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THE TWILIGHT OF SCHLOMO

THE TWILIGHT OF SCHLOMO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sandra Kuker or Anita J. Lee Email:  [email protected] or 323.960.7779 ELEPHANT THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE  THE TWILIGHT OF SCHLOMO BY TIMOTHY MCNEIL DIRECTED BY DAVID FOFI Los Angeles, CA (December 20, 2013) The critically acclaimed Elephant Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Timothy McNeil’s The Twilight of Schlomo. […]

Stage and Cinema's Jason Rohrer's Best of Los Angeles Theater 2013

Stage and Cinema’s Jason Rohrer’s Best of Los Angeles Theater 2013

Jason the Roar, a frequent contributor here at the Lemon, does all his reviewing over at Stage and Cinema and he has decided to roll out his favorites in LA Theater 2013 this year. Jason’s list focuses on the theater companies rather than the shows themselves, but I did want to include this little ditty […]

HuffPost's Brad Schreiber's Top Ten Los Angeles Theater Productions of 2013

HuffPost’s Brad Schreiber’s Top Ten Los Angeles Theater Productions of 2013

I don’t see as much of Brad Schreiber’s criticism these days since Backstage folded, and frankly, HuffPost, for me, is almost as awful to circum-navigate as LA Examiner, just without the terrorizing pop-ups. Brad, if you have a regular link I can hang onto to stay in your loop then hook a brother up! Nevertheless, Brad […]

Vote for the 2013 Bitter Lemons' "Critique of the Year" (COY)

Vote for the 2013 Bitter Lemons’ “Critique of the Year” (COY)

Each one of these was lifted from our venerable weekly feature the Critique of the Week (COW) out of some 70 plus offerings (we had a few Runner Ups as well as some Runner Runner Ups). Thought it’d be fun to offer them up to the LemonHeadNation to vote on and then we’d award a […]

THE QUEEN FAMILY'S VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY SPECIAL (ACTORS' GANG): 72% - BITTERSWEET

THE QUEEN FAMILY’S VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY SPECIAL (ACTORS’ GANG): 72% – BITTERSWEET

BITTER This production is so busy trying to be clever and to get laughs that in the end a better time is had by those involved than by those watching. Sometimes stepping back and simplifying is one of the best things that can be done for a show. This is one of those instances. Kat […]

BELFRY

BELFRY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Press)Contact: Sandra Kuker or Anita J. Lee [email protected] or 323.960.7779 MALIBU PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF BELFRY BY BILLY ROCHE DIRECTED BY VERONICA BRADY Los Angeles, CA (December 24, 2013) – The second play in MALIBU PLAYHOUSE’S  2013-2014 season will be the West Coast Premiere of Belfry by Billy Roche, […]

Doug Clayton Leaving LA Stage Alliance

Doug Clayton Leaving LA Stage Alliance

I have it from a very reliable source that as of the first of the year 2014, Doug Clayton, LASA’s longtime Director of Programming and Operations, will no longer be with LA Stage Alliance. This is a bit of jaw-dropper, as after CEO Terrence McFarland, Doug was an absolute bedrock over there for as long as […]

Playwrights Discuss Adapting their Work for the Screen

Playwrights Discuss Adapting their Work for the Screen

An interesting read with some notable playwrights over at the NY  Times concerning adapting their own work for the screen. I had to do this with one of my own plays and the challenge was incredibly rewarding, offering profound lessons about the vast difference between the two mediums. It’s an informative read for playwrights and […]

THE 23rd ANNUAL TICKETHOLDER AWARDS, 2013 -  by Travis Michael Holder

THE 23rd ANNUAL TICKETHOLDER AWARDS, 2013 – by Travis Michael Holder

Travis has once again tapped us here at the Lemon to roll out his Ticketholder Awards, the 23rd Annual. As always, we are happy to accommodate. Quite an eclectic offering. Congrats to all. CM THE 23rd ANNUAL TICKETHOLDER AWARDS, 2013 by Travis Michael Holder An odd year for LA theatre. Often remarkably exhilarating, but then […]

KCRW's Anthony Byrnes' Best of Los Angeles Theater 2013

KCRW’s Anthony Byrnes’ Best of Los Angeles Theater 2013

The lists keep on rolling out! The latest is from the always insightful Anthony Byrnes of KCRW – or as I like to affectionately call him A-Burn – he’s taken a more abstract way, listing a mixture of trends, events and shows to form his final concoction. Definitely give it a read if you can […]

Merry Christmas, LemonHeads!

