Julie Taymor Says: Don’t Tweet On Me

“We are her family,” Theatre Communications Group’s Philip Himberg cautioned the audience of several hundred members. “Please respect that she’s with her family.” Saturday afternoon, director Julie Taymor headlined the national conference’s Closing Keynote in a highly-anticipated conversation with scholar Roger Copeland. There were no photos or video allowed, but Taymor used the event to […]

Help me help you: a theater critic’s appeal

As much as Engine28.com is a theater journalism blitz, it’s also an experiment. As reporters, we want to figure out how to make our work more useful to those who read/watch/listen to/consume it. Even the toughest critics among us are in it for the love of the game (it certainly isn’t for the big bucks) […]

Forget about the NEA: theater companies plan for the worst

The non-profit Theater Communications Group made it to 50 years old at a moment when long-standing models for arts funding (government grants, foundation giving) are drying up, seriously calling into question if non-profit theater will even exist in another 50 years. Folks at the conference are supposed to brainstorm around “What If…” Meanwhile, DC’s Arena […]

Know before you go: “Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner and The Farewell Speech” Chelfistch

Office work will suck out your soul.  It will assign you a uniform; it will force you into a square dance of empty social interactions; it will try your patience until you blurt out a string of intimate confessions, sending you on your way with a useless parting gift.  And then, you’re unemployed again. In […]

90% of the theater scene, but too small to be noticed

As a journalist from out of town, I arrived in LA last weekend with hopes of boning up on previews of the upcoming theaterpalooza (four festivals in two weeks). But I found the newspaper of record was more interested in the Tonys (based in the town I’d just come from). Don Shirley of LAStageTimes.com says […]

Can LA handle the “greatness thrust upon it”?

The rap on LA theater is that there isn’t much. And what there is just serves as a vehicle for film actors trying to get their big break. Not so, argues LA Weekly’s Steven Leigh Morris.  He soundly refutes that assumption with a short history of LA theater (a must-read for all out-of-towners squatting here […]