Anna Christie Still Engaging After All These Years

By Patrick Hurley

Do people change? The timeless question, a storytelling trope as old as the sea, is at the heart of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Anna Christie, playing now through March 8 at the Odyssey Theatre. A wily, older seaman Chris (Jeff Perry), working coal barges and spending all his time ashore in a tavern with Marthy, (Mary Mara) the woman who lives on the barge with him, receives a letter that his daughter Anna (Zoe Perry) is on her way to see him for the first time in fifteen years. Continue reading “Anna Christie Still Engaging After All These Years”


An Exhilarating Billy Elliot Dances into La Mirada

By Patrick Hurley

The indescribable ecstasy that accompanies artistic fulfillment is a sentiment that is beautifully presented through dance and lyrics in La Mirada Theatre for Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s production of Billy Elliot The Musical, playing now through February 8. Those who are familiar with this particular show, or with the film, will know is that this is the story of a young boy, Billy (Mitchell Tobin), and his desire to become a ballet dancer against all odds. Continue reading “An Exhilarating Billy Elliot Dances into La Mirada”

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