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‘The Behavior of Broadus’: Jacob Sidney Takes The Lead

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

It was a one shot deal for actor Jacob Sidney stepping into the title role of The Behavior of Broadus at the Sacred Fools Theatre on Thursday evening (Oct. 16). And oh how he pulled it off!

Ok, I’ll confess, I seem to have a penchant these days for alternate casts and understudies.  But when every other critic in Los Angeles is jumping into the fray to be the “first man out”, it’s so much more interesting to take a step back and see how things actually progress – well after opening night.

The Behavior of Broadus

Over the summer at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, I had the opportunity to review Mr. Sidney for his lead role in Hamlet Max, a rather amorphous yet off-handedly effective characterization of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  So I was quite looking forward to seeing what he could do with an even more obsessive personality.

For his “singular” achievement, Mr. Sidney, who normally plays Dean Stevens, completely dove into the character with exceeding skill.  In comparing photographs of the real John Broadus Watson, it could even be said that Sidney is a bit of a ringer. Truth be told, I never once thought about the fact that he was a “step-in” for the evening. It was the most natural, spot-on, technically well-presented performance that could have been rendered, supported by a wonderfully quick-witted ensemble which, coincidentally also included three other cast members switching places that evening. Due to an injury by actress C.J. Merriman, shortly on her way to foot surgery, cast members took the following roles: Aviva Pressman as Whitey; Kurt Bonnem as Loeb US; Scott Golden as Dean.  Overall, it was a total success.

Little-albert

As a musical play, The Behavior of Broadus is mostly hilarious, bright, sit-up-and-pay-attention material that captures the imagination with ridiculous and often profane humor mitigated by dark moments that either suddenly creep in or which are thrust into the forum of the doctor’s lab, his relationships and his own psyche, a place where he himself fears to tread and yet, in his late life, has no choice but to confront. It is a fictionally composed story of the real life of John Broadus Watson, the American psychologist who established the Psychological School of Behaviorism and modern Advertising.

Coming from humble beginnings, John Broadus Watson starts off as a farm boy growing up in rural South Carolina circa early 1900.  Coerced, by his mother, into the religious road of preacher-ism, he eventually makes his way to the savvy sin bearing streets of Chicago to find converts. There he quickly throws down his Bible and finds a path to science.

The Behavior of BroadusAided by his will, his imagination and in this version, his very intriguing, anthropomorphic relationships with farm animals and other four-legged testing patients he begins a life-long study on fear and classical conditioning, i.e. how to manipulate the human brain into doing what it is told. In his lifetime, John Broadus Watson conducted research on animal behavior, child rearing and advertising.  His most famous, greatest and undoubtedly shocking experiment was on an 8 month old baby named (Little) Albert with whom he took dangerously extreme liberties in the dissecting and retraining of the baby’s behaviors.  But it was his love affair (as then a married man) with his graduate student assistant, Rosalie Rayner, that ultimately sends him spiraling out of control and summarily booted from John Hopkins University. This consequently also leaves a once emotionally stable baby Albert mentally skewed for life, having been conditioned into phobias he never had. Watson never reconditions the baby back to normal behaviors.

This past season has seen several shows come out of the Sacred Fools Company in collaboration with other theaters and groups, which has upped the level of intensity, sophistication and high-end storytelling.  If nothing else to note, above all, storytelling IS what they do best.  Broadus, written by The Burglars of Hamm and presented in association with The Center Theatre Group, hits the mark. Even with a bit too much length and repetitive music score, especially in the second act, which drains a bit of its impact, it is a first-rate production that with a “dust-up” should enjoy a second life or more in a larger theatre house and with a broader audience.  Let’s hope.

The Behavior of BroadusWhat is stunning in the show is the lighting (by Brandon Baruch) which fully activates and heightens every action and emotion, accompanied by a live onstage orchestra — a distinctly gorgeous yet un-intrusive element in this production. But what I kept coming back to most, was the cleverly thought out movement and dance choreography  (by Ken Roht), impressive in how it often created bold formations, telling its own story, using the entire space and lines of the stage, something, as a dancer, I always look for, but I don’t often see in many theatrical productions.  The costuming matched the timeline.  The animal masks were thoroughly inventive.  And…there was an abundance of absolutely priceless lines, gags and moments from each actor/character in this script.

Broadus is “made-to-order” role for Mr. Sidney and it in he triumphs along with the cast for this piece, especially, the incredibly talented and entertaining Devon Sidell who gives a knockout performance as Rosalie Raynor. 

The Behavior of Broadus is undeniably good.

