The LemonMeter

Top Rated Shows by Critics

Sweet 100%
tarzan
Sweet 100%
to kill a mockingbird
Sweet 100%
the trouble we come from
Sweet 100%
hairspray
Sweet 100%
green grow the lilacs
Sweet 100%
august: osage county
Sweet 100%
bare naked angels: angels unaba...
Sweet 100%
the homecoming
Sweet 97%
green day’s american idiot
Sweet 95%
oedipus machina
Sweet 93%
astro boy and the god of comics
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The LemonHeadMeter

Top Rated Shows by Audience

Sweet 100%
off book
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Shows Opening

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7/30/15
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8/1/15
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8/2/15
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8/7/15
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8/8/15
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8/13/15
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8/14/15
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8/15/15
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8/19/15
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8/20/15
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Shows Closing

Sweet 91%
7/31/15
Sweet 93%
8/1/15
No Score Yet
8/1/15
No Score Yet
8/1/15
Sweet 97%
8/2/15
Sweet 88%
8/2/15
Sweet 95%
8/2/15
Bitter 37%
8/2/15
Bitter sweet 66%
8/2/15
No Score Yet
8/6/15
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Friday

Depression: got. And then what? read more
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The Bitter Lemons Imperative Remains Open for Business

In business only 3 months. 40 reviews published so far. A couple more in the chute. All paid for by the companies making the theater. All the critics doing the hard work being paid a reasonable wage for that hard work. Steven Stanley being hailed as the bastion of Los Angeles Theater Criticism by the Torch and Pitchfork crowd (if that just raised some hackles on the back of your neck then yes that's you). International controversy. Armageddon. So far so good. read more
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What to See in Los Angeles Theater: Your Weekly LemonMeter Update

Here's your weekly travel guide to what's getting the best reviews in Los Angeles Theater, LemonHeads. We're pulling these shows write off our LemonMeter wire and you might want to take a gander at it as you make your weekend theater-going plans. read more
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New Ashton Marcus SoCal Theater Podcasts: Madness! Murder! Mayhem!, Without Annette, Singing in the Rain, Phantom of the Opera and Heir Apparent

Newest podcasts from Ashton Marcus include Madness! Murder! Mayhem!, Pantages Phantom of the Opera, Theatre West's Without Annette and Musical Theatre West's Singing in the Rain read more
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Can I Get a Translator?

Just need a little help on this review's headline from Jennifer K. Hugus over at Los Angeles Beat. I feel sorry for this particular writer's Thesaurus, because after something like this there's no way it could have survived and clearly it must've either been put down or retired. read more
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STOP THE PLAY - I WANT A NEW DIRECTOR - by Ezra Buzzington

About 400 years ago I was asked to play the role of "Cocky" in a production of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse's "The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd". Well, not so much asked, really, as asked to replace the guy who had booked the gig before me after he demurred his way out of the gig. Wisely, as it turned out. His reasons for leaving the show went unstated but when I stopped by his Hollywood bungalow to get the script the look of concern in his darkening eyes indicated to me a warning I should have heeded. But, I was young. Younger. Old enough to know better. Fuck it. I needed the gig. read more
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An Open Letter to American Theatre Magazine - by Ernest Kearney

Ernest Kearney takes issue with American Theatre's "slipshod" coverage of the Bitter Lemons' Critics' Panel at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival and explains why. read more
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What to See in Los Angeles Theater: Your Weekly LemonMeter Update

Your Weekly LemonMeter Update, to help your make your theater plans this weekend. read more
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Caution: Live Audience in Attendance, Keep Hands and Feet Away from the Fourth Wall

I'm thinking of starting a new Rotten Fruits and Vegetables Farm and sell the produce to the theaters to have them ready in the lobby when the audience comes in. It'll keep their grubby hands away from their cell phones at least. Let's bring that back, huh? read more
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The Perilous Vocation of the Critic

According to reports from Manchester, the Turner Prize winning artist Douglas Gordon has taken revenge against the poor reviews for Neck of the Woods that he's currently directed as part of the Manchester International Festival by taking a pick-axe, used as a prop in the play, to the walls of the brand-new £25m theatre where it is being staged, and then added graffiti to the damaged wall by dating and signing it. read more
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Phantoms

A pretentious show can ruin more than just your whole goddamn life. It can spoil your ride home. read more
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Pay What You Decide

Here's a new Guardian first person take from Annabel Turpin, leader of Britain's ARC Stockton company. She talks about what happened when they instituted this new model where the audience decides what to pay after seeing the show. read more
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Hoyt on the 99 Seat Lull: "Time Rarely Favors an Insurgency"

I have to agree with Hoyt Hilsman's take on the lull that's been going on these last few months concerning the LA Theater vs. Actors' Equity clash. Equity appears to be winning. read more
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