April 18, 2014

  • Altar Boyz – The Calling (Chromolume Theatre)

    http://gofootlights.com/shows/1104-altar-boyz/ April 4 – May 11 Chromolume Theatre at the Attic www.crtheatre.com (323) 205-1617 Dir. Kristin Towers-Rowles Mus. Dir. Richard Berent Choreo. Samantha Marie Video Dir. Tyler Leisher Starring: Craig McEldowney (Matt) Michael M. (Mark) Tyler Vess (Abraham) Jason Chacon (Luke) Joey Acuna (Juan)

  • FATHERS AT A GAME Teaser

    FATHERS AT A GAME by Trey Nichols and directed by Vesna Hocevar. With Wendy Elizabeth Abraham, Luke Baybak and Tony Williams. Presented by Moving Arts Company in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Performances April 4 – 27, 2014. Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 5PM. Tickets and Info at www.MovingArts.org. In Trey Nichols’ sledgehammer of a play, fantasy and reality collide with deadly force. Moe and Eddie are two buddies watching their sons play football on a crisp fall day. Or are they? Something weird is gurgling underneath this portrait of the American Dream. Be careful which side you root…

  • My Name is Asher Lev | FootLights Trailer

    Trailer produced by FootLights Video for My Name is Asher Lev! My Name Is Asher Lev Fountain Theatre 5060 Fountain Ave Los Angeles, CA Based the beloved best-selling book by Chaim Potok (The Chosen), adapted by Aaron Posner. My Name Is Asher Lev is the powerful coming-of-age story of a Jewish boyâs struggle to become an artist against the will of his Orthodox parents, community and tradition. Asher Lev could be the next Picasso. But as the son of devout Hasidic parents who struggle to understand the value of his art, Asher Lev is torn apart. He knows he is…

  • “I Hate Musicals” from the original production of RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL

    Broadway Saturday! Take a peek at Rita McKenzie singing “I Hate Musicals” from the original production of RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL.

  • PRAY TO BALL | Trailer | Skylight Theatre Company

    The World Premiere of PRAY TO BALL opens April 26th. Check out our full length trailer! A sharp new play about living in America today. Tickets & info at www.SkylightTheatreCompany.com 1816 1/2 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA A sharp new play about living in America today. Life long friends Hakeem and Lou, superstar college basketball players, are living large in Miami and ready to jump next season to the NBA. When tragedy strikes Hakeem, searching for a deeper meaning to life, turns to the controversial world of Islam and causes a break with his best friend. April 26 – May 25,…

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Australian Theatre Co. Opens in LA!

Mar 10, 2014

Newly-formed Australian Theatre Company launches in Los Angeles Australian talent has made its mark in Hollywood on the big screen and television. Now they’ve landed on the boards as well. LOS ANGELES, CA (March 6, 2014) – The newly created Australian Theatre Company will launch on April 23 at an exclusive media reception hosted by Karen Lanyon, Australian Consul-General for Los Angeles. “Our goal is to harness the huge breadth of Australian creative talent here in L.A.,” said ATC co-founders and producers Nate Jones and Nick Hardcastle. “The company will focus on sharing Australian stories and culture and developing new…

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Feb 26, 2014

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Feb 26, 2014

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EDITORIALS

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Veronica Brady

VERONICA BRADY By Graham Sibley Veronica Brady is relaxed.  Or so it seems.  “We found another great actor,” Brady says as she falls into an tattered-old couch backstage at The Malibu Playhouse.  Brady, who is in rehearsal for the West Coast premiere of Billy Roche’s Belfry out in Malibu, has a warm relaxed confidence that you can tell after a minute or two is a refined skill she’s developed in order to get what she wants.  “We lost an actor yesterday to a national tour and we open here in two weeks but we found a great kid today.  He’s…

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Caryn Desai

Growing up in Philadelphia, Caryn Desai (lower case of her own choosing) knew she was an artist.  Even in her early stages, Caryn remembers her family watching television while she was self-engaged with arts and crafts projects, learning to see and reach beyond what was in front of her.  The church choir and community theatre nurtured her dreams while giving Caryn early opportunities to stretch her wings. Even though life’s vagaries presented some early challenges, Caryn eventually found herself on the west coast, going to school at Long Beach City College. Upon earning an associate degree in acting and theatre,…

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Critics

Following a trend seen across the country, The LA Weekly recently downsized its space for theatre criticism.  Economic factors were noted up as the cause, but I think there’s more to it than that. I suspect it has more to do with audience reaction and interest – and I’d like to put that concept to a test. After all, what is a critic?  Elementally, it’s an animal, one which some consider carnivorous, and others warm fuzzy teddy bears.  Some have been touted as champions of theatre and others view critics as nothing but parasites.  But to be honest, those reactions…

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The Best Gift

The best present . . . Each year, as I prepare to usher out the old and welcome in the new, (this is symbolic, not realistic on my part – ask my wife), I recount the past year and try to be thankful for what gifts I’ve been privileged to receive.  In my early youth, it was probably a bike, or a game …  or who remembers?   In my adolescence and for a good time beyond, it was the company and opportunity of friends.    But as I’ve grown to some small sample of maturity, I’ve discovered that what I cherish…

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