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Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger)
City o' Angels
Los Angeles-based music junkie, director, blogger, and novice chef.
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Thank goodness. By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) Did you fall head over heels for Crazy-Ex Girlfriend in its first season, complete with its particular brand of dark humor? Do you love imperfect characters but also tap breaks? Have you already kept up with Season 2 like an amazingly normal person who is able to watch TV during the actual time that it airs? If not - Netflix's got your back with the new season at the ready. And your protest song for the week: JOANNA SYIEK has a penchant for original theatre work, clean graphic design, and really good Indian food.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Crazytown
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We can talk about its theatre scene and how companies tackle difficult political situations onstage By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) What do a bare-chested Vladimir Putin stroking the backside of an Olympic gymnast, a Botox overdose, and a partial brain transplant all have to do with each other? They were all part of a sold-out, groundbreaking political satire in Moscow. This is what happens when politics and theatre collide in Russia. The play, titled “Berlusputin,” premiered ahead of the March 2012 polls for presidency. The show draws inspiration from the incendiary internet gossip swirling around the election and breaks almost every... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Crazytown
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Like A Window By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) Broadway can get a bad rap for being overly glitzy or crazily showy. Especially when it comes to revivals that have been trotted out time and time . Producers and creative teams often think they have to reinvent the wheel by adding layers and layers of sheen to an already stellar product. What if the secret formula was to strip away the pretense, in order to show how perfectly written the show was from the start? Looks like Cary Joji Fukunaga [of True Detective fame] knew what was up, creating and directing this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Crazytown
A world complete with "alternative facts" By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) We're only a few days in, and Randy Rainbow has proved that his video responses are only going to get better and better as this goes on. Sing along with everyone's new favorite version of facts. JOANNA SYIEK is currently an American in Paris with a penchant for original theatre work, clean graphic design, and really good Indian food. She directs around the City of Angels and writes about nourishing creativity, Broadway favorites, and talent obsessions over on her blogging home. www.thoughtsontheatre.wordpress.com EMAIL HER | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | OTHER... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Crazytown
A New World Order? By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) Happy 2017! It's been a nice start to the year but seeing as the world is about to end...no, I kid. I will take any opprotunity to laugh at what's happening to this country when I can because a lot of it has been terrifying as of late. So I wish you all love and strength as we enter a new chapter, and the will to find the funny. It will help, promise. JOANNA SYIEK is currently an American in Paris with a penchant for original theatre work, clean graphic design, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Crazytown
Learning can happen outside of a classroom, each and every day By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) If you're wondering how you can be a more well-rounded human being, you might be considering adding another degree to your belt. And while pursuing this path is a great way to grow, there are also additional ways to push yourself towards a place of personal development. If you're already acquainted with The School of Life, you may know that their mission is to help individuals grow their emotional intelligence, a skill we are not generally taught in the classroom, but a valuable one for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Crazytown
2016 is winding down... By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) We're rolling into the end of the year, and what a wild year it's been. If you're in the mood for a musical wrap up and reminder of all the fun, take a listen to these two ladies: JOANNA SYIEK is currently an American in Paris with a penchant for original theatre work, clean graphic design, and really good Indian food. She directs around the City of Angels and writes about nourishing creativity, Broadway favorites, and talent obsessions over on her blogging home. www.thoughtsontheatre.wordpress.com EMAIL HER | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | OTHER... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Crazytown
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Geting pretty sick of feeling like we're flying off the handle By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) Hey guys. How was your past week? Did you make it through without openly screaming? I had a tough time between T's collective gaslighting of America, the settlement of his phony university case even after swearing he wouldn't settle, the babyish Twitter rant over a show's cast calmly asking the VP-elect to hear their concerns (which may indicate an increased desire to control free speech going forward), and the fact that it took him until November 22 to disavow his neo-Nazi supporters. But this giving... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Crazytown
