Music We Missed in 2014: Audra Isadora “Creature of Desire”

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Arctic Zero Choices for Staying Fit and Diet Friendly

Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The MoveARCT_Orange-Dream_003_OP

I gave this product the ultimate taste test – my dad – a milk, cheese and ice cream loving,  late Silent Generation (1925-1946) guy with a serious sweet tooth, who knows barely anything about gluten-free and doesn’t actually care.

He was into it.  Here’s how the dialog went from opening the Strawberry container purchased at my local West Hollywood, CA Whole Foods to finishing the sample:

“Dad would you try this with me?

“What is it?”

It’s kind of like ice cream but not really.  It’s a gluten-free dessert, like, for someone who can’t have milk. So it’s gonna taste a little different.”

“Ok yeah, I’ll try it.  You got a spoon?”

“What do you think?”

“It’s not bad.  It’s not sweet.  It doesn’t taste like ice cream and not really yogurt.  And it tastes a little powdery.  You know, I think I would be better with blueberries or strawberries.  I like it but it’s not something I would go out and buy.”

“Well, what if you couldn’t eat the other stuff, would you  be ok with it?”

“Yeah.  I’d eat it. It wasn’t bad.  It was satisfying.”

I’d have to agree on every point but one.  I myself would go out and buy it, especially if I was lactose or gluten intolerant and was looking for something fat-free and diet friendly.  The subtle flavors lean toward what an Asian palette might enjoy rather than overbearing sugary American tastes.  The light sweetness for me is a big invitation to do what my dad was hoping for – adding extra variety and nutrition with a berry or other favorite fruit.  Based on that alone I’m giving this product a thumbs up.  Arctic Zero is definitely and option for maintaining any dieting goals, clocking in at only 150 calories for an entire pint (35 calories/serving).

What we also like at Gia On The Move is the claim:

ARCTIC ZERO is made with premium, GMO-free ingredients, including the finest quality whey protein and antioxidant-rich monk fruit. Every pint is fat free, offers 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, and includes no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors.  We are also very very cool with the fact that it is a low glycemic food! So it’s going to fit into a lot of people’s different dietary needs.

One caveat:  ARCTIC ZERO IS NOT A VEGAN FOOD.  It does contain whey.

ARCTIC ZERO’s Creamy Pints are available in ten great-tasting flavors—Vanilla Maple, Purely Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cappuccino, Cookie Shake, Hint of Mint and Simply Strawberry, as well as three new additions, Orange Dream, Salted Caramel and Toasted Coconut.

ARCTIC ZERO is available for a suggested price of $4 to $5 at natural and traditional grocers nationwide, including Kroger, Publix, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Walmart and Whole Foods Market, as well as online at www.arcticzero.com

BONUS!!!  The folks over at ARCTIC ZERO also forwarded an awesome cocktail recipe:

Creamy 007 Orange float

This for-adults-only float is sweet and frosty – just the right creamy cocktail to enjoy during the warm weather. The citrus flavors are a vibrant addition to this float made with Orange Dream ARCTIC ZERO.

Serving Size

Makes one float (12-ounces)

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 2 ounces vodka (use orange-flavored vodka for added flavor)
  • 2 scoops Orange Dream ARCTIC ZERO
  • Orange slices as garnish

Directions

  1. Add the orange juice, lemon-lime soda and vodka to a 12-ounce glass and stir.
  2. Float 2 scoops of Orange Dream ARCTIC ZERO over the other ingredients.
  3. Serve with an orange slice, straw and spoon.

Arctic Zero

 

 

 

 

Fratelli Rossetti Men Are Falling in Love with Glitter

#SexyinFlats

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Lately we’ve been all about the guys in the fashion genre.  So when Fratelli Rossetti sent over this men’s Valentine’s Day sensation, we imagined a jealous Dorothy in a desperate attempt at online shopping via a makeshift Tin Man hotspot, in order to nab a pair. Walking the yellow brick road all the way to the Emerald City in heels had to hurt just a little.  Motivation to get the Wicked Witch’s broom!  But alas, these are for Guys Only. We can drool.

Shine this Valentine’s Day with the new limited edition Fratelli Rossetti Dandy, the derby shoe without laces.  $610

Un certo mondo cammina Rossetti.

