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LYRIC OPERA OF LOS ANGELES PRESENTS “THE TELEPHONE/THE HUMAN VOICE”

LYRIC OPERA OF LOS ANGELES PRESENTS “THE TELEPHONE/THE HUMAN VOICE” AT THE FREMONT CENTRE THEATRE JANUARY 12-February 5, 2012 Two 1-act operas: “The Telephone” by Gian Carlo Menotti and “The Human Voice” by Francis Poulenc. Lyric Opera of Los Angeles Fremont Centre Theatre 1000 Fremont Ave. South Pasadena, CA 91030 Previews: Thursday & Friday, January […]

The Beginning is Near

The Beginning is Near

This is a beautiful video of OccupyLA. I’m proud of Angelinos standing their ground last night and I hope that it’s true that this is just the beginning. Occupy Los Angeles – The Beginning Is Near from Marta Evry on Vimeo.

2014 Seattle Theatre Set to Allow use of all Social Media Devices During Shows

2014 Seattle Theatre Set to Allow use of all Social Media Devices During Shows

Here’s my prediction for this “experiment” or should I say “surrender” to the social media mavens desribed in this NY Times article The Show Is Starting, Please Turn On Your Cellphones - a cluster fuck. Here’s my favorite quote from the article: The theater will have a standing policy of allowing nondisruptive cell use during performances, […]

Fountain Theatre Reacts To Guilty Verdict in Ben Bradley Murder Trial

Fountain Theatre Reacts To Guilty Verdict in Ben Bradley Murder Trial

For those of you who may have been following this, or for those of you who haven’t but nevertheless remember this tragic story from earlier in the year, here’s the presser on its final chapter: LOS ANGELES, CA – November 29, 2011 – The Fountain Theatre announced today that a guilty verdict has been reached […]

SHORT EYES (URBAN THEATRE MOVEMENT): 95% - SWEET

SHORT EYES (URBAN THEATRE MOVEMENT): 95% – SWEET

SWEET Although the nature of the subject matter in the play is heavy, there was also lightness found within the inmate’s interpersonal relationships through their senses of humor, and how they played off of one another with sarcasm and wit. I personally enjoyed a good deal of laughter during the show. Each character had it’s […]

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

This most recent Black Friday at a Walmart. As the rats are let loose in search of their cheese. Just weird. Look at the gleeful faces.

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

STOP KISS Anthony Byrnes – Opening the Curtain What’s the responsibility of a plot point? That’s the question I’m left with after seeing Diana Son’s Stop Kiss at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. The play, written in 1998, revolves around a hate crime and a kiss. Two women are walking through Manhattan’s West Village at […]

Is it Possible to Divorce Ideology from Aesthetics when Writing a Review or a Play?

Is it Possible to Divorce Ideology from Aesthetics when Writing a Review or a Play?

No. I don’t think it is. Nevertheless, I think it is vitally important to try. Or at least understand the difference. Why? Well mostly because I think the ability to do so is what separates a “professional” critic from everyone else. And it is also what separates great plays from good ones. Let me define […]

STOP KISS (LOUNGE THEATRE): 83% - SWEET

STOP KISS (LOUNGE THEATRE): 83% – SWEET

SWEET Stop Kiss is a solidly enjoyable night of very good theatre. I strongly suggest you find your way to the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood to check out this gem. Keisha7 – LASplash SWEET The play is a true champion in achieving reality not often seen in theatre. That is that the character’s relationships are […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“It would not be inaccurate—though some might call it un-American—to say that the history of the United States is a history of exploitation, starting with the Native American population and continuing with wave upon wave of immigrants who were welcomed as a source of cheap labor but denied full citizenship privileges. Each group has had […]

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

A compelling trailer for Forgotten written and performed by Pat Kinevane currently playing at the Odyssey Theatre through December 11, 2011. Remember Lemon Heads, you can send your production video trailer anytime you want to [email protected] and we’ll get it up on our new Production Video Trailer Page. Just make sure you have it up on […]

Membership Manager Position at MOLAA

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) located in Long Beach, CA seeks an energetic, goal-oriented Membership Manager. Under the supervision of the AVP of Corporate Relations and Major Gifts, the Membership Manager is responsible for managing MOLAA’s comprehensive membership program including the solicitation and retention of members from Basic ($60) to Director Circle ($1,000). […]

A Happy Thanksgiving Thursday Thought

A Happy Thanksgiving Thursday Thought

I love Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday. And I love improv. Anywhere.  Which is what these merry pranksters in this video are all about. A Happy Thanksgiving to all of you Lemon Heads out there, from me and Enci and the rest of the Bitter Lemons gang!

Facebooking of the Day

Facebooking of the Day

I don’t Facebook. Really, I don’t. And yet I happened to stumble across this post from LA actress Deborah Puette and, well, you know, I can’t pass up a good giggle: “Just stopped at a red light next to a driver struggling with a huge fold-out map, so like any helpful neighbor, I rolled down […]

ON HOLY GROUND: 67% - BITTERSWEET

ON HOLY GROUND: 67% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET “On Holy Ground” is hardly the last word on a combustible topic, nor should it be, but its integrity and thought-provoking intent is wholly respectable. David C. Nichols – LA Times SWEET Though Liss’ script needs a good trimming, especially in Act 1, she fleshes out a complicated political situation. Meanwhile, director L. Flint […]

