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Writer, critic and marketing expert whose passion for odd culture knows no bounds.

Theater Review (LA): ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

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Ken Ludwig's enduring farce receives a sparkling and laugh-filled production at the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Boyhood’

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Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making cinematic gamble pays off in spades, delivering a unique and profoundly moving experience. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘Buyer and Cellar’ at the Mark Taper Forum

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Playwright Jonathan Tolins and star Michael Urie take on the legend of Barbara Streisand and the cult of celebrity with riotous results. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ by Peter Lefcourt

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An intriguing premise is squandered in a well-staged but essentially ho-hum romantic comedy. Read More »

Review (LA): ‘The Last Temptation of Paula Deen’ and ‘God of Abraham’ at the Hollywood Fringe

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A comic celebrity profile and a surreal sketch show wrapped up the Fringe's final weekend. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘The Conduct of Life’ and ‘The Best of 25 Plays Per Hour’ at the Hollywood Fringe

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A high-speed sketch show and a brutal but tiring avant-garde piece play their final performances at the Fringe. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘No Homo: A Bromantic Tragedy’ at the Hollywood Fringe

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Brandon Baruch’s new comedy is an amusing and well-directed observation of the fluid nature of sexuality among L.A. 20-somethings. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘The Werewolves of Hollywood Blvd.’ and ‘The Wake’ at the Hollywood Fringe

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A rock musical with bite and a jet-black one-man show are two more productions making their debut at the Fringe. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘First Elders’ and ‘I Want to Bury My Testimony’ at the Hollywood Fringe

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Two gay-themed plays making their debuts at the Fringe are an energetic coming-of-age story and a mawkish fantasy. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘Four Tree Plays’ and ‘Million Dollar Hair’ at the Hollywood Fringe

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A thoughtful avant-garde theater piece and a full-on musical parody are two of the highlights of this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival. Read More »