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Psittacus Cyclopsicus Mother Fuckin’ Terrificus Trailer

Psittacus Cyclopsicus Mother Fuckin’ Terrificus Trailer

I haven’t seen this production yet but reading the 100% SWEET reviews and seeing Colins great quote “Psittacus Cyclopsicus Mother Fuckin’ Terrificus”, I’m intrigued and I’m planning to attend their extension. Psittacus Productions’ show CYCLOPS: A Rock Opera is moving to the Carrie Hamilton Theater @ Pasadena Playhouse. The first preview is April 7, 2011 […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“Beyond the current Los Angeles engagement, commercial prospects are promising indeed, with a long Off-Broadway run conceivable unless the project is stigmatized as a local Los Angeles product.” Myron Meisel – From Review of “Re-Animator, the Musical” (Hollywood Reporter)

HOUSE OF THE RISING SON

HOUSE OF THE RISING SON

  Side By Side By Jacobson Two new plays by Tom Jacobson premiere simultaneously at Atwater Village Theatre Circle X Theatre Co. presents Jacobson’s “The Chinese Massacre (Annotated)” Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA offers “House of the Rising Son” LOS ANGELES – March 21, 2011 – What do the first race riot in Los Angeles and gay […]

Lanford Wilson: RIP: 1937-2011

Lanford Wilson: RIP: 1937-2011

I have mixed thoughts about Lanford Wilson’s passing.  Well more about his work, less about his death, I guess. I know he’s given a tremendous amount of credit for kind of helping create the Off-off Broadway scene.  But as a playwright…? I’ve seen “Balm in Gilead”, “Burn This”, and then I saw “Rimers of Eldritch”. […]

BONDED: 100% - SWEET

BONDED: 100% – SWEET

SWEET Jolly embraces the gritty milieu and authentic vernacular, N-word inclusive, and his storytelling, here poetic, there graphic, is certainly original. What still needs work is its structure, the compelling Act 1 giving way to an Act 2 so bluntly outcome-heavy that the intensity nearly dissipates. Either revising the descending action or cutting 10 minutes […]

VOICES FROM CHORNOBYL - this is for thousands of years

VOICES FROM CHORNOBYL – this is for thousands of years

AWARENESS EVENTS for the 25th ANNIVERSARY of CHERNOBYL LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL READINGS TO HELP SPREAD AWARENESS OF THE DISASTER AND HELP CHILDREN IMPACTED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS LATER. Voices From Chornobyl is a play that explores the many impact and health implications of the Chornobyl disaster that changed the world. The play’s intention is to help the […]

Mike Daisey vs. a Yelp Reviewer

Mike Daisey vs. a Yelp Reviewer

This is where we might be headed, folks.  In this merging of the meta and the stage, I give you Meta-Theatre. A clash between monologuist Mike Daisey and a Yelp reviewer who panned his newest piece “The Agony and Ecstacy of Steve Jobs” during a work-in-progress performance back in 2010. It certainly has its entertainment […]

The Thursday Thought

The Thursday Thought

Captain Kirk turned 80 recently.  80. Here’s Shatner in all his glory.  Bow down to the master, Lemon Heads!  Dammnit, Jim, Happy Birthday!

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (MORGAN-WIXSON): 100% - SWEET

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (MORGAN-WIXSON): 100% – SWEET

SWEET Once again nine triple-threats bring The Spellers (Barfee, Chip, Leaf, Logainne, Marcie, and Olive) and The Grown-Ups (Rona Lisa, Vice Principal Panch, and Mitch) to vivid life, and I’m happy to report that Morgan-Wixson’s non-Equity cast is as terrific as the best I’ve seen, due in great part to the inspired direction of Valerie […]

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (CTGSC): 100% - SWEET

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (CTGSC): 100% – SWEET

SWEET This company of young actors fills the stage with every ounce of enthusiasm, energy, and joy they have in them and the result is truly astonishing. Ellen Dostal – Musicals in LA SWEET What happens when you take a group of talented kids and teach them a dialogue-heavy award-winning Broadway musical comedy? Magic, apparently. […]

