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Just Beautiful: H. Chris Brown and Regina Randolph Make CV Rep's 'Having Our Say' a Touching Triumph

Just Beautiful: H. Chris Brown and Regina Randolph Make CV Rep's 'Having Our Say' a Touching Triumph

Thursday, January 22, 2015  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

Beautiful. They are just … beautiful.

At Coachella Valley Repertory’s first performance of Having Our Say , the gentle Delany Sisters stole our hearts. (With CV Rep’s permission, the Independent reviewed the first preview performance, rather than the opening-night show, so the review could make our Febru...

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'Lost' Indeed: Desert Theatreworks' 'Yonkers' Lacks the Polish, Passion Usually Displayed by the Company

'Lost' Indeed: Desert Theatreworks' 'Yonkers' Lacks the Polish, Passion Usually Displayed by the Company

Sunday, January 18, 2015  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

We’re confused—not because we’re Lost in Yonkers , but because of all the questions that are raised by this production of this show.

Have we come to expect too much from Desert Theatreworks? Has the quality of its other productions led us to anticipate an impossible-to-achieve consistency? With all the...

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A Marathon With Fantastic Friends: Desert Rose's 'Love! Valour! Compassion!' Is Fascinating Theater

A Marathon With Fantastic Friends: Desert Rose's 'Love! Valour! Compassion!' Is Fascinating Theater

Saturday, January 17, 2015  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

“Don’t sit in the front row!” director Jim Strait warned me before the show. So, of course, that’s exactly where I sat.

I thought he was maybe trying to protect me from too much, um, in-your-face nudity, which is a key part of Love! Valour! Compassion! , now at the Desert Rose Playhouse in Rancho Mirag...

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Western Lit: Novel 'Steal the North' Powerfully Depicts the Power of the Landscape

Western Lit: Novel 'Steal the North' Powerfully Depicts the Power of the Landscape

Friday, January 16, 2015  |  Michelle Pulich Stewart

In her debut novel, Steal the North , Heather Brittain Bergstrom draws on her own childhood in eastern Washington and current life in Northern California to share the tale of a shy Sacramento teenager inhabiting those same locales. Bergstrom offers a riveting story of first love entwined with faith, f...

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Western Lit: A Nerd of Color—A Conversation With So Cal Writer Jervey Tervalon

Western Lit: A Nerd of Color—A Conversation With So Cal Writer Jervey Tervalon

Tuesday, January 13, 2015  |  Melissa Hart

Jervey Tervalon adores Los Angeles—and he wants you to adore it, too.

The author, who also teaches literature at the University of California at Santa Barbara, challenges the notion that New York City is the cultural center of the cosmos. “Los Angeles is wonderfully diverse,” he says. “I’ve been dedi...

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Broadway Is the Goal: Desert Ensemble Theatre Company Presents a Concert Reading of 'Esperanza,' a Brand-New Musical

Broadway Is the Goal: Desert Ensemble Theatre Company Presents a Concert Reading of 'Esperanza,' a Brand-New Musical

Friday, January 02, 2015  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

The word “inspiration” came up a lot.

I was talking with composer and orchestrator Saverio Rapezzi, and Shawn Abramowitz, the executive director of the Desert Ensemble Theatre Company, about the creation of a one-night-only production of a new musical which has taken 10 years to bring to life.

Desert ...

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