THE BETTER LEMONS "I LOVE LA" CRITIC AWARD FOR 2019 GOES TO...

 PAUL MYRVOLD - Paul Myrvold's Theatre Notes

The "I Love LA" Award goes to the critic who did the most to promote LA Theatre in 2019.

Congratulations to Paul from all of us!

Paul Myrvold, has been writing theatre commentary for over thirty years, first in the Bay Area covering every kind of performance including plays, musicals, ballet, opera, circus, and even a Portuguese-style bull fight. He has written about theatrical performances at all levels in all kinds of venues from the premiere theatres, such as A.C.T., Berkeley Rep and TheatreWorks, to smaller, high quality venues such as San Jose Stage Company, City Lights Theatre Company, and Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel. He has also covered community theatre productions, college and university productions and, on occasion, high school productions.

Now residing in Southern California, Paul has been commenting on shows throughout Los Angeles County and has stretched his beat to Orange County and South Coast Repertory.

An Equity actor for over forty years, Paul played Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum in San Jose Stage Company’s award winning production of The Three Penny Opera and the dual roles of Sir Walter Elliot and Admiral Croft in the world premiere of Jane Austen’s Persuasion also at San Jose Stage Company. He earned a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for “Outstanding Performance” in the supporting roles of J. V. “Major” Bouvier and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale in the musical Grey Gardens at TheatreWorks (2008). In the summer of 2018, he appeared in the highly acclaimed Open Fist Theatre production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood as Reverend Jenkins and Narrator. Paul has performed on Broadway (most notably in the hit show Shenandoah with John Cullum), off Broadway, off-off Broadway, in regional theatres, summer stock and as a Guest Artist at colleges and universities from coast to coast. He has performed his signature role Cervantes/Quixote in Man of La Mancha eight times over four decades, the latest of which was an intimate, theatre-in-the round production at Pacific Repertory Theatre. Some other favorite roles include King Lear, Fred Graham / Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate, Trigorin in The Sea Gull, Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music and Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown. Paul is never happier than when he is in the theatre, either on stage or in the audience, and he hopes to see you at intermission or after the show.

To view all of Paul's review excerpts, visit his Better Lemons page HERE.

To view all the Registered Critics on Better Lemons who post their own review excerpts and give each show a LemonMeter rating, go to Better-Lemons.com/Registered-Critics.

All Registered Critics write theater and art reviews for their own publications and then rate registered shows on our website and add their LemonMeter rating. Please contact them through their own website to congratulate them and to get them to review your production.

Tomorrow we will announce the winner of the "Enlightenment" Award - the critic who did the most to inform and educate in 2019.

THE BETTER LEMONS "FOMENTER OF REVOLUTION" CRITIC AWARD for 2019 went to Ed Rampell from Hollywood Progressive.

THE BETTER LEMONS "NAME DROPPER" CRITIC AWARD for 2019 went to Jill Weinlein from Onstage Blog.

THE BETTER LEMONS "SAY WHAT" CRITIC AWARD for 2019 went to Lorenzo Marchessi from The Geek Authority.

THE BETTER LEMONS "SILVER TONGUE" CRITIC AWARD for 2019 went to Vanessa Cate from Stage Raw.

THE BETTER LEMONS "DIRECTOR" CRITIC AWARD for 2019 went to Ernest Kearney from TheTVolution.

THE BETTER LEMONS "UP LATE" CRITIC AWARD for 2019 went to Eric Gordon from People's World.

THE BETTER LEMONS "THEATRE HOUND" CRITIC AWARD for 2019 went to Shari Barrett from Broadway World.


THE BETTER LEMONS "SAY WHAT?" CRITIC AWARD FOR 2019 GOES TO...

LORENZO MARCHESSI - The Geek Authority

The "Say What?" Award goes to the most provocative critic.

Congratulations to Lorenzo from all of us!

Lorenzo Marchessi is a Chicago born transplant to Southern California who has several degrees in Theatre, Film, Radio, Television, Business and Communications and has worked both on stage and on camera before working directly behind the scenes for stage and screen. Directing over 50 theatrical shows like Annie, A View From The Bridge, and Noises Off for the stage, he has written and produced over 100 shorts, TV spots, and at live entertainment venues. The one thing he has done the most is writing. With stage play, teleplay and screenplay writing credits behind him has received most acclaim and Critics Choice awarded (twice in Illinois as well as Iowa and CA) and has been reviewing since his college days. Currently the owner/President of The Geek Authority which reviews, interviews, does live video feeds and photo expose's at more that 50 conventions a year that feature Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Anime / Comics / TV / Films / Products / Music / Toys / Celebrities / Pop Culture related events. Also, Lorenzo is constantly reviewing over 150 theatrical events (plays. concerts, opera, live entertainment) a year all over Southern CA, AZ and NV. The Geek Authority is now over 10 years old and has expanded with correspondents all over the country.

