Hi there, Thank you for getting in touch with me re:99-seat. Please forgive this form response but the emails have been abundant. As a Eastern Actor’s Equity Councillor, it is my job to ultimately vote on the changes and hearing from my colleagues who actually live and work in the region is invaluable. I know […]
Well it’s not gonna win an Academy Award, but it’s something. And the energy and tireless commitment by the makers is to be commended. It’d be great to see what Equity might come up with in response. Hey, I’m always looking for the entertainment value I can’t help it!
This is a very good and very fair review from Chuck. I saw this excellent show and he is right that it dazzles but doesn’t necessarily engage on a deeper emotional level. I said the same in my little write up, but of course these “real critics” say it so much better than I can. One […]
Ed Harris Comes out in Support of Los Angeles’ 99 Seat Theater Community on TV Show “The Talk”: “Most of these little theaters would shut down if Equity passes this deal”
In case you missed it. The good stuff starts around 4:45 in this clip:
And now for something completely different…for this week’s COW I give you Sacred Fools’ Managing Director, Padraic Duffy, with a solid – and personal – criticism of the AEA 99 Seat proposals. Grabbed this off the ILove99 site which is starting to feature some excellent and substantive rebuttals. Take it away, Padraic! I want to […]
Some more good stuff from A-Burn, including some deserved criticism for a company still coming into its own, as well as some well-deserved praise for a company on the cusp of greatness. THE TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTONY Anthony Byrnes – KCRW When’s the last time you were excited to go to the theater? When the […]
In honor of the passing of Leonard Nimoy, who will forever be remembered as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, I give you his rendition of “Bilbo Baggins” Rest in peace, sir. And thanks for what you did.
Saw this show The Temptation of St. Antony by Four Larks, last week and while it has some problems – details I’ll get into in another post – it is well worth checking out, imaginative, committed, a visceral feast. Here’s the trailer which I think does a good job of using the cinematic medium to […]
Been busy lately, but got a chance to read this humdinger from J-Beers. Dude is writing some of the best theater criticism in SoCal at the moment. This show sounds pretty good too. Here’s an example of how to write personal, smart, compelling criticism. LOCH NESS, A NEW MUSICAL Joel Beers – OC Weekly If it […]
This is some of Tracey’s best work. And not just because she references the Lemon, but because she provided so much context and personal insight on this show that the result is palpable. Enjoy. PULP SHAKESPEARE (OR BARD FICTION) Tracey Paleo – Gia on the Move It’s already gotten a 100% sweet twice over on […]
Simply one of Jason’s best. Ever. Personal, poignant, perplexed. Just a tremendous critique that leaps to the top of 2015 for me. Sounds like the show might be pretty good as well… THE PITCHFORK DISNEY Jason Rohrer – Stage and Cinema A RIDE YOU WON’T FIND IN ANAHEIM Any neighborhood with the elevated name of […]
Nice to see Stage Raw loosening up and having fun. Many of their reviews feel a bit academic and stodgy for me. But not this one. I present to you their newest critic: Herbert the Chihuahua. MUTANT OLIVE Stage Raw & Herbert the Chihuahua Herbert the Chihuahua was sitting in the front row of the Lounge […]
I think I like Paul’s reviews when they are unleashed from the tether of Stage Raw’s more confining constraints. Maybe there are no such things, but when I read his work on Stage and Cinema they seem freer and make for a much more entertaining and personal read. Thus he gets one of this week’s […]
“If a theatregoer loves your show on a Friday night, that makes them more likely to see my show on Saturday, or next Friday, or whenever they have the night off again. Good theatre begets more theatre. It’s not like they have a choice of only one theatre to support and if you win, I […]
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 […]
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’ […]
“Every year the Equity News does an issue devoted to statistics; number of work weeks, number of contracts used, what type, by region, revenue under each, etc. And a comparison to the previous year’s stats. I will never forget that the year the Equity Waiver came into use, the previous year’s stats showed over 500 […]
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 […]
Jason the Roar in all his painful, awkward, honest glory. A strong contender for Critique of the Year (COY). BLITHE SPIRIT Jason Rohrer – Stage and Cinema BIRD THOU SURE AIN’T NOW “Hail to thee, blithe spirit! Bird thou never wert, That from Heaven, or near it, Pourest thy full heart In profuse strains of […]
“At big city houses and regional theaters across the land, those who can be counted on to buy tickets are routinely condescended to with just this sort of indifferently directed, she-used-to-have-a-TV-show offering, as if aged playgoers were a simplistic, undemanding herd. But surely old audiences are as discerning a crowd as exists; they’ve seen more […]
Karen Weinstein brings such an interesting psycho-analytical approach to her reviews. This is a prime example. INTO THE WOODS Karen Weinstein – Culture Vulture Trip thee lightly into the woods my darlings but beware the eternal dangers lurking there. Thus it is and thus it shall always be. The woods are full of wolves, giants, […]
“The world does not need a sanitized version of “Into The Woods” and children do not need all the production values of a Disney blowout (though Meryl Streep will probably do the Witch’s role justice). The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has produced a musical that truly works magic across generations. Some may protest that parts of […]
Some irreverent Christmas silliness from Lost Moon Radio. Love these guys.
Sylvie! WHAT THE BUTLER SAW Sylvie Drake – Cultural Weekly In his book on farce, Albert Bermel tells us that what defines farce is “to scoff in public at whatever the neighbors’ cherish in private.” To put it in a broader cliché, one person’s tragedy is another one’s comedy. Farce, in short, is not merely […]
“This is my first time seeing theatre and I think I’m done.” Don’t let this happen to you. Or me. Please. Happy Monday, LemonHeads!
Bob Verini blowing the trumpet for the new wave of immersive theater here in LA. Watch out! It’s a-comin’… WICKED LIT 2014 Bob Verini – ArtsInLA Immersive, site-specific theater could end up saving the art form for the immediate future. At the very least, it offers an audience an interactive and one-of-a-kind experience that can’t be […]
The lone wolf in the wilderness on this one. Tony the Frank. And his bile is well deserved. Brutal honesty in all its glory. A OR B? Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema SLIDING BORES A or B? The question of Ken Levine’s title refers to the choice between two parallel universes set forth in […]
Joel Beers once again gets some love this week – dude is on fire – but with a tweak. What you see next are two reviews by Joel of the same play, “Zealot,” currently playing at South Coast Rep, but for different publications. For some reason, he seems to have been given much greater latitude and […]
“Note regarding talk of the 99-Seat Plan improvements, this production employs 19 actors. Four are in the actors/stage manager’s union, Equity. These are the very actors who prop up the production. Does anybody honestly believe that anybody would be served in this all-Latino staging of Julius Caesar (performed for an all-Latino audience, the night I […]