• Report: #1072331

Complaint Review: Chris Berube

  • Submitted: Fri, August 02, 2013
  • Updated: Thu, January 07, 2016

  • Reported By: Anne — Los Angeles California
Chris Berube
1523 north la brea, los angeles, California USA
  • Phone: (323) 850-7827
  • Web:
  • Category: Theaters

Chris Berube Owner of 'The Tre Stage' and 'The next stage' theater Being completely shady and not paying an actor for their work in his theaters play. Hollywood California

*Author of original report: skyurylenko

*UPDATE Employee: Unfounded accusations

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: For “Peter” who dated a guy who evidently lived in one of the apartments that are secretly hidden in one of my theaters…which is use to store my massive comic book collection…

*Consumer Comment: I know have Info about Chris Berube

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: About the "inside information a big pyramid selling fraud"

*UPDATE Employee ..inside information: a big pyramid selling fraud

*General Comment: I"M AN ACTOR THERE AND I GOT PAID

*Consumer Comment: Talent Rep

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I have worked with this man. I have been to his theater. I have seen shows and I have been in shows. Chris Berube is a respected director and good guy.

*UPDATE Employee: Chris Berube is a good director that respects his actors and works from his heart. He pays all his actors that work for him and goes out of his way to help them after the run.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Well, THAT makes sense. I’m sure it’s not a big thing to these people that they are caught in yet another lie. So the monkey dance comtinues.

*Consumer Comment: This board has one person, Joshua Jaajaa, posting under numerous names and encouraging others to do the same. It’s despicable.

*Author of original report: umm

*Consumer Comment: Chris Berube is a great man!

*UPDATE Employee: I have been working with Chris for about 4 shows.

*Consumer Comment: two cents

*UPDATE Employee: Chris Berube is a man with many supporters in the entertainment industry

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Yep. Talking to a wall.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: I don't believe this woman for a second

*Author of original report: Talking to a wall..still.

*UPDATE Employee: Chris Berube runs a good respectable joint. He has to deal with whackjobs like this woman.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: So by your own admission, the only reason you maintain this thread…is to simply trash talk and slander another person.

*Author of original report: hardly.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: We should both be embarrassed.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: “AFakeName” wants me to stop lying. Then claims to be in the Vampire show on Sunday. Yet the Vampire show has NEVER played on Sunday. So how can a person be in a show that is not playing…..?

*Author of original report: I'm almost embarrassed for you..almost

*Consumer Comment: Chris Please Stop Lying!!!

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: So many slams in such a short period of time. (a few hours). Fake names. No facts, and they all sound like the same person…so strange.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: For the Bodyguard

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Still lying...LOL

*Consumer Comment: waiting for Berube`s rebuttal

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Such a liar? How is it that you claim to have only attend a few rehearsals and know so much about me?

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Such a liar

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Bodyguard for Character Assault Speaks

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Nice try with a new name…but here’s where your allegations fall apart….

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: my thought

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: This monkey girl is CRAAAAAAAZY!!!!!

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: I’m sorry Gretchen, but you can not be taken seriously.

*Author of original report: Dancing monkeys are pretty cool.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Oh Anne / Gretchen whoever you are now....

*Author of original report: talking in circles

*UPDATE Employee: I have worked with Chris Berube in more than one production

*Consumer Comment: well said mr. berube

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Just a few facts to bring us all up to speed (and maybe some perspective with a bit of closure)

*Author of original report: Just to summarize...

*UPDATE Employee: GETREAL posts on Thanksgiving day?! WTF. Nothing better to do than stalk Chris Berube? You have just gone from shady poster to obsessvive stalker.

*General Comment: Chris Defends Himself

*UPDATE Employee: From someone who actually does work with Chris Berube

*UPDATE Employee: Chris Berube is a good man being attacked bad people.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Delusional Chris

*General Comment: I've had a positive experience acting at The Next Stage

*Author of original report: Little red

*UPDATE Employee ..inside information: I know firsthand that this is bull

*UPDATE Employee: Let's Be Real

*Consumer Comment: Christopher rebutes himself...

*Author of original report: Exactly what my point is!

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: For the Consumer Honest Dave

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: okie dokie, Anne

*Consumer Comment: I was a consumer (My experience)

*Author of original report: Okie dokie chris

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: As for the “EX-employee” who goes only by the name of “Smarter Now”

*UPDATE Employee ..inside information: You are ill-informed on several matters.

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: From Chris Berube

*UPDATE Employee ..inside information: You are ill-informed on many of these matters.

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: This guy is a liar, hack been around for years

*Author of original report: Update

*General Comment: Little Actors

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I went to 'The tre stage' to audition for a play called "Reservoir Bitches'..a female version of Reservoir Dogs. The auditions were held by Chris Berube, the owner, and Sydne, the director. I got a call a week later that I got the part. Rehearsals were every weekday for a month until the play started and then it ran every thursday night for 8 weeks. We were told for every person that came to see us and paid the $20 dollar ticket price, we get $5 dollars of that. 

Our director Sydne, would ask everyone at the door who they were there to see, and she would keep track. She told us to keep track too. Which of course I did. My number was 19. Which means $95. 

After the show was all done, we all heard that Sydne left the theater. Two different stories though. She was fired and she quit. Which I didn't want to be a part of. Chris contacted me to help out with the newest cast of the show and fill in, but I wasn't able to.

I contacted him via Facebook message about setting up a time to come in and get my check. To which he replied 'come to the theater and we'll talk about it'..my first red flag. I asked him what was a good time to come and he never replied. 

One of the other girls in the group went to pick up her check and he gave her the run around. Saying when Sydne left she stole all the money (which nobody believes.) He would have to pay out of his own pocket. The theater is going under..blah blah blah. But she sat outside the theater until he finally caved and cut her a check. 

She let me know this, so I went to the theater to get my check, expecting the same. He was in rehearsals though, so I left and was told by the new director to come back tomorrow at 1. Which I did and he wasn't there. I then contacted him again by Facebook messaging him, and he gave me the same line. Sydne stole everything. He would give me half the money but i'd have to get the other half from her. After I wasn't budging he turned to the excuse of everyone keeps coming in asking for their money and he keeps giving it..even people that weren't in the show. And how people were taking advantage of him. 

He said he paid the other girl because she helped him out with that new cast by filling in, so he got a chance to know and trust her...and he doesn't know me. It's just absolutely ridiculous! here's the Facebook thread. 

 

  • Conversation started June 5
  •  
    1:42am
     
     
    Chris Berube

    Hi Greta. It's Chris Berube. I have a MAJOR dilemma on my hands. If you had not heard , I had to let Sydnee go from the TreStage. I don’t wish to sling any mud here, (there’s no point), but my concern has been that a few cast members have been contacted and have been convinced to drop out of the production of Reservoir Bitches. I feel this is really unfair to the ladies that are trying to maintain a professional attitude after putting a lot of their time and effort into this production. If you could find it in your heart (and time) to come help out and keep the show alive for one more performance, I can sort out all the deadwood and bring in replacements for the end of the run. I know for sure I will need a MSBROWN , MS BLUE and EVIE for tomorrow night. I don’t like to have to resort to begging, but if there is any way you can help keep the show going, it would mean so very much to myself , the productions, and the rest of the gals who deserve a full run. Thanks

     
     
  • June 5
  •  
     
    me

    Hey Chris! no I hadn't heard, what a bummer. I work tomorrow but let me see if I can switch out of it. I'll let you know by 3pm today at the latest

    Greta

     
     
  •  
    10:14am
     
     
    me

    crap, I just realized the show is tonight and not on Thursday when we did it. I def can't get out of work tonight. I'm so sorry. But I sent a text out to some of the other girls if they could help. I Really hope it all comes together for you guys. It's a great show at a great theater.

    Greta

     
     
  • June 15
  •  
    4:47pm
     
     

    me

    Hey Chris,

     

    i was just wondering how i'd go about getting my check from the show? I had 19 people come. I never heard back from sydne, so figured i'd try you Thanks!

     
     
  • June 17
  •  
    1:41am
     
     
    Chris Berube

    Come by the theater and we'll figure it out

     
     
  • June 20
  •  
    4:01pm
     
     
    me

    Awesome, will do. Is there a better time than others? as I'm sure you're pretty busy.

