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 .

For several months…

For several months, the news-media has been consumed by the Charlie Sheen story. Don’t leave yet, this really is about theatre – We, the theatre community have our own version.  It’s Spiderman, Turn Off the Dark. Three months into previews, nine years after inception, $65 million spent, and now a new creative team is being brought in to re-tool and re-present previews in the spring! ...

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Shakespeare: Generations

by Kyle Moore These days, the shelf life of your average film, TV, music or internet superstar is measured in months, if not weeks.  More often than not, if someone is getting their 15 minutes of fame, chances are they’ll have overstayed their visit by about 13 minutes, and an “overnight sensation” is just that – forgotten overnight.  That’s why it’s a little mind-boggling to ...

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Every now and then…

Every now and then it’s good to reflect upon the merits of Theatre. Theatre is an art form almost universal to mankind. Regardless of culture, there is some form of public demonstration that is ritualized and offered as insight or lesson to the audience. The methodology can vary. For some it’s shamanic oral tradition, for some it’s dance, and for Western culture (a rather broad ...

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The Pomp of Theatre

The other day, while extolling the virtues of Los Angeles theatre, the conversation turned to the pomp of theatre, the wave of anticipation and excitement that comes upon entering the edifice prior to performance. As was pointed out in this conversation, walking into the Pantages provides an entirely different feeling from entering one of the hundreds of intimate theatres in Los Angeles. It was a ...

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Comfy? Is your seat ok? Got water?

Comfy? Is your seat ok? Got water? Ready to be transported, transformed, enlightened? That’s why you’re here, right? Boy, those are a lot of questions. But then, isn’t that what we do at the end of each year, ask questions? Take an inventory of our lives and try to figure out if we’ve added something to life or did we leave a deficit and take ...

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Theatre is about entertainment

Theatre is about entertainment. Theatre is about insight. Theatre is the art form that transcends cultural barriers and reaches out to humanity in a vital form. An institution so old, in many ways it can be argued that theatre is what defines culture. Despite what theatre is, theatre is not permanent. As an art form, it is fluid and transformational. As an institution, it is ...

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Art Shulman

In the theatre world, there are many big moments, moments when the culture of theatre takes notice. Benchmarks, accomplishments if you will, that become the fodder of legend. It may be the sheer number of production of a given show (The Fantasticks), ovations for a particular performance (Ray Bolger’s Performance in Where’s Charley?), or the number of shows a playwright may have running at the ...

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Another Theatre, Another Show

Imagine if you will, millenniums ago, some simian-like human garnering his associates attention, showing him how the stick in hand was used to overcome a fierce opponent. In that single inspired moment, traditions were born – and several great trades as well: playwright, actor, producer and huckster. These have all grown together hand-in-hand, and with each new moment, opportunity was and is seized to make a bigger show, a better ...

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LA: Theatre Town

If you have to ask the question, Is LA a Theatre Town?, then you’ve not been to LA. As a city we mount more live stage productions then any other city anywhere in the world. Yes, more then NY, more then Chicago, more then London, More then anyone anywhere else. The conversation should be, why don’t we stop worrying about whether or not we are ...

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In the ancient world…

In the ancient world, at least the ancient western world, scribes recorded the passing of days, the wars, business, affairs of the heart and any other subject deemed important to those is power. As with all things in nature, those that wrote well grew in fame and those that wanted to be famous tried harder. Narratives turned into poetry and poetry was performed. Put poetry ...

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