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

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

Yes, theater is blossoming all over here in Los Angeles and I have so many shows on my list to catch, I’m especially looking forward to the new Four Larks show Temptation of St. Antony, as well as Coeurage Theatre’s new production Pitchfork Disney and the return of Voice Lessons which I keep missing but is […]

2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival Cranks Up Its Engine with Workshops and Town Halls

2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival Cranks Up Its Engine with Workshops and Town Halls

If you’re considering putting on a Fringe show this year, these town halls and workshops are indispensable. Get them in your calendar now and go! Here’s the skinny from the man himself: Happy 2015 Fringe Friends! Time to get this season started! Participant Registration is right around the corner. Plus, we’ve just announced this year’s […]

What if the City Officially Christens "Hollywood Theater Row" and There Aren't any Theaters Left on the Row?

What if the City Officially Christens “Hollywood Theater Row” and There Aren’t any Theaters Left on the Row?

As we reported last week City Council Member, Mitch O’Farrell, submitted the motion that the city officially declare the area in and around Wilcox and Santa Monica Boulevard as “Hollywood Theater Row”. This very good news was part of the hard work of Daniel Henning and the members of the Hollywood Media District in a […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

A-Burn has always said he wants his critiques to be “conversation starters not conversation enders.” Case in point, this week’s COW. A wonderful treat of provocative questions and subtle insights. THE WHIPPING MAN Anthony Bynres – KCRW The Whipping Man, Matthew Lopez’s new play, depends on a big historical conceit. It’s a bit like a […]

Pardon Me As I Slip Down The Rabbit Hole..

Pardon Me As I Slip Down The Rabbit Hole..

In exactly oh…43 minutes I will descend into the bowels of Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group and begin rehearsing a play that did not even exist 24 hours ago. 24 hours after that, that as-of-yet-unknown play (at least by me, I think the directors got their grubby little fingers on them right now!) will be […]

The Kitchen off Ocean Corral

The Kitchen off Ocean Corral

For years we ran our kitchen on the beach, where the desert road dies at the coast highway. Characters would hitchhike west out of plays and movies set at lonesome cafes in Arizona or Death Valley, and they’d drag into our place, letting the screen door slap behind them, sand scrawling from the sleeves of their fathers’ leather jackets. […]

And The 2014 Bitter Lemons' Critique of the Year (COY) Goes To...

And The 2014 Bitter Lemons’ Critique of the Year (COY) Goes To…

I decided to circumvent the top three and just get to the damn winner. Thanks to everyone who chimed in. All seven of you. Much appreciated. You can see a list of all the nominees here. Anyhoosiers, without further Freddy Adu – drum roll please – the winner of the Second Annual 2014 Bitter Lemons’ […]

The 2014 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nominations

The 2014 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nominations

Let the ties begin! Actually there are many well-deserved artists and companies included here so congrats to all! These are the members of the LADCC, so talk to them, not me: Pauline Adamek, ArtsBeatLA.com, Stage Raw Shirle Gottlieb, Gazette Newspapers, StageHappenings.com Margaret Gray, L.A. Times Hoyt Hilsman, The Huffington Post Deborah Klugman, ArtsBeatLA.com, Stage Raw […]

The Show I Directed at the Fringe "Out My Window" Performs at the Odyssey, January 24 & 31

The Show I Directed at the Fringe “Out My Window” Performs at the Odyssey, January 24 & 31

This is a lovely and poignant accounting from the always invigorating, Ernest Kearney, called Out My Window. I directed it (and I think I’m still getting credit on this one!) and it had a nice little run at the Fringe. Now it’s back for two performance at the Odyssey for their Solo Festival, January 24th […]

Zombie Joe's 50 Hour Drive-By Approacheth

Zombie Joe’s 50 Hour Drive-By Approacheth

And we’re getting some media love which you can read about here and here. And yes, it’s true, I will be acting in this bad boy. I promise to bring it like it’s never been brung before. And if I can’t remember my lines I will make them up! I’m somewhere up there in that […]

