Malibu Stage Company Names New Director

Gene Franklin SmithMalibu Times, March 6 ,2013, by Melonie Magruder

It’s a new day at Malibu Stage Company—right down to the new name: the Malibu Playhouse. The intent, local director Diane Namm said, was “a push to acknowledge Malibu not just as a beach town, but as a cultural destination on a par with the La Jolla Playhouse.”  That regional theater has become famous for developing productions to send to Broadway (e.g. “Big ...

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Welcome! And Please Talk Back!

This is the first of a continuing series of my notes, observations, insider theater gossip and Los Angeles theater news.  I hope you’ll enjoy reading about all the goings-on — and in theater, trust me, there are plenty! — and if you feel compelled to join in the conversation, only your fear is holding you back.

When I was asked to take on the position of Artistic Director, I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy job.  Our theater sorely ...

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