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LADCC 2016 Awards Recipients

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The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 48th annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre on Monday evening, March 20, at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. Four 2016 productions received plaques: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder at the Ahmanson Theatre; Cloud 9 at Antaeus Theatre Company; Disgraced at the Mark Taper Forum; and The Boy from Oz at Celebration ...

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2016 Ovation Awards: Nominations & Winners

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The 2016 Ovation Awards were held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in the Ahmanson Theatre.  The winners in each category are italicized and in red.  The evening’s host was Alexandra Billings. Best Season CELEBRATION THEATRE Bootycandy Dream Boy The Boy From Oz GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE Barcelona Big Sky Guards at the Taj In & Of Itself Outside Mullingar Sex with Strangers Stage Kiss These Paper Bullets! ...

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The Responsibility of the Artist

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If 2017 already seems a little grim, well, it’s likely because it is  a little grim.  A lot of the country is miserable over the outcome of the presidential election.  Or, more precisely, what is presently happening as a result of that election.  Examples of unprecedented behavior include: Election Numbers:  Donald Trump falsely claiming he won in a landslide. Social Media Channels:  Donald Trump using ...

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Burt Young’s Last Vig? Not Quite

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Walking in at the tail end of rehearsal to interview Academy Award-nominated actor Burt Young (Rocky, Chinatown, The Pope of Greenwich Village), starring this month in The Last Vig, a new comedy by David Varriale at the Zephyr Theatre, was like stepping into my dad’s old social club where many a film, tv and music star, played and lost at poker at one time or ...

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Remembering Barbara Tarbuck

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The following is a letter to the press from Los Angeles publicist Philip Sokoloff: Actress, Director, and Teacher Barbara Tarbuck passed away at the age of 74 on December 26th, 2016, after suffering from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Her last work as a director was Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike  by Christopher Durang at the Edgemar Center for the Arts. The Cast is so grateful ...

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Time To Rethink A Certain Reindeer Story

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It’s December and the ubiquitous holiday music – playing since mid-November – reminds us that Christmas is just around the corner.  I’ve always been troubled by one particular Christmas carol I first learned at the tender age of 4: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. You know the story, right? Young buck born with funny nose. Ostracized and bullied for it. Naturally, an extenuating circumstance (“one foggy ...

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Wendy Worthington’s Tour de Force

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Wendy Worthington is an actor, producer, and founding member of Neo Ensemble Theatre.  She joined Actors’ Equity Association only a few years ago.  Her motivation was to throw in with fellow Los Angeles actors protesting their union’s termination of the 99-Seat Plan – the vehicle which has fostered the development of intimate theater throughout Los Angeles.  Says Wendy: “I had come to Los Angeles to ...

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UPDATED: 99-Seat Plan to Equity Contract – The Data

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Footlights originally published this letter from actress and producer Vanessa Stewart on March 25, 2016. Vanessa has since updated her database making it even more accurate and a more valuable tool for the theater community. She explains her update in an addendum which follows her original letter below: I just spent about a year of researching 99-Seat productions that moved to contracts. And here’s what ...

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Equity Work Week Numbers by the Numbers

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Actors’ Equity Association has repeatedly expressed concern that the Los Angeles 99-Seat Plan has impeded paid opportunities for actors in the region. Equity President Kate Shindle made remarks along these lines in March of this year: …the idea that a mid-sized theater could open at this point, or even a smallish theater, could open at this point in Los Angeles when they had to compete ...

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UPDATED: Actor Abuse in Chicago’s Profiles Theatre

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The house lights are up on Profiles Theatre.  Way up.  In a recent in-depth expose, Chicago Reader informs its audience about the actor abuse that has taken place there for over 20 years: In her review, [Sun-Times critic Hedy] Weiss noted the bruises on the actors’ arms. “At one point, a female cast member is being brutally choked, then forced to give a makeshift blow ...

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