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Pay Your Money, Take Your Chances

Pay your money! Is This Any Way to Run a Theatre Review Site? This year, Bitter Lemons’ annual critic’s panel wasn’t a discussion of the state of L.A. theatre criticism so much as a defense of the website’s controversial pay-for-review policy.  It’s a through-the-looking-glass reversal of long-accepted journalistic traditions. http://bit.ly/1FxqSsi

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Elephant On The Move

For the last sixteen years, The Lillian Theatre has been home to The Elephant Theatre Company, in addition to housing hundreds of other groups and companies, putting up multiple award winning World, West Coast, and Los Angeles Premieres, and gaining a reputation as one of the most sought after venues in Southern California.  Now that’s all going away. The Elephant Theatre Company is producing its ...

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It’s Challenging Being an Actor in L.A.

Being an Actor in a Town Full of Them. Union actor Wendy Worthington reflects on the underlying purpose of creating theater in Los Angeles, pursuing and acting career and how her union’s changes are challenging that purpose. http://bit.ly/1GaoiKa

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In For A Penny: A Little “Bitter”

San Francisco Theater Pub:  “My knowledge of the LA theatre scene isn’t as intimate of my knowledge of the Bay Area scene, so I’m forced to ask: Is Bitter Lemons so vital to the stability of the scene that it can make such demands? Seriously, I’m asking. “

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Is Paying for Reviews the New Journalism?

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Bitter Lemons, a theater website based in Los Angeles, has announced a new business model in which productions pay writers to review their productions.  Time Out’s David Cote Weighs in on paid reviews as the new journalism. http://bit.ly/1GgFc8Z

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“Matter / Doesn’t Matter”

Kevin Delin analyzes AEA logic through a theory of “matter / doesn’t matter” in the union’s treatment of Los Angeles theater. It turns out when “Matter” is exposed to “Doesn’t Matter,” the two will annihilate each other and release a tremendous amount of energy, usually in the form of political heat. http://bit.ly/1GMhMNp

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$150 Pay Scheme for Reviews Hurts L.A. Theatre

So you’re a theater having a hard time getting audiences. A new pay-for-play scheme under way by the ever-tempestuous L.A.-based theater website Bitter Lemons allows you to pay the website directly for a published review. http://bit.ly/1GHU44Q

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ATCA Response to Bitter Lemons Policy

The website Bitter Lemons now allows theaters to pay to be reviewed.  Speaking for the  American Theatre Critics Association (ATAC) chair Bill Hirschman had this to say… http://bit.ly/1Gah8FL

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How to Write About Theatre

How to Write About Theatre: Independent theatre criticism or payola? –  The Guardian Scotland writer Marc Fisher comments: Linking coverage to cash on the barrelhead can only serve to diminish the site’s credibility, and may well, in the long run, result in a diminished Bitter Lemons. http://bit.ly/1I0cZc6

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Actors’ Equity Formally Terminates 99-Seat Plan

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This is an email that went out to Equity members April 21, 2015: There has been an important conversation going on regarding the future of theater in L.A. Today, after receiving and considering months of feedback from members on all sides of the debate, Equity’s Council has taken several important steps to address many of the concerns expressed by members in Los Angeles. They have ...

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