RSSArchive for December, 2011

Off to Phoenix

Off to Phoenix

Hey,  LemonHeads I’m off to America’s graveyard, Phoenix, Arizona, for the New Year’s weekend. So apologies for the light posting. I might get something in during my drunken binges and black tar heroin bouts, but if I don’t, a Very Happy New Year to the whole LemonHead Nation and all of the great members of [...]

Shameless Self Promotion Alert: Two Plays in EST/LA’s Winterfest, Jan. 12 and Jan. 25, 2012

Shameless Self Promotion Alert: Two Plays in EST/LA’s Winterfest, Jan. 12 and Jan. 25, 2012

Please look away if shameless self promotion in any way alarms, repulses or saddens you… For all youze others – open your calendars and punch these dates into your freakin’ phones! Two of my plays are getting staged readings in EST/LA’s awesome annual Winterfest. The first is an older play that is getting a resurgence [...]

Who Needs the Iowa Caucus? We’ve got the Newest BLIP Still Open for Your Voting Pleasure!

Who Needs the Iowa Caucus? We’ve got the Newest BLIP Still Open for Your Voting Pleasure!

That’s right, who needs the Iowa Caucus. I said it and I’ll say it again. “Who needs the Iowa Caucus!” The polls are still open for our latest BLIP (Bitter Lemons Interactive Poll). And this one is important, LemonHeads, it will change the very fabric of our extremely popular weekly feature the Critique of the [...]

The Thursday Thought

The Thursday Thought

Siskel and Ebert uncensored. Priceless.

Memorable 2011 LA Theatre Moments from LA Weekly Critics

Memorable 2011 LA Theatre Moments from LA Weekly Critics

The collection of anecdotes is here. But this is just lovely from Rebecca Haithcoat: One Man, One Door The house lights dimmed on the set of Theatre Banshee’s The Walworth Farce, and a single spotlight lingered on the set’s door. Two men busied themselves, one spraying a ladies’ blouse with air freshener, the other carefully polishing [...]

Jan: 10-29: EST/LA’s WinterFest 2011 – 47 plays in 18 days!

Jan: 10-29: EST/LA’s WinterFest 2011 – 47 plays in 18 days!

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Lucy Pollak lucy@lucypr.com (818) 887-1499 (for media only)   WinterFest 2012 Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA presents staged readings of 47 new plays in 18 days January 10-29 WHAT: WinterFest 2012 – Immerse yourself! Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA presents three weeks of non-stop staged readings: 47 plays in 18 days including new works [...]

LA Premiere of “CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY” Opens Jan. 12th at Hudson Backstage

LA Premiere of “CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY” Opens Jan. 12th at Hudson Backstage

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Begins January 12th, 2012 · Wonka Musical Magic Hits HOLLYWOOD · LOS ANGELES PREMIERE · LIMITED RUN Opens January 12th through January 15th, 2012 (Media are invited to attend any Performances) (Los Angeles, CA) (December, 2011)… D.E.E. Studio Productions Performing Arts Academy presents CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, A Children’s [...]

ABSOLUTE BLACK @ Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group

ABSOLUTE BLACK @ Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group

ABSOLUTE BLACK Love. Lust. Betrayal. Murder! Zombie Joe’s Underground’s world premiere production of Vanessa Cate’s 1940’s Film noir-inspired thriller, about a relentless private eye’s search for the killer of Hollywood’s leading lady and the psychological web of deceit he uncovers. FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS @ 8:30pm, JANUARY 13 – FEBRUARY 11, 2012. ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 [...]

Todd Buonopane, Fred Willard, Mark Edgar Stephens, Jeff Sumner in "Cinderella Christmas" at the El Portal Theatre. Credit. Lythgoe Family Productions.

A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS (EL PORTAL): 100% – SWEET

SWEET Production team is the same as before, and this Cinderella remains a really fun show for kids of all ages, not as terribly bawdy as some would prefer, but, first and foremost, family friendly. Don Grigware – Grigware Blogspot SWEET That deficit is finally redressed with “Cinderella Christmas” at the El Portal. Those who [...]

