News & Reviews

News and Reviews

Embridge
Better Lemons — Audio Interview

Embridge
broadwayworld – Review
“Little Fish company member Kathryn Farren has written and starred in a myriad of short films that have been accepted into numerous film festivals. She is also an accomplished songwriter who has performed in clubs all over Los Angeles as well as appeared in many stage productions. After starting to write her play EMBRIDGE when a high school teenager, Farren is beyond excited to be in the world premiere of her own play, now onstage at Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro through December 15, directed with finesse and attention to detail by Margaret Schugt on Tristan Griffin’s lovely drawing room set.”
— Shari Barrett – broadwayworld
Culver City News – Review
— Shari Barrett – Culver City News

Embridge
Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes – Review
“I am continually amazed by Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro. This ambitious company again and again puts up shows of quality and excellence both in production and performance. There may be a show now and then that doesn’t quite hit the mark, but for the most part, I have seen great revivals of classic comedies and dramas, as well as newer, contemporary works. The latest Little Fish offering, Embridge, is doubly unique. Written by company member Kathryn Farren, this romantic comedy is set in a great house in Victorian England sometime after the American Civil War. Ms. Farren also takes the lead role of Mabel Martin, a Hepburn-esque beauty and protofeminist who is not immune to the lures of romance. As playwright, Ms. Farren successfully creates a fusion in styles of her two favorite authors, Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde, while juggling three romantic pairings.”
— Paul Myrvold – Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes

Embridge
STAGEsceneLA – Review
“…this is a largely accomplished piece of writing, and even more delightful as directed with abundant effervescence (and particularly smooth scene changes) by Margaret Schugt and performed by an almost perfect cast, in particular its leading lady, who’s got Mabel’s prickly charm down pat, and no wonder since she wrote the piece.”
— Steven Stanley – STAGEsceneLA

Embridge
What Should We Do
The world premiere of emerging playwright and actress Kathryn Farren’s latest is set in Victorian-era England, where well-to-do Mabel Martin moves to a country estate and meets a man who claims he can save her sister from a disastrous arranged marriage. November 21–December 15; various showtimes. Little Fish Theatre, 777 South Centre Street, San Pedro

Embridge
Easy Reader News
World premiere play in Pedro
Little Fish Theatre presents “Embridge,” written by LFT company member Kathryn Farren. It’s a delightful story that melds Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde in Victorian-era England, with love tested and a disastrous arranged marriage averted or…? Margaret Schugt directs. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and a couple of Sunday matinees at 2 p.m., closing on Sunday, Dec. 8. Little Fish is at 777 S. Centre St, San Pedro. Tickets, $24 opening night; thereafter $28 general and $26 seniors. It’s $15 if you’re under 25 and can remember to use the code “Hipster.” Call (310) 512-6030 or go to littlefishtheatre.org.

Embridge
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Embridge at Little Fish Theatre
In Victorian-era England, love cynic Mabel Martin moves to a country estate with her eccentric family and meddling servants. But her doubts about love become tested when a charming man offers to help save her sister from a disastrous arranged marriage.

Embridge
LA Times*
Embridge A dashing suitor changes a cynical woman’s ideas about romantic love in Kathryn Farren’s comedy set in Victorian-era England. Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Dec. 15. $15-$28. (310) 512-6030

Embridge
Press Telegram Out & About: Things to do in the Long Beach area Nov. 15 – 21

Chills and Thrills
Los Angeles Times — Things to do in LA this Week
Chills & Thrills 8 spooky short plays

Chills and Thrills
Easy Reader news — South Bay Arts Calendar
“Chills & Thrills” is a group of eight short plays, “filled with twisted treats and tricks that scream Halloween,” and they’re being presented for six performances at Little Fish Theatre

Chills and Thrills
Patch — Halloween Event Guide 2019 Redondo Beach nearby
Chills & Thrills: Halloween-themed Short Plays.

Operation Ajax
Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes — Review
With a superb cast of five protean actors playing thirteen roles of real and imagined figures from the events, director Suzanne Dean crafts a taught, fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining political thriller.
– Paul Myrvold – Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes

Operation Ajax
Random Lengths News — “It’s a truly tragic story of America’s often shortsighted and incoherent foreign policy, so it’s a credit to playwrights Matthew Spangler & Farshad Farahat and the Little Fish team that Operation Ajax is not only a passable history lesson but also a pleasant night of theatre.”

