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LAist’s 10 Favorite Theater Productions of 2012

LAist’s 10 Favorite Theater Productions of 2012

And yet ANOTHER list of Top Ten Favorite Los Angeles Theater Productions of 2012 this time from those wacky folks over at LAist. More specifically, theater critics, Mia Bonadonna, Lyle Zimskind and Terry Morgan. Their faves are as follows (in no particular order); Bad Apples Waiting for Godot Goose and Tom-Tom The Book of Mormon Xanadu [...]

The Monday Moment [Updated]

The Monday Moment [Updated]

This is hilarious. I’ve seen a few of these. This is one family’s reaction after seeing the “Les Miserables” movie. Which has gotten incredibly mixed reviews. And yet, everyone seems to be doing a lot of sobbing after seeing it. I have no interest in seeing the movie, but this video is fascinating, especially how [...]

The Belly of the Beast-Night #94

The Belly of the Beast-Night #94

Friends and comrades! On occasion, I have been known to appear as a guest-blogger for fellow artists and creators, lending my “voice and charm” to them to endow their blogs with a change of scene for faithful readers. Well, this week reinforcements have arrived from the North! Here to serve your reading delights, and let [...]

Casting for SEE ROCK CITY AND OTHER DESTINATIONS

SEE ROCK CITY AND OTHER DESTINATIONS music by Brad Alexander book & lyrics by Adam Mathias Available roles:   4 Men /3 Women – seeking men and women with strong pop, rock and folk vocals and excellent acting skills. All must be capable of sharp characterizations and carrying a show through story-songs. First Rehearsal: Monday, January 14, 2013 [...]

Word

Word

When you’re a wee tyke, the waning days of December give you the same melancholy feeling that adults have on January 1:  You’re in the middle of a toy hangover.  The adrenaline rush of anticipating the toy cornucopia which began just after Thanksgiving (in today’s world: Labor Day) has burned out and the realization has [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

This review just came out a couple days ago, which is weird, because the REDCAT production of Gatz closed a few weeks ago. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this show so much and Ms. Berry seemed to have such a contrasting experience to what I experienced, thought I’d highlight it for the final COW of 2012. I [...]

Another Saturday Saying

Another Saturday Saying

“Last night I was in my dressing room at the Taper when I got the feeling something wasn’t quite right. Turned my attention to the monitor and realized that Bob Foxworth had taken the stage as soon as the house lights came up at intermission to lambaste (and I mean, EXCORIATE) the audience member whose [...]

Diarra Kilpatrick and cast in “In the Red & Brown Water” at the Fountain Theatre. Credit: Ed Krieger.

The Bitter Lemons’ Top Rated Los Angeles Theater Productions of 2012

Okay, earlier we had our personal Best Of 2012 list as well as our Top Stories of 2012 and now we bring you the Top Rated of 2012. These are pulled directly from the LemonMeter, so basically, these are the most critically acclaimed productions of 2012. Literally. Objectively. Empirically. These are the shows that the professional [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“So I have a counter proposal for theaters trying out tweet seats: Why don’t you  try to do a show where both the play and the production are of such quality that someone who is tempted by their phone will want to watch from start to finish without jumping on the internet? And then, rather [...]

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

A nicely put together “thank you” from the Antaeus Company.

Frontiers’ Best of Los Angeles Theater 2012

Frontiers’ Best of Los Angeles Theater 2012

Another top ten list to peruse. This from critic Christopher Cappiello over at Frontiers. Chris seemed to enjoy some of the larger venue offerings more than some of our other listers, but he did concur with me on this particular show: The Celebration Theatre’s world premiere of Justin Love showed that a musical about a [...]

$7,256

$7,256

  That is the 2012 annual median member earnings for the professional theater union Actors Equity Association (AEA). Let me show you that again in case you missed it: $7,256 I always like to post this number at the end of the year to provide a refreshing splash of water on the face for all [...]

Vote for LA LA Land Radio’s New Co-Host

Vote for LA LA Land Radio’s New Co-Host

The host of LA LA Land Radio, Brett Chapin, has been very kind to us here at the Lemon – as well as being very kind to Los Angeles Theater in general – I think I’ve been on that show something like four times now (what the…?) and lately he’s been in the process of [...]

KCRW’s Best of Los Angeles Theater 2012

KCRW’s Best of Los Angeles Theater 2012

And they just keep rolling in. The latest list of Los Angeles Faves in 2012 Theater is from KCRW theater critic Anthony Byrnes. Again there is much crossover with McNulty, Morris and Shirley’s lists as well as our addition to the mix here at the Lemon. Love this thought from Anthony on the musical Bad Apples at Circle [...]

LA Weekly Looks Forward to 2013

LA Weekly Looks Forward to 2013

LA Weekly’s Steven Leigh Morris gazes into his crystal ball and sees promise and hope for Los Angeles Theater in 2013. Besides mentioning the upcoming seasons for the always worthy companies of CTG, The Theatre @Boston Court, Sacred Fools, Zombie Joe’s Underground, Son of Semele, Rogue Machine, Theatre of NOTE and Antaeus, Steven also offers some [...]

TOM RUBIN SUCCESS GURU

TOM RUBIN SUCCESS GURU

TOM RUBIN SUCCESS GURU January 18 to February 22, 2013 Every Friday at 8:00PM It’s Wickedly Funny and Surprisingly Uplifting! Tom Rubin turns success/self-help guru logic on its head in this mock motivational seminar. In his role as the anti-Tony Robbins, Tom comically dispels every major method and mantra offered by serious self-help gurus and [...]

