TOO YOUNG TO KNOW, TOO OLD TO CARE

Now that the younin’s (and perhaps the not-so-youngin’s) are back in school, assuming that they need to be inside of a classroom setting, it’s the moment to see what’s going on within this wide world that we all live in.

As expected, one doesn’t necessarily needs a source as this one to find out the details (we are one of many) as this article isn’t so much about so-called “breaking news” that must be reported on as it happens. It’s about some of the notions that people don’t necessarily think about, or are not totally aware of unless some other source brings the topic up to one’s attention. Our job here at Accessibly Live Off-Line central isn’t so much about reporting the breaking news as it unfolds right before your beady little eyes, but to find some outside aspect to report here, such as food fads, things that go “pop”, or related topics that can be boring yet important for what they stand for!

One place that this reporter tends to visit on the good ol’ world wide web is http://www.Quora.com. This place is where one can post a question of some sort, and to have those that hold interest to the question answer within an “electronic bulletin board” fashion. Many of the questions can be useful (“How can I create a resume that will lead to a job interview?”), amusing (“What’s the dumbest thing you ever did?”) to even something one used to have answered in a Dear Abby or Ann Landers newspaper column. (“I’m cheating on my husband! What should I do now?”)

Remaining to the questions in falls within a human interest nature, one question we found was asked by an anonymous person stating “What makes you feel old?”

Over one hundred participants responded by people who identified themselves in age from the early teens to those well past seventy years. A good chunk of these people appeared to be of the Gen-X era (those born between 1965 through 1979–give or take a few years), and Millenniums, those born within the last two decades of the 20th century (1980’s and 90’s), that marketers seem to dote upon since they are tech savvy and are of legal age. A few people identified their age as post-2000, making them seventeen years old and less–again, give or take a year.

As to the replies. Many state that they have experienced people that never knew that phones were once connected to a wire, television was something you didn’t have to pay for, musical bands that were formed decades before are still popular by those that have no recollection of those bands when at their peak or as once active, such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, or any other musical group that made their mark within the last fifty years.

A selection of the responses were based upon personal observations that only the responder noticed. One replier stated on watching TV shows as a youth (1970s) that were of a favorite back in the day. That same person had the opportunity to watch the same series again (thanks to streaming media as well as those over the air channels that feature “vintage” television such as MeTV, etc.) That person noticed that the show looked “old”, if not “cheesy”! (Apparently, the show didn’t age well in the eyes of the replier!) Another person stated they realized their aging due to no longer looking forward to birthdays and actually wanted to be young(er) again! (And this person claimed to be fifteen years old!!) Another person who as a kid would collect things of interest that can be used for something else. (A box can become a rocket ship! A button can be used as an art project!) Now as a twenty year old, when the person found a stray button, the button was left alone. The interest of using the button as an art project went away. And there was the woman who looked at a mirror only to see an image of her own mother!

For those that are interested in reading these replies on their own, check out the link at https://www.quora.com/What-makes-you-feel-old

It’s been stated many times that age is only a number or a state of being. Everything and everyone will age based on the laws of physics and other notions that this writer doesn’t understand. Nostalgia has been a well accepted state of being as well, even back in the days when nostalgia for another era was in its peak when that era that used to be the present is in today’s world another era of nostalgia. For instance, during the 1970s and 80s, a group of nostalgia fans in Chicago used to host old movie screenings every Saturday night in a community back multipurpose room that showed feature films from the 1930s and 40s. In today’s landscape (2017), the era of the 1970s and 80s are part of a nostalgia era at its own. And interestingly enough, those “old” movies from thirty to forty years before still have the same appeal today as they did in the 70s and 80s. The then “current” movies from the 70s and 80s are also considered as nostalgic today, but in a different frame of mind comparing to a 1930s or 40s release.

As a media archivist, this writer watches a lot of TV programs for the 1970s. Yours truly watched more TV back then as I do now. Many of the titles that I look at are vary familiar to me as I recall a lot of the imagery, but doesn’t seem to be “old” to me. However, I have to remind myself that what I am looking was created some forty years before! And yes, I personally know of a lot of people that wasn’t even born when these shows first aired while at the same time, many of the people that appeared in these same shows are now long dead!

But time marches on, and the only things to do is to march along. The only way to progress forward is to join the parade and carry on. Perhaps kids today may be going to school on foot or through a shared ride summoned by way of a phone app while “you” used to walk twenty miles to school in a blizzard while shoveling snow and fighting wilder beasts along the way. However, kids won’t believe that story in the same mode as you not believing it back in your era when told to you from an elder. The more things change….
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Due to scheduling conflicts, there are no reviews in this issue. Stay tuned for more reviews of current stage shows appearing in next week’s issue! See you then!
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HOW’S THE WEATHER OUT THERE?

That question can only be answered depending on where one is located at the moment.

For starters, this nation has experienced not one, but two (count ‘em) hurricanes to hit the shores. The first one was Hurricane Harvey that devastated the Houston area. The second one that’s heading toward south Florida as of this writing is Hurricane Irma. That force is going to be the biggest thing to hit that area of the state since Hurricane Andrew did its thing in 1992.

Much of the focus has been getting the Houston area back on its feet. Many organizations, from disaster aide groups such as The Red Cross to community churches has been raising funds and arranging assistance to aid those that were affected by the flooding, the majority of the type of damage that occurred in the area. As of this same writing, it’s not known how much is Florida going to receive in terms of destruction, be it from wind, water, or a combination of both.

This writer can’t really speak for what the infrastructure consists for the Houston and southeast Texas area, but yours truly can briefly comment on how southeast Florida is set up as this humble reporter spend some time there a few years back while out on assignment.

Shortly after Hurricane Andrew hit the area, Miami-Dade county set some strict building codes for structures to be equipped such as reinforced roofing, intense window shutters and related fixtures, as well as other factors where commercial and non commercial building must be ready to stand for higher winds and rains. Businesses such as gas stations, supermarkets, and hospitals is required to be equipped with generators to supply much needed power should the standard electric grids goes out. And many of the roadways have signage that states that the routes are to be used for evacuation purposes.

These factors are the same for nearby Broward County where yours truly was once based. I was located only one mile off the shoreline where highway A1A runs across while Highway 1 runs parallel a mile or so inland to A1A and is a divided highway. The business that are alined through this road are somewhat away from the pavement. Thus, if any buildings may topple over, chances are they will fall far from the road pavement, allowing free passage going through its north-south alinement.

I-95, about two or so miles father west, it also set up where buildings and billboards are far away off from the roadways. This highway is far from cluttered. However, then yours truly was going out and about, I never went anywhere father north than the West Palm Beach area, but can testify it’s about the same level.

