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My Night in an Elevator with Davy Jones

My Night in an Elevator with Davy Jones

Thought that would get your attention. 1993. Doing the tour of “Six Degrees of Separation” in Boston. My buddy and I are out getting shite-faced in the city pretending to be British cads Roger Smerrryweather and Reginald Penobscott (we actually spoke with British accents the entire night) – no luck with the ladies but we […]

“Doin it for Love” at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre

Join Hollywood and Broadway stars Kaye Ballard, Liliane Montevecchi, and Lee Roy Reams in Doin’ It For Love, an evening of song, dance, and timeless comedy acts from the best of Broadway and New York cabaret. Combining Ballard’s musical talent, comedic wit and timing, Montevecchi’s cabaret-style performances, and Reams’ song and dance routines, and featuring […]

THE TREATMENT: 78% - SWEET

THE TREATMENT: 78% – SWEET

SWEET Thankfully, there’s plenty of sly wit and food for thought in this wacky but incisive view of a cuckoo’s nest, and Chekhov’s trenchant social commentary still rings true. Les Spindle – Backstage SWEET Presented in collaboration with Theatre Movement Bazaar, this Boston Court world premiere is part vaudeville, part crew jam and part prose […]

FIGURE 8: 91% - SWEET

FIGURE 8: 91% – SWEET

SWEET A kind of dramaturgical fun house, “Figure 8” sometimes tries too hard to catch us off guard with startling imagery. But Kiyomura’s exercise in distortion has the power to genuinely haunt, especially in this sterling staging — the optimum medium for this intriguing experiment. F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times SWEET The eight vignettes […]

Seeking ASM who knows sign language – Pay

Deaf West and the Fountain Theatres are co-producing a world premiere show and seeking an assistant stage manager (ASM) with sign language skills. The ASM will be covering backstage needs during the show and assisting the actors. This show utilizes deaf and hearing actors and incorporates American Sign Language and English. Join this unique experience! […]

The Dramaturg: Developmental Hell

The Dramaturg: Developmental Hell

I said last week that The Fury of the Dramaturg would return. Consider yourself warned… This past weekend, there was a big gathering of dramaturgs in Washington, D.C., convened by the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage. As is usually the case when dramaturgs meet en masse, there was a fair amount of […]

$51.25

$51.25

That’s how much I spent filling up my car with gas yesterday. $51.25! And I drive a Nissan Sentra. And our esteemed politicians are talking about contraception and who’s more conservative than whom and who’s a real Christian and who isn’t. By all means let’s not actually discuss the most pressing matters that all Americans […]

A JEW GROWS IN BROOKLYN (ANNENBERG THEATRE): 100% - SWEET

A JEW GROWS IN BROOKLYN (ANNENBERG THEATRE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET A Jew Grows in Brooklyn is like Yiddish itself—rich with lyrical character and layered with bittersweet subtext. Ed Baker – Frontiers SWEET The show has well earned it’s globally acknowledged rave reviews. Serita Stevens – LASplash SWEET Ehrenreich is admittedly far from an A-list performer, but he’s capable enough with the songs and, more […]

Naked Before God

Naked Before God

Circle X Theatre Co. examines the stretch marks in the American dream with a world premiere comedy written and directed by Leo Geter. What do a porn star, a stripper and a soldier have in common with a Christian, a Muslim and a Mormon? They all want to get Naked Before God … what’s left […]

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

Physicist Brian Cox explains why and how everything in the Universe is connected in less than two minutes.

When is a "Premiere" Really a "Premiere"?

When is a “Premiere” Really a “Premiere”?

And does it really matter anyway? I suppose it does if you’re a purist. But in the world of performing arts people are always cutting corners and shaping press and premieres for their own benefit. You know what I’m talking about, like when a producer grabs a couple of positive sounding words from an otherwise […]

LA Times Going Digital: Will You be Joining Them?

LA Times Going Digital: Will You be Joining Them?

The LA Times are going to a paywall in two weeks. They are calling it a “membership program” but it’s a paywall no matter how much lipstick you slap on that bad boy. What does that mean? Basically, you’re going to have pay money to read their articles online. Like the NY Times and The […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

This is just an entertaining review any way you look at it. And any time you can mention Madonna, Lady Gaga and Charles Manson in the same article – how ever circuitously – that’s a major COW in my book. CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Samuel Bernstein – EdgeLosAngeles A friend and I were having a disagreement about […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

I picked this one because anytime Steven Stanley doesn’t like something – after I’ve picked myself up from falling out of my chair  - it usually merits National Holiday status. Or a COW. BALM IN GILEAD Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA Balm In Gilead, Lanford Wilson’s gritty slice of the lives of a couple dozen addicts, […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

I picked this one because it has a wonderfully layered contextual lead up that makes you think it’s going to be a positive review and then it just take a complete u-turn. Also because Cynthia managed to get the phrase “disputatious didacticism” into the review. That alone deserves the honor.           […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Runner Up

I picked this one because it’s just so damn well written and there’s a real sense of Kearney trying to get to the heart of this piece. BUDDHA – A FANTASTIC JOURNEY Earnest Kearney – Working Author The face of the divine is devilishly tricky to depict. The Muslims probably have the right idea by […]