Serrano The Musical at the Matrix Theatre

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Suzanne Petrela and Tim Martin Gleason of the World Premiere of "SERRANO THE MUSICAL," choreography by Peggy Hickey, directed by Joel Zwick and now playing at the Matrix Theatre in West Hollywood.

Suzanne Petrela and Tim Martin Gleason of the World Premiere of “SERRANO THE MUSICAL,” choreography by Peggy Hickey, directed by Joel Zwick and now playing at the Matrix Theatre in West Hollywood.

Cyrano de Bergerac meets the Sopranos.  “Who woulda thunk?”

Serrano The Musical made a spectacular world premiere at the Matrix Theatre last Friday evening presenting the heart of New York City’s Little Italy, complete with poetry, nymphomania, gangster rivalry, fabulous drag shows and a very quirky love affair.   Suffice it to say, this show is “colorful” in all of its poetic, musical, mobster mayhem.

This time around, Cyrano has been transformed into Serrano D’Angelo, a highly cultured, lover of the arts, enforcer for the Reyo crime family, in love with a judge’s daughter.  When Don Reyo is facing jail time, Serrano is ordered to take Reyo’s crude, light-headed but incredibly handsome, New Jersey nephew, Vinnie, under his wing and do more than smooth out Vinnie’s rough edges, in order to influence the judge by seducing Rosanna.

It’s an unusually epic story that could have gotten to the point just a little sooner.  As a three hour musical, that could have skipped a few drawn out and extra moments, Serrano just about tests the patience of short attention span theatre goers.

But … Peggy Hickey’s choreography is “built to last” and packs a punch as soon as actor Chad Borden (Nickie Reyo)  outrageously delivers a hilarious and sexy glitter and be gay drag extravaganza as well as when actress Valerie Perry does her Spumonte version of Mama Rose in the second act.

Serrano is loaded with vocal talent to spare.  Tim Martin Gleason (Serrano) sings and serenades heady operatic amore to a lovely Suzanne Petrela (Rosanna) who sings her tender crushes in unbelievable infatuation – to Vinnie.  And the entire cast really steps up the delivery of Robert Teppers music for a riotous affair.

The slapstick goes somewhat round in circles and there are plenty of “inside” gag references, but overall, Serrano is a zany audience pleasing show.

SERRANO THE MUSICAL

Book and Lyrics by Madeline Sunshine

Music by Robert Tepper

Musical Direction/Arrangements by Jeff Rizzo

Choreography by Peggy Hickey

Directed by Joel Zwick

Now playing through Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thursdays Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm;

Sundays at 3pm

TICKETS:  $34.99

For Tickets visit: http://www.serranothemusical.com

or call 323-960-7774

Starring: TIM MARTIN GLEASON (Serrano) 

Featuring:  Suzanne Petrela (Pasadena Playhouse Mask, Life Could Be A Dream) as Rosanna, Chad Doreck (Off-Broadway – Altar Boyz) as Vinnie and Barry Pearl, Chad Borden, Tom G. McMahon, Craig McEldowney, Valerie Perri, Peter Van Norden, Matthew Henerson, James Tabeek and Kristina Miller.

Hellcab at the Elephant Stages

By Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Dominic Rains and Danny Parker photo credit: James Pippi

Dominic Rains and Danny Parker photo credit: James Pippi

Hell in a Cab is definitely not Genii in a Bottle.  The freaks don’t just come out at night and nothing is off limits from religion, to racism, to sex, violence or kindness.  It’s Christmas Eve in the windy city but still an average day for an average city cab driver.

Currently extended at the Elephant Theatre is Hellcab by Will Kern.  This “one hell of a holiday ride” directed by Elephant’s artistic director, David Fofi was originally produced in 1992 by Famous Door Theatre and is one of the longest-running shows in Chicago theatre history.  The plays are taken straight from real life – 85% of them are true and they happened to the author.  How’s that for “authenticity”?!

Lead actor Danny Parker-Lopes, remarks in the program “Generations to come will have no idea what a Taxi is. They won’t know what it’s like to get in a smelly disgusting Cab and not worry about the repercussions of acting like a jack ass or making a mess or throwing up.”

But we actually get a pretty good idea of the driver’s side point of view from Lopes, who uncannily captures a vulnerable, tense, not always so bright but mostly good-hearted, ordinary guy, trying to make a living.  Driving a cab is not always pretty, can get you into trouble, is often life threatening dangerous, takes voyeurism to a heightened sexy level, punches you in the stomach with brutal realities and sometimes…once in a blue moon, can be awfully, surprisingly nice.

