STUFF WE ALL GET

One thing that this writer looks forward to when attending a trade show or related convention are the items I get from exhibitors that attend the show. These items are better known as SWAG, the acronym that means “stuff we all get”-hence, the title of this article! This “stuff” usually consists of small items that are given away by the exhibiters in question that will remind the taker of the goods who exactly gave it to you. These items that are given away with the company’s name and logo affixed vary, depending on the company and the venue one is attending. For the most part, these goodies consists of pens, letter openers, t-shirts, cell phone stands, tote bags, and other similar items that are low cost of create, but it’s nice enough for the taker to grab them for its intended purposes.
Over the many years since this writer started to attend these said shows, I have collected a good number of these knickknacks where I grabbed them first, usually from the exhibitor’s booth or some related exhibitor’s event (an after party perhaps), only to wonder why I took the thing in the first place! Some I still have, while the others has since been disposed of or have been long forgotten where I no longer remember them and thus, don’t miss them to a beat! The items I did keep hold some practical usage such as the previously noted pens, letter openers, tote bags, and the like. Some items I have such as t-shirts are worn on occasion, although t-shirts themselves aren’t as common to find as they used to be. That is just as well since I have some t-shirts I have obtained from trade shows going back thirty years(!) that I have yet to wear! However, I do tend to be a bit picky on what I grab since whatever I take might be in use, or it might wind up in a box that I keep in case I have to give a gift to somebody for whatever reason. Never mind the fact that the goods I may give folks might have a company name and logo affixed to the item. As long as the item is nice and holds some form of practicality, then the receiver doesn’t seem to mind! To give an example, not so long ago, an in-law of mine had sold her home and moved into a smaller and yet easier to maintain condo-type apartment unit. (A classic example of “downsizing”!) To keep up with what she disposed of and what still had kept, she got herself an iPad mini device to allow her to keep tabs on all things. As a welcoming notion, I presented to her a padded wrap around slipcover for her device that was nicely gray trimmed in color with the name of a start up cable TV channel on its backside. The cover fit perfect on her new iPad and she was pleased. Whenever the fact that she noticed the name slapped on it was a whole other matter.
As stated before, much of the swag I received goes back to the days when I once attended such conventions as the Summer Consumer Electronic Show when it was held in Chicago around June. Its winter version of the CES still exists, and it’s the biggest trade show to take place in Las Vegas. Although I never can get away to attend the current CES, I’m sure that the swag there is something to take note of! However, the Summer CES is where many of my “antique” t-shirts came from. Most, if not all, of the products and services advertised on the items no longer exist, such as early video games, electronic accessories, as well as for a TV series called “The New Tech Times”, a series of programs that reported upon new technology that was then available or to be coming soon. (For the record, this series was carried by many PBS stations in the early 1980’s!)
Out of the many conventions I once attended that perhaps had the best selection of swag ever to be given out had been the 1994 Video Dealers Software Association trade show in Las Vegas. The VSDA was a trade group for video stores operators, dealers, wholesalers, and related associates. At this show, dozens of stuff were given away. There were the pens and t-shirts ‘natch, bet there were other things as well. Many videotapes of new releases were handed out, or at least tapes plugging new titles that were meant to be played through a video monitor at a video store as point of purchase advertising. A number of celebrities were in attendance to endorse or promote a new video release. Many of them were there to sign photos of themselves. I have a stack of these 8×10 black and white glossies picks. Sadly, I don’t have enough wall space to display them all! But the best part of waiting in line to get these picks is when the opportunity allows, one can take a brief moment to say a nice comment to the celebrity, and perhaps one will receive a pleasant and memorable reply. After waiting in line to receive a autographed picture of Dudley Moore at the Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video booth, it was my turn to go up to the counter to get Dudley’s picture signed and dedicated to me. As he was signing the pic, I said to him  “I good friend of mine who collects 16mm films of features has a print of “Arthur” and that is his favorite movie”. After I said that line, Dudley replied in a soft voice, “Y’know, that’s my favorite movie, too!” and he gave me a playful wink! (PS…I still have the signed photo filed away somewhere in a file cabinet!)
I can go on about attending other trade shows that gave away nifty swag. Sadly, many of these shows as to the Summer CES and the VSDA, no longer exist. However, much of the swag I received from long forgotten conventions advertising long forgotten products and services still remain. They exist to remind me of those times when I were able to get away to attend these steal-a-thons and to take home goods that I could use, give away, or wind up with while scratching my head still wondering why did I take these items in the first place! But even in these days of the ‘net where info on companies, products, and services can be found through a click of the mouse or through a tap on the screen, trade shows and the swag that they come from will still exist. And perhaps I’ll wear that t-shirt that was given to me from a company that attended the Spring Internet World show that later became a victim of the dot com bust! (Ah, the good ol’ days!!)
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NEWS AND REVIEWS
The Glendale Centre Theatre present another full fledged musical with ANYTHING GOES, a mirthful tale than involves a classic boy-meets-girl scenario, along with a Wall Street broker, a nightclub singer, some mistaken identities, and a comical gangster set within an ocean liner cruise.
Billy Crocker (Bobby Burkich) is the assistant to Elisha Whitney (Stephan O’Hara), a rather successful banker on Wall Street. Billy’s boss is about to set sail on the S.S. American, an ocean liner traveling between New York and London. Before the ship sets off, Billy hops on board to deliver Elisha’s passport, winding up as an unintentional stowaway. Meanwhile, Reno Sweeney (Sarah Vanek) an evangelist turned nightclub torch singer, is a passenger on the boat. Billy and Reno were once involved with one another. Billy holds a romantic flame with debutant Hope Harcourt (Katie Moya) who is also on board with her fiancé Lord Evelyn Oakleigh,(John David Wallis) a wealthy Englishman. Tagging along is Hope’s mother Evangeline Harcourt. (Cindy Bullock) Hope and Evelyn plan to marry once arriving at port in London. Adding to this mix is a gangster on the lam, Moonface Martin (David Gallic) and his moll Erma Latour (Colette Peters). With these characters on board, along with a comical blend of time tested hijinks, show stopping dance numbers, along with an energetic musical score by Core Porter, one has a classic 1930’s-era screwball comedy set on stage!
And indeed it is a very upbeat and lively musical! Based upon the original 1934 stage musical from the original book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Woodhouse, Howard Lindsey, and Russell Crouse, this revised version conceived by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman, keeps much of the genuine plotting intact. What really makes this musical appealing is the selection of tunes created by Cole Porter that is part of what’s been called as The Great American Songbook. With such musical tidbits as You’re The Top, Easy To Love, Let’s Misbehave, Friendship, along with the title tune among the many other hits presented, one has a score that is very appealing that stands out as its own! The comical pacing never lets itself down, always moving in a frantic yet controlled stride.
In addition to the diverting action and dialog, there’s the dancing–and plenty of it as well! Paul Reid’s choreography includes an appealing blend of tap and ballroom dance numbers, along with a high spirited ensemble to provide the hoofing by way of Steve Applegate’s transcribed musical scoring! Angela Manke’s costuming has the entire cast donned in their best period threads that is serious enough to be conceived as priceless. Mark Knowles’ stage direction keeps up with the liveliness involved, making this show a real crowd pleaser!
And with such a showpiece, there is a rather robust ensemble cast involved. As noted, this review only has so much space to work with where there are too many other names to list as part of the players. But rest assured, each cast member did their part to make this performance as seen on the GCT stage a real treat to experience!
ANYTHING GOES is one of those musicals that do speak for a period where such shows were bright and cheery with heavy doses of pure escapism added for good measure! (Remember, the 1930’s wasn’t necessarily the best of times for many!) That said escapism has since turned into nostalgia. And with every musical presented within the confines of this unique theatre-in-the-round showcase that the GCT maintains, it is indeed an accurate description of stating to this facility that they are “the top”!

