“Rotterdam” Reviewed by Dan Berkowitz

“Rotterdam” is funny, it’s sad, it’s wise, it’s absurd, it’s emotional, it’s profound, and yes, it’s topical. But don’t let that scare you off.


Without a doubt reality television has infiltrated households all across the world. Whether it’s your guilty pleasure or hidden addiction, it’s become a universal indulgence.


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An interview with writer/ director Ron West, whose “deLEARious” runs at Open Fist through December 16.


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When I got the chance to talk to Gregg T. Daniel, I jumped at it, because I saw his production of August Wilson’s “Fences” at International City Theatre in Long Beach a few years ago, and it was terrific. I wasn’t the only one who thought that: he won a 2016 NAACP Best Director Award for the show, and nominations for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Ovation, and StageScene LA awards as well. His production of Samm-Art Williams’s “Home” will play at ICT through November 5.


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That having been said, you should go see “The View UpStairs.” Flawed though the play may be, the UpStairs Lounge fire is a forgotten part of LGBTQ history, and it’s important to remember that it wasn’t that long ago that 32 people could be violently killed and all it brought from the government and most of society was silence or jokes; actually, given the status of the country today, it’s not too difficult to imagine it happening again.


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The bad news is that, if you don’t speak Australian, you might miss a number of what – to judge by the Australians in the audience – were some of the funniest lines and references ever uttered. The good news is that it doesn’t matter, as there are enough other hilarious lines for you to catch, and there’s more than enough infectious good cheer in Iain Sinclair’s production of Dan Lee’s “Grey Nomad” that you can afford to miss a bunch of it and still come out smiling.


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Merriam-Webster defines “nude” as: “having a color (as pale, beige or tan) that matches the wearer’s skin tones.” Without a doubt, hues for women of color have been underrepresented in the fashion and beauty industry. Beauty counters all over the country house thousands of products in various shades, yet there


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Dan Lee’s first play, “Bottomless,” received the R. E. Ross Trust award for an unproduced play in 2014. It was subsequently developed by Playwriting Australia, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, and the Melbourne Theatre Company, and is scheduled for production next year at 45downstairs in Melbourne. He is also writing two new works for Red Stitch as part of their INK writers program. He’s just flown in from Australia for the premiere of his play “Grey Nomad,” which will be at the Skylight Theatre through October 8. While he’s wildly jet-lagged, I’m going to throw a few questions at him…


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