Most people don’t experience this kind of emotional roller coaster in half a lifetime, never mind one single night.

The cast of “characters” in this show is hilarious and highly entertaining.  Hellcab is a great show all around creatively performed by a well-rounded cast. Worth the ticket.

There are only 2 performances left!  Friday, January 23rd & Sunday, January 25th, both at 8:00pm

For tickets, go to:  www.plays411.com/hellcab 

Performances:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 8PM – General admission:  $20.00

The Elephant Theatre (Elephant Stage) is located at 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90038

Featuring: Danny Parker, Anita Curran, Charlotte Taschen, Cody Anderson, Dominic Rains, Eric Bunton, Erick Nathan, Ethan Rains, Etienne Eckert, Gary Werntz, Jason Konopsis, Jennifer Finch. Joe Tomasini, John Charles Meyer, Jolie Carina, Katherine Barcsay, Keena Ferguson, Kim Estes, Kimberly Alexander, Lawrence Dillard, LeShay Tomlinson Boyce, Marina Mouhibian, Meghan Cox, Rey Goyos, Scott Krinsky, Shannon McManus, Tara Norris, Terrance Flack and Tim Starks.

80 minutes

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Announces Nominations for 2014 Achievements

January 22, 2015…Los Angeles…The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2014 (Dec. 1, 2013 – Nov. 30, 2014). The 46th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Beyond the Stars Palace, 417 N. Brand Boulevard in Glendale.

All event tickets are $40 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will be sold at the door if available. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a reception (with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar; dessert post-show), the event to commence at 7:30 p.m. Valet parking is available at the venue, along with ample street parking.

The evening, whose theme is “L.A. FUNNY,” will be hosted by Dixie Longate. “America’s favorite Tupperware lady” is the creator/performer of numerous solo shows including Dixie’s Tupperware Party, which enjoyed smash engagements in 2014 at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse and Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center, A 2007 Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Solo Performance in New York, Dixie will bring her unique perspective on creative food storage to the wine and song of a tableside awards ceremony, encouraging theater community and public alike to let their hair down. Corey B. Hirsch, recipient of a 2014 LADCC award for A Man of No Importance, will be the evening’s musical director.

One or more plaques will be presented in each of 16 categories. Three technical achievements have already been voted plaques: John Burton for his properties design for Everything You Touch (The Theatre @ Boston Court and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Tony Doublin and Gabe Bartalos, for their special effects for Taste (Sacred Fools Theater Company, The Schramm Group LLC and Red Hen Productions); and Teller, Johnny Thompson, Thom Rubino, and Christopher Rose for their illusions for South Coast Repertory’s The Tempest. In addition, six special awards will also be presented through the sponsorship of organizations to which the LADCC is most grateful.

The LADCC special award recipients are as follows:

The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre goes to Independent Shakespeare Company. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, sponsor to be announced.

The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play goes to Sheila Callaghan for Everything You Touch.  The award is accompanied by an offer to publish by Samuel French, Inc.

The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre goes to The Theatre @ Boston Court. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by the Nederlander Organization.

The Kinetic Lighting Award for outstanding achievement in theatrical design goes to sound designer Cricket S. Myers. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by Kinetic Lighting.

The Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre goes to 3-D Theatricals. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, sponsor to be announced.

The Milton Katselas Award for career or special achievement in direction goes to Robin Larsen. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

The nominees for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for theatrical excellence in 2014 are as follows:

Production

  • Firemen, The Echo Theater.
  • Floyd Collins, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
  • One in the Chamber, 6140 Productions in association with Theatre Planners, Racquel Lehrman, Victoria Watson, Lynne Peck, Joe Cirincione, Ed Ryan and Robin Greenspun at The Lounge Theatre.
  • Spring Awakening, Deaf West Theatre in association with The Forest of Arden, Cody Lassen, Jarrod Musano at Inner City Arts.
  • Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company at The Theatre @ Boston Court.
  • Taste, Sacred Fools Theater Company, The Schramm Group LLC and Red Hen Productions at Sacred Fools Theater.
  • The Behavior of Broadus, Sacred Fools Theater Company and Burglars of Hamm in association with Center Theatre Group at Sacred Fools Theater. 

