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UPDATED: Pay-for-Play Auditions

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Last year, the new Bitter Lemons policy of “pay-for-play,” paying the publication to get them to send a reviewer, created a national debate on the practice – and near-universal condemnation.  (Bitter Lemons is again promoting a pay-for-play review system for the upcoming Hollywood Fringe Festival.) Now, the Hollywood Reporter reveals that a pay-for-play mentality is taking over Hollywood casting sessions. The arguments for this happening ...

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Stage Raw’s 2nd Symposium: “Funding Arts Journalism”

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Stage Raw: These are tumultuous days for the theater community in Los Angeles, but one thing is for sure: There has never been a better time for the community to draw together for the purposes of thought-provoking self-analysis.  Jenny Lower reports on Stage Raw’s second of three symposia: “Funding Arts Journalism.”  

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Pay Your Money, Take Your Chances

Pay your money! Is This Any Way to Run a Theatre Review Site? This year, Bitter Lemons’ annual critic’s panel wasn’t a discussion of the state of L.A. theatre criticism so much as a defense of the website’s controversial pay-for-review policy.  It’s a through-the-looking-glass reversal of long-accepted journalistic traditions. http://bit.ly/1FxqSsi

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In For A Penny: A Little “Bitter”

San Francisco Theater Pub:  “My knowledge of the LA theatre scene isn’t as intimate of my knowledge of the Bay Area scene, so I’m forced to ask: Is Bitter Lemons so vital to the stability of the scene that it can make such demands? Seriously, I’m asking. “

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Is Paying for Reviews the New Journalism?

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Bitter Lemons, a theater website based in Los Angeles, has announced a new business model in which productions pay writers to review their productions.  Time Out’s David Cote Weighs in on paid reviews as the new journalism. http://bit.ly/1GgFc8Z

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$150 Pay Scheme for Reviews Hurts L.A. Theatre

So you’re a theater having a hard time getting audiences. A new pay-for-play scheme under way by the ever-tempestuous L.A.-based theater website Bitter Lemons allows you to pay the website directly for a published review. http://bit.ly/1GHU44Q

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ATCA Response to Bitter Lemons Policy

The website Bitter Lemons now allows theaters to pay to be reviewed.  Speaking for the  American Theatre Critics Association (ATAC) chair Bill Hirschman had this to say… http://bit.ly/1Gah8FL

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How to Write About Theatre

How to Write About Theatre: Independent theatre criticism or payola? –  The Guardian Scotland writer Marc Fisher comments: Linking coverage to cash on the barrelhead can only serve to diminish the site’s credibility, and may well, in the long run, result in a diminished Bitter Lemons. http://bit.ly/1I0cZc6

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