Operation Ajax
Daily Breeze — Out & About Things to do in the South Bay Oct 11-13

Operation Ajax
Easy Ready News — Suspense and intrigue
Operation Ajax” is based on the true story about the 1953 CIA covert operation to overthrow Mohammad Mossadegh, the Prime Minister of Iran.

Operation Ajax
Daily Breeze — Out & About: Things to do in the South Bay Sept. 29- Oct. 3

Operation Ajax
BroadwayWorld — Cast Announced For Los Angeles Premiere Of OPERATION AJAX

The Lonesome West
StageSceneLA — WOW! Review
Director Stephanie Coltrin not only brings out the best in her all-around superb cast, she scores bonus points for one of the most inspired scene changes this reviewer has ever witnessed, one that not only avoids wasting precious minutes but adds even more impact to the most heartbreaking of monologs.
– Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

The Lonesome West
RLN Random Length News — Review
With an outstanding acting quartet and a director who knows how to use them, Little Fish Theatre deftly handles that double-edged sword, slicing open The Lonesome West to reveal the beating heart of McDonagh’s wicked humor.
– Greggory Moore – Curtain Call Columnist

LA Theatre Bites — Podcast Review
…”It’s a play filled with fun and captivating dialogue as well as characters you become easily transfixed by. They aren’t the most noble or admirable of people and yet you instantly feel a connection towards them; this is mostly due to the acting of those on stage.”
– Matthew Robinson – LA Theatre Bites

The Lonesome West
On Stage Los Angeles — Dark and Stormy at Little Fish
If for no other reason than an immersive evening that will leave you with as many questions as answers, The Lonesome West is highly recommended.
– Michael Sheehan – On Stage Los Angeles

The Lonesome West
LA Times* — Theater things to do in LA Aug 18 – 25


Awards
Little Fish Theatre — wins SCENIES!
StageSceneLA — SCENIES 2018-2019
Dead Accounts
Outstanding Production Of A Comedy (Intimate Theatre)

Outstanding Direction Of A Comedy (Intimate Theatre)
– Branda Lock

Outstanding Performance By A Lead Actor In A Comedy (Intimate Theatre)
– Doug Mattingly

Outstanding Performance By A Lead Actress In A Comedy (Intimate Theatre)
– Selena Price

Outstanding Performance By A Featured Actor In A Comedy (Intimate Theatre)
– Karthik Srinivasan

Outstanding Performance By A Featured Actress In A Comedy (Intimate Theatre)
– Gerry Fuentes

Outstanding Performance By A Featured Actress In A Comedy (Intimate Theatre)
– Casey O’Keefe

Pick of the Vine POV 2019
Outstanding Performance In A Production Of One-Acts
– Rachel Levy

Outstanding Ensemble In A Production Of One-Acts
– Holly Baker-Kreiswirth
– Ryan Knight
– Rachel Levy
– Susie McCarthy
– Kimberly Patterson
– Don Schlossman
– Perry Shields
– Daniel Tennant


StageSceneLA — SCENIES 2018-2019

The Lonesome West
BroadwayWorld — Martin McDonagh’s THE LONESOME WEST Opens This Month At Little Fish Theatre

Operation Ajax
BroadwayWorld — The Los Angeles premiere of Operation Ajax opens October 3 at Little Fish Theatre.

The Nerd
Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes
The cast members are excellent actors, many of which I have seen before. The players put tremendous energy into the action.
– Paul Myrvold – Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes

The Nerd
Long Beach Press Telegram — Out & About: Things to do in the Long Beach area

The Nerd
Broadwayworld — Opening July 3 at Little Fish Theatre is one of theater’s favorite funny farces, The Nerd.

Dead Accounts
Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes
Clearly, Little Fish Theatre has bested Broadway with this production.
– Paul Myrvold – Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes

Dead Accounts
StageSceneLA
Entertaining and engaging throughout, Dead Accounts is worth seeing for its acting ensemble alone.
– Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

Dead Accounts
Will Call

Dead Accounts
LA Theatre Bites — A GOOD SHOW – Dead Accounts @ Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro
— Podcast Review

Dead Accounts
L.A. Times * — SoCal theater listings includes… A New York banker pays a surprise visit to his family in Cincinnati in Theresa Rebeck’s comedy. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends June 9. $15-$28; May 24, pay what you can ($5 minimum).

