Synopsis: Winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play, this is master playwright Brian Friel’s best. Set in a small village in 1936 Ireland, five unmarried sisters share a small home and dreams of life beyond their native land.  Taken from the website 

MAY 6 – JUNE 12, 2016

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Actors Co-op Dancing at Lughnasa is true to Brian Friel
I am a fan of 99 seat theater and frequent the Actors Co-op. I was lucky enough to see Brian Friel's (pronounced Freel) Dancing at Lughnasa (pronounced loo-na-sah) opening weekend. I was excited to see what reviewers had to say and this review is unfortunate. I know the play well and the Actors Co-op did a beautiful job. The actors were, as stated, remarkable and play the story gorgeously. The play is dialogue. However, what is not being said, is what is fueling the story. The Mundy sisters beautifully walked the line of ordinary discussion while peeling back moments of deep regret and fear. The magic of these characters shows when each of them reacts and copes differently with challenges they face. We are given three solid examples: Jack's return, Gerry's(pronounced Jerry) return and Rose's return. Kate is mad in all of those moments, Maggie covers but is curious, Agnes & Chris are afraid. But each sister is written to show the wide array of human reaction. While this review is right, the story is Michael looking back on his life and seeking his purpose, the show is not trying to tie up the story with a bow. The story is flawed. The last monologue of the play describes the memories as floating and without fact, images and nostalgia carried through music. We, the audience do not get every detail because Michael himself, does not have every detail. That is why Brian Friel wrote the character of young Michael to be invisible. That is why Michael walks through the show as its narrator. That is why it is told out of time. The show is in a thrust theater, so while you may not see the faces of all characters the story is told beautifully across the room , many moments are in reaction. Depending on where you sit decides who you see speak, who you see respond. I thought it was beautifully staged and reflective of memory. While you may not leave the theater understanding everything, you will have connected and engaged in the story. This reviewer didn't understand the theater's space, the story's convention and he missed the point of the play. That being said, Actors Co-op did not. They were stunning. If you are a theater person and love this classic, you will not be disappointed. I rate this play five stars.
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Synopsis: The story of a girl who did everything she was supposed to do and ended up exactly where she never wanted to be. “No, I Won’t Take You to the Airport!,” is a story of completely true stories. Taken from the Website

April 13 – June 8th 2016
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April 29 – May 15, 2016

Synopsis : The groundbreaking Broadway musical! Green Day’s powerhouse album is brought to life in this electric-rock musical of youthful disillusion. The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical American Idiot, based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. this high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album American Idiot, as well as several songs from follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown. Taken from the website buy


Synopsis: Lee Blessing’s brilliant and surprisingly humorous play of ideas, based on a true event, seems more timely than ever. Nearing the end of the Cold War, a pair of arms negotiators — a clever, cynical Russian and an idealistic young American — step away from the bargaining table to meet in the woods outside Geneva for a series of talks to explore the obstacles their countries face on the path to peace. There, they debate politics, the future of the free world, the nature of mankind, and the very survival of humanity. Can they find a common place between the politics that divide us and the humanity that unites us? Taken from the website 

APRIL 27 – MAY 22 2016
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Synopsis : To love or not to love? The play focuses on the ups and downs of one oddly perfect couple. The playwright, Jane Martin, presents two shattered and fragile individuals in an attempt to reveal how ridiculous love is when clung to as a means of self-appraisal. Taken from the website 

Feb 5th – May 1st 2016 

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Billed as an original jukebox musical set in the 1930s and the 1960s with plenty of sparkling romance and sartorial style, Down on Your Knees and Up to the Moon is the latest production from writer-director Gloria Gifford and her Gloria Gifford Conservatory (GCC) students. Taken from the website 

May 1 – May 15 2016

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Written by Craig Grossman  Stage adapter Mark Brown brought a very different vision of  Around the World in 80 Days to the stage at the Long Beach Playhouse. All throughout, the play had a sense of…

Synopsis : In The Revisionist, David arrives in Poland with a crippling case of writer’s block and a desire to be left alone, while his second cousin Maria welcomes him with an overwhelming need to connect with her American family. Taken from the website 

March 29 – April 17, 2016

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Written by Patrick Chavis    When writing a story –whether it be a play, poem, or film –the motivations for writing it are as important as the writing itself. In my opinion, which has been…

Synopsis : Based on the bestselling novel by Lauren Weisberger, the 2006 film earned its star Meryl Streep an Oscar nod and a Golden Globe win for her portrayal of the world’s most demanding boss. Now, the Cinderella tale of a frumpy-to-fierce fashion magazine intern gets a musical makeover.  Taken from the Website. 

Jan 28, 2016 – May 8, 2016

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