Critics Fuck Everybody

I spent the last two weeks free of my life in Los Angeles. Sojourning on the east coast, I wrote no journalism and attended only three artistic endeavors: I participated in a script reading, I moshed at a punk show, and I saw two short plays on one bill. But the two plays were about theater critics, so that was a bit of normal.In one of them, a critic’s dick dragged him onstage into a play – he’d already slept with one of the actresses and was infatuated with another. When this happens, in Sto...

Critique of the Week (On a Monday)

Travis Michael scores the COW this week with his vibrant review of the Geffen’s Thom Pain. Here is a critic utterly engaged and utterly intrigued and doing his damnedest to tell you why. Good stuff. Aspire to this and you should be okay.THOM PAIN (based on nothing)Travis Michael Holder – ArtsInLAThings appear to be off to a rocky start when Rainn Wilson as Thom Pain tries to light a cigarette in the still-darkened theater. The light is snuffed out. “How wonderful to see you all,” he says with...

Italian Actor Accidentally Hangs Himself

No, I know, but, this apparently is real. And I’m not going to comment on it too much because the poor guy, Raphael Schumacher, is fighting for his life but…Holy Shittzu!You want avant garde, here’s some avant garde. Visualize this from CNN and it’s affiliate KRTV: Raphael Schumacher, 27, was performing in an experimental production when a member of the audience noticed that the rope around his neck was so tight it was actually killing him.Schumacher was wearing a covering on h...

The Tyranny of Wordsmiths

You’re not supposed to review the Wooster Group show at REDCAT. Yes, you. Harold Pinter says so, from the grave.It’s not REDCAT’s fault; that excellent venue may benefit from the controversy, but it didn’t cause it. And it’s not licensing agency Samuel French’s fault, either, for placing bizarre restrictions on the production – including the unenforceable edict, quite outside the control of the company or the venue, that no criticism of the show be published. And it’s ...

Meet Our New Outreach Coordinator

The Hollywood Fringe is growing, so we recently hired some new people to join our staff! First, we’d like to introduce our new colleague Ellen Den Herder.Hello Hollywood Fringe!I am so, so grateful to join the Hollywood Fringe Festival staff as Outreach Coordinator. I am new to the Los Angeles theater scene, but am ready to take the full plunge! Here’s a little bit about myself and my involvement this year…Q: What’s “outreach” and why do you sound so excited?Outreach is essentiall...

Putting the Bloated Non-Profit Pig on a Diet

Musician and blogger Michael Woodsongs Johnathon spins a poignant metaphor and touches on the dangers of all non-profits: bloat. Los Angeles Theater take note, the “garden” is the work, the “pig” is the infrastructure that supports the work. Or doesn’t. Here’s Woodsongs:Soon enough, most of the harvest from his garden was gathered just to feed the pig. The pig demanded so much attention the farmer had less time to tend his garden … and so the harvest began to ...

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

The boards are burning up here in SoCal, LemonHeads! There are currently 35 production Live on the LemonMeter as of the writing of this bad boy. That’s a whole lotta theater, folks, so why haven’t you made your reservations yet? Oh, perhaps, it’s because you’ve been waiting for your mid-week guide on what to see in Los Angeles Theater?Well, we aim to please.Here are the shows that the critics are liking best, pulled directly from our every trusty LemonMeter, giving you, the interest...

Critique of the Week

Brian contacted us and said, “Hey, take a look at this!” So we did and we liked it. Funny thing was, we already had this in the chute. And so, for so vividly describing his enjoyment of the audience’s lack thereof, he gets this week’s COW. Enjoy!WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALADBrian Sonia-Wallce – ArtsBeatLAHow exciting! No one in the theatre knew how to feel. Half of them left at intermission. Written by Sheila Callaghan and directed by Neel Keller, Women Laughing Alone W...

Hoyt Hilsman on AEA and the Battle for LA Theater: "Actors Equity is mired in the past."

As always, Hoyt is right on the pulse and doesn’t hold back in calling it like he sees it:What all of this reveals – despite a years-long struggle to alter their consciousness – is that the leadership of Actors Equity is mired in the past. American theater, led by the vitality and creativity of artists like those in Los Angeles, has become a burgeoning and bustling counterpoint to the domination of mass culture. Furthermore, artists are striking out on their own – moving past the old par...

The Wit of George Bernard Shaw & Winston Churchill

Oh Jesus I miss wit like this.These days it’s all about turning Trump’s lips into his eyes…Groan.Carry on....

The Foxhole Stories

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The Foxhole Stories: Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run-Motherfucker, Run! is a story of Adam dodging his girlfriend's questions about Afghanistan and chooses to argue with his own PTSD to find the answers.

just telling my story, man

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Murray Meyer's "In My Own Defence" - one man show. A single father, a mob boss and a pot selling nun. Hudson Guild 6539 Santa Monica Bl June 15, 16, 17, 22, 24 http://hff18.org/5157