BWW Review: A Thrilling Ride On A Well-Mounted RHINOCEROS

by Gil Kaan Jul. 21, 2017 RHINOCEROS/by Eugene Ionesco/directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos/Pacific Resident Theatre/thru September 10, 2017 Director Guillermo Cienfuegos expertly guides his talented RHINOCEROS cast with tight, sturdy reins in a truly full-length play (three acts, spanning close to three hours) now at the Pacific Resident Theatre. Eugene Ionesco originally wrote RHINOCEROS in 1959 as his commentary on the state of the political atmosphere then. So, ironically funny (and sad) that Read More

Absurdity that’s all too real By Sarah A. Spitz

UNDER THE DEFT DIRECTION of Guillermo Cienfuegos, Pacific Resident Theatre is staging a truly stunning hit production of a play that’s six decades old. And on a second PRT stage, Minghella’s two radio plays directed by Michael Peretzian are utterly compelling. When Eugene Ionesco wrote “Rhinoceros,” it was about the totalitarian takeover of his native Romania and the dangers of ideological group think, both right and left. On its surface, this Read More

Splash Magazines Rhinoceros Review – The Zoo is Open! By Elaine L. Mura

A master of the Theatre of the Absurd, Eugene Ionesco penned RHINOCEROS in 1959, with its first performance in 1961. The production wowed enthusiastic audiences and won a Tony Award for Zero Mostel for best performance by a leading actor in a play. RHINOCEROS was adapted to an urban American setting for a 1973 film starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. The script was later adapted to an American shopping Read More

The Argonaut: It’s Time About Finding Life Again

Paul Linke of ‘CHiPs’ fame has come full circle in a series of true-to-life plays that span losing his wife and finding love again By Christina Campodonico Paul Linke’s “It’s Time” is a story of true love Photo by Ed Krieger Storytelling is like shaping a smooth stone, if you ask Paul Linke. “If you go to a river, you’ll see incredibly polished stones sitting in the river. The river keeps moving over , across Read More

Cultural Weekly: It’s Time

Paul Linke’s unassuming show at Pacific Resident Theatre (PRT) has an unassuming title: It’s Time. Time for what? No, not for what. Just… time. It’s about how time is all we really own or have to spend. And then about his time, the kind that got spent in his one-man trajectory from childhood to drifting college student, to the actor on the stage before us who is about to tell Read More

A Touch of the Poet Director Robert Bailey interview

A Touch of the Poet Director Robert Bailey interview - Electric and Emotionally Gut Wrenching By Ester Benjamin Shifren

Robert Bailey, Director Matt McKenzie, Ron Garen, August Grahn, and Dennis Madden

Only one American playwright, Eugene O’Neill, has ever received the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is a four-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize as well, and his masterwork “Long Day's Journey into Night” (Tony Award for Best Play) is considered to be at

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Total Theatre Reviews A Touch of a Poet

Thanks to Pacific Resident Theater, we have a rare chance to see Eugene O’Neill’s last completed play, A Touch of the Poet. First written in 1935 as part of an unfulfilled 7-play cycle dealing with the fortunes of two clashing New England families, Poet centers on one of the most vivid characters in all of O’Neill: a vain, swaggering Irishman, Major Cornelius Melody (Matt McKenzie), who had served in Wellington’s Read More

My Girlfriend is an Alien Review – Metaphorically Speaking By Elaine L. Mura

Fictional playwright Keith DeFacto wrote MY GIRLFRIEND IS AN ALIEN! But DeFacto just cannot bring himself to admit that his play reveals more about his innermost fears and anxieties than he imagined it would. Thus, real-life playwright Neil McGowan introduces his fictional alter-ego, a man who feels that he is an outsider and unworthy of love. But a man who will literally go through anything to find “Ms. Right.” And Read More

LA Weekly Review by Bill Raden

Charlie Kaufman Fans Might Dig This Metatheatrical Rom-Com TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016 AT 7:33 A.M. BY BILL RADEN The first thing to know about My Girlfriend Is an Alien! by Keith DeFacto is that the play isn’t written by somebody named Keith DeFacto. It has no extraterrestrials in it, nor is it a prequel to the 1950s proto-feminist drive-in classic I Married a Monster From Outer Space. In fact, nothing in Neil Read More

My Girlfriend is an Alien Reviewed by Steven Leigh Morris

No, Neil McGowan’s comedy isn’t really about an alien, nor is it really about a girlfriend — despite scenes dedicated to the fragile attraction between a playwright named Keith DeFacto (Keith Stevenson) and his leading lady, Carole (Carole Weyers). The central idea is the assemblage of monsters that emerge from the cauldron that has now formed a massive ulcer in DeFacto’s soul, where confidence might otherwise reside — monsters that rattle Read More