City Council Member Mitch O'Farrell Asks that LA's Theatre Row be Officially Declared "Hollywood Theatre Row"

City Council Member Mitch O’Farrell Asks that LA’s Theatre Row be Officially Declared “Hollywood Theatre Row”

Yes, it’s true. It’s gettin’ all official and shit. Just in time to coincide with Schkapf leaving there artistic home on theater row after 11 years… Check out the official public document here. And here’s a little screeshot right out of that document: Guess they had to get the “Hollywood” in there. The brand and all… […]

The Financial Anatomy of a 99-Seat Theater Production in Los Angeles

The Financial Anatomy of a 99-Seat Theater Production in Los Angeles

Grabbed this from a posting on the LA Theater Network (which has over 1500 members and growing!). It was posted by a Steve Apostolina and it’s a very good brass tacks compilation of what it costs to put together a low budget production under the 99 Seat plan, where the money goes, how much comes […]

Theatre Row's Schkapf (aka Artworks Theatre and Studios) Vacating its Home After 11 Years

Theatre Row’s Schkapf (aka Artworks Theatre and Studios) Vacating its Home After 11 Years

The always colorful, Olya Petrakova, and her merry band of Schkapfers have been a welcome mainstay on LA’s theater row for over a decade. Their location was the first that housed the Hollywood Fringe tent back in 2011 and they’ve always added a tremendously eclectic mix of work to the Fringe and throughout the year. Well now, like […]

The Best Way to Build an Audience: Engage Them. No, Really. Engage Them.

The Best Way to Build an Audience: Engage Them. No, Really. Engage Them.

We do this is Los Angeles Theater already, almost without knowing it. At least we’re doing it more often. Maybe it’s the immersive thing, maybe it’s the pop up festivals, The Fringe, dunno, but we do this already and should  concentrate on doing it better. What am I talking about? Hear it from Mark Blankenship in this HowlRound […]

Stage and Cinema's Best of Los Angeles Theater 2014

Stage and Cinema’s Best of Los Angeles Theater 2014

Here are some 2014 Los Angeles Theater highlights from Stage and Cinema’s top critics, Jason Rohrer and Tony Frankel, in no particular order. I think. First Jason: An Iliad (Broad Stage) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Broad Stage) The Ugly One (EST/LA) The Yellow Boat (Coeurage Theatre Company) Tartuffe (South Coast Rep) Penelope (Rogue Machine) Stupid […]

The Consensus from the Equity Town Hall Last Night: Reform, Don't Eliminate

The Consensus from the Equity Town Hall Last Night: Reform, Don’t Eliminate

Don’t think I’m speaking out of school or betraying the privacy policy of the Union by making that assessment, because it seemed quite clear last night from the 318 AEA members who were in attendance (out of 435 that RSVP’d) that they wanted the 99 Seat Plan reformed but not eliminated. The straight up eliminators […]

500 Equity Members Expected at AEA Town Hall Tonight to Discuss LA's 99 Seat Plan

500 Equity Members Expected at AEA Town Hall Tonight to Discuss LA’s 99 Seat Plan

Holy crap! Hey, that’s what “someone in the know” told me yesterday at the Equity Quarterly meeting. This is Los Angeles, of course, so there’s bound to be an attrition rate, but holy crap! 500 actors all in one place? The last time that happened was when someone accidentally announced that Kraft Services was hosting […]

Anthony Byrnes' Favorites of Los Angeles Theater 2014

Anthony Byrnes’ Favorites of Los Angeles Theater 2014

A-Burn lays down the highlights for him in 2014. Here are the productions he really dug: An Illiad (The Broad) Reasons to Be Pretty (Geffen) Choir Boy (Geffen) Orpheus (Four Larks) Five Small Fires (Poor Dog Group) Henry V (PRT) Wedding Band: A Love-Hate Story in Black and White (Antaeus) Better (Echo Theatre Backyard (Echo […]

