Editor’s Desk

The Madres at the Skylight

The curtain was down, this performance of The Madres was over.  It had been a small house, maybe 30 people.  Yet, the impact of the show had been so profound that the audience failed to comply with the current trend of giving a rousing standing ovation.  Instead, some continued to sit in their seats, catching their breath, a few were crying, and I walked out ...

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Theatre Is a Part of Community!

There is no short supply of great theatre in Los Angeles. Better than great, brilliant! Earth shaking, soul transforming, awe inspiring theatre! I’m not just talking about Hamilton. Nor is it limited to The Center Theatre Group, The Geffen, or the other regional theaters here is southern California. Los Angeles is home to somewhere around 300 intimate theatre companies. And while many of these produce ...

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Selling Theatre to the Community

An Abundance of Art There is no short supply of great theatre in Los Angeles. Better than great, brilliant! Earth shaking, soul transforming, awe inspiring theatre! I’m not just talking about Hamilton. Nor is it limited to The Center Theatre Group, The Geffen, or the other regional theaters here is southern California. Los Angeles is home to somewhere around 300 intimate theatre companies. And while ...

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Challenge of the Ages

When my grandfather Norman T. Finlayson was born, his hometown of Dundas, Ontario, did not yet have electric lighting. In fact, the notion of electrifying a city, let alone homes, was brand new.  In the eighth grade, my grandfather stopped his formal education school, so he could get a job at a machine shop. He started as the janitor. Nearly 70 years later, he retired ...

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Campfire Democracy

The carcass of a wild pig is roasting on a spit over an open fire. Surrounding the fire are the men, women, and children who hope to soon partake of the feast promised by the scents wafting from the drippings falling onto the flames. As the sunset pales and is overcome by the star-filled night sky, the determination of portion and priority must now be ...

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Reaching the Audience

Just recently, I went to Rogue Machine’s production of Loraine Hansberrys’ Les Blancs. An evening of exemplary theatre. Profound, evocative, well-conceived and beautifully presented. At the same time, barely a mile away, the Fountain Theatre continues to challenge audiences with their newest production, Building the Wall, and further sheds light on just how valuable intimate theatre can be and why it should be treated with ...

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Give AEA a Raise

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What’s the difference between the Internal Revenue Service and Actors Equity Association? One is a callous, far-flung bureaucracy that wants more of your money – and the other collects taxes. Ba-DUH-bump! But seriously, folks… The people on West 46th who have such strict and pristine ideas about what makes for acceptable theater in Los Angeles (hint: musical$, revue$ and revival$) have decided their hard work ...

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Update – NMI needs your help!

Last night, I got a chance to see a new documentary, Love 99.  Yes, it was about the conflict we have endured with AEA, and it was a great reminder that the fight is still in front of us. With more than 200 people in attendance, it was easy to see that the warriors are still ready to stand and do battle. To that end, ...

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LA Theatre, Still Under Siege!

As the intimate theatre scene in Los Angeles is looking to stabilize itself, when in December Actors Equity Association, the national union for stage actors and stage managers, implemented a change in the use of its members by intimate theatres in Los Angeles.  Despite the fact that the change had been put to a vote among members and was overwhelmingly defeated by a 2 to ...

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What’s a Good Show to See?

Seldom does a day go by that someone doesn’t ask me, “Are there any good plays going on right now? What should I go see?” I guess being the publisher of a theatre magazine supposedly gives me some authority. Now I’m more than happy to share what I’ve seen, but really, how do I know what you might like? How do I know what will ...

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