To view all of Lorenzo's review excerpts, visit his Better Lemons page HERE.

To view all the Registered Critics on Better Lemons who post their own review excerpts and give each show a LemonMeter rating, go to Better-Lemons.com/Registered-Critics.

All Registered Critics write theater and art reviews for their own publications and then rate registered shows on our website and add their LemonMeter rating. Please contact them through their own website to congratulate them and to get them to review your production.

Tomorrow we will announce the winner of the "Silver Tongue" Award - the most persuasive critic, capable of enticing anyone into a theatre seat.

THE BETTER LEMONS "FOMENTER OF REVOLUTION" CRITIC AWARD for 2019 went to Ed Rampell from Hollywood Progressive.

THE BETTER LEMONS "NAME DROPPER" CRITIC AWARD for 2019 went to Jill Weinlein from Onstage Blog.


THE BETTER LEMONS "Name Dropper" CRITIC AWARD FOR 2019 GOES TO...

JILL WEINLEIN from Onstage Blog

"Name Dropper" Award goes to the critic who is most likely to review the big shows in the big theatres with the big names and the big budgets.

Congratulations to Jill from all of us!

Jill Weinlein graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Theater Arts. Her training gave her an understanding and appreciation for the writing, directing, acting and the technical team. Besides reviewing community and big Broadway shows, she lives in Los Angeles and writes restaurant reviews for the Beverly Press and Park LaBrea News. Her reviews can be viewed on dineandtravel.me.

To view all of Jill's review excerpts, visit her Better Lemons page HERE.

To view all the Registered Critics on Better Lemons who post their own review excerpts and give each show a LemonMeter rating, go to Better-Lemons.com/Registered-Critics.

All Registered Critics write theater and art reviews for their own publications and then rate registered shows on our website and add their LemonMeter rating. Please contact them through their own website to congratulate them and to get them to review your production.

Tomorrow we will announce the winner of the "Say What?" Award - the most provocative critic.

THE BETTER LEMONS "FOMENTER OF REVOLUTION" CRITIC AWARD FOR 2019 went to Ed Rampell from Hollywood Progressive.


The Better Lemons "Fomenter of Revolution" Critic Award for 2019 Goes To...

ED RAMPELL from Hollywood Progressive

The "Fomenter of Revolution" Award goes to the Critic who is most likely to stir a conversation about theater, politics, and social justice.

Congratulations to Ed from all of us at Better Lemons!

Ed Rampell is an L.A.-based full-time freelance writer and author. He majored in Cinema at Manhattan’s Hunter College. After graduating, Rampell lived in Tahiti, Samoa, Hawaii, and Micronesia, reporting on the nuclear free and independent Pacific and Hawaiian Sovereignty movements for: ABC News’ “20/20,” Reuters, AP, Radio Australia, Radio New Zealand, NewsWeek, Honolulu Weekly, etc. In 1999 Rampell relocated to L.A. and contributed to: “The Finger” column for New Times L.A., Variety, Written By, The Nation, L.A. Times, L.A. Daily News, Financial Times, New York Press, Guardian, The Progressive, Sierra Magazine, Earth Island Journal, Washington Post, The Forward, In These Times, AlterNet, DestinAsian, etc. Rampell currently covers L.A.’s arts scene for: HollywoodProgressive.com, Jesther Entertainment, People’s World, etc.

Rampell co-authored “Conversations with W.S. Merwin” and the film histories: “Made In Paradise, Hollywood’s Films of Hawaii and the South Seas,” “Pearl Harbor in the Movies, and “The Hawaii Movie and Television Book.” Rampell is solo author of the 2005 book “Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States.” Rampell appears in the 2005 Australian documentary “Hula Girls, Imagining Paradise.”

To view all of Ed's review excerpts visit his Better Lemons page HERE.

To view all the Registered Critics on Better Lemons who post their own review excerpts and give each show a LemonMeter rating, go to Better-Lemons.com/Registered-Critics.

All Registered Critics write theater and art reviews for their own publications and then rate registered shows on our website and add their LemonMeter rating. Please contact them through their own website to congratulate them and to get them to review your production.

Tomorrow we will announce the winner of the "Name Dropper" Award - the critic most likely to review the big shows in the big theatres with the big names and the big budgets.


