RSSArchive for November, 2009

A Mention

Many thanks to Cristofer Gross over at his fine site Theatertimes.org for the front page mention of our humble site. Appreciate the shout out, Cris. Go over and check it out Lemon Heads, he’s doing some good stuff over there.

Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High

On vacation with the family in Colorado Springs. Back for the Monday Moment. I know it will be difficult but try and hang on until I’m back…and then it’ll get CRAZY! Happy Thanksgiving!

Jeffrey Combs’ one-man Poe extends Halloween in Hollywood

Jeffrey Combs’ one-man Poe extends Halloween in Hollywood

Haven’t quite had your fill of Halloween, despite the fact that Thanksgiving is virtually upon us? Opportunities to visit the dark side are still tapping at your chamber door, if you get a move on. “Nevermore,” Jeffrey Combs’ striking solo portrait of Edgar Allan Poe, has been running for months at the Steve Allen Theatre […]

The Monday Moment (On Tuesday)

The Monday Moment (On Tuesday)

Hard to get the rhythm back. Which is why I’m late with this bad boy. Just some general jocularity to carry you through the day. “Theatrically”, of course.

MARY POPPINS: 100% Sweet

MARY POPPINS: 100% Sweet

SWEET Eyre’s direction is spot-on and he has managed to hold onto some of the stories grit. The dances by Bourne are brilliant. The magical set and set pieces (statues that come to life and dance), a kitchen disaster that is all put back together in a flash, are just two of the many wonderful […]

BABY, IT’S YOU!: 57% Bittersweet

BABY, IT’S YOU!: 57% Bittersweet

BITTER Serious book problems hamper a strong catalog of early 1960s tunes and the efforts of a talented cast in Baby It’s You!, now at the Pasadena Playhouse. The result is a surprisingly uninvolving biography of Florence Greenberg, the Jewish housewife who discovered and fostered the doo-wop group The Shirelles. Jonas Schwartz – Theatremania BITTER […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

PO BOY TANGO by Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA East meets West in Kenneth Lin’s Po Boy Tango, a culture-clash dramedy now getting its West Coast premiere at Little Tokyo’s East West Players. Representing the East is Richie Po, a 50ish Taiwanese immigrant and longtime Long Island resident. The West is represented by 40something African American […]

PO BOY TANGO: 33% Bitter

PO BOY TANGO: 33% Bitter

BITTER Toward the end, a fierce argument concerning race finally erupts after an angry Gloria accuses Richie of disrespecting her, but the conflict seems forced. Likewise, although Mama’s narrative includes a single compelling incident, it’s mostly quotidian detail from which a clear portrait of the past fails to emerge. Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly SWEET […]

EQUIVOCATION: 100% Sweet

EQUIVOCATION: 100% Sweet

BITTERSWEET Bottom Line: An original and often witty play that says less than it wants to say in more words than it needs to use. Jay Reiner – Hollywood Reporter BITTERSWEET Cain should be congratulated for the breathtaking boldness of his endeavor here. But rather than equivocate myself, let me say that more playwriting discipline […]

NIBBLER: 0% Bitter

NIBBLER: 0% Bitter

BITTER Although the idea is interesting, the script leaves it unsatisfyingly underdeveloped. The dialogue seems awfully and needlessly contrived, the direction is clumsy and the acting, with one notable exception, does little to make one forget one is just watching a performance of 20-somethings pretending to be teenagers. Joel Elkins – LA Theatre Review BITTER […]

TREE: 100% Sweet

TREE: 100% Sweet

SWEET In “Tree,” there is no true love without pain. Hébert suggests that real families are the people who know you well enough to push you into becoming someone new. Now there’s an idea to bring to the Thanksgiving table. Charlotte Stoudt – LA Times SWEET The play finds its stride through people clashing, even […]

Bitter Lemons is Back!

Bitter Lemons is Back!

Hello Theatre Folk – remember me? Colin Mitchell? No? Well it’s understandable considering that we’ve been in hibernation FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS! Apologies. Our main excuse is that the site got corrupted by some evil link and gave us a bad rep on Google search. It took us a while to sort that out. […]