The Saturday Saying

“At big city houses and regional theaters across the land, those who can be counted on to buy tickets are routinely condescended to with just this sort of indifferently directed, she-used-to-have-a-TV-show offering, as if aged playgoers were a simplistic, undemanding herd. But surely old audiences are as discerning a crowd as exists; they’ve seen more […]

An Open Letter to Sony: You are All a Bunch of Pussies

CNN has just reported that the United States of America is going to officially acknowledge that North Korea was indeed the source of the Sony Hacks. So North Korea is in fact waging open war upon our right to free speech. And you guys just fucking caved. Like a bunch of fucking pussies. If ever there […]

The Bitter Lemons’ Top Rated Los Angeles Theater Productions of 2014

This list is pulled directly from our LemonMeter Ratings. These are the most critically-acclaimed shows in Los Angeles Theater for the year 2014. These are not based in opinion like our Best Of List, but in quantifiable facts, well, after they’ve been adjusted for opinion of course. Heh. I think I just made that phrase […]

LOVE, NOËL (THE WALLIS): 88% – SWEET

SWEET These engaging two hours should satisfy a niche audience of Coward fans. Coward is too often seen as a minor player in the firmament of artistic excellence, but don’t believe it. He’s a “minor player” destined to outlast us all. Sylvie Drake – Cultural Weekly BITTERSWEET Also continuing the mid-century British theme in Beverly […]

THE SNOW QUEEN (TROUBADORS/FALCON THEATRE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET It wouldn’t be December at the Falcon Theater without the Troubadour Theater Company’s latest holiday treat, and this year’s The Snow QUEEN is not only one of their most entertaining extravaganzas to date, it’s one of the most musical Troubies musicals in years. Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA SWEET Put all the pieces through the […]

SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT (PASADENA PLAYHOUSE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe, best known for her choreography and involvement in “So You Think You Can Dance,” she creates magic on the stage with actors of all ages who are all engulfed in their roles and having so much fun doing so. Musical director Michael Orland (“American Idol”) provides the music and his […]

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    Stage Raw Throwing a Holiday Festivus Party for Los Angeles Theater December 22nd

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  • Fricken Dickens: Christmas Carols Abound

    Fricken Dickens: Christmas Carols Abound

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  • The Saturday Saying

    The Saturday Saying

    “The world does not need a sanitized version of “Into The Woods” and children do not need all the production values of a Disney blowout (though Meryl Streep will probably do the Witch’s role justice). The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has produced a musical that truly works magic across generations. Some may protest that parts of […]

  • The Friday Feature

    The Friday Feature

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  • The Bitter Lemons' Top Los Angeles Theater Stories of 2014

    The Bitter Lemons’ Top Los Angeles Theater Stories of 2014

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  • SHE LOVES ME (CHANCE THEATER): 80% - SWEET

    SHE LOVES ME (CHANCE THEATER): 80% – SWEET

    SWEET Often called a “jewel from Broadway’s Golden Age”, “The Chance’s” inspired revival provides audiences with a sweet little yuletide tale that makes a delightful Valentine to this festive time of year! John Buck – Bucking Trends SWEET Under Sarah Figoten Wilson’s direction and Taylor Stephenson’s musical direction, Chance Theater’s staging of “She Loves Me” […]

  • THE PENIS CHRONICLES (COAST PLAYHOUSE): 88% - SWEET

    THE PENIS CHRONICLES (COAST PLAYHOUSE): 88% – SWEET

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  • Audience Building Part 1: Know Thyself / Know Thy Audience

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  • MORRISON CHRISTMAS (ZOMBIE JOE'S UNDERGROUND): 100% - SWEET

    MORRISON CHRISTMAS (ZOMBIE JOE’S UNDERGROUND): 100% – SWEET

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  • ALMOST, MAINE (HUDSON MAINSTAGE): 100% - SWEET

    ALMOST, MAINE (HUDSON MAINSTAGE): 100% – SWEET

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  • “If you really care about artists, it’s not enough to let them scrape by while you’re paying your development staff and your assistant and your marketing people at a higher rate.” - American Theatre Magazine

    “If you really care about artists, it’s not enough to let them scrape by while you’re paying your development staff and your assistant and your marketing people at a higher rate.” – American Theatre Magazine

    This is a fascinating article written by Diep Tran over at American Theatre Magazine, entitled Paying Playwrights More Than Play Money. You could literally substitute “actor” for “playwright” and “Los Angeles Theater” for any number of spots in this article and you’d have the exact same debate that is currently happening here in our artistic […]

  • INTO THE WOODS (OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL/THE WALLIS): 92% - SWEET

    INTO THE WOODS (OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL/THE WALLIS): 92% – SWEET

    SWEET This OSF production at the Wallis may not have the star power of the screen version coming out on Christmas Day, but it has the buoyancy and complexity of feeling that have turned Sondheim and Lapine’s work into a modern classic. I can’t think of a better holiday treat than seeing this dark fantasy […]

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    The Bitter Lemons’ Best of Los Angeles Theater 2014

    Starting my lists a little earlier this year so I can enjoy the yuletide celebration in Colorado Springs in a couple of weeks. I’m guessing everyone else’s lists will not be far behind. So… The following ten productions are my personal favorites from 2014. I definitely saw more theater this year than I ever have in […]

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  • 55th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration

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  • LUNA GALE (KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE): 100% - SWEET

    LUNA GALE (KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE): 100% – SWEET

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