ENDGAME (SACRED FOOLS): 100% - SWEET

ENDGAME (SACRED FOOLS): 100% – SWEET

Barry Ford and Kathy Bell Denton in “Endgame” at the Sacred Fools Theater. Photo courtesy of Ben Rock. SWEET A successful staging of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist classic requires a director who can mine the play’s comic and lyrical elements, and effectively meld them with the author’s relentlessly harsh vision. Here, director Paul Plunkett does just […]

GLORY DAYS (LILLIAN THEATRE): 86% - SWEET

GLORY DAYS (LILLIAN THEATRE): 86% – SWEET

SWEET Though Glory Days vanished from the Great White Way as quickly as it came a few years back, Nick Blaemire and James Gardiner’s slice-of-teen-life musical is showing signs of a thriving afterlife in regional theater, especially if future productions are as terrifically staged and performed as the one now gracing the stage at the […]

Elizabeth Taylor: RIP: 1932-2011

Elizabeth Taylor: RIP: 1932-2011

She got battier and battier as she got older, seemed like some kind of duel between her and Michael Jackson sometimes, but man, that gal could act. And those eyes.  Wow. Rest in peace, Lizzie.  And thanks for the magical moments. Hope you and Jacko are rocking the pearly gates like a couple of bats […]

Impro Theatre’s “UnScripted Rep” opens 4/8 at Odyssey Theatre

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release March 18, 2011 Press Contact: Jerry Charlson (323) 733-7073 [email protected] …the theatrical equivalent of circus aerialists…” – LA Times GO. Lingers somewhere between satire and homage. It’s a very smart choice.” – LA Weekly HILARIOUS… One of the funniest evenings in town …quite unbelievable, actually… an amazing comedy troupe spins […]

SOUTHERN COMFORTS (ICT): 100% - SWEET

SOUTHERN COMFORTS (ICT): 100% – SWEET

BITTERSWEET The production seems to have been constructed with one eye on the lower expenses of using only two actors, and with another eye on the possibility of using two actors with at least some box office clout in order to increase revenue, especially from elderly theatergoing audiences whose personal concerns might be directly reflected […]

BRENDAN O'LENIHAN LEAVES THREE DAUGHTERS: 67% - SWEET

BRENDAN O’LENIHAN LEAVES THREE DAUGHTERS: 67% – SWEET

SWEET Director Alison Cardoso elicits fine performances from her actors, despite the talkiness and occasional improbabilities of the script. Neal Weaver – Backstage SWEET Director Alison Cordoso stages a fantastic ensemble of wit, venom, and drama. Sarah Jackson – Socal.com BITTER Yet while the disparate paths the sisters have taken could more than satisfy the […]

GIRLS TALK: 100% - SWEET

GIRLS TALK: 100% – SWEET

SWEET That events become so absorbing despite the contrivance is partly because Kumble sets aside the details for an incisive consideration of motherhood vs. career in general. Mostly it’s due to the cast’s skill: Shields has never been more confident or winning, and Bendewald and Zimmer are equally matched as formidable confidantes at cross purposes. […]

WISH I HAD A SYLVIA PLATH: 88% - SWEET

WISH I HAD A SYLVIA PLATH: 88% – SWEET

SWEET Nonetheless, it’s a show not be missed, whether you’re a theatre techie, an acting nut, or simply a person who wants to see a show that teaches an important lesson, which is that death is most certainly not the end of life. Joshua Morrison – FineArtsLA SWEET Davidson, in a full-skirted red dress, can […]

THE MERCY SEAT (INSIDE THE FORD): 83% - SWEET

THE MERCY SEAT (INSIDE THE FORD): 83% – SWEET

BITTERSWEET Halfway through this diatribe, well-directed by Ron Klier, it occurred to me that we could be heading to a murderous bloody finale, but the arguments aren’t heated enough to support that outcome. In fact, the finale is a satisfying and plausible one. But watching these two unlikeable characters squabbling begs the question why is […]

THE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE (A NOISE WITHIN): 93% - SWEET

THE ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE (A NOISE WITHIN): 93% – SWEET

