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Entries by James Scarborough from 05/2010

Kick-Ass

| Posted 05.08.2010 | Los Angeles

The last time we saw Chloe Moretz was in (500) Days of Summer where she dispensed preternatural wisdom to her lovesick schlep of an older brother, Jos...

"Daddy's Dyin' - Who's Got the Will?" Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre

| Posted 05.10.2010 | Los Angeles

In this raucous morality play, the family's widowed patriarch Buford (James Frank Crabb) has just had a debilitating stroke and his assembled family waits at death's door for the reading of the will.

The Medical Marijuana Telethon, The Found Theatre

| Posted 05.11.2010 | Los Angeles

Virginia DeMoss has concocted an outrageous premise for her latest production: stage a telethon to raise money and awareness to encourage the legalization of medical marijuana dispensaries.

"Intimacies/Intimismos," Mary Heeber at Edward Cella Art+Architecture Gallery

| Posted 05.11.2010 | Los Angeles

Intimate these copper pigment and graphite works indeed are. The product of a confident artist who, literally, is comfortable in her own skin, these works are tellurical and sensuous.

A Hell of a Mess or Oh, What A Bloody Circus, Alive Theatre

| Posted 05.12.2010 | Los Angeles

For a glimpse into the up- and downside of Zen-like passivity, check out Alive Theatre's production of Eugene Ionesco's "A Hell of a Mess or Oh, What ...

Measure for Pleasure, The Garage Theatre

| Posted 05.12.2010 | Los Angeles

The pace of Measure for Pleasure blazes with a repartee that crosses the lapidary wit of Oscar Wilde with the guttural iterations of The Pogues.

Iron Man 2

| Posted 05.15.2010 | Los Angeles

Iron Man 2 has promise. There's ego (Tony Stark's) as well as healthy doses of capitalism.

Tooth and Nail, Little Fish Theatre

| Posted 05.19.2010 | Los Angeles

Gena Acosta's Tooth and Nail, directed by Matt Gourley for Little Fish Theatre, begins and ends with the fact that it's a comedy about a brain tumor.

"Spinning Into Butter," Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre

| Posted 05.25.2010 | Los Angeles

Rebecca Gilman's "Spinning Into Butter," directed by Gregory Cohen for the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, lends wonderful shades to what, for some, is a black and white issue.

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor's Nightmare, Morgan-Wixson Theatre

| Posted 05.27.2010 | Los Angeles

What's the surprising thing about Christopher Durang's two one-act plays that Jeremy Aluma directed is not their nihilistic plot twists. No, it's that the satire doesn't feel like satire.