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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.

ArtsInLA's 2014 Sage Award Winners are Live

ArtsInLA’s 2014 Sage Award Winners are Live

And there’s a whole shitload of them! Once again, a bit too many for my tastes – diluting the distinction – but nevertheless, congrats to all the winners. Here are the top productions for Los Angeles Theater 2014, according to the illustrious critics at ArtsInLA, whose membership includes, Dany Margolies, Julio Martinez, Bob Verini, Travis Michael […]

Newsflash: Bitter Lemons' Editor to take the Stage in Zombie Joe's Underground 50 Hour Drive-By Theatre Festival

Newsflash: Bitter Lemons’ Editor to take the Stage in Zombie Joe’s Underground 50 Hour Drive-By Theatre Festival

I know, I know, such drama in that headline, besides the fact that I’ve referred to myself in the third person and only by occupation, the shameless self-promotion is utterly…well…shameless. Hey, it’s the beauty of having your own well read website. You can serve the community and your self. Which is what I’m doing! Many of […]

The 2014 Los Angeles Theater Critique of the Year (COY) [Voting Extended]

The 2014 Los Angeles Theater Critique of the Year (COY) [Voting Extended]

The what? That’s right, I said it and I’ll say it again, the 2014 Los Angeles Theater Critique of the Year. Or more affectionately, The COY. Here are the 13 Best Critiques in Los Angeles Theater in the year 2014. Well, according to me, at least. And that’s somewhat authoritative. I think it’s fair to say […]

In 1887 Thespian Edwin Booth Declared that Los Angeles is "Most Definitely a Theatre Town"

In 1887 Thespian Edwin Booth Declared that Los Angeles is “Most Definitely a Theatre Town”

It’s been downhill ever since. Hell, Mr. Booth even said we we were “decidedly civilized”! Guess he picked up a little peyote on the trip over. All this, of course, has been culled from an article by the LA Stage Insider himself, Julio Martinez, in his fascinating article on the early history of Los Angeles Theater, […]

Don Shirley Doesn't Believe in Top 10 Lists so these are his Top 25 in Los Angeles Theater 2014...

Don Shirley Doesn’t Believe in Top 10 Lists so these are his Top 25 in Los Angeles Theater 2014…

The preamble for Dower Don’s faves this year goes like this… I don’t believe in year-end Top 10 lists, especially if the components are listed in order of best to, say, tenth best. Why is it necessary to draw such distinctions between creations with very different goals and styles? Are apples really better than oranges — […]

Merry Christmas, LemonHeads!

Merry Christmas, LemonHeads!

In honor of this magical day I offer my son Max, the original LemonHead, having a very serious chat with Santa Claus. Enci and I send our love and gratitude to the entire Los Angeles Theater Community and thank you for your readership and engagement. And now Max…

THE 24th ANNUAL TICKETHOLDER AWARDS, 2014 - By Travis Michael Holder

THE 24th ANNUAL TICKETHOLDER AWARDS, 2014 – By Travis Michael Holder

The great and powerful Travis Michael Holder calls ‘em like he saw ‘em in 2014. We are always happy to oblige. Oh, and the photo idea was mine. THE 24th ANNUAL TICKETHOLDER AWARDS, 2014 by Travis Michael Holder ‘Tis an odd year for me to be objective, since I was privy to the creation of a […]

"Pulp Shakespeare" Returning to Theatre Asylum in 2015

“Pulp Shakespeare” Returning to Theatre Asylum in 2015

Definitely good news. Never felt like this show really got its due even thought it was quite a hit a year ago. Check out the presser below and make plans to catch one of the cleverest mashups you’ll ever see. PULP SHAKESPEARE (OR BARD FICTION) Runs January 15 through March 8, 2015 LOS ANGELES, CA – […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Jason the Roar in all his painful, awkward, honest glory. A strong contender for Critique of the Year (COY). BLITHE SPIRIT Jason Rohrer – Stage and Cinema BIRD THOU SURE AIN’T NOW “Hail to thee, blithe spirit! Bird thou never wert, That from Heaven, or near it, Pourest thy full heart In profuse strains of […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“At big city houses and regional theaters across the land, those who can be counted on to buy tickets are routinely condescended to with just this sort of indifferently directed, she-used-to-have-a-TV-show offering, as if aged playgoers were a simplistic, undemanding herd. But surely old audiences are as discerning a crowd as exists; they’ve seen more […]

