Critique of the Week (on a Tuesday)

This is good stuff from Frederik Sisa. It’s just solid criticism.DINNER AT HOME WITH FRIENDSFrederik Sisa – Front Page OnlineThere comes a moment in Dinner at Home Between Deaths when it seems like the characters will sail into the bleak waters charted by Swimming with Sharks, the singularly unpleasant film starring Kevin Spacey and Frank Whaley. We are mercifully...

Hollywood instructs on how to become a White Male, I mean funny

Q:Why aren’t diverse audiences going to comedy shows? A: Why should they, it’s not about their lives up there.  That joke sucks right?  That’s because nothing about the situation is funny.  We have all been there, right? The hesitant walk into a cold audition waiting room  that has taken over an hour to get to. This vague mid-day appointment has swallowed up your whole day, depositing an ant...

Critique of the Week

This is why JT Ross is one of our critics. While I don’t share all of his opinions he brings it. Long form social criticism all in the name of the theater. Boom.A WALK IN THE WOODSJonathan Ross – Long Beach PostWe live life at the edge of history. Though we often spend our time pretending like...

The 11 Commandments for Having a Good Time at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

I posted these many moons ago, 2013, I believe it was, and they ring even truer now.Slightly modified.Commit these to memory, LemonHeads, and follow them religiously.They will serve you well as you delve deep into the dark dank depths of the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival.Ignore them at your peril....

Only 7215 of 50,000 Actors' Equity Association Members Voted in the Last National Election

14%.That’s the percentage of AEA Union members that voted in this last 2016 national election that just closed up shop last week.7215 of 50,000.14%.Think about that for a second. Imagine if that was the voter turnout for a national presidential election. 14%. What would that mean? What would it say?Volumes.Wouldn’t it make the election invalid? I mean, isn’t there a quorum necessary for government to actually work? A threshold of validity? Or shouldn’t th...

Steve Julian Memorial Set for Saturday, May 28th, 3pm, Ace Hotel

I unfortunately will not be able to make it as I will be with my son that day.But I will be there in spirit.If you feel so inclined to go and celebrate the life of a tremendous man, go here and check out the deets, which are as follows:May 28th, Saturday at 3 PMThe Theatre at Ace Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles929 S Broadway, Los Angel...

Psst. 20 Bitter Lemons Reviews Have Been Pre-Purchased for the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival (Don't Tell Anyone).

Oh, the horror! Oh, the humanity! Oh, the convenience! Theater critics getting paid! Theater companies paying to be reviewed! People getting quality coverage! Transparency bordering on exhibitionism! Me shouting! Where and when will it all end?Well, not here and not today.That’s right, folks, that dastardly, paradigm-bending, appearance-of-impropriety-inducing Bitter Lemons Imperative (BLI) continues to clank along – and has been clanking...

And the Legal Test of Los Angeles Theater's 99 Seat Plan Has Begun

“Lawsuit? What lawsuits?”I remember there was a lot of that hue and cry going on when the Re-Imagine LA “manifesto” came out. It was in response to some language in there around the Department of Labor looking over a couple of potential lawsuits against some of the producers working under the 99 Seat Plan. Much of the response was, "What lawsuits? They’re al...

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

Sorry. I’ve been busy. Appreciate you continuing to read though there be a paucity of content. And no paucity is not a dirty word. Unless you want it to be.But here it is, LemonHeads! You’re ever trusty guide on what to see in Los Angeles Theater, pulled directly from our even ever more trusty LemonMeter.These are the shows that the critics are liking best.If you’re wondering why you’re show isn’t on this list it’s...

Deadlines Approaching for Hollywood Fringe Benefits at Bitter Lemons: Awards, Promotions, Reviews & More

Okay, people, it’s May 31st and the Fringe is upon us.Some of you have gotten wise to the amazing deals we’re offering Fringe Participants here at the Lemon and you have taken full advantage of them, while others have not.Well here’s your final shout!And what are we offering? For a thorough answer to that question go here</...

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