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Seeking ASM & Props Person

Seeking a non-union ASM & Props Person (ideally this would be the same person) for a production of Jesus Christ Superstar in Glendale. Position starts immediately and will run through April 17th. There are only 3 performances on April 15, 16, 17 and a light rehearsal schedule. Small stipend available. This would be perfect for [...]

Audition: Rogue Artists Ensemble for D is for Dog

Fresh from the success of its award-winning original works, HYPERBOLE: origins (nominated for Best Production by LA Weekly), Gogol Project, and Mr. Punch; Rogue Artists Ensemble announces auditions for their next main stage project, D is for Dog, an original Hyper-theatrical work performing at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa and Studio/Stage in Los Angeles. [...]

Job Opportunity at LA Opera – Executive Assistant

The Los Angeles Opera currently seeks an Executive Assistant to provide support to its Vice President of Advancement and Director of Individual Giving Programs as well as generalized support to its Development Department. This position is responsible for interfacing with trustees and donors, managing trustee and donor solicitation and acknowledgement processes, maintaining department collateral, supplies [...]

The Passion of Steven Leigh Morris

The Passion of Steven Leigh Morris

If you haven’t read it yet, click on this link here, or better yet, stop reading this, go down to your local coffee shop and pick up a copy of this week’s LA Weekly and read the exquisite article entitled “LA Theater’s Moment of Truth” written by Critic-at-Large Steven Leigh Morris. I can only find one [...]

From l, Anna Pagan, Pattie Brooks, Phyllis Lovit and Bobbie Stamm in “Rockin’ With the Ages 3” at the Victory Theatre.  Photo courtesy of the Victory Theatre.


SWEET So, gather up every swingin’ senior you know… and take them to this heartwarming show. They’ll love you for it! Pat Taylor – Tolucan Times SWEET You may find it the best time you’ve had in a theater in a long time. Laurel Belgreen – SWEET The book, by director Bill Reid and [...]

Joanna Churgin and Richard Lucas in "Copenhagen" at the Attic Theatre. Photo courtesy of PR4PLAYS.


BITTER Under the direction of Lewis Hauser, Copenhagen is reminiscent of a sobering, gray-scale public television documentary comprised only of filmed war footage and a monotone narrator. While possibly intentional and certainly appropriate given the subject matter and after-life setting, Hauser’s direction seems almost disinterested and monotonous. Frayn’s script is perhaps at fault — rather [...]

Debra Ehrhardt in "Jamaica, Farewell" directed by Joel Zwick at the Falcon Theatre  Photo courtesy of Chelsea Sutton)


SWEET Playwright/actress Debra Ehrhardt mesmerizes in her staged one-woman, autobiographical recounting of her ordeal leaving her birthplace in Jamaica, Farewell. Her storytelling captivates and keeps you in suspense, eager to follow her from one harrowing obstacle or pleasurable experience to the next. Gil Kaan – EdgeLosAngeles SWEET Throughout, Ehrhardt assumes multiple roles, ably shifting between [...]

In Search of that Theatrical Fountain of Youth

In Search of that Theatrical Fountain of Youth

An interesting article over at Boston Court’s blog, We Play Different.  It’s a first person piece entitled “The Coveted Younger Audience” and is written by their regular contributor, James Haro. Here’s a telling blurb from Haro: People flock to where they feel they belong and are welcome. This is the simplest and most ignored rule [...]

The Thursday Thought

The Thursday Thought

Ah, beer.  Vivaldi never sounded so good.  Happy Thursday, Lemon Heads.

Ebony Rep presents Deidrie Henry and Kevin Carroll in "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Credit: Craig Schwartz.


SWEET The stellar ensemble shines in a production enriched by lighting designer Elizabeth Harper and scenic designer Michael Ganio, whose hauntingly lit tenement towers loom over the Younger household like the crushing weight of history itself. Bill Raden – LA Weekly SWEET The groundbreaking commercial stature of the late Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 drama of one [...]

