RSSArchive for July, 2010

Casting: 20s – early 30s Actress Needed to play Marilyn Monroe, child and best friend

“Meditations: Eva Hesse” is an interdisciplinary performance work inspired by the life and times of the influential mid-20th century artist. Neither traditional in language nor adhering to a single genre, the play uses a layered theatrical form including projections, a sound environment and set pieces created with up-cycled materials to tell its story. Hesse’s life […]

Casting: Male Dancer Audition

Rosanna Gamson World Wide is currently seeking one male dancer. An ideal candidate would have professional experience, athleticism, a strong background in contemporary/modern dance. Additional theater background, vocal training, and someone who is bilingual is a plus. Upcoming events include domestic residencies, touring and creation of new repertory. Must be available: August 16th-27th September 13th- […]

Greenway Arts Alliance seeks Technical Director

Greenway Arts Alliance, a bridge non-profit for Fairfax High School that produces excellent and award-winning professional theatrical productions and provides unparalleled arts education opportunities for students, seeks to add a salaried Technical Director. Technical Director candidate should have production management and facilities management experience. The Technical Director will be responsible for Fairfax High School’s 1400-seat […]

Off to Chicago for the Weekend

Off to Chicago for the Weekend

Hey, Lemon Heads, I am off to Chicago tomorrow and won’t be back until Monday.  Running a little film workshop while I’m out there.  It’ll be good to get away.  But of course, I’ll miss ya. But there will be a void over the next few days of Lemon Meter Ratings for shows, so apologies […]

100,000!

100,000!

We just went past our ONE HUNDRED THOUSANDTH view today here at Bitter Lemons. Hit, page load, look-see, whatever you want to call it. We did it. I guess in the grand bloggy scheme of things it’s just a spit in the bucket, but we’re proud of it and we wanted to thank all of […]

Hiring Tech dir for show

24th ST Theatre is hiring a project TD to hang lighting plot for an upcoming international collaboration with famed Latin American theatre director Aristides Vargas in Sept. Need experienced tech person who knows how to read a light plot, hang, focus, program ETC Express light Board, and deal with all other technical aspects of the […]

Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program – Application Workshop August 3

2011 NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY RELEASED FOR CULVER CITY PERFORMING ARTS GRANT PROGRAM Application Workshop Scheduled For August 3, 2010 The 2011 Notice of Funding Availability has been released for the Culver City Performing Arts Grants Program. The application is currently being distributed electronically through e-mail and is available via the City’s website at www.culvercity.org. […]

The Life and Death of Bryan Burgess - by Ben Hill, Hollywood Fringe Festival Director

The Life and Death of Bryan Burgess – by Ben Hill, Hollywood Fringe Festival Director

I met Bryan Burgess once – at the Fringe Festival – and it was probably the most exhausting thirty minutes of my life.  In a very very good way.  The man was a human whirlwind, ever-smiling, ever-laughing, just endlessly fired up and ready to go for just about anything.  He passed away just a few […]

Cancer Awareness Ribbon

An Actor’s Challenge: Cancer

This year had gotten off to a great start for me.  I’d just come down from the high and then subsequently recovered from the exhaustion of self-producing an autobiographical show.  I began the New Year with a lot of energy and momentum, both in life and career as an actor and writer.  I joined the […]

Theatre Asylum's BEST OF THE FRINGE - July and August

Theatre Asylum’s BEST OF THE FRINGE – July and August

Normally we don’t promote one show over the other or one theatre over another, however, we have promoted the Hollywood Fringe because we believe in the cause and Colin and me have gone out to countless shows during the 10 days of the Festival and most of these shows we’ve seen and the Wolf Girls […]

Welcome Channing Sargent to Bitter Lemons!

Welcome Channing Sargent to Bitter Lemons!

We are very excited about our latest addition, Lemon Heads, so please, everyone, stand up and give a virtual Lemon Headed welcome to Channing Sargent! Besides adding to our reputation as having the best looking writing force in Los Angeles Theatre, Channing brings a performer’s perspective to our ripe crop of contributors.  And not only […]

"The Public Reviews" Gets Snubbed by Edinburgh Fringe Festival

“The Public Reviews” Gets Snubbed by Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Ian Garrett brought this to our attention recently and it’s a very interesting controversy indeed. Apparently this group The Public Reviews – a group I was unaware of until now (bad me!) consists of “public non-professional reviewers” and has been growing exponentially for the last three years.  In 2009 they were given media/press accreditation by […]

The Artist-Journalist

The Artist-Journalist

Yep.  Another hyphenate to add to the mix. But it ain’t my term.  It’s Chloe Veltman’s from Arts Journal in her very interesting article entitled Falling Through the Cracks. The article is very appropo to much of our discussion here at the Lemon.  I especially liked this paragraph: It is the nature of the world […]

HELLO, DOLLY!: 100% – Sweet

HELLO, DOLLY!: 100% – Sweet

SWEET The reason turns out to be a simple one. Major CLOs rent most of their sets, and there hasn’t been a Dolly set available for rent—at least not until 3D Theatricals decided to create one from scratch. The resulting scenic design, a gorgeous watercolor-toned storybook creation by the eminent John Iacovelli, may well lead […]

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

Ah, the good old days.  When all you needed was you, your girl and your Johnson.  Enjoy.

