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By Tom Titus | December 4, 2009
Just a little more than a year ago, the Marvelous Wonderettes spent a summer at the Laguna Playhouse, entertaining audiences with their blasts from the past (circa 1958 to 1964). Well, now it’s 1968, and they’re back to celebrate the Christmas holidays. These perky ladies with their feet firmly planted in Middle America, but with talent suggesting Broadway or Hollywood, are performing at a hardware company’s Christmas party this time. There’s enough story to nudge the plot along, but it’s those terrific voices that propel the show.
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By TOM TITUS | December 19, 2008
“Catherine Butterfield is a playwright, actress and director who uses only two of these talents to bring ‘Brownstone’ to the Laguna Playhouse in its world premiere. Imagine if she’d chosen to act in it as well.” That was the first paragraph of this column’s assessment of “Brownstone” back in April and, while there have been some impressive productions since, when all is said and done for the playhouse in 2008, “Brownstone” still sits atop the leader board, as they say on “Dancing With the Stars.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 12, 2012
Rah! Rah! Rah! Sis Boom Bah! The Laguna Playhouse is putting some pizazz into the opening nights, starting with the debut of "The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns. " Playhouse staff dressed up the affair. Executive Director Karen Wood wore a black, embroidered tulle long gown. Development Director Elizabeth Pearson went retro in a black chiffon-over-lilac-silk dress from the 1950s — right in style for a musical trip down memory lane to the early days of rock 'n' roll.
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By Tom Titus | July 9, 2010
We've seen "The Marvelous Wonderettes," the female singing group that entertained at the high school prom when the previously announced boy band was axed — twice in fact — but whatever happened to those unfortunate guys? Well, Laguna Playhouse patrons will find out, beginning this weekend and continuing through Aug. 29 as the 1950s return with their own show, "Life Could Be a Dream." Writer-director Roger Bean unveiled his "Marvelous Wonderettes" two seasons ago, the story line being that they were last-minute replacements for a quartet of guys who got caught smoking in the boys' restroom.
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By Tom Titus | December 23, 2010
The Laguna Playhouse saved the best for last this year. Its production of the original musical "Daddy Long Legs" proved the best in show for 2010, a year that saw several excellent and innovative attractions. This column dubbed the show "the most heartwarming, fully realized offering from the Laguna Playhouse in this, its 90th season" and praised its two-character cast, Megan McGinnis and Robert Adelman Hancock. John Caird, who staged the original production of "Les Miserables," adapted the script and directed the Laguna production.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 12, 2012
Rah! Rah! Rah! Sis Boom Bah! The Laguna Playhouse is putting some pizazz into the opening nights, starting with the debut of "The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns. " Playhouse staff dressed up the affair. Executive Director Karen Wood wore a black, embroidered tulle long gown. Development Director Elizabeth Pearson went retro in a black chiffon-over-lilac-silk dress from the 1950s — right in style for a musical trip down memory lane to the early days of rock 'n' roll.
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By Tom Titus | December 4, 2009
Just a little more than a year ago, the Marvelous Wonderettes spent a summer at the Laguna Playhouse, entertaining audiences with their blasts from the past (circa 1958 to 1964). Well, now it’s 1968, and they’re back to celebrate the Christmas holidays. These perky ladies with their feet firmly planted in Middle America, but with talent suggesting Broadway or Hollywood, are performing at a hardware company’s Christmas party this time. There’s enough story to nudge the plot along, but it’s those terrific voices that propel the show.
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By TOM TITUS | December 19, 2008
“Catherine Butterfield is a playwright, actress and director who uses only two of these talents to bring ‘Brownstone’ to the Laguna Playhouse in its world premiere. Imagine if she’d chosen to act in it as well.” That was the first paragraph of this column’s assessment of “Brownstone” back in April and, while there have been some impressive productions since, when all is said and done for the playhouse in 2008, “Brownstone” still sits atop the leader board, as they say on “Dancing With the Stars.
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