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Broadway Defies the Recession

Broadway Defies the Recession

Apparently the 2010-2011 season on the Great White Way was…well…great. Check out this story in the Times.  Attendance and box office saw increases. Check this: For 2010-11, Broadway shows brought in a total of $1,080,562,880 and attendance of 12,534,595. The 2010-11 season began May 24, 2010 and ended May 29, 2011. One billion dollars.  12 [...]

Billy Connolly at the Ricardo Montalban

Billy Connolly at the Ricardo Montalban

I really just wanted to put those two names together in a title. That’s it.  Nothing more to add. Hat tip to Pauline Adamek over at ArtsBeatLA. Carry on, Lemon Heads.  Nothing more to see here.

The “purely fictional” G-Spot

The “purely fictional” G-Spot

From Boston Court’s We Play Different blog.  My first time seeing these “Discussed at Today’s Staff Meeting” videos. Darn tootin’ funny.

Open call audition for TSARINA Monday, June 6

Open call audition for TSARINA Monday, June 6 · 3:00pm – 8:00pm Madilyn Clark Studio D 10852 Burbank Blvd. N. Hollywood, CA 91601 Bring headshot, resume & prepare 32 bars of a Pop/Broadway song & 16 bars of a contrasting legit song. There will be a accompanist. You may be asked to read and/or do [...]

COWBOYS AND INDIANS THEATER COMPANY WILL PERFORM MAIZY: A FABLE IN THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

CONTACT: Raina Lewis 857-719-9141 or rmllewis@gmail.com COWBOYS AND INDIANS THEATER COMPANY WILL PERFORM MAIZY: A FABLE IN THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL Written by Ben Lewis Directed by Alexis Bloom HOLLYWOOD, CA May 9, 2011 Award-winning theater company, Cowboys and Indians, presents Maizy: A Fable as part of the Second Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival. Press preview [...]

World Premiere of Interactive Children’s show “Voices from Chornobyl, Jr.” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

World Premiere of Interactive Children’s show “Voices from Chornobyl, Jr.” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press/media contact: Rachel Stoll (661) 220-9924 or rach.stoll@gmail.com World Premiere of Interactive Children’s show “Voices from Chornobyl, Jr.” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival Katya was 9 when the accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant changed her life. An interactive and educational story of a young girl struggling with her world, brought [...]

Fun Family Festival of Tragedy – LA’s first Shakespeare festival for All Ages

Fun Family Festival of Tragedy – LA’s first Shakespeare festival for All Ages

          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Seth Compton seth@lenfantterrible.org Bootleg Theater presents a L’Enfant Terrible Event Fun Family Festival of Tragedy LA’s first Shakespeare festival for All Ages! The summer series includes All Ages adaptations of: Hamlet, Prince of Puddles Titus the Clownicus King O’Leary and the world premiere of Macbeth [...]

LONESOME NO MORE! THEATRE PRESENTS FRANK WEDEKIND’S SPRING AWAKENING AT THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

LONESOME NO MORE! THEATRE PRESENTS FRANK WEDEKIND’S SPRING AWAKENING AT THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL JUNE 16-26, 2011 Young Los Angeles Theatre Company Stages Jonathan Franzen’s Darkly Comedic Translation Of This Classic Coming Of Age Story. Los Angeles, CA – Lonesome No More! Theatre presents Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, as translated by Jonathan Franzen, at the [...]

West Coast Premiere of “The Many Women of Troy” at 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival

West Coast Premiere of “The Many Women of Troy” at 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival The Pallas Theatre Collective is pleased to announce that their season’s production of “The Many Women of Troy”, a new musical, will be a part of the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival, marking the area premiere of their work at the Open [...]

A Happy Memorial Day Monday Moment

A Happy Memorial Day Monday Moment

A lovely tribute from a grandson to his deceased grandfather, called Vovo, from filmmaker Luiz Lafayette Stockler. I wonder if my son will remember his grandfather when he passes.  My father, Retired Major General John Henderson Mitchell, Vietnam War Veteran, US Commander of West Berlin, currently suffering from Alzheimers. I’ve added a pic of him [...]

