I don’t know about you, but I’ve never really been a fan of Christina Aguilera’s singing. She clearly has a great voice, but every time I listen to her all I can think about is, “Wow, nice range!” And so I find this rendition of Etta James’ “At Last” that she delivered at Etta’s memorial [...]
OUR TOWN & A RAISIN IN THE SUN Anthony Byrnes – Opening the Curtain Maybe it was the eggs? Both plays began with eggs. Scrambled eggs. Onstage, the woman of the house gets up early, before her husband, and starts the daily ritual of making breakfast. In one kitchen you can literally hear the crack [...]
NO GOOD DEED Ron Irwin – LA Examiner The Furious Theatre Company presents “No Good Deed” written by its own playwright in residence Matt Pelfrey and directed by Damaso Rodriguez at “Inside the Ford” now through February 26, 2012. This is absolutely not grandpas stage play. It’s wild, often funny and over the top. It [...]
“To succeed as an actor, you have to want it more than anything else in the world.” I want to be a working actor. More than that, though, I want to be healthy, and happy. I want my family to be healthy and happy. I want my marriage to be healthy and happy. I also [...]
SWEET Can a drama be memorable if all its characters are disagreeable? Bruce Norris proves that it’s possible in “Clybourne Park,” his smart, abrasively funny and fiendishly provocative play that opened Wednesday at the Mark Taper Forum. Charles McNulty – LA Times SWEET Director Pam McKinnon adeptly guides a strong ensemble through Norris’ steady stream [...]
“So there is some good truth in this play and a whole lot of entertainment value. But it is not for everyone. First of all young children should not attend because of language, violence and drug use. Also folks who are mentally inflexible as this show will stretch and yes sometimes even trouble your [...]
One of the biggest insults to a professional theatre is to be called a “community theatre”. Your average Joe in small-town America who goes to see Arsenic and Old Lace at the local American Legion Hall doesn’t understand why that’s a problem, but theatre people sure know the difference. Even we 99-seat theatre rats here in L.A. consider [...]
Teaser trailer for the Geffen’s Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins starring Kathleen Tuner. An interesting mix of Ms. Ivins herself, some fun music, wacky visuals and those sparkling reviews from, well, elsewhere.
Very nicely done teaser for The 39 Steps now playing at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Spare, economical, packs a punch.
Saving this to show my son one day when he starts giving me shit. Heh. Hat tip, Jon Armstrong.
BITTERSWEET Great direction and great cast provide a fascinating fresh look at an old demon. Even if the bad boy Cohn stays irritating and rotten – does he really go to heaven in the end?/ that’s right, this is only a fantasy! – he’s still somewhat amusing to watch. Don Grigware – BroadwayWorld SWEET Waiting [...]
My buddy Rainn Wilson has finally embraced the fact that he looks suspiciously similar to a young Newt Gingrich. You can see it here. Hmmmmm.
SWEET No doubt that Feldman has a genius for seeing the absurdities of life and his choice of depicting them through animals and other non-human entities is inspired. No matter how many layers he uses to cover reality, one can suspect the intended target and half the fun is connecting what one sees on stage [...]
Antaeus, L.A.’s multiple award-winning classical theater company, marks its 2012 season with a return to seminal ensemble classics. Andrew J. Traister directs the fully double-cast production of The Seagull, Anton Chekhov’s tragicomedy about life, love and the reckless pursuit of happiness. Set on a country estate by a lake in 19th century Russia, the idyllic [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE ILLYRIAN PLAYERS PRESENT SHAKSEPEARE’S MACBETH AT THE LYRIC HYPERION THEATRE+CAFE JANUARY 20-FEBRUARY 26, 2012 Los Angeles, CA — The Illyrian Players Theatre Company presents Macbeth by William Shakespeare at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre + Café in Silver Lake, CA. Macbeth is a bloody exploration of obsession, violence, and gender-roles as you’ve [...]
To celebrate my first week of running after a three-month layoff, I gave myself the gift of shin splints. But I’m too out of shape to stop cardio work altogether, and it’s too cold to swim in the ocean. So I’m walking. Like an old man with a stick, I’m walking. You’ve seen the old [...]
Gotta hand it to these guys over at the Couerage Theatre Company, this is the kind of Twenty First Century Innovation that is really exciting. Here’s the deal. You go here and you scan with your cell phone’s barcode and up comes the show’s program! Now, clearly there are some issues; it’s kinda hard to [...]
