Vanity Fair’s Jimmy Im Calls Theater Community an “Abusive Bunch”

Shame on you! You bunch of heathens, rogues and ruffians you! You roughed poor Jimmy but good! The image of the LA Theater Community – or ANY theater community for that matter – as an angry mob, a marauding troupe of thugs and rapscallions raining down retribution on the unbelievers is really quite awesome. Check [...]

Happy Hedwig Opening, My Brother!

Tonight. She returns. Tonight I wish I was in New York. Tonight. And of course in this share-everything-news-as-it-happens world, I absolutely loved reading this as an actual “news” item. Perrrfect. Apparently she’s been away farrrr too long. Break legs, twist knees, pull hammys, Johnny! UPDATED: That “little bitch” apparently likes it.

Spoiler Alert: Don Shirley Likes a Good Spoiler

Great “essay’ by Downer Don over at LA Observed. This one is about the value of a good spoiler in a theater review. Check it: Theater is ephemeral. In LA, most productions are available for only a few weeks or months — compared to the relative permanence of movies, TV series and books. Of course, [...]

Critique of the Week

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Critique of the Week – Runner Up

What I love most about this review is that although Rose clearly was not thrilled with this show, her review actually makes me want to go and see it. TASTE Rose Desena – The Los Angeles Post The past two weeks have been interesting in terms of shows. First, I saw a psychopathic teenager and [...]

The Saturday Saying

“The sophisticated, snarky bon mots of Noel Coward floated up and got lost in the rafters of the Malibu Playhouse. At intermission the man sitting next to me asked how I liked the play. “I don’t know,” I responded. “I didn’t get a word they said.” “Oh thank god,” he said. “I thought it was [...]

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