RSSArchive for December, 2011

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

In honor of the passing of the beloved one. I give you Team America. Peace be upon him.

Apologies for the Technical Difficulties

Apologies for the Technical Difficulties

Sorry about the last twenty four hours, LemonHeads. We had to track down a couple of Gremlins. They have been vanquished. We are back in business.

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA MR Hunter – Stagehappenings Mounting John Patrick Shanley’s gritty romance between a pair of broken down lost souls is akin to inviting all the neighbors to watch a synchronized high-dive in an aboveground pool. It’s risky. Given that most actors and theatergoers are already familiar with the scenes if […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

A CHRISTMAS WESTSIDE STORY Trevor Thomas – EdgeLosAngeles I am a known fan of Matt Walker’s Troubadour Theater Company and it is no happy task to report that their latest send-up, “A Christmas Westside Story”, is pretty much a dud. All the elements of Walker’s normally spot-on formula ( saucy wit, inventive staging, sight and […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

WHO’S YOUR DADDY? Jason Rohrer – Stagehappenings Lots of people have praised this show for its incredible, harrowing, inspirational true story of a bisexual Irish actor who travels from Hollywood to Africa with a death wish and returns on a mission impossible: to adopt an almost certainly HIV positive Ugandan orphan and bring him back […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Runner Up

SOME LOVERS Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A GOOD STORY After winning two Tony awards in 2007 for book and lyrics of Spring Awakening, Steven Sater teamed up with the one-and-only Burt Bacharach to write some pop songs. According to an L.A. Times article, the legendary composer told […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“This is a particularly tough time for new theater.  During difficult economic times, regional houses in particular are forced to figure out what will bring in an audience.  I firmly believe that if you build a great show, they will come. But the powers that be, clearly with their eyes set on Broadway, seem to […]

Casting: Indian woman (20s-40′s) for Son of Semele production

Wordspace/Son of Semele is casting an additional role for: Nipa – Woman scientist/Kali/ various ensemble rolesfor REACTOR: simple clean efficient Requirements: Movement/dance, speak some form of Hindi 10 shows alternate weekends January 21st- March 2ndRehearses the last week of December-through January 19th(Not required at all rehearsals, but tech week is January 14th-20th) www.sonofsemele.org/shows/ccf2012.html The role was initially video, but now is […]

The Porters of Hellsgate present William Shakespeare’s Troilus & Cressida

The Porters of Hellsgate present… Troilus & Cressida by William Shakespeare Directed by Charles Pasternak Produced by The Porters of Hellsgate The most recent edition of Arden Shakespeare, beautifully introduced and edited by David Bevington, states that Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida is “hard to fit into the usual Shakespearean categories – comedy, history, tragedy, romance – ‘because it […]

WINTER WONDERETTES (CARPENTER CENTER): 100% - SWEET

WINTER WONDERETTES (CARPENTER CENTER): 100% – SWEET

SWEET Such cavils are trivial, given the full-hearted glee that permeates this delightful holiday gift. David C. Nichols – LA Times SWEET Much like the era it depicts, this funny, entertaining show revels in its old-fashioned values and square showmanship. Though, it should be noted, that despite its retro leanings, it still manages to keep […]

YOU CAN CALL ME EVE: 87% - SWEET

YOU CAN CALL ME EVE: 87% – SWEET

SWEET Michael Coulombe pens a powerful story that is often times poetic and flowing in its narrative of a woman who feels a name change now better reflects her real self. Trish Ostroski – Tolucan Times BITTERSWEET Director Hector Rodriguez has good staging notions, such as bringing departed characters into bas-relief against the survivors. What […]

Why won't the Hollywood Reporter Review Plays in its own Backyard?

Why won’t the Hollywood Reporter Review Plays in its own Backyard?

Obviously, I already know the answer to this – because they don’t give a shit about theatre in Los Angeles and yes I understand that their main focus is TV and film – but I’m feeling kinda frisky today and it’s starting to piss me off that every time I decide to once again waste […]

FELA! (AHMANSON RE-MOUNT): 90% - SWEET

FELA! (AHMANSON RE-MOUNT): 90% – SWEET

SWEET But “Fela!” offers something that only the theater can provide — an immersion in Fela’s music, an encounter with his charismatically frenetic concert presence and a confrontation with his political style. The trade-off, trust me, is worth it. Charles McNulty – LA Times SWEET It’s part biography, part spiritual revival, and part defiant political […]

Where the Fuck Should you go for Fucking Drinks after your Fucking Show?

Where the Fuck Should you go for Fucking Drinks after your Fucking Show?

Well this new fucking geo-location site called Where the Fuck Should I Go for Drinks will fucking tell you exactly where you should fucking go to get your fucking drink. It’s pretty fucking funny and pretty fucking cool. And a big fucking hat tip to fucking LAist for bringing it to my fucking attention. Fucking-A.

Boston Court Evokes Beckett for 2012 Fundraising

Boston Court Evokes Beckett for 2012 Fundraising

Well, I definitely give Boston Court high marks for their imagination with this new fundraising video, but, man, these two actors, Michael Michetti and Jessica Kubzansky, need a freakin’ director!

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

A wild and wacky trailer for what sounds like a wild and wacky show, The Actors’ Gang’s production of Atomic Holiday Free Fall. Looks like fun, especially if you’re tired of the usual holiday faire. And remember, send us your trailers and we’ll get them up on our new Production Video Trailer Page, and who […]

The Thursday Thought (Early on a Friday Morning)

The Thursday Thought (Early on a Friday Morning)

Someone sent this to me today. Tim Conway and his “Elephant Story” (mostly ad-libbed) on the Carol Burnett Show. Man, I loved that show.