     
     
  • Thursday
  •  
    1:51pm
     
     
    me

    Hi Chris, I've stopped by the theater a few times now to get my check and you haven't been there. Which is fine of course, not your fault yesterday i came but you were in rehearsals and i obviously wouldn't bother you. The nice blonde lady told me to come back today at 1, but you weren't there. Can we please set a time for me to come pick it up? Or if it's easier you can just mail it? As I said in the first message, I brought 19 people to the show. If mailing is easiest for you, my address is ___ , los angeles 90038. I'm just in a rut with money right now, and need every bit I've earned. Thanks so much! -greta

     
     
  • Thursday
  •  
    7:13pm
     
     
    Chris Berube

    The problem I have is that when Sydnee left, she took all documents and box office money with her. I absolutely have no documentation or money to pay you with. The fairest thing to do is pay you half out of my pocket and have Sydnee send you the half she owes you. I will be here from 1:00 - 10:00 on Monday. We can figure everything out then. Next time. Don't leave. I will get to you.

     
     
  •  
    10:00pm
     
     
    me

    yea I heard from __ about that. Who was paid in full. Sydne denies it. But I don't want to get in the middle of that at all. I really don't want to come off as a b***h, but I would like the full amount. I went to a lot of trouble getting those people there and the gas of driving every day for rehearsals. It was just the agreement we had. the whole Sydne thing is crazy but doesn't change the fact of what I'm owed. $95 from the $380 i brought in for the theater. Again, I don't mean to sound like an a*s. I respect you so much! I'll see you Monday. Thanks for replying : )

     
  •  
    11:41pm
     
     
    Chris Berube

    Please understand that I am not trying to be a d**k. I don’t want confrontation and I will seek a win/win. I understand you don’t want to get in the middle of Sydnee and myself. I appreciate that. Sydnee was here and did a great deal of damage. She was supposed to keep account and make sure the actors got their fair pay. Did she keep documents with you? When she left. She took the box office. And now I have people coming in claiming they need their pay. People I don’t know. And because there is no documented proof of what they earned, I have NO idea what they are owed. I thought I would just pay it out as they came….but I paid out far more than was ever earned from the shows. We even caught someone that wasn’t even IN a show…but they knew Sydnee and they claimed they were owed money as well. I have paid out more than $1200 (far more than was made in her 3 months here) and folks continue to pour in. I keep getting punched in the gut while Sydnee’s “people” keep coming in and demanding money. I know you don’t want to get involved. I did pay __, but __ came in and worked with me. I got to know __ as she helped me out of the “hole” that Sydnee left the theater in. Now I don’t mean any disrespect here …but I really don’t know you. I haven’t worked with you. So it is harder to reach for the check book and spend more of my personal money once again. As far as the validity of Sydnee is concerned….did she keep any records of which people cam e in for you? Which ones paid $15 and which ones paid $20? Did she show you records that proved she was doing so? (see where I am here?) . As far as being a d**k and saying “tough luck” . (legally, the agreement was made by Sydnee with no written or documented affiliation to the theater). I will do my best to work out a fair and reasonable solution with you, but it’s high time I stopped just taking these punches while Sydnee sits back and gets away with theft. I will meet and talk with you. I will try and work out a deal. But please try to understand where I’m coming from.

     
  •  
    12:12am
     
     
    me

    Chris, I really wish you hadn't of said all that. Because I didn't work extra for you and you didn't get a chance to know me, I get screwed out of my money?! All those people that supposedly came in and got all the money, you just gave it to, but with me you have a problem? That is ridiculous and completely unfair. I'm sorry for everything that is going on with Sydne. I gave her my numbers. I'm not responsible for anybody else but myself. Therefore I don't know anybody elses numbers. After hearing Sydne left, I gave you my numbers. I'm sorry I was working and couldn't help when you needed people for other shows. Everybody I brought was happy to pay $20 and no one got a discount of any type. This really bums me out. Legally you're saying there's no documentation. But even worse, you're going back on your theaters word. You seemed like such a legit honest guy with that whole speech you gave at the auditions. 5 dollars for every ticket sold. But now it's only for people you deem trustworthy?! I was so excited about that play and you're really turning it into an ugly thing for me. There were reviews on yelp about people having this same problem getting payment from you. I just assumed it was someone bitter with nothing else to do. I will take advanced measures Chris if necessary. And I really don't want to. Small claims court and news stations seems a little intense for this situation..but it's the principle. And I will follow through. I put my time and effort into your theater for that shows duration. And even after have only spoken highly of it. A fair and reasonable solution is the honest one. My $95. No more, no less. I'm sorry you didn't get a chance to 'know' me to feel you can pay me without any doubts. So just let me know if I should come in Monday for my complete check. Otherwise, we can go a different avenue. Really bummed its come to this.

     
  •  
    12:29am
     
     
    Chris Berube

    You are completely misreading what I wrote. I said numerous times I would try to work with you. I gave you reasons why I paid Wendy and, unfortunately, why going to small claims court would rule in my favor. You’d have a better chance going after Sydnee (she did promise you the money, she did run the door…and she did have whatever paperwork you saw…and she did screw everyone in the process). I said numerous times that I would try and work with you. If you wish to go full throttle and proceed legally, I will indeed see you through the legal process (and I assure you, you will lose). I’m trying to be fair. You want money. I welcome legal proof, (Just as you will be required to provide in court), I am not only bummed, but I am hemorrhaging money here. So you have thrown the gauntlet. . Sorry you wouldn’t work with me in this situation. All I can say is that I tried ….and that I’ll see you in court.

     
     
  •  
    12:43am
     
     
    me

    Chris I heard everything you were saying. Sydne stole the money. you'll pay half. you don't have documentation. You don't want to be taken advantage of. you don't know me well enough to pay me. All of us girls in the show still talk. you gave Wendy a good run around too before you cut her a check.. even with the messages you sent her tonight. She's just as confused by you as I am. I'm throwing no gauntlets. That stuff is a hassle. Im just stating that I take being gipped seriously and will take certain measures if necessary. As I'm sure you would too if this was reversed. I just want what I earned. That's all.

     
  •  
    12:55am
     
     
    Chris Berube

    OK. Now __ came in we talked. I wrote her a check. I've actually communicated with quite recently. So I am finding what you have just said a bit hard to swallow. There was no run around with __. I simply find what you are saying to be untrue. I'm trying to be fair and get to the bottom of things. To work with the actors and not be taken advantage of. When you throw things like that my way, it's hard to trust you. So yeah. Now we go to court. Get __ to testify that I gave her the run around and we'll go from there.

     
  •  
    1:02am
     
     
    Chris Berube

    At this point it is the principal of the matter. So we go to court. We'll lawyer up and head towards a burden of proof. Bring copies of your contracts, agreements and stories of me personally committing to your case. I'm sure through our courts, we'll come to a final and just solution. until that time it's best that we no longer communicate.

     
  •  
    1:03am
     
     
    me

    agreed.

There was some crappy review on Yelp about Chris being super stingy about paying his actors. I just thought it was someone being bitter. Apparently I should have listened to it and never gotten involved with that theater. I just want my $95 dollars. Part of me wants all $380 of my ticket sales just to teach him a lesson. He can't treat new actors like this. My mom flew in from Michigan, my sister from Florida, just to see me in that play..among everyone else. It's such a load of s**t he's doing this. I put in so much time for that play. And now feel sick even thinking about that place. 


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#1 Author of original report

skyurylenko

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 I've been ignoring all these update notifications because years later, it's a moot point to me. Anybody else who's had issues were/are more than welcome to jump on the platform. But for me now; the play was fun, the payment sucked. I got over it. Your comment is ridiculously fake though. Especially that last paragraph. haha but thanks for the laughs and trying to tie it all up in a pretty bow to suit you.. Later.

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Unfounded accusations

AUTHOR: skyurylenko - (USA)

Me and anyone who comes to do shows for Chris's theatre know full well that he has this playhouse to continually extend a branch to encourage everyone's passions for acting and to live it out on stage. He establishes his own vulnerability by giving any participant the authority to write, direct and perform their own plays. This is clearly a calculated move my someone who was graced with their own show authority. You assert that he shorted you out of payment when it's a clear indication of how false that idea is if the rest of us got paid. It's clear that there was mismanagement on your part from what I was told by former castmembers of your show.

