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While We Wait for the Lawsuit...

The inter-webs remains a-blaze with opinion. Frankly, I’m not sure what else there is to say that hasn’t been said yet, but that’s not stopping these folks from lettin’ it rip. First, this, from our supposed “theater critic of note” on the subject:While I am the first to admit that some of the best work in town is done at the 99-seat theaters, I don’t think it’s accurate to characterize this scene as a flourishing hotbed of experiment. Los Angeles is deficien...
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A 1988 Letter to the LA Times Reveals Equity's Agenda Then and Now

I know I’ve said that there really isn’t much to add to the 99 Seat Debate at the moment, and really there isn’t, votes are being counted in the elections, I’m guessing legal strategies are being discussed, Equity is continuing to try and further divide the LA Theater Community by telling some membership companies that they aren’t actually membership companies, however, this particular letter from Colony Theatre leader, Barbara Beckley, has emerged from a 1988 LA Times article...
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LA Times Picks up on Equity's Mishandling of the Evidence Room

We were the first to pick up on this latest incompetence from the Equity leadership and to highlight Bart’s response to their disregard of his company The Evidence Room, then there was an actual official press release that got some play over at Gia On the Move and now the “big boys” David Ng and the LA Times finally step in to pick up the crumbs.Check it:The union said it retains relevant records for seven years, “and in the case of Evidence Room, the union’s records...
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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 Few Things You May Not Know about Steven Leigh Morris

On Monday, grand old man of LA theater critics Steven Leigh Morris published a screed in the LA Weekly damning Bitter Lemons, one of the websites for which I write criticism. Steven Leigh Morris had some harsh words for our policy, known as the Bitter Lemons Imperative, of charging productions to review their work. It may be that Steven Leigh Morris found last week’s equivocal LA Times article insufficiently condemnatory, or it may be that Steven Leigh Morris is actually so incensed that he has to do his ...
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When a COW is not a COW (Critique of the Week)

My Critique of the Week (COW) pick this week (on time as promised!) is a bit unconventional.For starters, it’s not technically a review but rather an examination of two very different productions currently running in Los Angeles that are both celebrated for their imperfections.   Secondly, the article is written by Charles McNulty, focussing as he too rarely does, on the smaller shows that make up the core of our city’s theater scene.  McNulty is obviously a smart, observant and competent ...
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Good Editors are Hard to Find, Even at the LA Times...

Look closely at the picture above.Wait for it.See it?Yep.This was in the Sports Section of today’s LA Times, August 23, 2015.I guess it’s hard to find good editing help these days, even for the LA Times…...
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Stage Raw Symposium Celebrates Bitter Lemons' Contribution to Los Angeles Theater Criticism

Oh, it was a glorious night indeed! All the best and brightest minds of LA Theater – or “revolutionaries” as Steven Leigh Morris rightfully knighted them – were in full formation: the LA Times’ Margaret Gray, desperately in need of a hair clip, moderating, Charles McNulty from the LA Times, expounding, John Flynn from Rogue Machine, being sage-like, Steven Leigh Morris from Stage Raw and LA Weekly, wistfully musing, Tracey Paleo from Gia on the Move, making sense, Bill Raden f...
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Playwright Tommy Smith Asks LA Theater to Boycott his Own Production of "Ghost Light" at Echo Theatre

I actually heard about this a few days ago and was going to reach out to the playwright to see what was what, but the LA Times beat me to it. Check it:Tommy Smith is asking the public to stay away from the Echo Theatre Company’s production of his short play “Ghost Light,” a half-hour series of monologues delivered by an actress. He said that a contract was never finalized between him and the Echo, and that the company hasn’t obtained production rights.“I literally have had my play stole...
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Playwright Tommy Smith Retracts Accusations Against Echo Theatre Company

And yet another twist in this odd and very public story, but maybe it’s a positive one. Here’s the meat of the matter from the LA Times article today:Smith issued a separate statement Wednesday in which he publicly retracted his earlier accusations. “After taking the time to consult with legal representation, I am profusely apologizing for and retracting my statements about Echo Theater Company and its project ‘Ghost Light,’” he said.Smith said he consulted with the Dram...