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Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany @ Theatre of Note in Hollywood – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

When you talk about a war not lacking in coverage, WW2 might be the most covered war in America’s history (no actual research on this). Because of P1010091this serious saturation of media, we are all very familiar with this time period– Nazis were vicious, Hitler was a huge prick, and  there was of course a serious loss of life in the infamous death camps which are now the standard by which many people measure humanity’s capacity for evil.  Vitally important stories, but since they are told so often I don’t usually jump at the chance to see another one of these shows. And it occurs to me, do I need to see another WW2 show? Maybe Schindler’s List got it right the first time.

It turns out the answer to my question is yes. After watching Ingrid Garner, granddaughter to author Eleanor Garner, act out a play based on Eleanor’s life story, the answer is a resounding yes. The play brings with it the realization that this story I have heard over, and over, and over again,  was really not that long ago.   It is still very relevant and worthy of attention. All alone, Ingrid Garner tells us a passionate and  youthful story about the dangers of war and its destructive power on everything it touches. This story is taken from the perspective of a young Eleanor who was very much a child when her family made the mistake of moving to Germany during WW2. While watching this play we grow up with Eleanor as she learns how to adapt to Nazi Germany and experiences a life vastly different from her American one.   Continue Reading

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Ed Asner’s No Frills Recession Style FDR : FDR @ The Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach- Review

PHOTO COURTESY: Laguna Playhouse

PHOTO COURTESY: Laguna Playhouse

Written by Patrick Chavis 

Ed Asner. You may know of him from works such as “The Mary Tyler Moore show” and “Roots”. If you’re a bit younger  you’ll know him from his voice in cartoons like “UP” and the hilarious character voice of Ed Wuncler in “The Boondocks”. Whatever age you are, Ed Asner has proven himself a great talent. His interpretation of FDR is comical (in a  ” *sigh* oh grandpa” sort of way), serious, and true to life but I left more entertained and laughing at Asner’s unique quirks and less from his portrayal of our 32nd president. Continue Reading

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