Country House
Daily Breeze* — Out & About: Things to do in the South Bay…Dead Accounts

Dead Accounts
Broadwayworld — A prodigal son’s return home is the focus of Dead Accounts opening at Little Fish Theatre on May 16 for a four-week run

The Country House
Better Lemons — The Country House is a clever and compelling love letter to theater…
— Podcast Interview

The Country House
Will Call — Playwright Donald Margulies never disappoints… And Little Fish Theatre doesn’t disappoint, either.
Review: “This production is first rate and a credit to Director Holly Baker- Kreiswirth and her enormously talented cast.”
– Ingrid Wilmot – Will Call

The Country House
Long Beach Press Telegram * — The Country House

The Country House
Visit San Pedro — Take A Look At What Little Fish Theatre Has Coming Up

The Country House
Broadwayworld — A clever and compelling love letter to theater, and everyone who enjoys it both on- and off-stage

The Cemetery Club
Night-Tinted Glasses
Review: “A well-written, well-done, straightforward and essentially realistic work about a trio of widows in New York who meet once a month and visit their husbands. “
– Zahir Blue – Night-Tinted Glasses

The Cemetery Club
LA Theatre Bites — GREAT SHOW – The Cemetery Club @ Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro — Podcast Review

The Cemetery Club
L.A. Times * — Three Jewish widows kvetch about their late husbands in Ivan Menchell’s comedy.

Loves Me / Loves Me Not
Easy Reader — Little Fish Theatre presents “Loves Me/Loves Me Not,” short play readings centered around love, on Thursday and Friday (02/14, 02/15)

The Cemetery Club
Broadwayworld — Poignant And Playful Comedy THE CEMETERY CLUB Opens At Little Fish Theatre, February 21

Loves Me / Loves Me Not
Broadwayworld — Valentine’s Day Treat LOVES ME / LOVES ME NOT opens limited run February 14

Pick of the Vine
Will Call – PICK OF THE VINE… picked like precious grapes off the vines
Review: “This year’s bumper crop is filled with humor, eclecticism, poignancy and surprises, so sit back and enjoy, like a glass of nice California Red, White or Rose.”
– Ingrid Wilmot – Will Call

Pick of the Vine
Easy Reader –The tastiest fruit
“Pick of the Vine 2019” opens at Little Fish Theatre. This yearly event features nine short plays, culled from 800 submissions from around the world. Always the best theater experience to begin the new year.

Pick of the Vine
L.A. Times * — 17th annual showcase for original short plays

Pick of the Vine
Long Beach Press Telegram * — Pick of the Vine: Little Fish Theatre presents 17th Annual “Pick of the Vine” Short Play Festival

Pick of the Vine
Broadwayworld — PICK OF THE VINE opens January 10

Pick of the Vine
Gia On The Move — Little Fish Theatre Returns with Most Memorable and Multi-Dimensional 2019 ‘Pick of the Vine’

A Christmas Cactus
Will Call
Review: “Here’s a Christmas confection for you from the good folks at
Little Fish Theatre. It’s not too sweet, very light and easy to digest.”
— Eliot Byerrum – Will Call

LFT 2019 Season
Gia On The Move – Little Fish Theatre announces 18th Season of Exceptional Electrifying Enduring Plays for 2019


*Please Note: If you use an ad blocker with your web browser, some online newspaper and magazine pages may not be viewable. But they had great things to say about LFT!

A Christmas Cactus
Broadwayworld – Merry Mystery A Christmas Cactus

On Clover Road
Bloody Poetry
LA Times *
On LA’s Small Theatre scene — (With hint at upcoming Chills & Thrills.)

