What to See in Los Angeles Theater: Your Weekly LemonMeter Update

Here’s your weekly travel guide to the shows that are getting all the critical love in Los Angeles:Weekly LemonMeter Update (Top 20 Rated Shows)GREEN GROW THE LILACS 100% SweetHAIRSPRAY 100% SweetTO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 100% Swe...

The Ben Hecht Show

Writer Ben Hecht (1894-1964) just might have been the most successful screenwriter of the 20th century. In fact, film historian Richard Corliss dubbed Hecht, “the Hollywood screenwriter,” garnering the first Academy Award for Original Screenplay in 1927 for Underworld. During a 40-year career, Hecht originated or collaborated on over 130 produced film scripts, penning such...

The Monday Moment

The origins of the phrase “break a leg”. It’s not what you think. I think.Of course this could be bullshit too, but it’s Monday, so I’m not gonna fact check....

Off to Portland

Heading back to the PNW tomorrow and staying through the Labor Day Weekend. The reasons for the trip are changing by the minute, but it will be nice to be up there for any reason. Spent 7 years in Seattle.Already been reaching out to some of theater peeps up there see if Bitter Lemons has any reach, catch some shows, see what the scene is like, but if anyone up there is not on my radar and is reading this, if you have a show or are a writer of theater up there or a media guy or really anyt...

What Exactly Is Los Angeles Theatre Fighting FOR? - by Douglas Clayton

He’s back! LA Theater’s most notorious “villain,” Doug Clayton, now plying his dastardly ways in the Windy City, just can’t keep his mind off the artistic community that he loves. Once again he’s chiming in and challenging the leaders of LA Theater to get specific about what exactly they are fighting for and what they’d like our artistic community to look like in 2022.We here at the Lemon are of course happy to accommodate Doug’s request for a public forum. All opinions are welcome...

Critique of the Week

Again, we’ve been snoozing on these, LemonHeads, these COWs, we know it, apologies, both JT, our current LM Editor and myself, have lately been a-bustling on other projects, personal and professional, so, well, we’ve been snoozing. I also don’t read as many reviews as I used to. Jonathan is the man now.Nevertheless, I came across this very recent one from Tony the Frank and it made me miss reading some of these excellent essays on the ephemeral as a regular thang. Tony remains one of th...

The Friday Feature

I am very much looking forward to this show. The always creative Rogue Artists Ensemble’s take on the Pinocchio story entitled Wood Boy Dog Fish. Their puppetry is always fantastic so the marriage of the two couldn’t be more natural. Previews begin November 6th at ...

BroadwayHD Set to Offer Digital Streaming for Broadway Fare

Because that is what we have all been clamoring for, a way to digitize the live experience and make it just like everything else online: not special.Here’s a snippet from the newswire:Two stage producers hope to usher Broadway fare into the digital streaming era with BroadwayHD, a new subscription...


People from the anti-99 side of our community, and even some friends of mine, have asked why I frame this debate as acting for “art” versus acting for “pay.” The answer is simple: what’s the alternative?The 99-seat debate, by its nature, cannot be described without attributing motives. As a result, most people use a sort of short-hand to describe different reasons actors choose to act. Both sides do this, sometimes innocently (I’ve been called “amateur,” as in “s...

Want a Theater? The Coast Playhouse is Available for 3 Million Dollars

Seen many a show in there. Did some classes in there. Did some readings. Even did a House Manager gig there for a show called Urban Folk Tales and saw one of the ushers go on in place of one of the actors who got sick and it was pure brilliance.“The Coast Playhouse, 8325 Santa Monica Blvd., is officially on the block. Although Stone/Miller is open to all bids, most have been for retail. Built in 1925 the space had also been home to Players Ring Theatre in the 50’s & 60’s, the Pan Andre...

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