Our 1000th LemonMeter Rating!

Our 1000th LemonMeter Rating!

As of the posting of the LemonMeter Rating for the show Bob Cratchit & Mr. Tightwad we here at Bitter Lemons have officially hit our 1000th LemonMeter Rating. Not sure what it means but the occasion seemed to call for some sort of celebration. So here it come… Woohoo. Kidding! It’s momentous! Spectacufabulicious! Just plain […]

MY THREE ANGELS (GROUP REP): 100% - SWEET

MY THREE ANGELS (GROUP REP): 100% – SWEET

SWEET Now on stage at Group rep in NoHo, Larry Eisenberg’s production of My Three Angels emanates heart and soul guaranteed to make it a truly big hit this holiday season. Don Grigware – BroadwayWorld SWEET A highly entertaining comedy, with plenty of laughs, a lot of heart, and some wonderful performances, this one is […]

PRISON IS WHERE I LEARNED TO FLY: 60% - BITTERSWEET

PRISON IS WHERE I LEARNED TO FLY: 60% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET With spotty technical aspects and Duffy’s apparent lack of training, this is not at all a slick package. Then again, it’s not meant to be. Who has time for pretty wrapping with 17 kids? Jennie Webb – Backstage SWEET Still, that doesn’t keep the story from being an interesting one. Every family has ghosts […]

ATOMIC HOLIDAY FREE FALL: 90% - SWEET

ATOMIC HOLIDAY FREE FALL: 90% – SWEET

SWEET Launched this time out in collaboration with the Actors’ Gang, the variety show continues to entertain, though at times the eclectic mix of companies feels more like atomic fission than fusion. Philip Brandes – LA Times SWEET The wraparound plot is just the flimsiest of excuses to throw one of the Actors’ Gang’s patented […]

L.A. Theatre Works Takes the Digital Stage with INscribe Digital

L.A. Theatre Works Takes the Digital Stage with INscribe Digital for Global eBook Distribution LATW’s Enhanced eBook Catalog includes works recorded by John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Edward Asner, Paul Giamatti and more. SAN FRANCISCO, December X, 2011- L.A. Theatre Works has partnered with INscribe Digital, a digital services provider of global ebook distribution, content conversion and […]

Steel Magnolias at the Knightsbridge Theatre

Steel Magnolias at the Knightsbridge Theatre

KNIGHTSBRIDGE THEATRE and THE NATIONAL AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY present “STEEL MAGNOLIAS” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wouldn’t you rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a whole lifetime of nothing special? Grab a tissue and a good friend – “Steel Magnolias” opens at Knightsbridge Theatre on Friday, January 6, 2012. Written after the death of his sister, […]

A Noise Within now accepting applications for Professional Internship Program

A Noise Within is now accepting applications for Spring 2012 Professional Internships: A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, launches its milestone 2011-12 Season and 20th Anniversary in its permanent new home, a 33,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art venue in Pasadena. A Noise Within proudly offers a Professional Internship Program designed to provide early-career […]

The Importance of Biting Bullets

The Importance of Biting Bullets

Some people tell me about this great theater company.  Some people whose opinions I respect.  So I go down there and buy a couple of tickets to one of their shows.  I buy them because it’s late in the run, and as a critic I can do them little good, which is the reason theaters […]

BOB CRATCHIT & MR. TIGHTWAD: 33% - BITTER

BOB CRATCHIT & MR. TIGHTWAD: 33% – BITTER

BITTER Sorry to say, this adaptation (Katrina Wood) of Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol is a major disappointment. Don Grigware – Grigware Blogspot SWEET Director Trace Oakley occasionally fails to rein in some extreme overacting, but even that adds to the heightened fun. Emily Bridges is in fine voice in her tender performance as spurned […]

SOME LOVERS: 55% - BITTERSWEET

SOME LOVERS: 55% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET The production, directed by Will Frears, maintains its likability through the casual intimacy of its four-person singing cast. Jason Danieley and Michelle Duffy play Ben and Molly, with Andrew Mueller and Jenni Barber portraying the couple at an earlier point. Charles McNulty – LA Times BITTER Helmer Will Frears and musical stager Denis Jones […]

“The Black Eyed” by Betty Shamieh

“The young writer Betty Shamieh has the playwright’s most essential gift: the passion for talk. Ms. Shamieh’s rich, urgent prose will catch you up then fling you into a character’s life as though it were your own.” – The New York Times Four Arab women who lived through different eras meet by chance in the […]

PROP needed: Old fashioned telephone

Lyric Opera of Los Angeles is in need of an old fashioned telephone (40’s-60’s) with a long cord, or the ability to have one added for Menotti’s “The Telephone” and Poulenc’s “The Human Voice” (musical adaptation of Cocteau’s well-known monologue), 2 one-act operas. Show opens January 12 and runs through February 5 at the Fremont […]

Michael Coulombe’s You Can Call Me Eve in its world premiere production!

Write Act Repertory continues their 2011-12 Mainstage Season with the World Premiere of playwright Michael Coulombe’s first produced drama You Can Call Me Eve A young Latina’s life takes a dramatic turn toward the unexpected. Write Act Repertory Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director John Lant and Associate Artistic Director Ken Cosby are proud to present this […]