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On The Town:

A weekend of obsessions, celebrations

September 17, 2008|By DAVID LAURELL

As the new television season premieres, the timing could not be more perfect for the staging of “My Obsession with TV,” a one-man show starring Burbank resident Jeff DePaoliJeff DePaoli.

The show, which also features a quartet of extremely talented local musicians: Daniel Ferguson, Evan Richards, Ryan Domier and Eddy Hewitt, premiered Saturday and will run the next two weekends on the boards of North Hollywood’s NoHo Arts Center.

Written and created by DePaoli, the show debuted at Boston’s Improv Asylum in 2006. Updated and co- produced by longtime Burbank resident Jeremy Bennington, DePaoli presents monologues that reveal his self-professed obsession with television shows, creators, characters and theme songs.

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A product of tube culture, DePaoli clearly struck a chord with Saturday’s opening-night audience as he sang parodies that lamented the cancellation of favorite shows and unleashed anger at network executives who juggle the nights and times of programs. The performance also includes clips of DePaoli interspersed into scenes from various current television shows and conducting hilarious man-on-the-street interviews.

If you love television, this is a must-see evening of creatively crafted entertainment presented by a talented performer who knows how to connect with his audience.

Among those whom DePaoli connected with at the opening night performance and after-party were Dean Ricca; Rick Lasher; Sky McDougall; Daniel Gutierrez; Michelle Aponte; April Villareal: Kimberly Cass; Jill Eisenberg; Marisela Lopez; Frederico Rosas; Babette Lewis; Max Andrews; Fed Eguez; Rachel Jennings and Anthony Rodriguez.

For more information and to reserve tickets for “My Obsession With TV” visit myobsessionwithtv.com or call (866) 811-4111.

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While Burbank High School stole most of this past week’s spotlight by staging its centennial celebration, McKinley Elementary also lit the candles on the birthday cake as it celebrated its 80th year of service to Burbank students. Opened in 1928 with a bond that passed four years earlier, the school doesn’t look anything like an octogenarian due to recent modernizing and renovations.

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