Notes from Arden
Dear Violet and Mattie Fae, we understand that you like to control things and that you’re exceedingly stubborn, but rather than keeping union actors out of 99-seat theaters, where nobody makes any money and people try to make art, wouldn’t your efforts be more in keeping with the traditions and ideals of your union to get your actors into the Pantages? Why do you keep picking on Little Charlie, instead? Because the unemployment figures within your own union demonstrate that whatever it is you’ve been doing all these years simply hasn’t been working.
“A few days after the ad was posted, Rivera’s casting director Raul Clayton Staggs and Rivera received a letter from a mysterious address Equityworksla@yahoo.com, which, at the bottom of the letter and in small font, stated, “We are in no way authorized to represent AEA and this notification has not been approved or authorized by AEA. We are concerned, professional members of the L.A. Theatre community and we are in support of their efforts.” –BY PAUL BIRCHALL
Got It Covered
“Following Thursday’s opening, Wooster producer Cynthia Hedstrom, director Elizabeth LeCompte and REDCAT artistic director Mark Murphy all expressed bemused bewilderment over the Pinter estate’s preemptive move against the show, which for a company of the Wooster Group’s international preeminence as artists of intelligence and integrity is highly unusual, though not unprecedented … at least from a playwright still living.” — By BILL RADEN
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Midway through I found myself thinking, in all sincerity, that while it might be alright for Jews to grapple with this shocking display of extreme caricature grounded in recognizable reality, I sure hoped none of the goyim were watching: they might not understand.– BY MYRON MEISEL