10 Things That Destroy Theater Companies

10 Things That Destroy Theater Companies

  I’m sure there are hundreds of things we do within our theater companies of all sizes that eventually shoot us in the, um…you get the idea. I don’t mean to preach to the choir, but maybe some of you out there can help me complete this list? These are the ones on my mind […]

NOT ONE MORE FOOT OF LAND! (SECRET ROSE): 72% - BITTERSWEET

NOT ONE MORE FOOT OF LAND! (SECRET ROSE): 72% – BITTERSWEET

BITTERSWEET Not One More Foot of Land is not a great play. It is too long, too leisurely and in the premier production by Secret Rose Theatre, there are a lot of things to argue with. But it is an important play nonetheless and if it tells its story more in the manner of a […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

It was a tie this week with a couple of wry comments from a couple of theatre critics. “More than 20 scene changes and Rhona Meyers’ seriously groovy costumes can’t change the fact that this is an untold story for a reason.” Rebecca Haithcoat – from her review of “California Dreamin’” (LA Weekly) “Balm In […]

COBB (GROUP REP): 100% - SWEET

COBB (GROUP REP): 100% – SWEET

SWEET Lee Blessing gives us a three-dimensional look at baseball legend Ty Cobb in his fiercely honest one-act Cobb now onstage at Group rep in NoHo. Superbly staged by Gregg T. Daniel and gloriously acted by an ensemble of four, Cobb is represented at the beginning, middle and end of his life by three actors […]

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (GLENDALE CENTRE THEATRE): 100% - SWEET

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (GLENDALE CENTRE THEATRE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET This time, Martin Lang directs Richard Malmos (a simple, credible Tevye) and a game cast in a production that will satisfy those who’ve seen it before, but will surprise no one, not even those who have never heard of it. Jason Rohrer – Stagehappenings SWEET Martin Lang, the director, certainly had his hands full […]

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

Three Year Swim Club, playing at the David Henry Hwang Theatre.

PRIVATE LIVES (GTC BURBANK): 93% - SWEET

PRIVATE LIVES (GTC BURBANK): 93% – SWEET

SWEET Fortunately, in his present production at the GTC Burbank, director Jules Aaron has assembled a gifted cast that keeps the tone light and the dialogue properly aerated. F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times SWEET In the latest revival by Table For Two at GTC Burbank, Jules Aaron has assembled a superior ensemble that mesh […]

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (3D THEATRICALS): 100% - SWEET

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (3D THEATRICALS): 100% – SWEET

SWEET Everyone else – that is, anyone who may not know the show or its story or characters as well – will be charmed and disarmed by the show’s classic songs, conductor and musical director Julie Lamoreux’s empathy with the score, Kami Seymour’s playful choreography, and Dawson’s first-rate cast and its thoroughly Broadway-like handling of […]

The Thursday Thought

The Thursday Thought

Just thought I’d take a moment to put the pause button on all things theatre and remind everybody that we are witnessing an actual slaughter of a people by its government and no one is quite sure what to do about it. Reminds me once again of how impotent and ridiculously worthless the United Nations […]

CANDIDA (CHRYSALIS STAGE): 75% - BITTERSWEET

CANDIDA (CHRYSALIS STAGE): 75% – BITTERSWEET

BITTERSWEET Unfortunately, director Andrea Gwynnel Morgan pushes production toward broad comedy, blunting Shaw’s sharper insights. Lewis and Leland have the requisite Shavian chops, but any nuance they might bring feels quashed by the show’s forced tone. Uribes’ truth-telling, socially phobic nerd appears drawn from the catalog of Johnny Depp’s more mannered performances. Everyone seems to […]

A Foreign Concept

A Foreign Concept

I spent part of last week driving a dance troupe back and forth from its tour’s Los Angeles venue to a downtown hotel.  Cloud Gate 2, whose choreography explores themes of subjugation, is revered in its home of Taiwan, a nation whose independence is disputed by a nearby empire famous equally for its indifference to […]

Boston Court Announces 2012 Music Season

MUSIC @ BOSTON COURT ANNOUNCES 2012 SEASON PASADENA, Calif., February 16, 2012 –Boston Court Performing Arts Center presents the 2012 Music @ Boston Court Series featuring Sandra Tsing Loh, China Forbes (of Pink Martini), Piano Spheres, Grant Gershon, O-Lan Jones and many more .  All events are presented in the Marjorie Branson Performance Space at Boston Court […]

REDHEAD @ Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group

REDHEAD @ Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 Contact Zombie Joe @ (818) 202 – 4120 Email: [email protected] {REDHEAD. Zombie Joe directs the Premiere of Robert Riemer’s passionate new bittersweet comedy about five unique people who are suddenly confronted with making life-changing decisions of love, life and brotherhood on a […]

YOUR FIVE MINUTES OF UNCENSORED STAGE TIME ARE HERE

Poets, contortionists, Tuvan throat singers – any and all are welcomed to the stage at fREAK mACHINE on the last Monday of every month at Atwater Village Theatre. The LA Weekly says GO: “The ultimate in un-curated, vox populi free expression…” Flavorpill exclaims, “Humanity meets calamity in this full-bodied experience… by the people, for the […]