Merry Christmas, LemonHeads!

Enci, Phil and I would like to send a heartfelt Merry Christmas to all of our readers, contributors, enemies and friends during this Holiday Season. We thank you for supporting us and we wish you and yours nothing but joy and peace now and in the coming year. We are grateful and blessed. And on […]

The Bitter Lemons' Top Rated Los Angeles Theater Productions of 2013

The Bitter Lemons’ Top Rated Los Angeles Theater Productions of 2013

Okay. Just in time for Christmas we get the final list of the year: The Bitter Lemons’ Top Rated Los Angeles Theater Productions of 2013. It’s the last list mostly because it takes so much fucking work to put it all together! Math! Nasty, nasty math! My head hurts! These are the Top Rated Shows in […]

LA Weekly's Steven Leigh Morris' 2013 Top Ten Favorites of Los Angeles Theater

LA Weekly’s Steven Leigh Morris’ 2013 Top Ten Favorites of Los Angeles Theater

Uncle Stevie has reeled out his favorites of 2013 – along with some editorializing on the state of the LA Stage – and as always it’s an eclectic offering. Here’s his top plays. Check out the article in full for the editorializing: Years to the Day (Skylight Theatre Company) Lone-Anon (Rogue Machine) Open House (Skylight […]

The Vagrancy Pitching in to Help Support Theater Criticism in Los Angeles

The Vagrancy Pitching in to Help Support Theater Criticism in Los Angeles

It won’t fix the problem, but it certainly won’t make it worse. I think. LA theater company, The Vagrancy, is going to create something they are calling “The Chamberpot” which will generate, support and highlight theater criticism here in Los Angeles a few times a month. It’s an honorable gesture, unfortunately, they’ve invited me to be […]

The Bitter Lemons' Top Stories of 2013

The Bitter Lemons’ Top Stories of 2013

These are a combination of features, commentaries, editorials and actual news stories (yes we have a few of those) that happened to be the most read, most shared, most commented on or had the biggest impact in the Los Angeles Theater Community and beyond, all pulled straight from the Bitter Lemons’ archives of the year […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

My choice for this week’s COW doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the quality or lack thereof of the criticism, it’s the fact that Jason’s review of the Pasadena Playhouse’s currently running “Aladdin and his Winter Wish” is literally a “lone voice in the wilderness” standing as the ONLY negative review of the play […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“But there’s a deeper issue I wish these institutional leaders had addressed: artistic diversity. The most interesting playwrights in America already constitute a diverse pool. They just aren’t necessarily writing for houses of 750 people. How can artistic directors do a better job of providing a platform for these artists so that they can broaden […]

Downer Don Shirley Rolls Out His Los Angeles Theater Highlights for 2013

Downer Don Shirley Rolls Out His Los Angeles Theater Highlights for 2013

As I mentioned in my faves for 2013, there are folks out there far more qualified than I to forge a list of the best of Los Angeles Theater 2013. Already gave you a taste of Chuck McNutt’s list – who had an East-West Coast thing going on - now Downer Don Shirley from LA Stage Watch […]

LA Times' McNulty Offers his Favorite Los Angeles Theater Productions from 2013

LA Times’ McNulty Offers his Favorite Los Angeles Theater Productions from 2013

And of course half of them are from New York City. Oh, Chucky Chuck Chuck. But he did serve up some local faves and here’s a culled list of my own making in no particular order: RII – Boston Court Shun-Kin – CAP-UCLA American Buffalo – Geffen Playhouse Promethius Bund – Getty Villa The Nether […]

BOB'S HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY (PICO PLAYHOUSE): 100% - SWEET

BOB’S HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY (PICO PLAYHOUSE): 100% – SWEET

SWEET Whatever the agenda the writers may have had, this is one fun, loud Christmas party that stands as a great alternative to all the traditional holiday shows out there. Patrick Hurley – LifeInLA SWEET “Bob’s Holiday Office Party” is irreverent, inane, sometimes in bad taste, off color, politically incorrect, but hysterically funny! Audrey Linden […]

STOREFRONT CHURCH: 90% - SWEET

STOREFRONT CHURCH: 90% – SWEET

SWEET The cast is diverse and complex in every way, exposing riveting and heartfelt performances which i immensely enjoyed. These seasoned actors held the production together like glue, strong and steady with evey word, giving dynamics and ground breaking monologues. Donica Denene – LASplash BITTERSWEET At times, their changes of heart are improbably abrupt, but […]

We Need S.T.E.A.M Not S.T.E.M.

