Top of the Pods

This week on the (virtual) air, the focus was on L.A. and New York.

It was lively and very coastal on this week’s theatre podcasts, including our very own. Without further ado…

Off and On 
Bernardo Cubria sits down for a leisurely chat with playwriting eminence Jose Rivera for a discussion of his career, his aesthetic, and what’s really behind magic realism (hint: real heavy stuff). Choice Rivera quote: “Theatre for me is a volcano, a storm.”

 

Born Ready
“Glass houses are stupid, as the saying goes…and I’ve got a lotta rocks,” quips podcast sidekick Ray Hobbs in this riotous new episode, which features a profane and hilarious review of a Maria Irene Fornes play by his unshockable mom, plus a long sitdown with Bitter-Lemons proprietor Colin Mitchell about Los Angeles theatre and its discontents.

 

Maxamoo Host Lindsay Barenz takes recommendations from David Levy and Jack Phillips Moore for the fall shows they’re most looking forward to—they’re both big on musicals and interactive, while Lindsay herself gravitates toward grittier fare. Choice Lindsay quote, in an exchange about Theatre for a New Audience’s epic Tamburlaine: “I think plays should be either 90 minutes or six hours.”

 

Opening the Curtain
This week, Anthony Byrnes shines a light on a new L.A.-centric adaptation by Luis Alfaro, A Painting in Red, after Calderon’s A Painter of His Own Dishonor.

Offscript
It’s a very Public Theater-heavy podcast this week, with a discussion of Eliza Bent’s in-depth Young Jean Lee Q&A, contrasting views of the new musical of The Fortress of Solitude, and recommendations including Bridget Everett’s Rock Bottom.

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