Editor’s Desk

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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Another Theatre, Another Show

Imagine if you will, millenniums ago, some simian-like human garnering his associates attention, showing him how the stick in hand was used to overcome a fierce opponent. In that single inspired moment, traditions were born – and several great trades as well: playwright, actor, producer and huckster. These have all grown together hand-in-hand, and with each new moment, opportunity was and is seized to make a bigger show, a better ...

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LA: Theatre Town

If you have to ask the question, Is LA a Theatre Town?, then you’ve not been to LA. As a city we mount more live stage productions then any other city anywhere in the world. Yes, more then NY, more then Chicago, more then London, More then anyone anywhere else. The conversation should be, why don’t we stop worrying about whether or not we are ...

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In the ancient world…

In the ancient world, at least the ancient western world, scribes recorded the passing of days, the wars, business, affairs of the heart and any other subject deemed important to those is power. As with all things in nature, those that wrote well grew in fame and those that wanted to be famous tried harder. Narratives turned into poetry and poetry was performed. Put poetry ...

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A Secret

Psst, don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret. Los Angeles is one of the most vibrant Theatre communities in the world. Yes, it’s true; there are dozens of productions that open every weekend. Some are splashed all over the media, with grand announcements and parties galore. But most open with little fanfare, only acknowledged with the sweat and tears of the producers, crew and cast who ...

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