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Vanity Fair’s Jimmy Im Calls Theater Community an “Abusive Bunch”

Vanity Fair’s Jimmy Im Calls Theater Community an “Abusive Bunch”

Shame on you! You bunch of heathens, rogues and ruffians you! You roughed poor Jimmy but good! The image of the LA Theater Community – or ANY theater community for that matter – as an angry mob, a marauding troupe of thugs and rapscallions raining down retribution on the unbelievers is really quite awesome. Check [...]

Spoiler Alert: Don Shirley Likes a Good Spoiler

Spoiler Alert: Don Shirley Likes a Good Spoiler

Great “essay’ by Downer Don over at LA Observed. This one is about the value of a good spoiler in a theater review. Check it: Theater is ephemeral. In LA, most productions are available for only a few weeks or months — compared to the relative permanence of movies, TV series and books. Of course, [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Jennifer K. Hugus of The Los Angeles Beat has an interesting “reviewing” style, sort of a “first person eye witness account” of the show she’s seen. Sometimes she loses me in her rather refracted lens world and I never really get a sense for the show she’s seeing, only her, which might be what’s she’s [...]

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

What I love most about this review is that although Rose clearly was not thrilled with this show, her review actually makes me want to go and see it. TASTE Rose Desena – The Los Angeles Post The past two weeks have been interesting in terms of shows. First, I saw a psychopathic teenager and [...]

Actor Franco calls NY Times’ Critic Brantley a “Little Bitch”

Actor Franco calls NY Times’ Critic Brantley a “Little Bitch”

Now why can’t we have more sophisticated debate like this here at the Lemon? C’mon, people, kick it up a notch! If you missed the “news” you can read it here. And here’s a link to Brantley’s review of Of Mice and Men currently on B’way. And below is Franco’s instagram that delivered the whiney [...]

The Dramaturg: America’s Most Relevant Play, Round 2

The Dramaturg: America’s Most Relevant Play, Round 2

Welcome to the second round, everyone. Glad you could join us on this beautiful day for theatrical bloodsport! A quick note of congratulations before we get to it goes out to Annie Baker for taking home the 2014 Pulitzer in Drama for The Flick. Her Circle Mirror Transformation was just a Tony nom away from [...]

Why The Artistic Directors Alliance (TADA)?: An Open Letter to Doug Clayton – from Christian Levatino

Why The Artistic Directors Alliance (TADA)?: An Open Letter to Doug Clayton – from Christian Levatino

Christian wanted to continue the conversation that he started here. So we let him. Why the Artistic Directors Alliance (TADA)?: An open letter to Doug Clayton From Christian Levatino I’d like to introduce you to The Artistic Director’s Alliance (TADA). Why does LA theatre need another organization? A fair question. For too long, theatre in [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Nice to see the rare Sylvie Drake review out there, reminding us all exactly what a thoughtful, intelligence, nuanced review is supposed to be all about. Hat tip to Don Shirley for bringing this gem to my attention. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Sylvie Drake – Cultural Weekly Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the kind [...]

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Ernest just imbues his reviews with such intellectual play that they almost always stand out. Another beauty. Oh. He also mentions the Lemon in this one so there’s that… DOCTOR ANONYMOUS Ernest Kearney – Working Author Joel Daavid is an excellent designer and for “Doctor Anonymous” now playing at the Zephyr theatre on Melrose he [...]

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

First review I’ve ever read by Jonathan Ross. I really like his writing. Dunno what else to say. It’s bright, it’s bold, it doesn’t condescend, kinda playful, but mostly not afraid to just say “Hey, this is what I thought and why.”  I just fucking like it. Jonathan want to write some funny stuff for [...]

Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles (TPLLA) Responds to Vanity Fair

Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles (TPLLA) Responds to Vanity Fair

An Open Letter to Mr. Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair Magazine April 11, 2014 at 8:35pm Dear Graydon Carter, We are writing on behalf of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles (TPLLA) to open up dialogue about the harmful and inaccurate portrayal of theatre in Los Angeles referenced in your most recent article “Can Quentin [...]

