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The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

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 [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

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 [...]

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

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 [...]

The Road to Success

The Road to Success

“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 [...]

Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, Annie Parisse, Crystal A. Dickinson and Jeremy Shamos in the Playwrights Horizons production of "€œClybourne Park"€ at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum

CLYBOURNE PARK (MARK TAPER): 92% – SWEET

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 [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“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 [...]

The Two Dirtiest Words in Theatre

The Two Dirtiest Words in Theatre

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 [...]

Another Friday Feature

Another Friday Feature

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.

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

Very nicely done teaser for The 39 Steps now playing at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Spare, economical, packs a punch.

It’s an Illusion!

It’s an Illusion!

Saving this to show my son one day when he starts giving me shit. Heh. Hat tip, Jon Armstrong.

Barry Pearl in "Hunger: In Bed with Roy Cohn" at Credit: Michael Lamont.

HUNGER: IN BED WITH ROY COHN: 79% – SWEET

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 [...]

The Thursday Thought

The Thursday Thought

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.

Courtney Pauroso and J. Michael Feldman in "Fairtytale Theatre 18 and Over" at the Matrix Theatre. Credit: Lew Abramson.

FAIRY TALE THEATRE: 18 AND OVER: 100% – SWEET

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 [...]

The Seagull

The Seagull

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 [...]

SHAKSEPEARE’S MACBETH AT THE LYRIC HYPERION THEATRE+CAFE

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 [...]

How I Look to Me

How I Look to Me

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 [...]

Coeurage Theatre Company Continues to Innovate: Theatre Programs on Your Phone

Coeurage Theatre Company Continues to Innovate: Theatre Programs on Your Phone

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 [...]

Furious Theatre Company presents "No Good Deed" at [Inside] The Ford. Credit: Anthony Masters Photography.

NO GOOD DEED: 71% – BITTERSWEET

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 Seeking Experienced Stage Manager – there is pay

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 [...]

The cast of "The Water's Edge" at the Road Theatre Company. Credit: Criss Goss.

THE WATER’S EDGE: 88% – SWEET

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 [...]

My New Play THE FOURTH ESTATE Tomorrow Night at Atwater Village Theatre: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 8pm

My New Play THE FOURTH ESTATE Tomorrow Night at Atwater Village Theatre: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 8pm

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 [...]

All My Sons

All My Sons

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. [...]

A staged reading of THE GIRL MOST LIKELY TO

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 [...]

MacHomer: The Simpsons Do Macbeth returns for one night only!

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 [...]

Re-Opening Feb. 17: Multicultural All My Sons at The Matrix

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Lucy Pollak lucy@lucypr.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 [...]

The Lonesome West by the Ruskin Group Theatre

MEDIA ALERT Revised January 23, 2012 Press Contact: Judith Borne                                                                 (310) 305-7888 or judith@borneidentities.com 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, [...]

EWP – Seeking PR/Marketing Manager

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 [...]

The cast of "The 39 Steps" at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Credit: Michael Lamont.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S “THE 39 STEPS” (LA MIRADA): 80% – SWEET

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 [...]

SLITHER by Carson Kreitzer at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Amy Ellenberger 213-926-0348 – press@chalkrep.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 [...]

in "Oswald" at Write Act Repertory Theatre. Credit: Dennis Richard.

OSWALD: 67% – BITTERSWEET

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 – [...]