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Rob Weinert-Kendt on the 99 Seat Plan: "The cost of failure is often too small to be instructive at all."

Rob Weinert-Kendt on the 99 Seat Plan: “The cost of failure is often too small to be instructive at all.”

Granted, Senior Editor at American Theatre Magazine, Rob Weinert-Kendt, wrote the above quote back in 2003 at an LA Stage Alliance SRO conference – but pivoting off a Bitter lemons article written earlier this week concerning the state of the intimate theater in Los Angeles – he is reposting his speech from that conference to […]

The Fat Boy Confessions

The Fat Boy Confessions

A couple of weeks ago the theater artist David Jette called me “an infamously belligerent dick.” That’s good, accurate reportage, well-phrased, best of all fair. David and I shared an antipathy for years, having identified in each other some essential social evil. Our mutual friends had to make adjustments when talking to us. It wasn’t […]

Ford Theatre Set for Some Upgrades

Ford Theatre Set for Some Upgrades

Don Shirley beat me to the punch on this one. The Ford Theater is about to become even cooler than it already is if all this upgrade and renovation talk is true. Here’s Don: For decades, too much of LA County theater has been barely noticed because it’s mired in the stratum of sub-100-seat theaters, […]

The Debt Sentence

The Debt Sentence

David Svengalis guided me to an interesting article over at American Theatre – thanks David! – by Diep Tran entitled Debt Sentence. It’s all about the debt incurred by theater majors and how the vocation simply does not equate well with the life-long debt incurred by student loans. Nothing new there, right? Here’s a cool […]

The 99 Seat Theater War is Upon Us [UPDATED]

The 99 Seat Theater War is Upon Us [UPDATED]

Has been for a while really, but it does seem like it’s coming to a head these days. Case in point, the very detailed and divergent conversation currently occurring at the BigCheap Theatre List Serve. If you don’t know about BigCheap Theatre go here and sign up. It is an invaluable resource for Los Angeles […]

DJ Kurs and his Spring Awakening - By Dale Reynolds

DJ Kurs and his Spring Awakening – By Dale Reynolds

The tireless Dale Reynolds from Stagehappenings decided to get down and dirty with Deaf West’s head honcho, DJ Kurs, and he asked if we might share the offering with the LemonHeadNation. We said yes. Deaf West is a unique Los Angeles based theater company and deserve the attention. DJ Kurs and his Spring Awakening By […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

What the hell is a “representative outing”? What does that mean? What am I supposed to glean from that phrase? Maybe you can sort it out, LemonHeads, but for me, this is yet again a “representative outing” from the Duke of Diplomacy, David St. Nichols, over at the LA Times, who seems to endlessly obfuscate […]

Latest Born Ready Podcast: Duncan Wold on Music and Art

Latest Born Ready Podcast: Duncan Wold on Music and Art

And yet another installment from those Bad Boys by the Bay sometimes known as Born Ready. Here’s their blurb for this latest episode: Welcome to the ninth installment of Born Ready! This week we finally give our producer, Duncan Wold, a microphone so we can talk about what music does really well and theater is […]

24th Street Theatre's "Walking The Tightrope" to get a Revival at Kirk Douglas Theatre

24th Street Theatre’s “Walking The Tightrope” to get a Revival at Kirk Douglas Theatre

That’s the good news. The bad news is that it isn’t happening until May of 2015! And the somewhat confusing news, at least for me, is, why aren’t they doing a full run? 24th Street Theatre’s Walking the Tightrope is arguably my favorite Los Angeles based production ever. That’s right, I said EVER. It was […]

Taking a Shit at Philippe's

Taking a Shit at Philippe’s

The homeless constitute one of two demographics to whom a toilet cleaned by an indifferent minimum-wage worker looks pretty good. The other is rich people with maids. I am neither, and I don’t like shitting outside my own home. I am at least vaguely phobic about this. Sitting on a public toilet, sober, is not as bad […]

Why is Stage and Cinema Being Removed from Review Lists?

Why is Stage and Cinema Being Removed from Review Lists?

It has come to my attention that one of the top publicists in Los Angeles, David Elzer, has recommended to his clients that they no longer offer free tickets and invitations to Stage and Cinema. Also on the list of those that have removed Stage and Cinema are publicist Michael Sterling who works with 3D Theatricals. Stage and Cinema, […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

I missed this gem from the incomparable Bill Raden from a while back cuz I was out of town. Well it’s still good. There are few writers who can say so much so well in such a short amount of time as Bill Raden. This is an example. WE WILL ROCK YOU Bill Raden – […]

From Pitch to Production: "The Max Factor Factor" Musical

From Pitch to Production: “The Max Factor Factor” Musical

A new musical comedy has come to town. The Max Factor Factor written by Adrian Bewley (Book), Joe Blodgett (Music), and Chana Wise (Lyrics) opened on August 1st at the Noho Arts Center. Set during the Golden Age of Hollywood of the 1930s when  movie studios competed with passion, writers Bewley and Wise take full advantage […]

The Dramaturg: Wrestlemania!

The Dramaturg: Wrestlemania!

On April Fool’s Day, 1990, 67,678 people paid to enter Toronto’s brand-new Skydome stadium to watch a succession of men in their underwear pretend to fight. Even more stupendously, a half million more had already purchased the right to watch a descrambled, live broadcast of this gargantuan spectacle, called Wrestlemania VI, from the comforts of […]

R.I.P. ROBIN WILLIAMS: 1951-2014

R.I.P. ROBIN WILLIAMS: 1951-2014

Is Steven Leigh Morris Advocating Mediocrity?

Is Steven Leigh Morris Advocating Mediocrity?

