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Colin Mitchell

COLIN MITCHELL: Actor/Writer/Director/Producer/Father, award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Broadway veteran, Marvel comics scribe, Van Morrison disciple, Zen-Catholic, a proud U.S. Army Brat conceived in Scotland and born in Frankfurt, Germany, currently living in Los Angeles and doing his best to piss off as many people as possible.

Gail E. Gabler Named as Actors' Equity's New Western Regional Director/Assistant Executive Director

Gail E. Gabler Named as Actors’ Equity’s New Western Regional Director/Assistant Executive Director

That’s the news from AEA (thanks for the tip, Rob!) naming Gail E. Gabler as the new Western Regional Director AND Assistant Executive Director, replacing the now-you-see-hiim-now-you-don’t tenure of Ralph Remington.  Hmmm. From what I’ve been able to glean, Ms. Gabler cut her teeth with the very hard-nosed SEIU that was involved with the whole Janitors for Justice […]

Award Winning Los Angeles Theater Critic Myron Meisel Resigns from The Hollywood Reporter

Award Winning Los Angeles Theater Critic Myron Meisel Resigns from The Hollywood Reporter

Say it ain’t so! Just got word of this through a couple of my birdies. Myron won LA Weekly’s Excellence in Criticism award this year and his writings at The Hollywood Reporter have always been some of the most intelligent and most incisive in the city. Though I’m guessing someone with Myron’s talent is not going […]

KCRW's Anthony Byrnes Tries to Distill the 99 Seat Plan Debate Down to a Scam...and Fails

KCRW’s Anthony Byrnes Tries to Distill the 99 Seat Plan Debate Down to a Scam…and Fails

I’m a big A-Burn fan. He’s great at mining metaphors from the theater he sees and clearly he’s a very savvy and experienced critic when it comes to LA Theater. His conversation starters are usually excellent fodder for discussion and debate. Usually. Don’t always agree with his tastes in theater, but then again, who DOES agree with […]

Two Telling Quotes from the Critics in the Trenches

Two Telling Quotes from the Critics in the Trenches

The first comes from a well-seasoned, well respected, award-winning critic who currently writes for a major publication here in Los Angeles. I will leave his name out of the mix to protect the innocent, but after seeing the same show at the Geffen last week I corralled him in the courtyard and after some idle […]

Latest Born Ready Podcast: Rob and Ray are Presenting a TBA Award w/ Robert Sokol

Latest Born Ready Podcast: Rob and Ray are Presenting a TBA Award w/ Robert Sokol

Nice to see these guys getting some love from ATM (see below). Well deserved. Here’s their latest, touching on awards and such. And if all goes well I’ll be on one of these damn things in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. I just want to know if they’ll pay for my beer even down here […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Just take out your notepads, LA Theater Critics, and go to school on this one from Ern the Mick. Besides being smart and inquisitive, it’s also an entertaining read. Some ask that the critic not draw attention to themselves when they review, me, I want to get to know the critic as much as I […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Sometimes blunt is all you need to be a COW. FOREVER Brian Sonia-Wallace – ArtsBeatLA Forever was, to quote an elderly gentleman leaving the theatre, “not my cup of tea.” The latest creation of writer/actress Dael Orlandersmith, this one-woman show is a piece of straight-up storytelling that just bored this reviewer. The writing is repetitive, […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

Hey, you don’t see a review written in the form of an “ironic free verse shaped as a totem” very often. You just don’t. So…here ya go… PREMEDITATION Andrea Kittelson – LA Examiner LATC artistic director and UCLA professor José Luis Valenzuela directs an outrageous mock noir written by (and starring) Evalina Fernández that lowlights […]

How to Make Any Review Sound Pretty Darn Good and Other Adventures in Theater Marketing...