Vote for your Favorite Critic of 2019

LA's Theatre Critics are an integral part of LA Theatre and now it's our turn to recognize them with the Better Lemons Critic Awards.

There are nine categories for the Better Lemons Critic Awards that you can vote for:

"I LOVE LA" Award - the critic who did the most to promote LA Theatre in 2019

"Up Late" Award - the most prolific critic in 2019

"Say What?" Award - the most provocative critic

"Enlightenment" Award - the critic who does the most to inform and educate

"Name Dropper" Award - the critic most likely to review the big shows in the big theatres with the big names and the big budgets

"Theatre Hound" Award - the critic most likely to review the hidden gems, off the beaten path, those with short runs and small budgets

"Silver Tongue" Award - the most persuasive critic, capable of enticing anyone into a theatre seat

"Director" Award - the critic who is most likely to write reviews that inform the artists

and the

"Fomenter of Revolution" Award - the critic most likely to stir a conversation about theater, politics, and social justice

Click here to vote!

If you'd like to know more about the critics, go to Better-Lemons.com/registered-critics.

Better Lemons has two groups of Critics: those who have registered with us and those who have not.

Those who are registered with us, we call Registered Critics. These Registered Critics post their own review excerpt to production pages that are registered on Better Lemons. They also give each production a Sweet, Sweet and Sour, or Sour LemonMeter rating. (We don't send out critics to review shows, so please contact the critics directly via their publication if you need a reviewer!)

Critics who have not registered with us, post their reviews online and those reviews get submitted to us by the publicists, directors, or producers of shows that are registered on our site.  The Better Lemons team also finds reviews, and then selects the pull-quote, determines the Sweet, Sweet and Sour, or Sour LemonMeter rating, and links to the original source of the review.

We appreciate and celebrate the work of all Critics, but are especially grateful for the Critics that have registered with us! Their review excerpts and LemonMeter ratings are published as soon as they submit it (their submission doesn't need to wait to be approved).

These Registered Critics ensure that the productions are getting a LemonMeter rating quickly and that their submission reflects their own opinion, not that of a publicist, producer, or a Better Lemons team member.

We appreciate these Registered Critics and we’d like to thank them, each and every one of them.

To celebrate these Critics, we are having our first Annual Top Critics Award, where our readers will be able to vote for their favorite Critic from our list of Registered Critics.

Please look at the profile pages of each Registered Critic, read their reviews if you are not familiar with them, and place your votes on the form below by 10pm on Wednesday, January 22nd.


The Eighth Annual Eddon Awards

The Best of LA Theatre for 2017 by Don Grigware

There are undoubtedly other productions worthy of merit in 2017 which I did not cover. This list is based solely on what I saw and reviewed.

  • Alphabetical listings; Equity, Equity-waiver & Non-Equity productions are mixed
  • Artists performing outside LA may be included in performance categories
  • No set, costume, technical awards. I leave those to the bigger awards and to the expertise of those who really know those fields inside out.
  • Don't take these choices too seriously. After all, it's just one man's opinions.
  • This year I have trimmed down categories to include a smaller number of winners in each. I have also separated plays and performances into Large Space and Small Space.

BEST PRODUCTION in a Large Space

Hamilton - Pantages Theatre
The Red Shoes - Ahmanson Theatre
Something Rotten - Ahmanson Theatre
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Ahmanson Theatre
Head of Passes - Mark Taper Forum (MTF)
Heisenberg - MTF
Oklahoma - 3D Theatricals
Kiss of the Spider Woman - Welk Resorts Theatre. Escondido
Cagney - Debbie Reynolds Mainstage at the El Portal
Driving Miss Daisy - Colony

BEST PERFORMANCE - Large Space

Ensemble - Pantages Theatre
Carmen Cusack - Bright Star, Ahmanson Theatre
Phylicia Rashad - Head of Passes
Mary Louise Parker/Denis Arndt - Heisenberg
Ensemble - Oklahoma
Richard Bermudez, Jeffrey Scott Parsons, Natalie Nucci - Kiss of the Spider Woman
Robert Creighton and Ensemble - Cagney
Donna Mills and Ensemble - Driving Miss Daisy
Tyne Daly/Robert Forrester - Chasing Mem'ries, Geffen Playhouse
Al Pacino, Judith Light, Miles Gaston Villanueva - God Looked Away - Pasadena Playhouse
LaChanze - Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Carly Bracco - Peter Pan - Cabrillo Music Theatre