 

You are demonizing a very generous man. A diamond in the rough in this nefarious town filled with nefarious people such as yourself.

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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

For “Peter” who dated a guy who evidently lived in one of the apartments that are secretly hidden in one of my theaters…which is use to store my massive comic book collection…

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - (USA)

Really?

OK. You got me. I am actually a slumlord who has a massive comic book collection that I store in a unit that has no fire escape and no toilet paper which I can not get a subscription for so I tell everyone my storage unit which has a few apartments which are illegal so I rent them out to people who I transform into “serfs” so I can tell people I obviously don’t know that I know people …which is ironic as to your fact that I DON’T know anyone…except  those who I deem “cool”.

Yes Peter, in your own words, you certainly “know have Info about Chris Berube”

OK. I’m trying to keep a straight face here.  Peter (or whatever your name is), I strongly recommend you invest in English classes to improve on your extraordinary grasp of grammar and writing skills.  And go ahead and report all these violations to the proper authorities. I have no apartments or massive comic book collections. No serfs or rent paying tenants. I’ll even comp all officials.

You kids keep attacking …let your stories get wilder…I’ll keep running the theater.

we are still doing fine. All actors who work for me are getting paid. If you don;t get your check in 6 to 8 weeks. Come on by the theater and let me know. as alwaysI'll write you a check on the spot.

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I know have Info about Chris Berube

AUTHOR: Peter - (USA)

I am not an actor or involved in theater in any way, but I dated a guy who was a handyman in the Long Beach Berubian's theater. This guy actually lived at the theater and worked there for a "reduction in his rent." His rent was not that low; he was basically a serf.  There was another woman living in another "apartment" at the theater. There was no way that the apartments were legal residences and the theater itself did not have a fire escape and was not handicap accessible and rarely had toilet paper in the bathroom.

 

 

This guy said that Chris used the space to store his enormous comic book collection. He said the theater never made any money and there were hardly any plays there and that they used to lie to playwrights and tell them that they had subscribers.  He said that Chris was nice to people he thought were cool and treated everyone else like crap. He also said that Chris always claimed to know famous people and actually knew no one.

 

 

 

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#5 REBUTTAL Owner of company

About the "inside information a big pyramid selling fraud"

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - (USA)

What kind of a theater tries to inspire all the actors to invite their family and friends to their production?

All of them.

How many theaters (non union) pay the actors who bring in audience?

Less than 5 percent.  In fact, there are a great majority of theaters that will actually CHARGE the actor (classes, dues and producer fees .. among other things).  

A pyramid scheme will always have an initial investment charge, whether buying into the program or samples or inventory.

There is never a charge. No investment of any kind to perform in a show at any of my theaters.

Yes. People do bring in friends and get a percentage of box office. They are treated no differently than the people who do not have any friends or bring audience in. It tends to balance things out in the area of operations cost.

I hope this clears up any confusion that Kim might have and allow her to spend a bit more time working in the spell and grammar check.  

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#6 UPDATE Employee ..inside information

a big pyramid selling fraud

AUTHOR: Kim - (USA)

There many argument about Chris’s attitude,pays, professionally…bla.. bla..bla…

Lets not take about subjective matters, but some facts- ONLY IN NUMBER!

 

Chris told every actor—- The show will rehearse for  3-4 week for 2 hours/day (Mon- Fri).

You must attended most of the rehearses.

The show will last 8 weeks. Each play is 45min, two plays each night.

Double casting.

 

Sounds all right?

Let talk about money!

Chris said, he would like to equally divide the profit with actors,(50% 50%).

Then he explained how actor get paid —- ONLY when the audiences mentioned the actor’s name in ticket “office”(basically the actor invited the audience), then audience pay $20 for the ticket (instead of $30) ,actor will get $5 for profit.

 

Still sounds cool?!

Wrong!!!

Here is the MATHS.

 

Every $20 ticket, Christ get $15, You get $5. (BY USING YOUR CONNECTIONS,DONT FORGET)

Which means Chris take 75% of the theater’s income. 

 

You think 25% is fine for actors?

 

Wrong, there will be some audiences are paying regular ticket which have nothing to do with your profit. The fact actors will get less than 25%. OR perhaps I am wrong- Chris’s entire income is count on your friends.

 

Anyway, you need to share this 25% (max)with other actors(average 7 actor in each show)

 

Each actor will get lower than 3.57% profit of the theater.

 

3.57% is really really fxxking low!!! Even that, you are not going to get THIS MUCH!

 

 You are poorly paid, offering free labor. 

 

Let’s calculate in another way.

 

You will realize—the actor NOT EVEN REACH THE MINIMUM WAGE OF CALIFORNIA( $10.00 per hour)!

 

2 hours rehearsal X 3 days (should be 5 days, let say if you were absent) X 3 weeks + 45mins show X 2 shows per night X  4 weeks = 24 hours.

24h x $10 = $240 (This is how much many you should get paid for your hard labor.)

In fact, you spend more time plus your expensive gasoline. 

Well, my dear… You are not going to get $240

 

How much will you get paid in REALITY?

I wander how many friends do you have and how many of them will come to pay $20 for your shows?!

 

I bet your maximum audiences are 20 friends, you will get $100($5 x 20 audiences). That’s it! Meanwhile, Chris made$375($15 x 20 audiences) on you! BE AWARE!!!

 

 

 

Why many actors still staying there?

 

Because your hollywood dream blind your eye. You think you finally get a role and free trainings, as well as make friends with other actors! WoW, how exciting !!!

You not only got a chance to perform, but also able to call up friends and relatives come to see your shows, fantastic!!!

 

Wrong!!!

 

Don’t you see the point? Chris using actors’ connection make money! 

 

For those, Who  is thinking- at least I got an unforgettable experience and free training.

 

There are some the articles by authority talk about the “profession “ training.

 

 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-stage18apr18-story.html

 

By los angeles times

 

 

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/the-scene/events/Today-in-Free-Improv-Class-at-Next-Stage.html

 

By NBC.

 

 

Bingo, my friend, did I wake you up?

 

There is nothing free on the plant!

 

 

Is Chris’s two men company is legal? Not necessary, becoz this business is more like a  Pyramid Scheme, even actors are doing it based on their own will. Is it illegality? I would say. well, Chris took an advantage of the loophole of the law.

 

 

For inexperience “actors”, I recommend taking classes from universities! Coz acting is a serious profession! Don’t “practice” with swindler company!!!

 

Last but not the least, for the young people, ANY job in the theater, I shall say acting/ modeling in Hollywood… You should really talk to parents about details, they are more experiences than you. They can see through the fraud and led you to the right path.

 

 

Hold on your dreams, be cautions about your decisions. 

 

Good luck !

 

Kim

 

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#7 General Comment

I"M AN ACTOR THERE AND I GOT PAID

AUTHOR: STEPHENANGER - (USA)

CHRIS is a Good guy, the shows are fun, I have fun performing, and I got paid my money. If Chris didn't pay you, you obviously didn't talk to him about getting your check. It is a great place for actors who want practise. If your having trouble at this theatre, you shouldn't be in th acting bussines cause chris is legit as it gets. - Stephen Ang

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#8 Consumer Comment

Talent Rep

AUTHOR: Talent Rep - ()

 Yes, hello.

I am not sure why my clients name comes up here. My client is a world class, professional,  accredited, working actor that has no association what so ever with this indie, unknown establishment. Perhaps he has done charity work, or volunteered here in the past, however it is highly unlikely he would have any affiliation with a low scale theater on La Brea in Hollywood.  

Best,   

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#9 UPDATE EX-employee responds

I have worked with this man. I have been to his theater. I have seen shows and I have been in shows. Chris Berube is a respected director and good guy.

