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NEWSFLASH: Theater is Alive and Well in Los Angeles (Evidence Within)

Managed to slither out from my Evil HQ here in Valley Village and see some actual Los Angeles theater over the last week or so, LemonHeads, and wanted to give you the skinny on the fatty because that’s just how generous a guy I am.I don’t even know what that means but here you go!Man Coverts Bird: I inadvertently wrote a preview write up on this show before it opened (egads!) but Deb and Jay appreciated the thoughts and the attention so much they said, “Keep it up we don’t mind!R...
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Rainn Wilson Brings the "Pain" to the Geffen and "The Bassoon" to your Local Bookstore

My boy Rainn is busy as busy as can be. I remember him telling me about trying to put together this show for years and it looks like it’s finally happening in January, 2016.Here’s the presser:Multi-faceted, award-winning actor, Rainn Wilson (The Office, founder of Soul Pancake) and playwright Will Eno became friends more than 20 years ago, well before the play’s critically acclaimed world premiere. Eager to bring Thom Pain to Los Angeles, the two had spoken about working together for years. It...
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Are Good Love Stories Even Possible in Today's Cynical World?

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, especially since I’ve been working on what is essentially a contemporary love story myself, for years really, and Chuck McNutt’s recent LA Times review of the Geffen Playhouse’s Outside Mullingar brought the question up again in my mind: Are good love stories even possible in today’s cynical world?Certainly they are possible, but maybe the better question is: are they acceptable?Check out some snippets from Chuck on the ...
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Critique of the Week

In spite of their ex-girlfriend-passive-aggressiveness over there at Staged Raw, they still boast a couple of the best theater critics in town, Myron Meisel, Bill Raden and Deborah Klugman, to name a few, but Bob Verini always shines wherever he lands, Variety, ArtsInLA, Staged Raw, his original voice always transcends the limitations of his platform. Case in point, this smart and savvy rendering on the latest Geffen offering. Bob can turn a phrase and paint the picture and remains one of my most trusted and favorit...
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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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10 Questions (answers included) for Rainn Wilson Star of "Thom Pain (based on nothing)" at the Geffen Playhouse

I sat down with Rainn Wilson (virtually speaking) to chat about his latest theatrical adventure, Thom Pain (based on nothing), which opens tonight at the Geffen Playhouse. Rainn and I have known each other since 1992 but neither of us likes to admit that in public. As you’ll see, things got a little personal (virtually speaking) during the interview. Evidence below.10 Questions for Rainn Wilson star of Thom Pain (based on nothing) at the Geffen PlayhouseCM: How did it feel to be my und...
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Critique of the Week (On a Monday)

Travis Michael scores the COW this week with his vibrant review of the Geffen’s Thom Pain. Here is a critic utterly engaged and utterly intrigued and doing his damnedest to tell you why. Good stuff. Aspire to this and you should be okay.THOM PAIN (based on nothing)Travis Michael Holder – ArtsInLAThings appear to be off to a rocky start when Rainn Wilson as Thom Pain tries to light a cigarette in the still-darkened theater. The light is snuffed out. “How wonderful to see you all,” he says with...