Moving from studio to studio… Rogue Artists Ensemble’s D is for Dog

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Lucy Pollak lucy@lucypr.com (818) 887-1499 (for media only) Moving from studio to studio… Rogue Artists Ensemble’s D is for Dog premieres with four performances at SOUTH COAST REPERTORY’s Studio Series June-17-19, followed by a 6-week run at STUDIO/STAGE in Los Angeles July 1-Aug. 7 LOS ANGELES –  May [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

KRUNK FU BATTLE BATTLE Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema WHAT THE FUNK? When giving feedback at High School theatre competitions, adjudicators are reminded to encourage, not discourage young performers: negative criticism, however accurate, may dampen the spirit of gung-ho newcomers to the theatre. It is the judge’s task to support thespian tenderfoots by accentuating [...]

Roger Guinnevere Smith in "Juan and John" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.  Photo courtesy of Craig Schwartz.

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

JUAN AND JOHN Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly Let’s get personal for a moment: Traditional journalism in the U.S. still bans the first-person pronouns “I” and “me,” presuming that such cavalier intimacy, tilting into narcissism, compromises objectivity. Among the reasons that the “alternative” press, four to five decades ago, came to traffic in first-person [...]

Amir Levy and Kevin Klein in "Four Clowns" at Sacred Fools.  Photo courtesy of Four Clowns.

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

FOUR CLOWNS Susan Burns – Melpomene Blogs Back Do not hire these clowns for your child’s birthday party. In fact, do not allow these clowns near ANY children. EVER. These four clowns embody the worst elements of humanity and force the audience to look directly at them, unflinchingly, for an hour and a half. It [...]

Santa Monica Rep: Casting for The Tempest

SANTA MONICA REP IS HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR THE TEMPEST, BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 60-75 minute ensemble-based adaptation, with movement, masks, live music and puppetry performed during the day, outdoors at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica.  Produced by Santa Monica Rep for the 2011 Annenberg Beach House Residency, part of the City of Santa Monica’s Beach=Culture [...]

Theatre 360 Office Coordinator Position

Position: Office Coordinator Location: Pasadena, CA Type: Part-time (20 – 25 hours a week), M-F Salary: $11-13 per hour Theatre 360 is Los Angeles’ preeminent children’s theatre education and performance company. They are seeking an office coordinator with skills, experience and savvy to be the back bone of day-to-day operations. To thrive in this role [...]

Looking for Box Office Manager

L’Enfant Terrible is looking for a box office manager with experience using Patron Ticketing. L’Enfant Terrible is producing the Fun Family Festival of Tragedy at the Bootleg Theater June 4-July 31. Ideal candidates will be energetic, organized, competent, flexible, and a problem solvers who can lead a team of support staff and help capitalize on [...]

Board-Op and House Manager needed- with pay

Uranium Madhouse is seeking a sound board operator and a house manager for its upcoming production Conversation Storm/The House of Cards. Show runs for three weekends starting June 9. Sound board operator needed to start right away, House Manager to start June 9. There is a stipend for both positions. Please send inquiries to andrew@uraniummadhouse.org [...]

COSTUMING JOB – Paid

During the next couple of weeks there will be a new project posting on Kickstarter. It is for a one-man-show, working title: King Edward VII-Victoria’s Boy. Until the Kickstarter 90 day fund raising period is complete it will not be known for sure that the budget has been secured. However, assuming it comes through the [...]

LA STAGE ALLIANCE is hiring two full-time positions!

LA STAGE ALLIANCE is hiring two full-time positions! Join the LASA team and help make an impact on our communities and help empower the thousands of artists and millions of audience members in the Greater Los Angeles Community! *APPLICATIONS FOR THESE POSITIONS ARE DUE AT 12:00 NOON ON JUNE 20TH. THESE POSITIONS BEGIN BY JULY [...]

A Live Reading of Ulysses on Twitter

A Live Reading of Ulysses on Twitter

Just about a year ago got hooked on Romeo and Juliet on Twitter, even though the “tweetformance” had quite a few flaws in my opinion. Now I came across a new “tweetformance”, this time in the form of a live reading of James Joyce’s famously impenetrable modernist masterpiece Ulysses. According to the Wiki, Ulysses is [...]