AUTHOR: goyergal - ()

I’ve seen people come in claiming they never got their check and there hasn’t been one time where Chris did whip out his checkbook and pay them. I’ve seen him get upset at people who deserved far worse than what he gave them.  There are a lot of people that have worked for him. The person who made all these claims has never worked for him.  Those are the facts/

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#10 UPDATE Employee

Chris Berube is a good director that respects his actors and works from his heart. He pays all his actors that work for him and goes out of his way to help them after the run.

AUTHOR: Richard S - ()

All I can say that I had a great time at this theatre. It was really good, funny and different. Me and my cast all got their pay after 6 weeks.  I highly recommend to see any show and work there. You will enjoy it.

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#11 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Well, THAT makes sense. I’m sure it’s not a big thing to these people that they are caught in yet another lie. So the monkey dance comtinues.

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

Honestly, If you have indeed worked for me and have a legitimate gripe. PLEASE come work it out with me personally before making an a*s of yourself on a thread like this.  Anne / Gretchen/Greta / whoever-she-is-today never actually worked for me.  Joshua has his own issues for another posting.

 

If you have a problem that can be fixed. Come see me and we‘ll solve it as adults. 

 

And if you are ready to judge based on this internet thread alone. Perhaps it’s best you actually don’t come by.

 

I know it’s probably gonna get far more uglier in here now.

 

Now if you excuse me, I have a theater company to run.

 

You monkeys keep dancing now, Hope someday you actually prove something.  (but what would you know…you’re just monkeys) .

 

Good night.

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#12 Consumer Comment

This board has one person, Joshua Jaajaa, posting under numerous names and encouraging others to do the same. It’s despicable.

AUTHOR: unnamed - ()

I am a member of an actors support group, (AHA). Last night one of the members of the group, Joshua Jaajaa stood up and talked about this site. He had fliers made up and passed them out to the group. He urged us all to come here and take down Chris Berube.  He said it was ok to post many time and recommended we use different names to build numbers. He proudly told us that he has a few identities of his own and enjoys the character work for each of them. Full disclosure: I don’t know any of the parties involved nor do I agree or disagree with either of them. I find it completely underhanded and slimy that a person would enjoy spreading such garbage while at the same time wasting our acting groups meeting with such juvenile actions. Josh has been a slimeball in our group for sometime now. One of our group members threatened to fie a retraining order. A quick search on the internet will let you know of what kind of person you are dealing with. I have been disgusted by his actions for a long time. Josh trying to drag our entire group into a battle that’s not even his is my last straw. I won’t post my real name here because I do not want to be the next Joshua Jaajaa stalking victim.  Josh will without doubt try and attack my credibility with a few of his identities. I know him not knowing which member of AHA  I am will drive him crazy. That will be worth it for me.

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#13 Author of original report

umm

AUTHOR: Anne - ()

haha, Jesus..I'll just leave that alone. 

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#14 Consumer Comment

Chris Berube is a great man!

AUTHOR: Chris - ()

I have been working with Chris at the next stage theater for a while now(Im a working actor with many credits) He offers actors a place to build their skills(hes very nurturing) and always helps me prepare for auditions(hes a brilliant coach) Chris is so good at what he does(hes a very good director) I went to an audition just yesterday and the casting director got up from his seat and began to applaud my audition! He said "where did you learn to act like that? That was amazing!" I said I learned everything I know from Chris B-- from Chris Beru--LMAO!!!! BAHAHAHAHA I couldnt do it im sorry. Anyway, nice try in that last post but working actors DON'T do plays at the next stage theater because....theyre busy actually working hahah

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#15 UPDATE Employee

I have been working with Chris for about 4 shows.

AUTHOR: kstansfield - ()

In the past couple years I have become a working actress and I go on a good amount of auditions. I had an AUDITION yesterday for something I couldn't wrap my head around. I applied what I've learned in Chris’s shows. Here's the feedback I got: "Wow you are the only girl to NAIL IT in the rehearsal!"  " Do you do a lot of theater, because it seemed like you were really seeing everything?" I wanted to say "yeah I do theater all the time in Hollywood".  It's very rewarding to see such immediate results from putting in the WORK.  My number one goal is to BOOK JOBS  and further my career, which I believe doing theater and working wth Chris will help me with. But! I also love being re-inspired as an actor and realizing there is so much more to LEARN! The shows and classes are free. You do get paid and Chris gives all of himself and his experience as he helps you to FIND YOUR GREATNESS! Chris creates a safe and fun environment to work and grow as an actor. His brilliance knows no boundaries. He will figure out your strengths and weaknesses and help you break out.  After a short time  of working with him, you will be amazed by the professionalism of Chris and the way he runs things. After all, Chris doesn't just help you with acting but he is also there to help you understand the business of acting in Los Angeles.  For full disclosure my name is Kim and I was asked not to post here but I thought I would put in my two cents.

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#16 Consumer Comment

two cents

AUTHOR: KeeksVerdugo - ()

The theater owner that keeps going with the rebuttals is wrong. Whatever is happening here on this thread IS working. Before he ever even replied anything I thought that Anne was just some actress on here who had a bad experience and to each his own. Now, I have no intentions of ever submitting/auditioning at that theater and am warning other friends to avoid it too as I dont want them caught in a mess like this.

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#17 UPDATE Employee

Chris Berube is a man with many supporters in the entertainment industry

AUTHOR: LynnC - ()

Chris Berube gets right to business. He wastes no time in assessing the needs of each show and areas where you need the most work and focuses on that. He has a great eye and will find ways to open you as an actor right away. His productions are a lot of fun yet he sometimes doesn’t impart as much discipline as should be .

I was able to bring much more of my personality to the production, which Chris helped me with simply  giving me a few key notes that took care of the rest. Like I said, he is stern but nurturing, a rare combination because a lot of directors or mentors think they need to be unpleasant or make comments that bring nothing to the table because they are full of themselves. Chris Berube is quite the opposite.

My auditions got better. I have more confidence. I was making the casting directors laugh in comedic auditions without meaning to. One casting director who has seen me many times said to me recently "that was such a lovely read!" He never comments on anything unless it needs to be said.

I was lucky to get cast by Chris Berube in one of his shows which I highly recommend if you are ever invited. It was even more fun and the cast was amazing! I didn’t get paid because I didn’t have anyone come for me but others in my cast had people and everyone I have spoken to has been paid.

I recommend Chris to anyone who wishes to up their game for acting improvement and auditions which, for those of you who have serious training, is just like good acting and all the stuff you learn in your technique classes. For those who don't have as much training, you might not get a big part at first but you will still be treated respectfully and will even make your acting auditions better.

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#18 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Yep. Talking to a wall.

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

So let’s go thru the facts once again:

 

1) You never worked for me. You worked for another who made promises that she didn’t keep.

2) You expect me to pay you, but you have no proof of what you earned. Nor do you have any kind agreement besides what I said before a group of people while waiting for your director to arrive.

3) I didn’t audition you. I didn’t direct you. I did not work out nor commit to any deal with you….but name your price…I should just pay you because of your obvious sweetness.

4) You keep going on about I don’t pay my actors and I work in a shady manner. Yet there is no actual person that can verify this except you…a person who never actually worked for me.

5) You have been proven to be a liar. But it’s no big deal to you. You have been exposed as a person who has multiple posts under fake names. But you simply deny that and accuse me of being shady.

6) You have no intention of resolution.  Just want to keep your rants going and trying to warn anyone who will believe you, even though it’s not really working.

7) You are the definition of an insane person. (not as much as insult as truth, look it up).  Get a life. Go do these acting jobs you claim to have. Get another tattoo! At this point, you’re only making yourself look worse.

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#19 REBUTTAL Owner of company

I don't believe this woman for a second

AUTHOR: Brayden - ()

I have worked with Chris for many years as an actor, director, coach, and producer and I am consistently inspired by his passion and expertise. His actors are not only challenged to become the "best actors in the world" but they are also given a platform to grow in all arenas of the entertainment business. If you want to make a career for yourself this is the foundation and the place to go!!! His teaching goes deep, there are no easy outs, his process mirrors the great directors and coaches of the craft!

Mr. Berube is the most driven, passionate and caring friend an actor could ask for. His work has enriched my acting and life in so many ways! His theater has become my home, my sanctuary and most of all a place of constant and continuous growth. Come to any class for free! He offers amazing classes and workshops and directs great productions.

