EVENTS OPENING THIS WEEK

SOUTH PACIFIC @ Rubicon Theatre Company

December 6, 2018 7:00 pm

Set against the backdrop of World War II on an island in Polynesia, SOUTH PACIFIC is based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The plot follows a Navy nurse from Arkansas who falls in ...read more


FOOL FOR LOVE @ Lounge Theatre

December 6, 2018 8:00 pm

In Shepard's 1983 classic, a woman named May occupies a stark, low-rent motel room on the edge of the Mojave desert. She is haunted by a frenetic rodeo cowboy named Eddie, with whom she ...read more


BOB'S HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY @ Atwater Village Theatre

December 6, 2018 8:00 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: SANDRA KUKER PR Email: SJKukerPR@gmail.com BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND TWENTY-THIRD YEAR! IT'S NOT THE HOLIDAY'S UNTIL “BOB'S HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY” RETURNS FOR THEIR HOLIDAY HILARITY BHOP 2018 - Banner.jpg DECEMBER ...read more


RUSHIN' AROUND THE XMAS TREE @ The Belfry Stage (Upstairs)

December 6, 2018 8:30 pm

Grab your eggnog, put on that old ugly Christmas sweater and ear muffs and come celebrate the Holidays with Force of Nature in our favorite way - With a holiday themed RUSH! We've gathered ...read more


JULIUS CAESAR IRREVERENT SHAKESPEARE PROJECT @ Private Residence

December 7, 2018 7:30 pm

Irreverent Shakespeare Project presents Julius Caesar, directed by Heather Ann Gottlieb, produced by Steven Brandon, Mark Laird, Bradley Gosnell, Rachel Rios and Ari Stidham. An all-female cast of eleven tackles the Bard's political drama, ...read more


YES, VIRGINIA @ The Complex

December 7, 2018 8:00 pm

Mindy Sterling & Arnetia Walker star in this new two character comedy about the unique relationship between a divorced woman and her long time housekeeper. New bonds are formed on New Year's Eve. In ...read more


ROPE @ Avery Schreiber Playhouse

December 7, 2018 8:00 pm

Robo & Bash Productions presents ROPE, A Play by Patrick Hamilton, taking place at the Avery Schreiber Playhouse in North Hollywood. Directed by Anna Safar, this production will open December 7th, 2018, and will ...read more


LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST @ Lounge Theatre

December 7, 2018 8:00 pm

CHASE WHAT FLIES presents LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST directed by Taylor Jackson Ross* From the team that brought you last year's chilling and poignant production of RICHARD THE SECOND comes a hilarious and heartwarming new venture: William Shakespeare's LOVE'S ...read more


THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS @ La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

December 7, 2018 8:00 pm

Join us as all 250 Young Americans cast members come together to turn La Mirada Theatre into a winter wonderland and bring holiday cheer to theatre-goers of all ages. ...read more


BLOOD ALLEY CHRISTMAS @ Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre

December 7, 2018 11:00 pm

Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group proudly presents their All-New, Scathing and Razor-Sharp Holiday-Horror-Theater Spectacular in the Great Grand Guignol, Theatre of Cruelty and Butoh-Traditions...Centering around the traumatic memoirs of a forgotten street-alley haunted by ...read more


HOW TO DIRECT A FRINGE SHOW: KNOW EVERYBODY'S MOTIVATION @ Studio C

December 8, 2018 2:00 pm

DIRECTING A FRINGE SHOW: Know Everybody's Motivation Creative and Practical Steps to Success with Matt Ritchey Learn the unique challenges and benefits to directing a production at the Hollywood Fringe Festival! As the person guiding the project, you ...read more


SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS & TRICKS FOR CREATIVES @ Asylum (Inter)national House - Combined Artform

December 9, 2018 1:00 pm

SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS AND TRICKS FOR CREATIVES From Beefing it Up to Navigating Algorithms Taught by Monique A. LeBleu This workshop is specifically for anyone who is promoting a theater production, venue, film, documentary ...read more


TAKING YOUR SHOW TO EDINBURGH @ Asylum (Inter)national House - Combined Artform

December 9, 2018 3:00 pm

Michael Blaha of Fringe Management, discusses taking your show to the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. 17 years of producing in Edinburgh with over 50 successful collaborations including, The Pajama Men, “This Is So Not About The ...read more


Now Registered This Week on the Better Lemons Calendar – November 25 through December 2, 2018

NEW Theatrical shows, Musicals, and Workshops registered on the Better Lemons calendar!
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Friday Features – Sweet Shows This Coming Week

Better Lemons has lots of registered shows and events and lot of them have Critics and Audience reviews posted. Here you can see their favorites and when you click on a title, you will see all the critics' and audience reviews and ratings. From there you can choose what your adventures this weekend will be. We wish you a fantastic weekend!