  ANYTHING GOES, presented by and performs at the Glendale Centre Theatre. 324 North Orange Street, Glendale, until October 8th. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM, and Saturday matinees at 3:00 PM with Sunday afternoon performance at 3:00 PM on September 11th and 18th.
     For more information and for ticket reservations, call (818) 244-8481, or visit the GCT’s web site at http://www.GlendaleCentreTheatre.com
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The Falcon Theatre of Toluca Lake opens their 2016-17 season with the Mo Gaffney/Kathy Najimy comical review PARALLEL LIVES, starring Crista Flanagan and Alice Hunter.
This show consists of a selection of skits and two way monologues as Crista and Alice appear as a number of characters, some with names and others without, in plots and settings that resemble a standard life. Some bits are linked while others are isolated. The skits in question ranges from its opening scene consisting of two angels attempting to create the human beings that will populate the earth, a duo of youths from Brooklyn (or the Bronx) analyzing their lives after viewing West Wide Story, a pair of sisters at a funeral reception for their recently departed grandmother, two long-time elder friends attending a feminist review at an organic cafe, two teens attending a Bible youth camp, an encounter between two regulars at a honky-honk bar, as well as other backdrops and situations that are a bit off-kilter to what one would see in a so-called “real world”.
This review, written by Mo Gaffney & Kathy Najimy, is based upon related material that made up their showcase, called The Kathy & Mo Show, that had its theatre rounds in the early-middle 1990’s, both starring Mo and Kathy. Here, Crista Flanagan and Alice Hunter sub for Gaffney & Najimy as they play the spots that the for noted writers/performers originally did a generation before. As with stage anthologies such as this specific show, the quality and humor factor of the skits are of the hit-or-miss variety. Granted, every one of these mini-plays comprise of comical interludes. Some contain a bit of drama as well. The level of humor witnessed can be best described as quirky with a hint of cockiness added for “flavor”, making selected moments objective and may not be for all tastes. This is what makes this presentation live up to its title. It does demonstrate a parallel life it speaks for. Jenny Sullivan directs this show that guides the talented Crista Flanagan and Alice Hunter as a performing pair that is level with their comical timing. They don’t do slapstick, not do they show any tacky or cheesy cuteness. They hold their performance as humorous sans the belly laughs that may go along the process.
As to its stage look and presentation, Trefoni Michael Rizzi’s set design gives the performance arena a cosmic feel without being overly “outer spacey”. Although a majority of the skits themselves only takes up a few bits of floorboard space, most of the stage left/right/center air only contain set pieces and/or props. This method suggests that this production is a classic example of a small item nestled inside of a big package!
PARALLEL LIVES is a program for those that enjoy their comedy in small bits and bites. It’s a far cry to the level or comedy blackouts once seen and performed on a TV variety program from the 1960’s and 70‘s. But to see this show as it stands on stage in this post modern world is ideal, even on and in a wide(r) open area.
PS…Nearly another worth their pop culture salt already knows about the importance of what an “E-Ticket” is worth! So why bother explaining it all? Then again, that does speak for another era–right?

PARALLEL LIVES performs at The Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank, until September 18th. Showtimes are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM. Talkback Thursdays, where the cast members discuss their roles to the audience while taking an informal question & answer session, takes place after the performances of September 1st, 8th, and 15th.
     For ticket reservations and for more information, call (818) 955-8101, or visit online at http://www.FalconTheatre.com.
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THE VACATION DOG DAYS CONTINUE!

This is the annual time of year where it appears that a lot of folks (in compared to “everybody”) tends to take advantage of their vacation days during the period of the later summer season called the “dog days”. Of course, those days really have nothing to do with Fido–unless you really want to place that member of “man’s best friend” into the mix. However, it’s the time where summer, as blazing as it goes, is slowing hinting to itself that those lazy-hazy-crazy days will be coming to its standard conclusion.
And for a few folks, it already did! Here in Los Angeles proper known as the city limits itself that’s not a stand alone suburban community, the school season begins this week. This means that parents and/or caretakers of school aged kids who will be enrolling their little (or not so little) ones into a LAUSD school, will have those same kids start their new season of the standard reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic antics! That’s good for the parents/caretakers (It will keep those kids out of the parents/caretaker’s hair), but not so much for the kids as they will have their summer freedoms come to their end–assuming that these same kids would rather be outside of a classroom rather than be cooped up in one!
Also for the most part, this time of year is vacation time. Again, assuming that somebody will have a desire to get away for a brief time, this is their moment to see and do stuff they really can’t see and do while being stuck at their home base.
Many folks that are employed (or at least “work”) don’t tend to take advantage of taking a week/weekend/day/hour off for the much needed R’ n R. There have been many studies and findings (use your favorite search engine to look ‘em up) that folks who are employed in some form of entity do not take their opportunity for a vacation time. Of course, the reasons why do vary, but many of the findings note that people who don’t use their vacation time is based on the fact that they don’t want their work piled up while their gone, waiting to be worked upon once they return. And let’s face it. After spending a week/weekend, etc. of camping, beach combing, or visiting various tourist traps, who wants to return back to the slave pit with a whole mess of stuff to do?
Most of us live in this so-called modern age where technology is everywhere. No matter where one roams, there will always be a wifi connection somewhere, along with cell phone reception. With those elements on hand, anyone can grab their phone/laptop/pad along and work to their little heart’s content while visiting a national park courtesy of the US government, a national park courtesy of Universal and/or Disney, or some place where one would visit to normally get away from work! And never mind the fact that one may take a traditional vacation with a traditional family. Chances are, the kids coming along as just as wired as the parents/caretakers if not more! So there goes that notion of getting away from it all! (To set the record straight, a “traditional” family would consist of a female mother figure, a male father figure, and a person or persons under legal age via various ages and genders. So much for political correctness!)
But for those that don’t have to worry about kids and their schooling, vacation time is that moment to see and do stuff one can’t do while stuck at home. It’s been some time since the “staycation” mode made its mark on domestic society since economic times are now better, and gas is a whole lot cheaper that it was as recently as a year ago this time. However, there are a few folks that take their vacation while not making a big trip somewhere. Their version of a vacation is to take what’s been called a “head trip”. This trip has nothing to do with mind alternating substances, but it’s a virtually reality extended moment where folks take advantage of turning their devices totally off to spend a moment or two from the folks they know and the folks they don’t know! One person this writer once knew would get away for a week or two, and not tell anyone where they were going or how long they will be gone! This was rather possible to do as recently as twenty years ago when cell phone usage was not as common and there was no such thing as wireless internet connections, let alone any internet connections! So it was quite possible to disappear for a short time, only to return by the time that same person was discovered missing!
If you the reader is heading off somewhere for that vacation, just came back from one’s vacation, or perhaps is currently on vacation (taking your electronic gadgets for the ride), all we have to state is to just enjoy yourself! Don’t forget to e-mail or text us that postcard stating that you are having a wonderful time and you wish we were there–unless we have to read all about it through your social media outlets!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS
No reviews this week, but check back with us in the next issue for more of the reviews you seek for. See you then!
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TAKING THE BINDGE