For The Record Live Does Some Damage Control over Vanity Fair Flack

For The Record Live Does Some Damage Control over Vanity Fair Flack

Not that they needed to really, but this from their Facebook page not long ago: For The Record goes on the record to state that theater is alive and well in Los Angeles. For The Record was created to shine a spotlight on the incredible theater artists that populate this incredible creative city through a [...]

“I love LA theatre because it’s fearless.” – Response to Vanity Fair from an LA Theater Fan

“I love LA theatre because it’s fearless.” – Response to Vanity Fair from an LA Theater Fan

Her name – the LA Theater fan – is Damaris Montalvo, and she ain’t a theater artist, just a fan and she had something to say about this whole Vanity Fair thing. The Boston Court blog, We Play Different, gave her a forum and she’s used it well. Reeling off example after example of companies and [...]

LA Weekly’s Uncle Steven Responds to the Vanity Fair Idiot

LA Weekly’s Uncle Steven Responds to the Vanity Fair Idiot

Well that was quick. Guess the LA Weekly can get its shit together when it needs to. Steven Leigh has jumped into the fray. I’m sure there will be others rolling along right behind him: Since Vanity Fair shows no interest in covering or even crediting the swath of productions that lend value to our [...]

Calling All Los Angeles Theater Artistic Directors!

Calling All Los Angeles Theater Artistic Directors!

This is a very interesting idea from the mind of Christian Levatino, Artistic Director of Gangbusters Theatre. What is it? Pretty simple really, organize all the actual artistic directors of Los Angeles Theater into a free hub where they communicate freely, exchange ideas and share resources. He’s calling it TADA aka The Artistic Director’s Alliance. [...]

Happening Now: LA Theater Takes Vanity Fair to Task over Some Dumb Article Written by a Guy Named Jimmy IM [UPDATED: JIMMY IM BACKTRACKING]

Happening Now: LA Theater Takes Vanity Fair to Task over Some Dumb Article Written by a Guy Named Jimmy IM [UPDATED: JIMMY IM BACKTRACKING]

No seriously. To task. And it’s really dumb. Just one giant turd of ignorance. he basically shat his pants with stupidity. And y’all have been taking him and his bosses to. fucking. task. First of all check out the full beautify of the stupidity in all its grandeur. Careful now. It’s gonna come right at [...]

Getting “Ritchie” has not Been the Antidote for LA Theater’s Dire Circumstances

Getting “Ritchie” has not Been the Antidote for LA Theater’s Dire Circumstances

This according to the Elvis of LA Theater, Bill Raden, working it out over there at Stage Rows ala Stage Raw. Check out this forward thrust: Here in Los Angeles, for example, where there is consensus only that things couldn’t be more dire, the powers at CTG apparently decided that L.A. theater’s most alarming symptoms [...]

The Dramaturg: America’s Most Relevant Play: Round 1, Fight!

The Dramaturg: America’s Most Relevant Play: Round 1, Fight!

Yeah, we’re not screwing around here. America’s most relevant play, specifically of the last twenty years. You see, twenty years ago, Angels in America closed on Broadway. Now that play was important on a level that nothing we’ll be talking about here can even approach. The plays here are relevant in the context of American [...]

Zombie Love

Zombie Love

There’s nothing else quite like it. Thanks for letting me be a part of the fun. Yes, that is me in the middle of all that wonderful writhing mass of humanity. And another… Oh and why not one more. This one stolen from the LA Weekly site. Heh. But look at the love…

Are You Part of the Digital Revolution?

Are You Part of the Digital Revolution?

Congratulations to both nominees and winners at the LA Weekly Awards last night.  But, more importantly, congratulations to the entire LA theater community.  Why? Because it happened. Look what live tweeting and retweeting wrought: If you find the print too small (even when you click on the image twice to expand it), here’s a blow [...]

