Author Archive



Larchmont Buzz: All My Sons, “Timeless and Timely”

Theater Review: All My Sons, “Timeless and Timely” September 20, 2019 Laura Foti Cohen A father (Richard Fancy) pleads pleads with his son in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. What becomes a legend most? We all have cherished memories of plays that reframed our view of the world, entertained us in a new way or just plain wowed us. Plays we thought were the most brilliant, the funniest, the most insightful. Years later, Read More

BWW Review: An Intriguing ANDY WARHOL’S TOMATO

An Intriguing ANDY WARHOL'S TOMATO Captivates at the Pacific Resident Theatre. By Vince Melocchi/directed by Dana Jackson/ by Gil Kaan Aug. 12, 2019 The world premiere of playwright Vince Melocchi's Andy Warhol'S TOMATO receives a solid mounting at the Pacific Resident Theatre. Dana Jackson directs this fictionalized two-hander on the possible beginnings of pop artist icon Andy Warhol, with a deft hand and a meticulous eye for character development via the subtle Read More

Better Lemons Andy Warhol’s Tomato A Critic’s Choice

"CRITIC'S CHOICE" - LA Times "TOP TEN" - Stage Raw It’s 1946 in Pittsburgh. An 18-year-old Andy Warhol finds himself in the basement of the working class bar. Over the course of a summer, Andy gives and gets inspiration, guidance, and friendship from a surprising source. A brand new season begins in August for L.A.’s multi-award winning Pacific Resident Theatre as they announce the world premiere staging of “Andy Warhol’s Tomato,” by Read More

Culture Watch – A Delicious “Tomato”

Culture Watch – A Delicious “Tomato” Sarah A. Spitz4 weeks agono commentAndy WarholAndy Warhol’s TomatoDerek CharitonKeith StevensonPacific Resident TheatreVince Melocchi Sometimes the best theatre in Los Angeles comes from the smallest theatres. Pacific Resident Theatre is one of the most consistently excellent theatre production houses in town. Their season opener, “Andy Warhol’s Tomato,” proves the point. The story springs from a legend about the inspiration for the artist’s famous Pop Art Coke Read More

Theater Review: Andy Warhol’s Tomato Is Art-Defining Art

September 3, 2019 Laura Foti Cohen Leave a comment Note: Andy Warhol’s Tomato has been extended through October 27, 2019. The thrill of live theater is its immediacy. At a play—whether life-affirming or just plain awful—actor and audience share a never-to-be-repeated experience. When an actor cries onstage, it’s by definition in a single take. When a cell phone rings, movie actors don’t have to resist the urge to yell at the inconsiderate Read More

ANDY WARHOL’S TOMATO by Carol Kaufman Segal

ANDY WARHOL’S TOMATO by Carol Kaufman Segal Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola on August 6, 1928, in Pittsburgh, PA. (He later dropped the a from his last name.) The play, Andy Warhol’s Tomato by Vince Melocchi is making its World Premiere at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice. The play takes place in the storage room of Bonino’s Bar in Homestead, a city near Pittsburgh, PA in the summer of 1946. Read More

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