Notes from Arden
Lew ran backstage at the start of intermission, assembled the cast and lit into them, focusing his wrath on Pete: “You do NOT act while stoned! Acting is difficult enough, totally dependent on timing and on the connections you make with the other actors, and with the audience. You can’t do any of that while stoned!”
There was a long, pained silence, broken by the rumble of Pete’s voice:
“No white man ever yelled at me, and lived.”
“What was important was that the panelists were all playwrights, and, as playwrights, their considerations, fears, and hopes were essentially the same as playwrights working in any genre – e.g., how do we get our plays performed, and how do we grow great theater?” –BY PAUL BIRCHALL
Got It Covered
“I love how the City of West Hollywood has crafted a partnership with the Fringe, and I only wish that other groups would also step forward to do likewise. Imagine if other entities with bucks promoted diversity by bankrolling fringe productions for other underrepresented groups. If West Hollywood can do it, why can’t other organizations and municipalities?” — by PAUL BIRCHALL
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Accordingly, while A Night with Janis Joplin was on its own terms unquestionably a rousing, imaginary concert, I must admit to unfairly subjecting it to a double bind: alternately annoyed by its deviance (and pretense) of authenticity and equally unnerved by the many sweet spots of enthusiastic pleasures it could elicit, some nostalgic, other just showbiz savvy. –BY MYRON MEISEL