 

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#20 Author of original report

Talking to a wall..still.

AUTHOR: Anne - ()

I'm not trash talking. I'm not lying. This is ripoff report. Read the d**n caption. I'm letting my truth be known so others can know what kind of business you have..which it seems they do.  Some are all for you and some aren't.  And I don't understand how you've 'tried to work' with me? Telling me you'd pay half While paying another girl in full because you trust her more? Saying Sydne took everything but in the beginning you said you had to 'let her go'..huh.   You're a lovely piece of work (Ooo the slander.) And you are more than welcome to sign off  at any time and leave this thread be since you're so above it. This is a report I posted so of course I'm going to answer to people. You're the one who's made it a hobby with your 'book club' as Kim so eloquently put it.. And  'Brayden' as I've said to some others, glad youre having a good time there.  Doesn't change the fact that I didn't When pay time came. 

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#21 UPDATE Employee

Chris Berube runs a good respectable joint. He has to deal with whackjobs like this woman.

AUTHOR: Braydon Jones - ()

The chick who wrote the review below is certifiably insane.  Don't listen to her.  She can wallow in her own misery, and lack of career with that bad attitude for that matter.  For those interested in honing their acting skills for FREE you really can't get a better deal.  I am a newer player to this theatre, but have been there long enough to know what's what.  He gives you a chance to get up on stage, and explore your character and timing, learning to trust your impulses.  It's fun, challenging, nuts and bolts process, finished with a different scene scenario challenge in every show.  you even have the chance to be paid. but never required to sell tickets. There are different levels of talent, from beginner to seasoned.  If you were wondering our entire cast was paid.

As far as theaters go, ya sure it's not the Geffen, but LA is filled with mini theaters, tucked away in some building.  It could definitely use some refurbishing here and there, but not that bad - I've been to much much worse theaters in this town.  Btw, there are flakes and freaks anywhere you go in this city, but yes they do get cast and end up quitting.  Hey, but that doesn't stop the show from going on and everyone that came to see me really enjoyed the production!!

Chris gives actors the chance to explore their skills and put up plays for free. You can put up a play, showcase, one-act for free.  That is a true spirit of kindness, and what being a thespian and artist is all about.  In a city filled with scammers, bloodsuckers, money-grubbers and fakes, Chris is just real and tells it like it is.  He doesn't pretend to be something he's not.  I say this, because being the seasoned actor that I am (I have worthy credits), my skills function on a higher level of freedom because I attend his class.  I can more easily express my emotional impulses with confidence and I've found that I'm a better actor :-).

 

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#22 REBUTTAL Owner of company

So by your own admission, the only reason you maintain this thread…is to simply trash talk and slander another person.

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

How’s that going? No actors have dropped out of any shows.  Auditions numbers are still healthy. Attendance to shows is still strong.  We’re doing fine here.

You continue to accuse me of lying. Then you get caught in your own lie. But it’s no big deal.

You accuse of weaving and changing my story.  I don’t. But you change direction almost on a daily basis. But that’s OK.

You say all these people are coming forth for you. At this time there are about 4 people that have a problem with me…but even in their own posts, they admit to being a friend who knows you.

As of this posting, the positives outweigh the negatives.

And you keep going. Keep bobbing and weaving and acting somewhat shady.

But nothing has changed here at the theater.

Your goal is failing. I would suggest you get another hobby. Or at least a hobby.

I have tried to be nice. I have tried to reason. I have tried to work with you.  You have done none of this.  But, as you’ve just admitted, your agenda is to only smear my theater and my name. THAT is epitome of shady.

You keep dancing, my little monkey. And while you keep yourself mired in your obsession of me and my theaters….me and the rest of the world will go on with business as usual.

 

 

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#23 Author of original report

hardly.

AUTHOR: Anne - ()

actually no, I'm not embarrassed at all. I've said my same facts from the very beginning. You latching onto the name thing is weird. get over it. I've also said countless times it's not about the money. explaining my side of the story mentions it, but the end goal is to just warn people, get the word out, which these sites are great at doing. I've never asked you to pay me since you said no and I filed the consumer compaint. Not once on here have I asked for money or said I expected it. So I don't know where you're pulling that from.  I've just told the story..which is based off the money. You've weaved in and out of your verbal traffic the whole time. And surprisingly a bunch of other people felt some sort of the same way as I do. This monkey is sleepy. Later. 

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#24 REBUTTAL Owner of company

We should both be embarrassed.

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

If you are quite content using your own name. Use your own name. Not your middle. Not a nickname.  Your own name.  When you post under another name and accuse people of lying. It sends a message.

I’m annoyed at the money issue as well. I lost a LOT of money with your director. I never received any of the money that you should have gotten.  You are attacking the wrong person.

The other posts I can live with, the positives outweigh the negatives and most of the negatives are obviously from the same person.  You’ve got one genius claiming to be in a show that is not playing. It’s just messy mudslinging slander. Does  it have any effect on the theater company. Not really. Do I stand up and defend myself. Yeah.

You keep going back and forth on the money issue. One minute you say it’s no big thing and then you say it’s the principal and then you’re back to wanting the money. What is it you are trying to achieve here? Are you trying to get word out so I go out of business? Are you trying to get me to pay you money which I have no record of you earning? Are you intent on trying to ruin my life? Sorry, but I don’t think that’s about to happen.  The only thing this thread is going to accomplish is a never ending war or words and insults. We should both be embarrassed.

I was covering time at your audition for a director that was late.  I most likely said something about pay. Many directors choose to pay their actors in their own way. From the door.  I leave it all to them.  I can give you a list of directors who work for me that will verify it. I had no idea what your director had set up with your cast. Had I know, I would have insisted that your director keep records, and put the money together for your pay. Your director was fired. She left with no documentation and had never told me she was even paying you guys. That’s all there is to it. I had no money from your show to give you.

I spoke to your group before your director arrived. I did not run it. I did not cast you. I never discussed payment with you. I can not just pay everyone that comes into my theater claiming I owe them money and having nothing to back it up.  Even in your own words.. you “shook hands with Sydne”.

No matter how much mud is slung, lies are weaved and insult is issued. My the theater company is doing OK.  We do a LOT of shows and they open on time and seem to please the crowds.  We do have people drop out, (all theaters do), but overall we get the job done. Yes, there are critics and detractors, and thanks to you they now have a virtual toilet to come crap in.  Oh well. I’ll address the problems I can fix, laugh at the idiots caught in their own lies and just ignore the name calling.

My theater bed is fine. Not as good a few, better off than others. But we’ll keep chugging on.  

I guess we’ll just keep being almost embarrassed for each other.

I tried to talk and reason. I’m sure it will fall on deaf ears. So go ahead and keep this crappy thread going. We’ll accomplish absolutely nothing, but I’m sure neither of us have nothing better to do.

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#25 REBUTTAL Owner of company

“AFakeName” wants me to stop lying. Then claims to be in the Vampire show on Sunday. Yet the Vampire show has NEVER played on Sunday. So how can a person be in a show that is not playing…..?

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

 

BOOM! Caught in a lie.

And using a fake name no less. (surprise)

Gee….No credibility there.

Honestly, this one made me laugh.

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#26 Author of original report

I'm almost embarrassed for you..almost

AUTHOR: Anne - ()

I don't understand the point of saying I'm writing all these other posts..I'm quite content with my own name/words and can say everything under said name.  Like I said, I'm only annoyed at the  money issue.  My money issue.  Other people obviously have their own concerns.  But if you want to believe  it's all me to  make it not sting, go right ahead. Trust me, I'm surprised  too at all the responses. For you and against you.   At the risk of sounding redundant...Chris , you, in the first audition told us we were getting paid. Said  'it wasn't a lot, but enough for a  few sandwiches, the point is getting paid for your art'..you ran the audition explaining  what each group was to do and say when you turned the lights on blah blah..the first day of rehearsals was when I  shook hands with Sydne and realized she was directing it. So it doesn't matter. Whether you directed it or not. You own the place and told us we'd be paid.. You had some weird falling out  with her and she left.  So I don't get paid  then?  And that friends, is where my problem begins and ends.  Not yelling, not drinking, not harassing,  not him doing all the other weird  stuff..just the fact that he is  a shady man who thinks the worlds after his money. There was no paperwork. That in itself is an issue if you're so diligent  about everything but allow  your directors  to do what they want. Again reflects on you, the owner. You don't know if I was even in the production...your first fb message to me was asking to fill in for a show!  I attached a pic of the poster to help you..and texts from the director With my numbers since your whole issue is needing proof. And I didn't demand money, I had my list of people and asked when would be a good time to come get it.  Reputable theaters don't have these problems.  People not getting paid..They don't have people dropping out of casts left and right. Constantly needing fillins. We make the bed we sleep in.  Yours is just a wee bit messy. 

