TAGGED WITH TONY FRANKEL

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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 th...
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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 ...
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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 has been spe...
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Tony Frankel on the Wooster Group-Samuel French Controversy: "If we are such a commodity, then why are critics being fired all over the country?"

It’s not often you see Tony the Frank tip-toe around a subject, but he does a little bit of a tap dance on this one in his “preview” for the Wooster Group production of Pinter’s first play “The Room” opening at REDCAT. I’m guessing he just doesn’t want to lose his seats! Or it’s all still so vague that he figured, oh well. If you have no idea what I’m talking about check out the skinny ...
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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...
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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 rev...
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"The Big Snake" is Hard to Swallow

As ambitious as its title, The Big Snake or How I Got Eaten Alive on National Television and Lived to Tell About It! is writer/director Tom Cavanaugh’s attempt to sen...
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THE DESCRIPTIVENESS IS GREAT BUT THE STORYTELLING NEEDS WORK IN "WARM CHEESE"

Mom. It’s one of the few things all of us have in common, and she is perhaps the most important relationship any of us will ever have. Some moms nurture, some abuse. Some do a little of both. Some moms inspire, some discourage. Some are peculiar and some are positively nuts. In the one-person memoir which just opened at the Hollywood Fringe, writer Teresa L. Thome sums her mother up as a “mildly neurotic control freak....