The People VS Hell Kross

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Death and Cockroaches

My Date With Death – A Musical Romance

Anatomy of a Hug

THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF STRANGER THINGS

COME FROM AWAY

Cost of Living

The Little Foxes

The Bench, A Homeless Love Story

OPPENHEIMER

Finks

Delusion: The Blue Blade

The Value of Moscow

THE COLOR PURPLE

BUS STOP

Blue Surge

HANSEL AND GRETEL

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

SHE LOVES ME

A Mile In My Shoes

Blacktop Highway

VALLEY OF THE HEART


Friday Features – Sweet Shows This Coming Week

Better Lemons has lots of registered shows and events and lot of them have Critics and Audience reviews posted. Here you can see their favorites and when you click on a title, you will see all the critics' and audience reviews and ratings. From there you can choose what your adventures this weekend will be. We wish you a fantastic weekend!

The Color Collective

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

A BRONX TALE

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Cost of Living

The Little Foxes

The Bench, A Homeless Love Story

OPPENHEIMER

My Date With Death – A Musical Romance

Finks

Delusion: The Blue Blade

Anatomy of a Hug

THE COLOR PURPLE

BUS STOP

THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF STRANGER THINGS

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

HANSEL AND GRETEL

SHE LOVES ME

A Mile In My Shoes

Blacktop Highway

VALLEY OF THE HEART


Now Registered This Week on the Better Lemons Calendar - September 10 through September 16, 2018

NEW! Theatrical shows, Musical Concerts, and Film Festivals registered on the Better Lemons calendar!
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Events Opening This Week

GLORIA @ Atwater Village Theatre

September 12, 2018 8:00 pm

A razor-sharp, darkly comic drama about ambition, office warfare and pecking orders by MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. For the 20-somethings working at a chic, unnamed New York magazine, the only thing that ...read more


BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL @ Pantages Theatre

September 13, 2018 2:00 pm

BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow ...read more


SHORT+SWEET HOLLYWOOD @ Marilyn Monroe Theatre

September 13, 2018 7:00 pm

Festival of short plays. Week One (Sept. 13- Sept. 16): PROGRAM A (Thurs&Friday&Sat 7pm, Sunday 6pm) Slow Dating. Written by Adam Szudrich. Directed by Katie Burson. Cast. Julie Collis When an elderly lady tries ...read more


FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE @ Whitefire Theatre

September 13, 2018 8:00 pm

The Whitefire Theatre and Slowly I Turned Productions present a world premiere drama FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE, about two star-crossed young lovers, their families and community, all thrown into turmoil as anti-immigrant fervor ...read more


BROADWAY BOUND@ Miles Memorial Playhouse

September 13, 2018 8:00 pm

It's 1949, the war is over, and America is beginning a new chapter. Eugene Jerome and his brother Stan are being given a chance to audition as comedy writers for CBS in the emerging ...read more


WE ARE TRAFFIC - A SOLO RIDESHARE ADVENTURE @ Stephanie Feury Theater

September 13, 2018 9:45 pm

Audience Lemonade: 100%

SPECIAL ENCORE PERFORMANCE! COMBINED ARTFORM PRESENTS: "ONE LAST CHANCE" Shows from the 2018 Fringe "We Are Traffic: A Rideshare Adventure" "In 2014 Jonathan lost his faith, so he got in his car...and drove. 'We Are Traffic' is ...read more


MOVING PARTS FILM FESTIVAL @ The Complex

September 14, 2018 12:00 pm

2 Days of International Independent Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries, Live Staged Readings & Web Series The Moving Parts Film Festival is Hollywood's International Web Series and Film Festival. In response to the 2016 election, ...read more


THE MARRIAGE ZONE @ Santa Monica Playhouse The Main Stage

September 14, 2018 8:00 pm

Critics Lemonade: 90%

Cal and Beth are selling their home. They're visited by Skip and Ellie, an engaged couple, very much in love who are eager to buy their first home. They're joined by Mike and Liz, ...read more


MARTIANS - AN EVENING WITH RAY BRADBURY @ Whitefire Theatre

September 14, 2018 8:00 pm

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING “...the warmth and good humor of Ray Bradbury is wonderfully embodied in the performance of Mr. Mount... His performance is a TOUR-DE_FORCE! The ensemble invests their characters with passion and ...read more