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#27 Consumer Comment

Chris Please Stop Lying!!!

AUTHOR: AFakeName - ()

I'll put your stuff first and then respond with

**. OK? Here we go.

 

LOL indeed.

** Chris Berube's life.

Without substance. Facts or a name to stand behind, it's impossible to take you seriously.

** Coming from the girl--I mean guy who claims to have an office at Paramount Studios. Look this guy up on IMDB you will find NOTHING.

 

Oh well, I guess it's back to the drawing board for new names and new taunts.

** What Chris Berube says before every new rehearsal.

 

And find out the show schedules before you claim to be in a current show.

** Actually, I don't know what to make of this one because odds are Chris has no idea what shows his theater has going on right now LMAO. He's either too drunk to know the date or could care less as long as he makes his money. Anyway, Chris you can lie to this thread, but you can't lie to me. Anyone who thinks I don't know the schedule to see Vampire Masquerade this SUNDAY at 8pm and then again at 930. There were some no- call-no-show's last week and a bunch of other actors had to fill in. Something that happens at a respectable theater? I think not...

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#28 REBUTTAL Owner of company

So many slams in such a short period of time. (a few hours). Fake names. No facts, and they all sound like the same person…so strange.

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

LOL indeed.

 

Without substance.  Facts or a name to stand behind, it’s impossible to take you seriously.

 

Oh well, I guess it’s back to the drawing board for new names and new taunts.

 

And find out the show schedules before you claim to be in a current show.  

 

Laughable at best.

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#29 REBUTTAL Owner of company

For the Bodyguard

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

OK.  As I believe you are coming from a good place. I will try to be as civil and honest as possible.  Let’s go ahead and break it down . I’ll put your stuff first and then respond with

**. OK? Here we go.

 

Since character assasigntion seems to be the norm in this claim thread, and as Chris has summomed minions from the depths of his theatre hell-hole to sing his praises, I find it unacceptable that anyone knowing Greta (and it's Greta, not Gretchen, Greta.) reads this and doesn't come forward to fling their two cents into the mix.

 

** Switch the names and the same could be said of me.  I didn’t start this thread and all I really do is defend myself against some pretty ridicules accusations.  Go ahead and go thru this thread and count how many times I’m called a name.  and then how many times I call others names.  In fact, you yourself called my theater a hell hole and anyone who defends me “minions”. If want to talk and debate. I am available, but lets be fair. OK?

 

 

I've known Greta for two years and I can say that she is the last person who would start a petty vendetta out of pure spite. Far from claiming insult from every direction, she's far more likely to laugh them off than take them up. And she's honest to a fault. I've never known her to lie (white lies in fact would often be appreciated). It's the mark of a dishonest person to point fingers and claim lies when being exposed. It's the mark of an honest person to stand ground and hold fast to what one knows as truth. Review the posts. Greta/Anne has never once claimed Chris to be anything beyond this: a exploitative theatre company owner who promised a 25% cut from tickets sales who then REFUSED payment for the 19 sales she brought to his door. It's cut and dry.

 

** There is the thing. I didn’t, nor do I know Greta.  I’m sure if I did things would be different.  She came in from a show and demanded money with no proof.  Had I directed the show, no problem. Had I been there at the beginning to work out the payment deal. She’d have been paid like everyone else.  I never even saw her in the production.  Maybe she is honest to a fault. I wouldn’t know that either. I have to judge people thru their actions. She started the post. I have been accused of some pretty elaborate stuff, I defend myself with proof and facts…but then I’m criticized for that.  I keep defending. She keeps attacking.  People speak up for me, they are called false or my minions.  Yet any of the people (and yes, I would suspect you are a friend), are not minions but harbingers of truth.  As with your own definition, I will stand and defend myself.  I did not lie. I welcome any proof.

Others have come forward to lay their own grievances with Chris out in the open. I assure you, none of those poeple are her. Look at the language. They are all markedly different authors. As for the people protesting Chris' innocence and theater-owning-sainthood, they speak in a suspiciously similar manner, but it's not for me point out they must be part of the same book club.

** How is it that people that speak against me are legitimate and respectable people , but anyone who speaks in my favor is a “summoned minion”. Honestly , I think we’re both good people and are in an unfortunate circumstance.  When mud is flung my way. I will stand up and fight.  As I imagine Greta would do the same.

As for pointing out Greta uses the pen name Anne...it's OBVIOUS Anne is Greta, that Greta is Anne. In the original claim filed by the original author 'Anne,' the conversation goes back and forth between Greta and Chris. She has never attempted to hide who penned this grievance. Christ, I can probably count on my hands the number of people with the tenacity and will to persue this matter as long as Greta has for the sheer principle of the matter, and I can't imagine there was any confusion on Chris' part as to who the author was the moment he read this post. So triumphantly claiming Greta MUST be a liar because she chooses to post under her middle name as a matter of preference is RIDICULOUS. And petty. And desperate to deflect the true issue.

** Had the tables been turned. Had I used my middle name instead of my real name. There is no doubt that I would be drug through the mud far worse than Greta has. There is no reason for someone not to use their real name. I have been accused of so many things here, the only thing I have is the truth.

The true issue, to circle back to what truly matters, isn't the $95 that is owed to Greta. Again, the issue is about what is right. It's about fighting injustice and corruption in our little corner of this incredibly injust and corrupt world. There was only one actor from "Reservoir Bitches" who was paid. The rest got excuses, contempt and dismissal. A run around. This voice--Greta's--was the only one from that company raised in protest. How many others have shrugged off the issue ("Oh well, it's only $20...$60...$10...it's not worth persuing.") and silently allowed Chris Berube to renegade on his promise? THIS IS WHAT THIS CLAIM IS ABOUT. Establishing a precedent. Saying "Chris Berube screwed me out of pay. Make sure he doesn't do the same to you."  Because if he's done this with one group of actors from one show, it's not unreasonable to assume he's done this before or that he will do this again.

** The true issue here is that Greta was working with a different director on a different show. I had nothing to do with this show. I never finalized any payment agreement with Greta. Believe me if I had, I would be checking the paperwork quite regularly. The odd thing is that before this post, with all the mud slung at me. NOT ONE person has come forward and said they were never paid.  I do pay the actors that are in my shows. There are different ways for different people.  DO you think I would take this much crap and abuse on a page like this if I truly knew I owed her the money?

To all those enjoyng Chris' leadership at the theater, who are having a positive experience working with this man. I say and Greta has said: good for you. Know that your experience doesn't negate her experience with him. You having been paid doesn't mean she's lied about getting a paycheck. Why would she go through the trouble? Rather than assembling a thousand different reasons for why she would make something up, why not look at the simplest possible explanation for this situation: she had 19 different people show up at "Reservoir Bitches" and got paid not for a single one.

** I have never offered a reason for her to make anything up. I have maintained that we never made an agreement for her payment. We never did.  Many people come thru my theaters. Most have positive times, some have bad. I can’t please them all. But I do have to maintain a sense of fairness.  For the most part, I do pretty good.

I was there, opening night, and sat in the audience with another friend of hers. At the door, as she'd asked in the Facebook invite she sent out to me and 150 others, I purchased my ticket and let the door person know I was there to see her. The director (Sydne) made a note on her clipboard and let me into the show. I know a handful of co-workers who went in to see her as well as her mom, sister and uncle, who also went in to see her. Greta has e-mails from these people saying they've gone in to see her. I've talked to her about her difficulties in getting paid multiple times in these last 6 months.