How to Make Any Review Sound Pretty Darn Good and Other Adventures in Theater Marketing…

Saw this on Jason the Roar’s Facebook page (it’s not a private forum people!) and then of course on the Vagrancy Facebook page (still not a private forum!). The overall review is definitely a Bittersweet one, encouraging but not convinced, if I might be so bold as to interpret. You can read the whole thing right here. […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“I began this review by discussing the advantage to theaters of producing one-person shows, and the short-cut writing a personal memoir offers. Orlandersmith often consulted a notebook as she expounded on her story. But the number of times she seemed to stumble suggests it was not well rehearsed and undermines the notion that the notebook […]

Sylvie Drake on Why Theatre Will Survive: But Watch out for Those "Marketers"

Sylvie Drake on Why Theatre Will Survive: But Watch out for Those “Marketers”

It’s such a great thing to have the writing and thinking of a Sylvie Drake back in the mix of LA Theater. She was a longtime LA Times critic and now writes for Cultural Weekly and we’ve included her several times over the past months in some of our COWs. Recently she wrote a follow […]

Is the Recent Shuttering of the Odyssey Theatre's "Othello" an Example of Some of the Deficiencies in the 99 Seat Plan?

Is the Recent Shuttering of the Odyssey Theatre’s “Othello” an Example of Some of the Deficiencies in the 99 Seat Plan?

Hard to tell so far, because no one will go on the record to explain why the production of Othello that was set to open at the Odyssey on October 25th has been shuttered. Which makes sense. I wouldn’t go on the record either. These types of things are always very painful for all involved. […]

Invertigo Shows me the Way: "After It Happened"

Invertigo Shows me the Way: “After It Happened”

As many of you know, I’m not a huge fan of “movement pieces”. But after seeing Invertigo Dance Theatre’s wildly entertaining After It Happened, I now know why. And I also now know the difference between a “movement” piece and a “dance” piece. I think. Here’s how I can best describe it: A movement piece […]

Some Upcoming Faves: Lost Moon Radio & Elevator Repair Service

Some Upcoming Faves: Lost Moon Radio & Elevator Repair Service

Gatz. Redcat. The Great Gatsby. In its entirety. Performed by the magicians of Elevator Repair Service from the NYC. Saw it. Loved it. They are coming back. It’s called Arguendo. The unproduce-able premise this time? A Supreme Court case. Verbatim. This from their presser: As in the troupe’s celebrated Gatz, an eight-hour epic that included every […]

Critique of the Week (it's a tie!)

Critique of the Week (it’s a tie!)

Joel Beers is just too fucking good to be stuck down there in the OC. Not that there’s anything wrong with the OC, but Joel, baby, get your ass up here so you can shine some of your particular kind of light on some of these shows in the HollyHood. They need it! Somebody get […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Some incredibly rich theater criticism from one of LA’s best. THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA? Ernest Kearney – Working Author It is a question of passion in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” Not the mass produced, test marketed variety of “passion” favored by copywriters, but the genuine article, that all-consuming fervor […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“This production, which had a successful run earlier this year at the small NoHo Arts Center in the San Fernando Valley, would be newsworthy alone for its move to an institutional theater like the Geffen, apparently in a bid for a New York opening. One can only pray that, contrary to established practice, this exemplary […]

Latest Born Ready Podcast: "Unbelievable!" with Rob Avila and Thoughts on the Bay Guardian Closing

Latest Born Ready Podcast: “Unbelievable!” with Rob Avila and Thoughts on the Bay Guardian Closing

The Imbibable Boys by the Bay are at it again. Entertaining and enlightening theater talk…and drinking on air. You can have it all! They have been threatening to get me on the show. We shall see. In the meantime, here’s the blurb: On the heels of today’s sad news that one of SF’s two alt-weekly […]

Two Local LA Theater Artists Running for National SDC Executive Board

Two Local LA Theater Artists Running for National SDC Executive Board

I don’t know Casey as well as I know Janet, but I thoroughly recommend voting for both of them. Let’s get some local blood – informed smart experienced local blood – in the mix so we can have some real LA Theater voices in the mix. These gals are good to go. So let’s send ‘em […]

Adam Leipzig on Theater's "Permanent Impermanence"