DON'T YOU EVER CALL ME ANYTHING BUT MOTHER @ Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre

September 14, 2018 8:30 pm

Don't You Ever Call Me Anything But MOTHER with Tina Preston by John O'Keefe Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group proudly presents the amazing Tina Preston in John O'Keefe's solo-sonata centering around a crazy old ...read more


CAMBODIA TOWN FILM FESTIVAL @ Art Theatre

September 15, 2018 11:00 am

One of the key purposes of Cambodian Town Film Festival (CTTF) is to highlight the diversity of the Cambodian experience through the art of filmmaking. By specifically featuring films that deal with Cambodian social ...read more


AMERICAN HERO@ Carrie Hamilton Theatre at Pasadena Playhouse

September 15, 2018 8:00 pm

IAMA Theatre Company opens its 2018-19 season with the L.A. premiere of Bess Wohl's darkly comic celebration of the power of teamwork and unity to overcome adversity. At a toasted subs franchise in the ...read more


THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE @ studio/stage

September 15, 2018 8:00 pm

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE  September 14 – October 21   studio/stage (Los Angeles) Production developed at the Actors Studio West, Martin McDonagh's award-winning black comedy THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, directed by Mark Kemble (Film: co-writer/director “Bad Hurt”; writer/director award-winning ...read more


GIVE ME THE SUN@ Lounge Theatre

September 15, 2018 8:00 pm

With modern audiences in mind, renowned theatre artist Tony Tanner has created this adaptation of the classic play "Ghosts" by the immortal Henrik Ibsen. Reimagined in a taut, lean, focused framework, "Give Me the ...read more


HOT OFF THE PRESS @ Whitefire Theatre

September 16, 2018 7:00 pm

Hot Off the Press is a program of new writing by talented women playwrights as excerpts of their newest works are performed. The program includes: Fertile: An Exploration of the Expectations of Procreation. Written ...read more


PODCAST: An Interview with Director Jessica Lynn Johnson of 'Soaring Solo'

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu - Director Jessica Lynn Johnson of Soaring Solo, at the Hollywood Fringe Festival Prom Night 2016, Hollywood, California.

UPDATED: 8-25-18

I interviewed Director Jessica Lynn Johnson, teacher of Soaring Solo, a how-to series of workshops and individual instruction on creating solo theatrical projects and bringing them to fruition. Jessica is often a one-woman cheering squad for her students, creating unique costumes out of their promotional bar cards and items for Fringe Festival parties.

I first met Johnson at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2016, dressed head to toe in a costume crafted entirely from her students' and other producers' show cards. This creative endeavor she makes special each year for the annually anticipated social event, "Prom Night."

After seeing some of her students' shows at the festival and at the Whitefire Annual Solofest, I caught her in action at a recent Saturday morning workshop with LAFPI: The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative at Whitefire Theatre, on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

I later spoke with Johnson, here, where we talked on the mechanics of her process for creating solo artist theatrical projects, her use of inspiring and provocative word prompts with exploring through two-minute on-the-spot writing, the free workshops she teaches at the Whitefire Theatre, and various festivals and creative outlets that feature solo shows such as Solofest, the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the North Hollywood Fringe Festival, and work with The Los Angeles Women's Playwrights Initiative.

The atmosphere in her home studio is designed to be conducive to creativity, both for herself and for her students, and she talked further on how the process that she teaches can go far beyond that of creating a solo show, but lead a deeper path into self-discovery.

Jessica Lynn Johnson will co-host Hot Off The Press, a Night of Excerpt Readings, post-show Q & A, and music, with L.A. Women's Theatre Festival, September 16, 2018, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at The Whitefire Theatre.

Jessica Lynn Johnson: Website, Facebook and YouTube.

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Audio Interview: James Eckhouse - Jim Walsh of TV's "Beverly Hills, 90210" - stars in “Redline” at The Lounge Theatre

Enjoy this interview about “Redline” By Christian Durso staring James Eckhouse (Jim Walsh in a recurring role on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210) at The Lounge Theatre, running until Nov 19th. You can listen to this YouTube interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage.  For tickets and more info Click here.


Examining Mark Blanchard On Balancing His Zen With Directing

Samadahi Entertainment and The Lounge Theatre will be presenting John Patrick Shanley's THE DREAMER EXAMINES HIS PILLOW beginning August 25 at The Lounge theatre. We took the opportunity to chat with director Mark Blanchard on  issues of the theatre, coastal differences and his unique dual careers.

Thank you for taking the time for this interview, Mark!

You're most welcome. Thank you.

