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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.

Newsflash: Theater is Alive and Well in Los Angeles (Evidence Within)

Newsflash: Theater is Alive and Well in Los Angeles (Evidence Within)

Have had the opportunity to see a lot of theater over the last few weeks. Apologies to those shows that I’ve missed or haven’t yet been able to catch (I’m only one man!), but wanted to mention the cream of the currently running crop. Spring Awakening (Deaf West Theatre): This was just absolutely superb and […]

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

This is funny. And it’s Monday. I think we should offer a bag of rotten fruit and vegetables at the door of every show in town. Hat tip to the Jason the Roar.

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“Originally commissioned by Playwrights Horizons in New York, and further workshopped locally last year at South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival, Marjorie Prime marshals a fine array of out-of-town talent. However, Smith’s star power notwithstanding, Center Theatre Group yet again ostentatiously avoids hiring from the plentiful pool of hugely capable Los Angeles players. The company’s […]

"Sleep No More's" PunchDrunk Building Multi-Million Dollar Theater in Downtown LA

“Sleep No More’s” PunchDrunk Building Multi-Million Dollar Theater in Downtown LA

I did not know this. Did you? And freakin’ Noah Nelson writes for us! I know that makes me very late to the party and horribly oblivious – nothing new there – but nonetheless, I think this is a bigger deal than maybe people are realizing. What am I talking about? This news about PunchDrunk […]

"Carpe Noctis" Set to "Seize" The Complex Theaters in October

“Carpe Noctis” Set to “Seize” The Complex Theaters in October

Many thanks to the hardest working hottie in LA Arts Media, the lovely and talented Tracey Paleo of Gia on the Move fame for bringing this very cool event to my attention. It’s called Carpe Noctis. Which means “Seize the Night” to you and me. I like that. What is Carpe Noctis? This from their site: Twisted Burlesque, Throwing Knives, Coffin […]

Backstage Lists 11 American Theater Companies Known for Producing New Work and None of them are from Los Angeles

Backstage Lists 11 American Theater Companies Known for Producing New Work and None of them are from Los Angeles

Can we all form a collective sigh? And we’re back. Hey, it’s a good list, no doubt, Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Woolly Mammoth, but to not include at least ONE of the companies out of the MANY here in LA, is just, well, lazy really. So in response to Backstage’s usual idiocy and ineptitude, […]

Footlights' Finlayson Crystalizes the Current 99 Seat Theater Plan Debate

Footlights’ Finlayson Crystalizes the Current 99 Seat Theater Plan Debate

Again, I’ve been pulling much of this right off the BigCheap List where this debate has been raging – and oftentimes going off the rails and becoming personal and unnecessarily gruff - not to anyone’s benefit in my opinion – nevertheless, it’s a debate key to the DNA of LA Theater and some have been having […]

An Open Letter to the Geffen Playhouse: Your Current Production of "Choir Boy" Is Not "Approximately" 95 Minutes Long

An Open Letter to the Geffen Playhouse: Your Current Production of “Choir Boy” Is Not “Approximately” 95 Minutes Long

Caught Choir Boy at the Geffen Playhouse last night. As always, many thanks to Niki and everyone over there for allowing me to come to their beautiful theatre. I am ever grateful for the privilege of complimentary tickets. As for the production, I was pretty disappointed, the play was a mess, the direction was all […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

The “harsh” and “hurtful” joy of Tony the Frank. Thank God he FINALLY got SOMETHING right… SPRING AWAKENING Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema REAWAKENING In one of the bios for Deaf West’s production of Spring Awakening, actress Ali Stroker thanks the company for stepping out of the box, and turning what some may think as […]

Are Actors' Equity Members Restricted from Attending Union Meetings if they are Also Producers? [UPDATED]

Are Actors’ Equity Members Restricted from Attending Union Meetings if they are Also Producers? [UPDATED]

[Update: As this producer/actor element of the 99 Seat Plan discussion has slipped into the public domain of Bigcheap, I'm now grabbing it from there and including that offshoot conversation below the original article that I wrote. It's juicy and it's pertinent. CM] I honestly do not know the answer to that question. I checked the […]

