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Dreamgirls at DOMA: Broadway Magic for the Entire Family

Dreamgirls

“Girl, is my wig on straight?” That question startled my daughter just before the start of DOMA Theatre Company’s spectacular production of Dreamgirls at L.A.’s MET Theatre. It took her a few seconds to realize that the actors were engaging the audience with some improvised character bits before curtain. Arts participation in the United States is on the decline. In 2008, the National Endowment for the Arts reported that only about ... Read More »

Panto at the El Portal: A Very British Holiday Tradition Makes Itself at Home in Los Angeles

Lindsay Pearce as Snow White with some of the dwarves in A Snow White Christmas

Most English Christmas customs are quite familiar to Americans: the presents under the tree, the holly, the mistletoe and the Christmas feast are all symbols we share along with our common language. But few Americans have heard of the British holiday tradition I find most endearing: The Christmas pantomime, which has nothing to do with the late Marcel Marceau. The panto is a fractured fairy tale, complete with music, dancing, ... Read More »

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