What convergence of fortune brought you to this production of THE DREAMER EXAMINES HIS PILLOW?

One of my best friends for over 25 years, Sal Landi, told me to read the play, and if I was interested in doing it, he wanted to play "Dad." I read it that day and the game was on!!!

Which of John Patrick Shanley's prolific work are you already familiar with?

I've been a fan of Mr. Shanley's works on stage and screen since the 80's. Twice almost directed SAVAGE IN LIMBO and DOUBT, but the stars had something else in mind for me both times. Oddly enough, I did not know this particular piece. All I can say is "Shame on me."

What elements of this particular Shanley play resonate with you?

Where do I begin? I honestly feel it may be his most poetic and visceral piece. It's both deliberate and patient at the same time. Hysterical and poignant simultaneously. It has definite elements of poetic license, while also seeming like a kitchen sink drama. It's slimy and full of grunge, while never losing its sex appeal. It's FU%$%^ GREAT!!!

What aspects of a script attract you to devote your time and energies to tackle directing and/or producing?

The question above's answer, and if I can coordinate the perfect cast and crew at the particular window of time. OOOOh and I did!!

Your directing education (American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Hofstra University in New York, and USC Film School and AFI in Los Angeles) and experience (i.e.; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Long Island Shakespeare Festival  and TRUE WEST at L.A.'s Zephyr Theatre) span both coasts. What major difference have you found between your east and west coast theatre experiences?

It's funny because I came out here, LA, with the intention of continuing my education in film. This I did both at USC and AFI. However, my love for theater only became stronger as my days in La La Land grew. I produced and directed and acted in a night of two one-acts, ACTION by the late great Sam Shepard (hard to fathom) which I produced and played "Shooter." Actually, Sal Landi directed it. I directed MEMORY OF TWO MONDAYS and all you need to do is look up the L.A. Times' review and you'll get the gist of this production. Although doing shows in NY will always be where my heart lies, and I intend to return. My dream is to do an original musical starring my two oldest children. Both actresses - Rowan Blanchard, (look her up) and Carmen, who is the lead in my first feature (in post now that I co-wrote and singly directed). They are both triple-threats of absurd proportions. That is not Daddy talking, that is the director in me, I promise!!  

Do you find you 'gear' your productions in distinct ways for the opposite coasts?

The one great difference in an audience in LA than NY is patience. In the east, the audience will ride the wave a bit longer and more gradually. In LA, you have to be on the crest immediately, and fly off within minutes. Strange since surfing is so prominent on this coast.

As a director/producer/yoga master, would you characterize your directing techniques as 'Zen'?

Let's put it this way, well, two ways. First, it certainly helps having practiced yoga nearly all my life to deal with actors' ups and downs and in-betweens. Secondly, yes, I slip as much Zen into my message in directing every show as I can fit in. Actually, it was at the recommendation from many of those thespians I was directing at the Met Theatre that I decided to teach yoga as well. It turned out to be quite a nice little suggestion.

You describe your True Power Yoga principles as 'No gimmicks.' Is your directing approach stripped down also?

I have many a time been accused by new members of a cast as to not directing at all. "When is he gonna block? When is he gonna correct me? When is he gonna tell me what to do?" Answer from the members I have worked with before, "Oh, he never blocks. He expects us to know our way around, and he rarely tells us what to do. But, holy shit, does he ask and push you to your absolute limits. You will feel like you have used every ounce of life in you by the time we go up, and you will somehow find your second and third winds." 

Do you receive similar satisfaction/gratification whether leading a yoga class or directing a cast of actors?

I love to see people grow, I love to see people laugh and cry. I love honesty, so yes, there are many similarities.  (That was a great question!)

Would there be a dream project in which you could combine your passions of yoga and theatre?

Actually, I use yoga in every piece I direct. I always relate the two. Yoga is about exploring your personal balance in life without judgment. Releasing your fears, and exceeding your expectations. I ask the same of my cast and crew every time.

What's in the immediate future for director/producer Mark Blanchard?

Wake up every day full of Love and Light. Kiss my wife and three children (yes, I have a little boy, too). Finish post on my film A World Away and create such a memorable piece of art with Mr. Shanley's brilliant THE DREAMER EXAMINES HIS PILLOW,  we take it all the way to NYC!!!

What feelings and reactions would you like The Lounge audiences to leave with after your cast's curtain call?

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered!!!!

Thanks again, Mark!

For ticket availability and schedule of THE DREAMER EXAMINES HIS PILLOW thru September 24, 2017; log onto www.plays411.com/dreamer