Anthony Byrnes from KCRW's "Opening the Curtain"

KCRW’S Anthony Byrnes’ Best of Los Angeles Theatre 2011

The always curious and ever-introspective LA Theatre critic, Anthony Byrnes, now has his Best of 2011 list up at his Opening the Curtain site. Here’s the rundown again for you lazy folk who can’t be bothered clicking to another site. Hey, that’s what we’re here for: Number 10: Boston Court Theatre’s production of Camino Real [...]

"The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever" at the Avery Schreiber Theatre. Credit: The Company.

THE GAYEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER (AVERY SCHREIBER THEATER): 67% – BITTERSWEET

BITTERSWEET The cast is wildly uneven and left this reviewer wondering what a more experienced cast might have brought to the production. Satire, especially theatrical and/or gay, is difficult to pull off. Robert Machray – Stagehappenings BITTER Shot through with tepid humor, writer Joe Marshall’s rambling plot jumpstarts around the contentious squabbling among the group’s [...]

Sloan Robinson in "Bananas! A Day in the Life of Josephine Baker" at J.E.T Studios. Credit: Judith E.

BANANAS! A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOSEPHINE BAKER (J.E.T. STUDIOS): 71% – BITTERSWEET

BITTER With director Joyce Maddox, Robinson delivers a show that captivates neither as titillating adult entertainment nor teen education and empowerment. Daryl H. Miller – LA Times SWEET Sloan Robinson recreates la vie de Joséphine with affection, historical accuracy, and grace, making Bananas! an entertaining—and educational—tour down memory lane, and one well worth the attention [...]

The fingers of Mario Max Granville

Last Night…

…at a Chanukah party I saw the fingers of Mario Max Granville doing this. And much much more. Pretty dang cool. Thanks, Mario!

The 21st Annual TicketHolder Awards 2011 – Part I

The 21st Annual TicketHolder Awards 2011 – Part I

Travis Michael Holder offers the first part of his Annual TicketHolder Awards over at Entertainment Today. Thank you, Travis, for managing the difficult but necessary task of actually picking a single winner (beyond your top production lists of course) for each individual award and then giving those other nominees some love in your Runner Up [...]

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

Just too funny. Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Happy Chanukah to all our Jewish LemonHeads out there. Total Eclipse spoof by chinesedaughter

"Look, Santa, an elf!" "That's no elf, Max, that's your daddy in Mrs. Claus' tights."

A Christmas Critique of the Week

Being that it’s a very special day today, our resident Lemonologist, Professor Thomas, thought it would be fun to critique, well, me. Being the Master Linguist that he is, he of course did so with a dash of panache and a pinch of rhyme. So on this very Merry Christmas I give you your Bitter [...]

"Cyclops: A Rock Opera" at Son of Semele Theater, presented by Psittacus Productions.  Photo by Wenona Cole-Mc

Los Angeles Theatre 2011: A Bitter Lemons Perspective

I saw more shows this year than I think I did in any year I’ve lived in Los Angeles, coming up on 16 years in January (gasp). Overall I’d give Los Angeles a 70% Bittersweet for its quality this year. I saw some serious clunkers, but I’d say about 15% were excellent, 15% were okay, [...]

The Theater of Wishful Thinking

The Theater of Wishful Thinking

I stood in the playground at Clements Elementary in the winter of 1976, stomping my feet to stay warm during recess.  Fallow farms stretched away around us, and the fatal ground fog that by Kindergarten we already knew would kill some of our parents, some of us maybe, every year.  It was too cold to [...]

Kenlyn Kanouse and Joseph Cardinale in "Askance" at the Eclectic Company Theatre. Credit: David Nott.

ASKANCE: 74% – BITTERSWEET

BITTERSWEET Long-buried sins surface with disastrous consequence in Kerr Seth Lordygan’s “Askance,” a serious-minded but overreaching new piece presented by his Eclectic Company Theatre. Philip Brandes – LA Times BITTERSWEET Lordygan has a play with potential here. Its flaws are fixable with additional workshopping. However, as presented, it meanders through wordy monologues that can be [...]