Well the first clue in answering that question is that the title of his latest piece over at Stage Raw is called On the Virtues of Mediocrity. Though there does appear to be an attempt at some tongue in cheek here. I think. Clearly, SLM is out for something more. He usually is. But it does seem pretty […]

McNulty with some Advice for LA Theater: "Visionaries Need Apply"

McNulty with some Advice for LA Theater: “Visionaries Need Apply”

Firstly, it’s nice to see Chuck McNutt becoming more and more invested in the community in which he makes a living while he waits for his call from the New York Times. That’s a good thing. And it’s nice to see him thinking in terms of “What can we do to make things better?” That’s […]

Opinion: The Audition Never Ends

Opinion: The Audition Never Ends

The Audition Never Ends By Steven Sabel Regardless of those naysayers who attempt to argue otherwise, LA is a thriving theatre town. The unprecedented success of this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival is just one of many testaments to LA’s thriving theatre community. A community of producers, directors, designers, technicians, actors, and countless other theatre artists […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

First review I’ve read by this guy Rich Kane of the OC Weekly. After reading, you may become a fan too. IN THE HEIGHTS Rich Kane – OC Weekly Build your own dreams, or someone will hire you to build theirs. A negative mind will never give you a positive life. Let the past make […]

"Women" Will Make You Laugh

“Women” Will Make You Laugh

This is happening in September, LemonHeads. Go see it and laugh for an hour or so. Guaranteed. You don’t have to know shit going in. Just go in. They won our freakin’ BLIFF for BLAFF’s sake! And fucking Lauren Flans is now in it. Nice casting, Bradley! Need a laugh? Go. That is all.

Latest Born Ready Podcast: A Shakespeare Battle Royale

Latest Born Ready Podcast: A Shakespeare Battle Royale

More high-brow hi-jinx from the boys in SF. Here’s the lead in: Welcome to the eighth episode of BORN READY, our Shakespeare Battle Royal featuring Shakespearean director and general expert Steve Boyle. Inspired by Ira Glass’ tweet that “Shakespeare sucks.” And the (inevitable) subsequent freakout that happened online, we get into how and why Shakespeare’s […]

Watch the Bitter Lemons' Critics Panel from the Hollywood Fringe

Watch the Bitter Lemons’ Critics Panel from the Hollywood Fringe

  Here it is. Finally! It’s a bit long, but very entertaining and informative, and if you can’t digest it all at once it’s worth checking out in segments. Many thanks to Leon Shanglebee and Christian Levatino for putting together the viddie, Matthew Quinn for opening up Theatre Asylum for our event and of course […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Ernest really likes this play. And when Ernest really likes something, this happens. THE BROTHERS SIZE Ernest Kearney – Working Author In describing his play “The Brothers Size”, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney affirms, “Ritual is not new…. The ritual onstage is taking these very old stories, archetypes, myths, and even rumors…. Hoping to create evenings […]

Chalk Rep, "Lady Windermere's Fan" and Miley Cyrus - by Crescent Rainwater

Chalk Rep, “Lady Windermere’s Fan” and Miley Cyrus – by Crescent Rainwater

Some interesting musings from a smart lady with a cool name. Not sure I buy it all, but it’s a good read nonetheless. Enjoy. Artistic Portrayals of Gender Policing are, Sadly, Timeless Issues Raised by Lady Windermere’s Fan in 1892 Remain Relevant Today By Crescent Rainwater Chalk Repertory Theatre, a Los Angeles-based world leader in […]

Born Ready Podcast: "Tackling theater's thorniest issues...over a totally reasonable amount of beers..."

Born Ready Podcast: “Tackling theater’s thorniest issues…over a totally reasonable amount of beers…”

These guys are great and we’re hoping to make them a regular feature here at the Lemon. Here’s a little info from one of the masterminds, Rob Ready: “Theater has issues. We make fun of them all.” That’s the setup for BORN READY, a San Francisco-based podcast that tackles theaters thorniest issues over a “totally […]

Thou Shalt Not Bore

Thou Shalt Not Bore

Am still in Colorado working frantically to turn my parents’ house into a new home for my brother’s family. Had an amazing road trip. Utah was especially spectacular. And the local color in some of the small towns was interesting to say the least. See pic above. But pivoting off my post of a week […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Been quite a while since I posted a Critique of the Week (COW) and figured I’d get back in the swing of things by highlighting this absolute thrashing of the latest Ahmanson regurgitation as written by the lovely and talented Katie Buenneke. She will, she will, sock you. Enjoy. WE WILL ROCK YOU Katie Buenneke […]

Off to Colorado. Again.

Off to Colorado. Again.

The final phase of a seven month operation that started in January is finally underway, as I once again take off for Colorado to help move my brother’s family into my parents’ house in Colorado Springs so that they’ll be closer to my mother who now lives in Independent Living and is dealing with a […]

More Criticism of LA Theater's 99 Seat Plan

More Criticism of LA Theater’s 99 Seat Plan

Things are certainly coming to a head on this, you can check out a couple of the stories we’ve posted on the subject here and here and here. This latest addition is from Kyle Nudo and he posted it on the BigCheap Yahoo List where an excellent conversation has been going for the last couple […]

Whose Bowel Movement is Responsible for the "NoHo Gateway"?

Whose Bowel Movement is Responsible for the “NoHo Gateway”?

Apparently it was a collective effort. Everybody knows it. Oh sure they do. But they look away. They try and ignore it. If it’s mentioned in conversation they scoff and wave it away as if it were simply some annoying gnat. But it’s not. it’s not a gnat. It’s a giant bowel movement that has been […]