An Open Letter to Sony: You are All a Bunch of Pussies

An Open Letter to Sony: You are All a Bunch of Pussies

CNN has just reported that the United States of America is going to officially acknowledge that North Korea was indeed the source of the Sony Hacks. So North Korea is in fact waging open war upon our right to free speech. And you guys just fucking caved. Like a bunch of fucking pussies. If ever there […]

The Bitter Lemons' Top Rated Los Angeles Theater Productions of 2014

The Bitter Lemons’ Top Rated Los Angeles Theater Productions of 2014

This list is pulled directly from our LemonMeter Ratings. These are the most critically-acclaimed shows in Los Angeles Theater for the year 2014. These are not based in opinion like our Best Of List, but in quantifiable facts, well, after they’ve been adjusted for opinion of course. Heh. I think I just made that phrase […]

Don Shirley on Center Theatre Group's "Branding" Problem

Don Shirley on Center Theatre Group’s “Branding” Problem

As always, Downer Don is all over Center Theatre Group and their lack of LA-centric and LA-specific programming. Here’s something from his latest public flogging especially concerning their self-professed tag as “LA’s Theatre Company”: Since Michael Ritchie took the CTG helm, the company has displayed hardly any interest in LA-specific settings, subjects or talent. In the […]

Stage Raw Throwing a Holiday Festivus Party for Los Angeles Theater December 22nd

Stage Raw Throwing a Holiday Festivus Party for Los Angeles Theater December 22nd

Very kind of Uncle Steven and the gang over there at Stage Raw. A little bit of Festivus for the rest of us, apparently. Alas, I will be out of town, but I wanted to make sure that the rest of you were informed. Go here for details and reservations and here are the deets: […]

Actors' Equity Association Sets January 13th Town Hall to Discuss LA's 99 Seat Plan

Actors’ Equity Association Sets January 13th Town Hall to Discuss LA’s 99 Seat Plan

I was expecting this. Guess I better pay up my damn dues so I can’t attend this sumbitch. Heh. Here’s the blurb from the AEA emailer: This meeting – for paid up members of Actors’ Equity – is part of a continuing effort to hear from our members in Los Angeles, and will give you […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Karen Weinstein brings such an interesting psycho-analytical approach to her reviews. This is a prime example. INTO THE WOODS Karen Weinstein – Culture Vulture Trip thee lightly into the woods my darlings but beware the eternal dangers lurking there. Thus it is and thus it shall always be. The woods are full of wolves, giants, […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“The world does not need a sanitized version of “Into The Woods” and children do not need all the production values of a Disney blowout (though Meryl Streep will probably do the Witch’s role justice). The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has produced a musical that truly works magic across generations. Some may protest that parts of […]

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

Some irreverent Christmas silliness from Lost Moon Radio. Love these guys.

The Bitter Lemons' Top Los Angeles Theater Stories of 2014

The Bitter Lemons’ Top Los Angeles Theater Stories of 2014

Here comes our second big list as 2014 comes to a close: The Bitter Lemons Top Los Angeles Theater Stories of 2014! Huzzah! For a list of our favorite productions in Los Angeles Theater 2014 go here. This list, however, is culled from a variety of news and editorial posts published during 2014. Each of these […]

“If you really care about artists, it’s not enough to let them scrape by while you’re paying your development staff and your assistant and your marketing people at a higher rate.” - American Theatre Magazine

“If you really care about artists, it’s not enough to let them scrape by while you’re paying your development staff and your assistant and your marketing people at a higher rate.” – American Theatre Magazine

This is a fascinating article written by Diep Tran over at American Theatre Magazine, entitled Paying Playwrights More Than Play Money. You could literally substitute “actor” for “playwright” and “Los Angeles Theater” for any number of spots in this article and you’d have the exact same debate that is currently happening here in our artistic […]