On Clover Road
Better Lemons
Audio interview with Renée O’Connor

On Clover Road
WillCall
Review: “In the mood for a psychological thriller? All roads lead to the Little Fish Theatre and to the one named Clover…” – Will Call for Theater and Restaurant Reviews

Bloody Poetry
Broadwayworld – Phantasmagoric BLOODY POETRY Opens September 27

On Clover Road
LA Times – Opens Sept 21 with Renée O’Connor

Sea Marks
Theatre Ghost
Review: “… the artists of Little Fish are using McKay’s Sea Marks to accomplish theatre’s deep work with elegant skill.” – Theatre Ghost

Pick of the Vine 2018
Pick of the Vine 2018 has won three “Scenie” awards from StageSceneLA!
Scenies from StageSceneLA

Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy-Drama (Intimate Theater) 1 of 13 awards!
Daniel Gallai, Ryan Knight, Rachel Levy, Mary-Margaret Lewis, Kimberly Patterson, Olivia Schleuter-Corey, and Perry Shields in Pick of the Vine 2018

Outstanding Direction of a Comedy-Drama (Intimate Theater) 1 of 13 awards!
Holly Baker-Kreiswirth, Marlee Delia, James Rice and Bill Wolski – Pick of the Vine 2018

Outstanding Productions of One-Acts – the ONLY award given!
Pick of the Vine 2018 (Little Fish Theatre)

Sea Marks
LA Times *

Plaza Suite
LA Times *

Plaza Suite
Discover Los Angeles

Sea Marks
Broadway World

Plaza Suite
Broadway World – Neil Simon’s PLAZA SUITE Checks In At Little Fish Theatre On August 3

The Foreigner
Shari Barrett – Broadway World
Review: Larry Shue’s Comedy THE FOREIGNER Still Relevant as Social Commentary to our Political Scene Today

The Foreigner
Podcast Interviews

The Foreigner
Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes

The Foreigner
Daily Breeze

The Foreigner
EasyReaderNews

The Foreigner
Los Angeles Times

Provenance
Press Telegram
4 Stars

Mending Fences
Better Lemons
Audio Interview the cast

Mending Fences
Press Telegram

Provenance
Broadway World

Provenance
Broadway World

The Balcony Scene
Will Call

Quartet
Broadway World

See trailer video too.

The Balcony Scene
Broadway World

Pick of the Vine: Season 16
YouTube Podcast Interviews

Pick of the Vine: Season 16
Better Lemons

Pick of the Vine: Season 16

Dany Margolies – Daily Breeze

“Little Fish Theater’s annual short-play festival “Pick of the Vine”…there’s emotional and dramaturgical satisfaction to be found in these works, and together they make a charming time at the theater.”

Pick of the Vine: Season 16

Greggory Moore – Random Length News

“Perfect Pacing Makes Little Fish Theatre’s Annual “Pick of the Vine” Their Best Yet.”

Pick of the Vine: Season 16

Steve Stanley – Stage Scene LA
WOW!

“Little Fish Theatre opens its 2018 season with its 16th-annual Pick Of The Vine: This Year’s Best Short Plays… 9 mini-plays adding up to 1 terrifically acted, directed, and designed evening of theater at its most entertainingly eclectic.”

Pick of the Vine: Season 16

Ingrid Wilmot – Will Call

“The best possible way to start your New Year, is to see PICK OF THE VINE, Little Fish Theatre’s annual showcase of short plays.”

Pick of the Vine: Season 16
Paul Myrvolds Theatre Notes
“Pick of the Vine, Little Fish Theatre’s annual blockbuster slate of short plays, is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.”

Pick of the Vine: Season 16

Broadway World

The Best Short Plays of 2018, PICK OF THE VINE Opens 1/12

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas

Los Angeles TimesThe week ahead in L.A. theater, Nov. 5-12

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas

Broadway World
The Night Before The Night Before Christmas

On The Verge or The Geography of Yearning

AMB Theatre – KUCI 88.9FM – You Tube

On The Verge or The Geography of Yearning

Daily Breeze / Press Telegram 4 Stars

On The Verge or The Geography of Yearning

Paul Myrvolds Theatre Notes

Boeing Boeing

Paul Myrvolds Theatre Notes

Boeing Boeing

Los Angeles Times
The week ahead in L.A. theater, Sept. 17-24

On the Verge
Broadway World
Fearless Feminine Trio Finds Adventure in On the Verge

Boeing Boeing
Broadway World
Fast and Furious French Farce BOEING BOEING Flying Into Little Fish Theatre

Best of Pick of the Vine – Series A
Series A actors podcast

Best of Pick of the Vine – Series B
Paul Myrvolds Theatre Notes

Best of Pick of the Vine – Series A
Paul Myrvolds Theatre Notes

Best of Pick of the Vine
Daily Breeze: San Pedro’s Little Fish Theatre celebrates 15 years of Pick of the Vine

Best of Pick of the Vine
The week ahead in LA theater, July 30 – Aug 6.