But tracking the storms as seen within the last weeks has been a lot easier. The tracking stations set up through The National Weather Service and other storm tracking groups can pinpoint nearly anything one needs to know within a matter of seconds, And social media plays a major part of this complex, from giving warnings to those in the areas that are affected through the storm’s path. These elements give the same messages through Twitter tweets and Facebook posts presents a positive spin of what social media can do for the good. Many folks may accept social media as a waste of time, but it can also serve a meaningful purpose.

The only element to do right for the moment is to hang tight. Granted, we can still talk about the weather no matter how one can do the talking through speech or otherwise. And what can one can do? Just be prepared, no matter how important or trivial it may present itself.

For the record, the weather where this writer is located (Los Angeles) as of this writing is currently seeing sunny skies at 85 degrees. Nothing too crucial, but that’s the weather for you!
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Disney’s Aladdin, Dual Language Edition/Edition De Language Dual, performing as a guest production at Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles, takes place in a time of not very long ago.

Daniel Sugimoto is Aladdin. He’s a young lad living in the middle eastern city of Agrabah that takes upon a fancy for the fair Princess Jazmin (Sarah Kennedy, alternating with Valeria Maldonado). While the princess is part of royalty, Aladdin is not as he only serves as a commoner. Jazmin’s father, the Sultan, (Henry Madrid) would be honored to give her daughter’s hand in marriage to someone worthy. But the young lad feels he would be far out of reach. That is, until he finds a lamp that is quite dusty. Upon rubbing the vessel, he encounters a Genie (Finley Polynice, alternating with Lewis Powell III). The Genie, a very high energy being, declares the lad as his master as he holds possession of the lamp with the promise of three wises! However, there is the evil Grand Vizier to deal with; Jafar (Luis Marquez, alternating with Omar Mata), who had cast a magic spell upon the city. Will Aladdin ever get the attention of Jazmin? Will Jafar get his hands on the magic lamp? How can the Genie assist his new “master”? And will Aladdin’s pick of three wishes be of a wise and careful choice?

Based upon the Disney animated feature of the same name and adapted for the stage by Jim Luigs and Jose Cruz Gonzales, it features many of the elements found within the animated film, from its colorful characters to its song sore by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. What makes this production unique is the fact that it’s bilingual, spoken in alternative English and Spanish. This form of duo verbiage is not only easy to follow as anyone who may not understand one language can conceive the flow of the story, but the way it’s spoken is one step behind a form of speakage called “Spanglish” where every other word is either English or Spanish. Here, only sentences are either one form of speech alternating with the other. This method of speaking is rather amusing to witness as it doesn’t affect the concept at all, only to enhance it!

The show itself features a rather large ensemble cast as many roles consist of duo players depending on performance. They all present themselves on a vast stage featuring the set design of Marco Le Leon, costuming by Abel Alvarado, and the choreography by Tania Possick. Byran Louiselle provides the transcribed musical orchestration as musically directed by Caroline Benzon.

Directed by Rigo Tejeda, this musical stage show is fun for all the family to experience. (It’s also presented as a single act program making it even easier to consume!) And again, don’t let the concept of two forms of communication that make up the dialogue become a burden. It’s very easy to follow, and it’s even fun for the cast to speak a form of tongue that never seems out of place. Best of all, it’s a part of the Disney based universe! For many, that’s a sure sign of approval! It’s a whole new world indeed!

DISNEY’S ALADDIN, Dual Language Edition/Edition De Language Dual, presented by TNH Productions in association with El Centro Del Pueblo and Casa 0101 Theatre, performs at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street, downtown Los Angeles until September 17th. Performances take place Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, with matinees shows on Thursday and Fridays at 11:00 AM. For ticket information call (866) 811-4111, or via online at http://www.TheLATC.org/Events.
Performance of the musical can also be sampled via YouTube at https://youtu.be/UgqkZpNojU

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The Kentwood Players Presents Beau Willimon’s FARRAGUT NORTH, a political drama about a youthful press secretary to a promising presidential candidate as he works the early campaign with some of the cronies he encounters that may stand within his way.

Nicholas Dostal is Stephen Bellamy. He’s a high strung campaign spin doctor with a wiseass attitude to a state governor that he feels would be ideal presidential fodder. Although he has yet to reach middle age by more than a decade, he hold enough experience to push his man in a high political office. While working the caucuses in the great state of Iowa, he’s dealing with those in town for the rallies set to commence the political campaign. In town for the events are political journalist Ida Horowicz (Tiana Randall-Quant), campaign fluky Ben (Brian Patrick Roach), and lead campaign manager–and Stephen’s boss, Paul Zara (Phillip Bartolf). Things start to get tight when Stephen hooks up with Tom Duffy (Manfred Hofer), a campaign manager for a rival opponent that might know of something–or not. And leading up to this campaigning is Stephen’s clash with Molly (Mikki Hernandez), serving as a political intern who is barely voting age. Will these folks taking a ride on the campaign gravy train to get Stephen’s man a passage for the leader of the nation, or will their antics wind up as Stephen’s one-way ticket to a fall from political grace?

This play is a fast paced and rather talky drama that isn’t political per se, but deals with the backroom side of how those in office are lead (or pushed) ahead of others with the usual skullduggery connected. In this production, Nicholas Dostal as Stephen plays his role as a man that is more bark than bite, making sure he’s the hot s#it that his is. Phillip Bartolf as Paul Zara is the father figure type that may have been around through politics, but doesn’t play as “dad”! Perhaps the best encounter as witnessed is with Molly as portrayed by Mikki Hernandez. Her character is much more mature than what a nineteen year old would normally be depicted. But political campaigns and the stuff that goes along with it all can become rather enhancing, and maturity kicks in faster than expected. Sherry Coon, a legacy director of past shows presented by The Kentwood Players, directs this production in a very rapid pace, never letting its momentum settle down.

As to the behind the scene theatre stuff, Jim Crawford and Sherry Conn’s set design is at a minimum. There is no detailed backdrops depicted. Just a few doorways that set off selected scenes, a “bed” that rolls out when needed with a blank wall as positioned backside. (Robert Davis’s lighting shows off various colors as scenery changes.) This form of set design is a classic depiction of the less-is-more method to stage a set.

Also appearing in this production is Phillip Iadevaia.

It’s since been less than a year since this nation had to go through the political landscaping that filled the news coffers. It’s also less than three years ways until it all happens again. The Kentwood Player’s spin of this play isn’t meant to tide one over of all of the political fiddle-dee-dee, but it still makes great theatre as viewed on the intimate stage. For the actual political side of things, just turn where one tweets for real (or for fake) and take it for what it’s worth!!

