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'The Real Thing', Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre at Long Beach, California

James Scarborough | Posted 05.01.2015 | Arts
James Scarborough

Mostly well done, Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, directed by Sean Gray for the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, recounts the story of Henry (Noah Wagner), a brilliant and celebrated playwright.

'Fiddler on the Roof' -- Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 09.11.2014 | Arts
James Scarborough

Old habits die hard. Especially when the habits are religious traditions and the agents of change seek to persecute those traditions. "Fiddler on the Roof," written by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, directed by Phyllis B. Gitlin for the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, is a moving and painful account of the conflict.

The Philanderer, Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 07.25.2014 | Arts
James Scarborough

In George Bernard Shaw's The Philanderer, directed by Elaine Herman for the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, Leonard Charteris (Andy Gerges) is a cad that masquerades as a progressive lover.

Deathtrap, Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 04.03.2014 | Arts
James Scarborough

Never judge a playwright's source material, even if it's the inadvertent aftermath of a carefully plotted murder. That's the message of Ira Levin's Deathtrap, a comedic thriller directed by Gregory Cohen for the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre.

Little Shop of Horrors, Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
James Scarborough

Jones' Mushnik nails the rags to riches to compost proprietor of a flower shop. His stentorian voice alone would ensure this production could work as a radio show; it defines his character: an Abe Vigoda high-spirited, not a little desperate character who wears his grief on his sleeve.