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 .

A Noise Within: Moving Stage Right

by Marshall Bissett In a town where the terms longevity, loyalty and consistency rarely spring to mind,  A NOISE WITHIN  is thriving while other theatre companies are wilting.  A Glendale cultural  landmark housed temporarily (for the past eighteen years) in the iconic Masonic Temple on Brand Boulevard, the company produces classic repertory theatre of exceptional quality.  The theatre is run in the style of the ...

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What is Live Theatre?

In a way, theatre may be one of the oldest institutions of Western Culture. Though occasionally interrupted by politics and moral trepidation, the art form has been on a continuum since the ancient Greeks. This is undoubtedly due to the fact that theatre embraces one of the key values that denote mankind from other species, a desire and ability to carry knowledge across generations. Theatre ...

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Who’s Got a Barn?

by Bonnie MacBird Stock market down?  Musicals up!  If you, like this writer, love musicals no matter how life is going – it turns out that Los Angeles is the city of golden abundance. Because of film and television, we have more Mickey Rooneys and Judy Garlands and their bands looking for “barns” than any other city on the planet.  More competition…more talent… and more ...

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Los Angeles and Our Theatre

Los Angeles Theatre is a vast and talented community. Much of what is presented on LA stages is new, inspiring and worthy of recognition. As the members of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle gather to honor and recognize the theatre community, let us recognize that the critic is an important element of that community.  Aside from helping drive audiences to shows, critics offer a ...

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Violence and Theatre

Recently at a symposium on theatre, Richard Montoya, of Culture Clash fame made a comment that readdressed a frequent question, “What is theatre?” With fervent passion Richard spoke of the drama that unfolds on our streets daily. This drama entails the energies spent by undirected, unfocused men and women posturing and combating in venues opportune to their cultures. With passions at times leading to death, ...

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A Noise Within Announces Long-Awaited Theatre Groundbreaking

A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, announces groundbreaking on its highly anticipated state-of-the-art, 300-seat, permanent new home in Pasadena on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at 10:30 am.  This major news from ANW Co-Founders/Co-Artistic Directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott comes after years of comprehensive planning and unusually successful, ongoing fundraising efforts, with $10.1 million of the $13.3 million goal raised to ...

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When Thomas Alva Edison…

When Thomas Alva Edison developed the first film studio (yes, it was Edison), it became quickly apparent that just having the technology to project a moving image was not sufficient to sustain an audience. A story was needed. Everybody wanted to see the picture move, but to get them to put another nickel into the nickelodeon, there had to be a reason to come back. ...

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There is a profound joy to be a part of an industry…

There is a profound joy to be a part of an industry that is essentially undaunted by economic strife and political turmoil. Theatre is certainly impacted by these events, but the purity, the purpose, the resolve is sustained and often fueled by adversity. The strength of the community is tested time and again and yet artists gather, who strive to affect an audience with vision ...

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Technology

On a daily basis, there is more information available to us now than at anytime in recorded history.  The Internet is flooded with updates.  News cycles are in minutes, if not seconds, and our ever-increasing reliance on mobile devices that bring us news or something resembling news is spreading exponentially.  In the grand scheme, this is all for the good. After all, remember the adage ...

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Not of an Age

“Not of an age, but for all time” ~ Ben Jonson If there is a single individual voice that speaks to the community of human kind, it is William Shakespeare. In a time when world awareness was essentially limited to the place of birth, with what is assumed to be only be a primary education, this writer managed to observe and comment on human nature ...

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