SWEET Pelfrey has fashioned a bracingly cerebral and nerve-rattling piece. Though the play needs to bring its complex narrative and heady themes into focus more quickly and lucidly, the project pays off as an intellectually stimulating ride. Les Spindle – Backstage BITTERSWEET The task is for the audience to figure out which is which, who [...]
Open Fist Theatre Company is seeking an experienced Stage Manager for the soon-to-named Spring production, directed by Ron West, director/co-creator of the award-winning THE PEOPLE VS. FRIAR LAURENCE, DeLEARious, Sex and The Second City, and the on-going Second City This Week to name but a few of his previous hits. The show is slated to open in mid-March and [...]
SWEET The Water’s Edge is definitely a play you don’t want to miss! It’s the kind of play that everyone stands outside and talks about after it’s over. And how many plays like that do you get in any given year? Cynthia Citron – LA Examiner SWEET A man’s return visit to the wife and [...]
Shameless self-promotion alert, LemonHeads. Ready? Okay, my brand new play THE FOURTH ESTATE gets a staged reading in Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA’s ongoing Winterfest tomorrow night at the Atwater Village Theatre, Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 8pm. Carole Real has a short piece entitled We Are the Great Granddaughters of Patrick Sarsfield Rail happening just before at [...]
Anita Barone, Anne Gee Byrd, Maritxell Carrero, Tobias Hess, James Hiroyuki Liao, Alex Morris, A.K. Murtadha, Taylor Nichols, Linda Park, Taylor Scofield and Armand Vasquez are all set to return when The Matrix Theatre Company brings back its acclaimed multiracial staging of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons for a limited five-week run beginning February 17. [...]
Playwrights’ Arena in association with the Latino Theater Company and PAE Live! present a staged reading of THE GIRL MOST LIKELY TO by Michael Premsrirat It’s about a boy who wants to live as a girl, but when a jealous girl reveals his gender identity to the man who’s fallen in love with him, not [...]
Phantom Projects is pleased to announce the return of Rick Miller and his internationally acclaimed production of “MacHomer: The Simpsons Do Macbeth,” in this wonderful production that has toured the world! It is his first Southern California appearance in six years, and it is for one day only on February 16, 2012 at 7pm at [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Lucy Pollak email@example.com (818) 887-1499 (for media only) THE MATRIX THEATER COMPANY’S ACCLAIMED MUTLI-RACIAL STAGING OF ALL MY SONS RETURNS FOR A LIMITED FIVE-WEEK RUN February 17 – March 18 LOS ANGELES, CA – January 23, 2012 –Anita Barone,Anne Gee Byrd,Maritxell Carrero,Tobias Hess,James Hiroyuki Liao,Alex Morris,A.K.Murtadha,Taylor Nichols,Linda Park,Taylor Scofield andArmand Vasquez are all [...]
MEDIA ALERT Revised January 23, 2012 Press Contact: Judith Borne (310) 305-7888 or firstname.lastname@example.org Ruskin Group Theatre presents Martin McDonagh’s “The Lonesome West” Friday, JANUARY 27, 2012 Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through March 4, 2012 Los Angeles, CA – A four time Tony Awardnominee and two-time Academy Award winning playwright, Martin McDonagh will have his work, The Lonesome West, [...]
East West Players is currently seeking a full-time PR/Marketing Manager. CLASSIFICATION Full-Time/Salaried/Exempt/Benefits Eligible POSITION SUMMARY The PR/Marketing manager isresponsible for developing, implementing, and managing the day-to-day executionof EWP’s marketing and public relations plans. This position reports to the producing artistic director, supervises the marketing assistant, freelance graphic artist and interns, and serveson the management team [...]
BITTER The comedy undercuts any level of reality, or sense of story, so the stakes and the conflict are yanked out from underneath the actors before anything of interest can happen. And I was excited to come see the show. To tell you the truth, I’m excited to go see any live theatre. I want [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Amy Ellenberger 213-926-0348 – email@example.com Chalk Repertory Theatre and Hollywood Forever Cemetery Present the West Coast Premiere of SLITHER by Carson Kreitzer Tickets On Sale Now Los Angeles, CA, January 17, 2012 – The award-winning Chalk Repertory Theatre returns to Hollywood Forever Cemetery to open its 2012 Season with the [...]
SWEET For those of us who witnessed the unfolding of the remarkable real-life drama in television newscasts, this production elicits a feeling of déjà vu. For others, it offers an instructive glimpse at a landmark moment in a bygone era, when innocence began to fade away, preceding Vietnam, Watergate, and other calamities. Les Spindle – [...]