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Monday, March 12, 2018

It's easier to write them than go to them by Ken Levine

When you make your travel plans, try not to fly to New York during a Nor’easter. Back from Fun City, where I was really lucky to get INTO Fun City. I had a play in the ANDTheatre Compa…

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

The NEW Annie Hall by Ken Levine

Or should I say the "old" Annie Hall?   A senior center in Manhattan has done a reboot of the Woody Allen classic ANNIE HALL. I'll pause here for a moment to say this is not a…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Is there a harder job...? by Ken Levine

... than host of the Oscars?Jimmy Kimmel hosts his second Oscarcast tonight.  (I will be reviewing it.  Check out my podcast.)  I thought he did a very good job last year, alt…

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

RIP David Ogden Stiers by Ken Levine

Devastating news that David Ogden Stiers has passed away.  He was only 75.   Probably best known for playing Dr. Charles Emerson Winchester on MASH he had a long distinguished…

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

I've got some theatre coming up by Ken Levine

I've got a bunch of theatre pieces being produced in March and April.  Depending upon which continent you're on come see one.My short play, THE HOOK UP gets two productions.  March…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Are spec scripts dead? by Ken Levine

There was a recent article in the LA TIMES proclaiming that spec screenplays are now dead. For quite some time studios would buy these scripts written on speculation for goodly amounts and…

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Come see my short play by Ken Levine

I have a number of short plays playing in different festivals.  These are generally evenings of ten-minute plays.  Theatres seek submissions and I send off material.   An…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

For those who hate theatre by Ken Levine

We all talk about how great the theatre is. I'm writing for the theatre. I love it. But in the interest of fairness, I present the opposing view. From British comedienne Sara Pascoe:

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

EP44: The Magic of Disney: A Salute to Classic Disney Animated Features by Ken Levine

Ken talks to Greg Ehrbar, a Disney historian who shares the stories and secrets behind Disney’s most beloved animated features.  A must for Disney buffs, film buffs, cartoon buffs, an…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

I finally saw HAMILTON by Ken Levine

There’s no need to really review it. (“Hey, Ken Levine said it was good so maybe we should see it after all.”) By now you’ve been told that Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius, the pro…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

The state of theater by Ken Levine

Nathaniel Thomsen, Eric Bischoff, some guy, and Sydney KaserBack from a weekend in Seattle to see my play, LOVERS’ LEAP performed at the Edmonds Driftwood Players 8th Annual Festival of On…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Birthday Neil Simon by Ken Levine

Tomorrow is Neil Simon’s 90th birthday. As you know, I’m a big fan.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Tony Awards -- rehearsals by Ken Levine

Almost better than attending the Tony’s is attending the Tony’s rehearsal. This week I got to watch two of them. I kept hope that actually being in Radio City the committee might say,…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL -- Really??? by Ken Levine

As a playwright I can tell you that it’s hard to get a play produced. And especially hard to get a musical on the boards. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had both. But it’s lik…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Speaking of Disneyland... by Ken Levine

One of the many advantages of growing up in Southern California was having Disneyland right in our own backyard. As a kid I used to love when we had out of town guests because they all want…

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Episode 7: Tips on how to go to Disneyland and Disney World by Ken Levine

The Magic Kingdom is this week’s theme and Ken has an expert who will give you helpful tips and secrets on how to make your stay at Disneyland or Disney World the best vacation ever. When …

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

LA LA LAND -- My review by Ken Levine

Readers have been wondering why I haven’t been reviewing movies. Simple. I haven’t seen any.  I was too involved with my play and Tetris Classic.  Well, now I’m catching u…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Going to the theater with Jackie Kennedy by Ken Levine

With the Jackie Kennedy movie out this Oscar (I mean “holiday”) season, I am reminded of the time she and I went to the theater together.Okay, pick yourself off the floor.We didn’t go …

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The hardest-working person in theater by Ken Levine

Here’s another chapter in the making of a play – notably mine – GOING GOING GONE, currently playing at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood. Now the play is up and just clicking along. Get…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Come to my Theatre Party! by Ken Levine

This Friday night, if you come to my play, arrive early for a little reception at the Hudson Theatre Cafe.  I thought this would be a great way to meet and thank some of you for support…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Barbra Streisand in concert by Ken Levine

Seeing Barbra Streisand in concert is a big deal. A BIG deal. She rarely performs concerts. And when she does the tickets are usually $2000 a head. So I could either see Barbra Streisand…

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Monday, July 25, 2016

One actor, one desk, two phones by Ken Levine

In her Playbill bio, Ms. Mode notes that since 2001 FULLY COMMITTED has been one of the ten most produced plays in the United States. Very impressive. And not to take anything away from it…

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Camelot revisited by Ken Levine

There have been a couple of Camelots for TV comedy writers -- idyllic places to work. MTM in the ‘70s and Paramount in the ‘80s and ‘90s. I’m privileged to say I worked at both.…

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Happy Birthday, Neil Simon by Ken Levine

Since he doesn't have a Facebook wall to write on I'll post my birthday wishes here.   Neil Simon is 89 today.  Truly one of my inspirations and heroes.  It was a great h…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

In praise of Alan Alda by Ken Levine

Alan Alda, quite simply, is one of the best actors I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Known primarily for his role as Hawkeye on MASH and a name used every week in the New York Tim…

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

When you have a show out of town by Ken Levine

Back from Philadelphia where my play, A OR B? is currently running at the neighboring Hatboro Village Theatre.  A OR B? was originally presented at the Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles, bu…

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Hollywood's latest scam revealed by Ken Levine

Here’s one of those feel-good Hollywood stories you rarely hear. Scott David was fired as casting director of CRIMINAL MINDS. Now, I don’t know Scott David. I have no idea whether h…

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Why I became a playwright by Ken Levine

It’s not for the same reasons Neil Simon did. Before becoming a playwright, Neil Simon was a very successful television writer. Even wrote on prestige shows like SGT. BILKO and CAESAR’…

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Wanna see my play? by Ken Levine

My play A OR B? gets its east coast premiere this Friday in Hatboro, Pa. (just outside Philadelphia).  I couldn't be more excited.   And the following weekend I'll be there fo…

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In appreciation by Ken Levine

This is a post to thank actors. (I hope I don't get drummed out of the Writers Guild for this.) They do a lot of work, give their time and talent for free. (A few later make $30,000,000 a …

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

This is AMAZING! From GREASE LIVE by Ken Levine

Carrie Havel was the Associate Director on GREASE LIVE.  This is what she posted on Facebook.  What you'll then see is the scene on the left and Carrie in the control room calling …

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