Extension of Donald Jolly’s “bonded” thru 4/17 at LATC

PRESS CONTACT: Jerry Charlson (323) 733-7073, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLAYWRIGHTS’ ARENA AND THE LATINO THEATER COMPANY AT THE LOS ANGELES THEATRE CENTER EXTENDS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF DONALD JOLLY’s “bonded” THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011. LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The World Premiere of Donald Jolly’s bonded, now playing at the Los Angeles Theater Center [...]

Mark Belnick and Kimberly Lewis in “The Prisoner of Second Avenue" at GTC Burbank. Photo courtesy of  Wassatch Productions.


BITTER But Simon’s sitcom one-liners, many of which are era-specific, don’t hold up well. Director Kiff Scholl drives the action, maximizing the funnier situations and moving quickly past the clunkers, but he is unable to overcome a disparity in acting quality among the cast. Jeff Favre – Backstage SWEET Although it takes place some 50 [...]

JOB: Youth theatre education org seeks Technical Coordinator

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company seeks a Technical Coordinator to implement all technical aspects of our youth theatre programs. TECHNICAL COORDINATOR DESCRIPTION: Reporting to the Program Director, the Technical Coordinator (TC) provides and oversees all technical aspects of performances and staged readings, which include but are not limited to: lights, audio, multimedia, chairs, cables, stands, [...]

Boston Court announces “How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found”

Boston Court announces “How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found”

Press opening Saturday, April 30. Contact Brian Polak, Boston Court Performing Arts Center,, Tel: (626) 683-6883 BOSTON COURT PRESENTS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE OF FIN KENNEDY’S “HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY AND NEVER BE FOUND” PASADENA, Calif., March 30, 2011 – The Theatre @ Boston Court presents “How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found,” a [...]

Jon Hamm stars in L.A. Theatre Works' THE THREE SISTERS

L.A.Theatre Works records Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Westfeldt, Sarah Zimmerman, Jon Hamm, Reid Scott in Chekhov’s classic The Three Sisters directed by Jenny Sullivan April 13-17

L.A.Theatre Works records Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Westfeldt, Sarah Zimmerman, Jon Hamm, Reid Scott in Chekhov’s classic The Three Sisters directed by Jenny Sullivan April 13-17 The Three Sisters – Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls), Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein, Tony-nominated for Wonderful Town), Sarah Zimmerman (Big Love), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Reid Scott (The [...]

Believing Eden

Believing Eden

Some years ago, while visiting Los Angeles, I drove past a swatch of grass dotted with people lounging on blankets, on lawn chairs, on the bare ground. I imagined they must all be important – writers, producers, directors, actors. Only in LA would I have perceived park patrons as potential power players. A few years [...]

"Pursued by Happiness" at the Road Theatre Company. Photo courtesy of Deverill Weekes.


SWEET But the play is a nice change of scenery from traditional romcoms: The whirlwind romance is actually a practical plot, and the measured Frank and Julie don’t ride off into a fairy-tale sunset. Rebecca Haitchcoat – LA Weekly SWEET There’s good news for hopeless romantics, those of us who truly believe in the redemptive [...]

Blinds needed for “Wait Until Dark”

In need of 2 sets of 2″ aluminum blinds (wooden would be okay in a pinch but no vinyl). 26″ or 27″ Wide by 48″ long. They MUST be the old type blinds that work with a pulley pull cord, not a wand. Please contact David Colwell at, or at 818-257-8560. Thank you for [...]

Noel Coward's "Private Lives" at the Laguna Playhouse.  Photo courtesy of the Laguna Playhouse.


SWEET There is a reason that Private Lives is given life on the boards world-wide, with over a dozen revivals on the West End and Broadway alone: audiences are starved for literate dialogue. As the modern age threatens to destroy the art of communication, Noël Coward’s work reminds us that sophisticated language, which some may [...]

