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A great article from this past August by French Stewart (a Sacred Fool) about all of the great intimate theater here in LA.  I’m so happy that I jumped aboard this summer and started volunteering on sets.  I’m perpetually covered in paint, but I’m having a blast!  I’ll share some details on two recent shows in the coming weeks, but until then I hope this encourages you to check out a small theater near you.  It’s sure to be an adventure…

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LA Small Theater — Weird Little Pirate Ships

by FRENCH STEWART  |  August 12, 2011
French Stewart

About 25 years ago I did my first play in L.A.,  in a stinky dump called Galaxy Stage near Western and Santa Monica. We were required to clean toilets, mop the floor and not ask questions about money. At night they used our set to film porn, and on your way out of the theater, a certain “pant-less gentleman” might pee at you. Yes. At you!

It’s pretty common in the world of small theater. It’s what you’d call “local color.” With no centralized drama district to speak of, our theaters float in weird neighborhoods like weird little pirate ships. Over the years, just outside some of LA’s small theaters,  I’ve been lucky enough to witness (and this is true) – an angry Honduran man whipping a crack-head with jumper cables, a shirtless octogenarian “looking for a date”, and a raccoon who walked upright to intimidate people.

On the up side, I’ve seen a 70-year-old actress have a stroke at intermission — and still finish the show. I’ve seen a tech staff perform electronic miracles (when all hope was lost) and a sick actor vomit in his hat and still get his laugh. Ta-da!

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My fabulous friend, comics expert and writer Kelly Thompson, asked if I would again participate in her Ladies Comics Project, which seeks to suss out women’s impressions of comics and the comic industry.   HERE is her latest column, which includes my review of the graphic novel Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine. Please check it out!

And please check out Kelly’s personal blog, 1979 Semi-Finalist.  She’s a pip of a writer, whether you’re into comics or not!

Oh, and HERE‘s my original review for Black Widow #6, for your reading pleasure.  😉

Happy V Day, folks!

DeAnne

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*speechless*

Click for full article:  Space-age stovetop eliminates pots, pans and cookbooks.

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