| Apr 6, 2011
| 7:38 PM
Julia Argyros last week took the microphone in the grand ballroom of the Balboa Bay Club & Resort.
"My first job following graduation from college was working as a speech therapist helping children with disabilities," she told the crowd, as she stood on...
| May 5, 2011
| 8:46 PM
Ever have the feeling that if you just got your boss out of the picture, you could run the company the way it ought to be run?
These ladies did, with a ball-gag and a lot of forged signatures.
The Broadway musical version of "9 to 5" will land at the...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 3:47 PM
Sabrina Harper comes off as such a nice and friendly person.
And yet the actress is playing the manipulative Fastrada in the national touring production of "Pippin the Musical" at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Fastrada is queen, a scheming wife to...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Stage and screen credits abound in Zoe Kazan's family — her parents are the screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord and her grandfather is the pioneering director Elia Kazan ("A Streetcar Named Desire"). But the 30-year-old actress and...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 1:17 PM
The Costa Mesa Playhouse will be 50 years old in June. I can testify to the authenticity of that observance since I started my 40-year community theater career in that first Costa Mesa production "Send Me No Flowers."
Back then, it was known as the...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 1:35 PM
“Once” is a Broadway musical that dares to be different. Not only dares but demands. Stridently. At the top of its voice.
This multi-award-winning show from 2013, now on stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, goes out of its way to...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 2:00 PM
“The Book of Mormon” and “Once,” Broadway musicals that dominated the two most recent Tony Awards, will come to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa during the three-venue complex’s 2013-14 season.
| May 31, 2012
| 1:05 PM
The Laguna Beach High School production of "Into the Woods" and one of its stars won top honors Sunday at the 42nd annual Childress M.A.C.Y. Awards, held for the first time at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa.
"Into the Woods" was honored with the...
| Nov 30, 2011
| 2:46 PM
An audience from around Orange County and beyond congregated inside a circus tent pitched at the Irvine Barclay Theatre's Cheng Hall for a one-hour extravaganza featuring one man.
Surprisingly, there was never a dull moment.
| 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,...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 3:01 PM
Shona C. Gilbert, an artistic couture jewelry designer, is bringing her designs via a trunk show to Neiman Marcus at Fashion Island on Dec. 14-15.
Her handmade line, SHONA, features glass-beaded bracelets, tourmaline gemstones and vintage stones,...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 2:00 PM
The work began in October for Thurston Middle School eighth-grade students. Fast forward to Wednesday and the dress rehearsal inside the school's "black box" or theater room, for "Beauty and the Beast," was in full effect.
Twenty-seven drama students...