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'Dinner' satisfies even pickiest tastes
Byline:     By Kari Sayers    

A favorite of many community theaters, the quick-paced farce is easy to
stage but nevertheless requires good timing and actors who can deliver the
speedy dialogue with aplomb. Director James Gruessing has put together an
experienced and professional cast.

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Pearl (Bernard) ..... is convincing as he flails
about the stage trying to keep his wife in the dark.  
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Brotherly wisdom. 'Sidney' (Barry Pearl, right) reminds his brother 'Gordon'
(Jeff Marlow) of their dying father's request, "Never put Momma in a home!"
Photo by (© Wesley Horton)
Click here for more pictures of the:  Opening night party  for WHERE'S POPPA? at The Falcon Theatre in
Burbank
LA TIMES
"...Gordon has been the unwitting dupe of his deliciously self-serving brother Sidney (droll Barry Pearl), whose
guilt trips have kept Gordon in a state of sacrificial stasis ever since the death of their father."


BURBANK LEADER
"As Sidney, Gordon's rascally and never dependable brother, Barry Pearl is hilariously sincere in his insincerity."

THEATREMANIA.COM
"Pearl's comic timing is impeccable in the role of Sidney; he steals the show as the hapless brother whose
Central Park jaunts always leave him battered, naked, or in prison."


VARIETY
"Though cast seems perfectly capable of imbuing the play with requisite ferocity, only MacNichol and Barry Pearl
as older brother Sid are given any chance to demonstrate it, however fitfully. A nude Pearl, victim of a Central
Park mugging, nicely juggles two pieces of shrubbery in a lengthy confrontation scene, ..."
REVIEWS
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McClure and Pearl to Star in 'Mermaids' Musical in CA
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by BWW News Desk



Actress Tane McClure will star as Rachael Flax in Mermaids, The Musical Comedy. The adaptation of the MGM/UA hit film, based
on the novel by Patti Dann, and produced in association with MGM Onstage, will have its United States Premiere at Pechanga
Resort and Casino, in Temecula, California on May 10, 2007.

McClure is the daughter of famed actor Doug McClure, best remembered as 'Trampas' in the long-running western series "The
Virginian." Her daughter, Kayla McClure-Arendts, will make her stage debut in the chorus of the production.

Recent film credits for the two Ms. McClure's include "Revamped," scheduled to air on HBO later this year. The vampire comedy
is a sequel to Fatal Kiss.  Other film credits include Legally Blonde (as Elle's mother). Television credits include creating the role
of 'Verna' in the Showtime series "Sherman Oaks." As Tane Cain, under contract to RCA Records, her single "Holdin' On" made
it into the Billboard Top 40 charts and as a singer/songwriter, she has three cuts on the soundtrack of director James Cameron's
hit The Terminator. She has also performed the title song, "Love Me to Tears," from Trance. The motion picture, produced by
her company, Trampas Films Productions, was co-written and starred McClure, Bruce Abbot and Martin Kove.  The picture won
Best Fantasy Feature at the New York International Film and Video Festival in 2002. Since that time, Trampas Films has gone to
produce several television pilots and commercials, and is currently in preproduction for St. Vincent's Asylum, a supernatural
thriller.

Set in the 60's, "Mermaids, the musical, is the story of the turbulent relationship between a flamboyant, outrageous mother and
her two daughters, who just want a normal and stable life," state press notes. In addition to original music, the show also features
classic hits from the 50's and 60's that include "Johnny Angel," "Shamalama Ding Dong" and "The Shoop Song."

The production also stars
Barry Pearl as Lou Landsky, Rachael's love interest. Pearl made his Broadway debut in the original
production of Bye, Bye Birdie and appeared on Broadway and in the national touring company of The Producers. Local stage
credits include The Tale of the Allergist's Wife at The Laguna Playhouse. Film credits include playing the T-Birds' 'Doody' in the
film version of Grease.

The musical is being produced by Theatrical Arts International's Joseph Henson, with  book by Anthony Rhine and Joseph
Henson, and original music and lyrics by Adrian Henson. Mermaids is directed by Jeffrey B. Moss.

