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Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Jennifer K. Hugus of The Los Angeles Beat has an interesting “reviewing” style, sort of a “first person eye witness account” of the show she’s seen. Sometimes she loses me in her rather refracted lens world and I never really get a sense for the show she’s seeing, only her, which might be what’s she’s [...]

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

What I love most about this review is that although Rose clearly was not thrilled with this show, her review actually makes me want to go and see it. TASTE Rose Desena – The Los Angeles Post The past two weeks have been interesting in terms of shows. First, I saw a psychopathic teenager and [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“The sophisticated, snarky bon mots of Noel Coward floated up and got lost in the rafters of the Malibu Playhouse. At intermission the man sitting next to me asked how I liked the play. “I don’t know,” I responded. “I didn’t get a word they said.” “Oh thank god,” he said. “I thought it was [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Nice to see the rare Sylvie Drake review out there, reminding us all exactly what a thoughtful, intelligence, nuanced review is supposed to be all about. Hat tip to Don Shirley for bringing this gem to my attention. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Sylvie Drake – Cultural Weekly Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the kind [...]

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Ernest just imbues his reviews with such intellectual play that they almost always stand out. Another beauty. Oh. He also mentions the Lemon in this one so there’s that… DOCTOR ANONYMOUS Ernest Kearney – Working Author Joel Daavid is an excellent designer and for “Doctor Anonymous” now playing at the Zephyr theatre on Melrose he [...]

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

First review I’ve ever read by Jonathan Ross. I really like his writing. Dunno what else to say. It’s bright, it’s bold, it doesn’t condescend, kinda playful, but mostly not afraid to just say “Hey, this is what I thought and why.”  I just fucking like it. Jonathan want to write some funny stuff for [...]

Another Saturday Saying

Another Saturday Saying

“Because good enough is the name of the game and with a couple of credits under your belt, no critic or discerning audience member will cry foul, such is the world we live in ripe with weakness. This play was beneath The Visceral Company, not the other way around. I’m not the hardest critic in [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

  “Opening night for this show was interesting in one regard, half the house, literally half the house, was press. I haven’t seen such a cluster of critics and reviewers assembled for an opening night since I don’t know when. (Kudos to publicist Lucy Pollak). I couldn’t help thinking if an asteroid struck the place [...]

The Friday Feature

The Friday Feature

Altar Boyz, presented by Chromolume at the Attic Theatre. Kinda funny in all its blissful cheesiness.

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Jason’s love-affair with Impro Theatre continues. Lucky for us his reports from their field always allow for some of his best and most entertaining work. Just like them. Apparently taking a date to the show will get you a little somethin’-somethin’. I can neither confirm or deny the veracity of the Impro Effect… SHAKESPEARE UNSCRIPTED Jason Rohrer [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“Impro Theatre, however, is funny and sophisticated, and will make your date look at you with new eyes.  Your date will say, “Gee, your choice of entertainment suggests a great deal of respect for me, and for yourself.  In fact, now that you’ve shown me this amazing thing, I see myself in a new light, [...]

"American Koko" a new web series. Diarra Kilpatrick (center), star, writer and director.

The Thursday Thought

The ridiculously talented and ever-stunning actress/writer/director, Diarra Kilpatrick, has created a very cool web series called American Koko. I’m beginning to think there is nothing this gal can’t do. The show deals with race in a very funny way and deserves some attention. Plus, Diarra has enlisted the talents of some of LA’s best including [...]

Watch Lemon Contributor Kevin Delin Discuss #LAThtrAwards on LA LA Land Talk

Watch Lemon Contributor Kevin Delin Discuss #LAThtrAwards on LA LA Land Talk

It’s a good idea and an interesting discussion. Let’s light it up at the LA Weekly Awards, people! April 7th. The Revolution will be tweeted! Kevin, Brett and Dorothy get down and dirty at the 16 minute mark…

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

The top COW this week also comes from Stage and Cinema but comes from a writer who I wasn’t always impressed with when she was writing for LAist. Saw the invite for this show last week and it looked interesting, but most of all Mia seems to be blossoming at S&E. Perhaps due as much [...]

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Up

Jason just had too many good turns of phrase in this one to pass up, plus you can hear the lament in his voice, wishing, hoping, praying that somehow they could have come up with a better show for the great man that inspired this apparently mediocre production. PAUL ROBESON Jason Rohrer – Stage and [...]

