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SWEET The performance piece (actually, eight performance pieces in one) is a multi-medium event with such a clever concept that one would suspect the outcome would pale compared to the idea, but in its west coast premiere now playing at the Bootleg, Synesthesia is as fun, quirky and inventive as its notion. Tony Frankel – […]



SWEET Roberts, the creator of “Mike & Molly,” has a quick way with a one-liner, even if he overpopulates the stage, proliferating subplots while missing the opportunity for more musical numbers. No matter. Kober is credible as a star, and Jennifer Pollono steals the show as a waitress who over-shares. Rode hard and put away […]



SWEET Each song is a stand alone experience that transports the audience to a realm of hope and guiding light. Serita Stevens – LASplash BITTERSWEET DOMA Theatre Company presents a mixed bag of vocal talents backed by a bang-up band in Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World,” an hour-and-45-minute theatrical […]

The Traffic Cop Ballet

The Traffic Cop Ballet

So I’m driving north on Laurel Canyon and I suddenly hit this massive traffic jam at Riverside. A light went out. Just happened. The way everything just came to a halt. My car stuck right in the middle of it.  I’m thinking, “Great, I’m literally minutes from my home and now I’m going to be […]

Hollywood looks better and is safer with the Fringe

Hollywood looks better and is safer with the Fringe

That’s right and we all know it to be true! During the Fringe there is lots of activity on the street. I bump into people from all over the city who walk in between shows to visit the local coffee shop, they wait by the bus stop, they come to Hollywood via bike and the […]

Death and The Dramaturg

Death and The Dramaturg

I spend more time thinking about death than pretty much anything else, with the possible exception of the current, past and future states of the Oakland A’s, San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors. I don’t think of this as being especially troubling or indicative of some sort of deeper, psychological problem. I assume everyone […]



Last week, in the course of my work as a stagehand, I banged up my arm.  Might be fractured; might be a perilunar dislocation.  First set of x-rays inconclusive; two doctors unwilling to commit to diagnoses, either litigation-shy or stumped.  It’s my first experience with Workman’s Comp, and, well, perhaps that explains a lot.  Anyway, […]

Monkey Wrench Collective revives its US Premiere of POOL (NO WATER)

Fresh from South Coast Repertory! Monkey Wrench Collective revives its US Premiere of POOL (NO WATER) at The Flight Theatre in The Complex May 18! Following a sold-out run at South Coast Repertory, Orange County’s very own theatrical outsiders, Monkey Wrench Collective, are proud to announce that their revival of Mark Ravenhill’s pool (no water) […]

New musical comedy opening June 1, 2012

Contact: Alan Stillson Author and producer 5515 Keokuk Ave. Woodland Hills, CA 91367 Telephone – (818) 884-4284 Fax – (818) 592-6472 E-mail [email protected] URL – New musical comedy opening June 1, 2012 I Remember Lou, will be opening on June 1 at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks and running through July 8. I Remember Lou combines […]

L.A. Husband/Wife Writing Team Go Noir In: PL.A.Y Noir

L.A. Husband/Wife Writing Team Go Noir In: PL.A.Y Noir Since its inception, noir has been a part of fiction and pop culture, but now it is definitely back with a vengeance. Today noir can be seen in a variety of venues from noir’s early roots in the Sherlock Holmes (TV series and films) and Edgar Allen […]

URBAN DEATH Extended Thru JULY 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood Reservation Hotline: (818) 202-4120 & URBAN DEATH. Zombie Joe’s Underground’s terrifying signature production is back – diving deep into the depths of all-new inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbed spirits that walk among us! Directed by Zombie Joe, with Original Musical Score […]

Altarcations to premiere at the Fringe

ALTARCATIONS Steve Julian’s world premiere play kicks off June 8 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL LOS ANGELES,CA (May 21, 2012) – At the corner of faith and justice, a Catholic bishop’s power alters the course of life for a troubled priest, his naïve and faithful protégé, and the woman who may have all the true power.  KPCC […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

This kid, sorry, er, theater critic, Sage Ryan, is twelve years old. Yep. And he goes to college. One of my great accomplishments at twelve was perfecting the fine art of soaking chewing tobacco in whiskey thereby enhancing its ability to make me vomit. THE CONVERT Sage Ryan – The Front Page Online The Convert, […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

Ellen is just brimming over here. What can I say, I was smitten. EVANGELINE, THE QUEEN OF MAKE-BELIEVE By Ellen Dostal – BroadwayWorld What I was most struck by was how much joy there is in About Productions’ EVANGELINE, THE QUEEN OF MAKE-BELIEVE, a multimedia musical play that opened over the weekend at Bootleg Theater. […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Again, the personal quality of Ernest’s reviews have caught my attention. This in particular. EVANGELINE, THE QUEEN OF MAKE-BELIEVE Ernest Kearney – Working Author “Evangeline, The Queen of Make-Believe” by Theresa Chavez, Rose Portillo and Los Lobos’ Louie Pérez currently running at the Bootleg Theater taps a core in me. It alleges to cover ground […]

‘CLOWNS, GODDESSES & TOUGH GUYS’ Revived after 15 years

‘CLOWNS, GODDESSES & TOUGH GUYS’ Revived after 15 years

Hollywood, CA (May 26, 2012) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: James Schneider, Producer, Writer/Performer james (at) ‘CLOWNS, GODDESSES & TOUGH GUYS’ TO BE REVIVED FOR L.A. PREMIERE AT THE 2012 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FEST Original bluesy-pop songs punctuate soulful monologue on how, in 1977, a boy rebuilds himself from tragedy with the help of some very famous strangers. How? By showing up at their front door, of course. Knock […]

The Merry Wives of Windsor set in the 1930s

The Porters of Hellsgate present… William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor Directed by Charles Pasternak Produced by The Porters of Hellsgate In the midst of The Great Depression and hot on the heels of American prohibition’s end, a new film genre was swiftly gaining popularity; 1934’s It Happened One Nightwas far from an over-night success, […]

Obie Winner The Secret City hits L.A. June 10!

