancho Mirage Public Library hosted a performance of Frank V. Furino's Marilyn...Madness, and Me, a play about an average guy whose life changed after he met Marilyn Monroe. The play ran for about a month at the El Portal Theater in...

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BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL

BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL

By | November 27, 2014 at 12:21 pm | No comments

A Stage Review of "Scrooge In Rouge" By Dee Jae Cox Scrooge in Rouge, now playing at the Desert Rose Theatre in Rancho Mirage and running through December 21st, offers an unique holiday staging of Charles Dicken’s, “A Christmas Carol.” Described as an ‘English...

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Palm Desert Stage Company Returns to IPAC with “The Odd Couple”

Palm Desert Stage Company Returns to IPAC with “The Odd Couple”

By | November 13, 2014 at 12:33 pm | No comments

By Jeanette Knight The Indio Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce the return of Palm Desert Stage Company to open their season. Neil Simon’s classic comedy, “The Odd Couple,” will run November 14-23 for six performances only on Fridays and Saturdays at 7PM, and...

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COYOTE STAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES 2014-15 SEASON

COYOTE STAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES 2014-15 SEASON

By | September 24, 2014 at 11:42 pm | No comments

Company Brings its Brand of Award-Winning Theater to the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center Coyote StageWorks, an award-winning Actors’ Equity professional theater company, is pleased to announce its schedule of performances for 2015. The season will include the Company’s...

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