As the summertime progresses through its dog days, many folks are taking advantage of their vacation times. Sure, there are folks that make lavish getaways, heading over to a favorite vacation spot, be it a beach cove, a cabin in the mountains, or perhaps a sprawling spa set in a desert community. Or there are a few that take “staycations”, where one doesn’t go anyplace in the tractional sense. They are the ones that stay at home (or pretty close near it), doing what they find just as relaxing than spending that same moment camping somewhere. The staycation rage hit its peak during the dark(er) days of the Great Recession, where nearly anyone living in the domestic society were forced to hunker down financial wise. And part of the so-called “new normal” was to take a vacation away from their work (assuming that these folks were still working) by staying home, doing the things they would normally do while on a trip.
But this article won’t comment about getting away or cutting back to save a few bucks while taking a little R&R. This article speaks about a kind of leisurely activity one can do on a vacation home or away, or at anytime–vacation period or otherwise! That noted activity is plopping one’s self in front of a video screen to watch their favorite television program series at one sitting, catching up to all of the antics that takes place inside of a TV program universe, but all at the same time.
This act of watching a TV series all at once (or at least watching three or more episode of the same series in that same sitting) is called “binge watching”, and it’s part of TV’s “new normal” (just like a “staycation” is a “new normal”) that has changed the television landscape within the last few years. Thanks to easier access to such notions ranging from home video to streaming services, it now allows one to watch an entire season of programs one episode after another. And according to a report conduced by the marking firm GfK MRI Research, 57% of TV viewers report regular binge viewing that occurred within the last year, a rise of 12% from the previous year.
The report notes that 14% who binges “usually” do it all or most of the time, while 18% “frequently” binge more than half the time. 25% of those polled “sometimes” binges half of the time.
And behind the amount folks take the binge, there’s the reasoning behind it all. Granted, it’s a great way to catch up on a program one holds a liking to. According to the report, some 41% of standard bingers stated that TV shows they have never seen take up a good chunk of their binge viewing time, aside to 35% that view favorite and familiar programs. And when it comes to original stream only shows–program title made available through the streaming channels (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) 22% of viewers bindge on those shows.
It’s also no real surprise who does all of the binge watching. Leave it to the good ol’ Millennials to do all of this form of marathon watching. 53% of those under the age of 35 noted that they are regular bingers.
The term “bingeing” tends to be a word that describes an act that can have negative outcomes, such as binge eating or drinking–a part of many other forms of human vices that can be of a taboo nature to discuss or even bring into the open. But does bindge watching have that same stigma as those other rather unspoken forms of overindulgence? According to the findings, bindge watchers feel pretty good in how their TV is consumed. 73% of regular bingers state upon having a positive view in their binging habits. A little over three quarters (77%) note that bindge watching is fun, and can be hard to stop! Almost half (48%) say that that TV binging keeps them up to date or in the know about a program’s progression.
So what does all of these facts and figures mean? Well, it does note that people can and do consume a favorite program far beyond one episode at a time in one (or possibly two or three) sittings at a moment. And thanks to mobile devices, one can bindge where ever one roams–assuming that there is an internet connection made available somewhere! Watching TV isn’t just confined to being in a place where they are in front of a TV monitor viewing the content of their choice. One can watch on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, but one is only limited to the screen’s size and the sound that comes out of the device. Some folks are rather picky, while others don’t really care on how to view their programming. Just as long as they can look at the entire run of Game of Thorns however they can! It’s thought that the bigger the screen and the booming quality of the sound is better to consume. But if you’re a diehard fan, then size doesn’t necessarily matter–but it does help! And for the rest of everyone else? They can bindge if they want or not depending on one’s access and even in their stage in life. But who knows? There may be a person of the early generation “baby boomer” demographic that would want to binge watch Gunsmoke episodes back to back on their traditional living room TV set! Then again, maybe not!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS
AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND, Felix Racelis’ play about a woman of Philippine decent who manages a convalescent residential dwelling that still recalls a traumatic moment from her life, and the daughter who tries to comprehend the situation on hand, makes its world premier at the Complex Theatre in Hollywood.
Taking place at a group dwelling facility located in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles, Nene Santos (Tita Pambid) operates the unit that houses a number of elderly people. She takes upon a hands-on approach, interacting with a selection of the residence. Two of those are Poncing (Muni Zano), and Mildred (Anita Borcia). Nene’s daughter Pilita (Sarnica Lim) works as a residential nurse, making sure that those dwelling are in good care and in good sprits. Nene desires to expand her operation but hold difficulty obtaining a loan from the local financial institution. But her real trauma isn’t about not getting the loan, nor about her relationship with her daughter soon to be married. It’s related to an long past episode that took place in her home of national origin during the dark days of World War two when the Philippine were overtaken by the Japanese in their goal for domination. Although that episode was many years before (and somewhat reduced to pages in a history book), Nene faces the challenges of carrying on to what occurred those many years before, and how such feelings are linked to the present day.
This one act play written by Felix Racelis is a piece that was inspired by the playwright’s own experiences with his mother who once served as a nurse during the war. This inspiration was first formed as a two act play only to be condensed into a single act. The result to this inspiration as seen on the stage is a story that tells how the lead character who serves a purpose in assisting others in their need faces a past that is far off and hidden, only to have that concealed past move toward its surface. In this performance, the cast of players present their roles in a leveled manner. Its lead performer, Tita Pambid as Nene portrays her character as a hard working woman that cares about her residents, especially with the ones featured. Pilita, as played by Sarnica Lim is the daughter figure who looks upon her mother as a guide. Poncing, played by Muni Zano and Mildred portrayed by Anita Borcia are a balanced mix: The former a bit feisty while the latter holding a kind sprit–if not sneaking off to take a smoke! Lesley Asistio directs this production that gives prominence to its rosters of players as equally fitting.
In addition to the above noted performers, Doan Nguyen and Gabriel Garcia also appear playing in various swing supporting roles.
AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND is a even paced play that touches upon an emotional subject matter dealing with a personal occurrence that holds its spot in a historical time lime. This reviewer doesn’t wish to review too much as dodging what’s called a “spoiler”. Nonetheless, this production speak for the phase of human care, as well as bringing to attention a time that hold a deep darken past.

AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND, presented by As Straw Productions, and performs at the Ruby Theatre located with The Complex theatre center, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd (at Wilcox), Hollywood, until September 4th. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM. For tickets, call (800) 838-3006, or via online at http://StrawBefore.brownpapertickets.com
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YOUR NEW SOURCE FOR NEWS

