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Looking for STAGE make up artist

FOR HIRE Looking for STAGE make up artist who can instruct teenagers in matching Ben Nye foundation to their skintones as well as teaching “aging up” techniques. This would occur within next 2-3 weeks. We are located in Santa Monica. May be needed for more make up sessions. Please send resume and portfolio to: [email protected] […]

RICHARD O'BRIEN'S THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (OLD GLOBE): 78% - SWEET

RICHARD O’BRIEN’S THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (OLD GLOBE): 78% – SWEET

SWEET But director James Vásquez’s production also boasts a few other, broader qualities: a wicked sense of humor, irresistible musical numbers and a whole lot of startlingly old-fashioned fun. James Hebert – San Diego Union-Tribune BITTERSWEET All that said, I’ve never seen the Old Globe Theatre more energized. The first-nighters, dressed as Rocky or Columbia […]

New BLIP: Do you think the Ovation Awards fairly represent the best in LA Theatre?

New BLIP: Do you think the Ovation Awards fairly represent the best in LA Theatre?

With all this topical Awards kerfuffle going on around town we decided that the newest BLIP (Bitter Lemons Interactive Poll) should join the fray. So here’s the newest poll question:             [poll id="5"] Yes, I know, we’re picking on the Ovations again. Don’t worry we’re equal opportunity offenders here at […]

Children and Art - by B.T. (Brett) Ryback

Children and Art – by B.T. (Brett) Ryback

CHILDREN AND ART – By B.T. (Brett) Ryback Children’s Theatre Ain’t Just Child’s Play I just returned to LA after a month of music directing Ahrens & Flaherty’s Seussical: The Musical at First Stage Children’s Theatre in Milwaukee, WI, and I’ve walked away with a renewed appreciation for children’s theatre. Stories for children have a clear […]

Call for Writer in Residence

Submission Deadline: Friday, November 4, 2011, rec’d by 5:00pm In celebration of Marion Davies’ support of artists and to further the work of artists in all disciplines, the Division has established an Artist Residency program at the Beach House. The Residency begins Monday, January 16, 2012 and concludes Monday, March 26, 2012 for a total […]

ALAP: Hiring Actors for The Playwright’s Playpen October 15!

ALAP’s big fall event — Drama Lama Ding Dong! — happens on Saturday, October 15 at West Hollywood’s Plummer Park, and one of the day’s programs, The Playwright’s Playpen, offers a terrific opportunity for actors registered with the ALAP Actor Database. The Playwright’s Playpen is a program which gives participating playwrights the opportunity to work […]

Looking for background players – Immediate Need! Some Pay

VARIOUS BACKGROUND ROLES (all ages/all ethnicities) – Theatre Bethune is looking for several people available immediately to work in several acting scenes in a dance multi-media piece opening in October. Be ready to ad lib as you play a protestor in one scene and shocked visitor who comes upon a whale family – as the […]

WALTER CRONKITE IS DEAD.: 86% - SWEET

WALTER CRONKITE IS DEAD.: 86% – SWEET

SWEET The play is slow to percolate and a mite talky, but the performances at the Rep., ably directed by Shana Wride, are tops. Melinda Gilb makes Patty a verbal avalanche. She begins with a DJ’s fear of dead air. Then, in a deft way, Gilb reels in Patty’s words toward the heart (she also […]

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

Geffen Playhouse’s trailer for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Nicely produced, but having seen the production, I’m not sure if it’s the best depiction of what you’re about to see. Nevertheless, here is your Friday Feature.

Four Clowns 2011 National Tour: Press Release

Four Clowns 2011 National Tour: Press Release

Four Clowns Conceived & Directed by Jeremy Aluma 2011 National Tour at Sacred Fools Theater Part of the Sacred Fools Spotlight Series  2011 San Francisco Fringe – Best of the Fringe Award 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival – Encore Performance Invitation 2010 Hollywood Fringe – Best in Physical Theatre & Dance “Rowdy, irreverent, totally inappropriate, slightly […]

Could Cirque Du Soleil's "Iris" be Los Angeles Theatre's New Center of Gravity?

Could Cirque Du Soleil’s “Iris” be Los Angeles Theatre’s New Center of Gravity?

This is the question Don Shirley raises in his excellent article at LA Stage Times entitled Could Cirque Help LA Theater Cultivate the Tourist Trade? The show “Iris” has just set up indefinite shop at the Kodak Theatre, actually renovating the space to accommodate their circus-worthy needs and so far the reviews have been very very good. […]

LOVE SICK: 100% - SWEET

LOVE SICK: 100% – SWEET

SWEET The writing, tech and performances combine into a hugely entertaining event. Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly SWEET Nonetheless, the performers do creditable work, particularly Hoover as the hapless antiheroine, Rains as the wolf in sheep’s clothing, and Christopher Game as a salacious self-help guru with a personal agenda. The not-quite-realistic dimension where the story […]

The Thursday Thought

The Thursday Thought

Hey, it’s the 90′s! I vividly remember tossing around that phrase during that particular decade and it actually meant something. Seems so long ago now, doesn’t it? IT’S THE 90S! from Everything Is Terrible! on Vimeo.

