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The 2015 Bitter Lemons' AEA Election Endorsements

Okay. Here are our official 2015 Actors’ Equity Election Endorsements. It’s basically just one person’s opinion, don’t think it’ll matter much in the long run, but we like to be on the record so when the current incompetents continue to screw things up we can confidently and comfortably reply, “Well, we told you so.”When I could, I’ve added a little statement blurb under each of the names so you can get an idea of why we want these folks in and the rest of th...
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Ten 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival Shows That Look Interesting To Me

I have not had a lot of time to focus much on the upcoming Hollywood Fringe Festival and all the delectations being prepared within. Been a little busy with the launching of our re-designed site. Many thanks to all of you, by the way, who have offered your feedback, good or bad, it is all valuable and we appreciate it. Change is hard, but so far things are looking up.But the Fringe…Usually by now I have an idea of the shows I want to see, but again, I have not had a lot of free time to simply…peruse the ...
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The 2015 Ovation Awards Nominees

Yes indeedy, LemonHeads, your Pay-to-Play – er – Ovation Awards have just been served up and once again it looks like the usual suspects who’ve garnered the most noms, CTG, Boston Court, Rogue Machine, Sacred Fools, La Mirada, 3d Theatricals, not that they don’t deserve kudos – hell maybe they’re really the only ones churning out the good work – but sure would be nice to see the love spread around a wee bit more. But then again, most popularity contests tend to stay wit...
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So Who's Performing in the North Hollywood Fringe Festival?

Because apparently it’s beginning this Thursday October 1st and running through October 25th.Who knew?Well, actually, I knew, but I wasn’t sure whether it was all coming together.But apparently it is! Because they have a website!And registration is open!Why am I shouting!Seems slightly rushed, but hey, who am I to complain? Oh right.Go here for information and registration, and below is a little primer info pulled from the site for those who might be considering entering the fray:Abou...
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The Bitter Lemons' Best of Los Angeles Theater 2015

The time is here, LemonHeads! The time for all the Bitter Lemons’ Best of Lists! First we’ll have this Best of Los Angeles Theater list (see below), shit that left an impression on me, kept punching me in the face in a good way after I left the theater, then we’ll have the Top Rated list - which are the shows that received the best critical accolades pulled directly from our LemonMeter – and then we’ll have the Best Stories of 2015. I know, I know, the excitement is overw...
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The Bitter Lemons' Top Stories in Los Angeles Theater 2015

Now the great thing about this list is that these aren’t necessarily the stories that YOU might have thought were the Top Los Angeles Theater Stories of 2015 – I’m sure there will be SOME overlap of course with all the other top of the tops that will be springing up any day now – no these are the stories that buzzed and burned here exclusively at the Lemon. These were the stories, found or forged by us, that were either read most, shared most, created the most engagement, elicited t...
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Bob Verini's Tops in Los Angeles Theater 2015

Bob and I had a couple of crossovers in our lists, but not many. And that’s a good thing. Eclecticism is a wonderful thing in an artistic community, especially in one that is actually as eclectic as ours here in LA. I’m just gonna offer up his bottom 5, you’ll have to go here to read the rest in his Timeout article.Bob Verini’s Top 10 in Los Angeles Theater 2015 (Timeout)10) I ♥ 99, The Musical!—Akbar and Dragonfly niteriesHostility between AEA and 99-seat proponents pe...
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Don Shirley's Top 20 Highlights in Los Angeles Theater 2015

Downer Don’s got his list at LA Observed and he does not need to check it twice. As a matter of fact, he already knows who’s been naughty or nice and I’m going to highlight that a little more vividly in a companion post to this one. But first, the good stuff. These are the shows in Los Angeles that stood out for Don this year. Once again, a couple of overlaps from my list, but overall, as usual, Don and I have very different tastes. Of course, he saw about 100 more shows than I did. ...
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The 24th Annual TicketHolder Awards 2015 - By Travis Michael Holder

THE 24th ANNUAL TICKETHOLDER AWARDS, 2015 by Travis Michael HolderSo despite our own union trying to completely destroy the promise of our prolific and hardworking community, this has proven to be one of the busiest and most remarkable years in my 28-plus years of reviewing theater in Los Angeles—hence my 15 Best Production candidates instead of the usual 10 and about 653 Best Director Runners-Up. The last few months, I’ve heard it said more than once that if the dastardly new Actors Equity contract...
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Ernest Kearney's Best of Los Angeles Theater 2015

The best of 2015, huh?Well, there was a lot of it.So in no particular order here it comes:The Odyssey Ensemble Theatre started off the “best list” of my year with their stunning staging of Eugene O’Neill’s “ANNA CHRISTIE”, produced by Beth Hogan and directed by Kim Rubinstein, with a superb set by Wilson Chin and a stellar cast in Mary Mara, Tait Ruppert, Kevin McKidd, and Jeff Perry who played the “father” to his daughter Zoe Perry in the title role.Over all, I t...