Folks that desired to find the news of the day usually got their information from various sources. There were the early methods, from smoke signals, tom-tom drums, to later elements from the town crier to the printed newspaper. In the so-called “modern” era, there were the electronic means. First came the telegraph. Then came radio, moving up to TV. Since the 1990’s, the good ol’ internet became a reality to many if not plain being accessible. From there, a new source came around that was not only accessible, but morphed into a stream where it was set and controlled by the user and use-ee. That source is social media, the now most used ground method of grabbing the news that is really important!
And according to a recently released report entitled News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016 presented by the Pew Research Center, a majority of adults 18+ obtain their news via social media. The report notes that 62% of these said adults are informed of what’s going on in their world, their nation, their city, and even in their neighborhood. 18% do so quite often.
And where is their get-go places to grab the latest scoop around the world and around the block? Reddit comes in at first place with a grab of 70%. Facebook comes in second at 66%, followed by Twitter (59%), Tumblr (31%), Instagram (23%), YouTube (21%), LinkedIn (19%), Snapchat (17%), and Vine (14%). As to what people use for the news, Facebook leads the way. The report notes that a little over two thirds of adults use Facebook, while 44% of those users get news from that site. YouTube reaches almost half of adults (48%), while 10% of those get the news from the popular video posting place. While 16% use Twitter, a little over half (9%) use that source for news. With those facts to ponder upon, Twitter uses are likely to get the latest info rather than use it for other purposes. (YouTube uses log on their for other means that just grabbing the details!)
And with all of these choices for news, nearly two thirds (64%) use one place for their news. (Facebook seems to be that sole chose since one can find more stuff than just news!) 26% use at least two sources, while 10% use three or more places.
As to how active or passive on their news search, the Pew Research report states that YouTube, Facebook and Instagram news users are more likely to obtain their news online mostly by chance or fate when they are logged on while doing other stuff. The selection of Reddit, Twitter and LinkedIn news seekers who look out news online is very similar to the portion that happen upon such news. In other words, if one is trolling around their Facebook site seeing what their “friends” are up to, one of their virtual buddies might just connect a web link to something or another that was deemed important to the “friend”, hoping that their other “friends” may agree otherwise.
Demographics play an important role on what type of person gets the news. As a general speak, females outsource males on social media news at 52% (Males trail at 48%). But the chosen sources do vary. Instagram leads as the choice for females at 65%, followed by Facebook (57%), Twitter (53%), LinkedIn (44%), and YouTube (43%). The guys picks runs similar but totally different. YouTube ranks as first choice (57%), followed by LinkedIn (56%), Twitter (47%), Facebook (43%), and Instagram (35%).
As to age, it appears that the Millenniums as well as the Gen-Xers seem to take lead, depending on where they go in cyberspace land. Instagram leads the under 30 crowd with 58% of their uses falling in this age. LinkedIn is the pick of the Gen-X group at 46%. As to the rest, Baby Boomers also use LinkedIn, but at 24%. Those 65 and up keep up through LinkedIn, trailing in at 11%. Educational status from high school background to college degree also holds a vast difference. No surprise, but LinkedIn’s news seekers hold college degrees at 65%. YouTube and Instagram tie for those with some college background at 41% each. YouTube leads for those with a high school education at 34%. (Perhaps those using YouTube are currently enrolled in high school, or have yet to start high school!)  And for the record, Facebook news seekers in education status is very close for all at around 33%. (34% for the some college crowd!)
So what do all of these fact and figures really mean? It just states that social media is the place to get the news that really matters to the user. Of course, the pick of news stories and features do rank in different importance. If doesn’t matter if one is following the election campaign, a war in some far off land, or if some young hot actor is going to appear in that new movie with that other person from that sitcom that was on some channel somewhere! Just as one is pleased with the information, that is the only thing for concern! This news may not be the kind of news that’s fit to print, considering that little of this news is even printed at all, unless one prints it for themselves!
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Taking place an a junior high/high school located in an unnamed urban based bedroom community, a set of a half dozen youths ranging in age from around 13 through eighteen meet with a therapist (Sophie LaBalle) who is also unnamed, about what is going on within their recent lives.
The youths, or rather, young(er) adults, consist of Marcy (Hillary Freedman), a high school senior, Joe (Taylor Luke) a junior, Francine (Lital Peykar) in the seventh grade, Wade (Chris Vickers-Rynecki) a sophomore, Ruby (Briana Price) another senior, and Mateo (Judah Benaim), a fellow sophomore. Their topics of discussion and concerns vary in emotional size and structure. Told within a school year time line sometime between the fall through spring sessions, these six speak as individuals. Their issues deal in family life, relationships between kinfolk members and those of the other sex, school pressures, the challenges of facing conflicts (serious to trivial), and personal interests. (One student holds a passion for 1950’s-era science fiction movies, enough to recite obscure titles and who even appeared in them!) These youths are confused, lost, have a promise for their future even if that future is rather vague, while some want to rebel down by stating “F-it all”! Even the therapist, who serves as an intern toward her line of work, has some learning to do herself, attempting to understand what is behind the minds of these “kids” by way of what they voice and how they express these convictions.
This play written and directed by Leda Siskind, is presented as a series of solo monologues. Most of the presentations as performed are done with little communication between the fellow actors. When the cast do perform, they are on their own with a simple plastic chair to sit upon as they speak to the audience as if that same audience was the invisible and somewhat anonymous therapist. When these students speak, they do hold an aura of intelligence (no “uhhs…” and “y’knows…” among these bunch), while not being overly happy nor totally depressed. They seem to be somewhere in the middle, ready to lean toward one stage of emotion or the other for the good or otherwise. The same goes for the therapist herself. When she appears, she is addressing the audience as well: Not speaking to the youths per se, but to those under some form of authority or as a higher-up. The whole element is where everyone involved is attempting to self express through their own unique methods, attempting to learn about themselves while they teach the person they are addressing a round robin of basic talk!
And speaking of basic, this entire production is presented with utmost minimalism. Theatre 40’s stock set designer Jeff G. Rack only shows the chairs the youths use to sit and maintain themselves in front of a background of black duvetyne fabric, showing an anonymous setting bundled with a group of youths living anonymous lives as told to an anonymous therapist. These aspects carry on the facts that teens in post modern domestic society do have their hopes, fears, matters of concerns, and related form of expression. Although the ideal of “lost teens” are far from being anything as new or unique as this reviewer can acknowledge from his own youth, this play brings these aspects into the open.
There is one element that is of interest to these so-called “adults of tomorrow”. The characters depicted have some form of intellect from their own minds, rather that through the modern age of on-demand communication. Yes, they do posses phones that are smart, but the smartness comes from their own judgement, rather than something one can find through a Google search! This is the real light that shines, even of those said distances aren’t exactly around the corner–or through an app!

ALL OF MY DISTANCES ARE FAR, presented by Theatre 40, and performed at performs in the Reuben Corova Theater located on the campus of Beverly Hills High School, 241 South Moreno Drive (off Santa Monica Blvd.) Beverly Hills, until August 24th. Showtimes are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM.
     This show runs in tandem with Theatre 40’s regular run of Breath of Spring, performing Thursday through Sundays until August 21st at the same theater space. (See review-Vol. 21-No. 30)
     For ticket reservations or for more information on both shows, call (310) 364-0535, or via online at http://www.Theatre40.org
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RuddiGORE, the Gilbert & Sullivan musical that takes upon the supernatural and adds zombies, werwolves, along with a cast of macabre beings into the mix set within the confines of a light comic operetta, currently performs at the Studio/Stage Theatre.
The plot finds Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd (Nathan Jenisch), faking his own death to return as a zombie or actually, a phoney zombie since he faked his death in the first place. This was due to a curse that was passed on to him from a descendent of his, Sir Rupert Murgatroyd, who used to chase and persecute other supernatural beings. The curse was for Ruthven to commit a crime on a daily basis. So faking the death would end the curse. Meanwhile, Ruthvan as the village zombie, has fallen for Rose Maybud (Alena Bernardi) who is idea to be a bride since there is a surplus of bridesmaids in the community but alas, no wedding to place the bridesmaids within! But Ruthvan’s friend and companion Dick Dauntless (Seth Freed), who himself plays a vampire, falls for Rose. Ruthven’s zombie role is exposed, only to have the curse’s unbrokenness fall in jeopardy. Will Sir Murgatroyd remain a zombie, or will he remain committing daily crimes? Will Rose become a bride so her team of bridesmaids will finally have their place of existence? And will Dick find his way into his line?
This production takes one of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s lesser known comic operettas (Gilbert wrote the original libretto and lyrics while Sullivan handled the musical score), and adds some contemporary twists into the plotting. Tracy Oakley adapted this piece as seen here, adding some lyrics and dialog to play out for a post-modern audience. This new twist creates a show that adds more of the carnage to the Ruddigore. The show is indeed called RuddiGORE, although it’s not as gory since there is more of a hint of the said blood and gore rather than what could be found in a B-movie slasher pic. (After all, this is a comic opera!) Indeed, the opera settings do shine here! Rose, as played by Alena Bernardi, vocalizes very well, hitting those high notes in fine fashion. Nathan Jenisch as Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd may not sing that high, but can keep up with vocalizing those fast paced numbers that G&S were famous for! Cynthia Heath on upright piano provides the music where the cast members that sing are required to keep up with. Averi Quinn Yorek’s choreography adds to the quick pacing that this show provides. Trace Oakley’s stage direction amplifies many blends to this show, from light comedy to mellow-ish gore tossing in hints of love and romance. This makes sure that with such romantic passion, everything ends on a happier note. Willie Shakespeare used this form of mood setting that eventually worked out for him. Why not use the same ideas in a G&S comic opera?
Along with the above noted cast, this show also features as listed in their alphabetical order, Evan Camacho, Leddie Garcia, Laura Jackling, Stephen Juhl, Courtney King, Skye LaFontaine, Meg Markin, Giane Morris, Kathlyn Semer, Jennifer Skiffington, and Jerred Yeash.
Gilbert & Sullivan operettas are charming, comic in nature although they were never joke filled (one liners had yet to be invented), but are fun for what they are. Some of the plotting and the interacted characters along with what they stand for can get lost for 21st century audiences. However, this version of RuddiGORE is very amusing and still maintains its fun setting. And in spite of the “gore” part, it does provide some happy endings to it all.