"IRIS" BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL (KODAK THEATRE): 92% - SWEET

“IRIS” BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL (KODAK THEATRE): 92% – SWEET

SWEET While I’m no connoisseur of Cirque du Soleil, which made its U.S. debut downtown in Little Tokyo in 1987 and has enjoyed, in the pre-show words of founder Guy Laliberté, “an amazing love affair with Los Angeles,” I prefer the company’s stupendous athletic prowess to its artiste pretensions. (Give me “Kà” over “Zumanity” any […]

Pay As You Leave

Pay As You Leave

No it’s not the Pasadena Playhouse’s new mission statement - though from what I’m reading on this site and hearing from my friends and associates in “the field” who have seen the Playhouse’s latest production of South Street - it should be. No, I’m serious, these are people I trust and respect and they aren’t just disappointed, they […]

"Snooty and the Beast" opens at Long Beach Melodrama

“Snooty and the Beast” opens at Long Beach Melodrama

LOCAL THEATER GETS SNOOTY FOR HALLOWEEN “Snooty and the Beast” opens at Long Beach Melodrama Long Beach, CA – 9/17/11 – A new spin on a tale that’s as old as time is what theater goers will find in the new family-friendly production, “Snooty and the Beast” Get ready to laugh happily every after beginning […]

Costumes Needed for “They Live Among Us”

“They Live Among Us”  is set in present day Los Angeles, far removed from the sun-washed landscape of boobs, blondes and Beverly Hills. It explores a grittier, more urban city  in which supernatural beings live anonymously amongst the masses of humanity. A gothic film-noir. The dark, seedy side of Los Angeles. Raymond Chandler meets Stephen King. […]

Employment Opportunity Development Director

The Los Angeles Music and Art School (LAMusArt) is a nonprofit organization that provides quality arts education to youth and adults in East Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. LAMusArt serves approximately 600 students each month, providing instruction in art, music, dance and drama. LAMusArt is seeking a qualified, motivated individual to assume the position […]

Funds available for story-based projects

Guidelines: http://www.calhum.org/guidelines/csf_2011_guidelines.htm Online application available: October 17, 2011 Application deadline: November 15, 2011 Awards announced by: February 28, 2011 Maximum award amount: $10,000 The California Council for the Humanities (CCH) invites applications for the next round of the California Story Fund (CSF). The purpose of this ongoing, competitive grant program is to capture and share […]

Call for Submissions – REDCAT’s Studio: Fall 2011

Call for Submissions – REDCAT’s Studio: Fall 2011 REDCAT is seeking original performance works for the next edition of Studio, REDCAT’s quarterly series of new works in progress in dance, theater, music, performance art and multidisciplinary. Applications are due by 5:00PM: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Showings: Saturday, October 22, 2011 Performance dates: Sunday & Monday, […]

SOUTH STREET: 63% - BITTERSWEET

SOUTH STREET: 63% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET In fact, the first thing that strikes you about this production is the huge cast: some 27 fabulous singers and dancers. You just don’t see that many performers on one stage any more. Kudos to director Roger Castellano who keeps them all moving with ease. Cynthia Citron – LA Examiner BITTERSWEET The marvelously evocative […]

THE VAULT: UNLOCKED: 100% - SWEET

THE VAULT: UNLOCKED: 100% – SWEET

SWEET This show is full of music and laughs, but be warned that it’s also full of adult language and sexual content. So leave the kids at home, grab yourself a double chai latte and go. If you’re a hipster, you’ll laugh with them; if you’re not, you’ll laugh at them. But you will definitely […]

Bakersfield Mist extends for a third time thru Dec 18

Bakersfield Mist extends for a third time thru Dec 18

The critically-acclaimed new play Bakersfield Mist has extended for a third time at The Fountain Theatre, through December 18. Hailed as “Critic’s Choice” in the Los Angeles Times, the world premiere comedy, written and directed by Stephen Sachs and starring husband-and-wife actors Jenny O’Hara and Nick Ullett, has been playing to sold-out houses and earning […]

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

Stumbled upon this promotional video for the Buffalo, NY, Theatre Community. Clearly it’s a tourist inspired calling card, which is fine, nothing wrong with that. I actually had a play open at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo during their Curtain Up! celebration and it really was quite special. Definitely felt warmly welcomed by a very […]

Clown Car Chronicles: By the Numbers

Clown Car Chronicles: By the Numbers

7,459 miles traveled 2,134 dollars on gas 883 audience members 532 cigarettes smoked 113 degrees in Phoenix 42 days of traveling 19 shows 13 states traveled 10 bottles of liquor drank 7 cities to perform in 4 clowns

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

TO CARRY THE CHILD Jamie Di-Rosario Connor – Daily Trojan When a play has been in rehearsals for a substantial amount of time, audiences expect the biggest problems on opening night to be technicalities. Worst-case scenario, there’s an understandable disconnect between the characters and the audience that can be fixed through routine tweaking of character […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

A WIDOW OF NO IMPORTANCE Kat Michels – Stage and Cinema IDENTITY CRISIS In a Mumbai flat, Deepa Kirpalani (Lina Patel), who lost her husband two years earlier, lives under the strict Hindu rules of widowhood. She never leaves her home, wears all white, goes without jewelry or make-up, and spends her days praying for […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

A WIDOW OF NO IMPORTANCE Suzy Yaako – Socal Housed in a renovated church, the audience congregated in the lovely starry-lit garden of the East West Players theater, awaiting the 46th Anniversary season kick-off, featuring the World Premiere of emerging writer Shane Sakhrani’ A Widow of No Importance. The excitement around me was contagious. I […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“While I’m on the topic of responsibility – New York playwright, New York characters, New York story, New York actors – notice a theme? Yet, Center Theatre Group’s motto is “LA’s Theatre Company.” Poor Behavior is another Center Theatre Group show that’s been cast out of New York, began rehearsals in New York, et cetera… Does this […]

THE LEOPARD: 100% - SWEET

THE LEOPARD: 100% – SWEET

SWEET I was pleased to see a full house on opening night. Even though I was in a room full of people, I felt such an intimacy between myself and “Ernest.” Do yourself a favor and see this play—I highly recommend it. Zena Kapsoff – Tolucan Times SWEET Goff is so real, warm and sentient […]