FORGOTTEN (ODYSSEY REMOUNT): 89% - SWEET

FORGOTTEN (ODYSSEY REMOUNT): 89% – SWEET

SWEET For all its stylization, and broader reach for the exigencies of living and dying, Forgotten is neither as slick nor as unified as Lyras’ show. Being more ambitious, it falters more, like Icarus in the blaze of the sun. Yet when it starts to plummet, as it does during stretches of redundancy and stasis, […]

Sterling & Stroili 2012

Sterling & Stroili 2012

Here’s one thing Bitter Nation should be thankful for on this holiday: more opinion on the internet. Say what, Jay? Say what, he who bitcheth of all things opined? I know there’s no shortage of online commentary on baseball, on cuisine, on the arts; mostly it consists of opinions formed by people listening to other […]

LA Weekly Critic Bill Raden turns both Barrels back on Sondheim

LA Weekly Critic Bill Raden turns both Barrels back on Sondheim

Yep. And you thought I was the only one a little miffed at the Ungrateful Mope’s – er – Stephen Sondheim’s dismissal of the professional theatre critic in his new book Look, I Made a Hat. Now Bill Raden, always excellent critic over at the LA Weekly, delivers his own bowl of bile for the […]

DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS (A NOISE WITHIN): 85% - SWEET

DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS (A NOISE WITHIN): 85% – SWEET

BITTERSWEET Certainly, in fine A Noise Within tradition, the production is handsomely well-realized, although director Dámaso Rodriguez and his cast stumble over a few pebbles along the way. F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times BITTERSWEET Ultimately the play feels too stolid, a living diorama instead of a flesh-and-blood drama. Don Shirley – LA Stage Watch […]

THE NIGHT WATCHER (KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE): 93% - SWEET

THE NIGHT WATCHER (KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE): 93% – SWEET

SWEET “The Night Watcher” can be seen as one woman’s defense of remaining childless. But it’s really about the many ways in which maternal love can be shown in a world badly in need of more guiding hands. Given a tastefully simple production by veteran director Daniel Sullivan on a stage with a simple chair […]

Is there some gender bias involved in the reviews of "Bring it On: The Musical"?

Is there some gender bias involved in the reviews of “Bring it On: The Musical”?

Personally, I’d rather chew glass then discuss the intricacies of Bring it On: The Musical, however, the lovely and most generous reviewer Katie Buenneke from Neon Tommy feels it’s worth exploring and in what can only be called a move of sheer brilliance she looks to the Lemon to make her point in an article called […]

Sylvester Stallone turning "Rocky" into a Musical

Sylvester Stallone turning “Rocky” into a Musical

Oh boy. But at least there’s this: “Rocky” purists shouldn’t fear — hits from the films, including “Gonna Fly Now” and “Eye of the Tiger,” will be included in the show. Phew.

Sondheim on Critics: "They cause you to waste your time."

Sondheim on Critics: “They cause you to waste your time.”

Yep, that’s a young fresh-faced Stephen Sondheim right there. Bursting with talent and enthusiasm, I’m sure, ready to take on the world no matter what comes at him be it criticism, failure, artistic blocks, hell, those things are just fuel for the fire, right, Stephen? Well apparently Sondheim – the now aged and cranky – […]

Theatre Unleashed presents Its a Wonderful Life!

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Directed by Erin Scott Produced by Theatre Unleashed Adapted by Jim Martyka SYNOPSIS: “Look daddy, teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”  One of the most beloved and treasured films of all time, nothing reflects the joy, soul and celebration of the […]

The Hollywood Fringe Announces Dates for 2012

November 15, 2011- Hollywood, CA The Hollywood Fringe Announces Dates for 2012 Fast-Growing Multi-Arts Festival Returns for Third Year The third annual Hollywood Fringe Festival will take place June 14-24, 2012 with a week of previews scheduled beforehand (June 7-12). The festival is an 11-day explosion of theatre performances, solo artists, dancers, experimental art, comedy, […]

ANMT’S LAUNCHES 2011/12 CONCERT READING SERIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Scott Guy Executive Director, ANMT North Hollywood, CA 818-506-8500 [email protected] ANMT’S LAUNCHES 2011/12 CONCERT READING SERIES (Los Angeles, Sunday, November 20, 2011) What would you pay for a miracle? The people of the small town of Painted Post, Massachusetts have got plenty of reasons to believe. It is 1945, and not […]

KNIGHTSBRIDGE THEATRE and THE NATIONAL AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY present “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

It’s Christmas Eve and the cold and hungry homeless street dwellers huddle together, struggling to keep warm. Unable to find suitable material to sustain a fire, they resort to burning books. As the fire grows, they stumble across a copy of Charles Dickens’ classic book “A Christmas Carol.” Despite their desperate means, and having every […]

Rising Actress in West Coast Premiere ‘Cockroach’ moves to the Hudson in L.A.

L.A. actress Katelyn Gault returns to the stage in Monkey Wrench Collective’s production of Cockroach written by British playwright Sam Holcroft. The U.S. Premiere run of Cockroach in Orange County (Fullerton), has led to another 6-week run produced by The Hudson Theatre in West Hollywood. Exceptional performances, great content, and rave reviews of Gault and […]

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

Jazz for cows. Why not?

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL Charles McNulty – LA Times Boisterous, obvious, stylistically confused and not-ready-for-Broadway, “Bring It On: The Musical” nevertheless makes competitive cheerleading seem like the most natural subject in the world for a traveling musical blockbuster. Pompoms and bullhorns have little to do with it. The show, which opened Friday at the […]