By Jay Handleman, Herald Tribune, April 28, 2018 Musical spoof of porn film ‘Debbie Does Dallas’ runs through May 20 The title may suggest otherwise, but there’s really nothing dirty about the Venice Theatre production of “Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical.” Sure, it’s a parody of one of the most successful pornographic films ... Read More
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By Jay Handleman, Herald Tribune, April 11, 2018 Stage version of John Steinbeck’s classic story runs through April 29 It is sad to consider how timely John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” still remains nearly 80 years after it was published. Steinbeck’s story about the hard-working Joad family, migrant workers escaping the ... Read More


By Jay Handleman, Herald Tribune, Mar. 16, 2018 Stage II production of ‘a Midsummer Night’s Dream’ runs through April 8 I usually get nervous about community theater productions of Shakespeare plays because the area’s large pool of talented actors don’t often get to work with the tricky language and wordplay of the ... Read More
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By Jay Handleman, Herald Tribune, Feb. 21, 2018 Hit musical is set during the dramatic rise of the Motown sound From her past roles at Venice Theatre and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, audiences already know to expect big things from actress and singer Syreeta S. Banks. But even that doesn’t prepare ... Read More
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By KIM COOL FEATURES EDITOR, Venice Gondolier-Sun Jan. 24, 2018 “Last Train to Nibroc” is proof of the value of Venice Theatre, not just because of its size, its budget, its cadre of volunteers or its education program and productions, but because of the opportunities it gives to ... Read More


By Jay Handleman, Herald Tribune, Jan. 10, 2018 Musical revue of songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller runs through Feb. 4 A joyous spirit fills the Venice Theatre’s new production of the musical revue “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” a celebration of the early rock-era hits written for many different artists by the ... Read More
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By Jay Handleman, Herald Tribune, Dec. 6, 2017 Play adapted from David Sedaris’ story runs through Dec. 23. Christmas comes in many styles at Venice Theatre this season. There’s the playful musical “A Christmas Story” that continues through Sunday, followed by the 18th season of the company’s own version of “A Christmas Carol.” And ... Read More
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By Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune, Nov. 15, 2017 Musical based on holiday classic runs through Dec. 10 A poster of humorist Jean Shepherd hung in my brother’s bedroom when we were growing up, and I remember nights listening to the inventive and colorful stories the radio ... Read More
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By Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune /  Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 Jane Martin’s outrageous comedy runs through Nov. 19 in the Stage II Pinkerton Theatre In such plays as “Keely and Du,” “Anton in Show Business,” “Jack and Jill,” and “Talking With ...” Jane Martin has used humor ... Read More


By Kim Cool, Venice Gondolier-Sun /  Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 Another opening, another hit - "Beehive" at Venice Theatre. Just two days after the opening of "You Can't Take It With You" on the MainStage, I was back at the theatre for the opening of "Beehive" in the 90-seat Pinkerton, home ... Read More