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The following column is very funny. At least, it better be. A prize-winning comedian helped me write it. The other week, an email landed in my inbox declaring that Mark Schumacher, a high school teacher who lives in Trabuco Canyon, had trounced the...
Shakespeare in his most riotous incarnation is the fare at Vanguard University, where director Susan K. Berkompas has added even more laughter to the Bard's freewheeling farce, "The Comedy of Errors." Prior to the show, the cast comes out on stage to...
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Those "Guys and Dolls" from Damon Runyon's Broadway are back with us, and this time around, the dolls are putting on a clinic in vocal proficiency. The venue on this occasion is the Huntington Beach Playhouse, where director Larry Watts (who also handles...
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The Huntington Beach Playhouse will be opening its new production, a reprise of Neil Simon's comedy "Rumors," this weekend, but I won't be at my customary spot in Row K taking mental notes. I won't even be in town. It's late August and, for the 10th...
You don't have to keep it clean at Daniel "Rico" Fisher's comedy shows at Old World Village. You can drop theF-bomb. You can go on a spiel about your misadventures in bed. You can chide occupations, the genders and just about everything else about the...
Craving a fresh and delicious sandwich that's made surfers and locals happy for 40 years? Make your way over to Jan's Health Bar in Huntington Beach. Founded by Jan Gaffney, one of the original surfer girls from the 1960s and a health food enthusiast...
David and Zev Brooks discovered some recent truth in a line from the 1989 big-screen baseball classic "Field of Dreams": "If you build it, he will come." This past Tuesday, the American film distribution company Magnolia Home Entertainment released the...
An audience from around Orange County and beyond congregated inside a circus tent pitched at the Irvine Barclay Theatre's Cheng Hall for a one-hour extravaganza featuring one man. Surprisingly, there was never a dull moment. Stand-alone showman...
Henson Alternative's off-Broadway comedy "Stuffed and Unstrung" isn't the kind of puppet show you might have grown up with. Part of the Jim Henson Co. — which brought children "Sesame Street" and "The Muppets" — "Stuffed and Unstrung" is a...
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Jan. 13 will kick off its first-ever Off Center Festival, an eclectic nine-day program showcasing cutting-edge theater, music and dance, hip-hop, mash poetry and performance art. Aimed at drawing audiences that...
If there ever were such a thing as a truly symmetrical play, Noel Coward discovered it back in 1925 when he wrote the whimsical but witty comedy "Hay Fever." This hastily written (Coward penned it in three days) satire — inspired by some of the...
Tags: Noel Coward, Entertainment, David Kramer
"Weird Al" Yankovic wants everyone to smile when he takes the stage this year at the Orange County Fair. EspeciallyLady Gaga. The parodist has tweaked just about every major recording artist over the last three decades. But unlike, say, Eminem, he doesn'...
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