FARRAGUT NORTH, presented by the Kentwood Players, performs at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue (at 83rd Street), Westchester, until October 14th. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. For tickets or for more information, call (310) 645-5156, or via online at http://www.KentwoodPlayers.org
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WHEN TV BEGAN ITS YEAR

As this is the Labor Day weekend, this period of the calendar year triggers a lot of milestones that some people tend to encounter. For starters, this three day holiday weekend marks the unofficial end of the Summer season, the moment when folks would complete their usual summer-esque antics, from hanging around a beachfront, going on some trip someplace near or far, wear clothing that one would don when the weather is hot n’ sunny, and other things that speak for those lazy hazy crazy days. For a few, it marks the time that it’s back to school for kids, young adults, or not so young adults to spend the next couple of months in a classroom setting to learn about new ideas, either by chose or through circumstances. Depending on where one lives and/or attends a school-type setting, they may have already began their classroom fellowships. But for those where a school season is part of their domestic life, this is the moment where it all resumes, if not begins!

But for those that take advance of the media landscape, this is (or perhaps was) the time when the TV networks would start their new season with brand new programming. Some shows would be completely new titles never seen before featuring talent that might be as new as the shows they appear on, or perhaps some familiar faces that embed themselves into a series playing a different character or playing themselves in a new(er) surrounding. A number of programs would be returning with brand new episodes that won’t be rerun for a while, if at all! It was a time where summer would turn into autumn, the weather would cool down a bit, and the daylight hours would eventually become less and less. These shorter days and longer nights would be the ideal moment to spend time plopped in front of an idiot box for some great (or not so great)
amusement to enjoy with others, or perhaps with themselves.

For those that need to be reminded, media, either through sound or through visuals, can be obtained through any source in today’s world. With the assistance of an electronic device that can capture and reproduce said media and a method where the same media can be obtained usually through a wireless transmission, one can watch television-type programming wherever and whenever. Some of this media is new to the viewer, while others have been seen before, not necessarily within the same aspect as first seen, no matter how soon or how long ago this vision took place.

And that brings this writer to take the title subject at bay. Once upon a time not too many years ago, the television networks would offer in their prime time viewing times (between 6:00 and 11:00 PM–give or take an hour or two), these new shows whose purpose was to inform and/or entertain. And since viewership was at stake in terms of revenue for the networks since it sold ad space in the form of TV commercials, it was important that those viewers return from their summertime antics to stay home (or anyplace where television was accessible) to watch something never seen before. And what better way for “the big three” i.e. ABC, CBS, and NBC, was to promote their new season with all of the hoopla one could stand stating that this new season would be their “best yet!”

So beginning in late August, the three networks would create a separate program that had the generic term of a “Fall Preview Show”, that would feature short clips of some of the new shows making its start sometime in that September, with an announcer presenting all of the same hype and excitement. These programs, as entertaining as they try to be, were generally half-hour or an hour long commercials for the new programming presented. Many of these titles would become hits where they would return for the next year, (And the next, and the next, etc.), while others would be failures. Not wanting to wast time, energy, and valuable ad space, the programming heads of the networks would pull that little watched program off the air, many never returning ever again and would wind up as either a fuzzy memory, or totally forgotten about!

As a media archivist, I have seen a number of these past fall preview reels that the TV networks created back in the day; in this case, the middle 1970’s, when media penetration for the networks reached its peak. In the year 1976, ABC, CBS, and NBC was made accessible to over 95% of the nation that had access to a TV signal. The remaining less than five percent didn’t have access due to a lack of a decent over the air coverage that wasn’t anyone’s making–for the most part!

For instance, I recently has an opportunity to view the network’s program reels for the 1975-76 TV season. Granted, this period was some 42 years ago, a few years short away from when the first consumer VCRs would ever hit the market. Cable TV as its known today really didn’t exist. What did exist as cable (or CATV) only provided transmission from other over the air stations that could not be gained through a standard TV antenna. So what one wanted to see on TV was at the mercy of the TV networks and the local stations that transmitted the programs.

Anyway, all three of these networks did their best to show to those in TV land that they has everything and anything they wanted to view, from comedy, drama, musical variety, sports, and even shows geared toward kids! On the CBS reel for instance, Ted Knight, performing as his character Ted Baxter, the anchorman from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, would introduce clips from the new titles in all of his comical buffoonery. NBC took another approach where their reel was hosted by Lloyd Bridges, who was soon to be appearing in his new series Joe Forrester where he played a beat cop in an unnamed urban city (i.e. Los Angeles!!) ABC was more generic, where a staff announcer voiced over a selection of clips of program titles that were on their roster. However, the type wasn’t limited to these half hour long anthologies! On ABC’s Wide World of Entertainment, an umbrella title of special programs that aired in a ninety minute time slot opposite NBC’s The Tonight Show, a special program was aired featuring stand-up comic Alan King presenting a series of sit-down interviews with some of the stars that would be appearing in the network’s new shows, from the likes of Dick Gautier, who was staring in When Things Were Rotten, a sitcom created by Mel Brooks, Paul Michael Glasser and David Soul appearing in the cop show Starsky And Hutch, film producer Iwrin Allen who created another retelling of Swiss Family Roberson, rising star Gabe Kaplan in James Komack’s latest program, Welcome Back Kotter, among other guests and show titles.

In today’s TV landscape, the new fall season isn’t as important as it used to be since the networks (via over the air, cable, satellite, or streaming) that are known as short names or as a set of letters, present new programs whenever and wherever they feel like it! New programs come and go any time of the year, not just limited to September. However, for the sake of scheduling and perhaps through bookkeeping, the TV season dose still run between September through the next May, although the starting and ending months may vary! (The Television Academy recognizes the TV season to run from June 1st through May 30th, but this is besides the point!)

No matter through! TV is anywhere and everywhere, from screen sizes ranging from 2” through 200” wide. But leave it up to this time where one’s viewing is for the first time or its last! Of course, one can read a book or its equivalent!
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Theatre Palisades presents THE FANTASTICKS, the Harvey Schmidt/Tom Jones musical that speaks for a young couple in love, feuding and fussing fathers, and a roving theatre troupe to set is all straight and then some!

The plot, taking place in a world that is here and there, finds a young boy and girl, neighbors Luisa (Giane Morris) and Matt (Jeremiah Lussier) in love. Their fathers Hucklebee (Greg Abbott) and Bellomy (Darin Greenblat) are in a stage of a transparent feud with one another and tends to stand on their sides of the wall separating themselves and their children. Although the boy-meets-girl episode hints of a happy ending, their romance is brought to a reality, as arranged by the narrator of this tale, El Gallo (Drew Fitsimmons) and a character known as The Mute (Jeff DeWitt) whose title describes his speech patterns. With the aid of Henry (Michael-Anthony Nozzi) and Mortimer (Mark Davidson), a ragtag duo of thespian troubadours, these characters shows on hand the harsh realities of being a couple in love. But with such settings, there is always a method and a way, depending on what one pays!

