Peter Finlayson

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Peter Finlayson is the Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-chief of FootLights magazine and footlight.click. While working on a prelaw program at the University of Michigan, he happily got involved with the theatre program. Much to his mother’s chagrin, law school never happened, but in a career spanning more than 4 decades, Peter has performed, directed or designed more than 150 productions. In his spare time, he is working on a new play. You can follow him on Twitter @Thtrdog .

Critics

Following a trend seen across the country, The LA Weekly recently downsized its space for theatre criticism.  Economic factors were noted up as the cause, but I think there’s more to it than that. I suspect it has more to do with audience reaction and interest – and I’d like to put that concept to a test. After all, what is a critic?  Elementally, it’s ...

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Brian Canup Remembered for Playhouse Work, Love of Theatre

by Brian Addison (Long Beach Playhouse Board Member) Brian Canup was more than just a large part of the Long Beach Playhouse, the face you would often see at the box office or on stage. He was this essential cog that challenged the term “theatre person” to a new definition and lifted the Playhouse, both in revenue and spirit—and his unexpected passing will be a ...

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The Best Gift

The best present . . . Each year, as I prepare to usher out the old and welcome in the new, (this is symbolic, not realistic on my part – ask my wife), I recount the past year and try to be thankful for what gifts I’ve been privileged to receive.  In my early youth, it was probably a bike, or a game …  or ...

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Finding an Audience

Recently I sat on a panel for the Producing School,  a project spearheaded by Mike Abramson of DOMA Productions and Schoen Smith of Venture Hill Entertainment.  There were about 25 people in attendance looking for insight into producing theatre in Los Angeles.  Some were fresh off the boat, and a few had some experience, but what all of them wanted to know was, how do ...

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Los Angeles: Theatre?

There’s a commonly held opinion, not just in LA, but around the country, that Los Angeles is not a theatre town.  Before we get a bunch of folks screaming at me for repeating this slanderous statement, let me make it perfectly clear,  I believe Los Angeles is not just a theatre town, but perhaps the most important center for theatre anywhere in the world. There ...

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What’s it all about?

I’ve got to get this out, I’ve been holding onto it for years, and the situation seems to be getting worse. What am I talking about? Audiences! For years, I have watched audiences at various events develop certain habits. One of the most egregious actions is the propensity of an increasing number of people to run out of a show, before the performance is over. ...

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Artist and Audiences

There are two unique groups that are required to have a thriving theatre community: the artists, and the audience.  These groups are not mutually exclusive, but each should respect their roles in the nurturing of theatre. Each has responsibilities that are unique and each should try to inhabit either the role of artist or the audience for every show they may touch. This is important ...

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The Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles

When I first came to Los Angeles, the Equity-Waiver plan was just being put in place. If you aren’t familiar with the history, it allowed for professional actors, those belonging to AEA (Actors Equity Association), to perform on stage for significantly less money than were quoted under normal contracts. In the intervening years, the plan has changed, the scope has been adjusted, and a lot ...

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Reprise Theatre

June 24, 2013, can be marked as a sad day for Los Angeles. The Reprise Theatre Company shuttered their doors and have left the building. In their sixteen year stint at locally producing Musical Theatre in Los Angeles, Reprise mounted dozens of amazing shows, and won numerous awards. The cause of their demise was an unsustainable financial plan. From their very first production, Reprise hoped ...

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Lee Melville

The Los Angeles Theatre scene is vast and at times disparate, there has been one voice which tried to bind the scene over the last four decades. That voice was Lee Melville. A writer, critic, director, actor, he lived and breathed theatre or his entire adult life. His presence is noted and his wisdom will be missed.

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