Tracey Paleo

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Tracey Paleo is Associate Editor at FootLights Magazine. She's also the Founder and Chief Editor of the arts and culture site, Gia On The Move, where she often reviews live performance events.

A Study of the Broadway Understudy

The New Yorker provides a glimpse of the world of the Broadway Understudy: Understudies suffer the artistic frustration of not being able to make a role entirely their own, even should they have the opportunity to perform. They bear the difficult knowledge that their own opportunity for success depends upon the chance of someone else’s misfortune; possibly, they even wish for it. “I secretly wanted ...

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Redmoon Theater Chicago to Close Its Doors Next Month

American Theatre: Redmoon Theater, the innovative and ambitious company that has brought free art to the Windy City for 24 years will shutter in early 2016.  The site-specific company, known for its large-scale outdoor festivals and events, has recently faced financial woes.

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LA Weekly’s Bold Five of 2015

LA Weekly’s Bill Raden wants theater not just to be beautiful.  He wants it bold: And while 2015 offered its share of scintillating Los Angeles stage riches, to this temperamental observer it proved all too typical in one troubling respect: the continuing timidity of L.A. companies when it comes to tackling new plays. New work rooted in the community and the risk-taking producers that present ...

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LA County’s Free Holiday Spectacular Returns Dec 24th

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“I’ve been producing the Holiday Celebration for ten years, so I’m most excited about the sounds and groups that have never been on the show before,” said producer Adam Davis.  “This year’s Celebration will feature music by SK Kakraba, who will be playing the gyil (a Ghanaian xylophone) that SK made himself. Another highlight is the Citrus Singers who sing and play handbells at the ...

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A South Florida Theater Critic Reflects

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Miami is not particularly known for being a theater center for the US which is all the more reason why Christine Dolen’s thoughts on the scene there, after 36 years of watching it as a critic, are particularly compelling. I talked to Tennessee Williams at a table by the water in Key West. I met Edward Albee for the first time in the lobby of ...

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What Would An American National Theater Look Like?

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Playbill believes it knows how an American National Theater should look… and why America needs one: …unlike most nations (the U.K., France, Germany, Japan, China, and India among many others), the U.S. has no government-sponsored dramatic company and no single building that houses America’s brand of theatre. Why? What would a national theatre look like in America? Or, are we better off without one? Many ...

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How Can Actors Earn on TV?

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Deadline Hollywood:  A sobering look at the “new normal” where roles once billed as “Guest Stars” are now day players.  If actors don’t have television to pay the bills, where will they make up the difference? “Hollywood has become like a third world country,” said veteran actor Kent McCord, SAG’s former first vice president and national recording secretary. “There are a few actors who are ...

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LA Theater Critic Bob Verini’s Best of 2015 Theater

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Time Out:  Long time critic Bob Verini gives his assessment of LA theater in 2015. …a lot of first-class work managed to find its way to LA’s stages… the kind of ambitious, sometimes funky, risk-taking entertainment that regularly graces our vibrant, yet perennially underappreciated, theater scene.  

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Sacred Fools to Move to Theatre Row Hollywood

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ThisStage.LA:  In a year that has been full of surprising twists and turns for the Los Angeles Theater Community, Sacred Fools has announced it will be moving into the space recently vacated by the Elephant Theatre Company on Theatre Row Hollywood.  Sacred Fools’ President, Bruno Oliver, explains the details to Julio Martinez: …we do want Sacred Fools to be actively involved in the livelihood of ...

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Leslie Uggams Drops Theater Role for Television Show

The New York Times:  Actress Leslie Uggams is doing in New York what often happens in Los Angeles: opting for a well-paying gig, a recurring role on television, over a theater role.  

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