This musical is historic for many reasons. For starters, it became the longest running stage musical ever to play domestically, running at the same theatre space located in New York’s Greenwich Village for over forty years–back in the days when “The Village” was a place for those living a bohemian lifestyle to live and work since that location was far more affordable than living in midtown or uptown Manhattan. It’s also known for the creation of the “less-is-more” rule of musical theatre productions where one can generate an entertaining stage show on a thin monetary budget. And perhaps the best reason for this show’s overall existence is the fact that it’s made for the intimate stage. Here at Theatre Palisades, a community theatre located in the heart of Pacific Palisades, that notion of less-is-more theatre really rings itself as true! The performers that appear in this program brings this musical to life thanks to their ever present talents. The “orchestra” playing those memorable tunes composed by Schmidt and Jones (including the signature song “Try To Remember”) are performed and conducted by Brian Murphy on the piano, with Emma Rostykus and Liza Wallace on duo harps. Sherman Wayne, TP’s residential set and lighting designer who once again formed the noted set and lighting, directs this show with utmost care! He himself was once part of the original production (as the theatre manager) at the Sullivan Street Theatre around the time the show was starting to gain attention in the early 1960’s. Taking this knowledge and experience, he creates a show that still charms theatre audiences that enjoy their musical theatre works to be as simple and pure!

THE FANTASTICKS is a show that is considered as an “evergreen” musical that will continue to be performed on small stages somewhere on the earth. And it’s pleasant to experience such a show that takes pride on its simplicity as very few (if any) musicals of its kind can ever muster. Then again, when this stage work was first presented c.1960, the only way to spread the word of the show’s charm and grace from the theatre itself was to tell others through a phone call from a nearby pay phone at ten cents a call. (Long distance rates did apply!) And as the song brings to mind, try to remember…….

THE FANTASTICKS, resented by Theater Palisades, performs at the Pierson Playhouse, 941 Temescal Canyon Road (off Sunset Blvd.), Pacific Palisades, until October 8th. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. For more information, call (310) 454-1970, or visit online at http://www.TheatrePalisades.com
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The Glendale Centre Theatre continues its run with FOOTLOOSE, a musical about a young man from the big city and his encounter with some small town attitudes that bar one of life’s expressive pleasures–dancing!

Chaz Feuersine is Ren McCormick, a teen from Chicago, He along with his mother Ethel (Christa Hamilton) move from their home town after Ren’s father abandoned the family. Now chosen to start anew, Ren and Ethel move to the small town of Bomont to live with their aunt and uncle. Ren at first finds it difficult to fit in. He encounters Vi Moore (Tracy Rey Reynolds) the daughter of the Reverend Shaw Moore. (George Champion). Besides being a man of the cloth, Reverend Shaw holds some clout in what goes on in this town where everybody knows everything, including keeping a close watch to Ren. This young man eventually discovers that the town banned dancing in any public place based upon a tragic episode that happened many years before. With a little bit of skill, trust, and faith, Ren shows the townfolk on what they are missing out through the experience of the art and joy of dance!

Based upon the 1984 feature film release written by Dean Pitchford (that was loosely based upon an actual episode where a small town in central Oklahoma once banned dancing) and created for the stage by Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, with an added musical score by Tom Snow and Pitchford with others contributing to the song roster, holds true to the film of the same name. The GCT’s production is high energy and full of characters that add to the mood and skill that this show presents. With a musical whose premise speaks for a banned subject (dance), there is plenty of this form of expression witnessed on the stage! Leigh Wakfield’s choreography makes these players really cut loose as a song lyric suggests! Steven Applegate & Martin Lang’s transcribed musical direction contributes to the flavor as presented by a very robust cast of players. There are so many of these performers, time and space won’t allow this reviewer to name ‘em all! However, each one does their own part of keep the spirt of what this musical calls for; The notion of youth that want to articulate themselves through the glee and sprit of dancing!

One notion to mention. The movie of the same name took place in the 1980’s. The GCT’s production is also set in this period with minimal reference. (Angela Manke’s costume design is more small town conservative than “totally 80’s” gear!) Of course, kids in the 80’s had to use their own wits to brings themselves to and for the world. In these post-modern times, it’s another story. But never mind the lack of high tech! FOOTLOOSE is very animated in tone that even the kids of today’s space will still enjoy, as well as the kids from not-so-long-ago i.e. “the adults”! And what better way to experience a great musical is to view it at this theatre’s 360 stage ratio aka theatre-in-the-round! That’s a real treat in its own right!

FOOTLOOSE, presented by and performs at the Glendale Centre Theatre. 324 North Orange Street, Glendale, until October 7th. Showtimes are Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM, and Saturday matinees at 3:00 PM. Additional performances take place on Thursday, September 7th at 8:00 PM, with Sunday matinees performing on September 10th, 17th, and 24th at 3:00 PM.
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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SOCIAL MEDIA CONQUERS THE WORLD!

In order to prove the time tested notion that social media platforms have become a near way of life, two separate reports state that social media and the sources that make it all happen are being taken advantage of throughout the globe.

eMarketer, a data research firm for those in the professional digital marking industry, recently released their report, Worldwide Social Network Users, states that some 2.46 billion people, that comes to about one-third of the world population, will access social networks at least once a month. That also equals to a little over 70% of internet uses throughout the globe.

Thanks to the use of smartphones and the coverage it offers, as well as content being created through Facebook, Twitter, in addition to rivals as Snapchat, Instagram, WeChat, and through a bevy of others, social media usage has increased because of the access of wireless media forms, most notably smartphone, as well as access through emerging areas as the Asia-Pacific rim, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. Those areas will see the greatest form of coverage compared to its dominance areas: North America and Western Europe. This year alone, 81% of those worldwide became connected through smartphones, and its expected to increase to 86.7% by 2021.

And in another report filed by a behavioral science and marketing company System1 asking through a poll on a sample of 850 domestic adults about companies and sources that connect the world, Facebook came on top of the list, noting that on those polled, 81% get access to the mother of all social media platforms. When asked regarding regular use, Google was cited by 79% of those polled, while 43% of consumers cited Twitter, 40% cited Instagram and 25% stated Snapchat.

When it came to emotional response and appeal, some 55% noted that Google’s brand inspired happiness. Facebook came in second place at 50%. Rounding out the happiness scale was Twitter as 32%, 30% linked Instagram to happiness, while 25% noted Snapchat.