A Couple more Los Angeles Critics Offer their 2011 Theatre Highlights

A Couple more Los Angeles Critics Offer their 2011 Theatre Highlights

From the always stellar Sarah Taylor Ellis of Compositions on Theatre and the sometimes stellar Charles McNulty of the LA Times. Their 2011 Theatre Highlights span both coasts from LA to NYC. I like where their opinions converge here: “Cyclops: A Rock Opera (Psittacus Productions) This raucous rock opera adaptation of Euripides’ satyr play consumed me [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“Two 12 ft tall Giant lady back pack puppets need home. Giant lady puppet will soon need a home. She has a sister who is also huge and will need a spot to rest in. Anyone need some giantesses? I’ll send pics if your interested.” See on the BigCheap Yahoo List Group

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

A rather longish video introducing the extremely young Boom Kat Dance Company currently producing Stations: A Los Angeles Holiday Story. Nice to see the kids gettin’ it done.

Return of A Carlin Home Companion

Return of A Carlin Home Companion

Kelly Carlin, the only child of iconoclastic comedian George Carlin, chronicles over 40 years of her life with her famous father through storytelling, classic video footage, and family memorabilia, . A funny, poignant and honest look at the man who not only redefined 20th century comedy, but inspired generations of comedy fans with such classic [...]

The Thursday Thought

The Thursday Thought

So I’m watching this video and at first I’m thinking, I know this is a freakin’ frog, but this is animal cruelty, and then I got to the end and realized that, ah, yes indeed, all is stil right in the universe. Enjoy.

The Hollywood Fringe Festival Tent

Some 2011 Los Angeles Theatre Highlights from a Couple of Critics

Namely Steven Leigh Morris from LA Weekly and Don Shirley from LA Stage Watch. I’m guessing there are going to be a lot more of these over the coming weeks. Hell, I’ll probably roll one out. Though it might lean a little more Lemon-centric. Heh. Here’s a highlight from Steven’s list charting in at #2 [...]

God of Carnage

God of Carnage

Here’s your chance to see this 2009 Tony Award-winner for Best Play in a more intimate setting! In Yasmina Reza’s savagely caustic comedy, a playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the evening progresses and [...]

SkyPilot Theatre Company announces its 2012 Season

For Immediate Release SkyPilot Theatre Company announces its 2012 Season Featuring five World Premiere plays, including our first musical PLANE TALK Ten short plays. One grounded location. Written by the SkyPilot resident playwrights and featuring 29 members of SkyPilot’s acting ensemble. Ten short one-acts of all different genres, taking place in an American airport. Our [...]

"Stations: A Los Angeles Holiday Story" at the Miles Memorial Playhouse. Credit: Company.

STATIONS: A LOS ANGELES HOLIDAY STORY: 100% – SWEET

SWEET I can think of no other Christmas production that has so filled me with the joys of the season that this brilliantly conceived and executed, highly original piece of theatrical magic. Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA SWEET Although the plot is occasionally hard to follow — the result of a tendency to balletic whimsy that [...]

"White Christmas" at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Credit: Carder Photography.

WHITE CHRISTMAS (SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS): 100% – SWEET

SWEET More than anything, this joyfully-infectious touring enterprise manages to harness a nostalgic fervor for a more innocent, bygone era (backed by lovely Berlin songs as a soundtrack), culminating in the collective smiles of the audience as the snow finally comes trickling down. Michael L. Quintos – BroadWayWorld SWEET With its topnotch cast and memorable [...]

Santa Monica Playhouse and PowerPlayz Productions present the World Premiere of J-Powers’s Pentagon Papers

Santa Monica Playhouse and PowerPlayz Productions present the World Premiere of J-Powers’s Pentagon Papers

In the 40thanniversary year of the Watergate break-in, for the first time on stage, the hidden history of the Vietnam War that destroyed more than one president is dramatized. J-Powers’ new play Pentagon Papers presents key passages from the recently declassified Pentagon Papers revealing the shocking secrets that led Nixon to create a team of [...]