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Blues for One

There’s a fair amount of booze, only two balls, and very little bluegrass in Booze, Balls and Bluegrass: A Daughter’s Journey. But there’s a lot of Laura Carson.Carson’s autobiographical one-woman show wedges into the crowded territory of single, middle-aged actors whose stalled careers coincide with their parents’ mortality. Carson leaves her temp job in Los Angeles to live with her widowed, alcoholic father in Atlanta, to regroup and to help him out in a limited capacity. He gives her...
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Adam and Eve and the Meth-Lab Fire

Allegory is tough. Musicals are tough. And soft rock should burn in hell. So with The Songs of the Fall Ben Boquist is putting himself to a lot of trouble to show off a handful of musically interesting, lyrically simplistic songs that you’ll like if you liked 1990s show tunes that really wanted to be 1980s show tunes. There are complex progressions, surprising extensions, and idiosyncratic declensions (get it? The fall of the songs? No? Sorry). Unfortunately, few in this Hollywood Fringe Festival cast are read...
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What to See in Los Angeles Theater: Your Weekly LemonMeter Update

As we sail into the final weekend of Hollywood Fringe 2015, I wanted to remind everybody, that yes, indeed, there are scads of shows out there rockin’ the boards that are amazingly not a part of the Festival! Egads! More theater!And as always, we are out to highlight some of those shows ala our ever-trusty LemonMeter.I’m hoping to catch some of these productions myself once the dust has settled, but until then, if you find a window in your schedule, these might be some of the offerings you...
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The Bitter Lemons' Family

These are not my children, nor is this my wife or the mother of my children. Though I’d be honored and most privileged if they were, but no, I’m a single dad and I have a six year old son named Max. He is not pictured.This photo was taken at the Fringe Awards last night and in a moment that is still bringing me to tears with laughter as I write this, when we were introduced to come to the stage to deliver our award, Enci Box (the woman in the picture and co-founder and publisher of Bitter Lemons) de...
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The Ethics and the Ecstasy

Now that the Hollywood Fringe Festival is over, the good news: people are still buying reviews, and I’m still writing them. The bad news: all the damage I’m causing to the art of criticism.In the past couple of weeks Bitter Lemons has been taken to task by a coast-to-coast Old Boy Network for taking money from theater companies to publicly critique their work. It’s a new idea. You know how that goes.One common alarm is that money will spur “the bypassing of editorial judgment in dec...
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Phantoms

Everyone outside a nightclub on a Tuesday looks like they’re in line to get an abortion.It’s 11:00 and I’m driving through Hollywood, away from Phantom. Phantom sucked. It sucked so bad my ex-girlfriend who’d bought the tickets for her birthday left at halftime. We ate at the W and went our ways. My way went for awhile past marquees and sleek-lettered walls behind which you can spend $300 not to sit down, $5000 not to impress anybody. Nightclubs. They’re like bars, but for people who do...
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Playhouse Fantasy Boy-Land

I’d been feeling down and I hadn’t seen him in a few months so when Timmy called, I went over there. He was very excited about something he called “Playhouse Fantasy Boy-Land,” which was a place he really wanted me to go with him.I stood on the outskirts, smoking a cigarette. I can’t describe it. It didn’t make any sense to me and it didn’t look promising. I wanted to go home.I said, “This looks like another one of your late-night cartoon shows with ultra-hip...
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Labor Day: A Fable of Equity

The feasts were laid on lawns, the work of days.The people gathered by the temples, sweetAnticipation in their hungry mouths.And then of course they came, the harpies cruel,The winged bitches swooping airborne downUpon the happy scene. The joyous wept.The harpies went about their work with smugDevout complacent faces: from the skyTheir shitting scattered all, befouling meatsAnd cakes and fruits and wine, all that was goodNow smeared and dripping, blasted by the beastsInsulting sky and earth alike with theirDisgustin...
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What Exactly Is Los Angeles Theatre Fighting FOR? - by Douglas Clayton

He’s back! LA Theater’s most notorious “villain,” Doug Clayton, now plying his dastardly ways in the Windy City, just can’t keep his mind off the artistic community that he loves. Once again he’s chiming in and challenging the leaders of LA Theater to get specific about what exactly they are fighting for and what they’d like our artistic community to look like in 2022.We here at the Lemon are of course happy to accommodate Doug’s request for a public forum. A...
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Bitter Lemons Now Offers More Options and Twice the Value on Advertising

Now that we’ve finally gotten a feel for how our page views and our impressions match up, we’ve decided to offer more options and twice the value on our advertising to the LemonHeadNation.Whereas it used to cost a mere $125 for 10k impressions, you can now get twice that value for the same price. That’s right $125 for 20k impressions. And whereas we only used to have about five types of ads to choose from, we’ve doubled that amount and now offer a wider variety, anywhere from 10k impress...