October 9, 2010
With a keen eye for parody and a penchant for belly-busting humor, SeaGlass Theatre is offering "Of Grapes and Nuts" at Burbank's Little Victory Theatre. Authors Doug Armstrong, Keith Cooper and Tom Willmorth are the collective brainpower behind this surefire hit. They have culled the highlights from John Steinbeck's classics "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men" to graft a sidesplitting homage. The results are guffaws and groans in equally enjoyable proportions.
February 18, 2009
Frank Jacobs is the first to admit that his parodies of pop culture found in MAD Magazine are more familiar than his name, but that doesn’t stunt his prolific creativity. “I’m the least-known writer of hysterical light verse in the United States,” the Burbank resident said. He just submitted a comic piece for the humor magazine’s 500th edition coming out in April, and there is no end of that career in sight, he said. When he began writing for the magazine in the early 1960s, he was one of seven people writing 90% of the material.
October 14, 2009
In Glendale Community College?s presentation of ?The Durang Menagerie,? the zaftig Amy Ackerman opens the evening as the eponymously titled ?Mrs. Sorken.? ?Dear theatergoers, welcome, and how lovely to see you,? she trills. And with that, we?re off on a celebration and lampoon of theater, from the Greek classics to the works of American icons like Eugene O?Neill. ?The Durang Menagerie? is a collection of one-acts by America?s master absurdist, Christopher Durang, in which he parodies theater and its adherents in all their self-import and overblown metaphor, in a loopy, hilarious riff on actors and audience.
April 25, 2007
"Hot Fuzz" is a deadpan caricature of the over-amplified, high-throttle, cop-action movies produced by, among others, Jerry Bruckheimer. Directed by Edgar Wright, who co-wrote the script with star Simon Pegg, this new action-satire film merrily wreaks screen havoc as well, if not better, than most Bruckheimer productions. That you have to squint to notice any difference between the two is to the fault of those movies and the credit of this one. Nicolas Angel (Simon Pegg) is a hot-shot London cop banished to the sleepy village of Sandford because his high-testosterone super-cop methods overshadowed and embarrassed the rest of the force.
October 17, 2009
?The Durang Menagerie,? a collection of one-act plays by Christopher Durang, completes its run this weekend at the Glendale Community College Studio Theatre, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Pictured, Amanda Wingvalley, played by Amy Ackerman, urges her hypochondriac son Lawrence, played by Aren Soulahian, to meet the ?Feminine Caller? who is coming for dinner, in ?For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,? a parody of Tennessee Williams? ?The Glass Menagerie.? Performances are at 8 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.
November 1, 2006
Just like a triple chocolate sundae with whipped cream, bananas, extra cherries, and a crisscross of hot fudge on top, "The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!" is a very tasty show — not filling, but fabulously frothy. If there's a single theater in the Valley where the chefs always serve up scrumptious gourmet musicals, it's the Colony Theatre. "The Musical of Musicals" is a deliciously funny parody on five different musical-comedy styles by way of five different one-act plays — Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander and Ebb. As with any successful parody, the writers — in this case, Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart — do it well because they truly love the shows they are roasting.
October 23, 2002
Summer Field Grindle, 18, of La Crescenta attends Cal State Northridge. Without the charm of William Castle or the intelligence of M. Night Shyamalan, director Gore Verbinski ("The Mexican") still manages to freak out an audience with his remake of "The Ring." Although most of the scary moments have been blatantly taken from "Psycho," "The Exorcist" and "The Blair Witch Project," "The Ring" is very unique. The suspense is relentless, and so is the acting.
December 10, 2005
nativityWestminster Presbyterian Church puts a musical and humorous twist into its annual religious pageant.For 10 years, Westminster Presbyterian Church has been producing a religious pageant based on the birth of Christ. But this year, the Sunday School group that produces it decided to try something new. They invited church members 25-year actor Greg Baldwin and his wife, Melissa, to create a new version -- and "Nativity! The Musical" was born. The result is a fresh take on the Christmas story, organizers said.
November 24, 2001
Joyce Rudolph, Weekend GLENDALE -- A deluxe, blue-ribbon selection of Three Stooges classics is planned for the fourth annual Alex Film Society's Big Screen Event, said board member Frank Gladstone. Those who can't catch the 2 p.m. matinee, can catch the second show at 8 tonight at Glendale's Alex Theatre. Gladstone, head of training and recruitment at DreamWorks/SKG Animation in Glendale, chose the films along with fellow society members Steve McCoy and Leonard Maltin and Michael Schlesinger, head of the film department at Sony Pictures, which owns the Stooges' film rights.