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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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LA Stage Alliance Brings Back Refurbished Arts Journalism Outlet: @ This Stage Magazine

Good news for LA Theater.I think.Here’s hoping they stay away from the puff pieces that were prevalent during their last incarnation as LA Stage Times and do something a little bit different, a little more hard-hitting and relevant and perhaps, God Forbid, more interesting?I would, however, advise those involved to set their calendars for five years from now, because that’s when they usually run out of money. Then again, the old leadership is gone, so maybe the cycle will finally be broken. We shall...
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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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Sense and Sensationalism

This response to a recent LA Weekly editorial by Steven Leigh Morris was sent to Bitter Lemons by a reader who has no pony in the race. She doesn’t live in Los Angeles, nor does she see any LA theater. She just likes a good argument, and dislikes a bad arguer. We asked her whether it would be alright for us to publish her notes, and she said she thought it would be a good idea. So here they are, with a headline for which she shouldn’t be blamed because Jason made it up:Sense and SensationalismbySusan Tan...
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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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LA Weekly Officially Drops all "Long Form Theater Criticism"

This according to Uncle Steven over at Stage Raw:The L.A. Weekly has finally dropped all long-form theater criticism – long form being 800 words, or one page in the new, reduce-sized book. (This word count shrank from 1200 words about two and half years ago to accommodate the diminished acreage.) This recent decision is part of what I’d guess you could call a trajectory. This isn’t to say stories about local theater have been dropped, or capsule theater reviews (now about two per week, in prin...
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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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Third Eye Blind: Re-visualizing The Status Quo - By Ezra Buzzington

To successfully visualize, one must first imagine. To fully imagine, one must work from a place of fearlessness. To work from a place of fearlessness, one must be confident in one’s willingness to face anything: personal dark places; other people’s motivations; the existence/non-existence of a higher being (of course, there is/are a god/gods, we just don’t know who/what he/she/it/they is/are), etc. Thoughts are things. Change is fact. Fear of change, though, that is a different matter. That is a co...
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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 reviewing the half he did see. Over the last two weeks, Pela’s essay has as of this writing garnered 241 Facebook shares and 11 Tweets. It’s not quite viral, and it did take four...
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Breaking News: Bitter Lemons Mentioned at Staged Raw Supposed Symposium (In Other News: Hell Partners with Alaska Airlines)

I wasn’t there, and won’t be at the next one either – actually I was at the NoHo Fringe Awards ceremony last night which though a bit of a slapdash affair (not unlike the “festival” itself) was a really fun time – but apparently, according to the Staged Raw Facebook page, the ungodly words that were forbidden at their last Supposed Symposium have been spoken: Bitter Lemons. I’m sure people fell writhing to the ground and started speaking in tongues as soon as ...