And to the bottom end. The social media outlet that brought the most misery was (surprise?) Twitter! 9% of those polled connected the brand with contempt, while 5% linked the brand with disgust. This was most likely cased through a number of those in the political realm that use this social media platform to express their options of what’s going on within its 140 character limit that people are not necessarily too pleased over its commentary as well as the source that’s making the comments!

There is no doubt that social media as a whole has taken over the method of how people communicate with one another. Each and every moment, people can find out something about someone through their words, pictures, links, sounds, and any other form of communication. However, one has to keep in mind that these text, tweets, likes, pins, and whatever these elements are called are generally based on the source. Granted, more folks spend their time spinning away to what they have to say, whenever anyone is interested to know about or not! But as a whole, those are the places to go to get the low down over people one may personally know, one where folks may know of, while the rest of those that are total strangers. These so-called “strangers” are people one may know of but will never meet in person. They may not necessarily be of a celebrity status in the traditional sense (whatever the term “traditional sense” means), but nevertheless, people will keep track over their antics for the good or otherwise.

What makes this entire social media universe interesting if not amusing is the fact that none of this stuff existed fifteen years ago! In the early 2000’s, the internet was indeed become its way of life. Websites were rather commonplace, and shopping online was taking its grab toward consumers. However, pretty much all of cyberworld were only connected to desktop devices, anchored in a specific place where one would approach the device, log on, and do their thing. Once completed with their online episodes, the cyberworld visitor logs off and walks away, only to enter the “real” world as they know of! Generally speaking, even with its access, one had to make a virtual journey to become embraced within cyberworld, and that only way to do such was to find a connected computer. As to social media? There were versions available such as chat rooms for one where one can type in messages with others only known as their screen names typing in real time. But again, its only access was a fixed place device.

As the 2010 decade slowly moves toward the 2020’s, social media remains anywhere and everywhere just as long as their is a wifi connection and a device to capture that signal. No matter where one is, one can post, like, tweet, etc. their way to happiness (or misery), all with a touch and/or swipe of a screen! It’s that simple or not!

There are other factors to express over this state of being, but you the readers has already gotten the picture! It’s all part of how the world functions and how it reduces (or increases) the fear of missing out!
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OFF THE GRID!

Recently, some folks that this writer “sort-of” knew, just came back for a massive camping trip at some spot located in the northern part of California. This camping trip consisted of this married couple that fits within the demographic of “Empty Nest Baby Boomers” who went with their adult aged son, a sister-in-law and her spouse, along with another relative. They traveled in an RV with another car in tow to their campsite for a few days of rafting, hiking, and the usual camping antics. From what this writer knows, they had themselves a good time! But this group of campers were not totally happy about their trip! Their site was perfect, the activities they took part in offered lots of fun and excitement, and even the excursion to and from the location was easy to get to and from for what it was. So what brought them to their misery when their week away was anything but perfect? Where they stayed in was located in an area where cell phone reception was poor, and wifi access was non-existent! Taking these elements into consideration generally meant that for that week away in back woods nature, they were officially “off the grid”! That’s right gang! Not of their internet connected devices were working! While they were in their wooded area, they could not send any pictures to post to their Facebook friends. Nobody would be able to send text messages stating how everything on their trip was going. For after hours events, there was no video streaming to be done on any device they dragged along! Not on their laptop, their electronic pad, or on their cell phones! Nothing! They were really forced to actually “rough it” as they had to deal with nothing that technology could ever offer! Oh, the horrors they went through!

The family in question lives their times of the post-modern world where life revolves gadgety that tells them where everything is, how everything is, and what’s it going to be like out there from the weather to the latest ball scores! This couple, the fore noted Empty Nest Baby Boomers, uses four (count ‘em) cell phones between the Mr. and Mrs. Their thirty year old adult son and their thirty-two year old daughter (recently married and lives near Dallas, Texas) are constantly glued to their phones. They access their web sites and related apps via a laptop, a pad, along with their phones on an average of four or more hours a day! The Baby Boomers spends a little less than three hours a day on their phone alone! Everything they need to be aware of is tied toward their cell phones! If somebody asks “dad” a question for instance, he doesn’t seem to figure the situation out by thinking. He just reaches from his phone, and before one can say “huh?”, his answer is posted on his phone screen, ready to take on the world with his so-called knowledge.

What this writer is stating is that this couple, along with those that came along on their little trip to nature, could not function too well without the use of their devices. It was almost as if they could not step back away for a moment to take on what the real world had to offer, even when they were far away from any urban blight that could stand in their way! In other words, they couldn’t camp out properly because there was nothing that can show them how to camp in a wooded area!

Folks as this writer is describing is only part of an isolated episode. Many people feel frustrated when they want to get away from common life for a short period of time, they are forced to turn off any electronic devices in order to concentrate on themselves and the elements surrounding them. These facts were proven within a recent study as conducted by the University of London. According to the study, a group of adults spent some time in the wilderness without the usage of any media. This group, not having any access to an internet or wifi connection, experienced greater creativity and problem-solving skills. The study research team found the impact of time spent in nature or in a natural non-urban setting resulted in a significant “cognitive advantage” as it was labeled. This reduction in attention demanding stimuli ranging from ringing cell phones to gadgetry making beeping sounds, aids attention restoration

For those interested in reading the entire research report, we suggest to visit the link for all of the details at: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0051474

Granted, such technology that is available within one’s hands has been proven time and time again to be much of a blessing as it has been a curse! Modern cell phone technology using the smartphone platform has been around for ten or so years. Within the last seven years, that smartphone tech has moved in massive leaps and bounds. It has also gone from bad to worse, depending on how one looks at the situation on hand. There are moments where people’s lives do revolve around this device where the main function was to only send calls and receive calls. Now it can do almost anything and everything. That is good in some ways, while frightening in others.

This writer isn’t stating that such wifi connected gadgetry all play evil parts–far from that! Just like anything that can be considered as a vice, everything is great under moderation. Use those electronic devices to one’s little heart’s content. But after that time is spent in a wise manner, turn off the hand held machine, take a step back, and see the real world for what it is–a world that is there to experience for how and what it stands! It’s been done this way for generations. Why not now?

Since this article has been written, the couple that went on their little adventure has since posted hundred (yes–hundreds) of photos of their camping trip. Some of these pictures has been seen by this writer, while others has yet to be viewed by yours truly. The pictures are rather impressive with all of their antics. But at least one will give them credit. For the week or so away from their home, they had themselves a great time and will look forward in doing it all again soon, perhaps in the fall season. They have their trip planning apps on their phone devices ready to take action. Their cloud space can hold many more photos, and all of their Facebook friends are looking forward in knowing about their trip. They even considered a camp space that has their own wifi connections that is accessible within a ten mile radius from the campgrounds! Their on-the-grid will be indeed off the hook!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

Theate 68 of North Hollywood brings back for a return engagement, the world premier production of I’M NOT A COMEDIAN…I’M LENNY BRUCE, written by Ronnie Marmo & Jason M. Burns and stars Ronnie Marmo as the name comic that spoke for his right for free speech, performing monologues that used “dirty” words and phrases, as well as being influnced by the three loves of his life that brought as much joy to him as it did with pain and sorrow.