Adam Leipzig on Theater’s “Permanent Impermanence”

Did you know that theater artists were not added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame until 1984, twenty four years after the inaugural launch of the Walk of Fame in 1960? Adam Leipzig does and he found it odd for an entertainment form that’s been around for some 2500 years to be coming up last […]

The Middle Way: Some Suggestions for Moving Los Angeles Theater Forward

The Middle Way: Some Suggestions for Moving Los Angeles Theater Forward

It’s a strange thing to be an artistic community’s sometimes therapist and seemingly full-time confidante. But in many ways, I’ve brought it on myself. Whereas many folk find the “shadowy” doings of “anonymous” people with “questionable intentions” trading “secrets” in smoky back rooms and darkened alleys to be “sinister” and “insidious,” I feel right at […]

This

This

#LAThtr. Launched on Bitter Lemons, June 6th, 2010. Don’t mess, or you’ll get the hashtag. I’m telling you this is still a good idea. Any takers? Shit, this sucker right here could be the badge…

San Francisco's Alternative Newspaper the Bay Guardian Shuts Down

San Francisco’s Alternative Newspaper the Bay Guardian Shuts Down

If you still think that the “death of print” can somehow be reversed – or isn’t happening – here’s Exhibit A to the contrary: “San Francisco — and the world — was a very different place when the Bay Guardian began publishing in 1966,” Zuehls said in a statement. “Many of the causes the paper […]

Good

Good

This: 24th STreet Theatre’s “Enter Stage Right” expands to 90 schools with support from Rosenthal Family Foundation LOS ANGELES (Oct. 13, 2014) – 24th STreet Theatre has received a $300,000 grant over three years from the Rosenthal Family Foundation to expand its Enter Stage Right school field trip program to pre-recession numbers and develop a […]

A Poignant Los Angeles Theater Joke for Today...

A Poignant Los Angeles Theater Joke for Today…

I know the source of this joke – sworn to secrecy again! – and there are certainly others like it in different forms, but I found this particular hybrid to be most relevant to the current state of affairs in the LA TheatComm: I guy is sitting next to a beautiful woman at the bar. He […]

Los Angeles Theater Ex-Patriate Dámaso Rodriguez's Take on the 99 Seat Plan Debate

Los Angeles Theater Ex-Patriate Dámaso Rodriguez’s Take on the 99 Seat Plan Debate

This from a new HowlRound article penned by Mr. Rodriguez on his experience with LA’s 99 Seat Plan: After a couple of years spent acclimating to the realities of LA, we reorganized and established our group in 2001 as a nonprofit organization called Furious Theatre, with the hopes of launching a professional theater company. We […]

Critique of the Week (on a Monday)

Critique of the Week (on a Monday)

Love how personal this week’s COW is, how Michelle takes us on a journey, kicking and screaming, and finds herself breaching the light on the other side of the tunnel. A good read. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Michelle Sandoval – EdgeLosAngeles A Noise Within is Pasadena’s go-to playhouse for excellent offerings of classical theatre, […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

I have not been a fan of David St. Nichols work, if I’m being honest, I find that although he’s clearly a fine a writer and smart and knows theater, he holds back or hides behind the dynamics of his own prose, ultimately giving us nothing but froth, but here the froth seems to work […]

McNulty Wades into the 99 Seat Plan Debate

McNulty Wades into the 99 Seat Plan Debate

Many of you have already read this I’m sure, but for those of you who haven’t, here’s are some of the highlights from McNulty’s latest LA Times inclusion into this hot button debate: A renegade group of artists and producers, private Facebook messages and lobby whispers revealed, was meeting at undisclosed locales to discuss the 99-Seat Theatre Plan, […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“No one wants a return to the polarization and acrimony of the fierce “Equity Wars” of the late 1980s, but the time is ripe for a reexamination of the 99-Seat Plan and the organizational models that have developed around it. Reform will be difficult, but after speaking to passionate theater professionals from across the spectrum […]