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The Wildcat

The inaugural Los Angeles Theater Festival is underway at The Complex’s Ruby Theatre, just a few months after the Hollywood Fringe Festival bowed at that venue (among many others along Santa Monica Boulevard). While the HFF lasted just two and a half weeks and the LATF stretches from September 4 through October 11, the latter is actually a much smaller affair, comprising 62 performances of 16 titles (plus a closing-nig...
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Become a Part of the Arts-Lit Network Here at Bitter Lemons

Much of what is written here at Bitter Lemons, even if its news-related, often takes the form of a sort of Arts-Lit hybrid, embracing aspects of both literature and journalism, creating a kind of mutant that sometimes succeeds in merging the best of each of these disciplines and sometimes just leaves author and audience divinely disgruntled. This “style,” for want of a better word, has mostly been born of two parents; our ability to continue to allow ourselves to evolve as a media outlet,...
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The Los Angeles Theater Festival

Well, I tried.There was a new theater festival in town. The 16-show Los Angeles Theater Festival opened at the Complex on September 4 with little fanfare; I didn’t know any of the associated names, and the first participant I talked to told a story that made me vaguely suspicious. I thought Hey, maybe I can Upton Sinclair my way into a scintillating expose of Hollywood corruption. If I can Yellow Journalize this thing, protect the community, strengt...
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FALLING ACTION

A play advertising itself as emulating two filmmakers (Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie) raises questions about the value the creative team places on plays, as opposed to, let’s say, movies. It also makes one wonder whether these folks know that each medium has its own language and its own shorthand. When the marketing materials describe the team’s favorite entertainment elements as “tough-guy banter, cool suits, blood, and guns,” one is left to wonder how they feel about...
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The Saturday Saying

“The unsubtle sermon called Appropriate is one of two 2014 shows from Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins to win, jointly, an Obie award for best new play. This may explain something about New York no longer being the center of American theater.”Jason Rohrer – from his review of “Appropriate” (Stage and Cinema)...
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Equity @ Boston Court

THE ELEPHANT ...
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The Saturday Saying

“On the same day the LA Times declared Bitter Lemons’ theater review initiative had “fallen flat,” we got another client. A practice that didn’t exist in April is now a going concern, despite the power structure’s active trolling, denunciation, sabotage, and pretense that we don’t exist. A...
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Outrage and Owies

A Phoenix, Arizona theater critic who spells his name Robrt Pela decided this month to stop being just a Phoenix, Arizona theater critic and go national. He wrote an effete, languidly angry essay about the editor of the Seattle outlet The Stranger, and that editor’s habit of leaving plays at intermission and then ...
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A Trial of Some Scope

This week I read a piece of dialogue from a missionary in a Robert Louis Stevenson story: "I never argue...
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Cats and Dogs

Lanford Wilson’s ...