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Hope Uncle Steven doesn’t mind but this was such a personal and thoughtful little post I saw on the Facebook wire that I had to share it with the LemonHeadNation: As one of the elder states-persons of L.A.’s theater community, may I say what a pleasure it is to see the torch of leadership being […]

With One Simple Tap of the Hammer This Jewel “Trevor” Becomes a Gem

Cut the last scene. That’s it. Just cut the last scene. Completely. Gone. Out. See ya. Don’t modify it, don’t re-write it, don’t re-work it. Cut it. Completely. Never have I been more sure of a criticism of a production in my life. I’m talking about the incredibly entertaining, surprisingly moving, cleverly subversive and almost […]

The Best of Jon Mullich’s 99 Seat Theater Cartoons

These have just been too damn good to not highlight. Jon has been rolling them out at an extraordinary rate and he said it’d be fine to re-post them here at the Lemon. So we are. Enjoy!    

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