Produciton of the year winner: We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915, at the Matrix Theatre Company. Photo: Jillian Armanente.

Your 2014 LA Weekly Award Winners

Still recovering from the party last night. I think I won something…or got lucky…maybe both…congrats to all the winners…now I need to find my car… 2014 LA WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR: We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, [...]

Stage Manager as Ninja – By Samantha Franco

Stage Manager as Ninja – By Samantha Franco

Our call for aspiring scribes has been very fruitful and the latest addition is from the unique perspective of Theatre Banshee Stage Manager, Samantha Franco, wherein she compares her duties to that of a ninja, a circus juggler and psycho-therapist. I would add “lifeblood” to that list. Thanks, Samantha. Would love to see more from [...]

Enjoy the LA Weekly Awards Tonight Even if you Can’t be There: #LAThtrAwards

Enjoy the LA Weekly Awards Tonight Even if you Can’t be There: #LAThtrAwards

If you can’t be there in person for the fun and games tonight you can at least live vicariously through the mad frenzy of Twitter Critters that will be live tweeting with messages and reports and videos and photographs all under the hashtag #LAThtrAwards. But also remember to include @LAWeekly and @ZombieJoes and #LAWeeklyArts and [...]

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The Problem with “All’s Well That Ends Well”

  I’m not going to lie; this play gave me trouble.  I beg you to witness the number of months between my last installment and this one as proof of the fact that I was more than a little stumped. I mean, it’s not as if I spent that entire time staring with wide-eyed terror [...]

Katie Buenneke, Editor, Theater Critic, Shipshod Journalist

“Shipshod” Journalism Is Killing Los Angeles Theater Criticism – By Katie Buenneke

Neon Tommy theater editor and critic, Katie Buenneke, had a rather bizarre tussle with a miffed reader who didn’t see the show that Katie reviewed but felt personally offended by the quality of the review anyway. She thought the story had some resonance for the community at large. We agreed. Gonna have to sign this [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Jason’s love-affair with Impro Theatre continues. Lucky for us his reports from their field always allow for some of his best and most entertaining work. Just like them. Apparently taking a date to the show will get you a little somethin’-somethin’. I can neither confirm or deny the veracity of the Impro Effect… SHAKESPEARE UNSCRIPTED Jason Rohrer [...]

Descend into Four Larks’ “Orpheus” Before It’s Gone

Descend into Four Larks’ “Orpheus” Before It’s Gone

Saw this “immersive theater” experience last night at a “secret” location in downtown LA and I gotta say, it was pretty fucking good. Though shouldn’t ANY good theater experience be “immersive”. Dunno. Maybe it’s just me. It usually is… Except for perhaps one too many laments (could cut at least ten minutes off this sucker) [...]

Bitter Lemons’ Editor to Hand out Steven Stanley as an Award to Tony Frankel at the LA Weekly Awards

Bitter Lemons’ Editor to Hand out Steven Stanley as an Award to Tony Frankel at the LA Weekly Awards

They’re calling it the “Scenie LaWeenie” Award. I’m not sure what the significance of the honor is, but hey, I’m just a presenter and I do as I’m told. Kidding! It’s actually called the “This Critical Juncture” Award and they’re hoping for some sort of alchemic combustion when the two actually touch. It’s all they [...]

Genuflect Before the Stage Manager

Genuflect Before the Stage Manager

Steven Leigh has an excellent “in the trenches” article over at LA Weekly (yeah they are still managing to churn out a couple here and there in their waning days) about that most important of jobs in the theater: The Stage Manager. The story swirls around current Sacred Fools’ Stage Manager Megan Crockett as they [...]

It Will Take a Village:  #LAThtrAwards

It Will Take a Village: #LAThtrAwards

It’s pretty obvious from even a cursory glance of my Facebook feed that arty, creative people make pretty good activists.  They are passionate about the cause, think about community, and believe they can effect change.  Environmental issues, animal protections, gay rights…  there are so many topics that need tending and I’ve seen people from the [...]