| Jun 18, 2012
| 11:32 AM
It's always nice to catch up with a local actor who returns to their stomping ground as part of a big production. With"Les Miserables,"playing through Sunday at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, there are actually two.
Weston Wells Olson, who plays...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:46 PM
Just steps from the beach is a new Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf designed to reflect the surf culture in downtown Huntington Beach.
Quiksilver and other action sports brands donated the surfboards that were used to build the art installation. There's a tall...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 2:00 PM
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...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 1:27 PM
The horses arrived in Costa Mesa this week.
As you may have heard, the Tony award-winning "War Horse," one of the most lauded stage productions in decades, is opening at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. And playing a key role in the World War I story...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 1:33 PM
Linda Alexander favors an underdog.
The 56-year-old Maryland author's intent is to give a fair shake to those who haven't been a staple of the public eye.
Hence, the late Jack Kelly, who died in 1992, served her well as the protagonist of her latest...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 3:51 PM
Focus on 'Maverick' actor, mayor
Old-time Hollywood actor and Huntington Beach leader Jack Kelly will be the topic of discussion at a book signing fundraiser with author Linda Alexander who wrote "A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story."...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 12:57 PM
With Nike departing the U.S. Open of Surfing, contentious City Council elections and those Mitt and Barack guys grabbing headlines, it was a busy year for news — and the arts proved to be no exception. We could try to order this into a...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 9:36 AM
When Madeleine Barker's fellow cast members handed her the Oscar in the Claire Trevor Theatre, she felt excited for herself and a little sad for Judy Garland.
Barker, who plays Garland in UC Irvine's upcoming musical "Tinseltown Christmas," had been...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 9:36 AM
Best known as: The lovable Everyman in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and other Frank Capra classics; also took edgy turns in Hitchcock thrillers
Holiday classic: "It's a Wonderful Life"
Oscar? Best Actor in 1940 for "The...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 5:23 PM
One can just imagine Neil Simon, 30 years ago, mulling over possible themes for his next Broadway play, his eyes fixing on a Bible and saying to himself, "Hey, how about the Book of Job? That would be a real knee-slapper."
Thus was begat "God's Favorite,...
| May 27, 2010
The story of "The Three Little Lizards" was brought to life Friday morning by a troupe of actors in paint-splattered overalls as the 9-year-old author sat in the audience.
Fourth-grader Jaedon Bartling had no idea his short story would be performed...
| Jun 3, 2010
For more than a few actors and directors, community theater is less an avocation than a calling. One of the most notable in that regard is Stephen Reifenstein.
"I live with a passion for the stage both on and off," he stated. "Theater is my life in so...