THE Twisted Hipster BEST OF LOS ANGELES THEATER 2017

As 2017 winds down, I think it's inevitable that we ask ourselves: what was that all about? There were expectations we had - some were met, most weren't.  There was money made - or not.  Or maybe a windfall, who knows? There were a series of events... things that happened with...

KEMP POWERS AND THE PLIGHT OF THE AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHT (LA Version)

It's become a given that "you can't make a living in the theater," at least not in this country. And for the most part it's true, especially for playwrights. Playwrights typically receive 5% or 6% of ticket sales for a full-scale production, which in a six week run of 7-8 shows...

Last Chance to Catch Two FUNNY and ENTERTAINING Shows!

The Twisted Hipster is in his last few weeks of employment at Better-Lemons - yes, out with the old year, not coming back with the new. But, while I still have this platform, I want to let you know about two wonderful shows with just a few performances left. One is...

SEX, LOVE, DEATH AND LEON RUSSOM

Deep Red Face by Alison van Pelt BOY by Michael Lindsay-Hogg SHANE GUFFOGG’S GROUP EXHIBITION:  PORTRAITURE Portraiture curated by Shane Guffogg, featuring artwork by Don Bachardy, Xander Berkeley, Jeff Britton, Laura Hipke, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Doro Hofmann, Deborah Martin, Ed Ruscha, Paul Ruscha, Vonn Sumner, Alison...

LA STAGE: A Royal Dilemma and Lots of (Crazy) Comedy Tonite!

Quote of the week: "Trump said that Latinos are rapists and criminals.  So when I meet him, I plan to rob him and fuck him." - George Lopez I saw something last night at a performance of Something Rotten at the Ahmanson Theatre that I'd never seen before in my...

TO ACCUSE OR NOT TO ACCUSE, PART 3: Something to Feel Good About

Going into the new year of 2018, has there ever been a more confusing and troubling time in our 21st Century lifetimes? Sure there have been, you say.  Remember the Bush years?  The 9/11 attack?  The Iraq attack, ostensibly to find WMDs that never in fact existed?  The financial meltdown...

TO ACCUSE OR NOT TO ACCUSE, PART 2a: Constitutional Predators

Hey, I was up writing Part 2 of this series until 6:30 AM, and, before getting to Part 3, I want to elaborate on something I wrote there: "This so-called populist champion is actually there to roll back all of Obama's social reforms and consolidate a ruling class...

TO ACCUSE OR NOT TO ACCUSE? PART 2: How We Got Here

Another day and another one bites the dust. This time it's Charlie Rose, morning TV anchor and talk show host for the smart set.  Several women who worked for him have come forward to report what was apparently another "open secret" - that this "toxic bachelor" liked to employ young...

ME AND "SALVATOR MUNDI" DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD

Here is a twisted tale, a true story for all of you who believe in a world where good will triumph and evil will get the punishment it deserves. By now you have probably read that "Salvator Mundi," a painting currently attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, has been sold by...

"TOXIC MASCULINITY" IN HOLLYWOOD (Onstage)

Given how much "toxic" masculinity there is around these days - just this morning, some jerk in Northern Cali joined the growing list of lethal shooters, at a children's elementary school, no less - well, I thought I'd begin with a memoir from a non-toxic Hollywood male. BORN STANDING UP:...