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The Bitter Lemons Imperative (BLI): An Alternative to the Crisis in Theater Coverage

Enough with the initiatives and the proposals and the supplemental whatevers, this is an emergency, a crisis, an imperative, hence: The Bitter Lemons Imperative (BLI).What is it?Simply put, if a producer or a theater company wants their show reviewed, they can get it reviewed, guaranteed, but it will cost them $150 per review and that review will be originally published at Bitter Lemons.Now before your heads explode, let me continue to lay it out as simply as I can and then attempt...
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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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The Bitter Lemons Review Brigade

Going forward, the BLI reviews will be posted in this section, for now, we once again wanted to introduce you to our talented pool of critics. If interested in getting a BLI review, either go here and  purchase a "Bitter Lemons Reviews, or just send us a line at contact@bitter-lemons.com, put BLI in the header as well as the title of your show and we’ll get the party started for you. THE BITTER LEMONS REVIEW BRIGADE (BLRB) Listed below are the 8 fearless m...
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Prepare Yourself for the Bitter Lemons Review

On the eve of opening night for previews at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Bitter Lemons has over 30 exclusive Bitter Lemons Reviews ordered and purchased – that’s right pre-purchased – and those top quality works of theater criticism will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks. You’ll be able to see them all in our Bitter Lemons Reviews section here.We offered a deeply discounted 50% off our regular price of $150 just because we love the Fringe community so much and understan...
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The Promise of Happiness

The opening minutes of Murder Blood Bear Story offer a scary tableau: a vital young woman cringes on her knees, making a spiritual obeisance to a potential catastrophe she hopes will save her from despair. There is no bear, not represented onstage except as a projection between the persuasion of an actor and the faith of her audience. But it’s there.This is a play, more than most solo theater pieces one can see at the Hollywood Fringe or elsewhere; it’s a crafted and affecting artistic exploration, ...
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When Topicality Isn't Enough: Treya's Last Dance

The one person show, regardless of its quality, has always been a bit enigmatic.On one hand, one person shows are hard to market. Theater thrives off of drama and conflict and while these are possible to manifest in a one person show, it is a harder task than creating conflict between two or more people.On the other hand, one person shows are relatively cheap to produce, are fantastically portable and, when armed with an incredibly gifted performer and a cohesive theatrical language, have the possibility of being hu...
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LA Times Highlights the Good, Bad and the Ugly of the Bitter Lemons Imperative

And there’s a little bit of all three here. But I was surprised to see an academic actually look at it calmly and reasonably and come to the conclusion, “Well let’s wait and see…” rather than the knee jerk reaction of the Torch and Pitchfork crowd.Here’s that snippet from the article:Joe Saltzman, a professor of journalism and communications at USC, said that words such as “appalled” and “atrocity” flashed in his mind when he first heard what Bitter Lemons ...
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A Poignant Fable, Timely Told: Lady into Fox @ The Hollywood Fringe Festival

I very rarely use the word charming to describe much of anything. This is mostly due to the fact that I am rarely charmed. For something to qualify as such, it must strike a nearly impossible balance between the familiar and the magical, the simple and the profound. Lady into Fox, a modern story-theater adaptation of David Garnett’s underrated 1922 novella with pictures, proves not only to be an undeniably charming and satisfying hour of theater, it accomplishes these feats with very limited resources. What wr...
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"Starfucking" Works

“The moment I saw your head shot….”Only in Los Angeles would this line be an entre into licentiousness, so “Starfu*king” by Sharon Lintz, now enjoying its premiere as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, covers terrain that is immediately recognizable to LAers.In six vignettes Lintz provides us with characters caught up in differing complications of sensuality and identity which form the crux of desires.First you have Martin (Stephen DeCordova), a producer addressing himself to an un...
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Finding One's Self In A Room Of Strangers: Am I A Grown Up Yet

Sometimes a lack of experience can be a good thing. Or rather, sometimes a lack of experience about SOME things can be a good thing.You see, while Grayson Morris, the writer and sole performer in her one woman show Am I a Grownup Yet, may not be a seasoned theater artist, she’s been around the block before and has an alarming number of miraculously funny stories to tell as a result.Morris’ one woman show is about as perplexing as it is hilarious and engaging. The production has a relentlessly scrappy DIY...