Notes from Arden
To be more parochial, land of actors pouring in to L.A. to be movie stars. Land of broken-dreams. Land of bitter-departures. Land of evil producers exploiting the desperate. Land of hobbyists and crap theater. They keep saying it over and over until it becomes like legend, but that doesn’t make it any more true, or any more supported by so many facts on the ground.
“’Twenty dollars?’ he said, incredulously. It was a good thing we were standing at the time, because at that moment I realized that I was considerably taller than he, and that tiny advantage was enough to get me through the moment. He began to play out a farce version of the events, in which I was cast as the big bad businessman out to fleece the poor, helpless little dancer. He wasn’t really angry, and he was having fun. I think he enjoyed the audacity of my offering twenty dollars to a man who commanded ten thousand or more for a single performance.” — BY NEAL WEAVER
Got It Covered
“I don’t think theater folks have ever been reluctant to engage in profound naval gazing, but nowadays the discussion has become codified and sanctioned. If there is one good thing to have come out of the entire AEA/Pro-99 debacle, it’s this: The folks who live and do their art here are now more united than ever before.” — by PAUL BIRCHALL
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Gina Young, who years back issued some superb rock albums, has been maturing into an increasingly compelling playwright with her “Femmes: A Tragedy” and “Tales of a 4th Grade Lesbo.” “sSISTERSs” is her most challenging, if sometimes obscure, work to date, but don’t be put off: It’s a playful piece with passages of delicious wit and an almost scholarly appreciation for pertinent nuggets of historical rhetoric (both sexist and enlightened).