McCulloh Award for Revival (plays written between 1920 and 1980)

  • A Delicate Balance, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble at Odyssey Theatre.
  • Pippin, Barry and Fran Weissler, Howard and Janet Kagan, Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, A&A Gordon/Brunish Trinchero, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, Joshua Goodman, Stephen E. McManus, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Hugh Hayes/Jamie Cesa/Jonathan Reinis, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Ben Feldman, Square 1 Theatrics, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein, Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney, American Repertory Theater at Hollywood Pantages.
  • Ruth Draper’s Monologues, Geffen Playhouse.


Lead Performance

  • Brooke Adams in Happy Days, The Theatre @ Boston Court.
  • Hugo Armstrong in The Behavior of Broadus, Sacred Fools Theater Company and Burglars of Hamm in association with Center Theatre Group at Sacred Fools Theater.
  • Ian Bamberg in Firemen, The Echo Theater.
  • Geoff Elliott in The Dance of Death, A Noise Within.
  • Robert Joy in The Ugly One, Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA at Atwater Village Speakeasy Theatre.
  • Chris L. McKenna in Taste, Sacred Fools Theater Company, The Schramm Group LLC and Red Hen Productions at Sacred Fools Theater.
  • Patrick Stafford in Cock, Rogue Machine Theatre at Theatre/Theater.
  • Heidi Sulzman in One in the Chamber, 6140 Productions in association with Theatre Planners, Racquel Lehrman, Victoria Watson, Lynne Peck, Joe Cirincione, Ed Ryan and Robin Greenspun at The Lounge Theatre.
  • Cicely Tyson in The Trip to Bountiful, Center Theatre Group in association with ArtsEmerson at Ahmanson Theatre.

Featured Performance

  • Hugo Armstrong in Backyard, The Echo Theater.
  • Rebecca Gray in Firemen, The Echo Theater.
  • Andrea Martin in Pippin, Barry and Fran Weissler, Howard and Janet Kagan, Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo, A&A Gordon/Brunish Trinchero, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, Joshua Goodman, Stephen E. McManus, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Hugh Hayes/Jamie Cesa/Jonathan Reinis, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Ben Feldman, Square 1 Theatrics, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein, Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney, American Repertory Theater at Hollywood Pantages.
  • Josey Montana McCoy in Floyd Collins, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
  • Tyler Pierce in Everything You Touch, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater at The Theatre @ Boston Court.
  • Joel Polis in My Name Is Asher Lev, The Fountain Theatre.
  • Aramazd Stepanian in The Cherry Orchard, Pacific Resident Theatre.

Ensemble Performance

  • Cock, Rogue Machine Theatre at Theatre/Theater.
  • Firemen, The Echo Theater.
  • Five Mile Lake, South Coast Repertory.
  • Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company at The Theatre @ Boston Court.
  • The Behavior of Broadus, Sacred Fools Theater Company and Burglars of Hamm in association with Center Theatre Group at Sacred Fools Theater.
  • The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, National Theatre of Scotland at The Broad Stage.

Solo Performance

  • Annette Bening in Ruth Draper’s Monologues, Geffen Playhouse.
  • Barry McGovern in I’ll Go On, Gate Theatre Production, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre.
  • Ben Moroski in The Wake, Elephant Studio Theatre.
  • Michael Urie in Buyer & Cellar, Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum.

Direction

  • Matt Almos & Ken Roht, The Behavior of Broadus, Sacred Fools Theater Company and Burglars of Hamm in association with Center Theatre Group at Sacred Fools Theater.
  • Guillermo Cienfuegos, Henry V, 2nd Stage Production at Pacific Resident Theatre.
  • Chris Fields, Firemen, The Echo Theater.
  • Jessica Kubzansky, Everything You Touch, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater at The Theatre @ Boston Court.
  • Michael Michetti, Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company at The Theatre @ Boston Court.
  • Wils Wilson, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, National Theatre of Scotland at The Broad Stage.