BEST DIRECTOR - Large Space

Thomas Kail - Hamilton
Andy Blankenbuehler - choreographer

BEST PRODUCTION in a Small Space

Lost in Yonkers - Group rep
Stupid Kid - The Road Theatre Company
Separate Tables - Theatre 40
The Man Who Came to Dinner - Actors Co-op
The 39 Steps - Actors Co-op
Frida: Stroke of Passion - Macha Theatre

BEST PERFORMANCE - Small Space

Bennett Saltzman, Roslyn Cohn, Loraine Shields - Lost in Yonkers
Taylor Gilbert and Rob Nagle & Ensemble - Stupid Kid
Roslyn Cohn and Diana Angelina - Separate Tables
Ensemble - Man Who Came to Dinner/39 Steps
Odalys Nanin - Frida: Stroke of Passion

BEST DIRECTOR - Small Space

Cameron Watson - Stupid Kid

BEST NEW PRODUCTION

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical - La Jolla Playhouse

UNIQUE or SPECIAL EVENTS

An Evening of Classic Broadway - Rockwell Table and Stage
Freddy - LA City College in association with the Fountain Theatre
An Evening with Debbie Reynolds - El Portal Mainstage

BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTIST: MALE

James Snyder - Soliloquy - Catalina Jazz Club
Levi Kreis - Broadway at the Keys - LGBT Center
Robert Yacko - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTIST: FEMALE

Kay Cole - Souvenir - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
Donna McKechnie - Same Place, Another Time - Catalina Jazz Club
Jean Louisa Kelly - For My Folks - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

BEST CDs

Lyn Stanley - The Moonlight Sessions
Levi Kreis - Broadway at the Keys
Robyn Spangler - Something Cool, The Billy Barnes Sessions
Calabria Foti - In the Still of the Night
Rebecca Spencer - Still, Still, Still


The Critics and Audience Choice Awards of Better Lemons

As of this email, the critics and the audiences have spoken, resulting in more then 50 Hollywood Fringe productions receiving a Sweet #LemonMeter rating and 3 Fringe productions have received #DoubleSweet ratings (both critics and audience members agreeing on a sweet production).
The #LemonMeter ratings are based on reviews and as of today we have received over 1400 reviews.
It takes three reviews from critics or three reviews from the audience to generate a #LemonMeter rating.
To see the reviews of your show, find your page on Better Lemons by typing in the search box your show title. If you know of any reviews from critics that are missing, please let us know. Send the links with the name of each critic to [email protected]
The Better Lemons Awards, Critics' Choice and Audience Choice, will be issued on Wednesday the 28th, based on the reviews.
In addition to sending us any reviews from critics, you still have time to appeal to your audience and ask them to post a review on your page on Better Lemons. You can email them your Better Lemons show page link, and you can share this on your social media pages, or ask them directly via the Fringe site to copy and paste over their reviews.
Better Lemons supports the artists, by aggregating reviews, and awarding #LemonMeter ratings that range from sweet to sour. Better Lemons was at the Fringe every day and at every venue, talking to audience members and encouraging them to review shows. But with 100s of productions and thousands of audience members, we need your help in encouraging the audience to speak up.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Enci
Enci Box
Publisher