     RuddiGORE, presented by the Proof Doubt Closer Theatre Company, performs at Studio/Stage, 520 North Western Avenue, Koreatown (Los Angeles), until August 28th. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM. A Saturday matinee takes place on August 13th at 2:00 PM. No performance on Sunday, August 14th.
     For ticket reservations, call 800-838-3006, or via online at
http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/2581451
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WINGING IT!

Not so long ago, yours truly recently a notice from a group that instructs the art of becoming a “wingman” or “wingwoman” when it comes to a person who desires to meet another person-someone who is a stranger or vague acquaintance for some kind of possible encounter.
The notice, reprinted in part below, gives their following pitch to what they have to offer…

Have you ever wonder where you can find a wingman or wingwoman for events or just someone to hangout with?  Life is better when someone has your back, right?  This event is a virtual platform to meet others in the group for events and more. If you are looking for a wingman/wingwoman or new friend, please reply with what you are looking for in your wingman/wingwoman. For example: Looking for wingwoman in the Pasadena area, prefers age between 28-34. If you would like to add something extra, you can add: Would love it if the wingwoman also wants a workout buddy or salsa dancing partner.  Let’s carpool to various events too! When you find someone that fits what you are looking for, shoot him/her an email to see if he/she are attending an upcoming event or would like to go to the gym together. :)

To present a basic lesson to what a “wingman” (or “wingwoman”) is really all about, a wingman (we will use the term “wingman” since is usually taken from a guy’s perspective, but it can apply for all genders), is a second person who assists another when attempting to get in connection with a third party at some in-person event.
This definition was first used by the Army Air Corps (later the Air Force) to describe a second aircraft assisting a pilot in a potentially dangerous flying environment, referring to the aircraft flying beside and slightly behind the lead plane in a formation.
As with many words or phrases, the original concept took upon a new meaning. In domestic society, a wingman is that second person assisting another (a guy helping a guy) brought along on singles outings (as to bars, etc.) that helps you out with the women. (That definition was adapted through UrbanDictionary.com, a place on the ‘net that defines words and phrases that are not traditional expressions or idioms.)
Although much of this wingman stuff caters toward a guy who desires to meet up with a woman for a possible “hookup” session (refer to UrbanDictionary.com for the meaning of “hookup”), a lot of this assisting can be used by people (man or woman) to get connected to another source for other reasons that have nothing to do with sex. As the above blurb notes, using that right hand (wo)man can be applied for networking purposes, such as getting in contact with somebody who may have a lead in a professional position, or obtaining a source for conduction a possible business deal. The person who is in the lead uses the wingman as somebody that works with the head person, but never one that will take over. That is, a person that holds an equal or greater knowledge to the goals sought.
It’s never a bad idea to obtain assistance from somebody in order to achieve some form of accomplishment, as long as that assistance one obtains from a person (usually a so-called “buddy”) won’t backfire when the wingman takes over the situation, nearly leaving the lead person alone wallowing in the dust. There have been a number of cases known to this writer where the wingman became the competition, rather than the aide that person was meant to be.
F’insistance, yours truly was going to attend one of those “meet-n-greet” happy hour sessions that was sponsored by a local chamber of commerce. This meeting was held at a bar affixed to a larger hotel complex. Outside of snacking on the rubbery appetizers along with guzzling beverages from a semi-open bar (only soda pop and a house wine that could have been better was offered for free with drink coupon), there were opportunities around to schmooze with those attending this event. I was there along with another party (my wingman) who was seeking those to assist him in some form of financing deal for a project that dealt with an entertainment complex. (That entertainment complex idea is for another article as it stands!)
Anyway, this man  serving as my wingman has an art for speaking to people, especially strangers, for not only getting what he wants, but to start and keeping a conversation going with those folks about nearly any topic. Although at first, these folks may seen a bit hesitant to speak. But after a brief while, they tend to open up toward this person, eventually ready for him to land a deal when appropriate.
So when I and this wingman of mine arrived at the bar when the event was taking place, within minutes, he began to speak with a few folks who were wearing name badges listing their moniker and the company they represent. Again, this was a chamber of commerce event that pushed the idea that local businesses were in the region, and those attending would be aware of these said businesses in the community. That is the reason why everyone in attendance were encouraged to wear those “Hi-My-Name-Is…” stickers on their lapels.
There was one person in attendance I wanted to get in contact with, a person whose business I had an interest in. SInce I was feeling somewhat awkward in speaking to a total stranger from out of the blue, I was counting on the aide of my wingman to get myself going in a chat. So we both approached this person, and he stated to make his talk. He began to ask all about this person’s business in question and how it operates. This person then began to tells us all about this firm. I was going to ask a few concerns on my interest. However, my wingman then started to dominate the conversation, telling this person why he was there–not as a wingman, but to get financing toward his entertainment project in order to get it off the ground! Well, to make a long story short, he exchanged business cards with this person, suggesting that the two arrange some kind of a meeting somewhere to talk about his project in further detail. As for me, I didn’t get much out of this conversation since I was not really involved in this entertainment project, although I was aware of this project after signing a non-discloser agreement with my wingman long before the event we attended.
As for the rest of this happy hour event? I was able to swap a few business cards with others while my wingman took off in attempting to cut deals with others on his own. However, the concept of wingman blew itself out as the both of us were now flying solo- so to speak. My wingman didn’t do much of a job of being my wingman. At least the thought and idea was there!
Whatever the need from business networking to just “hooking up”, a wingman/wingwoman isn’t such a bad notion, just as long as your wing(wo)man doesn’t steal away in what you are attempting to gain! Then again, it’s all about the thrill of the chase as a group or as a single. At the title of this article suggests, one just has to wing it!
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Continuing its run at North Hollywood’s Sherry Theater is John Patrick Shanley’s THE DREAMER EXAMINES HIS PILLOW, a dark drama that consists a conflict between a down-and-out artist, his part-time girlfriend, and the father of the girlfriend that forms a triangle of sorts between love, lustful desire, and some method of commitment.
Ky Soto is Tommy, an artist that’s seen better days who lives in squander in his one room “studio” that is nearly barren sans his small refrigerator containing low priced beer. He is also living on a thread, down to paying his monthly rent from money he stole from his mother. His only seen artistic accomplishment is a self portrait that exists on a frameless canvas nailed to the wall. Donna (Pauline Schantzer) is his on-again-off again girlfriend who is just as messy as Tommy, resembling a cheap looking slut. She storms into his place demanding that he stay away from her underaged sister as he prefers doing the sister than Donna. Meanwhile, Donna retreats to her father known as “Dad” (David Gianopoulos). He too was once an artistic painter, but sold off most of his work, keeping just one lone paining hanging on an otherwise bare wall. Donna confesses that although she still adores Tommy, she’s fearful that he will wind up as her own father, down to being mistreated as Dad himself did to Donna’s mother, now deceased. But Dad attempts to strengthen out Tommy using his own devices, only to discover that Dad finds something in Tommy that resembles something familiar-a self portrait perhaps!
This rather lengthily one act play by John Patrick Shanley is very akin to his many other stage works this playwright has composed. It holds a lot of minimalism with only three characters, but packs an excessive load of dialogue and pathos that is sharp and smart with a touch of wit graced in. The form of the “less-is-more” school of theatre is reflected within this stage production. The setting is bare bones: Tommy’s s#it-hole room as staged by Jen Ailey is dressed with a few furnishings along with a number of drop cloths scattered and his small icebox containing a few cans of brew, including a few spent cans pre-crushed! Dad’s place (the same stage space) uses the aforementioned club chair and accessories while the rest of the stage is more virtual than overstuffed. The cast of three performing fits right into the bleak surroundings. Ky Soto as Tommy is very thin and nearly high strung who could have been an artistic contender. Pauline Schantzer as Donna is the street wise floozy and for noted slut who tries to keep her heart of gold intact. And David Gianopoulor as Dad is the cocky wiseass of a dad that won’t take any s#it, if not nipping on the sauce first. Illia Volok directs this production that tells this rather somber tale that speaks for the post modern world some twenty five or so years between the “now” (2010’s) and the “then”! (This play was first presented in 1989, and just got better with time!)
This play isn’t a bedtime story as the only dreams implied are the ones that are either busted or just never existed! In other words, the dreams are just that–dreams! But that doesn’t keep this production as presented within the confines of the very intimate Sherry Theatre as simple. In fact, this play, as well as the production team found in front of the floodlights and those behind them, is very tight! One will not mind sitting through a longer than average one act play as there is much to absorb. And that is the dream itself–examination or otherwise!

