Editor’s Desk

The Best Gift

The best present . . . Each year, as I prepare to usher out the old and welcome in the new, (this is symbolic, not realistic on my part – ask my wife), I recount the past year and try to be thankful for what gifts I’ve been privileged to receive.  In my early youth, it was probably a bike, or a game …  or ...

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Finding an Audience

Recently I sat on a panel for the Producing School,  a project spearheaded by Mike Abramson of DOMA Productions and Schoen Smith of Venture Hill Entertainment.  There were about 25 people in attendance looking for insight into producing theatre in Los Angeles.  Some were fresh off the boat, and a few had some experience, but what all of them wanted to know was, how do ...

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Los Angeles: Theatre?

There’s a commonly held opinion, not just in LA, but around the country, that Los Angeles is not a theatre town.  Before we get a bunch of folks screaming at me for repeating this slanderous statement, let me make it perfectly clear,  I believe Los Angeles is not just a theatre town, but perhaps the most important center for theatre anywhere in the world. There ...

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What’s it all about?

I’ve got to get this out, I’ve been holding onto it for years, and the situation seems to be getting worse. What am I talking about? Audiences! For years, I have watched audiences at various events develop certain habits. One of the most egregious actions is the propensity of an increasing number of people to run out of a show, before the performance is over. ...

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Artist and Audiences

There are two unique groups that are required to have a thriving theatre community: the artists, and the audience.  These groups are not mutually exclusive, but each should respect their roles in the nurturing of theatre. Each has responsibilities that are unique and each should try to inhabit either the role of artist or the audience for every show they may touch. This is important ...

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The Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles

When I first came to Los Angeles, the Equity-Waiver plan was just being put in place. If you aren’t familiar with the history, it allowed for professional actors, those belonging to AEA (Actors Equity Association), to perform on stage for significantly less money than were quoted under normal contracts. In the intervening years, the plan has changed, the scope has been adjusted, and a lot ...

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Reprise Theatre

June 24, 2013, can be marked as a sad day for Los Angeles. The Reprise Theatre Company shuttered their doors and have left the building. In their sixteen year stint at locally producing Musical Theatre in Los Angeles, Reprise mounted dozens of amazing shows, and won numerous awards. The cause of their demise was an unsustainable financial plan. From their very first production, Reprise hoped ...

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Getting Real

I never fail to be excited about going to see a show. It doesn’t matter if I know the play, or if it’s a piece that’s brand new to me. My guess is that it’s my anticipation at traveling to new places and meeting new people. For that is a great part of theatre. And much like going on a vacation, my expectations are adjusted ...

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Defining the Temples

There is an interesting correlation reflecting the inverse health of the economy and the health of the intimate theatre community in Los Angeles. Mass media is all abuzz with news that property prices in Southern California are at the highest point in five years. Hurrah! Properties are for sale, and deals are being made for cash well above asking prices. Yet there is another part ...

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Theatre and Religion

Theatre and religion, two topics not to be discussed in polite company. No, wait, that’s politics and religion, but then that’s pretty much being redundant. Ok, here’s what we’re really talking about: theatre and religion are very similar institutions, and both have profound political clout. Amongst academics, there is an endless debate as to which came first, theatre or religion. Orthodox religiosity claims religion was ...

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