Tuesday, November 25, 2008

G&G Review 'The Little Dog Laughed' at the Kirk Douglas

Who knew there were handsome leading men in Hollywood who pretend to be heterosexual for the sake of their box office draw? Perhaps the central question is, how do you feel about a Hollywood superagent's pushing that cause? Even fighting for it? She'll stop at nothing to promote her pretty-boy client and his boy-next-door image in this send-up farce by wickedly funny playwright Douglas Carter Beane.

Put another way, behind the scenes, the business of managing the box office takes exactly the opposite view on Prop 8 from what you'd expect from the public posturing of moguls and their favorite stars.

Read our review of opening night here. In a theater literally a stone's throw from the Sony lot in Culver City, it was all about an industry audience laughing at their own skewering onstage.

Holy hypocrites, Batman!

(Photo by Craig Schwartz courtesy Center Theatre Group)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

G&G Opera Review: Carmen, You Shameless Hottie

We had lots to say about sexual politics, then (1875) and now in our review of the opening night of LA Opera's revival of Bizet's Carmen. Women will do anything to survive, and men will do anything to possess women. Click here to read our review on LA Splash.com.

(Photo by Robert Millar courtesy LA Opera)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Catch Episode 2 of 'Couch Cases'

Post-WGA strike, the showbiz world has reinvented itself once again. At the end of the previous strike, the "spec script" was suddenly the new way to break in. This time, with high-quality digital production tools so inexpensive, the spec-produced webisode is the new calling card.

My friend and colleague Patrick Ortman offers the second episode of Couch Cases tonight. May the powers that be, be watching!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Reading 'My Inflatable Friend' at the Grove

In this excerpt, Rollo is called to account by the vindictive hotel manager, Hugo Farnsworth.

Listen here (MP3, 6min):

Gerald reads at Barnes & Noble at the Grove, Los Angeles, Sunday, November 9, 2008 for the Publishers Association of Los Angeles.

Monday, November 10, 2008

G&G Review the L.A. Master Chorale

New Asian-American works by Lou Harrison and Chinary Ung performed Sunday, November 9 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Read our LASplash.com review here.

(Photo courtesy Los Angeles Master Chorale)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

New Venice Beach Webisode Series

My friend and colleague Mary Feuer has launched a new webisode series, With the Angels, which is hosted on Strike.TV. She describes it as a "fish-out-of-water story of a small town Arkansas girl swimming in the freak-infested waters of Venice Beach, California."

They're up to Episode 7 already, so you've got some enjoyable catching up to do! The episodes are just bus-stop-wait long, less than 10 minutes.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Thank you, America

(Photo by Brett L on Flickr)