Bob Verini

Review: ‘Can-Can’


At minimum, any musical entitled "Can-Can" promises hot dancing, pretty girls, lively comedy and a colorful period setting. Unfortunately, those qualities evaporate by intermission in the Pasadena…

Ian McShane and Mariska Hargitay

Review: ‘Lansky’


After years of the Corleones and the Sopranos, we're accustomed to a nuanced view of gangsters that takes into account their humanity and family values, but Richard Krevolin and Joseph Bologna's…

Review: ‘Carmen’


Toreador, be on your guard. Prosper Merimee's novella "Carmen" has seen numerous adaptations for the stage, opera, film and ballet, and seemingly every previous version has been ransacked for the…

Review: ‘Jersey Boys’


A standing ovation in the middle of the second act? Such is the massive appeal of "Jersey Boys," the Tony-winning musical survey of the lives and careers of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, that a…

Review: ‘Hamlet’


In South Coast Rep's impressive new "Hamlet," the prince (Hamish Linklater) is above all a man of letters -- not only in his delivered missives and the volumes he pores over for answers, but also in…

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