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Experienced House Manager Needed

The production of Force 12 by Ron Allen and Jo D Jonz is in need of an experienced House Manager. Fridays and Saturdays July 15 – August 20 Call Time: 7pm Curtain: 8pm Running Time: approx. 90 min (no intermission) Electric Lodge 1416 Electric Ave Venice, CA 90291 Duties include: Keeping the reservation book organized [...]

The Thursday Thought

The Thursday Thought

This is just weird and creepy so of course it’s perfect for today’s sampling of the “weird and creepy”. It’s brief but mighty.

Stage Manager needed

Sixth Avenue is looking for a non-equity, experienced, organized stage manager  for the Los Angeles premiere of “Nerve” by Adam Szymkowicz. The play will be directed by Michael Matthews and has a multi-award winning design team attached. Rehearsals begin July 5 in West Hollywood — weekday daytimes and some evenings. The show techs July 30-August [...]

Write Act Repertory Theatre’s Producing Artistic Directors John Lant and Ken Cosby are proud to present the West Coast Premiere of The War Zone Is My Bed

Write Act Repertory Theatre’s Producing Artistic Directors John Lant and Ken Cosby are proud to present the West Coast Premiere of The War Zone Is My Bed. The War Zone Is My Bed is a two-act play about love affairs and spiritual destruction in war-torn Sarajevo, Kabul and Dubrovnik. Intimate and confessional in tone, it [...]

Children’s show – need actor (Position filled!)

(Position filled. Thank you all who submitted!) Open Window Entertainment needs a male actor for a production of “Tom Sawyer” on Thursday, July 7th at 1pm in West Los Angeles. The production is a 45 minute in-the-round touring show that will be performed for elementary school-aged children. They are trying to cover one performance on [...]

“Radar LA was much more important than the Hollywood Fringe Festival.” -Harvey Perr, Stage and Cinema

“Radar LA was much more important than the Hollywood Fringe Festival.” -Harvey Perr, Stage and Cinema

This was the rather shocking statement uttered by Harvey Perr during the Bitter Lemons sponsored Critics Panel at the Fringe. The statement came after Harvey admitted that he’d seen almost ALL of the 14 Radar LA shows and had seen only 1 of the 200+ shows playing at the Fringe. The show he had seen [...]

Sam Anderson and Corryn Cummins in "Blackbird" at Theatre/Theater. Credit: John Flynn

BLACKBIRD (ROGUE MACHINE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET I think Blackbird, at heart, contains both despair and hope, without one canceling the other out. But Blackbird provides more proof that Rogue Machine is one of our most intelligent and vibrant theater companies. Harvey Perr – Stage and Cinema SWEET Larsen takes a less abstract approach to the play than Joe Mantello did [...]

From the writer of The Carol Burnett Show, Kenny Solms brings you ‘It Must Be Him.’

From the writer of The Carol Burnett Show, Kenny Solms brings you ‘It Must Be Him.’ Solms tells the story of Louie Wexler, whiz kid comedy writer from the heyday of variety television, who is now out of luck and out of new ideas. With his devoted agent and his considerably less devoted housekeeper by [...]

Running Crew Needed July/August – PAID positions

Looking for running crew for production of QUAKE at the Open Fist Theatre. Commitment would begin July 2 (July 4 off) and end August 27 (sporadic dates). Light lifting and set moving involved. There is a stipend for this position…please contact Anjali at 917-327-6940 or abhimani@aol.com for more information.

Auditions for U.S. Premiere of COCKROACH

COCKROACH, by British playwright Sam Holcroft, is the story of five students and their teacher doing their best to continue on with normal life and survive as a once far off war creeps closer and closer to home. Monkey Wrench Collective is an internationally recognized theater in Fullerton, CA. Pay: small stipend provided Cast: [ [...]