Another Saturday Saying

Another Saturday Saying

“Looks like the LA Theater ‘Extortion Awards’ just put out their nominations again. Each year at this time I thank baby Jesus I’m out of this mess. If anything makes a playwright want to jump off a cliff it’s this vile group of insiders looking into the toilet and nominating their own turds for special […]

The Saturday Saying(s)

The Saturday Saying(s)

“And yet this is completely undermined by a later scene in the play, between Moritz and his father, played by Troy Kotsur. Every other scene or song in the play is equally accessible to deaf and hearing audiences – through some mixture of sign, speech, and supertitles – but this scene between two deaf actors […]

Backstage Picks up on Re-Imagine LA Theater Launch

Backstage Picks up on Re-Imagine LA Theater Launch

It’s a freakin’ rodeo! But well rolled, you gotta say. Here’s the latest from Backstage: The leaderless group, which is calling itself Re-Imagine LA Theatre, is targeting changes to the Actors’ Equity Association 99-seat theater agreement and a potential baseline wage for actors, among other reforms. That agreement, which has different variations for New York […]

Western Regional AEA Membership Meeting, Friday, Oct. 10 with Special Guest Speaker Mary McColl

Western Regional AEA Membership Meeting, Friday, Oct. 10 with Special Guest Speaker Mary McColl

If you are an Equity Member, go. And let’s get this ball rolling. Here’s the info: Western Region Membership Meeting – 2 p.m. Member Open House Event – 4:30 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2014 Please join us for the Western Regional Membership Meeting on Friday, October 10, 2014, where Executive Director Mary McColl will be […]

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

This is usually a pretty scarific time. And this little teaser trailer is brief but impactful. Wicked Lit 2014. Catch it.

LA Times Picks Up on Re-Imagine LA Theater Launch

LA Times Picks Up on Re-Imagine LA Theater Launch

  Well it’s certainly a well coordinated effort, there’s no doubt about that, this Re-Imagine LA Theatre thingamajig. They’ve certainly done well on rolling this thing out and making a ruckus. We of course are big fans of a well-cooridnated ruckuses. The story at the LA Times is mostly a regurgitation of what’s already on the […]

Downer Don Shirley on "Re-Imagining" LA Theater

Downer Don Shirley on “Re-Imagining” LA Theater

Another of LA’s great minds chimes in on the recently released Re-Imagine LA Theater: A Call For Action in an article entitled Imagine there’s no 99-seat plan (apologies to John Lennon) over at LA Observed. And as usual Don is able to drill down on a couple of very practical points. First this: My impression is that […]

Wanted: Stage Manager and Lighting Designer – Paid Positions

Stage Manager and Lighting Designer- Paid Positions FRESH PRODUCE’d LA is seeking a STAGE MANAGER and LIGHTING DESIGNER for our Inaugural Full-length Production: hey brother by – Bekah Brunstetter PAID POSITIONS. AEA 99-Seat Plan, SDC. In this story of belonging, Isaac, an overly sensitive history graduate student, lives with his older brother Ben, a frat […]

Get your Discounted Tickets for the Bitter Lemons' Sponsored Performance of "Women" at Theatre Asylum Tonight!

Get your Discounted Tickets for the Bitter Lemons’ Sponsored Performance of “Women” at Theatre Asylum Tonight!

Shhhh. The secret password to get your deeply discounted ticket price of $10 for tonight’s performance of Women at Theatre Asylum at 8pm is “lemon”. Go here to cash in on the love. Keep it between us, k? We wouldn’t want a stampede or anything. Don’t miss this hilarious mashup of Little Women and HBO’s […]

TPL-LA/Intimate Leader, Gregory Crafts, calls for more "integrity, transparency, trust, and good faith" from the Recently Launched Re-Imagine LA Theater Organizers

TPL-LA/Intimate Leader, Gregory Crafts, calls for more “integrity, transparency, trust, and good faith” from the Recently Launched Re-Imagine LA Theater Organizers

As promised, we are going to try and bring all opinions, pro and con, to the fore, concerning the recently launched Call For Action from the Re-Imagine LA Theater Network. The first I’ve seen is from the always amiable and ever righteous, Sir Gregory of the Craft.  I believe he is still currently on the leadership […]