The Bitter Lemons’ Top Stories of 2012

The Bitter Lemons’ Top Stories of 2012

There were a plethora of posts, articles and stories that electrified the Los Angeles blogosphere this year, most of them were pure fabrications by us here at Bitter Lemons, but a few actually had some substance, merit, and yes, even perhaps some value. So we’ve decided to list the top thirteen here today so you [...]

Merry Christmas, LemonHeads!

Merry Christmas, LemonHeads!

Enci and I just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Bitchin’ Kwanza, Killer Festivus and anything else we are forgetting. We feel blessed to be a part of this amazing Los Angeles Theater Community and we are very grateful for your patronage, your readership and your contribution to the Bitter Lemons Experiment. [...]

Little Fish Theatre to Present 2013 PICK OF THE VINE

Little Fish Theatre to Present 2013 PICK OF THE VINE

LITTLE FISH THEATRE’S 2013 “PICK OF THE VINE”  OPENS JANUARY 11 Eleventh Annual Offering of the Country’s Best Shorts Sure to Draw Sold-Out Crowds San Pedro, California — December 18, 2012 – Little Fish Theatre today announced the plays that will constitute the 11th Season ofPick of the Vine, an evening of original one-act plays that [...]

The Belly of the Beast-Night #87

The Belly of the Beast-Night #87

Hello folks. I am writing to you tonight from beyond the belly of the beast. When the seasons refuse to change, and the only snow to be found is being drizzled with corn syrup and sold to children on the street corner, you know it’s time to go. I’m not sure how I feel about being [...]

Pacifico Dance Company astounds the whole room http://www.pacificodance.com

Behind the Scenes of 53rd LA County Arts Holiday Celebration

I was invited to attend a rehearsal for the 53rd Annual LA County Holiday Celebration, presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Christmas Eve.  Basically, twenty groups performing  each get twenty minutes to fine tune everything involved, with Executive Producer Laura Zucker and Producer Adam Davis there to ensure they give the best performances for [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

I cheated a little this week – mostly cuz I find myself unplugging as Christmas approaches and also because the reviews are barely trickling in this week  - but more importantly because this review from a couple months back was the only honest depiction of this show that I saw last night and it reminded [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

This is why I love critics. This from Chris Kelly from his review of the film Zero Dark Thirty, which I saw and which I think is a tremendous film, in contrast to Mr. Kelly’s opinion of the film. The two best 9/11 related films, in my opinion, are this one and United 93. Both [...]

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

THE GAYEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER (AVERY-SCHREIBER THEATRE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET In the end, “The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever!” is an excellent way to bring in the holidays and, as main character Rod says, “It’s gay men that make theatre fabulous.” Laura Cueva – Campus Circle SWEET All of this action is hit and miss funny. If things get a little slow, Jim the stoned [...]

L to R: Vivian Lamolli, Melissa Anjose,Parissa Koo and Chrissi Erickson in "In the Heights" at Casa 0101. Credit: Conrado Terrazas.

IN THE HEIGHTS (CASA 0101): 100% – SWEET

SWEET Teatro Nuevos Horizontes presents In The Heights – Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda – Book by Qulara Alegría Hudes and directed by Rigo Tejeda is a marvelous production in the small Casa 0101 Theatre, full of life, hope, love, ambition and home. Joe Straw – Joe Straw #9 SWEET Still, during the first [...]

CHRISTMAS MY WAY – A SINATRA HOLIDAY BASH! (EL PORTAL): 84% – SWEET

CHRISTMAS MY WAY – A SINATRA HOLIDAY BASH! (EL PORTAL): 84% – SWEET

SWEET No finer Christmas present will come your way than Christmas My Way now onstage at the El Portal in NoHo through December 31. Written by David Grapes and Todd Olson who gave us My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, the show is a delicious combo of Christmas and nonholiday standards made [...]

The Publicists of Los Angeles Theater

The Publicists of Los Angeles Theater

Our very own Amy Tofte  - though it’s hard to tell lately (Amy?) – has a nice write up over at LA Stage Times on some of the top Los Angeles Theater Publicists, namely, Ken Werther, Lucy Pollack, Judith Borne, David Elzer, Phil Sokoloff, Jerry Charlson, Libby Huebner, Sandra Kuker and Laura Stegman. There are [...]

LA Weekly’s Most Memorable Theater Moments of 2012

LA Weekly’s Most Memorable Theater Moments of 2012

LA Weekly’s Steven Leigh joins the chorus of year-end theater accoladers here. Again, there is some nice overlap with the Bitter Lemons Best Of as well as McNulty’s and Don Shirley’s, but there are some other nice touches, especially some well-deserved praise for the always adventurous Boston Court in Pasadena. I was hideously remiss in [...]

The Snake Can

The Snake Can

Welcome to middle age… proceed with caution! Diane Cary, Jane Kaczmarek and Sharon Sharth star as three successful, women who challenge themselves to find love and personal fulfillment in the middle years of life. Steven Robman directs the ensemble cast, which also includes Gregory Harrison, James Lancaster and Joel Polis, in the world premiere of [...]

The Grand Irrationality

The Grand Irrationality

Developed at the National Theatre in London, Jemma Kennedy’s new comedy kicks off the New Year by making its world premiere at the Lost Studio in Los Angeles. In astrology, the Grand Irrationality is when the planets are all out of alignment and nothing adds up – a pretty fair description of Guy Proud’s life. His job depends [...]