Ronnie as Lenny begins his tale as the way it ended with the man born Leonard Alfred Schneider, telling his audience that his humble beginning was started through his experience of the divorce of his parents; A father he barley knew, and his mother Sally. She was a dancer playing in small clubs around New York City where Lenny made his first appearance. But those appearances lead to other notions. His material consisted of using terms and subject matter that were considered offensive at the time in the 1950’s, the same era that saw the dawn of modern comedy. However, Lenny would not give up, even though the local authorities were after him. But outside of his mother were two others he admired, Honey Harlow, a professional stripper that would become his wife, and their only child, daughter Brandy who was dubbed Kitty. These people brought Lenny as a person that would eventually become alone in his world, while those in charge with his free speech appeals in the courts would have him convicted and nearly condemned.

In this performance, Ronnie plays the part of Lenny in a very uncanny method, mimicking each and every one of his mannerisms, from the way he spoke to the gestures he presented as on stage and off. Through its ninety minute running time, one will hear Rommie as Lenny Bruce the comic, and Lenny Bruce the freedom fighter that used words and expressionism as his weapons. Joe Mantegna directs this show that is extremely tight and never settles itself down from its opening moment to its finish, bringing the entire performance within a near full circle.

Lenny Bruce himself died of a drug overdose in August of 1966, some fifty-one years ago. Since his passing, many other stand up comics attempted to follow within his legacy telling gags and monologues that was forced upon subjects too taboo to discuss to a so-called “family” audience. In today’s post modern world, Lenny may not realize that what he got in so much trouble for would be considered as “so what else in new?” Routines that comic of note, as well as ones that has hit to hit the big time, would utter in their performances. For those that were lucky to see Lenny do his thing in person, or perhaps see him in his very few TV appearances (heavily censored for the time), this show is a parallel. For the rest of the public that knew of him way after the fact, Ronnie Marmo’s presentation as Lenny fulfills as its closest comparison. He’s a comic. He’s a fighter to what should be one’s right. He’s a husband and father. And he’s the one and only…Lenny Bruce!!

I AM NOT A COMEDIAN…I’M LENNY BRUCE. presented by and performs at Theatre 68, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, until September 17th. SHowtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM. For ticket reservations visit online at http://www.Plays411.com/LennyBruce, or http://www.Theatre68.com

A portion of proceeds from this performance will go toward the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that provide funding to those that have limited or no financial reserves to obtain treatment for substance addiction. The foundation is run by Brandy “Kitty” Bruce.

For further details, visit http://www.LennyBruce.org
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BEWARE THE BLUE SCREEN O’ DEATH!

In last week’s edition, we ran an article that was based upon a notation that appeared on AARP’s website. This time around, we will return back to this non-profit organization whose mission is to respect those that are of a certain age. Mainly, those aged fifty and up.

In the current July/August issue of the AARP Bulletin, a print publication that serves as a supplement to their bimonthly magazine AARP Magazine that was once called “Modern Maturity” once published in the era when the name AARP actually stood for something, featured an article entitled The Blue Screen Of Death that was a scam alert report that dealt with outsiders hijacking one’s PC with a “freeze”, “crash”, or using the for mentioned screen color, where one’s machine would not work and thus their computer device would become “kidnapped”. These outsiders would then place a warning notice to call some phone number in order to get access to their internal files. Of course, a “ransom” would have to be paid to get the files back and have one’s PC back to normal operations.

The article went on to say that scammers would also make random phone calls, informing the call-ee that they were a representative from Microsoft informing the person they dialed that their machine was defective. They had to visit some website to download some kind of software in order to get their machine “fixed”, only to either gain access to any personal information that might be found, or to hijack their device for the usual amount of dough.

Of course, the article was targeting those of AARP’s general demographic, mostly of the older ‘first tier” Baby Boomers born between 1946 to 1955, or those of the “Silent” or “Greatest Generation”, born before 1946. Generally, this is the standard age demographic that is over the age of sixty, and became last in line in terms of getting access to post modern technology. This demographic would most likely to fall for such traps, and those on the other end of this scam are fully aware that anyone of this bracket would indeed cater to their wishes.

The reason why the AARP article is being mentioned here is the fact that once in a while, yours truly will encounter these attempts to grab hold of my computer machine for one’s advantage, either through an e-mail, through a website, or by way of a phone call received through various days and times.
This writer tends to tolerate these unsolicited calls, mostly done by robots presenting a prerecorded pitch of some sort. However, once in a while I will get a call from a live person informing me about something or another. And one of these calls comes from a “technician” from (surprise?) Microsoft informing me about something wrong with my PC.

Depending on what mood I am in when these calls arrive, I sometimes have a little fun with these folks in order to play along and to see how they will react, going along with their gag and keeping it up until I am ready to deliver the punch line.

To give an example, I received a call that consisted of a rather poor connection (internet phone call no doubt) from a person that had an accent that may be somebody from east India, or some southeast Asian nation. Anyway, this person, never asking for somebody by name, identifies himself as a tech from Microsoft informing me of something that is playing havoc with their operating system, and asked me if I was on my computer right that moment.

Of course, I could have hung up of this guy. But again, I was feeling like I can play along with this man. So I tried to disguise my voice making an attempt to imitate Maude Frickert, the little old lady character created by Jonathan Winters in the 1960’s and was part of his long running comedy routine. I even used this character as a little old lady who was just as feisty as she was in her youth, a time that was never seen but referred to in many of Winters’ skits and routines.

Although I don’t necessarily recall the phone conversation I had with this “technician” word-for-word, I’ll try to recreate it nearly as much as I can remember, perhaps making it more funnier than it really went. The conversation will read as to a radio script and will include any grammar errors as this caller’s primary language wasn’t English!