Writing

  • Burglars of Hamm: Carolyn Almos, Matt Almos, Jon Beauregard & Albert Dayan, The Behavior of Broadus, Sacred Fools Theater Company and Burglars of Hamm in association with Center Theatre Group at Sacred Fools Theater.
  • Kenneth Cavander, The Curse of Oedipus, The Antaeus Company.
  • David Greig, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, National Theatre of Scotland at The Broad Stage.
  • Aaron Posner, Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company at The Theatre @ Boston Court.
  • Marja-Lewis Ryan, One in the Chamber, 6140 Productions in association with Theatre Planners, Racquel Lehrman, Victoria Watson, Lynne Peck, Joe Cirincione, Ed Ryan and Robin Greenspun at The Lounge Theatre.
  • Tommy Smith, Firemen, The Echo Theater.

Musical Score

  • Matt Almos, Brendan Milburn & Burglars of Hamm (original songs), The Behavior of Broadus, Sacred Fools Theater Company and Burglars of Hamm in association with Center Theatre Group at Sacred Fools Theater.
  • Wayne Barker, Peter and the Starcatcher (music), Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre.
  • Barry Manilow (music) and Bruce Sussman (lyrics), Harmony, Center Theatre Group and Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA, Ahmanson Theatre.

Music Direction

  • Darryl Archibald (music supervisor) and Brian Baker (music director), Let’s Misbehave: The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter, International City Theatre.
  • Miche Braden, The Tempest, South Coast Repertory.
  • Alasdair Macrae, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, National Theatre of Scotland at The Broad Stage.
  • David O, Floyd Collins, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Choreography

  • JoAnn M. Hunter, Harmony, Center Theatre Group and Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA at Ahmanson Theatre.
  • Matt Kent, Pilobolus, The Tempest, South Coast Repertory.
  • Spencer Liff, Spring Awakening, Deaf West Theatre in association with The Forest of Arden, Cody Lassen, Jarrod Musano at Inner City Arts.
  • Ken Roht, The Behavior of Broadus, Sacred Fools Theater Company and Burglars of Hamm in association with Center Theatre Group at Sacred Fools Theater.

Set Design

  • Daniel Conway, The Tempest, South Coast Repertory.
  • Jeff Cowie, The Trip to Bountiful, Center Theatre Group in association with ArtsEmerson at Ahmanson Theatre.
  • Allen Moyer, Parfumerie, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Neil Murray, Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, Kneehigh, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Lighting Design

  • Christopher Akerlind, The Tempest, South Coast Repertory.
  • Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher, Center Theatre Group at Ahmanson Theatre.
  • Lisa D. Katz, Floyd Collins, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
  • Jeremy Pivnick, Everything You Touch, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater at The Theatre @ Boston Court.

Costume Design

  • Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots, Daryl Roth, Hal Luftig, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Independent Presenters Network, CJ E&M, Jayne Baron Sherman, Just For Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams, Yasuhiro Kawana, Jane Berger, Allen S. Gordon & Adam S. Gordon, Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Lucy & Phil Suarez, Bryan Bantry, Ron Fierstein & Dorsey Regal, Jim Kierstead/Gregory Rae, BB Group/Christina Papagjika, Miacheal DeSantis/Patrick Baugh, Brian Smith/Tom & Connie Walsh, Warren Trepp and Jujamcyn Theatres at Hollywood Pantages.
  • Kym Barrett, TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil.
  • Jenny Foldenauer, Everything You Touch, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater at The Theatre @ Boston Court.
  • Dominique Lemieux, Pippin, Barry and Fran Weissler, Howard and Janet Kagan, Lisa Martin, Kyodo Tokyo, Stephen E. McManus, A&A Gordon, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Hugh Hayes/Jonathan Reinis/Jamie Cesa, Kim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Ben Feldman, Just For Laughs Theatricals, Square|Theatrics, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Wendy Federman/Carl Muellenberg/Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein, Michael A. Aldon/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney at Hollywood Pantages.

Sound Design

  • Josh Bessom, Floyd Collins, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
  • Charles Coes and Darron L. West, The Tempest, South Coast Repertory.
  • Jonathan Deans & Garth Helm, Pippin, Barry and Fran Weissler, Howard and Janet Kagan, Lisa Martin, Kyodo Tokyo, Stephen E. McManus, A&A Gordon, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak, Rebecca Gold, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Hugh Hayes/Jonathan Reinis/Jamie Cesa, Kim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Ben Feldman, Just For Laughs Theatricals, Square|Theatrics, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Wendy Federman/Carl Muellenberg/Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein, Michael A. Aldon/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney at Hollywood Pantages.
  • Doug Newell, Foxfinder, Furious Theatre Company in association with Artists Repertory Theatre of Portland, Oregon at Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theatre.