Contact: Chris Wells (917) 757-9878 email address:[email protected] facebook: The Secret City June 10th– WE WORSHIP ART Obie-Award winning New York performance group, The Secret City, announces their first visit to Los Angeles - Sunday, June 10th at noon at the Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90057. Part tent-revival, part-cabaret, and part ceremony, The Secret City is a joyful […]

GUTS WILL SPILL at Elephant Stages

GUTS WILL SPILL “This Vicious Minute”, a penetrating look at self-injury, to be presented at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival Los Angeles, CA, May 21, 2012 – Cutting – it’s not just for “emo” kids. “This Vicious Minute”, a one-man play written and performed by Northern California theatre artist Ben Moroski, is the powerfully raw, […]

Shades of Gray to challenge audiences to look beyond the pages of history books

One-Man Play Takes a Controversial Look at America’s Past during the 150th Civil War Anniversary Award-winning Playwright/Actor Tom Dugan returns to Theatre 40 to perform ‘Robert E. Lee – Shades of Gray’ throughout June BEVERLY HILLS, CA—Challenging audiences to look beyond the pages of history books into the gray areas of America’s past, the one-man […]

Colonials: An American Shakespeare Company presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Opening Thursday May 24th, 2012 and running for limited engagement through June 3rd, 2012 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA For ticket reservations and information: Los Angeles, CA – Simplicity and dedication to the intent of the world’s most famous playwright are all Colonials: An American Shakespeare Company need to bring […]

Theatre Unleashed brings three shows to Fringe!

TU hits the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival with “The Divine Madness of Isabella” “Round Rock” and the return of “25 Plays Per Hour” LOS ANGELES – Recognizing the growth in participation and popularity of the Hollywood Fringe Festival and its strong foothold in the local arts community, Theatre Unleashed is proud to offer three shows in […]

Spring Awakening - Rock Musical in Concert

Spring Awakening – Rock Musical in Concert

CONTACT: Nathan Gardner E-mail: [email protected] Phone: 310-779-7626 SPRING AWAKENING ROCK MUSICAL IN CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF LOVE IS LOUDER SPRING AWAKENING, the 2007 Tony Award winning best musical, comes to vibrant life on the Hayworth Theatre stage, courtesy of glory|struck Productions, in a new and exciting rock-concert format this summer to raise the volume of awareness for […]

World Premiere of Grace Notes & Anvils at the Odyssey

Press Contact & Invite: Jerry Charlson (323) 733-7073 [email protected] “GRACE NOTES & ANVILS”  THE ODYSSEY THEATRE PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF RON MARASCO & BRIAN SHUFF’S NEW COMEDY/DRAMA OPENING  MAY 26 & 27. GRACE NOTES & ANVILS is a gentle, funny and deeply touching guided-tour of a “place” most Americans go to, but few feel free to […]

Neil LaBute, Bekah Brunstetter, Devon Gummersall, Mike Vogel among artists at work in IAMA THEATRE COMPANY’S IAMAFest 2012

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Andrew Carlberg [email protected] Neil LaBute, Bekah Brunstetter, Devon Gummersall, Mike Vogel among artists at work in IAMA THEATRE COMPANY’S IAMA Fest 2012 – a festival of new one-acts and premieres LOS ANGELES – May 8, 2012 – IAMA THEATRE COMPANY presents IAMAFest 2012 on Friday, May 18, 2012 – Sunday, June 10, 2012 (Fridays and Saturdays at […]

Three Tables at the Hollywood Fringe

LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2012)– Samedi Productions invites you to join them as they serve up dinnertime drama at the 3rd annual Hollywood Fringe Festival with five performances of Three Tables between June 9–22 at Theatre Asylum. Three Tables is a one-act play that follows three couples each separately enjoying dinner at the same restaurant. […]

Gary Peterson’s Supernatural Magic Show

GARY PETERSON’S SUPERNATURAL MAGIC SHOW ALSO FEATURING MAVI, DANNY COLE & SCOTT LAND’S WORLD FAMOUS MARIONETTES JUNE 15 – 24, 2012 AT EL PORTAL THEATRE MAINSTAGE El Portal Theatre proudly presents Gary Peterson’s SUPERNATURAL MAGIC SHOW, starring Los Angeles Magician Gary Peterson and MAVI, and directed by Tony Clark on June 15 – 24, 2012, […]

Crushed at the Hollywood Fringe

Crushed The Hollywood Fringe Festival June 11-23, 2012 LOS ANGELES– “Why is it the guys you like, never seem to like you back?” If you have ever asked yourself this question–because let’s be honest, you moved to LA to prove your 3rd grade crush wrong–come laugh at someone elses heartbreaks, awkward moments and relationship disasters. […]

Four Clowns: That Beautiful Laugh

HOLLYWOOD, CA: Award-winning, nationally-touring company Four Clowns presents That Beautiful Laugh, conceived by Orlando Pabatoy, as part of the 3rd Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival this June. Set in a world in which everyone has forgotten how to laugh, That Beautiful Laugh follows a wise old man and a troupe of clowns on a poignant quest to rediscover that beautiful laugh. By encountering […]

The Egg Play is traveling from SF to LA and all the way to NY

TRANSIENT THEATER – Put Your City on the Map! Inaugural Production, The Egg Play, Accepted to the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival May 17, 2012—Transient Theater is a new traveling theater cooperative focused on emerging and innovative playwrights with fresh ideas and very small casts.  Transient Theater will launch their inaugural production in San Francisco […]