2023 Press/Reviews

It’snotaboutme.tv: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Review

I had seen this Tony award-winning play elsewhere a little over six years ago, and remembered it being funny, so I decided to see it again at this theatre in Venice now. And it’s just as good as it was back then. The action of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, (which I really wish had a better/easier/not gimmicky title,) takes place over one week-end in the […]

Splash Magazine: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Review

Russian writer Anton Chekov (The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard) is considered to be one of the greatest writers of all time. He, along with Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, were the seminal figures in the birth of early theatrical modernism. Their collective works, illuminating the human condition, stands the passage of time. The reason I […]

StageSceneLA: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Review

Christopher Durang’s trio of hilariously squabbling siblings are back (along with a sexy boy toy named Spike) in Pacific Resident Theatre’s winning take on Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike. Despite a title evocative of at least two Chekhovian classics, even those who don’t know their Cherry Orchard from Cherries Jubilee will find themselves taken by 50something gay fuddy-duddy […]

Larchmont Buzz: All My Sons, “Timeless and Timely”

Theater Review: All My Sons, “Timeless and Timely” September 20, 2019 Laura Foti Cohen A father (Richard Fancy) pleads pleads with his son in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. What becomes a legend most? We all have cherished memories of plays that reframed our view of the world, entertained us in a new way or just plain wowed us. Plays […]

BWW Review: An Intriguing ANDY WARHOL’S TOMATO

An Intriguing ANDY WARHOL’S TOMATO Captivates at the Pacific Resident Theatre. By Vince Melocchi/directed by Dana Jackson/ by Gil Kaan Aug. 12, 2019 The world premiere of playwright Vince Melocchi’s Andy Warhol’S TOMATO receives a solid mounting at the Pacific Resident Theatre. Dana Jackson directs this fictionalized two-hander on the possible beginnings of pop artist icon Andy Warhol, with a […]

Better Lemons Andy Warhol’s Tomato A Critic’s Choice

“CRITIC’S CHOICE” – LA Times “TOP TEN” – Stage Raw It’s 1946 in Pittsburgh. An 18-year-old Andy Warhol finds himself in the basement of the working class bar. Over the course of a summer, Andy gives and gets inspiration, guidance, and friendship from a surprising source. A brand new season begins in August for L.A.’s multi-award winning Pacific Resident Theatre […]

Culture Watch – A Delicious “Tomato”

Culture Watch – A Delicious “Tomato” Sarah A. Spitz4 weeks agono commentAndy WarholAndy Warhol’s TomatoDerek CharitonKeith StevensonPacific Resident TheatreVince Melocchi Sometimes the best theatre in Los Angeles comes from the smallest theatres. Pacific Resident Theatre is one of the most consistently excellent theatre production houses in town. Their season opener, “Andy Warhol’s Tomato,” proves the point. The story springs from […]

Theater Review: Andy Warhol’s Tomato Is Art-Defining Art

September 3, 2019 Laura Foti Cohen Leave a comment Note: Andy Warhol’s Tomato has been extended through October 27, 2019. The thrill of live theater is its immediacy. At a play—whether life-affirming or just plain awful—actor and audience share a never-to-be-repeated experience. When an actor cries onstage, it’s by definition in a single take. When a cell phone rings, movie […]

ANDY WARHOL’S TOMATO by Carol Kaufman Segal

ANDY WARHOL’S TOMATO by Carol Kaufman Segal Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola on August 6, 1928, in Pittsburgh, PA. (He later dropped the a from his last name.) The play, Andy Warhol’s Tomato by Vince Melocchi is making its World Premiere at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice. The play takes place in the storage room of Bonino’s Bar […]

Andy Warhol’s Tomato Review by LA Times

‘Andy Warhol’s Tomato’ offers a surprising olive branch in the culture wars A blue-collar bar owner (Keith Stevenson) has reservations about the unconventional signage proposed by a young Andy Warhol (Derek Chariton) in “Andy Warhol’s Tomato” at Pacific Resident Theatre. (Teak Piegdon-Brainin) By PHILIP BRANDES AUG. 16, 2019 Staunchly working-class Pittsburgh in 1946 was hardly an ideal incubator for creative […]