When it looks like all is lost... By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) This is the part of the film where the bully pushes you over, hurls an insult your way and spits. And laughter echos through the hallway. And all the people who like the bully (or are scared of the bully) smile with him - cheer with him at how he pushed you over. "So strong!" "He doesn't take crap from nobody!" "He tells it like it is." But this is not where the movie ends. The story doesn't close with a final shot of the "loser" in the hall,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Crazytown
Rome fell, perhaps it was the U.S.' turn. By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) The unthinkable just happened and still in shock. America officially voted Mr. T into its highest office. My heart is breaking. Still just stunned that this satire came to life. The country chose hate instead of love. Walls instead of hand holding across groups. So for now, I offer love, and a hand if you need it. Welcome to the Upsidedown. JOANNA SYIEK is currently an American in Paris with a penchant for original theatre work, clean graphic design, and really good Indian food. She directs around the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Crazytown
All Hail the Orange Man By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) Have you already voted? I had to send in my ballot from afar, and am looking at the rest of y'all to take care of the rest. As I sit waiting for election day results, I'll be listening to catchy lil ditties like this one: JOANNA SYIEK is currently an American in Paris with a penchant for original theatre work, clean graphic design, and really good Indian food. She directs around the City of Angels and writes about nourishing creativity, Broadway favorites, and talent obsessions over on her blogging home. www.thoughtsontheatre.wordpress.com... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Crazytown
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Autumn's here. By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) Pumpkin, Chai, Cinnamon, Apples, Roasted Pears – get in my kitchen. The recipe pictured above nearly captures everything I think of fall to be: chai-spiced slow cooker pear applesauce. Oh, oh yes. As a girl who grew up in the East Coast, I have to admit I still flip a bit when I see the trees start to change. Something about this time of year lends itself to song. So why not play along? I plan to break out the piano a learn a few new tunes. We forget that there’s room for this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Crazytown
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Highlights from the LA Interactive Theatre scene By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) Recently was asked to give a breakdown of what was happening in the interactive theatre realm over in LA and realized that the city's gotten spoiled lately with a number of good finds. Among the city's various companies, the following few definitely stand out from the crowd. The Industry Deconstructing opera’s mega-material roots is a challenge. Sharing an opera live with a group of roving wireless-headphone-wearing audience members? Sounds near impossible. And yet, The Industry ambitiously tackled all this and more through its Invisible Cities project in LA’s Union... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Crazytown
"I'm just gonna like cry." By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) Has London Road hit your radar? The show was a bit of a smash over in the UK, where it picked up Best Musical at the 2011 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and four Olivier Award nominations in 2012. Originally a National Theatre production, was recently made into a film that follows a serial murder case in England. The composer used all found text/interviews from the neighbors in the case. But perhaps most interestingly, matched people's speaking pitch to the notes he ultimately gave them in the composition. This clever approach makes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Crazytown
Also known as the "Moses of Theater," bidding adieu to Gordon Davidson. By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) Gordon Davidson, the man who revolutionized Los Angeles theatre through his nearly four decades at the Mark Taper Forum, passed away this week. Through his vision for Center Theatre Group to highlight and hear new voices, he helped produce and direct original works and Pulitizer prize winners - notably Kushner's "Angels in America" which received the Pulitzer for Part 1 in 1992 and for Part 2 in 1993 (the first to receive the honor without a New York staging). Listen to some of his... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Crazytown
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The closest thing you'll get to another planet here on ours. By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) Off traveling this week (to my number 1 destination as of late), and so far, Iceland does not disappoint. Photos and more to come soon. For now I'll say that this country is like the P Go of beautiful, utterly astounding landscapes and places. And I want to catch them all. JOANNA SYIEK is currently an American in Paris with a penchant for original theatre work, clean graphic design, and really good Indian food. She directs around the City of Angels and writes about nourishing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at Crazytown
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Combover hair, don't care. By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) Nate Silver's 2016 Election Forecast has been my go-to homepage lately, because the this guy who correctly predicted the outcome of the 2012 election in all 50 states knows a bit about what he's doing. As of this morning, the polls-only forecast shows: You areeee so beautiful to meee. (By the way, have you guys listened to that song lately? That line repeats roughly 200 times. It became a hit by merely beating the listener over the head with its only-have-eyes-for-you-ness.) Again, as an American abroad, watching the political race with gritted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at Crazytown