THE DREAMER EXAMINES HIS PILLOW, performs at The Sherry Theater, 11052 Magnolia Blvd. (between Vinland and Lankershim), North Hollywood, until August 14th. Showtimes are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 8:00 PM. For ticket reservations, contact DreamerThePlay@gmail.com or at http://www.SherryTheater.org           ———————————————————————————————————————
The Gloria Gifford Conservatory presents William Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, the evergreen romantic comedy that speaks for many of the elements found in a multitude of The Bard’s plays (integrity, discreditation, and the realm of royal politics among many other traits), but is told with a rather contemporary musical beat.
This review won’t necessarily get into the basic storyline as this production sticks to much of the plot points found in the original piece (hint: the scenario has to do with Claudio falling for Hero, the daughter of the governor of Messina, the community in Sicily where this story takes place–among many other interrelated sequences), but how this show was conceived. It whittles the original work from its three hours running time (give or take) to a little over two hours, not counting the intermission. Into what makes this production as presented by the Gloria Gifford Conservatory unique that in some selected scenes, the lead character breaks out in song, mostly vocalizing (along with its original recording) R&B/jazz numbers from the 1970’s, although a few other tunes of different genres and eras do slip in. Granted, these songs may appear to be way out of context as the players that appear in this stage piece don period costuming of the era as designed by Kasis Pilewicz and Gloria Gifford, and speak in those Shakespearian tones. The songs that are sung (not lip synced) are fitting for the scene(s) depicted. Ditto for some of the stage movements during those musical numbers as they are more from the 20th century that what would be danced to in the late 1500’s! (One James Brown number is twirled by its character mimicking the dance movements as JB once trotted out!) These musical components are this play’s major saving grace, meaning it’s far from being seen as a stuffy 400+ year old stage work in spite of the fact it’s very light and comical. Again, it’s of the period with a flavoring from a domain of nearly today!
In the original Shakespeare play, there are many characters that consist of the ensemble. This presentation holds no exception and it features an extremely robust cast. A total of thirty eight(!) players appear and are rotated in selected performances. Although space within this review doesn’t allow to list each and every player as some of the cast appear during different dates, each one were exceptional! Performing in a work attributed to The Bard has to be mastered in a precise method. So this reviewer will acknowledge the proper credit to them all!
The Gloria Gifford Conservatory, run by the name person who directs and serves as executive producer, has been not only a performer, but teaches the craft of acting. This program showcases the talents of those that work with her.  And with shows as to this production, there are multitudes of opportunities to have many of these upcoming thespians show off on what they can do. And indeed they do and then some!
In spite of what the title suggests, there is plenty going on and the only “nothing” is the fact that there is “nothing” bland as seen on the very intimate stage the T.U. Studios provides. Big theatre spots are OK for what that are, but the smaller stage houses give the audience members a chance to be up close and personal to the actors. And that alone is what makes theatre something special! That is the “much ado” and “nothing” more!

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, presented the Gloria Gifford Conservatory, performs at the T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo Avenue (at Lankershim), North Hollywood, until August 21st. Showtimes are Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sunday evenings at 7:30 PM. For ticket reservations or for more information, call (310) 366-5505, or online at http://www.Tix.com.
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YOU THE PEOPLE SPEAK! LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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I’m really upset at you guys! There is a whole lot going on that I have yet to read anything from your texts. There’s a major election that seems to be scary. There are great people that have recently died from musical artists to prizefighters, and now there are mass shootings to ponder on! Why aren’t you guys saying anything about all of this stuff? Don’t you even care…?

The above message is one of many others we have received from time to time that speak for current happening around the nation and perhaps around the world. Many of these events tend to be of something that are of major concerns that do affect much of the population at large, while a few only cater to those that hold interest.
Granted, the elements expressed in the above letter that was received last June 13th by a reader that didn’t give their name, are of a concern. The news sources do report on what is going on. Some are good and pleasant, while other are indeed sad, tragic, and perhaps hold a notion of fear and uncertainty. And thanks to the media, from traditional sources to those delivered on an independent social media basis, one can receive the news or its updates within seconds! It’s a far cry to what radio or TV once delivered where those updates arrived that the major players (i.e. news reporters and the like) could provide. And with radio and to a lessor extent, television, that is somewhat portable, social media outlets do feed small electronic devices (smartphones mostly) that provides two way communication. If one is attending a political rally somewhere, one can “tweet” what’s going on while it occurs, allowing those to share and thus, to spread the news.
Because of this news everywhere method of communication, we were at Accessibly Live Off-Line receive more information than we know what to do with it! And that news we receive is perhaps the same way that anyone can grab it. We don’t have any exclusive source or outlet for information, unless it’s something of a lessor importance such as a budding media creator’s new moving imagery production, or something that involves a person that this writer personally knows or knows of.
In spite of what’s been going on, we don’t report on every element of note, good or otherwise! We have never been toted to be a traditional news source. In fact, when we we started out back in 1996, our goal was to be an alternative to traditional media that existed at the time. Newspapers were working in a much larger and somewhat different scope as they are today. Radio and TV were also in the same method. The internet was forming and wasn’t necessarily portable. Social media as we know it now didn’t even exist! The only form of social media at the time consisted of “chat rooms” and static “bulletin boards” where one can post topics of interest. News of the day were represented, but much of what was discussed consisted of trivial topics, from Star Trek episodes to new fangled computer machines.
However, when something dose occur of notice, we at times make a note to the event(s) in question, assuming it’s something within our scope. If we don’t make any notice, that doesn’t mean we don’t care or just not interested! It just means that it’s something that is far beyond the range of what we do.
The only time we did express or points of a major event of purpose was shorty after 9/11. This event is when the internet received its place in the electronic media world as a “real” news source–the same method that radio was awarded that role during the attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941, and television’s news entry during the Kennedy assassination in 1963. But thanks to the said social media, the notation of world, national, and even local news goes far and beyond on what we can do with the sources on hand.
Whatever the case, we still strive to become the news you desire. It may not have anything to do with the election, sport scores, or the latest celebrity red carpet event, but if we can’t do out part, then it’s social media to the rescue with all of its millions of users and abusers!