The show opens May 10 and runs through May 20 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino, located at 45000 Pechanga Parkway,
Temecula, California. The play runs Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7pm.  
For tickets call 909-885-5152 or log on to www.ticketmaster.com.
MERMAIDS Cast Photo
Mermaids
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HAIL ON THE CHIEF
BARRY             LISA ROBERT        BRUCE KIMMEL
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Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Kiss Me Kate
Stealing the show, in roles designed to steal the show, are Barry Pearl and
Herschel Sparber, known as “Man 1" and “Man 2,” who are thugs trying to
collect a debt. Both are hilarious and their “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”
stops the show (for several well-deserved encores
).
Barry played the role of Gangster # 2
in
in Sacramento at
The Music Circus
July 31 - August 5, 2007
Barry Pearl (left) and Herschel Sparber “brush up their Shakespeare”
as two gangsters who end up back stage to collect a gambling debt
in the 2007 Music Circus production of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate”
at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Photo by Charr Crail.
Barry Pearl (left) and Herschel Sparber (center) are gangsters
who put the pressure on Paul Schoeffler (as Fred Graham) in
the 2007 Music Circus production of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate”
at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Photo by Charr Crail.
REVIEW
From Critic on the Loose
posted by Bev Sykes
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella Spewack and Samuel Spewack
Based on “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare.
Battle lines are drawn as a bickering divorced couple Paul Schoeffler
(Fred/ Petruchio) and Lynne Wintersteller (Lilli / Kate) find themselves
working on the same musical - a Broadway version of Shakespeare's
"Taming of the Shrew."  A classic Cole Porter musical comedy filled with
backstage shenanigans, onstage mishaps and stage struck mobsters.
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“I’m The One That You Want”
Sock Hop
Saturday August 18, 2007~ 7pm to 11pm

Room for one More
and
Holiday Inn Express
were proud to be a part of

“I’m The One That You Want”
50’s Sock Hop to Benefit Room for One More, Sparta’s No Kill Animal Shelter.
Come dressed in your 50’s best (not required).  Great music from the past, dancing,
contests, 50/50 raffle, silent auction with some great prizes, lite- fare food, cash bar, and
plenty of fun.
Saturday August 18, 2007~ 7pm to 11pm

Hosted by Barry “Doody” Pearl from the blockbuster movie Grease

With music from Jocko of Sha Na Na and the Grease party band.
Patrick, Jocko, Barry, "Jumpin' " Jay Leslie, and Mike.
Jeffery Forman ("Oliver" from The
Fulton's production in Nov / Dec '06)
and Barry
Jeffery's sister, Jessica with Jocko in
the background.
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An affectionate and hilarious send-up of bad 50s sci-fi movies, The Brain From Planet X tells the story of an alien invasion
circa 1958.  A Brain and its two alien cohorts, Zubrick and Yoni, arrive on Earth and  plan to take over the San Fernando
Valley --starting with the happy nuclear family, the Bunsons.  It's the first step on the road to their quest of taking over the
entire planet and to destroying the family unit.  It's tuneful, toe-tapping, and terrifyingly fun.
Barry played the infamous Brain in

THE BRAIN FROM PLANET X

a new sci-fi send up in the New York Musical
Theatre Festival (NYMF) production at The
Acorn theatre
thru September 30th.
THE BRAIN FROM PLANET X
Book by David Wechter and Bruce Kimmel
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Kimmel
REVIEWS
nythreatre.com
The Brain from Planet X
reviewed by Chris Harcum

Barry Pearl's Borscht-Belt delivery as The Brain elicits an equal amount of groans and guffaws with "Look Ma, no
hands" skill. Literally.
broardwayworld.com
From Michael Dale:
The Brain From Planet X

Looking a little like Phil Silvers in a straightjacket, the hilariously diabolical Barry Pearl wears an enormous brain
headdress and big black glasses as the title character, determined to conquer earth by sapping us of our emotions
and love for the American suburban way.
talkingbroadway.com
Theatre Reviews by Matthew Murray:
The Brain From Planet X

Barry Pearl is a joy as the wise-cracking Brain, bringing a Catskill-comic sensibility (and some 46 years of theatre
experience) to a role that requires nothing less to survive an evening inside a headpiece shaped like an uncooked
meatball. (The evocative costumes are by Jessa-Raye Court.) He quips, taps, and mugs his way through his
schemes with skill and assurance that wave away any hint of incongruity at their faintest suggestion. That’s no
small talent in a show based on a film genre with that as its very lifeblood. If The Brain From Planet X is just as
inconsistent when it sings, the Kimmel-Pearl one-two punch more than holds it all together.