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Shine: Inspiring True Stories
Review by Ross Anthony

The snug and cozy Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica currently hosts this "radiant" little show on a monthly basis. I heard about it at the tail end of 2015, and was finally able to catch a performance. I brought Dad with me and we both enjoyed ourselves. Each of the seven or so speakers engaged and inspired in their beautifully unique ways, save for one who was a bit trying. I think that's a pretty good average. In fact, one of the engaging speakers was selected randomly from the audience. (Well, it wasn't completely random -- we had to submit our names in a hat if we were up for the task -- and "no," I did not submit my name.)

That's a good show right there, but Shine's co-hosts also shined. They were just the right amount of fun, bubbly, silly and professional. They moved the ball well. Add to that a talented singer/piano player who intimately serenaded at the start of the program and the return from intermission, and your evening is further filled.

It's always a pleasure to see a live show, and important to share meaningful moments with actual people. There's so much "entertainment" out there that's violent or jaded, treat yourself to a refreshing night of positive energy with some fellow humans (

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  • Shine: Inspiring True Stories. Copyright © 2016. Review based on Sunday June 12th, 2016 performance at the Promenade Playhouse, Santa Monica.
  • Co-Hosts: Joe Hernandez-Kolski, Joshua Silverstein. Live Music: Robbie McDonald. Storytellers: Eliyahu Abramson, Kristine Augustyn, Jupiter Diego, Suzanna Eibuszyc, Arlene Schindler, Len Wechsler. Producer: Isabel Storey.

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