Larry Steckling

Articles by Larry Steckling

To the depths of the underworld in Eurydice

Time-tested myth imaginatively retold at Oceanside Theatre Company

Taking the audience on an enchanting journey from the land of the living to the depths of the underworld, Sarah Rhul’s Eurydice is the Oceanside Theatre Company’s current attraction at the Sunshine Brooks Theatre. Based ...

My Fair Lady at Welk Resort Theatre

Overflowing with both cockney and British upper-class charm

With lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, My Fair Lady has frequently been called “the perfect musical.” The well-known story of the cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, may bring a “ho-hum” ...

Marjorie Prime at North Coast Rep

Mysteries of human identity explored

We try to remember…we imperceptibly edit, ruthlessly censor, select, and reshape until memories become more like myths. All of this plays in your mind and takes root during Marjorie Prime, Jordan Harrison’s quietly unsettling drama ...

1940s Radio Hour at New Village Arts

A more Hallmark card kind of an experience

Authenticity abounds in New Village Arts’ production of Walton Jones’s 1940s piece, and the audience becomes immersed in the music and ambience of the period. Under the nurturing care of director Dana Case, aboard for ...

Tricked into falling in love!

The Fantasticks at Scripps Ranch Theatre

The simple and timeless story of The Fantasticks, set to lilting, haunting melodies by Harvey Schmidt with book and lyrics by Tom Jones, holds the distinction of being the longest continuously running production in theatrical ...

You can't really call The Lion a play

Benjamin Scheuer learns to play like himself

There have been many notable plays about fathers and sons. Strindberg’s Fathers and Sons and O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night come to mind. Yet none are quite as powerful as the one-man autobiographical musical, ...

Comic joys and boy-toys

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Scripps Ranch Theatre

According to Christopher Durang, author of Vanya and Sonia and Masha, and Spike, “My play is not a Chekhov parody. I take Chekhov scenes and characters and put them in a blender.” Although his characters ...

No 16-piece orchestra necessary

Oklahoma! at New Village Arts

Today we as a nation face the threat of international and domestic terrorism in ways we have never experienced before. It is against this backdrop — similar to the one faced on Broadway in 1943 ...

Musicalization of one of the biggest disasters of all time

Titanic at Moonlight Stage

Moonlight Amphitheatre’s latest effort, Titanic, the Musical, boasts a book by Peter Stone, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. The script attempts to move expertly between three classes of passengers, officers, and serving staff, ...

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