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Critique of the Week (it's a tie!)

Critique of the Week (it’s a tie!)

Joel Beers is just too fucking good to be stuck down there in the OC. Not that there’s anything wrong with the OC, but Joel, baby, get your ass up here so you can shine some of your particular kind of light on some of these shows in the HollyHood. They need it! Somebody get […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Some incredibly rich theater criticism from one of LA’s best. THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA? Ernest Kearney – Working Author It is a question of passion in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” Not the mass produced, test marketed variety of “passion” favored by copywriters, but the genuine article, that all-consuming fervor […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“This production, which had a successful run earlier this year at the small NoHo Arts Center in the San Fernando Valley, would be newsworthy alone for its move to an institutional theater like the Geffen, apparently in a bid for a New York opening. One can only pray that, contrary to established practice, this exemplary […]

Critique of the Week (on a Monday)

Critique of the Week (on a Monday)

Love how personal this week’s COW is, how Michelle takes us on a journey, kicking and screaming, and finds herself breaching the light on the other side of the tunnel. A good read. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Michelle Sandoval – EdgeLosAngeles A Noise Within is Pasadena’s go-to playhouse for excellent offerings of classical theatre, […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

I have not been a fan of David St. Nichols work, if I’m being honest, I find that although he’s clearly a fine a writer and smart and knows theater, he holds back or hides behind the dynamics of his own prose, ultimately giving us nothing but froth, but here the froth seems to work […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“No one wants a return to the polarization and acrimony of the fierce “Equity Wars” of the late 1980s, but the time is ripe for a reexamination of the 99-Seat Plan and the organizational models that have developed around it. Reform will be difficult, but after speaking to passionate theater professionals from across the spectrum […]

Critique of the Week (on a Monday)

Critique of the Week (on a Monday)

Mark Hein of the Theatre Ghost blog has been haunting the LA boards for a while now, writing some excellent reviews somewhat under the radar. This latest is especially good and garners this week’s COW. Almost makes me want to go see this show. Almost. It is a “movement piece” after all. And me and […]

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

This is funny. And it’s Monday. I think we should offer a bag of rotten fruit and vegetables at the door of every show in town. Hat tip to the Jason the Roar.

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“Originally commissioned by Playwrights Horizons in New York, and further workshopped locally last year at South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival, Marjorie Prime marshals a fine array of out-of-town talent. However, Smith’s star power notwithstanding, Center Theatre Group yet again ostentatiously avoids hiring from the plentiful pool of hugely capable Los Angeles players. The company’s […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

The “harsh” and “hurtful” joy of Tony the Frank. Thank God he FINALLY got SOMETHING right… SPRING AWAKENING Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema REAWAKENING In one of the bios for Deaf West’s production of Spring Awakening, actress Ali Stroker thanks the company for stepping out of the box, and turning what some may think as […]

Another Saturday Saying

Another Saturday Saying

“Looks like the LA Theater ‘Extortion Awards’ just put out their nominations again. Each year at this time I thank baby Jesus I’m out of this mess. If anything makes a playwright want to jump off a cliff it’s this vile group of insiders looking into the toilet and nominating their own turds for special […]

The Saturday Saying(s)

The Saturday Saying(s)

“And yet this is completely undermined by a later scene in the play, between Moritz and his father, played by Troy Kotsur. Every other scene or song in the play is equally accessible to deaf and hearing audiences – through some mixture of sign, speech, and supertitles – but this scene between two deaf actors […]

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

This is usually a pretty scarific time. And this little teaser trailer is brief but impactful. Wicked Lit 2014. Catch it.

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Myron Meisel is simply hands down the most intelligent critic in Los Angeles. Case in point, this sumbitch right c’here. I feel smarter just reading it… HAPPY DAYS Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub star in a fresh and vital American interpretation of the Samuel Beckett classic In perhaps the […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

This week’s batch of COWs emphasizes the “smart”. And they don’t get much smarter than the Grande Dame of LA Theater Criticism, Sylvie Drake. Sit up and take notice, young ‘uns, this gal is simply smarter than you. THE TEMPEST Sylvie Drake – Cultural Weekly Modified versions of Shakespeare’s plays are certainly nothing new. They […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

Better from Count Obfuscate…and much more entertaining. If only he had this much fun with stuff he didn’t like instead of “representin’” all the time. THE BEHAVIOR OF BROADUS David C. Nichols – LA Times Controversial psychology and show-biz moxie commingle in “The Behavior of Broadus,” with triumphant results. As delightfully self-assured as it is […]

Lost Moon Radio's Parody of Ken Burns Gets Picked up by Slate

Lost Moon Radio’s Parody of Ken Burns Gets Picked up by Slate

One of our favorite companies here at the Lemon, Lost Moon Radio, did yet another funny little video parody, this time of of master documentarian Ken Burns, and lo and behold that mighty mag Slate picked up on it. Oh, the wacky world of the webernets. Congrats folks! Here’s the viddie:

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

I was remiss in not including this in one of our COWs in August. I am rectifying that remissiveness (is that a word?(It is now!). When Ernest gets his dander up it’s awfully dandy to behold. Case in point, this lambasting  of a recent Matrix Theatre Production. Oof. IN A DARK DARK HOUSE Ernest Kearney […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

This one drips with context and pulses with Tony’s own personality through and through. Nice to see him back to his old ways. Some of his latest offerings have seemed a bit like throw-aways lately. Not this bad boy. RACE Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema A FLAT-FOOTED RACE In April 2014, lawyer and LA […]

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

Haven’t posted one of these in a while, but this is a pretty tasty trailer for what might be a pretty tasty show. Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, opening this weekend.

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Some more “hurtful” and “biased” criticism from Tony the Frank, from that “nasty” and “vicious” review site, Stage and Cinema. And yeah, this is an LA born and bred show, folks. It garners the top COW this week. Moo. ONE IN THE CHAMBER Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema ONE IN A MILLION Rabid theatergoers who […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

The next in the triad of this week’s COWs from Stage and Cinema. Tony the Frank enjoying a show, almost by surprise. This one is a bit sleight – as far as Tony the Frank offerings go – but well executed nonetheless. TRYING Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema NOT AS TRYING AS IT COULD HAVE […]

Critique of the Week - Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

This week’s COWs all come from that “hurtful” review site, Stage and Cinema, featuring those “biased” critics Jason Rohrer and Tony Frankel, and the reasoning for that is that each one is not only a glowing (see “not hurtful”) review of the show in question, but also a meticulously considered and richly delivered appraisal of the show […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“Jonathan Tolins’ “Buyer & Cellar” has a few good (albeit snide) laughs in its fictional account of a struggling LA actor (Michael Urie) who’s hired by Barbra Streisand to operate a “shopping mall” in her Malibu home’s basement. But it’s truly depressing to think that this is CTG’s current idea of what passes for an […]

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 […]