Editor’s Desk

Comfy? Is your seat ok? Got water?

Comfy? Is your seat ok? Got water? Ready to be transported, transformed, enlightened? That’s why you’re here, right? Boy, those are a lot of questions. But then, isn’t that what we do at the end of each year, ask questions? Take an inventory of our lives and try to figure out if we’ve added something to life or did we leave a deficit and take ...

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Theatre is about entertainment

Theatre is about entertainment. Theatre is about insight. Theatre is the art form that transcends cultural barriers and reaches out to humanity in a vital form. An institution so old, in many ways it can be argued that theatre is what defines culture. Despite what theatre is, theatre is not permanent. As an art form, it is fluid and transformational. As an institution, it is ...

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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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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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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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When Thomas Alva Edison…

When Thomas Alva Edison developed the first film studio (yes, it was Edison), it became quickly apparent that just having the technology to project a moving image was not sufficient to sustain an audience. A story was needed. Everybody wanted to see the picture move, but to get them to put another nickel into the nickelodeon, there had to be a reason to come back. ...

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