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Theatre of Note holds FREE panel discussions

Theatre of Note holds FREE panel discussions

The Theatre of  NOTE kicked off the Fringe with the first Town Hall meeting and is also hosting various Hollywood Fringe Festival events and productions and we are looking forward to the free panel discussions that are going to Kick off the Festival from June 21st – 24th from 3:30 – 5pm each day. Colin […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

THE CLEAN HOUSE Review by Harvey Perr – Stage and Cinema Lane is a doctor who likes her house to be as clean and as antiseptic as a, well, as a hospital room. But Lane doesn’t want to clean it herself. She can, in fact, afford to pay others to do so. But her new […]

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

U.S.S PINAFORE Review by Joel Elkins – LA Theatre Review I was curious to find out if a takeoff on Gilbert & Sullivan set in outer space dubbed U.S.S. Pinafore could ever be as clever as its premise or its title. The adaptation by Jon Mullich (who also directed) is indeed clever, although admittedly, the […]

Dennis Hopper: RIP (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010)

Dennis Hopper: RIP (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010)

Nuff said. Seriously.  Thought I’d have more to say.  Really. All right. Blue Velvet and Hoosiers in the same year. There. Nuff said.

Outreach: How do you do it?

Outreach: How do you do it?

I’m asking  producers, artists or theaters to please contact me for a story in the works about Outreach. Please email [email protected] with the following information by Sunday night to be included. Please respond! I’ve already gotten some great responses from CTG, LA Stage Alliance, the Hollywood Fringe Festival and The Theatre @ Boston Court. Now […]

BOOM: 100% – Sweet

BOOM: 100% – Sweet

SWEET Apocalypse comes with a personals-ad twist in “boom.” Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s dark satire about sex, fish and the end of the world gets a valiant Los Angeles premiere by Furious Theatre Company. David C. Nichols – LA Times SWEET The mood and situation quickly darken, as the nonsexual relationship deteriorates, but there is always […]

U.S.S. PINAFORE: 100% – Sweet

U.S.S. PINAFORE: 100% – Sweet

BITTERSWEET The transference of Gilbert and Sullivan’s social satire into a few quips on our pop culture feels like a reduction of scale, but nothing compared to the reduction served up in the tinny soundtrack. Delivering the goods with confident glee, this excellent ensemble deserves better. In fact, this would be a sinking ship were […]

MADAGASCAR: 100% – Sweet

MADAGASCAR: 100% – Sweet

SWEET Playwright JT Rogers begins this piece with a descriptive passage regarding the results of someone vanishing from the life they have been leading until then. What follows is an amazing treatise about the effects of said disappearance on those closest to the missing subject. Melodically constructed, it alternates between a dryly etched wit and […]

A Child Hears his Mother's Voice for the First Time

A Child Hears his Mother’s Voice for the First Time

I know, off-subject, but remember “theatrical” is the only requirement I need to post here. This video is short and quite moving.  An eight month old child has a cochlear implant in his right ear and hears his mother’s voice for the first time. Being a father, this touched me very deeply.

Fringe Benefits: Valentino, a play in verse & Kill Your Television, a play in TV?

Fringe Benefits: Valentino, a play in verse & Kill Your Television, a play in TV?

The Hollywood Fringe Festival has such an incredible array of performances in all forms, how are we to choose? I discovered two unique shows through two unique ways: Twitter and Television – An abundance of one and a lack of the other. The Twitter Connection? Rachel Stoll, a Political Science major co-producing Valentino: a play in […]

SUPERNOVA: 100% – Sweet

SUPERNOVA: 100% – Sweet

SWEET Director Lindsay Allbaugh’s fantastic ensemble sells us on each individual scene, even if the play as a whole doesn’t add up to more then some well-acted catharses. Kelly Elizabeth and Joe Wiebe join in for the furious climax as two fellow high schoolers who bear witness to what even the adamantly optimistic Mabel admits […]

THE CLEAN HOUSE: 50% – Bittersweet – UPDATED

THE CLEAN HOUSE: 50% – Bittersweet – UPDATED

BITTER One cannot blame the actors entirely for their sterile performances, enslaved as they are by Stefan Kruck’s anemic and unimaginative direction. But, then again, a theater does not put a play like The Clean House on its season’s schedule out of a passionate commitment to art, but rather out of an impassionate commitment to […]

The Thursday Thought

The Thursday Thought

Just a little passionate exchange of ideas between four year old’s. And yet somehow reminiscent of our present political pettiness.

A Night at the Theatre: No Radio

A Night at the Theatre: No Radio

Actually two.  Glorious.  And not just because the workshop production of my play, NO RADIO, went well both nights.  Nope.  Something even better happened. I finally got to meet Trevor Thomas, Harvey Perr, John Topping, Kat Primeau and Enci’s husband Stephen Box!  In the flesh!  Simultaneously! I know that sounds like some sort of orgasmically […]

Attend the Fringe Fundraiser Bash on June 3rd

Attend the Fringe Fundraiser Bash on June 3rd

The Fringe excitement is growing as the days are nearing the Hollywood Fringe Festival opening. I received this invite in my inbox this morning and I’m going to try to drop in after my class. The Bash starts from 8pm until the wee hours. Support your fellow actors, artists and entertainers! Hollywood and the Fringe […]

