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An Odd Couple (With Tampons) : An Introduction to Heat Transfer

Unless you’re helplessly curmudgeonly, you most likely have a soft spot for coming-of-age narratives. This is reflected in the plethora of films, books, songs and plays that focus primarily on young people finding their way into adulthood. While finding pathos in this well-trodden genre can prove rather easy (we all can be somewhat nostalgic about this time in our lives), what is harder to evoke is an honest sense of humor on the subject. While Haley Jakobson’s new play An Introduction to Heat Transfer b...
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The Music and The Mirror: The Woman of the Hat

There is no Broadway production that better signified the end of the “conventional” song-and-dance musical than 1975’s A Chorus Line. It marked the end of an era where big, unabashed dance numbers could occur (in a musical) without being staged with willful denial, noticeable irony or at the very least, inherently self-aware intent.A Chorus Line used its self-awareness and its meta-theatricality to not only move the genre forward, but also celebrate what it had been. Much of Melissa R. Randel’...
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It's COW (Critique of the Week) Time Again Folks!

As the new LemonMeter editor, it has been my job to give you lovely readers a regularly occurring Critique of the Week (COW) and in keeping up with that I have been slacking.Forgive me.I’m getting this COW up in a timely manner though and you can expect the same of me in the future.In a week where I’ve been let down by a bunch of LA critics’ praises (Astro Boy at Sacred Fools was, as Colin already stated, just ok), my attention this week was drawn to Bob Veirini’s review for A Night with Jani...
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The Saturday Saying

“What’s on the technological horizon for live theater? Virtual reality versus actual reality. Why be there for a live experience when you can don you-are-there VR goggles at home? Watch a play or musical from the point of view of the audience, or walk around backstage, or be on stage with the actors as they perform. You are viewer and particpant. As dazzling as many of these technological advancements are, the smaller our world constricts, the more isolated we become, and the further away from live share...
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Is Live Theater About to Get a Tax Break?

Saw this on the Facebook wire from the very reliable Hettie Lynne Hurtes:Good news theatre folks! Live commercial theater from Broadway to LA is about to get a huge financial boost under a federal tax code change championed by Sen. Charles Schumer and such stars as Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston.Under a tax package that passed the House and is scheduled to be voted on in the Senate tomorrow, live theater would be given the same benefits that have long been afforded to TV and film. Says Shumer: It will help s...
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Top ten things that piss your director off

 You killed at your audition, you have a great reputation in the community. You’re in a kick-ass show.  Now how do you maintain this magic to make sure that you are moving forward in your acting career?  For sure, don’t piss off your director.  Hollywood is known for it’s good actors.  And believe me, your director can be one of them.  Behind many a smile, “No worries”, or “We’ll make it work” phrase, could be a determined decision to neve...
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How to "go green"

In theater, it seems no one wants to be called “Green”. Being called green means being viewed as new or inexperienced.  Although not specific to theater, the adjective is one most undesired to the stage actor. The idea of having to grow as an actor places a label of naïveté and the grants one the ultimate title of unsophistication. Being experienced and or seasoned is the desired status. As illogical as it may seem to the outsider, starting in a place of awareness, openness and...
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Felderstein's stage adaptation of "The Owl and The Pussycat" gushes with carnal creativity

What novelty can come from a play with a 52 year run, written in the 1960s by a television writer?   Without a doubt, The Owl and the Pussycat is a play doesn’t see much love nowadays. However, this adaptation of the mature production may prompt at least a little crush.  Whether Director Todd Felderstein’s undertaking of The Owl and The Pussycat is a labor of love or a fist in the air, he has managed to find some freshness in this rendition of the long-running comedy. &...
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Twenty reasons your stage fright is justified

Stage fright is unavoidable. Everyone gets it at some point of their acting experience. Here are 20 reasons why the next time you are presented with the opportunity to perform you should, instead, just run.1.) Everyone is going to laugh at you.  2.) You will forget all of your lines.  3.) You will throw up.4.) You forgot pants.  5.) You can’t breathe.6.) You’re a woman. Women can’t do things.  7.) Other people are better than you. 8.) Maybe you’re reall...
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Want to enjoy the Hollywood Fringe? Don't get Towed.

Parking can be a pain at any time in Hollywood and parking signs in LA are the worst. It can be especially difficult during events like the Hollywood Fringe Festival. A fantastic experience can quickly turn into one of your worst if you’ve left your car in the wrong place. Giving away money is not usually a favorite of anyone, Fringe follower or not.  Not being a native of Los Angeles, I was completely overwhelmed with the city’s parking signs when I first arrived here. The seemingly inten...