Tag Archives: review

Labor Day for Artists

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There is much in the news these days about how artists, and the personnel infrastructure supporting the artists, need to be appropriately compensated.  Los Angeles theater, of course, has become ground-zero for some of this debate.  Despite claims to the contrary, you’d be hard-pressed to find a stage actor in L.A. who wouldn’t like to be more appropriately compensated.  The issue is defining the term ...

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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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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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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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$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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