BULRUSHER: 80% – SWEET

SWEET Despite its flaws, Bulrusher is a reminder that while more than half a century has passed, race relations have remained strained even six decades later. Bulrusher reads fortunes. If she were alive today, would she foretell black men still being brutalized, their blood still running in the streets, 60 years from now? Rebecca Haithcoat […]

BIRD LIVES! (CHROMOLUME THEATRE): 81% – SWEET

SWEET I saw one of the most powerful, raw, awesome and tragically-moving performances in memory. Oh, my, it really shook me up. Jay Weston – Huffington Post SWEET The effect is an emotionally exhausting but humanizing depiction of the bebop jazz pioneer. Even though Parker passed away much too soon, at age 34, for 70 […]

Rob Weinert-Kendt on the 99 Seat Plan: “The cost of failure is often too small to be instructive at all.”

Granted, Senior Editor at American Theatre Magazine, Rob Weinert-Kendt, wrote the above quote back in 2003 at an LA Stage Alliance SRO conference – but pivoting off a Bitter lemons article written earlier this week concerning the state of the intimate theater in Los Angeles – he is reposting his speech from that conference to […]

The Fat Boy Confessions

A couple of weeks ago the theater artist David Jette called me “an infamously belligerent dick.” That’s good, accurate reportage, well-phrased, best of all fair. David and I shared an antipathy for years, having identified in each other some essential social evil. Our mutual friends had to make adjustments when talking to us. It wasn’t […]

REASONS TO BE PRETTY (GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE): 81% – SWEET

SWEET Director Randall Arney deftly captures every nuance in the relationships and their unfolding. He keeps the comedy flowing, the realizations only gradually emerging. And he has assembled a terrific cast, knowing and expert. Neal Weaver – ArtsInLA BITTERSWEET It isn’t a bad play, by any means. The set design is detailed and nails the […]

I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND: 80% – SWEET

SWEET It’s full of dynamic characters going through interesting changes, and they say funny and moving things all the time; the emotional flow is well-ordered and effective. Exciting images, such as a spiritually bereft agnostic using John Lennon as an understandable face of God, populate a lively story. This premiere production by David Bickford, Jenny […]

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