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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.

Rotten Tomatoes Sues Bitter Lemons

Rotten Tomatoes Sues Bitter Lemons

Woke up this morning to this cease and desist letter from the longtime film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes: “It’s come to our attention that not only have you stolen our idea to aggregate reviews and create a number score that depicts the critical consensus of productions currently playing in Los Angeles, but more importantly you [...]

An Open Call to Aspiring Scribes

An Open Call to Aspiring Scribes

*The Lemon is looking for you. No, really. We’re looking for you. Yes, you. IF… You know how to write provocatively… You’re not afraid to have a public opinion.. You love theater almost as much as you love your mother, especially Los Angeles Theater… You have a thick skin and don’t mind being criticized… You [...]

Sacred Fools’ “Stoneface” Finally set to Bow at Pasadena Playhouse

Sacred Fools’ “Stoneface” Finally set to Bow at Pasadena Playhouse

Glad to see that this is finally going to happen. While I wasn’t as big a fan of the show as pretty much EVERYBODY ELSE – I just found the script sorely lacking – nonetheless, it’s good to see that the smaller theater community and the big boys can work in tandem to give life [...]

Watch Lemon Contributor Kevin Delin Discuss #LAThtrAwards on LA LA Land Talk

Watch Lemon Contributor Kevin Delin Discuss #LAThtrAwards on LA LA Land Talk

It’s a good idea and an interesting discussion. Let’s light it up at the LA Weekly Awards, people! April 7th. The Revolution will be tweeted! Kevin, Brett and Dorothy get down and dirty at the 16 minute mark…

What Show Were you Watching/Performing In When the Earth Moved on Friday?

What Show Were you Watching/Performing In When the Earth Moved on Friday?

I was at Visceral Company’s dark and dastardly Recall currently playing at the Lex Theatre. The place started rolling right before the end of a scene and everyone – including those on stage – just kinda froze. There was some muttering and mumbling from the booth and the audience and much glancing up at the [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

The top COW this week also comes from Stage and Cinema but comes from a writer who I wasn’t always impressed with when she was writing for LAist. Saw the invite for this show last week and it looked interesting, but most of all Mia seems to be blossoming at S&E. Perhaps due as much [...]

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Jason just had too many good turns of phrase in this one to pass up, plus you can hear the lament in his voice, wishing, hoping, praying that somehow they could have come up with a better show for the great man that inspired this apparently mediocre production. PAUL ROBESON Jason Rohrer – Stage and [...]

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

The Huntress seems to always be at her best when she really likes something, more focused, speaking with a clearer voice, as exampled here. Not so much when she doesn’t like something, though always smart and filled with moments of insight, she can tend to ramble and offer major helpings of the over-wrought and the [...]

Bitter Lemons’ Contributor Dr. Delin to Talk #LAThtrAwards on LA LA Land Radio Today at Noon

Bitter Lemons’ Contributor Dr. Delin to Talk #LAThtrAwards on LA LA Land Radio Today at Noon

Check it out live here. The Digital Revolution is afoot. For more info check out this and this.

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“In a production as stately and reverent as its subject was startling and rebellious, Philip Hayes Dean has directed his own one-man-with-musical-accompanist play to a standstill.  I don’t know how you’d do this if you wanted to: to reduce a renaissance man like Paul Robeson to the dusty subject of a mediocre history lecture, especially [...]

On the “Impressive Carving of Second Nether Orifices”: A Response to Bill Raden of Stage Rows

On the “Impressive Carving of Second Nether Orifices”: A Response to Bill Raden of Stage Rows

Firstly, thanks for the mention Bill! At least I know you’re paying attention… The always astute though sometimes mis-guided Elvis Presley of LA Theater, Bill Raden, somehow comes to the following conclusion about a recent online debate here at the Lemon: And while it sounds to us as if Colin may be eying a spot [...]

Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson in the 1945 David Lean movie "Brief Encounter." (File photo / October 17, 2003)

LA Times Film Critic Kenneth Turan Weighs in on The Wallis’ Theatrical Version of “Brief Encounter”

And it is fascinating. Longtime Times film critic, Kenneth Turan, is not only not happy with the production of Brief Encounter that just finished a run at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Center, he is even less happy with how the theater critics seem to have given the theatrical translation a veritable [...]

If a Secret Show Plays at a Secret Location and Nobody Goes Does it still Remain a Secret?

If a Secret Show Plays at a Secret Location and Nobody Goes Does it still Remain a Secret?

Well this is the risk that the company Four Larks is taking with this intriguing new theater production of Orpheus they are staging this month at a secret location. Hmmm. Here’s the skinny: Four Larks‘ Orpheus is an immersive theatre event staged in a secret location in downtown Los Angeles. A dozen performer-musicians will lead you through [...]

NewsFlash: Theater is Alive and Well in Los Angeles (as if you didn’t know)

NewsFlash: Theater is Alive and Well in Los Angeles (as if you didn’t know)

Some recent shows I’ve seen that I think are still running (two have closed) and should merit your attention: Lost Moon Radio Gets a Job: Finally! These guys are back on form in a big way with their latest “episode”. As always, professional, polished and smart as all get out. Just a tremendous collaboration that [...]

Ian Bamberg and Rebecca Gray in "Firemen" at the Echo/Atwater. Photo: Jeff Galfer.