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Imagined by some French artists at the end of last century. By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) Just about a century ago, a group of French artists were asked to ponder what the future might look like 100 years from now. The result were these cards produced for the 1900 Paris Exposition. Let's take a walk through what the "future" looks like, shall we? In the year 2000, the police are terrifying, Kafkaesque moth nightmares known for pulling over anyone suspiciously driving their wooden aeroplane at midday. Everyone takes their own aeroplane everywhere, even though Jesse wanted to carpool. Jesse's environmentally minded... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Crazytown
Crowdsourcing your bass lines. By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) It looks like Phantom is about to turn 30, which is pretty wild to believe. That show has been on Broadway for, well let's do the math, all of my life and then some. To celebrate their three decades of high Cs and masks and more, Phantom just put out the call for singers to get involved in their newest project, the ‪#‎SingForMe‬ Choir Project. The idea is similar to other group-sing-and-sends of the past, my favorite example maybe being this one of Whitacre's: I'm curious to hear this new a capella... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Crazytown
This show's so cathartic to listen to right now By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) We survived the RNC and the DNC. Congrats everyone. But it seems like every 4 hours Mr. YouKnowWho says or does something more terrible than his last offense. Republicans and humans everywhere are racing to distance themselves from the one-man train wreck. In the past few days alone he's received such compliments as: "ignorant" | "sociopathic narcissist" | "someone who had tarnished the legacy of the Republican president" #winning And I found something that helps calm the feeling of "how the heck is this still a thing."... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Crazytown
Friends get together and raise their voice for the DNC By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) Again, trying as much as I can to stray away from directly trudging throught the political mud, because I'm positive that's what 90% are slogging through on social media. But a few things are worth noting from this week: Michelle's incredible, incredible speech. Did she just talk her way into everyone's hearts for a future M'Obama presidency? I think she may have. #Michelle2020 Elizabeth Banks and buddies get together to sing, and sometimes that's just the best thing. Also, this vid is like "Spot the Bway... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Crazytown
For when it all seems like a terrible, sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrific dream... By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) It's been pretty impossible to ignore what's been happening in the irresponsible forest fire that is the RNC, and the handful of crises in the run-up to Electionfest 2016. As an American abroad, I can tell you it is beyond terrifying to watch this madness. In times when things seem to be out of control, I often find that music is the best balm. So I made you a playlist, Americans of Crazytown. Please enjoy 2016 Election Madness, as told by Musicals JOANNA... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Crazytown
New York will get to know these New Yorkers even betta By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) News dropped that two crazycats will be bringing their special brand of ridiculous to Broadway, and I'm so excited that it's getting the transfer. Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, are Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland in "Oh Hello." They brought the show to the NYC’s Cherry Lane Theatre for a sold-out off-Broadway run last fall, and now Gil and George are headed to the Great White Way. "Oh, Hello on Broadway’ will be at the Lyceum Theatre for a limited run from September 23,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Crazytown
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Fun Home shows us the way. By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) In further proof that Fun Home is an incredible experience even before you get to the theatre, take a look at this lovely tribute the show organized in honor of Pride. The show put together a Facebook contest asking folks to submit themselves singing one of the shows famous tunes, and the result is nothing short of staggeringly beautiful. Click the image or here to watch the vid. JOANNA SYIEK is currently an American in Paris with a penchant for original theatre work, clean graphic design, and really good Indian... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Crazytown
Love. The answer is (and always is) love. By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger) In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, it is easy to feel like the world is spinning some, and most everyone has been left stinging. When moments get dire, we have the choice of shutting down or pointing blame or bawling, but my preferred method of dealing-with-horrible-thing has been, and most likely always will be through song. And looks like I'm not alone in that feeling. The Broadway community gathered up some of its best and brightest in order to offer a moving tribute to the victims of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Crazytown