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.

Shakespeare on Trump

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Far from dealing with “alternative facts, ” the Bard dealt with eternal truths.  Any other quotes come to mind?

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Practical Coeurage

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A Saturday afternoon lunch with Jeremy Lelliot, founding artistic director of Coeurage Theatre Company, immediately erupted into a snowball of hilarious storytelling in which Jeremy also revealed an intriguing insight about himself. “I love baseball. I played baseball for one inning. Second base. I’d been on the bench the whole time pre-season. In the first game, the ball hit my glove, jumped up, hit my ...

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2016 Ovation Awards: Nominations & Winners

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The 2016 Ovation Awards were held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in the Ahmanson Theatre.  The winners in each category are italicized and in red.  The evening’s host was Alexandra Billings. Best Season CELEBRATION THEATRE Bootycandy Dream Boy The Boy From Oz GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE Barcelona Big Sky Guards at the Taj In & Of Itself Outside Mullingar Sex with Strangers Stage Kiss These Paper Bullets! ...

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Press Release: 8 Theaters Split $400K Gift

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PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES (January 14, 2017) — Honoring the wishes of his sister Pearl Bordy Frazier, who passed away on October 9 of last year, Drama-Logue founder Bill Bordy has donated a total of $500,000 to LA STAGE Alliance and eight of its member theatres in the Los Angeles area. “Pearl loved going to work each day,” said Bill Bordy. “Despite what some considered her ...

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Sierra Madre Playhouse Wins Grant

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The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation has bestowed a $15,000 grant on Sierra Madre Playhouse in support of its upcoming production, Thomas Gibbons’ Bee-luther-hatchee.  The Sierra Madre Playhouse is one of four Los Angeles and Seattle area theaters newly designated as a grantee and is the only intimate theater to be so awarded. According to the Foundation, its “theater enrichment work fosters the art ...

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Burt Young’s Last Vig? Not Quite

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Walking in at the tail end of rehearsal to interview Academy Award-nominated actor Burt Young (Rocky, Chinatown, The Pope of Greenwich Village), starring this month in The Last Vig, a new comedy by David Varriale at the Zephyr Theatre, was like stepping into my dad’s old social club where many a film, tv and music star, played and lost at poker at one time or ...

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Remembering Barbara Tarbuck

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The following is a letter to the press from Los Angeles publicist Philip Sokoloff: Actress, Director, and Teacher Barbara Tarbuck passed away at the age of 74 on December 26th, 2016, after suffering from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Her last work as a director was Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike  by Christopher Durang at the Edgemar Center for the Arts. The Cast is so grateful ...

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Theater-Makers To Become Activists

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On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the last day of the National Month of Outrage: Theatre Artists Unite, Artists Rise Up Los Angeles (ARULA) will stage, E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One, a collection of short plays and scenes, music, dance, spoken word, art installations, photography and multi-media presentations at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood at 7pm. The one night only benefit performance, ...

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StageCrafts Keeps Studio/Stage Open

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In a year when the Colony Theatre suspended its regular season and  the Courts agreed to dismiss the lawsuit brought against Actors’ Equity,  it is good news indeed to have Studio/Stage continue be a theatrical space in Los Angeles.  The venue, previously managed by Bill Sterritt, will be taken over by theater-couple Gregory Crafts and Jenn Scuderi Crafts under their newly launched venue management firm ...

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Most-Read Footlights Stories of 2016

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Although 2016 theater news in Los Angeles was dominated by the battle over the elimination or preservation of the 99-Seat Plan, there were other stories that captured Footlights  readers’ attention as well.  Here are the 10 most-read pieces of 2016, along with their opening paragraphs.  There’s a mix of both aggregated coverage and original insights.  The list gives some indication of what theater-goers found most ...

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