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Critique of the Week (On a Monday)

Yes, we know, it’s been a while since we’ve published a COW. Hey, we’ve been busy! But we’re starting to find our rhythm again so expect the posts to come fast and furious.This week’s COW comes from Jason the Rohrer. What I like about this critique is that Jason is clearly a fan of the company and the artists and you can feel and hear the struggle he is having as he pens what amounts to a pretty strong pan of the production. This isn’t about the show as much as it is about a ...
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In Villas Veritas

For years I met George Villas only at parties. He was gentle and likable with that faraway West Sider quality, a vague spirituality I read then as a kind of vacancy. He was great with kids and I always respect that in a single man, but that was about all I knew of him. I think I’d heard he was an actor, but you hear that about a lot of people. If they don’t bring it up at parties, you appreciate them even more.Then I went to see a play at Pacific Resident Theatre, an unwieldy adaptation of John Steinbeck...
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A Tale of Two COWs (Critique of the Week)

Greetings Lemonheads,Rob Mersola’s new play “Luka’s Room” is currently in its world premiere production by The Rogue Machine. Reviews have been favorable but, as with most new works, they often mention the play’s weaker links. This is especially important for new plays as any good critic who sees good in something wants the play to be as close to perfect as it can possibly be. To write a “review” without any sort of OPINION is counter productive to the entire ...
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Critique of the Week

Again, we’ve been snoozing on these, LemonHeads, these COWs, we know it, apologies, both JT, our current LM Editor and myself, have lately been a-bustling on other projects, personal and professional, so, well, we’ve been snoozing. I also don’t read as many reviews as I used to. Jonathan is the man now.Nevertheless, I came across this very recent one from Tony the Frank and it made me miss reading some of these excellent essays on the ephemeral as a regular thang. Tony remains one of the best ...
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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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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 ...
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Critique of the Week (On a Tuesday)

Tony Frankel remains one of the best, if not THE best, theater critic in Los Angeles. And I know my writing that and his reading it will cause hi hat size to increase ten fold (never a good thing considering that his head is already the size of Sputnik), but the fact of the matter is, it’s true. No one writes this kind of theater criticism in Los Angeles. No one is more of a champion for story over style. No one. It’s just a shame that we haven’t seen much of it lately because Tony h...
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Critique of the Week

Tony the Frank with another beauty.AN ACT OF GODTony Frankel – Stage and CinemaEVEN GOD CAN’T SAVE THIS FROM ITSELFDear God (if I may quote Alice Walker):What’s going on with the theater these days? Oh, that’s right, you already know. In fact, you’re appearing on stage at the Ahmanson in the guise of TV’s Will & Grace star Sean Hayes, whose name actually is placed over your name on the poster (doesn’t that just say it all?). But you know all of this, don’t you? Or ...
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KKK, Me Me Me, Wah Wah Wah

A couple of weeks ago, on Valentine’s Day, I was depositing a check at an ATM. A guy had his car pulled up next to the bank, its stereo blaring. I couldn’t hear the person I was talking to on the phone, so I told the guy his music was too fucking loud. His reaction was to threaten me with an ass kicking. He said there were no cops around, and asked whether I was going to take my beating like a man. Since he only had a few inches of height and reach advantage, I let him roll up and go toe-to-toe with me. ...
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You Know it's Hard Out Here for a Theater Critic...

Saw this exchange in the comments section of Tony Frankel’s review of An Act of God which recently closed at the Ahmanson. Ezra’s reply is especially entertaining in response to the grump commenters. And people wonder why theater critics get so burned out, especially when they’re not getting paid…Henry Merkharian April 4, 2016 at 9:44 amWow, just read your review for Sean Hayes play, An Act of God…clearly you’re a religious zealot who’s hyper sensitive anyone woul...