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A Classic Tradition

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In the Oxford Dictionary, the first definition of the noun, “classic,” is classic (noun): A work of art of recognized and established value. The inclusion of the words “of art,” however, makes this definition unnecessarily narrow.  Here’s a better one: classic (noun): A work of recognized and established value. It’s necessary to widen the definition because works of science can also be classics.  Examples include ...

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John Pollono, Ambi-Coastal Writer

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There are likely few new playwrights today who have more experience with both Los Angeles and New York theater than John Pollono. His raw and dark comedy, Small Engine Repair, was originally staged in Los Angeles by Rogue Machine Theatre in 2011 to great commercial and critical success before making the jump to the Off-Broadway MCC Theater in 2013. And while Small Engine Repair was ...

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Los Angeles County Supervisors Seek to Formally Improve Diversity in the Arts

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SUBSTITUTE MOTION BY SUPERVISORS HILDA L. SOLIS AND MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS NOVEMBER 10, 2015 Improving Leadership, Work Force, Programming and Audience Diversity in Los Angeles County Cultural Institutions As the County of Los Angeles (County) is recognized around the world as a leader in the performing and visual arts, its Arts Commission should be at the forefront of encouraging a constructive County-wide conversation about ways to ...

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It’s Our Birthday, Let’s Celebrate!

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FootLights is now ten years old. It started as a dream. The dream was to create a publication that would serve Los Angeles the way Playbill serves New York. A simple idea, hell, how hard could it be? Now ten years later, that question, that idea, has led to a magazine that serves a significant part of the Los Angeles intimate theatre scene. In those ...

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A.R. Gurney on American Theater

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A.R. Gurney, the prolific playwright of such titles as Sylvia, The Dining Room, and, of course, Love Letters, turns 85 today.  We celebrate the day with these two insightful clips from 2000 where he discusses Broadway and the future of American Theater.  For Gurney’s more recent thoughts, including those on his latest play, Love & Money, which just had its World Premiere this summer at ...

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Fan Disrupts First Preview of Thérèse Raquin

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Playbill.com: The first preview of Broadway’s Thérèse Raquin Oct. 1 was disrupted when a fan in the mezzanine began shouting his love for leading lady Keira Knightley, and attempted to propose marriage before he was escorted out by security. “Never a dull moment on 54th Street!” http://bit.ly/1OehELq

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Audience Member Seeks Relief Backstage During Performance

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Playbill: Oh No She Didn’t! There are many kinds of actor nightmares, but this looks like a new one. An intoxicated audience member climbed onto the stage of the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA,  in the middle of Tina McCoy and Cal Chandler’s onstage duet “Alleluia” during an actual performance of The Fix, and exited through a door on the set seeking a restroom. http://bit.ly/1WAB6UT

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When the Audience Phones It In

Why are you here? This is not one of the metaphysical questions Gauguin painted.  It is a very direct question.  You are, after all, seated in a theater and waiting for the show to begin. So. Back to the question: Why are you here? Is it because you know someone in the show?  A roommate?  A friend?  Perhaps your orientationally-appropriate partner wanted to see this ...

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