TECH: (In heavy east Indian accent) Good day, I am Michael from Microsoft Corporation, informing you that your PC may have a virus and need to have checked out.
ME: (In a third-rate sounding Maude Frickert voice) Huh? What? Speak up Sonny!
TECH: This is Michael with Microsoft Corporation informing you have a virus on your PC. Do you have your PC on right now?
ME: Do I have my what on?
TECH: Your PC. We are testing if your PC has virus.
ME: What’s a PC?
TECH: Your computer, Do you have it on?
ME: What’s wrong with my computer?
TECH: We are checking to see if your PC has a virus. It must be check out or you can’t get data access.
ME: My computer doesn’t work? I didn’t do anything!
TECH: You must turn it on so you can download software to get it working again.
ME: Oh no! How can I watch my porn sites on my machine? I need to get to my porn sites so I will know what I am missing out on!
TECH: Do you have your computer on right now?
ME: I have to get to my PC because I need to see those porn sites to remind myself how hot I was back in the day! I once saw some gal with bazooms just as big as I used to have!

From this point, I was going through a routine where I was telling “Michael” about how frisky I was and how I would “do it” every day with a team of hot studs that was banging down my door. I went through this routine for around five minutes until I realized that “Michael” hung up on me! I wasted a good three minutes taking to dead air! At least the guy would have had the courtesy to tell me he was hanging up. Otherwise, I could have finished my schtick and delivered the punch line that never arrived!

As a rather savvy tech person, in spite of the fact that I do fall within AARP’s targeted audience, I never have to worry about getting my machine hijacked from afar. My old Macintosh Pro using a 10.7 operating system (I don’t need to upgrade since all of my software works fine as it is) can’t read viruses that were made for a Windows OS. When I do get a notice, it asks me if I want to download this software or to reject it. (“Duh” to that question!) I guess scammers don’t want to bother with creating viruses that conflict with Apple users. So what I did would make Steve Jobs proud, or even Jonathan Winters! (*Sigh*!)
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Normally, this writer doesn’t make it a habit to inform the public about a show or event that has since passed. This “after the fact” review could be on the same level to telling somebody about a happening that they missed out of since it was for one-time only to eventually disappear. However, this same writer will inform you about a previous event that was something worth the notice.

There is a group called The CRE Outreach (“C”reate “R”eflect “E”mpower) based in Los Angeles proper that serves as a non-profit performing arts group calling its dedication to empowering under served individuals from lower income populations focusing upon the performing arts, educational programs, and theatre as a method to enhance self esteem, encourage self expression, and to empower individuals to overcome the challenges experienced in their lives.

The CRE Outreach has established a number of groups that beckons to their objectives. One group is The Blind Dance Company that consists of dancers that have limited to no sight. As the name suggests, they are all totally blind!

On Saturday, August 12th, the BDC held their dance residual called “Emotions” that took place at The Lazarus Experience lofts in downtown Los Angeles in the fashion district. (This loft setting housed in a one-time industrial building built c.1926 now serves as a multipurpose area.) Here, a team of seven African-American dances consisting of (listed in alphabetical order), William Andrus, Ronald Chism, Barbara Ford, Natalie Gross, Christina Hognson, Kenny Lee, and Syvia Taylor, performed in a number of dance routines that ranges from contemporary style, ballroom, waltz, salsa, swing, as well as hip-hop freestyle and fusion, all without the aid of sight.

The program directed & choreographed by Hydeia Muhammad, focused upon these sightless individuals that can perform such dance moves using music rhythm, movement placement, as well as the emotional willingness and ability to perform dance steps (some rather tricky and complex when it comes to hip-hop) to guide them under a visionless environment. It was indeed a classic example of “dancing in the dark”.

To present a brief idea of these dancer’s abilities in one presentation, Natalie Gross was performing a solo contemporary dance routine when for a few seconds, the music track stopped due to a technical mishap. However, Natalie continued her dance measures in silence while the music was able to be resumed, never missing a beat in the process!

Currently, the CRE Outreach is undergoing a fund raising campaign via Kickstarter.com to build their new permanent theatre space located in the Culver City area. (The campaign will begin in September.) Until then, it’s possible to follow the progress of this group through many of the online social media portals out there in cyberspace land via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. (Links below)
http://.www.facebook.com/CreOutreach http://.www.twitter.com/CreOutreach; http://.www.youtube.com/CreOutreach;
For more information on CRE Outreach, visit http://www.CreOutreach.org
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THE BEST YEAR(S) OF YOUR LIFE

Not so long ago (last year really), an article appeared on the AARP web site within the Disrupt Aging section (identified as #DisruptAging to make it appear that its members, subscribers, and those that show interest are up to the times) that asked those in various stages within their lives upon the question to what was the best year of your life? These people raging from age seventeen through 103 (as of 2016) gave a brief note on what they felt was the best year of their life, based upon the age they were at the time, what was going on within their domain, and other factors where they felt were the moment(s) they reached a peak in their standing through a change that made them better, aware, or by way some form of existence that was in their own good.

Of course, the younger ones pointed out a moment that took place within the last few years, while the older ones, especially the ones that would fit within the AARP’s targeted demographic, sited a time or era long past. Their brief rundown states why that year or period was indeed their best, and what occurred to make it higher in their timeline than any other moment. Of course, that change was for the better for all as every statement profiled made them successful within their own rights.

For some people, a single year or time could have been a “best” because of an event or happening that stuck around for them, making its presence known for years after and lasting to the moment of now. Others might have experienced a “best year”, only to have that year fade into total oblivion where it makes no sense presently. A few might have experienced a number of “best years” for various reasons. Some might have lasted for years afterward, other might have long faded to black, while a few moments held that magic because the time was right, but will never be repeated the same way ever again due to circumstances that are not necessarily through their making. That moment took place, it went away, and is gone because the names and places are different or no longer exist. But when it occurred, it was indeed part of the “best year” of one’s life so far!

Speaking for yours truly, I have had a number of “best years” that I had gone through. Some were pleasant and somewhat trivial as seen in today’s post modern world. A selection were best for what they were until something better came along to take its place, and some were indeed best because they still remain within my reach to this very day! However, not any one of these years would top the other because each one of those moments were best for what they were. It’s the same idea to ask a parent of more that one child asking which one is the favorite. One will be the favorite because of one or more reasons, while the second (or third, or maybe more), is the pick because of something else. However, one isn’t necessarily better than another.

To explain this notion from yours truly’s standpoint, I had a number of these best years just because of some of the events that were part of my surroundings. One year I will use as this example (and I won’t mention the year or to the age I was within that year) was the best because I was exposed to a number of people that were around based around the school I was attending at the time. Also, I was more of a TV junkie then as I am today, and a lot of what was on the tube made that year as magic. I can’t really pinpoint on why that occurrence of watching TV as special, but it was! There was another year that was the best because it did indeed give me a change for the better that interestingly enough, did last for years and is still hanging around to this very day! That change way back when isn’t in the same form or appearance is it would be now, but nevertheless remains. If it didn’t stick around, this writer would not be spiting out articles such as this one that tells these true and amazing tales for all to read and wonder.