CGI/Video

  • John Driscoll and Gemma Carrington, Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, Kneehigh, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Pedro Pires, TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil.

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle was founded in 1969.  It is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles. The 2014 membership consisted of:

Pauline Adamek, ArtsBeatLA.com, Stage Raw

Shirle Gottlieb, Gazette Newspapers, StageHappenings.com

Margaret Gray, L.A. Times

Hoyt Hilsman, The Huffington Post

Deborah Klugman, ArtsBeatLA.com, Stage Raw

Jon Magaril, CurtainUp.com

Dany Margolies, ArtsInLA.com

Myron Meisel, The Hollywood Reporter, Stage Raw

Terry Morgan, TalkinBroadway.com, Stage Raw

Steven Leigh Morris, Stage Raw

David C. Nichols, L.A. Times

Sharon Perlmutter, TalkinBroadway.com

Melinda Schupmann, ShowMag.com, ArtsinLA.com

Jonas Schwartz, Theatermania.com

Madeleine Shaner, Park La Brea News & Beverly Press (emeritus)

Don Shirley, LA Observed

Les Spindle, Frontiers, EDGE LA

Bob Verini, Variety, ArtsinLA.com, Stage Raw

Neal Weaver, Stage Raw, ArtsinLA.com
Citations by production/venue:           

The Behavior of Broadus (Sacred Fools) 7

Firemen (Echo Theatre) 6

The Tempest (South Coast Rep) 6

Everything You Touch (The Theatre @ Boston Court) 5, plus the Ted Schmitt Award

Floyd Collins (La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts) 5

Pippin (Hollywood Pantages) 4

Stupid Fucking Bird (The Theatre @ Boston Court) 4

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (The Broad Stage) 4

Taste (Sacred Fools) 3

One in the Chamber (Lounge Theatre) 3

Cock (Rogue Machine) 2

Harmony (Ahmanson Theatre) 2

Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter (Wallis Annenberg Center) 2

Peter And The Starcatcher (Ahmanson Theatre) 2

Ruth Draper’s Monologues (Geffen Playhouse) 2

Spring Awakening (Deaf West) 2

The Trip to Bountiful (Ahmanson Theatre) 2

TOTEM (Cirque du Soleil) 2

A Delicate Balance (Odyssey Theatre) 1

Backyard (Echo Theatre) 1

Buyer & Cellar (Mark Taper Forum) 1

Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep) 1

Foxfinder (Carrie Hamilton Theatre) 1

Happy Days (The Theatre @ Boston Court) 1

Henry V (Pacific Resident Theatre) 1

I’ll Go On (Kirk Douglas Theatre) 1

Kinky Boots (Hollywood Pantages) 1

Let’s Misbehave: The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter (International City Theatre) 1

My Name Is Asher Lev (The Fountain Theatre) 1

Parfumerie (Wallis Annenberg Center) 1

The Cherry Orchard (Pacific Resident Theatre) 1

The Curse of Oedipus (Antaeus) 1

The Dance of Death (A Noise Within) 1

The Ugly One (EST/LA) 1

The Wake (Elephant Studio Theatre) 1

We live in the snow

GiaOnTheMove:

It seems our practical one week of winter has come and gone in Southern California. And with the end of January right around the corner, it’s looking like we’ll be back to our perpetual Summer shortly. But personally, I long for the snow. Finding inspiration this morning where cold reigns…

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From the series ‘NomadsLife’ by Dutch photographer Jeroen Toirkens.

Since 1999 Toirkens has been following the lives of various nomadic tribes in Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia and the Arctic region. He discovered that globalisation, poverty and climate change are making it increasingly difficult for them to maintain their traditional way of life. With NomadsLife Toirkens creates a diverse and often poignant picture of nomadism in the 21st century.

In 1999 Jeroen Toirkens became fascinated by the nomad families high in Turkey’s Bolkar Mountains. He encountered the way of life of the Yörük, who were struggling with the pressures of a modernising Turkey. What were originally their nomadic pastures were being bought up by real estate developers, and many of the young people were departing for life in the cities. After that he visited other originally nomadic peoples who were encountering comparable problems. For instance, in 2005 and 2006 he and…

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