Tag Archives: theater culture

Should Critics Expect a Plus-One Ticket?

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The Telegraph: Critics have a job to perform at the theater: to help the public understand where to spend hard earned dollars and precious time.  Of course, it never hurts to have a little fun on the job and critics often invite a friend to accompany them to the office on the theater’s dime.  The Artistic Director of Britain’s National Theatre, Rufus Norris, is changing ...

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Advancing Theatre

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For ten years, FootLights has been trumpeting the merits of Los Angeles Intimate Theatre. Innovative work, intimate, powerful, the vision of the new American Theatre….and the value of theatre is boundless. While FootLights is no longer a lone voice in the wilderness on this topic, there are a few obstacles that have yet to be overcome. We live in a region, which if we include ...

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‘This Week in Shakespeare’ Hits 100 Episodes

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This Week in Shakespeare, the weekly video series created by bicoastal actors Liza de Weerd and Brian Weiss, hit a major milestone this week by posting its 100th episode.  To mark this special occasion, de Weerd and Weiss chose married actors Kitty Swink and Armin Shimerman as the epsisode’s subjects.  Shimerman, best known for originating the role of popular Ferengi character Quark in the Star ...

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Theater and Misogyny

Writer Holly Harper asks a very simple question: Theatre is about acceptance, so why can’t women be accepted?

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A Modern Union

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Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States, is getting ready for its annual elections. Out of fifty thousand members, the hope is to get ten thousand members to participate. Should that effort succeed, the result would be a significant increase over the number of votes cast in 2015. And 2015 was actually a spike year in ...

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Working Black Actor Talks Inequality

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Vox:  A powerful piece by a Chicago-based black actor who relates what it’s like to be a black actor in both film and theater. So when we yell #OscarsSoWhite, I stand here thinking, “So is the rest of the industry.” The inequality starts from the bottom and works its way to the top until it becomes fully institutionalized.

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Writing For LA Theatre-Land

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During a ’shoot from the hip’ L.A. theatre chat, TV writers (also producer & director respectively), David Castro (Married with Children, Bobby’s World, HBO) and Stan Zimmerman (The Golden Girls, Roseanne, Gilmore Girls) opened up about what it’s been like writing for stage after having lengthy and successful careers in network television. For David, theatre has been a life-long passion since attending Broadway matinees as a ...

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Not in Our Theatre: The Fight Against Sexual Harassment

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American Theatre – The Chicago advocacy organization Not in Our House (NIOH) joins theatres across the country in combatting sexual harassment. “The theatrical unions’ and guilds’ existing processes for addressing this kind of unacceptable behavior are inadequate. There is a sense that the response from unions and theatres has been non-existent or insufficient. In addition, the unions and guilds take the position that if an ...

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Is “Fringe” a Pejorative Term?

The Stage: With people beginning to plan for the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival, this article from London is an interesting conversation starter.  West End director, Phil Willmott, worries that publications have decided that “Fringe” means, well, fringe.  Couple this with a loss of theater critics who could properly vet the theater scene for the general public and he claims there is now a situation where ...

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Daddy Long Legs Live Stream Makes Theatre History

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Playbill: The Off-Broadway musical Daddy Long Legs made theatre history December 10 by being the first-ever Off-Broadway performance to be broadcast online to the world for free. The broadcast was seen in 135 countries worldwide, by over 150,000 people. According to press representatives, “the total viewing audience is equivalent to 2.7 years of sold out audiences in the Davenport Theatre and 10.4 weeks of sold ...

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