The Behavior of Broadus was commissioned by Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA.  This production was developed with support from Andrew W. Mellon

Photo (above) from the @BurglarsofHamm Twitter feed: Jacob Sidney

Sacred Fools Announces Season 22, Plus One

Press Release

The Sacred Fools Theater Company is excited to announce its upcoming 22nd Season (2018-2019) along with the opener for its 23rd Season in the fall of 2019.

The announced shows include three World Premieres and a West Coast Premiere, plus a co-production of a local favorite that took home the Top of Fringe award from the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Starting in September with Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk by Burglars of Hamm and followed in November by The Value of Moscow by Amy Dellagiarino, Season 22 continues in the early Spring of 2019 with Too Heavy for Your Pocket by Jirén Breon Holder and concludes with Tangerine Sunset by Peter Fluet.

Season 23 will kick off in the Fall of 2019 with Deadly, a new musical with book and lyrics by Vanessa Claire Stewart, music by Ryan Thomas Johnson.

“This season has so much of what Sacred Fools does best,” says Artistic Director Aviva Pressman. “Shows that are different, push the envelope, take a stand, and are full of the best kind of foolishness.”

October 2018
Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk

Collaborating again with Sacred Fools after the acclaimed co-productions Land of the Tigers and The Behavior of Broadus, Burglars of Hamm will present their acclaimed production of this previously unknown masterpiece by Swedish playwright/provocateur Lars Mattsun (1849-1912). Through Mattsun’s surreal theatricality and stunning wordplay, the audience is engulfed in the tale of a troubled young man named Philip, who follows a Mysterious Child into a world of art, sexuality and madness. Much of the original cast and production team return, including controversial director Todd Merrill. Resahas played to great acclaim in Los Angeles, Seattle, Edinburgh and New York, and won the Top of Fringe award at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.

“We are always thrilled to partner with Burglars of Hamm,” notes Artistic Director Scott Leggett. “They are masters at holding the funhouse mirror up to nature, and Resa is a show that takes our artistic self-importance to task, in a clever and reflective way. We are delighted to bring this show to a wider audience.”

November 2018
World Premiere
The Value of Moscow by Amy Dellagiarino

There’s no place like home… to make you wanna kill somebody. Three grown “adult” sisters are thrust back into living together as a last resort after their various lives have fallen apart. This trio can’t even agree on how to unpack their stuff much less their relationships and pasts. And before they can finish the bottle of vodka they found in the kitchen, everything goes from bad to worse, to a lot, LOT worse. Can they set aside their grievances long enough to work together and save themselves? Probably not. But with acerbic wit and an encounter with the pizza man, these three sisters aim to find out. The Value of Moscow will be first mainstage show performed in the Broadwater Second Stage under the direction of Carrie Keranen.

“I love three things about The Value of Moscow: The eldest sister, the middle sister and the youngest sister,” explains Keranen. “In them I see woman I know, women I have been, women I try so hard not to be, women I have yet to admit live inside me. If this play weren’t so funny it would be downright tragic.”

January 2018
West Coast Premiere
Too Heavy for Your Pocket by Jirén Breon Holder

In rural Tennessee at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, two young African-American couples struggle to understand justice, love, and their own responsibilities. Too Heavy for Your Pocket beautifully explores the sacrifices and tolls in the fight for freedom and equality that are placed, not only on the fighters, but the people they love. The play had its World Premiere at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta before moving to the Roundabout Theater in New York and won the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. This West Coast Premiere will be directed by Celebration Theatre Co-Artistic Director Michael A. Shepperd and will be performed in the Broadwater Black Box.

“We have been tracking Too Heavy For Your Pocket since its world premiere, and were deeply affected by the poetry and humanity on display in Jirén’s work,” Artistic Director Bryan Bellomo says. “We are honored to bring a west coast premiere to Los Angeles, and thrilled to finally have the opportunity to partner with Michael A. Shepperd, the perfect director to tell this delicate story of aspiration and familial love.”

March 2019
World Premiere
Tangerine Sunset by Peter Fluet

This homegrown play will close the 22nd Season in the Broadwater Main Stage. In the vein of Absolutely Filthy, Watson, A Kind of Love Story and Beaverquest!, Sacred Fools brings you another show created in its late-night comedy cauldron, Serial Killers. Tangerine Sunset tells the story of how, on a private island, on a palatial estate, a party attended by billionaire capitalists, movie stars, insane geniuses, and regular people cursed by fate, found themselves trapped on a dark intersection that led to murder, mayhem, and laughter. This show was part of the Fools’ New Works Development Program and went through over a year-long process of workshops and re-writes. Tangerine Sunset will be directed by JJ Mayes (Live! From the Last Night of My Life, The Magic Bullet Theory).

