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More Criticisms of LA Theater's 99 Seat Plan

More Criticisms 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 […]

First Entertain

First Entertain

I guess if there was such a thing as a credo for me, a simple step by step, ABC sort of program for making good theater (there isn’t of course), at least the kind of theater I like, I guess it would go something like this: First entertain. Then make me care. Then you can teach, […]

Review: Once and Forever

Review: Once and Forever

Review: Once and Forever By Steven Sabel Broadway’s trend of turning films into stage musicals has produced a large number of hits and misses. Now performing on tour at the Pantages Theatre, the musical, Once, is one hit not to be missed. It is a show destined to endure for decades to come. Once the […]

Why the FringeMeter Didn't Work

Why the FringeMeter Didn’t Work

Well it worked for the 67 shows (out of the almost 200 of 290 possible that actually received FringeMeter ratings) that received perfect 100% Sweet reviews from their peers. I guess. Depending on your point of view. But did those 67 shows really deserve such glowing affection? Probably not. So what’s the problem? Well our […]

The 25 Best Drama Schools in 2014

The 25 Best Drama Schools in 2014

According to The Hollywood Reporter these are the 2014 top 25 training grounds for theater artists in the world. Or as I like to affectionately refer to these institutions of learning: “The Temples of Debt”. I thank the God Dionysus every day that I never got a theater degree in college. I went for the psychology degree. Much more […]

2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival Breaks Ticketing Records

2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival Breaks Ticketing Records

Fairly impressive to say the least. Here are the numbers from the Fringe presser: Hollywood Fringe Festival organizers announced today that the fifth annual festival, which closed June 29th, was the biggest festival yet, selling about 30% more tickets this year than in 2013. With 290 productions and nearly 1500 performances, they are one of the […]

Nipples and Boobs (because Net Neutrality is too boring)

Nipples and Boobs (because Net Neutrality is too boring)

In 2004, Janet Jackson exposed her right nipple on national television.  You can stare at the Sun longer than her nipple was on-screen.  No matter.  The FCC got 1.4 million complaints over this assault on all things American.  The intensity and number of complaints were so great that the FCC stepped up safeguards to prevent […]

Latino Alliance Now Convening: Navigating Currents in American Theater

Latino Alliance Now Convening: Navigating Currents in American Theater

The LTA/LA presents our 2nd Annual Convening: Navigating Currents in American Theater at East Los Angeles College on August 2nd, 2014. Register online at: www.LTALA.org We are honored and proud to have Mark Valdez, Executive Director of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), deliver this year’s keynote address. NET was created by and for artists to […]

Travel Back 'Into The Fog' With Director Samantha Shay [Interview]

Travel Back ‘Into The Fog’ With Director Samantha Shay [Interview]

One of the highlights of this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival was Source Material’s Into The Fog, a visually lyrical piece of physical theatre that manages to stir up a lot of emotion while remaining something of a narrative puzzle. The show, which won the Best Dance and Physical Theatre Show of the Fringe award, is […]

"If You Think You're Going to Make Money Doing 99-seat Theatre You're Off Your Nut"

“If You Think You’re Going to Make Money Doing 99-seat Theatre You’re Off Your Nut”

As promised, here are some highlights from a conversation that has been going on recently at the BigCheap List concerning the 99 Seat Plan. The title of the discussion was If You Think You’re Going to Make Money in the 99 Seat Plan You’re Off Your Nut. It contains some of the most practical and cogent thinking […]

The Quiet but Effective Influence of the Newly Formed L.A. Theater Network

The Quiet but Effective Influence of the Newly Formed L.A. Theater Network

Those of us who are members (can’t really remember how I become a member but I think I was invited and just clicked yes in a drunken stupor one night not unlike most of what happens on Facebook with me) are slowly and quietly realizing how effective this new emerging shadow group is fast becoming. […]

A Civil Exchange of Ideas

A Civil Exchange of Ideas

There are several layers of irony going here, but mostly this is simply a wonderful example of WrightCrit. Something I experimented with during the run of one of my own plays Breaking and Entering last year. My experiment mostly failed for a variety of reasons, mostly my approach to the dialogue. But Jason the Roar, the […]

So Two Advocates of the Current 99 Seat Plan Stage an "Interview"...

So Two Advocates of the Current 99 Seat Plan Stage an “Interview”…

Not sure why Steven Leigh Morris, editor over at Stage Raw, didn’t just let Joe Stern write this thing himself. Guess the appearance of an “interview” was good enough in this particular instance. What am I talking about? This “interview” written by Guy Zimmerman and published just a few days ago over at Stage Raw advocating […]

Why So Quiet?

Why So Quiet?

It’s not out of anything dramatic or even sinister really, besides being madly busy with my own show (extending for two shows!) and all things Fringe, I am now in Colorado tending to my mother’s health and, well, that is all consuming at the moment. Our Fringe coverage was unprecedented this year and I offer a […]

Everyone's a Critic

Everyone’s a Critic

  The web site for which I am a critic, Stage and Cinema, has enjoyed a boom recently from which I am grateful to benefit. Not that I get paid; there are people who know how to work the internet for money, but we are not among them. There are a few advertising dollars but Tony […]

The Encore Producers' Awards: The Lemon Lounge episode 5

The Encore Producers’ Awards: The Lemon Lounge episode 5

ENCORES: The Lemon Lounge Episode 5 The Lemon Lounge connects you with live art to enjoy #LEMONLOUNGELA ENCORE PICKS from the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival: JACQUETTA SZATHMARI’s PICKS -Linden Arden Stole the Highlights -Death By PowerPoint @jfrobinson -The Mermaid Who Learned How to Fly @KylaVictoria Runner up- Boss  @j_monce COLIN MITCHELL’S PICKS -NO HOMO @nohomoplay […]

"Linden Arden" to Extend Two Shows Only as Part of Encore Producers Award

“Linden Arden” to Extend Two Shows Only as Part of Encore Producers Award

Saturday July 12th, 9pm and Friday, July 18th, 8pm at Theater Asylum. In the bigger theater. The Lab. Boom. Get your tickets now. Yep, I am still unabashedly pushing my show Linden Arden Stole the Highlights here at the Lemon. Why? Because I can. Plus the show is pretty good.

