Critique of the Week (it’s a tie!)

Joel Beers is just too fucking good to be stuck down there in the OC. Not that there’s anything wrong with the OC, but Joel, baby, get your ass up here so you can shine some of your particular kind of light on some of these shows in the HollyHood. They need it! Somebody get […]

Critique of the Week

Some incredibly rich theater criticism from one of LA’s best. THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA? Ernest Kearney – Working Author It is a question of passion in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” Not the mass produced, test marketed variety of “passion” favored by copywriters, but the genuine article, that all-consuming fervor […]

The Saturday Saying

“This production, which had a successful run earlier this year at the small NoHo Arts Center in the San Fernando Valley, would be newsworthy alone for its move to an institutional theater like the Geffen, apparently in a bid for a New York opening. One can only pray that, contrary to established practice, this exemplary […]

RAGTIME (3D THEATRICALS): 100% – SWEET

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Latest Born Ready Podcast: “Unbelievable!” with Rob Avila and Thoughts on the Bay Guardian Closing

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Two Local LA Theater Artists Running for National SDC Executive Board

I don’t know Casey as well as I know Janet, but I thoroughly recommend voting for both of them. Let’s get some local blood – informed smart experienced local blood – in the mix so we can have some real LA Theater voices in the mix. These gals are good to go. So let’s send ‘em […]

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