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Andy Warhol’s Tomato Review by LA Times

'Andy Warhol’s Tomato’ offers a surprising olive branch in the culture wars A blue-collar bar owner (Keith Stevenson) has reservations about the unconventional signage proposed by a young Andy Warhol (Derek Chariton) in “Andy Warhol’s Tomato” at Pacific Resident Theatre. (Teak Piegdon-Brainin) By PHILIP BRANDES AUG. 16, 2019 Staunchly working-class Pittsburgh in 1946 was hardly an ideal incubator for creative talent. That incongruity, however, provides an inspired backdrop for the chance encounter between a Read More

Andy Warhol’s Tomato Review by TotalTheater

Review: Andy Warhol’s Tomato is a portrait of the artist as a young man. Warhol, who came to fame in the 1960s, is the subject of Vince Melocchi’s new play, a two-hander set in Pittsburgh, the playwright’s home town. It was there, Melocchi reports in a program note, that he was told that the teenaged Warhol had drawn pictures on napkins in a local bar in exchange for Coca-Colas. Although that Read More

Andy Warhol’s Tomato Reviewed by Terry Morgan

Through September 22 RECOMMENDED Back in the ’60s, Andy Warhol was quoted as saying, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” — but his own fame clearly outpaced that prediction. He’s been the subject of films and books, and now playwright Vince Melocchi has crafted a play about the artist before he was celebrated, titled Andy Warhol’s Tomato. The world premiere production at Pacific Resident Theatre is a well-acted Read More

Andy Warhol’s Tomato Review – A Creative Conundrum SplashMags

Andy Warhol’s Tomato Review – A Creative Conundrum August 11, 2019 Elaine Mura Entertainment Derek Chariton and Keith Stevenson in ANDY WARHOL'S TOMATO - Photo by Teak Piegdon-Brainin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania folklore tells about a bar where teenager Andy Warhol drew pictures on napkins in exchange for bottles of Coke: “It was a nice story, but just a story.” Inspired by this apocryphal tale, talented playwright Vince Melocchi fleshes out this bare bones Read More

THE LAST FIVE YEARS – Stage Scene LA Review

THE LAST FIVE YEARS The Last Five Years, Jason Robert Brown’s exquisite musical two-hander, showcases UCLA talent to stunning effect as part of Pacific Resident Theatre’s Sunday Concert Series in the company’s newly inaugurated intimate cabaret space. The almost entirely sung-through tale of a 20something couple whose marriage fails to withstand the pressures of his rise to literary stardom and her failure to achieve success as an actress, The Last Five Years Read More

Review: In ‘Smart Love’ in Venice, the dysfunctional family heads into sci-fi territory

By Philip Brandes Jan 18, 2019 | 3:30 PM Review: In 'Like father, like son: A brilliant scientist (Zachary Grant) shares the thrill of discovery with his inventor father (Michael Mantell). (Jeff Lorch) “Smart Love” at Pacific Resident Theatre appears destined to be a garden-variety dysfunctional family portrait, but then Brian Letscher’s new comedy unexpectedly pivots into a quirky take on romantic possibilities in a brave new world of technology. Like so many working-class Read More

Smart Love Review – Frankenstein for the Digital Age

January 17, 2019 Elaine Mura Entertainment Melissa Weber Bales and Scott Conte in SMART LOVE - Photo by Jeff Lorch Technology has crept into almost every corner of life these days, so why not into the most secret of spots, the human heart? Playwright Brian Letscher asks that question, and comes up with some fascinating answers. SMART LOVE is a contemporary twist on what makes a human human – and can an Read More

LA Times Reviews I Am Sophie

Review: Corinne Shor explores identity with style in solo piece 'I am Sophie' By F. Kathleen Foley Nov 18, 2018 | 1:10 PM Pacific Resident Theatre. (Marlow Everly / Pacific Resident Theatre) An ebullient woman bounds onstage, chattering in French so voluble it makes one want to go back in time to those high school foreign language lessons and pay more attention. This is Sophie (Corinne Shor), who has a French accent so thick you Read More

I Am Sophie The Stage Struck Review

“I Am Sophie”: Examining the Meaning of Identity Posted by Frances Baum Nicholson on September 1, 2018 Corinne Shor – playwright and performer of “I am Sophie,” presented by LA Vie Theatre [photo: Marlow Everly} The entire idea of identity is one which has come increasingly to the forefront of modern conversation. What makes someone who they are? What if what they see in the mirror isn’t who they feel they are inside? Read More

La Vie Theatre Presents “I am Sophie” Written by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

La Vie Theatre Presents “I am Sophie” “I am Sophie” written and performed by Corinne Show, directed by Susan Angelo runs through September 2. Running August 17 through September 2, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm & Sunday September 2 at 5pm, August 31 & September 1 at 4pm & 8pm “I Am Sophie” is a one women play about one woman who becomes another. But it’s a little bit more beautifully complicated Read More