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Promote your show for FREE at Thomas Hampton Reviews

Promote your show for FREE | Thomas Hampton Reviews Thomas Hampton Reviews is a free online toolkit for live performers and producers. By utilizing our Promote Your Show fill in form, you can create your own Event Page in 10 minutes. A Thomas Hampton Reviews Event Page offers an additional tool for direct appeal marketing; [...]

Hollywood Fringe Registration Closing April 1, 2011

Hollywood Fringe Registration Closing April 1, 2011

Fest’s Deadline for Guide Inclusion Approaches Hollywood–March 29, 2011 The Hollywood Fringe Festival, celebrating its second year, is accepting registrations for an eleven-day immersive event being held in Hollywood this June. The registration deadline for shows wishing to be listed in the Festival’s printed guide is April 1. The guide will be available at Fringe [...]

Mutant Olive by Mitch Hara opens April 1st at Beverly Hills Playhouse Research Space

Mutant Olive by Mitch Hara opens April 1st at Beverly Hills Playhouse Research Space


Job Opportunity – Special Events Coordinator at LA Opera

Special Events Coordinator LA Opera has an exciting opportunity available for a qualified Special Events Coordinator who will assist in the planning and execution of the company’s event calendar. The Special Events Coordinator’s responsibilities include both event planning and administrative support. Event planning duties include but are not limited to preparing for galas and corporate [...]

Job Openings for Third National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival

The Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA) is looking for extremely organized individuals with excellent people skills to help coordinate the conference and festival portions in key positions of the Third National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival from June 16-26, 2011 in Los Angeles. CAATA is looking for Los Angeles residents with [...]

Seeking Stage Manager and Lighting/Sound Designer

Seeking Stage Manager and Lighting/Sound Designer The Missing Piece Theatre is seeking a Stage Manager, and Lighting/Sound Designer for its production of Finding the Burnett Heart, which will start rehearsals in April, and go up in May. Please send submissions to

Replacement Audition – 2 Female Dancers

AUDITIONS – Louise Reichlin & Dancers/Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers Immediate replacement. Looking for 2 female dancers for our dance/multimedia production of “Baggage” that will be performed the week-end of May 20-22 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica. Paid performances and possible associated teaching activities. Rehearsal honorarium. Dancers should have modern, strong ballet [...]

Gertrude and Alice to headline the LA Weekly Awards.  Photo courtesy of Amit Ittelman.

Two Geese to Star at LA Weekly Pajama Party

Hey, I’m just passing on the info. Apparently a couple of geese  named Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas (I’m still searching for the irony here) will be the stars of the LA Weekly Awards next week. Here’s the breaking blurb about the talented fowl: They’ll be presenting a short scene from a pivotal moment [...]

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

Footage from the tsunami in Japan. I’m sure you’ve seen some of these clips already.  This one is slow and surreal.  First it’s like, oh, look it’s flooding, then you’re like, oh, look those are cars being swept away, and then you’re like, oh, look those are buildings being swept away, and finally, you realize, [...]

Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner present Carli & Doni Help Save the Theatre

Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner present CARLIE & DONI ‘HELP SAVE THE THEATRE’ – a one-hour irreverent musical comedy extravaganza featuring comedy music duo Carlie and Doni, hosted by Lily Tomlin at Santa Monica Playhouse, one night only, Friday, April 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm. “A unique and fresh act that has been thrust into [...]

David Bickford, left, and Michael Traynor, on video, watch Amy Davidson in "Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath" at the Lounge Theatre. Photo courtesy of John Perrin Flynn.

Critique of the Week

WISH I HAD A SYLVIA PLATH Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly Before getting to the crux of Edward Anthony’s comi-tragedy, Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath, being presented by Rogue Machine at Hollywood’s Lounge Theatre, it’s a good idea to start with a recent remark made by Olga Garay, who heads the City of [...]