The Good Doctor
Paul Myrvold Theatre Notes

Dinner with Friends
BroadwayWorld.com

Laughter on the 23rd Floor
LA Times

BroadwayWorld.com
…this show is a perfect combination of material and talent, and will have audiences rolling in the aisles.

2017 Season
BroadwayWorld.com

Pick of the Vine: Season 15
Paul Myrvolds Theatre Notes
Just to put it out there, I love an evening of short plays that run about ten minutes more or less. It is amazing how these short plays, if well written and well performed, can have an impact that evokes laughter, touches the emotions, or even horrifies. Little Fish Theatre’s Pick of the Vine delivers all this and more.

TheatreGhost
…For the current “Pick of the Vine,” more than 700 playwrights sent in one play each. (That’s right — 700 plays. In San Pedro.)

The judges selected 9 winners, and the troupe has spent the last couple of months creating a show that will run through mid-February. It’s lively evening, full of variety — and rich in surprises.

BroadwayWorld.com
“Like a nine-course prix-fixe feast, this selection of shows is sure to satisfy any theatrical craving, delivering a full meal of exceptionally engaging stories.

A Very Special Holiday Special
WillCall (AVSHS)
“Direction by Holly Baker-Kreiswirth is flawless. The costumes by Diana Mann and the props by Madeleine Drake, are inspired, Levine’s clever blending of popular Christmas carols into the hilarious dialogue, is a continuous source of amusement. If you don’t catch this show [A Very Special Holiday Special], you are depriving yourself of the best holiday present, this year.”

Daily Breeze
“Director Holly Baker-Kreiswirth, having perfectly cast her actors, amps up the humor but keeps the tone just gentle enough, adding poignant touches. Visual jokes enhance verbal ones, while the eight plays hurtle along in completely controlled mayhem.”

Random Lengths News
“A total cast of seven manages to populate these eight plays with their many characters… and each role and play achieves just the tone Levine is sounding at any given moment. This may be low-budget theater, but the work the Little Fish cast and crew does is not on the cheap.”

The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea
Paul Myrvolds Theatre Notes
“Under the savvy direction of Danielle Ozymandias, Mr. Jolly’s play is in turns drawing room comedy, serious social satire, and bitter political drama. It is also utterly fascinating and perfectly absorbing.”

Ashton Marcus KCRW
Get to know the Creative Team behind ‘The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea’ — including writer Arthur M. Jolly and director Danielle Ozymandias, along with the entire cast.

Rapture, Blister, Burn
OnStage – Review: Rapture, Blister Burn’ Posits Feminism Front and Center at Little Fish Theatre
“…make no mistake, this production, mounted by director Mark Piatelli, is nothing short of extraordinary.”

WillCall (RBB)
“RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN… is a wonderful example of two women who each want what the other has.”

Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA.com
“Entertaining and intellectually stimulating in equal measure, Rapture, Blister, Burn proves one of the best Little Fish productions I’ve seen in years.”

Paul Myrvolds Theatre Notes
“Dark, affecting and bodacious, Rapture, Blister, Burn is a hit.”

Press Telegram
“Rapture, Blister, Burn simmers thoughtfully at Little Fish Theatre.”

Broadwayworld.com Los Angeles
“I love that this play captures in equal measure both our hearts and our minds,” states director Mark Piatelli.

The How & the Why
WillCall (H&W)
“A cerebral theatrical experience that commands your attention and does not disappoint.”

Paul Myrvolds Theatre Notes
“If all this sounds erudite and therefore boring, you would be wrong. These intellectual exchanges, fueled by the passion and emotions of relationship, are utterly spellbinding.”

PRESENTING NEW, CLASSIC & CONTEMPORARY WORKS