We Need S.T.E.A.M Not S.T.E.M.

My friend and colleague, Richard Kuranda, who is the executive director of Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake, Illinois, recently wrote a letter to the nearby paper, the Daily Herald that I thought was quite poignant and in many ways quite poetic as well. He has give me permission to reprint it. Amazingly […]

Pasadena Playhouse Panel on Diversity Missing a "Troublemaker"

Pasadena Playhouse Panel on Diversity Missing a “Troublemaker”

Read Chuck’s recent report on this “diversity” discussion that took place at the Playhouse. Here’s the section that instantly caught my eye: What the proceedings needed was a troublemaker to flush out the unspoken tensions. A spirit of civility censored the most difficult truths. Really? You’re kidding? How unusual? At the Playhouse? No! Hello? Anybody home? Over […]

WrightCrit: "Breaking and Entering": Group Hug

WrightCrit: “Breaking and Entering”: Group Hug

Got about halfway through this experiment and then got deathly sick, Thanksgiving, family crisis, sick again, and numerous other entanglements. Stepping away from it though and getting some feedback from trusted colleagues also allowed me to re-evaluate the purpose and the success so far. The grade up to this point from me: tepid. Which has […]

A PICASSO

A PICASSO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Press)Contact: Sandra Kuker or Anita J. Lee [email protected] or 323.960.7779 A PICASSO By Jeffrey Hatcher   Los Angeles, CA (December 6, 2013) – A Picasso by Jeffrey Hatcher opens in January at the Promenade Playhouse at 1404 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 90401. The play runs Friday’s and Saturday’s at 8 p.m. […]

CHANGES IN THE MATING STRATEGIES OF WHITE PEOPLE

CHANGES IN THE MATING STRATEGIES OF WHITE PEOPLE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact Sandra Kuker or Anita J. Lee Email:  [email protected] Tel. (323) 960-7779 One coffee shop. Two couples. A million chances to settle the score. CHANGES IN THE MATING STRATEGIES OF WHITE PEOPLE BY SOLANGE CASTRO At THE LOUNGE   OFFICIAL PRESS OPENING JANUARY 18th Opening January 18th and running through February 24th, […]

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle President, Terry Morgan, Let go by LAist

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle President, Terry Morgan, Let go by LAist

Another one bites the dust. Kinda. LADCC President and longtime LAist theater critic, Terry Morgan has informed me that he will now be writing regularly for Talkin’ Broadway along with fellow LADCC member, Sharon Perlmutter. It’s a sad state of affairs when the freakin’ president of the supposed “critical body of note” gets shown the […]

Arousal & The Lover at the Virago Theatre Company

Virago Theatre Company brings the smash San Francisco hits AROUSAL, a new play by George Pfirrmann, and The Lover by Harold Pinter to Los Angeles with the original stars, John Steen and Laura Lundy-Paine. Performances Jan 10-19th at Theatre Asylum Lab. Directed by Chloe Bronzan. AROUSAL & The Lover run back to back Jan 10-19th […]

ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH (PASADENA PLAYHOUSE): 90% - SWEET

ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH (PASADENA PLAYHOUSE): 90% – SWEET

BITTER As if to provide a counterpoint to the Troubies’ general excellence, Pasadena Playhouse is now hosting Aladdin and His Winter Wish, a shiny jukebox panto from the family that classed up our culture with television behemoths American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. But with a hundred times the Troubadour budget, affording […]

How the Delin Saved Xmas

How the Delin Saved Xmas

Someday I’m gonna start keeping my mouth shut. At the first open-casket funeral I ever attended, the deceased’s head was tipped at an awkward angle, showing sutures straining to hold his lips together. Maybe that would do it for me – death, I mean; it’ll take more than catgut to ensure my silence. For the […]