In spite of all of these years, one element does hold a common bond. When all of these events and occurrences that were taking place, I personally didn’t know that the events, people, places, and things would later been seen as a “best year”. Those people, places, and things were just around and that was that! One doesn’t necessarily know that what is occurring would later move toward something that would eventually be classified as nostalgia. It was the present, one was living through it, and that is how it worked. What made it as a best was only recognized long after the fact.

These best years are generally the total opposite to the “worst years” that people also experience. Granted, these moments of not-so-great are not seen within the same limelight as to the years that was the best, but nearly everyone holds those to their personal life as much as those moments that were better. It’s just not something one would want to admit, let alone be as material source for an journalistic article.

To sum everything up, what are the best year of one’s life? To phrase a line that was part of the lyrics in the song “Anticipation” (made famous by singer Carly Simon and was once used as a commercial jingle for Heinz ketchup in the 1970’s), it states that “these are the good old days”. Perhaps you the reader are experiencing your best year of your life right now. You may know this or you may not. If you do, then let your Facebook friends become aware about it, tweet about it to your little heart’s content, and post a moving image on YouTube detailing this point. For those that don’t know about it yet? Don’t worry! You will eventually find out! Really!
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Continuing its run at North Hollywood’s Secret Rose Theatre is the Jeff Gould comedy THE MARRIAGE ZONE, a surreal comic play about a middle aged couple who meets up with two other couples in different stages of their lives that reflects as their own!

Cal (Kenny Johnston, alternating with Jeff Pride) and Beth (Rene Ashton, alternating with Anne Leighton) are a couple that’s been together for some twenty or so years, raising a fifteen year old son Ryan (Ciaran Brown, alternating with Zach Louis). They are moving up in their world. So for their progression, they have their house up for sale. A knock on their door brings some interested buyers to the home, Mike (Alex Hyde-White, alternating with Mark Sande) and Liz (Jacee Jule, alternating with Dawn Joyal). This pair is some twenty years younger, and are in the process of starting out in their lives as the two recently became engaged. As Mike and Liz are looking over the home, another knock on the door occurs as Ellie (Megan Barker, alternating with Britt Rose) enter. They are twenty years older that Cal and Beth. But a certain element is discovered as these two couples hold a connection between Beth and Cal. Does Mike and Liz portray themselves as what Beth and Cal were to each other a generation or two before? And is Ellie and Skip represent a version that’s twenty years into the future? How can Beth and Cal handle the fact that their lives have flashed before their eyes? Is this a message warning them of the things that were and is? Does Ellie and Skip hold the key to what is about to take place? Or are these other folks really just interested in the house currently on the real estate market?

This one act play, written and directed by Jeff Gould, is very witty. The barbs and gags has its comic appeal where a simple situation takes upon many ironic twists without losing any of its humor. For its eighty minute running time, one will become highly amused that speak upon the notions that marriages starts off on its good foot, leading to a number of stubbed toes along the way, and finally setting its pace on either having the marriage stand on its own two feet, or to have its feet stepped on, if not being tripped over!

This show features a rotating cast roster that vary during each performance. Please check with the staff management on who is going to appear in the performance and when! However, it doesn’t really matter on who will be present on stage as THE MARRIAGE ZONE is very witty and funny to say the least! It’s also very honest as well as being linked as a married couple (man and woman in this case) does has its moments! Maybe not the same moments as depicted on stage, but it can get pretty close!

THE MARRIAGE ZONE, performs at The Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Blvd. (one block west of Lankershim), North Hollywood, until September 24th. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM. For ticket reservations or for more details, call (323) 960-7784, or via http://www.Plays411.com/MarriageZone
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Performing at the Pan-Andreas Theatre in Hollywood is the musical ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, the 1930’s screwball comic romp about a Broadway show producer’s mad effort to lure a leading film actress to star in his next production while aboard a train heading off to The Big Apple, with a few other rogues in tow.

The plot sets upon Oscar Jaffee (Wade Kelley) a stage show producer whose ego is much bigger than the past stage pieces he’s produced, all laying eggs while his creditors are after him. Now with his theater house shut down, he boards the 20th Century Limited train in Chicago for a sixteen hour journey heading to New York. On that same train is actress Lily Garland. (Alena Bernardi). She was once featured in his plays, now becoming a star of the silver screen. WIth that fame, he hopes to convince Lily to be featured in his next show that will save his career. However, Lily is on her way to be signed up with competing stage producer Max Jacobs (Stephen Juhl) for his next production. In order to lure Lily from Max, he has to offer her more money than what his competitor can provide. Also aboard is Litita Primrose (Georgan George), a woman that might (or might not be) an heiress of some sort. Using her as a promising backer, Oscar gives Lily a better offer, but he must deal with Lily’s new beau, fellow film star and leading man-type Bruce Granit (Nathan Jenisch), who is just as narcissistic as Oscar. All of this action (among many other antics) takes its stand on the rails before arriving at Grand Central Station.

This musical by Cy Coleman on score, and Better Conden and Adolph Green on lyrics and book, is one of those stage musicals that a theatre company would and could arrange as a lavish stage production, complete with large sets, detailed costumes, along with a robust team of stage players that can act, sing, and dance within an elaborate show stopping presentation equal to a Great White Way stage program. This may be true, but what’s seen here is more of a scaled down version of an epic theatre piece. That form of miniature impression is what makes this program more appealing! The performers that appear in this production that featured the above named players, in addition to Rafael Orduna, Nate Beals, Philip McBride, Chelsea Pope, Anagabriela Cordero, Tatiana Gomez, Nicole Sevey, Talya Sindel, and Rowan Treadway perform near the audience, especially if one is seated within the front row! The orchestra musical direction as provided by Alena Bernardi consists of four players: Cynthia Cook-Heath on the upright piano, Millie Martin on bass, Michael Dubin on percussion, and Christain Robinson on trumpet. This small yet mighty musical group adds to this show’s less-is-more attitude. Their sound enhances this method of intimate theatre as everyone that appears provides an impression to those experiencing this show that everyone is having a great time on stage. (True indeed!) Trace Oakley directs this program with the same allure that this presentation shows itself off in its same straightforward method.

No doubt that this musical speaks for another period for ironically, the 20th century where Broadway shows were as big, if not bigger, than movies, train travel was the way to go from here to far, and television was stall part of science fiction. That is what makes nostalgia just what it is, and ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY is part of that era that was, or could have been!

ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, presented by The Proof Doubt Closer Theatre Company, performs at the Pan Andreas Theatre, 5119 Melrose Avenue (at rear), Hollywood, until August 27th. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.
For tickets and for more information, call (800) 838-3006, or online at
http://www.ProofDoubtCloser.com

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