McNulty’s Best Review Ever

And it’s not because we both really really liked Echo Theatre’s Firemen currently playing at the Atwater, no, it’s that all of Chuck’s powers are on display here and he says it all far better than I ever could. Reminding me that I am not a theater critic and never will be. Thank God, because I [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Myron’s reviews ooze intelligence and literally drip with nuance and this week’s COW is a shining example. Pay attention, oh ye of little nuance. SLOWGIRL Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter Sterling (William Petersen), a former lawyer turned recluse in the Costa Rican jungle is surprised by the arrival of the 17-year-old niece he barely [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“How you ultimately feel about Moss’ story may depend on whether your adult statute-of-limitations clause permits a hearing on teenage incidents involving closest chums. Peers can leave scars, no doubt about that. But the only people I’ve ever met who are frozen in time over something a high school buddy did 25 years ago are [...]

The Zombies Will Be Running The Show

The Zombies Will Be Running The Show

If you haven’t heard yet, the denizens of Zombie Joe’s Underground will be hosting the upcoming 35th Annual LA Weekly Awards (their last?) on Monday, April 7th at LA Exchange. This might be a little hint as to what’s in store for those of us who still consider ourselves to be a part of the living: [...]

Creaking Towards Innovation

Creaking Towards Innovation

Yes we know. No, really, we know. We are painfully aware that our site creaks like a tired old train sometimes. Painfully aware. Imagine writing for a site that often just says, “No, not today.” It’s infuriating. And it must be for you too. We’re working on it. Hell, we’ve been working on it for [...]

Stephen Sachs With an Ode to the LA Stage Actor

Stephen Sachs With an Ode to the LA Stage Actor

And it’s a good one recently published over at Howlround. As someone who has been making theater in this town for almost a quarter century, Stephen’s eye witness accounting is both substantial and sublime. But it’s his genuflection to the hard working LA Theater Actor that brings out the best in him: Intimate theaters in [...]

Stage Raw Launches with an Impressively Kinder, Gentler Arts Journalism

Stage Raw Launches with an Impressively Kinder, Gentler Arts Journalism

Still not a huge fan of the sort of ghost element that Stage Raw and some other re-designed sites have employed, how different layers exist on top of each other in various forms of transparency and the articles kinda just fly away when you get too close to them – LA Stage Times was a [...]

Apply Now to Son of Semele’s Solo Creation Festival

Apply Now to Son of Semele’s Solo Creation Festival

Son of Semele Ensemble are one of the jewels of theater in Los Angeles, not just because of their risky, highly-imaginative work that they create themselves, but also because they provide ample opportunity for other risk-takers and original voices to develop and showcase their work as well. Beyond the Company Creation Festival and the SOSEHost [...]

Lost Moon Radio Finally “Gets a Job”

Lost Moon Radio Finally “Gets a Job”

A Bitter Lemons’ favorite, Lost Moon Radio, is setting up shop again in a new episode/show entitled: Lost Moon Radio Gets a Job. If you’ve never seen these guys do yourself a favor and go check them out. They open March 21st at the Hudson Theatre and run through April 12th for 8 shows. Here [...]

Once Again It’s a Tie for All Your Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Winners! Hurray!

Once Again It’s a Tie for All Your Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Winners! Hurray!

I know I’m just repeating myself, I realize that, but I just don’t understand how the supposed “Los Angeles Critical Body of Note”, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, after some forty five years in business, can’t figure out a way to tabulate their votes so there aren’t FOUR SHOWS OUT OF SEVEN WINNING PRODUCTION [...]

Brimmer Street to Play Ball…Without a Ball

Brimmer Street to Play Ball…Without a Ball

This is either going to be incredibly boring or incredibly interesting. Here’s hoping for the latter. They are calling it The Perfect Game. As a tryout for their Fringe Project, David the Jette and the rest of the gang at Brimmer Street Theater Company are putting on a theater event that’s a baseball game. Or [...]

Critique of the Week (On a Monday)

Critique of the Week (On a Monday)

This is – as always – a top notch review from Ernest, but what I like most about it is this sort of “side bar” he takes in the middle of it to basically “dress down” another production that took issue with one of his other reviews, which he leaves nameless. It’s a schizophrenic excursion [...]

The Saturday Saying (On a Monday)

The Saturday Saying (On a Monday)

“In the performing arts, there’s no such thing as a “definitive” interpretation. Even an interpretation that deliberately departs from the express directions of the composer or playwright can be convincing in its own willful way. Besides, every performance, even by the same performers, is different from every other performance. That’s the point of going to [...]

Mark Brown, Theater Critic

Do We Want our Theater Critics to be Elite?

This is pretty interesting. Was guided to this through George Hunka’s online journal Superfluities Redux. I couldn’t really locate the original post on Critical Stages, but this is a 2010 manifesto of sorts from Scottish critic Mark Brown (Daily Telegraph/Sunday Herald) lamenting the dumbing down of criticism: It is painful, and nauseating, to observe and [...]

Wooster Group’s “Cry, Trojans!” Continues to Provoke Controversy

Wooster Group’s “Cry, Trojans!” Continues to Provoke Controversy

Though the show has now closed, Wooster Group’s production of Cry, Trojans! at REDCAT continues to be provoking anger and ire for their use of “red face” in the production. Native Voice’s artistic director, Randy Reinholz, went to one of the shows last weekend and actually BOOED it during the performance.  Native Voice’s has a current [...]

Stage Raw Set to Launch on March 18

Stage Raw Set to Launch on March 18

With fireworks I’m sure. Here’s the link to the still in-construction site. Looks pretty cool. Here’s the obligatory mission statement currently on the site: Using multimedia and the written word, Stage Raw is a digital journal dedicated to discovering, discussing and honoring L.A.-based arts and culture. Using and expanding on a core of current and [...]