The Bitter Lemons' Best of Los Angeles Theater 2014

The Bitter Lemons’ Best of Los Angeles Theater 2014

Starting my lists a little earlier this year so I can enjoy the yuletide celebration in Colorado Springs in a couple of weeks. I’m guessing everyone else’s lists will not be far behind. So… The following ten productions are my personal favorites from 2014. I definitely saw more theater this year than I ever have in […]

"Joltin' Joanne" Kaufman "Dis-Invited' by High Level Broadway Press Agent

“Joltin’ Joanne” Kaufman “Dis-Invited’ by High Level Broadway Press Agent

We highlighted this story last week and now the LA Times (always late to the party) reports that Wall Street Journal cultural critic, Joanne Kaufman, has been dis-invited and will no longer receive free tickets. Here’s a snippet from the story: In the column, titled “Confessions of a Broadway Bolter,” Kaufman confesses to leaving early […]

American Theatre Magazine Shines a Spotlight on LA's 99-Seat Debate

American Theatre Magazine Shines a Spotlight on LA’s 99-Seat Debate

And mostly rehashes what has already been occurring on every platform in the city, including here at the Lemon, over at Bigcheap Theatre and over on the LA Theater Network Facebook page, while wheeling out the loudest (and mostly articulate) voices in the debate, including Jay McAdams, Doug Clayton, Kyle Nudo, Dianne Wyenn, Simon Levy. […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Sylvie! WHAT THE BUTLER SAW Sylvie Drake – Cultural Weekly In his book on farce, Albert Bermel tells us that what defines farce is “to scoff in public at whatever the neighbors’ cherish in private.” To put it in a broader cliché, one person’s tragedy is another one’s comedy. Farce, in short, is not merely […]

LA Weekly Theater Awards Terminated After 35 Years

LA Weekly Theater Awards Terminated After 35 Years

I guess it’s now somehow appropriate that the final edition of the LaWees was hosted by denizens of the Undead. That would of course be Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group. Little did we know that their selection as hosts would be such a heapin’ spoonful of foreshadowing. This from an email from LA Weekly Advertising Director […]

Recap of the Hollywood Arts Council "Stayin' Live" Theatre Symposium

Recap of the Hollywood Arts Council “Stayin’ Live” Theatre Symposium

Here’s a recap from the less “shadowy” corners of Los Angeles Theater where shit appears to be gettin’ done… COUNCILMEMBER MITCH O’FARRELL KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT HOLLYWOOD ARTS COUNCIL STAYIN’ LIVE THEATRE SYMPOSIUM Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell was the keynote speaker November 15th at this year’s Hollywood Arts Council Stayin’ Live Symposium addressing the challenges faced by live […]

McNulty Live Tweets "Peter Pan Live!"

McNulty Live Tweets “Peter Pan Live!”

And it’s pretty damn funny. Here are some snippets:   Nice to see Chuck McNutt having a little fun. And the LA Times allowing him to do it.

Why the Current Clarion Call  that "There are No Producers" is Bad News for Los Angeles Theater

Why the Current Clarion Call that “There are No Producers” is Bad News for Los Angeles Theater

Initiated by John Flynn’s recent and rousing post here at the Lemon, and now taken up as some sort of celebratory credo by such notables as Jay McAdams, among others, this recent clarion call that “there are no producers” is not a good thing, in my humble opinion. Mostly, because it’s false. Here’s how Mr. Flynn […]

Wall Street Journal Cultural Critic, Joanne Kaufman, is a  self-admitted "Broadway Bolter"

Wall Street Journal Cultural Critic, Joanne Kaufman, is a self-admitted “Broadway Bolter”

And she apparently doesn’t care who knows it. Many thanks to Daniel Faigin for bringing this to my attention. This from Bway producer Ken Davenport’s blog The Producers Perspective: It was a article confession by The Wall Street Journal culture commentator Joanne Kaufman, who admitted that she walks out of Broadway shows after only one act […]

Latest Born Ready Episode: The Meat of Our Displeasure with Oprah w/ Revolva

Latest Born Ready Episode: The Meat of Our Displeasure with Oprah w/ Revolva

More from the Bad Boys by the Bay. The link for the podcast is here and the blurb for the latest episodes is below. This particular one is very intriguing as Rob and Raymond respond to some criticism from local blogger/critic Daniel Faigin from an episode I was in. Always happy to play match maker […]