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Overheard in the Theater

Overheard in the Theater

Overheard before 9 Circles at Bootleg… MAN: You want wine or a beer? WOMAN: Water. MAN: Do they have water? WOMAN: How can they not have water? MAN: Why would you want it? WOMAN: I want water. What’s wrong with water? MAN: Woa…I think there’s a costume thing later. Check it out. WOMAN: Oh, no. […]

The Return of Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare at Play and the Burbank Public Library are Proud to Announce the Return of Shakespeare in the Park. After a one year hiatus, Shakespeare at Play is back for its seventh year performing, for one day only; one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved and tragic classics: ROMEO AND JULIET It will be performed in […]

TWELFTH NIGHT (A NOISE WITHIN): 58% - BITTERSWEET

TWELFTH NIGHT (A NOISE WITHIN): 58% – BITTERSWEET

BITTERSWEET If the test of a good production is the extent to which the final reunion and reconciliation scene moves an audience, then this “Twelfth Night” can be rated a solid effort. The staging, it must be said, doesn’t always maintain the highest standards of discipline — the diction of certain actors is garbled, the […]

JOB: Admin Asst – Finance at LA Master Chorale

Available Position: Administrative Assistant/Finance The Los Angeles Master Chorale seeks an experienced and highly skilled administrative assistant to provide comprehensive support in the organization’s financial and human resources operations. The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently and productively in a fast-paced environment, to interact effectively with volunteer leaders and staff colleagues, to […]

JOB: Development Associate at LA Master Chorale

Available Position: Development Associate The Los Angeles Master Chorale seeks an experienced and highly skilled administrative associate to provide comprehensive support for senior staff and Board members in achieving established fundraising goals. The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently and productively in a fast-paced environment, to interact effectively with volunteer leaders and […]

Seeking African American Actor for Pulp Shakespeare

Pulp Shakespeare is extending its run and the production is looking for an understudy for one of their male leads. JULIUS WINNFIELD, (JULES). Lead. 25-45. African American. A murderer; expressive, commanding stage presence. Must have strong Shakespearean experience. If interested please email resume/headshot to [email protected]

Seeking Japanese-speaking actor for REACTOR

Son of Semele is looking for a Japanese-speaking actor, preferably male between 30-60 years of age, to join a collaborative theater piece. Knowledge or familiarity with manzai or rakugo is a plus, but not required. Inspired by our ever-changing relationship to nuclear power, REACTOR (Or Simple, Clean, Efficient) is a collaborative theater piece spearheaded by […]

VOICE LESSONS (WHITEFIRE REVIVAL): 93% - SWEET

VOICE LESSONS (WHITEFIRE REVIVAL): 93% – SWEET

SWEET Just when things get really interesting, the play ends. It’s a bit of a cheat, given the rampant possibilities of a second-act romance between two self-haters who yearn to be even slightly cherished. But both Metcalf and Stewart, veterans of Tanner’s bumpy comedies, know how to work every moment of this 60-minute show. They […]

A Happy Halloween Monday Moment

A Happy Halloween Monday Moment

Boy, I’d hate to be this guy’s neighbor. Clearly the recession is NOT affecting him. Happy Halloween, LemonHeads! Don’t scare any two year olds today, one of them might be my son!

Last Chance to Vote on the Latest BLIP and to show Bitter Lemons some Love!

Last Chance to Vote on the Latest BLIP and to show Bitter Lemons some Love!

As we slide into the final day of October and that grand occasion known as All Hallowed Eve, we just wanted to let y’all know that this will also be the final day for the latest BLIP and also to vote for Bitter Lemons for Intuit’s Love a Local Business Hiring Grant campaign. Thanks to […]

A Saturday Saying Rebuttal

A Saturday Saying Rebuttal

Here was the original Saturday Saying, concerning the presently running production of “All My Sons” at the Matrix. Here’s the rebuttal “saying” sent by a concerned party. “Going into the production I was troubled by the notion of its non-traditional casting – the Kellers are an interracial couple, the Deevers Asian. This is 1947 after […]

Does Criticism Matter?

Does Criticism Matter?

When the collision of art and a curious mind creates such insightful poetry as this, it more than matters, it is essential. Hat tip, the most honorable Professor Thomas. “When this American man and Chinese woman exchange passionate words in his hotel room, with neither knowing what the other is saying, we are piquantly reminded […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

PEACE IN OUR TIME Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema A COWARD IN PEACETIME [Undelivered letter to Noël Coward discovered in North Hollywood:] My Darling Noël: Sir Anthony here, writing to you from the palm-drenched regions of Los Angeles, where I am taking a much-needed holiday from the horrors of war. (Let me know, Dear […]

Seeking young man for upcoming play

Need to fill the role of Paul in upcoming Holiday show, MY THREE ANGELS. Character is 25-35 year old “Cad” who is gleefully  assassinated in the third act. The company is already in the second week of rehearsals. They are casting outside the company for this role, so if you fill the bill or know […]

Things to do this Halloween Weekend in Los Angeles

Things to do this Halloween Weekend in Los Angeles

Well, go see a show, obviously. I’m catching EST-LA’s House of Gold at the Atwater Village Theatre tonight. But besides that there’s plethora of events for the theatrically inclined here in Los Angeles. Lost Moon Radio’s Halloween Bash (Hint: I will be there later in the evening so you know it has to be cool): […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“Despite a multi-racial cast that, if read literally, transforms Arthur Miller’s play into an anachronistic parody, The Matrix Theatre Company’s new production of All My Sons, although powerful, thought-provoking, and moving, still fails in its stated intention of examining race in America. Like so much of our nation’s present approach to race, gender, culture, and sexual […]

