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 .

Art Shulman

In the theatre world, there are many big moments, moments when the culture of theatre takes notice. Benchmarks, accomplishments if you will, that become the fodder of legend. It may be the sheer number of production of a given show (The Fantasticks), ovations for a particular performance (Ray Bolger’s Performance in Where’s Charley?), or the number of shows a playwright may have running at the ...

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Another Theatre, Another Show

Imagine if you will, millenniums ago, some simian-like human garnering his associates attention, showing him how the stick in hand was used to overcome a fierce opponent. In that single inspired moment, traditions were born – and several great trades as well: playwright, actor, producer and huckster. These have all grown together hand-in-hand, and with each new moment, opportunity was and is seized to make a bigger show, a better ...

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LA: Theatre Town

If you have to ask the question, Is LA a Theatre Town?, then you’ve not been to LA. As a city we mount more live stage productions then any other city anywhere in the world. Yes, more then NY, more then Chicago, more then London, More then anyone anywhere else. The conversation should be, why don’t we stop worrying about whether or not we are ...

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In the ancient world…

In the ancient world, at least the ancient western world, scribes recorded the passing of days, the wars, business, affairs of the heart and any other subject deemed important to those is power. As with all things in nature, those that wrote well grew in fame and those that wanted to be famous tried harder. Narratives turned into poetry and poetry was performed. Put poetry ...

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A Secret

Psst, don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret. Los Angeles is one of the most vibrant Theatre communities in the world. Yes, it’s true; there are dozens of productions that open every weekend. Some are splashed all over the media, with grand announcements and parties galore. But most open with little fanfare, only acknowledged with the sweat and tears of the producers, crew and cast who ...

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A Noise Within: Moving Stage Right

by Marshall Bissett In a town where the terms longevity, loyalty and consistency rarely spring to mind,  A NOISE WITHIN  is thriving while other theatre companies are wilting.  A Glendale cultural  landmark housed temporarily (for the past eighteen years) in the iconic Masonic Temple on Brand Boulevard, the company produces classic repertory theatre of exceptional quality.  The theatre is run in the style of the ...

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What is Live Theatre?

In a way, theatre may be one of the oldest institutions of Western Culture. Though occasionally interrupted by politics and moral trepidation, the art form has been on a continuum since the ancient Greeks. This is undoubtedly due to the fact that theatre embraces one of the key values that denote mankind from other species, a desire and ability to carry knowledge across generations. Theatre ...

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Who’s Got a Barn?

by Bonnie MacBird Stock market down?  Musicals up!  If you, like this writer, love musicals no matter how life is going – it turns out that Los Angeles is the city of golden abundance. Because of film and television, we have more Mickey Rooneys and Judy Garlands and their bands looking for “barns” than any other city on the planet.  More competition…more talent… and more ...

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Los Angeles and Our Theatre

Los Angeles Theatre is a vast and talented community. Much of what is presented on LA stages is new, inspiring and worthy of recognition. As the members of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle gather to honor and recognize the theatre community, let us recognize that the critic is an important element of that community.  Aside from helping drive audiences to shows, critics offer a ...

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Violence and Theatre

Recently at a symposium on theatre, Richard Montoya, of Culture Clash fame made a comment that readdressed a frequent question, “What is theatre?” With fervent passion Richard spoke of the drama that unfolds on our streets daily. This drama entails the energies spent by undirected, unfocused men and women posturing and combating in venues opportune to their cultures. With passions at times leading to death, ...

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