Save the Odyssey Theatre

Save the Odyssey Theatre

I’ve been working with the Odyssey Theatre as a photographer for a few years now and I feel privileged to be part of the working crew. When the City Council proposed to cut the arts, I knew that the Odyssey was going to be in danger and then the emails started to come in to […]

BACKSTREET: 60% – Sweet – UPDATED

BACKSTREET: 60% – Sweet – UPDATED

BITTER This musical—with a book by Evelyn Rudie, Matthew Wrather, and director Chris DeCarlo—has an engaging premise but was much more effective when originally produced at the Santa Monica Playhouse in 1998. During the first act of the current revival, the music so overpowers the singers that their voices are virtually inaudible, while most of […]

John Topping of Stage and Cinema: Seer

John Topping of Stage and Cinema: Seer

Recently we here at the Lemon officially christened John Topping – infrequent-reviewer and sometime-commenter over at Stage and Cinema – a blogger.  We rained down kudos on their site for finally shrugging off that mortal coil known as “review site” and lifting itself up to that rarified place in the clouds that many reach for […]

MORE LIES ABOUT JERZY: 86% – Sweet – UPDATED

MORE LIES ABOUT JERZY: 86% – Sweet – UPDATED

SWEET Holmes’ journalist tries to psychoanalyze why Jerzy would make stuff up so habitually – perhaps a war trauma or something – and Jerzy ridicules that process as petty psychoanalysis. The degree to which Jerzy may be right is the degree to which this play gets very interesting, veering away from its dangerous trajectory of […]

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

I LOVE soccer. I don’t just like it, enjoy it, am entertained by it – no – I am head-over-heels all Romeo and Juliet in LOVE with soccer. If I could I’d marry It and have Its babies. So you’re going to be getting a whole lotta THIS over the next month or so. Uh, […]

Welcome David Janove to Bitter Lemons!

Welcome David Janove to Bitter Lemons!

Hey, Lemon Heads.  Let’s give a Bitter Lemons welcome to our newest contributor, the young and strapping talent sometimes known as DAVID JANOVE! Huzzah! David recently graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Screenwriting, so he has of course immediately turned to blogging. Recently, David has been adapting a musical for the Hollywood […]

Generation Y’s Theatre

Generation Y’s Theatre

Greetings Lemonheads. My name is David Janove. I’m new here. A quick introduction… I recently graduated from Chapman University with a bachelor’s degree in Screenwriting, so I am of course… blogging. Recently, I’ve been adapting a previous musical for the Hollywood Fringe Festival titled “Jeb & Jeremiah: Alive in 2010!!!!!”. For now though, you will […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE Review by Clare Elfman – Buzzine If you just love Sex and the City, and if you just love boots and clothes and girly stuff, and suffer when there is nothing — absolutely nothing — in your closet, then you will absolutely love the new, shall I call it, […]

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

THE TWENTIETH CENTURY WAY Review by Frances Baum Nicholson – Pasadena Star News Few joys are more long-lasting than seeing a theatrical work that contains enough complexity to make one ponder. An intricate piece written and produced well will leave one peeling layers away for days. One gradually comes to full understanding of something which was, […]

"Addison DeWitt" Responds

“Addison DeWitt” Responds

If you’ve followed this story at all you’d know that the excellent writer from LA Theatre Review who uses the nom de plume “Addison DeWitt” has been banished from Bitter Lemons for not coming out from behind the protection of his or her Virtual Armor. Well, Addison has responded.  An although the banishment remains, we […]

THE WHIPPING MAN: 100% – Sweet

THE WHIPPING MAN: 100% – Sweet

SWEET This show is not for the faint of heart. History books tend do gloss over such details as urine filled battlefield trenches, but they are described in graphic detail, along with flogging and a violent murder. When a pant leg is ripped open, the gangrenous leg that appears is realistic enough to elicit a […]

Under the Spotlight: Kurt Swanson - Producer

Under the Spotlight: Kurt Swanson – Producer

I met Kurt Swanson, theatre producer at SST Productions and all around theatre enthusiast, a few years ago at his Sidewalk Studio Theatre, when I performed in Taking Sides, with the SkyPilot Theatre company. I didn’t know much about Kurt until he invited me to join him and his partner at the LA Stage Alliance […]

SARAH, SARAH: 80% – Sweet – UPDATED

SARAH, SARAH: 80% – Sweet – UPDATED

SWEET Goldfarb’s play is mainly set dressing for David’s splendid tour de force twin performances as the steely matriarch and her neurotic, insecure granddaughter, turns which are beautifully nuanced and complex. As Sarah, David depicts an immediately familiar type, who’s as much a creature of her era as is the more immature-seeming, emotionally drifting Jennifer. […]

1951-2006: 100% – Sweet

1951-2006: 100% – Sweet

SWEET The nicely paced love story and history lesson dovetail in Freed’s sharp dialogue, though his staging overindulges cleverness. As the pair trade quotes from Shakespeare, Beckett and pop culture, they often seem to be performing for each other rather than conversing. There’s more poignant, natural chemistry in Meg’s occasional scenes with her other lover […]

The Most Unappealing Craig's List Writing Job EVER

The Most Unappealing Craig’s List Writing Job EVER

I saw it.  Had to post it.  Fill in your own sound effect of people running screaming from their computer terminals after reading. Here is the title of the post and the post in its entirety. WRITER FOR STORY ON MY HORRIFIC DIVORCE (SAN LUIS OBISPO CA) I am looking for a writer to do […]