Longtime 99 Seat Liaison Michael Van Duzer Ousted from Actors Equity

Longtime 99 Seat Liaison Michael Van Duzer Ousted from Actors Equity

The details are still coming in, but I have confirmed from a reliable source that longtime Los Angeles AEA liaison and a tireless administrator for the 99 Seat Plan since it’s inception back in the 1980′s, Michael Van Duzer, has been relieved of his duties over at Actors Equity Association. Again, not sure yet about […]

And the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Freak Awards go to...

And the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Freak Awards go to…

Congrats to all these folks. I saw most of these shows and their plaudits are well deserved: Fringe Freaks (Community-Voted Awards): Top of the Fringe: Women Fringe First (World Premiere): NO HOMO – A Bromantic Tragedy The International Award: Love Is. Best in Ensemble Theatre: NO HOMO – A Bromantic Tragedy Best in Solo Performance: […]

RIC MONTEJANO, DIRECTOR, CHRONICLER,​ SILVER LAKE ICON, DIES AT 64

RIC MONTEJANO, DIRECTOR, CHRONICLER,​ SILVER LAKE ICON, DIES AT 64

By Shelly Parsons Richard (Ric) Montejano was born on September 22, 1949 in San Gabriel and grew up in Van Nuys and then La Habra.  In the late 1970’s, he found his true community in Silver Lake, CA where he lived as a creative artist, entrepreneur and activist on his own terms, chasing his passions […]

Fringe Review: Hilarious History of the Biz

Fringe Review: Hilarious History of the Biz

Fringe Review: Hilarious History of the Biz By Steven Sabel From Shakespeare to Mamet, and quite a few characters in between, Vicious Circle and writer/director Patrick Mulvihill deftly skewer the entertainment business in a fun and humorous time capsule journey with History of the Biz: Part 1 Acts  as part of the 2014 Hollywood Fringe […]

Auditions for Kenne Guillory's Next Production will "feature nude improv work" [Updated]

Auditions for Kenne Guillory’s Next Production will “feature nude improv work” [Updated]

Yep. He’s back, apparently, and doing what he does best. Creep everybody out. An actor who would like to remain nameless contacted me and said he’d been contacted by Kenne Guillory’s latest “company” Plus One Productions inviting him to audition for their upcoming production of Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love. Kenne […]

And the BLOAT, BLAFF, BLIFF and TPA Award Winners are...

And the BLOAT, BLAFF, BLIFF and TPA Award Winners are…

BLOAT (Bitter Lemons Outrageous Award for Theater) Belli Gemelli: An Opera Sitcom BLAFF (Bitter Lemons Award for Family Fare) Beau & Aero BLIFF (Bitter Lemons Irreverent Fringe Femmes) Women Trailer Park Award (TPA) Fancy: Secrets from my Bootydoir Congrats to all. Lots of Fringe Followup to come very soon, for now…we rest.

The Trailer Park Award Nominees (TPA) are...

The Trailer Park Award Nominees (TPA) are…

The TPA is sponsored by Bitter Lemons and Combined Artform and distinguishes the company that can best depict their live stage production in a cinematic way in a one minute video trailer. The Nominees are: The Conduct of Life (The Vagrancy) Fancy: Secrets from my Bootydoir Romeo and Juliet in Hell The Pens Shall Have […]

And the BLOAT, BLAFF and BLIFF Award Nominees are...

And the BLOAT, BLAFF and BLIFF Award Nominees are…

The Annual Bitter Lemons sponsored awards for the Hollywood Fringe Festival are as follows (with nominees):   The Bitter Lemons Outrageous Award for Theater (BLOAT) This award is for the wackiest most theatrical production of the Fringe. Nominees: Belli Gemelli: An Opera Sitcom God of Abraham The Wake   The Bitter Lemons Award for Family […]

“CECILY” a play by Gillian Plowman

CECILY a play by Gillian Plowman * * REVIEWED BY INGRID WILMOT, with a restaurant suggestion: Here’s a short review of a short (50 minues) play which, in spite of its brevity packs a big, emotional wallop. A young girl, physically and mentally disabled due to a motorcycle accident and given to violent outbursts, is […]

The Collaboration of Theatrical Soul Mates: Directing "The Fantasticks" at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

The Collaboration of Theatrical Soul Mates: Directing “The Fantasticks” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

What could be fringier than reviving a 1959 Broadway fringe musical? One that claims nothing less than being the world’s longest-running musical? And who else to assume such an ambitious task as The Good People Theater Company whose mission is to revive musicals and plays? I find one of the most fascinating aspects of the […]

Fringe Review: Bittersweet Love is aptly titled

Fringe Review: Bittersweet Love is aptly titled

Fringe Review: Bittersweet Love is aptly titled By Steven Sabel Daurden Contemporary Dance Theatre’s presentation of Bittersweet Love: ‘When Love Is Not Madness, It Is Not Love’ offers 15 dance pieces centered around the complexities of romantic relationships. The performance is bittersweet indeed, as some numbers hit their marks through beautifully mastered expressive choreography, while […]

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #18: "The Conduct of Life"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #18: “The Conduct of Life”

And our eighteenth and final submission for the Trailer Park Award: The Conduct of Life: