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By James Petrillo | May 1, 2010
It strikes you only a few minutes into ?The Playboy of the Western World? how absolutely authentic the presentation feels. The set, the costumes, the characters, the language, all of them working in harmony to quickly transport the audience like a time machine to early 19th-century Ireland. After seeing a few shows at A Noise Within over the past year, I realize now that authenticity is their calling card. ?Noises Off? plunged you into the ultra-realistic backstage drama of British theater.
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By JUNE CASAGRANDE | January 18, 2006
The American Dialect Society recently announced its word of the year: "truthiness." For those of you who don't spend your days glued to any of the myriad cable channels that cover the exciting world of professional word-smithing, the American Dialect Society is a group that has crowned itself an authority for sanctioning a word of the year. This year, "truthiness" is their pick. "'Truthiness' refers to the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true," the society reports on its website.
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March 15, 2000
Terri Roberts SILVER LAKE -- The Colony Theatre, ever reliable in its sturdy offerings, strikes gold with its latest effort, Barbara Lebow's moving post-Holocaust drama, "A Shayna Maidel." Directed with dignity and restraint by Scott Segall, a story that could easily fall into a melodramatic sobfest instead becomes an engrossing tribute to family, faith, and perseverance. After 18 years and the fall of the Nazis from power, two sisters who were separated in childhood are finally reunited.
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September 25, 2002
Dink O'Neal "Dealer's Choice," a joint venture of Birdman Productions and Old Country Productions, playing at Burbank's Third Stage theater, demonstrates a unique synergy of excellent literature and flawless production values. Set in a small London restaurant, playwright Patrick Marber's engagingly humorous drama, revolves around five associates and an outsider, all of whom are linked to gambling. For the quintet of amateurs, who think much more highly of their skills than is warranted, the Sunday after-hours game earns weekly bragging rights as well as furthering individual dreams.
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March 7, 2007
A gripping story focused on the human need for companionship brought to life by an ensemble of highly talented actors makes "Tender" another must-see production from The Syzygy Theatre Group at the Grove Theater Center in Burbank. Set in London, this cast of seven maintains amazingly realistic British accents, with credit to dialect coach Nicolette Chaffey, while embodying characters whose lives collide. Real-life husband and wife Ryan and Amy Honey play Al and Hen, an unmarried couple expecting their first child.
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By Beth Temkin | November 29, 2008
“Eden” is a dreary contemporary Irish film, depicting a disintegrating marriage in a picturesque pub-filled Irish town, with alcohol the preferred tonic. At times, the dialect is difficult to understand, but the situation is all too familiar. Billy (Aiden Kelly) married Breda (Eileen Walsh), and they had two young children and a seemingly ideal marriage. But when the lights are out, and Billy finally comes home and into bed, Breda’s eyes remain open. Hoping for some sign of physical contact, she is invariably disappointed.
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By Joyce Rudolph | May 24, 2008
For its spring concert, the Towne Singers will perform a musical history of choral music starting from medieval times and running through the present, completing the show with a piece the group commissioned last year. It will be the world premiere of the piece, contemporary composer Eric Whitacre’s “Seal Lullaby,” based on a Rudyard Kipling poem. Being the first group to sing the piece is a privilege, Glendale choir member Julie Kirby said. “I love the melody and the words,” she said.
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By James Petrillo | May 1, 2010
It strikes you only a few minutes into ?The Playboy of the Western World? how absolutely authentic the presentation feels. The set, the costumes, the characters, the language, all of them working in harmony to quickly transport the audience like a time machine to early 19th-century Ireland. After seeing a few shows at A Noise Within over the past year, I realize now that authenticity is their calling card. ?Noises Off? plunged you into the ultra-realistic backstage drama of British theater.
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