Editor’s Desk

Reaching the Audience

Just recently, I went to Rogue Machine’s production of Loraine Hansberrys’ Les Blancs. An evening of exemplary theatre. Profound, evocative, well-conceived and beautifully presented. At the same time, barely a mile away, the Fountain Theatre continues to challenge audiences with their newest production, Building the Wall, and further sheds light on just how valuable intimate theatre can be and why it should be treated with ...

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Give AEA a Raise

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What’s the difference between the Internal Revenue Service and Actors Equity Association? One is a callous, far-flung bureaucracy that wants more of your money – and the other collects taxes. Ba-DUH-bump! But seriously, folks… The people on West 46th who have such strict and pristine ideas about what makes for acceptable theater in Los Angeles (hint: musical$, revue$ and revival$) have decided their hard work ...

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Update – NMI needs your help!

Last night, I got a chance to see a new documentary, Love 99.  Yes, it was about the conflict we have endured with AEA, and it was a great reminder that the fight is still in front of us. With more than 200 people in attendance, it was easy to see that the warriors are still ready to stand and do battle. To that end, ...

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LA Theatre, Still Under Siege!

As the intimate theatre scene in Los Angeles is looking to stabilize itself, when in December Actors Equity Association, the national union for stage actors and stage managers, implemented a change in the use of its members by intimate theatres in Los Angeles.  Despite the fact that the change had been put to a vote among members and was overwhelmingly defeated by a 2 to ...

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What’s a Good Show to See?

Seldom does a day go by that someone doesn’t ask me, “Are there any good plays going on right now? What should I go see?” I guess being the publisher of a theatre magazine supposedly gives me some authority. Now I’m more than happy to share what I’ve seen, but really, how do I know what you might like? How do I know what will ...

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Black Theatre Matters: A Dialogue

Black Theatre Matters: A Dialogue, took place on a Monday February 27th, at the Offices of Actors’ Equity Association in North Hollywood. An eminent group of African American artists: Robert Hook, Brent Jennings, Constance Jewell Lopez, Yvette Carson, Gilbert Glenn Brown. Eric B. Anthony and Wren Brown spoke to a series of questions posed be the moderator, Kim Estes. What became readily apparent, was there ...

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After The Battle

Last December, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) imposed a new plan regarding the use of its members for productions in intimate theatres in Los Angeles County. A two-year battle between AEA and its members, as well as most of the producers of small theatre, was brought to at least a temporary conclusion with the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by AEA members against the union. Even ...

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Antaeus is Ready!

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The seats are about to be filled. Antaeus Theatre Company is ready to occupy their new home: the Kiki and David Gindler Performing Arts Center located at 110 E. Broadway in Glendale. John Sloan, co-Artistic Director, recently gave a sneak peek tour to members of the press. The facility is a beautifully finished two stage complex that is far more fitting for this ambitious company ...

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Is It Enough?

Recently, I had the privilege to see a performance of Zoot Suit, the revival at the Mark Taper Forum. While I often speak of theatre as an important tool of cultural consciousness, I also look forward to being entertained when I see a play.  And I can unabashedly say that both my wife Michelle and I both loved the show. Charles McNulty of the L.A. ...

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Ojai Playwrights Conference and Gala

A pinch of words, a drop of insight, a shadow of a doubt, a dust of vision, lots of maybes, countless hopes and endless sentiments. You have the ethereal mist that makes up the alchemy of theatre. It’s magical, because there is no formula that creates great theatre, there’s just dreams. It is most often the right moment with the right people all perfectly stirred ...

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