COWBOYS AND INDIANS THEATER COMPANY WILL PERFORM MAIZY: A FABLE IN THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

COWBOYS AND INDIANS THEATER COMPANY WILL PERFORM MAIZY: A FABLE IN THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL Written by Ben Lewis Directed by Alexis Bloom HOLLYWOOD, CA May 27, 2011 Award-winning theater company, Cowboys and Indians, presents Maizy: A Fable as part of the Second Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival. Press preview Tuesday June 14th at 8pm. Performances [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“So, today’s audience of I Never Sang for My Father might be less stirred by revealed domestic truths (or by blatant bouts of bigotry) than by vintage fashion and spell-binding performances. While the play’s content might keep you engaged, the acting will have you rapt. I actually leapt to my feet the second the curtain [...]

"All Shook Up" at the St. Plummer Auditorium. Photo courtesy of 3-D Theatricals.

ALL SHOOK UP: 100% – SWEET

SWEET The Bard meets Elvis the Pelvis, with a touch of “Footloose,” in librettist Joe DiPietro’s effervescent jukebox musical. Under the buoyant direction of T.J. Dawson, this tasty confection fully satisfies, through the efforts of a boffo performing ensemble, Dana Solimando’s showstopping choreography, and the smashing music direction and conducting of Allen Everman. Les Spindle [...]

As I was searching Google for an Image…

As I was searching Google for an Image…

…I typed in “overwhelmed theatre” and I got…           I’m not quite sure what to make of it…

“Well, we’ve still got a lot of material to cover.”

“Well, we’ve still got a lot of material to cover.”

This from LA Weekly’s Steven Leigh Morris’ Stage Raw blog: QUOTE OF THE WEEK: 8:45 p.m., during intermission in the lobby of a North Hollywood 99-seat theater (the show started at 7 p.m.), an elderly female patron asks the company rep selling snacks how long the second act runs. “Oh, you should be out of [...]

Michael Rubenstone, Casey Kramer and Abigail Marks in "South of Delancey" at the Fremont Center Theatre.  Photo courtesy of Dove Huntley.

SOUTH OF DELANCEY: 88% – SWEET

SWEET The show’s most fascinating moments occur when Sommers incorporates the original recordings and the Yiddish-speaking judge can be heard feebly throwing rabbinical bromides and blandishments at cases of such hopelessly intractable incompatibility. Sommers’ tight staging (with Carol Doehring’s crisp lights and period-perfect costumes by Lois Tedrow) and a powerful ensemble lend the proceedings considerable [...]

The Thursday Thought

The Thursday Thought

This from Ken Davenport’s Producer’s Persepctive blog.  These are the top Broadway grossing shows from the week ending 5/22/11. And here’s my thought (late though it is – is is really 10pm?): wouldn’t it be entertaining if we were able to tabulate something like this in Los Angeles?  Obviously we don’t have a Broadway, and [...]

Annabelle Borke, Ben Huber and Amelia Alvarez in "Between Us Chickens" at the Atwater Village Theatre.  Photo courtesy of Shane William Zwiener.

BETWEEN US CHICKENS: 67% – SWEET

SWEET In 90 minutes, Alvarez tackles the changing face of today’s 20-somethings. Unlike many youthful and superficial comedies, hers presents a somewhat darker face on surviving in a place like Los Angeles, suggesting that the inherent character of success may lead to an opportunistic and destructive ending. Debate certainly doesn’t end with the final curtain. [...]

The Hollywood Fringe Festival presents…The Yogamerican Dream

The Hollywood Fringe Festival presents…The Yogamerican Dream

The Hollywood Fringe Festival presents… The Yogamerican Dream written by and starring Casey Gates directed by Jeremy Aluma Calendar Listing What: The Yogamerican Dream by Casey Gates When: Saturday June 11th @ 6PM Friday June 17th @ 10:30PM Saturday June 18th @ 6PM Friday June 24th @ 9PM Saturday June 25th @ 10:30PM Where: ArtWorks [...]