TAGGED WITH JASON ROHRER

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The Bitter Lemons Imperative Remains Open for Business

In business 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 work being paid a reasonable wage for the 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.As you may have heard, there’s been a lot of tal...
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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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NO FUNICELLO

About two-thirds of the way through Without Annette, the character of the improv teacher says to the rest of the cast, “I think you guys are almost ready to put on a show.” My theater companion laughed out loud. To be fair, there are other laughs in this show, almost all of them intentional.Hope Juber and Jeff Doucette are credited with creating and writing this Juber Production that also ran last summer (with a different cast, at a different venue), in which a Hollywood improv class goes through it...
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Friday

Friday was good.Thursday was a day I’d planned to spend in bed, where I had spent most of the week in a depressive state. I spend a fair amount of time this way. I used to take drugs about it but I have learned not to. Could I be happier on drugs? Shit, man, I was the happiest of all possible Jasons when I was on drugs, and drunk, and stuff. When that went, the big pharma shit went, too, for related reasons. So every couple of months I get down and sleep for a week. Usually it happens after I’ve been ver...
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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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A Tale of Two COWs (Critique of the Week)

Greetings Lemonheads,Rob Mersola’s new play “Luka’s Room” is currently in its world premiere production by The Rogue Machine. Reviews have been favorable but, as with most new works, they often mention the play’s weaker links. This is especially important for new plays as any good critic who sees good in something wants the play to be as close to perfect as it can possibly be. To write a “review” without any sort of OPINION is counter productive to the entire ...
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Past Mastery vs Present Tension

Last night I saw a workshop of a one-man show by Paul Dooley, who’s made a living making people laugh for almost seventy years. Probably scores of times, you’ve enjoyed his work as an actor, a writer, an improviser, on television, in ads, movies – at least, you know the dad from Sixteen Candles and Breaking Away. The one-night stand audience was stacked in his favor – four generations had shown up to love him. They were not disappointed. At 87, he can locate the funny like a comedy carto...
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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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A 9/11

By 2001 I hadn’t had a television for several years, and like a lot of those people I mentioned the fact with frequency. I was living with a girl in L.A., and after we woke up on September 11 our only way to interface with the events on the east coast was via radio and an AOL dial-up connection. I’d taken a train directly underneath the World Trade Center every day for years in the 90s, and I still had many many friends in New York, but that didn’t matter. What I wanted was to see the atrocity.The ...
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Jason Rohrer's "A Fable of Equity" as Read by William Salyers

I love when stuff like this happens, this kind of collaborative collision, it’s the beauty of Los Angeles Theater at the moment, this wonderful blending of technology and performance art.Our very own Jason the Roar wrote this little ditty last week and published it at the Lemon and today William Salyers, proud LA Theater actorvist, was so inspired that he decided to do a little “books on tape” number on the poem. With Jason’s permission of course.And we get this…Well done, lad...