Peter Finlayson

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Peter Finlayson is the Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-chief of FootLights magazine and footlight.click. While working on a prelaw program at the University of Michigan, he happily got involved with the theatre program. Much to his mother’s chagrin, law school never happened, but in a career spanning more than 4 decades, Peter has performed, directed or designed more than 150 productions. In his spare time, he is working on a new play. You can follow him on Twitter @Thtrdog .

Little Theatres, Big Effects: How Theatre Changed My Life (and what it can do for you)

By Hannah Logan The first live theatre I ever saw was a production of Princess and the Pea. As soon as the lights went down I was transfixed…the story, the costumes, the handsome prince and of course the GIANT MATTRESS held me in awe. This was not at all like the 6-8 hours a day of television I watched. This thing called “theatre” breathed, was ...

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Picking Your Campfire, Helping Good Theatre Grow

How do you pick a show? It’s hard to put a solid number on how many shows open in Los Angeles every year. The best guesstimates are somewhere between a low of seven hundred to a high a few years back when there were more than fifteen hundred productions mounted in a single year. So, if we assume that there is an even distribution of ...

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Theatre, Spectacle and The Common Man

Every now and then the question arises, “What is theatre?” We live in an age where we have come to expect theatricality in virtually everything, from government to business, from sports and religion. Our entire mass media entertainment structure is built on theatrical presentation and selling personalitis is being done in like fashion. So when the world around us is theatrical, what do we have ...

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A Bit of Berkeley in Washington

Each spring something like 500 advocates descend on Washington, DC for Americans for the Arts’ annual Arts Advocacy Day.  The event—actually two days, one day of training and issues briefings, and one day filled with visits to Congress—is the largest of its kind.  Most of the delegates, not surprisingly, are arts professionals, lots of administrators, a few artists, some teachers and the smattering of highly ...

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Mark Roberts

Footlights

Careers in show business are often seen as the “over night success” story. Pretty girl, cute guy walking down the street, stopped by super (producer, agent, director) and suddenly they’re stars. It’s the quintessential Hollywood success story. But in truth, careers in show business, like anywhere else, are made, and often over a long period of time. For Mark Roberts, the truth actually follows both ...

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What’s a Critic For?

California is blessed with a plethora of theatre. We have so much theatre that it is probably fair to say that it is literally impossible to see every play produced in Los Angeles or San Francisco. On the average, there are at lest eight shows that open each week in each city. By numbers alone, we are overwhelmed. So how do we decide what to ...

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Is Theater Serving Its Audience…

By Jason Rohrer According to Aristotle, theater is supposed to provide catharsis, a purging of negative emotion, resulting in a refreshed body and mind and, therefore, a more productive citizen. So when’s the last time you got all that out of a trip to the theater? In order to perform that valuable function, a play has to galvanize us, to make us think and feel ...

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All This!… For How Much?

Walking into a theatre is always an exciting experience. There’s the anticipation of seeing something new, or if it’s a show we know, seeing a new interpretation. There’s a feeling of comfort, a willingness to be open and be on the receiving end of entertainment, enlightenment and to some degree a sense of awe for the spectacle we are about to see. That’s what is ...

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Theatre… and Community

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a comment, which struck up a lively conversation, not just on Big Cheap, but on other sites as well.  And while all of the discussions were germane, the conversation very quickly moved to the old saw . . . is Los Angeles a theatre town? LA is absolutely a theatre town, there is more theatre produced here than ...

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Is a Discounted Ticket a Good Deal?

Here we are in the midst of another election cycle, and though some of the candidates may try to distract us with vague issues, the economy should remain our primary focus. When we take our eyes off the fact that we deep down, are still worried about the economy. The regurgitated social issues become scabs that we pick at, looking to make the opposition bleed ...

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