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Most-Read Footlights Stories of 2016

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Although 2016 theater news in Los Angeles was dominated by the battle over the elimination or preservation of the 99-Seat Plan, there were other stories that captured Footlights  readers’ attention as well.  Here are the 10 most-read pieces of 2016, along with their opening paragraphs.  There’s a mix of both aggregated coverage and original insights.  The list gives some indication of what theater-goers found most ...

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Updated: Lauded L.A. Theater in 2016

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Local writers are reflecting on the best that appeared on Los Angeles stages, both large and small, the previous 365 days.  Turns out there was a lot: L.A. Times Theater Critic Charles McNulty’s list focused nearly exclusively on the larger stages but Orson Bean’s storytelling at the Pacific Resident Theatre made the list as well. Dany Margolies‘s list at Time Out includes the highly lauded ...

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KCRW Drama Critic Byrnes’ Best of 2015 Theater

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Radio station KCRW’s theater critic, Anthony Byrnes reflects on five productions that most moved him in 2015. Man Covets Bird at 24th Street Theater Children’s theater? Yes.  Well, sort of.  No . . . just wonderful theater that could enchant a child and move an adult to tears.  The only tragedy of 24th Street Theater’s productions is that there aren’t more of them and they ...

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Huffington Post’s Brad Schreiber’s Views on Best of 2015 Theater

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Huffington Post writer Brad Schreiber gives his 10 best theater productions in Los Angeles for the year 2015.  Both the Geffen Playhouse and the Fountain Theatre score twice on his list.

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Year in Review According to All the Critics

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Bitter Lemons:  As a site that aggregates reviews of Los Angeles theater, Bitter Lemons offers a unique perspective in what was the most compelling – or at least the most enthusiastically reviewed – shows of 2015.  As far as where to go for theater in 2016?  One place to start might be those companies with the best rated seasons of 2015: 1) Zombie Joe’s Underground ...

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LA Weekly’s Bold Five of 2015

LA Weekly’s Bill Raden wants theater not just to be beautiful.  He wants it bold: And while 2015 offered its share of scintillating Los Angeles stage riches, to this temperamental observer it proved all too typical in one troubling respect: the continuing timidity of L.A. companies when it comes to tackling new plays. New work rooted in the community and the risk-taking producers that present ...

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LA Theater Critic Bob Verini’s Best of 2015 Theater

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Time Out:  Long time critic Bob Verini gives his assessment of LA theater in 2015. …a lot of first-class work managed to find its way to LA’s stages… the kind of ambitious, sometimes funky, risk-taking entertainment that regularly graces our vibrant, yet perennially underappreciated, theater scene.  

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LA Times Drama Critic McNulty’s Best of 2015 Theater

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LA Times: Charles McNulty reflects on the theater highlights of 2015. Fun Home and Hamilton:  These musicals, both of which began at the Public Theater, have brought new currency to an art form too long enthralled to dopey movie adaptations and jukebox nostalgia.

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