With these facts being said and done, if you want to contact us, we would love to hear from you! Please check the last page of this edition, and all editions for that matter, on how you can place your two cents worth! We do read your comments (one posted by actual people rather than robots) and we try to comment on them whenever we can!
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Theatre 40 of Beverly Hills opens their 2016-17 season with Peter Coke’s BREATH OF SPRING, a British comedy about a group of up-in-years lodgers living in the same household who device a scheme to “borrow” fur coats they lifted, only to return them for worthy causes!
Taking place in the London based homestead of Dame Beatrice “Bee” Appleby (Melinda DeKay), she is given a mink coat by the housekeeper Lilly (Alison Blanchard) that supposedly was taken from the neighbor living in the flat next door. Although the fur is returned before it’s discovered missing, Bee finds this get-and-give procedure rather adoring. So she, along with her fellow lodgers band together to develop a plan of action to nab furs, only to fence them off and give the proceeds toward a charitable cause. Bee’s band of players consist of Albert Rayne (Lary Ohlson) a long retired military brigadier of the English Army who becomes the leader of the pack, Nanette “Nan” Parry (Flora Plumb) a theatre vocal coach, Elizabeth Hatfield (Jean Kauffman), a china plate restorer, and Alice Miller (Katherine Henryk). This rather well seasoned rogues gallery of contenders plan out their heists thanks to the military style delivery of Brigadier Albert to get things going. Before long, they have hatched a number of plots to nab their fur coats and stoles. That is, until the Scotland Yard police gets wind to their conspiracy. Although they are far from being criminals as only Lily the maid had professional experience in this kind of work that did land her a stint in the Big House, they develop yet another plot to get themselves out of the trouble that they wond up in!
This humorous (and rather obscure) play written by Peter Coke, is a theatre piece that plays out as akin to a 1950’s-era movie comedy produced by Ealing Studios–the kind that takes its time developing its comical timing and pacing, yet still remains entertaining and appealing throughout. This method of comedy is what one will find in this play. The cast of its main players perform their parts as a collection of carefree souls that hold the sprit and momentum of youthful kids, but are far older that physical children! (Perhaps senior citizens can get away with more, or at least in the later 1950’s when this play was first presented!) With the additional cast support of Joshua Olkowski and Richard Carner as the Scotland Yard police offers assigned to the case of the coming and going furs, this play provides plenty of comic interludes throughout. It does take a little time to get the humorous hijinks going. Once it does, one will witness the kind of light heartiness that shows through to its climax without using sitcom style jokes and gags. Its howl potential is more of the comical “cute” variety, rather than a line of knockabout belly laughs!
WIth such a play comes the set design by Jeff G. Rack, filling the flat with older style antiques and other later era pieces, suggesting that the living spaces hasn’t been decorated since 1945 or thereabouts; A rather common dwelling situation governed by older folks! Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski’s sound design provides amusing “heist” music bed scores through some scenes, giving this show a sense of excitement and adventure than at first imagined.
And speaking of scenes, there is a rather amusing and entertaining break in the action where a musical number is presented by two of the cast members, complete with soft-shoe choreography as acknowledged to Jean Kauffman. This number is presented to provide a costume charge for the players that would normally take place at the break between acts two and three. However, this Theatre 40 presentation is showcased as a two-act play where the second act provides the ramped up “action”, running longer than its first. (The previous notation can be called as a “spoiler alert”, although nothing in the play’s plotting was ever reviled!)
This stage production as hosted by Theatre 40, is the first of six shows that will be presented throughout the year, ranging from comedies, dramas, and even a pair of world premiers! Performing in their intimate 99 seat theatre space located within the campus of Beverly Hills High School, one will find an eclectic roster of shows rarely seen elsewhere, if not seen for the very first time anywhere! It’s a great method to discover this form of theatre found in the area. And there’s plenty of complementary parking in the underground garage, meaning there are no parking fees to ponder about! Not many playhouses within the region can even boast this form of connivence!

BREATH OF SPRING, presented by Theater 40 performs in the Reuben Corova Theater located on the campus of Beverly Hills High School, 241 South Moreno Drive (off Santa Monica Blvd.) Beverly Hills, until August 21st. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.
     For ticket reservations or for more information, call (310) 364-0535, or via online at http://www.Theatre40.org
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BAD MOMS (STX Entertainment) stars Mila Kunis as Amy Mitchell. She lives in a middle class post-modern suburban community with her husband Mike (David Walton) and a pair of kids, Dylan (Emjay Anthony) and Jane (Oona Laurence). She is also a mom, making sure that her kids are shuffled off to school and to and from their various pre- and post-school activities. She also works for a living in am urban-hip coffee company where her fellow co-workers are of the Millennium demographic. Although she is rather young for what she is (middle 30‘s), she states in the opening narrative that she gave birth to her first child at age twenty! Nevertheless, she feels that she is overworked in both her office duties and in her domestic life, nearly coming toward her emotional breaking point. But she isn’t the only mom that feels this way. At her kids’ school, she meets two other domestic types: Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn), who are just as stressed out with their lives. So this trio joins forces to become the bad moms they always wanted to be, from going on drinking junkets to just being overly rowdy. However, there’s another clique they must face. It’s not about their spouses or their kids. It’s about the president of the PTA at the school, Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her troupe of devoted and perfect moms- Vicky (Annie Mumolo) and Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith). Gwendolyn finds Amy and company’s freewheeling attitudes too out of line. So she attempts to make Amy’s life miserable. But Amy and her girls find their own revenge by challenging Gwendolyn in running for PTA president. It’s the battle of the moms as these women make their attempt to have it all while having it out mom style!
This feature film written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, creators of the surprise hit from a few years back The Hangover, revives the movie sub-genre “raunchy comedy” where comic episodes occur with plenty of sexual references (if not out and out nudity), extensive cussing, and other vices that would earn an “R” rating. Unlike these kind of features that cater to young(er) males, this film caters to more of a female demographic–the kind that might enjoy such humor and situations but won’t necessarily admit it! These would be the type that are moms themselves; overworked, underpaid, and wired to the max! Much of the comedy involves Amy and her “girls” being anything but kind and submissive. They are not mean per se, but more wildly comical using a lot of slapstick and can be borderline annoying and obnoxious! Out of the lead players that star in this film, the only role worth watching for is Christina Applegate as the “queen bee” Gwendolyn, who doesn’t appear to be as a stressed out mom. Her character is more akin of a rather spoiled middle aged woman that can be label as a “housewife”; Not the classic version of this so-called occupation but more of the “The Real Housewives of _____” order. In fact, all of its characters and surrounding are more of the upper class variety. They all live in larger homes, driving upscale vehicles, and doesn’t appear to be struggling in the finance department. Perhaps this angle brings the fantasy ploy up a notch or three as middle aged women hold a secret desire to live their lives as depicted. Then again, since this writer isn’t a middle aged mom-type, this theory is only an assumption. However, this is just a review for a movie featuring characters and events that really don’t exist! So much for the truth to it all!
In spite of the hard(er) comic episodes depicted, this title may be more of a hit as seen through home video (steaming video no doubt!) as with the other features of this ilk, from Universal’s Bridesmaids, to Tri-Star’s Mom’s Night Out. (The former title is the film that kickstarted the raunchy comedy movie genre, while the latter was more of a PG-13 friendly flick with a hint of spiritual overtones thrown in!) Then again, does moviedom need another super hero action adventure pic? I though so!
This feature is rated “R” for cussing, nudity, drug and sexual references, and excessive drinking. Now playing at the usual multiplexes nationwide.
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GO POKEMON GO!