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

Critique of the Week – Runner Runner Up

The Huntress seems to always be at her best when she really likes something, more focused, speaking with a clearer voice, as exampled here. Not so much when she doesn’t like something, though always smart and filled with moments of insight, she can tend to ramble and offer major helpings of the over-wrought and the [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“In a production as stately and reverent as its subject was startling and rebellious, Philip Hayes Dean has directed his own one-man-with-musical-accompanist play to a standstill.  I don’t know how you’d do this if you wanted to: to reduce a renaissance man like Paul Robeson to the dusty subject of a mediocre history lecture, especially [...]

If a Secret Show Plays at a Secret Location and Nobody Goes Does it still Remain a Secret?

If a Secret Show Plays at a Secret Location and Nobody Goes Does it still Remain a Secret?

Well this is the risk that the company Four Larks is taking with this intriguing new theater production of Orpheus they are staging this month at a secret location. Hmmm. Here’s the skinny: Four Larks‘ Orpheus is an immersive theatre event staged in a secret location in downtown Los Angeles. A dozen performer-musicians will lead you through [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Myron’s reviews ooze intelligence and literally drip with nuance and this week’s COW is a shining example. Pay attention, oh ye of little nuance. SLOWGIRL Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter Sterling (William Petersen), a former lawyer turned recluse in the Costa Rican jungle is surprised by the arrival of the 17-year-old niece he barely [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“How you ultimately feel about Moss’ story may depend on whether your adult statute-of-limitations clause permits a hearing on teenage incidents involving closest chums. Peers can leave scars, no doubt about that. But the only people I’ve ever met who are frozen in time over something a high school buddy did 25 years ago are [...]

Critique of the Week (On a Monday)

Critique of the Week (On a Monday)

This is – as always – a top notch review from Ernest, but what I like most about it is this sort of “side bar” he takes in the middle of it to basically “dress down” another production that took issue with one of his other reviews, which he leaves nameless. It’s a schizophrenic excursion [...]

The Saturday Saying (On a Monday)

The Saturday Saying (On a Monday)

“In the performing arts, there’s no such thing as a “definitive” interpretation. Even an interpretation that deliberately departs from the express directions of the composer or playwright can be convincing in its own willful way. Besides, every performance, even by the same performers, is different from every other performance. That’s the point of going to [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

I have to say Paul Birchall has been flourishing – in my humble opinion – since he’s been writing for Stage and Cinema. He’s been a longtime critic in this town, writing for many reputable publications, but since he took up tenure at S&C his voice has really evolved into something unique. Which is not [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“Rather than 3½ weeks, Five Small Fires has been in gestation for three full years. In terms of its process and artistic ambition, the distance from the Bootleg to the Mark Taper Forum on this day is not one of miles but light-years.” Bill Raden – LA Weekly

The Monday Moment

The Monday Moment

The prettiest mind in theater, our own (one time) AdvoK@ and now the sultriest voice in pop, Kat Primeau, and her dude Chris Sousa have a new album out under the name Sumeau. Got a chance to listen before release and thought it had a nice Cowboy Junkies meets the entire Twenty First Century vibe [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Joel Beers is quickly becoming one of my favorite SoCal theater critics. Here’s another example why. Joel, you wanna write for the Lemon? Hit me up! LYSISTRATA JONES Joel Beers – OC Weekly A legendary theater director and drama critic—let’s just say it was Harold Clurman because, lord knows, he doesn’t get enough props these [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“But even with the talent, hard work and sincerity, nothing can save the laughably awful story, generic music or emaciated characters. This is a developmentally disabled Hoosiers meets Whatever Awful High School Musical You Can Think Of meets ABC Afterschool Special. Even a visit to a whorehouse, a nod to a classic piece of Greek [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Ernest really likes Firemen currently playing at the Atwater Village Theatre. So did I. But as usual – especially when he’s feeling good about something – he lays it all down much better than I ever could. FIREMEN Ernest Kearney – Working Author The Echo Theater Company’s production of “Firemen” by Tommy Smith is a [...]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

The Giddy Roar. THE UGLY ONE Jason Rohrer – Stage and Cinema RICH AND BEAUTIFUL I like a play that vacuums the audience in the wake of its rocket so that we tumble after, happy travelers grateful for the bruises. We bounce and roll along, too ecstatic to imagine stopping as the play flashes and [...]

The Saturday Saying

The Saturday Saying

“I’ve found that at least once a year there is a show that is loved and lauded by public and critics alike, a play that garners awards and big box office, and yet bafflingly leaves me completely cold. This year, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is that show. I was looking forward to [...]