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 .

Mark Roberts

Footlights

Careers in show business are often seen as the “over night success” story. Pretty girl, cute guy walking down the street, stopped by super (producer, agent, director) and suddenly they’re stars. It’s the quintessential Hollywood success story. But in truth, careers in show business, like anywhere else, are made, and often over a long period of time. For Mark Roberts, the truth actually follows both ...

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What’s a Critic For?

California is blessed with a plethora of theatre. We have so much theatre that it is probably fair to say that it is literally impossible to see every play produced in Los Angeles or San Francisco. On the average, there are at lest eight shows that open each week in each city. By numbers alone, we are overwhelmed. So how do we decide what to ...

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Is Theater Serving Its Audience…

By Jason Rohrer According to Aristotle, theater is supposed to provide catharsis, a purging of negative emotion, resulting in a refreshed body and mind and, therefore, a more productive citizen. So when’s the last time you got all that out of a trip to the theater? In order to perform that valuable function, a play has to galvanize us, to make us think and feel ...

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All This!… For How Much?

Walking into a theatre is always an exciting experience. There’s the anticipation of seeing something new, or if it’s a show we know, seeing a new interpretation. There’s a feeling of comfort, a willingness to be open and be on the receiving end of entertainment, enlightenment and to some degree a sense of awe for the spectacle we are about to see. That’s what is ...

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Theatre… and Community

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a comment, which struck up a lively conversation, not just on Big Cheap, but on other sites as well.  And while all of the discussions were germane, the conversation very quickly moved to the old saw . . . is Los Angeles a theatre town? LA is absolutely a theatre town, there is more theatre produced here than ...

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Is a Discounted Ticket a Good Deal?

Here we are in the midst of another election cycle, and though some of the candidates may try to distract us with vague issues, the economy should remain our primary focus. When we take our eyes off the fact that we deep down, are still worried about the economy. The regurgitated social issues become scabs that we pick at, looking to make the opposition bleed ...

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Church and Theatre

Recently, a theatre company looking to enlist new members put out a promo piece which included all the usual attractions that a company offers to bring in new members. However there was one additional point, “build spiritual awareness”, which raised a cry in the theatre community . . . Is theatre church? Why is this even a question? Church is for worship – spiritual fellowship, ...

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Holiday

What does it mean… In my life time, the one in which I’ve been an actor/director/writer, the holidays have always been a bit trepidatious.   Outside of all the anxiety that is usually associated with the holiday season: the gifts, the family gatherings, the hustle of travel and decoration and overeating, and so on and so forth… there is that moment that comes each year for ...

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THAT Time of Year!

Here we are once again, THAT time of year! The decorations are going up, the sales signs are out, and the maniacal rush to stuff ourselves physically, drain ourselves fiscally while trying to develop a touch of humanity, are all under way. So cynicism aside, just for a moment, let’s reflects on what the season means. As the winter solstice nears, the world prepares for ...

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President John F. Kennedy said…

President John F. Kennedy said “I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” In the 60’s and 70’s this message was taken to heart, many ...

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