TAGGED WITH JASON ROHRER

622382

THE OTHER ELEPHANT

Full disclosure: I’m a raccoon. Not literally, of course; it’s just how I make my living. I voice one for a popular Cartoon Network series. Besides being my job, I believe it’s also art, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has agreed with me at least once. That’s not why I came to Los Angeles, of course. I didn’t say to myself “I’m gonna move to LA to make it big in cartoons!” (and video games; I voice a lot of those). I moved here nearly twenty years ago...
3253790

Lynched

A week ago yesterday, writer and movie director Quentin Tarantino attended a rally against police brutality in New York. As he was the most famous person there, his remarks were widely reported – some of them. The part where he referred to specific instances of police misconduct as “murders,” and the police who perpetrated them as “murderers,” is now famous. His description,  during the same event, of the recent murder of a cop as “a tragedy” has been less broadly quote...
8548692

Critique of the Week (On a Monday)

Jason the Roar goes against the grain with this one, as everyone else seems to really like it. Plus the final line of this COW is laugh out loud hilarious. Enjoy!HIT THE WALLJason Rohrer – Stage and CinemaI DID, TEN MINUTES INIke Holter’s play Hit the Wall, a historical “remix” about June 27 and 28, 1969 in New York City, went up first at the Steppenwolf in Chicago in 2012. The next year it went to New York, where it received mixed notices. A new production by LA’s LGBT Center has been ...
4630554

Never Cry "Critic"

A week ago, for the first time in over a year, I requested and received a pair of tickets from press rep David Elzer. Not that I wouldn’t have reviewed Theatre of NOTE’s Rio Hondo next week without Elzer’s good offices; every production I have asked has courteously provided me with tickets for the purpose, even after Elzer stopped supplying to Stage and Cinema on the grounds that editor Tony Frankel’s critics are “vicious,” and that “with Stage and Cinema […] more than...
4223290

Message and Delivery

To stand at a microphone reading a personal anecdote is maybe not to enter the most sophisticated performing arts arena. Opera certainly has more component parts than a Moth true-stories show. Dance is more physically demanding. But commanding attention with no tool but your self, with little element of spectacle, is an essential challenge. It’s artist and audience in direct confrontation. It’s as close to the fine art of stand-up comedy as I’ve come. I haven’t done very much.This year I...
2240053

Xmas Letter from the Bachelor Uncle in L.A.

One exit from mine on the Ronald Reagan Freeway, a Southern California Gas storage tank ruptured in October. The greenhouse emissions equate to an additional 2.3 million cars. Two schools and two thousand families have relocated. The problem might be fixed in March.Los Angeles writ large issues eighteen million challenges every day. Broadcaster and theater artist Steve Julian and his wife are going through a test of faith, and if you can help them out, I wish you would. The sculptor and visual artist Nancy...
5909664

Critics Fuck Everybody

I spent the last two weeks free of my life in Los Angeles. Sojourning on the east coast, I wrote no journalism and attended only three artistic endeavors: I participated in a script reading, I moshed at a punk show, and I saw two short plays on one bill. But the two plays were about theater critics, so that was a bit of normal.In one of them, a critic’s dick dragged him onstage into a play – he’d already slept with one of the actresses and was infatuated with another. When this happens, in Sto...
8386933

The Tyranny of Wordsmiths

You’re not supposed to review the Wooster Group show at REDCAT. Yes, you. Harold Pinter says so, from the grave.It’s not REDCAT’s fault; that excellent venue may benefit from the controversy, but it didn’t cause it. And it’s not licensing agency Samuel French’s fault, either, for placing bizarre restrictions on the production – including the unenforceable edict, quite outside the control of the company or the venue, that no criticism of the show be published. And it’s ...
819505

American Theatre Magazine Continues to Turn its Attention to All Things Los Angeles Theater: Coeurage Theatre in the Latest Spotlight

This has been a healthy and growing trend over at NYC based American Theatre, thanks to LA expatriate and now Senior Editor, Rob Weiner-Kendt. Thanks, Rob!The latest is a story on one of my favorite companies, Coeurage Theatre Company, and its author is none other than our very own Jason “The Roar” Rohrer, an example of another encouraging trend, using established LA Theater writers as contributors.I’m still waiting for my call. Sigh. I’m not always controversial, Rob. I’...
4583337

LGBTQklahoma!

An Oklahoma State University professor and her students are accusing their theater department of censorship. The kids say that because the play they wrote was pushed from a mainstage production to a black box, their freedom of speech has been infringed upon.But the show played as the kids wrote it. They performed it themselves. Their professor directed it. It wasn’t finished, possibly a result of juggled performance dates, but it went up. One student participant said, after the fact, “...