** Glad you enjoyed the show. I never saw it. I was doing another show next door. With actors that I worked out a deal and did the paperwork on. They were all paid. The thing with Greta is, I never worked with her. Never had any paperwork on her.  I would love to pay everyone who just walks in and claims I owe the money…but that would just not work.

Why the run-around? Why the slander? Why not do WHAT IS RIGHT and claim ownership for yourself, and for the integrity of your word, Mr. Berube? Why do you seek to degrade my friend instead of listening to her truth? Why do you want to insult her and claim her a liar? Do you really think anyone would create such an elaborate fantasy to con you out of $95? I'd give her the money myself if I thought she was so strapped for cash she'd lie like this. But no, she hasn't and she isn't. It's the principle. And reading this thread has roused me into a right fury. I will gladly stand by her and all the others you've jipped and protest with them this December. Because it is what is right, and I'm d**n tired of standing by and not fighting battles because I don't think they can be won.

** I could ask you and Greta the same things. I look forward to seeing all who I have “jipped” this December. I promise to do what I can to make it right. In fact, if someone has a legit problem or claim…they can contact me visa the number above. I will do what I can to fix.

My name is Kim and I'm a real person. Don't worry on that fact; I'll be smiling sweetly at you along with the rest of the protesters this month every show you put on that I'm not working. And if you or your lackeys call my friend a "Monkey Girl" again I'll laugh in your face and show you just how much of a ruckus us monkeys make when we dance.

** Hello Kim . As you know my name is Chris and we have a show every night. Feel free to call or come by anytime. If I could offer you a challenge, call the theater set up a time and I will be more than happy to talk with you. I won’t call you names or assassinate your character. Nor will I call you a monkey girl. We can have a civilized conversation and maybe come to an agreement to better understand each other. Or we can continue this thread, stage protests and raise as much ruckus as we can while laughing in each others face.  I’m hoping for the former as the latter has done so well for all of us.

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#30 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Still lying...LOL

AUTHOR: Daniel - ()

Chris you say all your "theaters" are doing well...which theaters are you talking about? Surely you can't have more than the 2 you run in Hollywood since you're always in Hollywood, right?

 

5000 "followers" on Facebook? LOL Chris, that's pathetic. First of all gramps, people don't follow you on Facebook. You add them. Anyone can go add 100,000 people on Facebook and odds are that at least half of those people will add you. That's right Chris on Facebook anyone who doens't even know you can add you. Now, if you had 5000 FOLLOWERS on Instagram, or Twitter...than that whole 5000 would actually have some significance. Actually, I wouldn't even brag about that 5000 anymore if I were you LOL

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#31 Consumer Comment

waiting for Berube`s rebuttal

AUTHOR: AFakeName - ()

That was awesome Kim! Im with you 100% on protesting this month. Now heres the part where Miss Berube --I mean Chris Berube takes some time off his hectic schedule (writing scripts for Universal, Warner Bros, Paramount and wherever else this L doesnt have an office at) to come and say " I never worked with her" "I dont know you" "She doesnt have any proof"!!!!!! Im currently doing a show for this hack on Sundays and I cant wait for it to end!

 

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#32 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Such a liar? How is it that you claim to have only attend a few rehearsals and know so much about me?

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

 

Odd

To just start  out with slams like “Everyone hates you”…really?  I would wonder if you were sticking out your tongue at the time.  That type of immaturity tends to kill credibility.

The fact that all shows are going strong in all theaters. Not to mention a strong following on face book (about 5000 friends) would suggest that a few people actually like me.

If I started the rehearsals later (as in 2:30), there would still be allotted time that I leave for the most part seems to work fine.

Sometimes we do have to wait for actors, and yeah. I might have some karaoke from the cast in the booth.  It’s better than waiting and fuming.

The thing here is that you came into a show and then dropped.

The show opened on time and finished its run. Everyone got paid.  The audiences seemed to enjoy the performance.

Myself and the cast did or job. You dropped out. And now you call me unprofessional?

I will put my schedule. Success rate of shows. And people that keep coming back in public. Can you do the same?

I believe you need to take a good long look in the mirror. LOL

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#33 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Such a liar

AUTHOR: Daniel - ()

Chris, come on EVERYONE knows you're lying!! Just stop!! lol

Chris says he gives the actors time to find parking. So why not say rehearsal starts at 2:30 so that it actually starts at 3 and the cast can rehearse for 2 hours?? I recently dropped out of Vampire Masquerade after a few rehearsals. He says he wants to actors to "build ensemble" Chris, what the heck do you call wasting our time with your lies about the movie industry and singing to the cast fromy your desk for 10 mins?

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#34 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Bodyguard for Character Assault Speaks

AUTHOR: Kim - ()

Since character assasigntion seems to be the norm in this claim thread, and as Chris has summomed minions from the depths of his theatre hell-hole to sing his praises, I find it unacceptable that anyone knowing Greta (and it's Greta, not Gretchen, Greta.) reads this and doesn't come forward to fling their two cents into the mix.

 

I've known Greta for two years and I can say that she is the last person who would start a petty vendetta out of pure spite. Far from claiming insult from every direction, she's far more likely to laugh them off than take them up. And she's honest to a fault. I've never known her to lie (white lies in fact would often be appreciated). It's the mark of a dishonest person to point fingers and claim lies when being exposed. It's the mark of an honest person to stand ground and hold fast to what one knows as truth. Review the posts. Greta/Anne has never once claimed Chris to be anything beyond this: a exploitative theatre company owner who promised a 25% cut from tickets sales who then REFUSED payment for the 19 sales she brought to his door. It's cut and dry. 

 

Others have come forward to lay their own grievances with Chris out in the open. I assure you, none of those poeple are her. Look at the language. They are all markedly different authors. As for the people protesting Chris' innocence and theater-owning-sainthood, they speak in a suspiciously similar manner, but it's not for me point out they must be part of the same book club. 

 

As for pointing out Greta uses the pen name Anne...it's OBVIOUS Anne is Greta, that Greta is Anne. In the original claim filed by the original author 'Anne,' the conversation goes back and forth between Greta and Chris. She has never attempted to hide who penned this grievance. Christ, I can probably count on my hands the number of people with the tenacity and will to persue this matter as long as Greta has for the sheer principle of the matter, and I can't imagine there was any confusion on Chris' part as to who the author was the moment he read this post. So triumphantly claiming Greta MUST be a liar because she chooses to post under her middle name as a matter of preference is RIDICULOUS. And petty. And desperate to deflect the true issue. 

 

The true issue, to circle back to what truly matters, isn't the $95 that is owed to Greta. Again, the issue is about what is right. It's about fighting injustice and corruption in our little corner of this incredibly injust and corrupt world. There was only one actor from "Reservoir Bitches" who was paid. The rest got excuses, contempt and dismissal. A run around. This voice--Greta's--was the only one from that company raised in protest. How many others have shrugged off the issue ("Oh well, it's only $20...$60...$10...it's not worth persuing.") and silently allowed Chris Berube to renegade on his promise? THIS IS WHAT THIS CLAIM IS ABOUT. Establishing a precedent. Saying "Chris Berube screwed me out of pay. Make sure he doesn't do the same to you."  Because if he's done this with one group of actors from one show, it's not unreasonable to assume he's done this before or that he will do this again.

 

To all those enjoyng Chris' leadership at the theater, who are having a positive experience working with this man. I say and Greta has said: good for you. Know that your experience doesn't negate her experience with him. You having been paid doesn't mean she's lied about getting a paycheck. Why would she go through the trouble? Rather than assembling a thousand different reasons for why she would make something up, why not look at the simplest possible explanation for this situation: she had 19 different people show up at "Reservoir Bitches" and got paid not for a single one.

 

I was there, opening night, and sat in the audience with another friend of hers. At the door, as she'd asked in the Facebook invite she sent out to me and 150 others, I purchased my ticket and let the door person know I was there to see her. The director (Sydne) made a note on her clipboard and let me into the show. I know a handful of co-workers who went in to see her as well as her mom, sister and uncle, who also went in to see her. Greta has e-mails from these people saying they've gone in to see her. I've talked to her about her difficulties in getting paid multiple times in these last 6 months.