Theatrical Producers League of LA (TPLLA) and LA Stage Alliance (LASA) Team Up to do Some Research for LA Theater

Theatrical Producers League of LA (TPLLA) and LA Stage Alliance (LASA) Team Up to do Some Research for LA Theater

Well it’s something. And that’s good news. Nice to see LASA stepping back into the fray, they’ve been awfully quite since their budgetary problems early in 2014 so I’m guessing they’ve just be refurbishing the funds over the last year. Which is what they do best, it seems. Refurbish their funds. But to their credit […]

Lyn Gardner: "Over the last 20 years when subsidy has risen markedly and buildings have expanded and taken on more staff, it is all theatre artists who have remained the hidden subsidisers of the arts."

Lyn Gardner: “Over the last 20 years when subsidy has risen markedly and buildings have expanded and taken on more staff, it is all theatre artists who have remained the hidden subsidisers of the arts.”

I know this excellent article by Lyn Gardner across the pond over at The Guardian has been bouncing around for awhile now, but I’ve finally just had a chance to read it. And it is oh so poignant to our situation here in Los Angeles, and I’m guessing everywhere else. Check this: The booming West End […]

99seattheatre.org

99seattheatre.org

Well looky looky at this. 99seattheatre.org I like. I really like. I know Sir Gregory of the Craft must be behind this somehow. Gregory! And those sneaky snow monkeys over at TPLLA, of course. Intimate. Hush. And the little “vision line” on the site: “Shaping Intimate Theatre in Los Angeles”. What the? Oh hush. Just hush. […]

A Shout Out to All the Los Angeles Actors Equity Members Out There: Go to the Meetings Next Week!

A Shout Out to All the Los Angeles Actors Equity Members Out There: Go to the Meetings Next Week!

The first one is the general Western Regional Membership meeting and is happening Monday, January 12th at 11am at the new AEA HQ at 5636 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601. It will probably be incredibly boring, nevertheless, force in numbers is always important. Especially with the next meeting which is happening… The next day, […]

The 99 Seat War is Upon Us (Again) Part II [Continuously Updated]

The 99 Seat War is Upon Us (Again) Part II [Continuously Updated]

  So I wrote this post a couple months ago and have been updating it from the scintillating conversations going over at the Bigcheap List, but it’s gotten way too ungainly. So I’m starting another one right here to catch us up. Remember, if you are Equity get your ass to the two meetings next […]

In Defense of Los Angeles Theater

In Defense of Los Angeles Theater

So as you may have noticed, things are heating up with the approaching AEA meeting concerning our sometimes beloved sometimes reviled 99 Seat Plan happening on Tuesday, January 13th. Which i happening after their regional meeting the day before on Monday, January 12th. I will be at both meetings and will do my best to report […]

Deaf West's Spectacular 2014 Hit "Spring Awakening" Moving to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Deaf West’s Spectacular 2014 Hit “Spring Awakening” Moving to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Good news! This was tops on my list of LA Theater in 2014 and I was not alone in the praise for this fantastic production. Hearing that it is getting new life at the beautiful new Wallis is excellent news for them,  for us, and for LA Theater. If this is a growing trend – […]

Fuck You, Neanderthals (with all due respect to Neanderthals)

Fuck You, Neanderthals (with all due respect to Neanderthals)

Again and again, these frightened, cowardly neanderthals try and thwart those who seek to tell the truth and exert their right as humans to say what’s on their mind whether right or wrong. The recent assassination of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the other employees and police in France is horrific, but other satirical cartoonists […]

Steven Leigh Morris' Favorite Los Angeles Plays of 2014

Steven Leigh Morris’ Favorite Los Angeles Plays of 2014

I was going to say these were LA Weekly’s favorite plays, but really, why bother. The LA Weekly is a shell, it’s the opinion of SLM that’s the brand. With all due respect to Stage Raw… Anyhoosiers, here are Uncle Steven’s top 3 in Los Angeles Theater for 2014, for the rest of his favorites go here: […]

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 […]

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, […]