Re-Imagine LA Theatre: A Call for Action

Re-Imagine LA Theatre: A Call for Action

Many of you were probably expecting this, others were probably in the loop already. And then there might be a few of you out there who might see this as a surprise. I find it to be very refreshing.  Especially with the latest news from AEA that they are going to focus on LA Theater […]

ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES INITIATIVES TO BRING THEATER IN LOS ANGELES TO THE FOREFRONT

ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES INITIATIVES TO BRING THEATER IN LOS ANGELES TO THE FOREFRONT

Apparently actors Equity has been listening to this. On the same day that this post has suddenly gone viral apparently – even though it was initially posted some weeks ago (yes I have been updating it) – I just received this notice from Maria Somma the National Director of Communications over at AEA. Good for them. Los Angeles is […]

Correction: The Los Angeles Newspaper Group is NOT Going to Take All Theater Reviews Online [UPDATED)

Correction: The Los Angeles Newspaper Group is NOT Going to Take All Theater Reviews Online [UPDATED)

Editor’s Note: Please see comments from executive editor of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, Michael Anastasi, below in the comments section. We apologize for the misinformation but are going to leave this post up with the corrections added. Again, apologies and we’ll try to do better next time. CM This from Frances Baum Nicholson, longtime Los […]

Your 2014 Pay to Play - Er - Ovation Award Nominees

Your 2014 Pay to Play – Er – Ovation Award Nominees

Without looking at these I’m going to make a couple of predictions: Cricket Meyers and John Zalewski will be nominated for something and there will be numerous ties come award night. That is all. Congrats to the nominees. Without further Freddy Adu here are your… 2014 OVATION AWARD NOMINEES BEST SEASON 3-D THEATRICALS ACTORS CO-OP […]

Finally Awakened to the Thundering Silence of "Spring Awakening" by Deaf West Theatre

Finally Awakened to the Thundering Silence of “Spring Awakening” by Deaf West Theatre

Yup. Me of the Mostly-Annoyed-and-Almost-Always-Bored-by-all-Musicals Fan Club has finally been shown the light. And it all came down in the silence between two actors speaking to each other on stage. How’s that for an enigmatic opening? Now I don’t proclaim my annoyance with almost all musicals as some sort of badge of honor. It’s simply […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Myron Meisel is simply hands down the most intelligent critic in Los Angeles. Case in point, this sumbitch right c’here. I feel smarter just reading it… HAPPY DAYS Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub star in a fresh and vital American interpretation of the Samuel Beckett classic In perhaps the […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

This week’s batch of COWs emphasizes the “smart”. And they don’t get much smarter than the Grande Dame of LA Theater Criticism, Sylvie Drake. Sit up and take notice, young ‘uns, this gal is simply smarter than you. THE TEMPEST Sylvie Drake – Cultural Weekly Modified versions of Shakespeare’s plays are certainly nothing new. They […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

Better from Count Obfuscate…and much more entertaining. If only he had this much fun with stuff he didn’t like instead of “representin’” all the time. THE BEHAVIOR OF BROADUS David C. Nichols – LA Times Controversial psychology and show-biz moxie commingle in “The Behavior of Broadus,” with triumphant results. As delightfully self-assured as it is […]

Longtime Odyssey Theatre Artistic Director, Ron Sossi, States his Case for the Success of LA's 99 Seat Plan

Longtime Odyssey Theatre Artistic Director, Ron Sossi, States his Case for the Success of LA’s 99 Seat Plan

Grabbed this from the Bigcheap List where this conversation continues to rage. Hope Ron doesn’t mind. Considering that there are over 2000 members on the list it’s not like this was a private conversation. You can go here to see the continuously updated debate that we’ve been following, including a challenge to some of Sossi’s […]

Get Your Discounted Tickets to the Bitter Lemons' Sponsored Performance of "Women," Thursday, Sept. 25, 8pm

Get Your Discounted Tickets to the Bitter Lemons’ Sponsored Performance of “Women,” Thursday, Sept. 25, 8pm

Code word for your $10 discounted tickets is “lemon”. The night of the performance is a week from today, Thursday, Sept. 25th, 8pm at Theatre Asylum. Go here to get your tickets now before they sell out. This is a very funny, highly entertaining show and was the winner of our Bitter Lemons Irreverent Fringe Femmes […]