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By Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune /  Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 With so much bitterness and anger surrounding us at every turn, there’s an extra feeling of joy in spending a couple of hours with the offbeat but loving Sycamore family in Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning ... Read More
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By Kim Cool, Venice Gondolier-Sun /  Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017   Sometimes adults can learn from their offspring, especially when it comes to such things as tolerance. That is one of the sub-stories in Venice Theatre’s SummerStock production of “Zombie Prom,” a musical that is as wholesome as it is entertaining. The classic ... Read More


By Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune /  Friday, May 5, 2017 On some levels, Venice Theatre’s production of August Wilson’s “Fences” is a crowning achievement for the Stage II series for the way the cast conveys most of the rhythms, poetry and power in the story about a former Negro Leagues ... Read More


By William S. Oser, Talkin' Broadway /  April, 2017 Blood Brothers is a musical that, until this Venice Theatre production, I had never seen, though I had heard the score. It achieved tremendous success in England. The initial production in 1983 had a modest run in London's West End, but following ... Read More


By Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune /  Sunday, Feb. 22, 2017 If you're having a bad day or are overwhelmed by all the headlines, the Venice Theatre production of "Crazy for You" is the kind of pick-me-up that can lift you out of the doldrums. It's not perfect, but with a still-fresh ... Read More


By Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune /  Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 Audiences have seen Chris Caswell successfully play a lot of different roles in the past 30 years, from romantic leading men to vengeful barbers, so nothing should surprise us when he takes the stage. Still, watching him in the Venice ... Read More
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By Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune /  Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 There's nothing breathtakingly original about the musical "Sister Act," but it's likely to put a little spirit in your soul and a smile on your face at Venice Theatre, where it's having its area premiere. The musical, with a score ... Read More


By Marty Fugate, Your Observer /  Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 Imagine a ruined Earth in the far-distant future. An alien archaeological expedition combs through the ruins and wreckage. After stuffing their saucer with recordings of Frank Zappa’s “200 Motels,” Napoleon XIV’s “They’re Coming to Take Me Away,” ... Read More


By Kim Cool, Venice Gondolier With one of the all-time best creative teams in the area coupled with a strong cast, Venice Theatre's current MainStage production of "Billy Elliot the Musical" is one terrific don’t miss theatrical offering. Few community theaters could even begin to tackle such a project, ... Read More


By William S. Oser, Talkin' Broadway /  Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 The Toxic Avenger, a musical new to me, was written by Joe DiPietro (book and lyrics) and David Bryan (music and lyrics), the team behind the Broadway musical Memphis. The Toxic Avenger, now at the Venice Theatre, owes a great ... Read More