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

PROCREATION Review by Charles McNulty – LA Times There’s something undecided about the tone of “Procreation,” the tiresomely outlandish family comedy by Justin Tanner that’s receiving its world premiere at the Odyssey Theatre under the direction of David Schweizer. With its grotesque caricatures and zingy retorts, the play aims for lowest-common-denominator laughs. Yet the cast […]

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

PROCREATION Review by Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly The plays of Justin Tanner are like Rice Krispies. They crackle when you pour in the right actors — and the actors here from his own company are just right — and then they kind of wash away. Maybe that doesn’t matter. That crackling is the […]

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

KING LEAR Review by Madeline Shaner – Park La Brea News/Beverly Press (opens in pdf) Shakespeare’s “King Lear” is one of the plays everyone thinks they know, many say they have read or seen, but far more, in greater numbers, have made a greater effort to avoid at all costs. Making the effort to sit […]

"At the Booth": New IPhone App for New York Theatre Lovers

“At the Booth”: New IPhone App for New York Theatre Lovers

Very cool stuff here, Lemon Heads.  An IPhone App called At the Booth that gives users the poop on what’s available at New York’s discount ticket booth, TKTS, including show, theatre and ticket price. Producer, Ken Davenport, of THE PRODUCER’S PERSPECTIVE blog gave me the heads up about it.  Entertainment Weekly even did a story […]

Participate in the 2010 LA Female Playwrights Initiative Study

Participate in the 2010 LA Female Playwrights Initiative Study

The LA Female Playwrights Initiative (LA FPI) is a grassroots organization. It has commissioned a study of the play-producing trends in the LA theater community from 2000-2009. Responses are requested from LA-based playwrights and theater companies by July 30, 2010. Their goal is to find out the number of productions by male/female playwrights put up […]

Casting: New Family Musical: Thank You, Mr. Falker

Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre Y.E.S. (Youth Education/Entertainment Series) AATE’s Outstanding New Children’s Theatre Company 2008 Open Auditions for a New Family Musical: Thank You, Mr. Falker Adapted from the book by Patricia Polacco Music by Sarah Taylor Ellis Lyrics by Andrew Bentz Book by Andrew Bentz and Julia Robertson Directed by Mary Beth Pape Produced […]

Casting: Last Days of Judas Iscariot

AUDITION NOTICE Urban Theatre Movement presents… The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis Directed by Jeremy Aluma When: Monday, August 23, Tuesday, August 24 & Wednesday, August 25, 6pm – 11pm Callbacks: Thursday, August 26, 6pm – 11pm & Saturday, August 28, 11am – 3pm Where: The Complex Theatre (6476 Santa Monica […]

Is it a Critic's Job to "Assist" and "Protect" a Production?

Is it a Critic’s Job to “Assist” and “Protect” a Production?

According to ArtsBeatLA critic, Pauline Adamek, yes. Let me set up the situation as best I can. There was a lot of back and forth going on around Brimmer Street’s production of David Jette’s play “Leiris/Picasso”.  Most of the brou-ha-ha started when people involved in the production chimed in to argue with the reviews and […]

Casting: Last minute Audition!!! Today

Here is a last minute Audition (today) for the 50th Anniversary Play for the Santa Monica Playhouse. NEED ACCOMPLISHED STAGE ACTOR AND ACTRESS TO PLAY THE LEADS IN: a new 3 character romantic comedy -  “Elizabeth Shakespeare and the Astute Detective”  (not Shakespeare…just the title) AVAILABILITY IMMEDIATE! Play is scheduled for a 6 week run […]

Casting: Meditations: Eva Hesse by Marcie Begleiter

Theatrical production of Meditations: Eva Hesse by Marcie Begleiter Directed by David Watkins Produced by Michael Vanderbilt SYNOPSIS The renowned Jewish German-American artist Eva Hesse reflects upon her short but tumultuous life and comes to grips with her own mortality as she gradually succumbs to brain cancer. (See detailed summary below.) Details on open roles […]

Casting: Open Call Aug 2 & 3 for Albee’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?”

OPEN CALL AUDITIONS for Edward Albee’s “THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA” August 2 and 3 from 7-9pm at Chance Theater Show up at the theater or make an audition appointment at http://www.chancetheater.com/auditions WHAT TO PREPARE: A one-minute contemporary monologue or download and prepare sides at www.chancetheater.com/auditions WHAT TO BRING: Headshot and resume. REHEARSALS: Start […]

FABRIC: 100% – Sweet

FABRIC: 100% – Sweet

SWEET A strong ensemble effort, with some stellar performances in the way of multiple roles. Feodor Chin’s military clad Thai politician with distinct and despicable mannerisms and a depth of emotion from Jolene Sarah Kwang-Ai Kim (Jaidee), Jully Lee(Lampha) and Jennifer Chang (Rotchana). Within Mr. Ong’s story are moral issues of how we treat people […]

BECKY’S NEW CAR: 100% – Sweet [UPDATED]

BECKY’S NEW CAR: 100% – Sweet [UPDATED]

SWEET The play’s genesis is worthy of some note: The work was a personal commission by a Seattle arts patron as a gift for his wife. As such, the material occasionally tries a little too hard to please, with a narrative that occasionally emulates the mood of 1930s screwball comedies — a style that is […]

CIRCLE OF WILL: 33% – Bitter – UPDATED

CIRCLE OF WILL: 33% – Bitter – UPDATED

BITTER A stumbling attempt at satire, the piece portrays Shakespeare as a lesser literary light and Burbage as a cretinous narcissist, fed up with dramas about death and threatening to walk unless he gets to be a hero in a play with a positive ending. The problem lies not in the lampoon of the theater […]

The Thursday Thought

The Thursday Thought

“Serenity Now” or “Seinfeld, the Thriller”.  It’s all in the cut.  In life and the movies.  Enjoy.