Overturning the Lilies by Jay McAdams

Overturning the Lilies by Jay McAdams

Those of us in the arts, do more than our fair share of “panels”. Every time I go to conference or meeting where there’s a panel, I feel the dread. It creeps up in my throat and shoulders when I see the long sideways table. It gets even worse and I start to feel like [...]

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

In honor of the Fringe, I give you a badly recorded, barely audible video from the Fringe starring Gedaly Guberek with a cameo from Matthew Quinn. Oh, and a picture of me. At the Fringe. Looking Fringy. At best.          

Paul Denk, Lane Compton, Jason Paul Field, Nick Similuca in "A Memory of Two Mondays" at the Ruskin Group Theatre. Photo:

A MEMORY OF TWO MONDAYS (RUSKIN GROUP): 90% – SWEET

SWEET Thanks to Ms. Mulkey and this wonderful cast, ‘A Memory Of Two Mondays’ is a play you will definitely remember long after you leave the theater. Joan and John Schwartz – LA Examiner SWEET The Ruskin is right next to the Santa Monica Airport and they have a busy calendar of varied and fresh [...]

Wayne Stribling Jr. and Victoria Rabitcheff in "Closet Land" at NoHo Stages. Photo courtesy of The Visceral Company.

CLOSET LAND: 100% – SWEET

SWEET Powerfully directed, Closet Land brings a frighteningly dark story to life in a way that might be all too real. Debbie Kagy – Tolucan Times SWEET This 85 minute single-act two-person drama, penned by Radha Bharadwaj, and tensely directed by John McCormic, has everything a mystery-thriller needs: suspense, loathing of authority, sweaty, uncomfortable, repetitive [...]

Silvia Tovar (l.), T.J. O'Connell and ensemble in "Bordering on Love" at Company of Angeles. Credit: Rafael Cardenas.

BORDERING ON LOVE: 100% – SWEET

SWEET A face-off between marriage equality and immigration reform centers “Bordering on Love,” Evangeline Ordaz’s promising comedy in its erratic yet engaging premiere by Company of Angels. David C. Nichols – LA Times SWEET Though the play needs editing – particularly toward the close when a few false endings are dragged out by new, late-breaking [...]

Radio Program LA LA Land Enters the Fray for Los Angeles Theatre

Radio Program LA LA Land Enters the Fray for Los Angeles Theatre

Received a message from Brett Chapin who is one of the Hosts of a Live-Streaming radio program called “LA LA Land”. He sent me this link to a recent show where he and his co-host Netalee Leddel took up the baton over the LA Times Panel controversy. Something we wrote about here, here and here. [...]

Jenny O’Hara, Nick Ullett in "Bakersfield Mist" at the Fountain Theatre.  Credit: Ed Krieger.

BAKERSFIELD MIST: 97% – SWEET

SWEET This is entertainment, not art (despite the fact that Art is at the heart of its theme), but it is entertainment at its simplest and best. There are times when a reviewer sees a play and all he wants to say is, hey folks, just go, take my word for it, you’re going to [...]

Catching Up

Catching Up

Hey, Lemon Heads. So clearly we here at the Lemon are way behind in our daily duties. It was all Fringe all the time for the last three weeks, though I did get away and experience some of the other theatre extravaganzas that were happening over the last three weeks. So, thanks for your patience, [...]

And the Awards at the 2nd Annual Fringe Festival go to…

And the Awards at the 2nd Annual Fringe Festival go to…

The Top of the Fringe Award 4 Clowns Fringe Freak Award for Best International Show How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse Fringe Freak Award for Best World Premier 4 Clowns Fringe Freak Award for Best Comedy Lost Moon Radio Fringe Freak Award for Best Theatre Girl Band in the Men’s Room Fringe Freak Award for [...]

Critics Panel Video

Critics Panel Video

If you missed Saturday mornings Critics Panel at Fringe Central, you still can catch the discussion here, courtesy of StageNStream.com. We welcome your comments and even suggestions for future panels below or on our YouTube channel. Fringe Critics Panel – Part 1 Fringe Critics Panel – Part 2 Fringe Critics Panel – Part 3 Fringe [...]

