HAPPY WORLD "VIRTUAL" THEATRE DAY!

In honor of World Theatre Day, we are sharing with you some live performances that have been made public, so that we don't forget that art is always needed and much missed right now! Keep on creating!

If you have made some art since you have been practicing social distancing share the video with us so we can make sure that your art is seen in a future post.  You can email us the link to your video to contact [at] better-lemons.com.

And now, sit down, relax, and enjoy!

The Center for Puppetry Arts has created videos about how to make puppets (great project for kids of all ages), the science of puppetry, and also puppet shows. You can join and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Vimeo.

National Theatre Live in the UK will release live theatre from their YouTube channel starting next Thursday April 2nd, at 7pm UK time. Each streaming production will be available to watch for 7 days for free. Their first production will be One Man Two Guvnors. Watch the trailer below.

In this TEDx talk, Andrew Russell, Producing Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning Intiman Theatre, talks about the importance and power of live theatre.

If you want something funny, here is a video of theatre fails, stage falls, and theatre bloopers from TPMvids on YouTube:

Saturday Night Live also had a couple theatre related sketches. Here is Reese Witherspoon:

And here is Emma Stone:

The Vienna State Oper offers daily opera for free. Look at their incredible list! Today you can view Le Nozze di Figaro from 2017 and tomorrow Götterdämmerung from 2019.

Here is a little tour of the opera house, so you can get an idea of where these productions take place:

If you like opera, here is a list of all the free opera streams from European and North and South American companies.

Gus from Minnesota started a Quarantine Playwriting Bake-Off last week and here is the result. You can follow his Quarantine Bake-Off channel on YouTube to either participate, get inspired, or to stay up-to-date of their next event.

The Globe Player offers all of their Shakespeare performances at a small fee to rent or to own. They also have some free content, so check them out on their website. Here is a trailer to get a taste of the quality of their shows and videos:

Watch Jimmy Fallon record The Tonight Show from his home. Here with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

We, at Better Lemons, wish you a creative weekend! Stay healthy!


THIS IS NOT EMMA STONE'S "BOULDER CITY"

Jimmy Fowlie as Mia Dolan at the Celebration Theatre

SO LONG BOULDER CITY by Jimmy Fowlie and Jordan Black, performed by Mr Fowlie and directed by Mr Black

The title of this meta-comedy will be immediately recognizable to any avid fan of Damien Chazelle's film LA LA LAND.  In the film, Mia Dolan, an aspiring actress played by Emma Stone (who won an Academy Award for her performance), writes herself a one-woman show called "So Long Boulder City" in a desperate attempt to boost her faltering career.  Only 9 people show up - none of whom is her boyfriend Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling.  However, her ploy works out better than she ever expected, since one of the attendees is a high-powered casting agent.

All of this is such far-fetched nonsense - as I wrote about in one of my first columns for this website - that it seems to be crying out for lampooning, and this show by Jimmy Fowlie and Jordan Black more than fills the bill.  While not everything works, the parts that are funny are howlingly so - as in one bit that features Abraham Lincoln's niece.  Personally, I could see anothere way to go with this parody, that would hone closer to the character of Mia Dolan and evoke Ms Stone's performance more acutely.  But this broadly farcical approach works too, and Mr Fowlie is a hoot as an untalented LA actress who is too in love with herself and her "dreams" to even notice how terrible a performer she really is.

I highly recommend this if you want to laugh your ass off at one-person shows in general and at the LA entertainment industry scene in particular.  But it's better if you know the source material well - or can go with someone who does.

The fun continues at Celebration Theatre until November 6th.  But if it keeps selling out the house, as it's been doing... do I hear extension?