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Like the Primordial Ooze Rising from the Swamp...The New Bitter Lemons Is Alive!

Over the coming weeks and months we will be rolling out a variety of new services and innovations that will spring from our redesigned site and our forthcoming smartphone application.The following list contains a general overview of some of those new bells and whistles and how things are going to be done at Bitter Lemons going forward. More detailed posts targeting each of these areas will be forthcoming. But for now, check out the goodies (you can also review any of this material anytime you want by ...
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How to Become a Part of the LemonMeter

This is for reviewers, critics and press and it is concerned with having the critics work ADDED to the LemonMeter; there will be a similar post on how to GET a LemonMeter Rating, but that is reserved for those who are actually putting up the shows and actually getting the reviews.So, the LemonMeter. First of all if you are unacquainted with the LemonMeter and how it works, by all means go here and take a gander at the mechanics and mission of our trusted consumer service.In the hopes of making the LemonMet...
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How to Become a Part of the LemonHeadMeter

The LemonHeadMeter is similar to the LemonMeter but solicits its reviews directly from the community rather than from the professional critic, forming an audience generated critical consensus, allowing for yet another layer of opinion that the theater-goer can use to make an even more informed decision on their entertainment needs.Yeah, I know. It sounds very Yelp-like. And it is. But it isn’t. Because it’s different. Because we’re different. If you’re at all familiar with Bitter Lemons you k...
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Listing Your Show at Bitter Lemons

Again, we are striving to create an online gravitational center for everyone associated and involved with the making, promoting, or enjoyment of theater, be it on a local, regional, or international levels. If you have a show youd like to promote and want to get yourself in the mix for a LemonMeter Rating, a LemonHeadMeter Rating, Unique Advertising & Marketing opportunities, a BLI Review, and a host of other services, go here and list your production. You’ll be able to add to, edit, or modify your sh...
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Happy Seventh Anniversary to Bitter Lemons!

Yup. Hard to believe, but on this day (or tomorrow really), April 24th, back in 2008, Bitter Lemons was born.Notice anything different?Yup. Somebody gave us a whole new design for our birthday party. Howz about them lemons?!?Be sure to take a spin around the place, check out the new bells and whistles, maybe put up a show page, or register a venue, post a wanted or for hire ad, maybe get your show reviewed, see what the critics have been saying, or maybe offer your own review to a show that you&#...
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On Observing Artists in Their Junior Year

I’m in Seattle this week.Some very nice people have made it possible for me to speak, in my capacity as a critic, to a class of university theater students on why to become professional theater practitioners. They’re lovely kids. I’ve met some of them; I’ve seen some perform; I’m going to deliver the first lecture tomorrow. I guarantee I’m more excited about it than they are.Last night I saw a junior class put up a ten-minute play festival. Watching people half my age act in stuff...
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How We Look to the Kids

What was supposed to be 120 minutes’ pedagogy at Cornish College of the Arts this week turned into eight hours’ plotting of the future of show business in America – the ten graduating seniors in Advanced Analysis were too well versed for us to bother much about theater’s past and present. They were aspiring writers, actors, directors, dramaturgs, designers. They were smarter than any ten human beings I’ve shared a room with in dog’s years. It was scary. A jealous part of me wanted...
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5th Annual Bitter Lemons' Critics Panel Set for Hollywood Fringe, June 20th

Yep. Once again we are rounding up all the critical giants of Los Angeles Theater and putting them all in one room together. And then I will do my best to make them all incredibly uncomfortable with questions like:“Do you write your reviews naked?”“If you used a pseudonym what would it be?”“Why do critics use words like ‘accrete’ and ‘polemical’”?Here’s the link on the Fringe page and here’s the description of the event entitled:The Ch...
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In Villas Veritas

For years I met George Villas only at parties. He was gentle and likable with that faraway West Sider quality, a vague spirituality I read then as a kind of vacancy. He was great with kids and I always respect that in a single man, but that was about all I knew of him. I think I’d heard he was an actor, but you hear that about a lot of people. If they don’t bring it up at parties, you appreciate them even more.Then I went to see a play at Pacific Resident Theatre, an unwieldy adaptation of John Steinbeck...
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Last Chance to Take Advantage of all Your Hollywood Fringe Benefits Here at the Lemon: Ads, Promotions, Reviews and More...

The Hollywood Fringe Previews begin tomorrow and the Festival officially gets under way on June 11, so time is a-wastin’ to take advantage of all the Fringe Benefits we’re offering here at the Lemon. Check it:The 2015 Bitter Lemons Hollywood Fringe Benefits- Create a show page. It’s free of charge and it gets your show all up in the grill of every LemonHead who visits our site, which will be in the tens of thousands during the month of June. Plus it’s easy to do. Create an account, ...