And the Bitter Lemons Outrageous Award for Theatre Nominees are

And the Bitter Lemons Outrageous Award for Theatre Nominees are

This year there were so many fantastic shows at the Fringe, we couldn’t get enough and we hope that a lot of them will continue their performances way beyond this weekend. There were lots of premiers, lots of new directors and writers, who tried their craft in live theatre and there was also some amazing [...]

The Daily FringeMeter Update – 6/26/2011

The Daily FringeMeter Update – 6/26/2011

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2011 Rankings And here is the last Daily FringeMeter Update for this years Hollywood Fringe Festival. Today is the last day to wear yourself out on theatre, so get out and get down to Hollywood. And don’t forget, there is the Awards Show tonight at Fringe Central which includes the Bitter Lemons [...]

Fringe Critics Panel is Tomorrow!

Fringe Critics Panel is Tomorrow!

Come one, come all.  It’s going to be a barn-burner. 11:30-1:00pm, tomorrow, Saturday, June 25th, 2011, at the Mainstage of Fringe Central, 6569 Santa Monica Blvd. We have some of the most pre-eminent critics in Los Angeles sitting on the panel. And then, well, there’s me. I’ll be the guy shooting spitballs at the crowd. The [...]

The Daily FringeMeter Update

The Daily FringeMeter Update

Here’s todays numbers. As always you can check out all the reviews at our FringeMeter Page. And make sure you go to the Fringe site after you see a show and offer a review. Hollywood Fringe Festival 2011 Rankings   TRIM — 100% Sweet A misguided personal trainer struggles to clean up his life after [...]

ClassicsFest 2011

ClassicsFest 2011

The Antaeus Company, L.A.’s classical theater ensemble, presents ClassicsFest 2011, its popular “summer splash” of actor-initiated workshops, readings, and special events. Audiences can choose from a veritable smorgasbord of the classics between July 13 and August 21 at the company’s interim home, Deaf West Theatre in the NoHo Arts District. Every summer, Antaeus invites audiences [...]

Box Office Assistant at A Noise Within theatre

Established nonprofit theatre is looking for a friendly customer service oriented candidate for a part time/full time position. Candidate must be detail oriented, pc proficient, professional, conscientious, and a good multi-tasker. Duties will include all aspects of box office management including phone, online and in person customer sales and service. Sales, box office and theatre [...]

Calling all Los Angeles Theatre Producers

Calling all Los Angeles Theatre Producers

I’m gonna say this as succinctly as I possibly can: If you consider yourself a Theatre Producer in Los Angeles and you haven’t yet attended a show at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, you’re an idiot. That’s right I said it. And I’ve said it before here. Now I know there are a few producers who [...]

A Monday Moment with a Thursday Thought (because I’m so behind!)

A Monday Moment with a Thursday Thought (because I’m so behind!)

This is pretty damn funny. A Southwest pilot bitching about the lack of datable flight attendants because there are too many “gays, grannies and grandes”. The rant went out over the ENTIRE Southwest network. Love the part when the controller is like, “Uh, you might want to stop talking now.” It’s a new age, Lemon [...]

Top Five Fringe Faves So Far by Enci [UPDATED]

Top Five Fringe Faves So Far by Enci [UPDATED]

Yesterday I got to see a few more shows and I have to add them to this list, as they were very, very good and I hope you can catch these in the next 3 days! So below is the revised list of my top shows, now expanded to 7 from the previous 5. Colin [...]

Playwright To Talk Back to Uranium Madhouse Audience

Playwright Rick Burkhardt will engage audience in discussion of his play “Conversation Storm,” a Uranium Madhouse entry in the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival Hollywood (June 22, 2011) – On the final evening of the Los Angeles premier of his play, “Conversation Storm,” playwright Rick Burkhardt will be join with Uranium Madhouse director Andrew Utter for [...]