Tag Archives: Anthony Byrnes

Updated: Lauded L.A. Theater in 2016

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Local writers are reflecting on the best that appeared on Los Angeles stages, both large and small, the previous 365 days.  Turns out there was a lot: L.A. Times Theater Critic Charles McNulty’s list focused nearly exclusively on the larger stages but Orson Bean’s storytelling at the Pacific Resident Theatre made the list as well. Dany Margolies‘s list at Time Out includes the highly lauded ...

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UPDATED: L.A. Writers Comment on The End

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With the clock winding down on the Settlement Agreement that was first set up in 1989, L.A. intimate theater is about to face new rules from Actors’ Equity. Needless to say, several L.A. writers didn’t let the moment go unnoticed. LA Stage Alliance Executive Director and Stage Raw Magazine Publisher Steven Leigh Morris penned a column to the L.A. theater community. Long time KCRW critic ...

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UPDATED: LA v Equity enters Act III

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It’s been 2 years since this story began: After a Prologue of ReImagine LA activity, followed by Equity engagement with the  Los Angeles theater community via survey, focus groups, and town hall meetings, Act I opened in February 2015 dramatically:  Equity’s dropping of a “Promulgated Plan” onto Los Angeles and the announcement that the 99-Seat Plan would be terminated. Act I consisted of phone banking, ...

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Product Review: Actors’ Equity Launches New Website

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Actors’ Equity has launched a new website, equityworksla.com.  I wondered why a new website?  After all, Equity already has a website and anyone in IT will tell you that maintaining a single website is easier and more efficient than two.  The domain name was registered on May 18, 2015 – two days before voting ended in Equity’s national election.  In other words, the domain was ...

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Anthony Byrnes: Is LA a Canary in a Coal Mine?

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Los Angeles-based theater critic and essayist, Anthony Byrnes, provides a succinct summary of the present situation between the LA theater community and Actors’ Equity.   As Byrnes emphasizes, the situation seems to continually cycle back to issues that neither the 1980s settlement (in favor of the LA actors) nor the 99-Seat Plan elimination last year (Equity’s initiative) fully resolved. Act I of the latest drama ...

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Geography and LA Theater

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KCRW’s Anthony Byrnes asks the simple question: What if theaters came to you rather than you went to theaters? After all, if theaters in Los Angeles are looking to cost-share and broaden their audience by partnering with theaters in New York, why not partner up with other theaters in Los Angeles? I once told someone, who lived in the Palisades, to go see a fantastic ...

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Rogue Moves

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KCRW:  It’s been widely known for a few weeks now that the much-feted Rogue Machine Theatre company was moving from the only home it has had since its founding in 2008.  Critic Anthony Byrnes reflects on this and points out that place is indelibly part of production and that theater is indeed part of theatre. Beyond Rogue Machine’s move there’s a lot of shifting real ...

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KCRW Drama Critic Byrnes’ Best of 2015 Theater

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Radio station KCRW’s theater critic, Anthony Byrnes reflects on five productions that most moved him in 2015. Man Covets Bird at 24th Street Theater Children’s theater? Yes.  Well, sort of.  No . . . just wonderful theater that could enchant a child and move an adult to tears.  The only tragedy of 24th Street Theater’s productions is that there aren’t more of them and they ...

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Stage Raw’s 2nd Symposium: “Funding Arts Journalism”

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Stage Raw: These are tumultuous days for the theater community in Los Angeles, but one thing is for sure: There has never been a better time for the community to draw together for the purposes of thought-provoking self-analysis.  Jenny Lower reports on Stage Raw’s second of three symposia: “Funding Arts Journalism.”  

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