“Tangerine Sunset is a larger than life, hilarious, Sacredly-Foolish play in every sense,” producer Brian Wallis points out. “Peter Fluet and JJ Mayes have crafted a side-splitting, edge-of-your-seat, gothic horror-comedy that is truly worthy of a night at the theater. It’s a fitting end to a Foolish season.”

Fall 2019
World Premiere
Deadly
Book and lyrics by Vanessa Claire Stewart
Music by Ryan Johnson

1893. A time of hope and optimism as the World’s Fair turns the globe’s eyes toward Chicago. But within this cultural explosion of art and technology, a demon lurks beneath. Taking advantage of the modern woman’s adventuresome spirit, H.H. Holmes builds a hotel – a murder castle – to entrap and kill unsuspecting ladies new to the big city. From the team behind the critical and box-office hit Stoneface, playwright Vanessa Claire Stewart (Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara), composer Ryan Thomas Johnson (Watson), and director Jaime Robledo (Mr. Burns, a post-electric play), Deadly examines one of the most famous true crime cases in history, through the unlikely lens of the victims’ experience.

“Much has been written and lionized about ‘America’s First Serial Killer,’ H.H. Holmes. But in the age of Me Too, I wanted to give these brave women their voices by reframing the narrative,” Stewart says. “I think it is time to reconsider the man whose legend has grown while these ‘disposable women’ have been forgotten. The victims had all dreamed big enough to adventure alone to a new city- what could they have become? And how would they have enacted revenge if they could?”

The Broadwater Plunge

Sacred Fools is also excited about The Broadwater Plunge, the new bar in the heart of Theatre Row catering to theatergoing crowds open now in the Broadwater Theater Complex.

Additional Programming

Along with these mainstage shows, Sacred Fools will also continue its tradition of late-night and off-night programming, with announcements about ongoing shows and new programming coming soon.

No Patron will pay more than $15 for a Sacred Fools show

We believe that theatre should be accessible to everyone. That’s why, for our 22nd season, we’re continuing our commitment to lower ticket prices so that anyone who wants to experience live theatre has the opportunity to do so.

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Announces Nominations for 2014 Achievements

Press Release

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theater 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.

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 Partywhich 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 table-side 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 theater 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 theater 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 theater 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

Be a Part of a LIVE Audience Digital Stream for The Noir Series at Schkapf Hollywood in November!

Old-School, studio-audience show taping meets the digital streaming age at the Schkapf Theatre, 6567 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90038, for 4 performances starting November 7th.

YOU can be a part of the LIVE studio audience! 

Los Angeles’ Heretick Theatre Lab will debut  “The Noir Series,” live as part of a “Theatrical Experience,” performed in front of an audience, filmed in HD, mixed in real time, and streamed over the web.

Heretick is the first and only Theatre Company in Los Angeles to bring live theatre to homes across the nation through online access and web streaming.

laEmmy award winning screenwriter Stephen McFeely (Co-writer of Marvel’s Captain America), critically acclaimed graphic novelist Ed Brubaker, award winning local Los Angeles theatre artists Burglars of Hamm (Gia recently reviewed their show The Behavior of Broadus), and Nancy Keystone’s Critical Mass Performance Group came together to produce and create this theatrical experience.

Showtimes:

8pm – November 7 & 8
4pm LA Matinee/East Coast live feed – November 8& 9

On November 7th a Q&A with the cast and creators of the Noir Series will take place directly after the event in the theatre lobby with:

  • Stephen McFeely – Co-writer of Marvel’s Captain America, writer, Malfeasance
  • Ed Brubaker – Co-writer of Marvel’s Captain America , writer, Air Conditioned Rooms,
  • Nancy Keystone –writer and director, A Door to the Dark
  • Hugo Armstrong– actor, Malfeasance
  • Tessa Ferrer – actor, Air Conditioned Rooms
  • Jennifer Cotteleer – creator, The Noir Series
  • Burglars of Hamm– Jon Beauregard, Carolyn Almos, Albert Dayan
  • Sofiya Alexandra – Emcee
  • Rob Buscemi– Emcee

brown paper ticketsStudio audience tickets can be purchased for $20 at Brown Paper Tickets

Online tickets and viewing can be accessed for $7.99 for a single viewing, and $20 for a weekend viewing package through http://static.viewer.dacast.com/b/43652/p/48152.

For a full schedule of performance and viewing dates and times please visit: http://www.hereticklab.com/

 

 

 

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