MOSES SUPPOSES: 87% - SWEET

MOSES SUPPOSES: 87% – SWEET

BITTERSWEET Unfortunately, this two-hour-plus comedy mines no laughs. Fortunately for Melaver, Director/Producer Lee Sankowich deftly steered his talented cast of four through a shaky first act to wrenching heartstring-tugging scenes to a satisfying conclusion. Gil Kaan – Culture Spot LA SWEET A wild n’ whacky family comedy, ambitiously written by Ellen Melaver, and playfully directed […]

BHUTAN: 90% - SWEET

BHUTAN: 90% – SWEET

SWEET Director Elina de Santos has assembled a top-notch cast and deploys the actors with a keen awareness of the play’s nuances. Neal Weaver – Backstage SWEET Bhutan is well directed by Elina de Santos and features an excellent ensemble (which also includes Tracie Lockwood as Sara, Mary’s lecherous sister). Willard Manus – Total Theatre […]

Bitter Lemons needs just a little more LOVE!

Bitter Lemons needs just a little more LOVE!

Thanks so much to everyone who has voted so far for our Intuit Love a Local Business campaign. Enci and I are so very grateful for all the kind words and the tremendous support. But we’re not quite there yet. As of now we are one of the top 23 companies in the running. We’re […]

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

The Dinosaur Within, still playing at the Theatre @ Boston Court through November 6, 2011. Check it.

CHRISTMAS 4 BUKOWSKI

CHRISTMAS 4 BUKOWSKI

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group’s all-new holiday presentation of Bukowski’s finest poems and stories, featuring a live musical score of new and classic yule-tide tunes by Jessica Lynn Verdi. Directed by Josh T. Ryan, and featuring Andy Babinski, Michael Blomgren, Julie Fergus, Brian Robert Harris, Ken Mottard and Wasim Nomani. FRIDAYS @ 8:30pm, NOVEMBER 11 […]

Stage Manager wanted for a new play at The Blank Theatre

The Blank Theatre Company is seeking a stage manager for its upcoming west coast premiere of THE COST OF ERECTION by Jon Marans and directed by Daniel Henning. Rehearsals start on or around December 8th, 2011 with a break for the holidays from December 17th through January 3rd, 2012. Performances are February 2nd – March […]

HERMETICALLY SEALED: 94% - SWEET

HERMETICALLY SEALED: 94% – SWEET

SWEET Despite some rough edges on opening night, director Joel Polis marshals a vital and accomplished ensemble, adding breadth to dialogue spilling over with chatter about lemon bars and mango tarts. Bermingham’s harassed but devoted matriarch is the soul of the play while Podany, most impressive given his youth — he’s a local high school […]

COME FLY AWAY (PANTAGES THEATRE & SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS): 88% - SWEET

COME FLY AWAY (PANTAGES THEATRE & SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS): 88% – SWEET

SWEET If Beyoncé isn’t already at the Pantages taking notes, she should be. No choreographer alive knows more about getting pop songs on their feet than Twyla Tharp — and just about everything she knows is on view in “Come Fly Away,” the full-evening salute to the vocals of Frank Sinatra that opened Tuesday for […]

The Thursday Thought

The Thursday Thought

We are an extraordinary species. Our ability to transcend fear and seemingly defy the laws of gravity is sometimes beyond belief. And yet so very typically “human”. Exhibit A. Enjoy, LemonHeads.

ALL MY SONS (MATRIX THEATRE): 96% - SWEET

ALL MY SONS (MATRIX THEATRE): 96% – SWEET

SWEET Miller’s words deserve a stunning showcase with a firm-handed director, excellent actors, and good all-around production values. Miller’s “All My Sons” gets exactly that in The Matrix Theatre’s current production directed by Cameron Watson with an invitingly detailed backyard set designed by Emmy Award-winning Jon Iacovelli. Gil Kaan – Culture Spot LA SWEET Producer […]

SOUTHERN COMFORTS (FALCON THEATRE): 91% - SWEET

SOUTHERN COMFORTS (FALCON THEATRE): 91% – SWEET

SWEET Southern Comforts contains gentle laughs, romance, and fine performances as it looks at a second chance for love between two mature adults. Wistful and sweetly romantic, the play thoughtfully examines how opposites attract, but then must work to successfully blend those two opposing natures. Mary Mallory – Tolucan Times BITTERSWEET In darker hands, this […]

LOLPERA: 100% - SWEET

LOLPERA: 100% – SWEET

SWEET Loosely — and I mean loosely — stitching together a libretto from captions found on I Can Has Cheezburger, the wildly addictive website featuring (mostly) felines, silly poses and bad grammar, writers Ellen Warkentine and Andrew Pedroza have pulled off an epic win with giddily absurd rock opera LOLPERA. Mindy Farabee – LA Weekly […]

THE STANDARD BEARER: 100% - SWEET

THE STANDARD BEARER: 100% – SWEET

SWEET At base, this is as much a short story in dramatic guise as a fully realized play, and mainly Dickson’s ability and Sands’ taste elevate it beyond the showcase contours it continually betrays. Yet there are far worse ways to spend an hour or so than in the company of “The Standard Bearer,” which […]

The Romance of Magno Rubio

Based on a famous Filipino short story, The Romance of Magno Rubio tells the tale of a love struck migrant worker in 1930s California. Using clever word play, rhymes, rhythms, and Philippine love songs, it reveals the daily struggles, hopes and dreams of migrant workers in an OBIE award-winning adaptation that crackles with energy and […]