Online Entertainment Magazine

March 31, 2003

Theater Reviews


Half Full, or

 Half Empty



LOS ANGELES, CA This one-woman show breaks your heart, and moments later you're giggling along with her.  Shirley Anderson's internationally acclaimed adaptation and performance of Dorothy Parker's Big Blonde is nothing short of captivating. It's a view from the bottom of an empty whiskey bottle, complete with piles of blonde hair, long red fingernails, lots of make-up and ambition that only goes as far as the next glass of booze and men in the wings.  Anderson smoothly shifts between the various characters and leaves you feeling you've watched a full ensemble play.  Lots of laughs, but equally as many moments that make you swallow hard.   - R. Harker


Concert Reviews


Gay Men's Chorus of 

Los Angeles

GLENDALE, CA - At the top of the show, Artistic Director Dr. Bruce Mayhall told the audience that when the chorus first started putting together their spring concert line-up, they had no idea just how timely and relevant its theme would be. Red White & Blues, an American Music Celebration gave the audience an overview of the challenges, victories and defeats the people of the United States have faced throughout the last century. 

By interweaving key songs from several time periods with audio-visual images, the evening was a history lesson while simultaneously commemorating some of our country's most beloved accomplishments in music.  One highlight was the show stopping(!) performance of chorus member John DesLauriers singing "Ol' Man River" accompanied by the chorus.  You can always count on an excellent show from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and they hit this one out of the park. - R. Harker




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