One of the hottest video games currently around is Pokémon Go, based on the Pokemon characters where one as a “trainer” is suppose to travel among far off lands in order to “catch” various creatures and monsters, and use these beings to fight among each other. The object of this game is to catch them all, (or as the tag line went, “you gotta catch ‘em all”), and to become a master of Pokemon by defeating other highly regarded trainers and masters known as gym leaders as well as a group called The Elite Four.
Unlike the original Pokemon game, first introduced in the USA by video game maker Nintendo in the late 1990’s and became a massive hit, spinning out an “anime” type cartoon TV series and a number of feature length animated films where many of its character names were “Americanized” for a North American english speaking audience, the latest entry to the Pokemon franchise as created by three companies, Nintendo, Pokémon Co. (partly owned by Nintendo) and Niantic, is played via a smartphone app (both platforms), that is an augmented reality game, mixing real-world elements within the game were its object is to catch ‘em all!
This latest game app comes from a semi-dormant franchise that has become a hit again! It’s also for those that take advantage of games played via a mobile device, rather than through the video games of old where one was once anchored in front of a video (read: television) screen, playing among either themselves or who just happens to be in the same room–assuming there’s a second (or third) joystick available!
It’s really no surprise to note that this game is played for the most part, by those that were raised on video games i.e. the ever lovin’ Millenniums (those born after 1980) whose first video games consisted of a dedicated desktop device that was connected to a TV set whose participants were the player(s) with the joystick(s)–and that was about it!
Although set top devices still exist, the real rage within the last few seasons were devices connected to others that had access to an internet connection. The new twist of Pokemon Go is it’s only played via a smartphone running on Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android operating system. It uses the phone’s GPS application and clock to decide which Pokémon is to appear within the game. For instance, if a “trainer” is playing in a park-type setting, more bug and grass types appear. If one is by a lake or other body of water, water types creatures are present. If one is playing after dark, more nocturnal ghost and fairy types are seen. In other words, Pokémon won’t just come to you. Trainers have to journey through the player’s real world to order to catch ’em all.
What also makes this game the big hit is the fact that it was introduced with little fanfare or “buzz” around July 6th. It has since been downloaded millions of times, and it’s just as popular as this title became some twenty or so years ago! As noted in a previous paragraph, many of its players are those Millenniums where they can obtain their nostalgic fix from the 1990’s-the decade where many of these members first came of age. It’s also popular with its next generation called “Generation Z”, a demographic that describes anyone under the age of eighteen. (Using 2016 as its base year, that is anyone born from 1999 onward.)
Marketers are using the “Gen Z’s” as the latest audience to target products and services that of course, cater to the teen and “tweener” demographic. This is the group that those same marketers and others in the related industries label as “Millennials on Steroids”, just because they embrace social media and other forms of mass technology at all costs. These are the groups where cell phones, computer devices, and the internet to connect them all has always been around. The parents and/or caretakers, those that are of the “Gen Xers” crowd born between 1965 through 1979. were the ones to introduce their kids to such high tech antics by giving them their first smartphones to use and abuse. (The average age for a kid to get a smartphone for the first time is around ten years old, but kids as young as seven has been seen playing with these newfangled phones–not their parents/caretaker’s phones, but devices that are of their own!
And with Pokemon, they see this sort of gaming as their version of nostalgia, although they don’t necessarily remember when Pokemon was first at its peak. But they do know of it being informed from other sources such as parents/caretakers, older siblings/associates, or from notations found via a Google search! This form of nostalgia is called “Nostalgia-Alga”, a term that means a longing of a past one doest’t remember. And for “Gen Z’s’s, that would mean anything that came from the 20th Century!
So as these kids (both as physical and emotionally based) play along with Pokemon and the gang, they better make sure that they are not moving around while engaged with this visual challenge while on the phone. If they are walking and playing, or for worse, driving and playing, they better make sure that they won’t be hit by an object or vice versa. That is something one doesn’t want to catch!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS
Opening at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood is the world premier of Stefan Marks’ SPACE, a drama about a man recently released from a mental institution for a number of years, how he adjusts now back into a normal world, and how he abides to his mother and the person assigned to assist him to pick up where he had left off.
Stefan Marks is Kurt Finge. As a young boy, he had his dreams of appearing in movies, the sort that were in back and white and were of the musical genre–the kind they also don’t make anymore! When he was nineteen, he was confined to a mental institution where he would spend his next thirty years. Now as a much older man, he comes back to his mother known as “mom” (performed by Rachael Parker). Although Kurt is out on his own, he has supervised visits with Ann (Samantha Smart), the facilitator from the institution what he was released from. Ann serves as the person to guide him back within his life. But over through time and “space”, there are the inner issues that Kurt must face in terms of relationship bonding between his mother, Ann, and from a distance, his long absent father. (Michael Matthys).
This rather dark drama, written, directed, and even featuring Stefan Marks in the lead role, is presented in a semi linear fashion that tells the tale of Kurt, adjusting to his outside while still attempting to adjust from his inside–both as a physical and emotional stance. Rachael Parker as Mom is seen as a hard scrubbed woman who holds an image to a mother figure from the 1940’s. She’s far from being a member of the happy housewife group, and has her own issues that post a linear point of view as with her only son. Ann, the institute’s facilitator as performed by Samantha Smart, serves not only as the professional to keep Kurt back on his own track, but also exists as both a mother figure (unlike Mom), and one where he holds a sexual relationship with–a notion where she holds an honor to break herself upon. Michael Matthys (alternating with Joel Flynn) as Dad is only seen in flashbacks as he was physically present (he took a hot air balloon trip and vanished) long before Kurt was housed beyond his control.
Adding to the play’s themes is the scenic designs that enhance the production, from Stefan Marks’ set design (in addition to his acting, directing, and playwriting), to Stephen Epistein’s multimedia animation. Three separate monitors placed on to tops of stage left, right, and center set utilizes some of the illustrations that tell the inner thinkings of Kurt and his company.  And as a twist, there are some original songs presented as composed by Stefan Marks (again), and arranged by Chris Hardin. Those musical interludes do not makes this stage piece as a musical per se, or even as a “play with songs”! They exist as Kurt desired to create movie musicals, and this is as close as he had wanted to receive his personal dream!
SPACE is a very interesting and rather unique stage production. Although it’s technically a drama, there are some comical interludes injected, but not in any joke or gag styling! The “drama” elements are intense, and shows this fact from its opening scene to is concluding moment that ends “cold”. With all of these mixed aspects as part of this play, it’s recommend to pay close attention as each facet is not to be overlooked!

SPACE, presented by Crooked Arrow Productions and performs at the Stella Adler Theatre’s main stage, 6773 Hollywood Blvd. at Highland Avenue, Hollywood, until August 20th. Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday nights at 8:00 PM. For ticket reservations or for more information, call (747) 777-2878, or online at http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/2565920.
     Additional information can also be found at the play’s official website at http://www.SpaceThePlay.com
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