SHAKESPEARE HIGH – Retroview by Jennifer Merin

In Southern California, a mixed demographic of high school drama student teams from several schools scattered across the areas diverse neighborhoods, prepare to compete in the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Shakespeare Festival, held each April (specifically on April 22 in 2023). Over the years since its inception more than a hundred years ago, the annual Shakespeare competition has become just as popular as local and national teenage sports competitions and events, and members of the participating schools’ drama groups are recognized on campus as stars.

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ALL MY PUNY SORROWS – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

If you’ve lost someone to suicide, All My Puny Sorrows is not a film to watch. I mean no disrespect to writer/director Michael McGowan or the talented cast. The performances are strong all around, especially from Alison Pill as a woman painfully and poignantly trying to convince her sister that life is worthwhile. Some viewers will nonetheless find this too much to endure.

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