LA STAGE INSIDER

A Christmas Story plus West Side Story equals the Troubies in A Christmas Westside Story. Jerker returns to Hollywood. “Good morning, Long Beach,” as Musical Theatre West prepares Hairspray. Tara Windley discusses her role in Daisy Foote’s Bhutan. A look at the late Paul Kent and his Melrose Theatre. READ MORE

Graf’s <i>Hermetically Sealed</i> Leaves Its Inkubator

Kathryn Graf and her son felt isolated in their new home in Connecticut. So Graf, whose solo show Surviving David had explored the death of her husband, wrote the new Hermetically Sealed,  inspired by her situation. It was developed in Katselas Theatre Company’s Inkubator program and now opens in a full production at the Skylight Theatre. READ MORE

Ovation Award Nomination Reception

Preparing for the Ovation Awards ceremony on Nov. 14, Ovation nominees gathered last Sunday at a reception at the Norris Center in Rolling Hills Estates. Two of the Ovation Honorary Awards were presented. Here are photos from the festivities. SEE MORE

Women in Theatre Honors Reynolds, Melville, Meriwether at Red Carpet Awards

Women in Theatre will present major awards to Debbie Reynolds, Lee Melville and Lee Meriwether at its 8th annual Red Carpet Awards ceremony in Burbank on Saturday at noon. Several performance groups, three other individuals and a pair of behind-the-scene volunteers at Long Beach Playhouse also will receive honors from WIT, which currently emphasizes service and outreach and is open to men as well as women. READ MORE