The answer to this question is quite simple. Start by taking a look a the sheer number of outstanding 99-seat-plan productions, terrific performances, superb directorial achievements, gorgeous designs, sensational music direction on stage every month. If you think there aren’t that many, take a look at the Ovation, LA Weekly, or LADCC nominees or the Best Of The Year lists at StageSceneLA. Attend Critic’s Picks and LA Weekly GOs and you’ll see dozens upon dozens of productions that anyone would be proud to be part of, to see, or to recommend to friends. Then ask yourself how many of these productions could exist without the 99-seat plan. Ask yourself how many L.A. based actors would be denied great roles if there were no 99-seat plan. Those who complain about the quality of L.A. theater would do well to inform themselves. A theatergoer could easily see 100 excellent intimate theater productions a year in the L.A. area, if not double that number … at affordable ticket prices. In what other U.S. city is this the case? If you’re one of those who puts down L.A. theater, start actually seeing what’s out there and THEN complain. It’s your own hat you’ll be eating.
Oh, and Merry Christmas!
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About the Author: COLIN MITCHELL: Actor/Writer/Director/Producer/Father, award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Broadway veteran, Marvel comics scribe, Van Morrison disciple, Zen-Catholic, a proud U.S. Army Brat conceived in Scotland and born in Frankfurt, Germany, currently living in Los Angeles and doing his best to piss off as many people as possible.