Editor’s Desk

THAT Time of Year!

Here we are once again, THAT time of year! The decorations are going up, the sales signs are out, and the maniacal rush to stuff ourselves physically, drain ourselves fiscally while trying to develop a touch of humanity, are all under way. So cynicism aside, just for a moment, let’s reflects on what the season means. As the winter solstice nears, the world prepares for ...

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President John F. Kennedy said…

President John F. Kennedy said “I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” In the 60’s and 70’s this message was taken to heart, many ...

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Once upon a time, Not so long ago

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a presumption that humanity was so vastly superior to all other species that inhabit this planet that we obviously had the right of rule and should dominate over all that we could see. Now we know that what we used to believe were unique qualities of humankind—tools, communication, social structure and abstract thinking—are not so ...

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What if we asked “What If?”

Let’s begin with the assertion that we at this publication passionately support the art of Theatre. We continually cry out, “If you are a patron, continue to support theatre, go to as many shows as you care to see, and if you have money or time to spare, donate. There is no better forum for grappling with social issues than theatre. There is no more ...

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Sometimes we need a Tomato

There’s a trend moving across the nation. It’s been noted in theatres from New York to Los Angeles.  It’s pernicious and growing and now needs to be addressed so that a halt can be brought to this outlandish practice.  No, it’s not the smuggling of food and drink into theatres, though there is something to be said on that subject. And it is not the ...

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For several months…

For several months, the news-media has been consumed by the Charlie Sheen story. Don’t leave yet, this really is about theatre – We, the theatre community have our own version.  It’s Spiderman, Turn Off the Dark. Three months into previews, nine years after inception, $65 million spent, and now a new creative team is being brought in to re-tool and re-present previews in the spring! ...

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Every now and then…

Every now and then it’s good to reflect upon the merits of Theatre. Theatre is an art form almost universal to mankind. Regardless of culture, there is some form of public demonstration that is ritualized and offered as insight or lesson to the audience. The methodology can vary. For some it’s shamanic oral tradition, for some it’s dance, and for Western culture (a rather broad ...

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The Pomp of Theatre

The other day, while extolling the virtues of Los Angeles theatre, the conversation turned to the pomp of theatre, the wave of anticipation and excitement that comes upon entering the edifice prior to performance. As was pointed out in this conversation, walking into the Pantages provides an entirely different feeling from entering one of the hundreds of intimate theatres in Los Angeles. It was a ...

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Comfy? Is your seat ok? Got water?

Comfy? Is your seat ok? Got water? Ready to be transported, transformed, enlightened? That’s why you’re here, right? Boy, those are a lot of questions. But then, isn’t that what we do at the end of each year, ask questions? Take an inventory of our lives and try to figure out if we’ve added something to life or did we leave a deficit and take ...

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Theatre is about entertainment

Theatre is about entertainment. Theatre is about insight. Theatre is the art form that transcends cultural barriers and reaches out to humanity in a vital form. An institution so old, in many ways it can be argued that theatre is what defines culture. Despite what theatre is, theatre is not permanent. As an art form, it is fluid and transformational. As an institution, it is ...

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