SWEET Under Dámaso Rodriguez’s direction, Puette gives a fearless performance: manic, swoony, exposed, acute —a being struggling to break free. Dechert deftly underplays his John, a steady tenor vibe to Puette’s lyric soprano. Charlotte Stoudt – LA Times SWEET Chivalry and the Southern false gentility, were they the cage that held in the nightingale? You’ll […]

Sacred Fools Appropriate Next Stop for Adventurous "Four Clowns"

Sacred Fools Appropriate Next Stop for Adventurous “Four Clowns”

“While Mona Lisa’s and Mad Hatter’s, sons of bankers, sons of lawyers, turn around and say “good morning” to the night, for unless they see the light, but they can’t and that is why, they know not if it’s dark outside or light.” Watching Alive Theatre’s production of “Four Clowns” at the Long Beach Playhouse […]

FOUR CLOWNS (SACRED FOOLS REVIVAL): 97% - SWEET

FOUR CLOWNS (SACRED FOOLS REVIVAL): 97% – SWEET

SWEET Aluma may be saying that human pain is at once particular and universal; what’s certain is his cast is gifted, including musical director Ellen Warkentine as the one woman orchestra in the wings. Amy Nicholson – LA Weekly (Fringe Review) SWEET The physicality of the actors was one of the most exciting things to […]

Fountain Theatre seeking Assistant Stage Manager

Need ASM to start immediately at the award-winning Fountain Theatre in Hollywood, for current hit production “A House Not Meant to Stand” currently running. New ASM will train this weekend and start immediately! Show times: TH-SAT 8pm, SUN 2pm thru May 22. $35 per show + $10 per hour for additional time. Must have ASM […]

THE WEIR (SOUTH COAST REP): 86% - SWEET

THE WEIR (SOUTH COAST REP): 86% – SWEET

SWEET He’s attempting simply to suggest a touch of the supernatural and to examine why human beings might believe in such para-normal events. With these more limited goals, McPherson and Shook succeed spectacularly well. The final, momentary sound effect in this production is more chilling than all the sturm und drang in Dunn’s more ambitious […]

Say Hello to Your "Lesser-Known" Los Angeles Theatre Critics

Say Hello to Your “Lesser-Known” Los Angeles Theatre Critics

During my travels around the virtual universe that is Los Angeles Theatre Criticism I’m often struck by the eclectic bios of our “lesser-known” reviewers. Now when I say “lesser” I in no way mean of poorer quality.  Nay, nay, nay.  Many of these fine “Sommelier’s of the Stage” gathered down below have written some of […]

Job Opening: H.S. Choir and Theater Director(s)

Choir and theater director(s) sought by West Valley community high school. An innovative and pluralistic Jewish high school is looking to fill the positions of theater director and choir director with either one or two high-spirited, creative and entrepreneurial artist/educators. The ideal candidate/s would not only have experience teaching, and possess a mastery of their […]

Tangled in the Web of Professionalism

Tangled in the Web of Professionalism

The recent $60 million dollar Broadway debacle that has ensnared the new Spiderman show, highlights the difference between “the big leagues” and our LA 99-seat theatre community. Even with the show already panned by the critics in a town where reviews still matter, the producers/moneymen fired their celebrated director, Julie Taymor, in a last-ditch effort […]

West Coast CTI Producing Conference: April 1st & 2nd

West Coast CTI Producing Conference: April 1st & 2nd

My friend and associate, Isabel Storey, of Storey Productions, sent me this message about an upcoming producing conference sponsored by the Commercial Theatre Institute (CTI). Thought all you burgeoning Los Angeles Theatre Producers might find it interesting if not downright relevant.  Here is Isabel’s contact info if you’d like more information: [email protected] Here’s Isabel’s message […]

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

A teacher was asked at a dinner party, “What do you make?’ This was his response.  Word up, Taylor.  Sorry.  Mister Mali.

World Theatre Day is this coming weekend, March 27th

World Theatre Day is this coming weekend, March 27th

What have you planned for World Theatre Day, a 50 year old celebration of the Arts in Theatre? I see quite a few cities worldwide signed up on the World Theatre Day website but I can’t find anything going on in Los Angeles. If you are planning to celebrate World Theatre Day in LA, let […]