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Cybertainment; Mixed Reviews for Theater-Related Web Sites
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Shirley, Don
Date: Sep 22, 2000
Start Page: 26
Section: Calendar; PART- F; PART-; Entertainment Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

If you want online reviews of local shows, the most comprehensive coverage is on the sites maintained by the printed newspapers and magazines that run such reviews. But one L.A.-based, online-only site,, reviews one or two local productions per week.

One of the national Web sites mentioned below, http://, carried fresh reviews of four Southland shows this week, but they were displayed less conspicuously than reviews of other local shows that had already closed. An attempt by http:// to provide extensive review coverage of the local scene, launched with much fanfare earlier this year, has collapsed, with no local online reviews this week. However, TheaterMania editor Michael Portantiere said that the site would run occasional L.A. reviews as well as feature stories.

* A heavily promoted branch of The site offers news stories, quite comprehensive listings (97 shows listed under Los Angeles this week, not to mention such other local sites as Burbank) and reviews. Using Netscape, my clicks repeatedly yielded the humiliating message "BAD REQUEST." However, with Internet Explorer, everything worked well.

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