ADAA'S SAROYAN/PAUL $10,000 HUMAN RIGHTS PLAYWRITING PRIZE WINNER: JUNE CARRYL

LOS ANGELES—The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) announced the winner of the $10,000 Saroyan/Paul Human Rights Playwriting Prize on April 24 th, 2017 at the The Antaeus Theatre Company at the newly opened Kiki and David Gindler Performing Arts Centre in Glendale. The winner was June Carryl, for her play, The Good Minister From Harare, a play about the little talked about genocide in Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe. More than 300 entries from around the world illustrated stories about the human condition and were scored by over 120 theatre professionals worldwide.
ADAA is proud to administer the only Human Rights playwriting award in the world since 2014, highlighting global stories of human rights and social justice. Renowned judges this year included Rob Drummer, Associate Dramaturg and Director from the Bush Theatre in London; Neil McPherson, Artistic Director of the Finborough Theatre in London since 1999; and Simon Levy, Artistic Director of the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles since 1993.
The winner of this year's award, June Carryl, is a playwright and actor with a background in Political Science and English Literature. Her other plays include Stone Angels and God's Wife. June received her $10,000 Saroyan/Paul Prize and crystal trophy at ADAA's April 24 performance event, from two luminaries: Emmy-winning Director Hank Saroyan, nephew of author William Saroyan; and Karen Kondazian, award-winning actress and ADAA founding board member.
The two finalists for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Human Rights Playwriting Prize were: Runaway Home, by Jeremy J. Kamps, about fourteen year-old Kali and her mother Eunice returning to the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans two years after Hurricane Katrina to find that “home” is no longer there; and The Madres by Stephanie Alison Walker, where in 1976 Buenos Aires, two mothers search covertly for Belen, nine months pregnant and one of the many disappeared people in Argentina's so-called “Dirty War.”
Both of these finalists have recently received commitments for full Los Angeles productions: Runaway Home at the Fountain Theatre, and The Madres at the Skylight Theatre.
April 24 saw unforgettable readings of excerpts of all three plays with the Antaeus Theatre Company. These pieces were directed by Michael Peretzian, Emily Chase and John Sloan and produced by Bianca Bagatourian.
The cast included some of the finest actors in Los Angeles:
The Good Minister From Harare - Brittney Wheeler, Matt Orduna, Terry Woodberry, Inger Tudor, Basil Wallace, and William Mitchell.
The Madres - Arianna Ortiz and Denise Blasor.
Runaway Home - Sola Bamis, Ukamaka Izuchi, Daniel Watts and Yvonne Lee.
The performances were followed by the announcement of the winner and a VIP reception at the theatre. Music was provided by Ryan Henry and Photography by John Charles.
The Saroyan/Paul Human Rights Playwriting Prize is made possible by annual support from the William Saroyan Foundation, which inaugurated the award at ADAA in 2008, and the Lillian and Varnum Paul Fund at the Armenian Church Western Diocese, which has supported ADAA's writing prizes since its inception ten years ago.
The Antaeus Theatre Lobby Gallery featured original paintings by William Saroyan, presented by ADAA and the William Saroyan Foundation. The stunning watercolor paintings are available for sale to support ADAA.
Event sponsors and in-kind donors for both nights' events included Phoenicia Restaurant, Falafel Arax, Starbucks, mywineplus.com, and Jons Marketplace.
For more information on the awards, the additional runners-up and honorable
mentions for each competition, and more about The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance, please visit ArmenianDrama.org.


CENTER THEATRE GROUP NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE E. SHERWOOD AWARD

CENTER THEATRE GROUP NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
FOR THE 2018 RICHARD E. SHERWOOD AWARD

June 5 is the Deadline to Apply for $10,000 Award
for Emerging L.A. Theatre Artists 

Center Theatre Group is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award. The deadline to submit an application is June 5, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
The Sherwood Award is an annual $10,000 prize that supports innovative and adventurous theatre artists and engages them in a professional relationship with Center Theatre Group. The award is presented each year at the Ovation Awards ceremony produced by LA Stage Alliance. Two additional finalists will receive a $2,000 honorarium.
Center Theatre Group invites individual emerging artists to submit an application if they have resided in Los Angeles for at least two years and have developed or collaborated in at least two fully produced projects in Los Angeles. Sherwood awardees demonstrate leadership qualities, push existing boundaries and are dedicated to improving the future of their respective artistic fields. Artists are not limited by title, role or genre, but they must have a relationship to contemporary performance rooted in theatre.
Center Theatre Group will also offer two information sessions to prospective applicants on Friday, May 12 at 6pm. (must RSVP by Wednesday, May 10) and Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. (must RSVP by Thursday, May 18). To RSVP or to receive more information about the sessions, please email [email protected] Both sessions will be held at The Music Center Annex building, 601 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Created in memory of Richard E. Sherwood, the $10,000 award aims to cultivate emerging theatre artists working in Los Angeles who push formal and aesthetic boundaries and demonstrate dedication to improving their respective artistic fields.
Richard E. Sherwood was a patron of the arts with a special appreciation for emerging artists who are in the vanguard of theatre. He was president and then chairman of the Center Theatre Group Board of Directors from 1980 until his passing in 1993. The 2018 Sherwood Award Accepting Submissions Through June 5 – 2 award is established as an endowed fund at Center Theatre Group by his family, friends, colleagues and fellow board members to honor Sherwood's passionate commitment to theatre.
Past recipients of the Richard E. Sherwood Award include lighting designer Pablo Santiago, Miwa Matreyek of Cloud Eye Control, Sean Cawelti of Rogue Artists Ensemble, Miranda Wright of Los Angeles Performance Practice, Lars Jan of Early Morning Opera, lighting designer Christopher Kuhl and costume designer Ann Closs-Farley, among others.
Center Theatre Group, one of the nation's preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles' leading nonprofit theatre company, programming seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation's leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.
For more information about the Richard E. Sherwood Award, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/Sherwood. For questions or concerns about the application process or to RSVP to the information sessions, please contact [email protected]