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.

LA Times Critic Charles McNulty Lauds New Generation of Playwrights

LA Times Theater Critic, Charles McNulty, writes of the current revolution in American play writing: This fall season has provided Los Angeles theatergoers the opportunity to become better acquainted with the most exciting generation of playwrights to have burst onto the scene since I became a theater critic more than two decades ago.  

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Remembering LA Theater Internet Pioneer Geoff Hoff

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Bitter Lemons:  Geoff Hoff, founder of LA Theater Review  and a pioneer in getting Los Angeles theater onto the Internet, died on November 18, 2015.  He was 60 years old.  David Jette, who wrote for Hoff, provides a personal remembrance. Here’s an editorial Hoff wrote in 2010 about theater etiquette.

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Video: 99 Seat-to-Broadway Production of Spring Awakening at White House

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As part of the celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the cast of Deaf West’s 99-seat-to-Broadway production of Spring Awakening  was invited to perform at the White House on November 18, 2015. The program officially recognized the origins of this production in a 99 seat theater with funding by the National Endowment for the Arts: This is the start of the Spring Awakening  portion ...

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Dramatists Guild President on Writer’s Rights

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Dramatists Guild of America President, Doug Wright, has officially weighed in on the controversy surrounding playwright Lloyd Suh’s decision to prevent Clarion University from producing his play, Jesus in India, over casting issues: November 18, 2015 Recently, issues of casting and race have arisen in our national conversation about theater. While the Dramatists Guild applauds these necessary, rigorous and heartfelt conversations, it seems to us ...

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Los Angeles County Supervisors Seek to Formally Improve Diversity in the Arts

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SUBSTITUTE MOTION BY SUPERVISORS HILDA L. SOLIS AND MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS NOVEMBER 10, 2015 Improving Leadership, Work Force, Programming and Audience Diversity in Los Angeles County Cultural Institutions As the County of Los Angeles (County) is recognized around the world as a leader in the performing and visual arts, its Arts Commission should be at the forefront of encouraging a constructive County-wide conversation about ways to ...

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Celebrate #LoveTheatreDay 2015 on Wednesday November 18!

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The Guardian:  Theatre needs our love!  On Wednesday 18 November, theatres, amateur groups, arts companies and audiences from across the UK and beyond will take part in the second #LoveTheatreDay on Twitter. The 24-hour Twitter event is open to all, from the people behind the scenes who make the magic happen, to the audiences who put bums on seats every week. Here’s all you need to ...

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Award Winning 99 Seat Show now en route to White House

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Broadway World: It’s been an extraordinary journey for Deaf West Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening.  First produced in a 99 seat theater, it was then remounted in the larger Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  From there, the production next moved to the Brooks Atkinson Theater on Broadway where it became a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick.  Along the way, both  Los ...

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Simulcast of Branagh’s Production of The Winter’s Tale on Thanksgiving

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Kenneth Branagh’s Theater Company is simulcasting their London production of The Winter’s Tale  on Thanksgiving, November 26.  The play stars Branagh and Judi Dench.  Movie theater venues and tickets are available on the company’s website.  Upcoming simulcast shows include The Entertainer  and Romeo and Juliet.

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Television: Theater’s New Friend?

American Theatre:  “I was less interested in just putting theatre on TV, but I am very interested in not-for-profit, small regional theaters, and I also saw that they were really struggling to survive,” explains Mary Salter. “We’re trying to develop an audience for people to go into theaters and be in a place with real human beings in real time.”

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2015 Ovation Awards: Nominations & Winners

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The 2015 Ovation Awards were held on Monday, November 9, 2015 in the Ahmanson Theatre.  The winners in each category are italicized and in red.  The evening’s hosts were Vanessa and French Stewart. Best Season LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL CARRIE THE MUSICAL GOOD PEOPLE JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, A MUSICAL MARY POPPINS LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER D‘LO: ...

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