Editor’s Desk

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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A Life with Purpose

Charles Dickens opens, A Tale of Two Cities, with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” the novel then goes on giving us a feel for living with purpose through the French Revolution. I bring this up because the same can be said of today. We live in a world so full of marvel, so full of opportunity that it ...

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Theatre Keeps Us Human

Why is theatre such a different experience than going to a movie? After all, it’s ostensibly the same genre. It certainly has the same elements and many of the artists move easily between the two. Perhaps it has more to do with expectations than it does with the art itself. At it’s very core, going to see a play is a personal experience. It’s a ...

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The End of Each Year Brings a Time of Reflection

The end of each year brings a time of reflection. How was our year, what did we accomplish, where did we fail, and what can we change to better ourselves and our place in the world? We look back not just at the recent past, but also at the totality of our history. In the same way, we can ponder the nature of theatre. All ...

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To Judge or To Be

Theatre, for centuries, answered a vast range of needs; entertainment, diversion, allegory, parable, history, spectacle and moral lessons. Mixed in there were healthy doses of variety acts, burlesque, farce and vulgar demonstration. This was all carried out at centralized locations, on some schedule that was convenient to audience and artist alike. But society has changed. In a fashion, theatre has become marginalized. Today the meaningless ...

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Refresh

For quite some time, we at FootLights have been trying to find a way to help you, the audience, find shows. From the start we wanted to bring to light the vast opportunities that local theatre has to offer. Every weekend, new shows open. Every week new gems appear and struggle to find an audience. Until now, you’ve either gone to ads in our programs, ...

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Theatre and Democracy

Every four years America engages in a great community exercise – the national election. In its inception, we can presume that the purpose of this election was to give the varied and often disparate ideas of American citizens a cohesive voice through a representative process. The results of the election would supposedly reflect the general good of the nation. It didn’t quite work out that ...

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