 

Why the run-around? Why the slander? Why not do WHAT IS RIGHT and claim ownership for yourself, and for the integrity of your word, Mr. Berube? Why do you seek to degrade my friend instead of listening to her truth? Why do you want to insult her and claim her a liar? Do you really think anyone would create such an elaborate fantasy to con you out of $95? I'd give her the money myself if I thought she was so strapped for cash she'd lie like this. But no, she hasn't and she isn't. It's the principle. And reading this thread has roused me into a right fury. I will gladly stand by her and all the others you've jipped and protest with them this December. Because it is what is right, and I'm d**n tired of standing by and not fighting battles because I don't think they can be won.

 

My name is Kim and I'm a real person. Don't worry on that fact; I'll be smiling sweetly at you along with the rest of the protesters this month every show you put on that I'm not working. And if you or your lackeys call my friend a "Monkey Girl" again I'll laugh in your face and show you just how much of a ruckus us monkeys make when we dance. 

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#35 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Nice try with a new name…but here’s where your allegations fall apart….

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

First, anyone that is actually in of my shows knows that I give a window of time before we start for people to find parking, get settled in and build ensemble. We always start late. Rehearsals are 2 hours, so being an hour late is a bit of an urban legend usually told by people that have been fired.

 

Second, not only do I never come to rehearsals “drunk” or with alcohol on my breath. I don’t drink. Period. Socially or privately. Anyone who knows me is well aware of this fact. This little rumor gem originated in this very thread.

 

Now I rarely yell. It’s actually a joke around the theater. I do talk with an intensity when someone screws up. But that’s part of the job of directing. NOW, your downfall here was choosing DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. First, for the entirety of the show, I’m in the booth doing the lights. It’s physically impossible for me to leave the booth to “yell at the actors” .   and even if I did that …the music is pumped up so loud in this show, it would be impossible for the actors, let alone the audience, to hear me.

 

Of course this “Abby” chooses not to use her real name. Not only does she not exist. But based on her allegations, not only has she obviously not been in the show, but probably hasn’t even seen the show.  

 

Sorry Gretchen, looks like you’ll need to get a new name and story.

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#36 UPDATE EX-employee responds

my thought

AUTHOR: abby - ()

I’d like to put my two cents in. ive been reading this for a while and it seems to be getting out of hand from both sides. I’m not using my real name seeing as how chris will post private information with pictures. That is really scary you shouldn't do that. I was a minion in his dark side of the moon show. I think he’s bipolar and thats where his confusion comes from. he screamed all the time at our group. sometimes the crowd could hear and it was really embarrassing. then he would be super nice and try to make jokes. it was very uncomfortable. his breath smelled like booze a lot so maybe it was that. as far as what gretta/ann is saying about the money, he was weird about ours to. i ended up tellng him i’d just charge my friends fifteen dollars and he could keep it all because he was constantly questioning numbers and people never believing anybody. i thought it was so unprofessional. he was late all the time even at the first audition we waited almost an hour for him. some people backed out as the play went on. they always need people to fill in from other shows because people just quit.  i didn’t blame them he seems very unstable. i like to finish what i start though.what i did like was the people i met in my group.

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#37 UPDATE EX-employee responds

This monkey girl is CRAAAAAAAZY!!!!!

AUTHOR: mrjoster - ()

She keeps spinning the same b******* round and round and round. She contradicts herself by contradicting herslf. It's become sick and twisted funny joke. It's like a car wreck where you just can't look away. Love the monkey analogy. it fits this psycho like  a glove. Dance Monkey Dance!

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#38 REBUTTAL Owner of company

I’m sorry Gretchen, but you can not be taken seriously.

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

Until you offer any kind of valid proof.  Until you can do something besides spew accusations that can be easily disproved.  When you realize that to be caught in a lie, no matter how small, can have a drastic effect on your credibility.  If you keep up your shady behavior, you will only be seen as shady. Until you can come to grips with reality, you can not be taken seriously.

Notice I did not call you names. Or throw any “factoid” that is simply not true.  I did go to the filtered portion of some sites, and even there the positives outweigh the negatives by a healthy margin.  

There will always be people that have negatives to say about everything. I am not immune to that. I’m sure you will do your best to track them all down and bring them here.  But for the most part, I’ve been doing OK.

I never cast you. I never worked with you. At best. I gave a speech to a group that was about to audition a speech about one of the ways actors are paid in one of my shows….yeah…..ONE OF MY SHOWS…you have never worked on one of my shows.  

You use different names and accuse others of lying. You claim to have so many things that you don’t. You say you’re over it and yet you’re always obsessing as yourself or others. 

Just keep running in those obsessive circles. Keep going round and round. At this point, the more you spew the more obsessive and crazy you appear. And that only helps my case.

Time to live up to your word and walk away. Go do one of  those acting jobs you just bragged about. I mean you told the truth about that one…it does exist…you wouldn’t lie about that….would you?

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#39 Author of original report

Dancing monkeys are pretty cool.

AUTHOR: Anne - ()

Yess, I should be tarred and feathered in public for  using my middle name... You ever read your filtered reviews on yelp? But I'm sure you have excuses for those ones too.  Because you're pretty much a walking excuse  with a head stuck on top. I feel bad for you. and as lovely as it would be to go back and forth  with you..I have to work..for people who actually pay  actors..what a concept.  if  you were in the right about everything you probably wouldn't keeo defending yourself so often  on here because  you wouldn't care  what one dancing monkey thought..but here you are, again and again.  I'll time my email notification for your next  enlightening response, because Lord knows you have nothing better to do. 

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#40 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Oh Anne / Gretchen whoever you are now....

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

There you go again talking in circles and trying to spin things.

Greta, You lied about your name...all the while calling me a liar...I didn’t lie. I didn't use a different name. If you felt so strongly about your posts, there is no reason for you NOT to use your real name. You have been busted and you are trying to find a way out of this. I stand by my word and actions...you keep changing yours. Very shady.

As of these dates, there are no facts to support anything you say. You just keep going on and on. Hoping to get a different result.

There are no negative posts on Yelp (as of the date these posts are written), I'm sure you’ll try again and again to post your madness under other names. There is no proof that the "mass groups of people that hate me" exits...except for the fact that you claim to have talked to all of them.

Besides your attempts...there are no consumer affairs complaints or better business bureau complaints against me or my company in 20 years. Who are these people you keep talking too? Do the have actual names...can you supply actual facts...or do these keep changing like your names?

Yes. I do pay my actors. Yes. I do keep records on those who I work with. I never worked with you. You had a different director who worked whatever deal there was with you. We were in the same room together (so what). We never made a verbal agreement. I never hired you. I really had nothing to do with you being in the show. I'm not talking in circles here. I have ALWAYS maintained this. You just keep coming at the same explanation with different attacks. Give me some solid facts / proof. Have the gal you claim refused to leave until she got paid (that never happened).  You keep claiming to bring in this mass crowd of protesters...BRING THEM. I don't know what more to say.

You keep dancing around facts. You keep posting under other names (and then accuse me of doing the same thing). You make all these threats and allegations, yet you offer no proof...you just keep dancing and throwing crap.  It's like a little dancing monkey.

Give me proof. Give me facts! Bring your mass protest. Bring me to court. Do something! Just stop this shadiness.

At this point, with all you’re ranting, the only person that seems to be seen in a negative light …is Greta McMonagle .

Now if anyone truly did work for me in one of my shows. If you didn’t quit or get fired. And you didn’t get your pay in 6 weeks. PLEASE come by the theater and I will fix it. …and if I don’t …THEN you can join Greta / Anne/ whoever right here.

 

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#41 Author of original report

talking in circles

AUTHOR: Anne - ()

And then the sad part comes...I really have only posted under Anne..my middle name. No big lie. Oooo the horror of using ones middle name! The deceit! get a clue. Saying I wrote all the other ones, well that seems typical of you, alas it is untrue. Trust me, I was surprised too when so many other people had the same feelings I have about you Chris, some even stronger..well, actually not so surprised. But the fact is, there are other people who feel the same way I do. On here, on yelp, people I meet on auditions..you've made quite a name for yourself..One of my favorites was 'the denim devil'.haha.  Though if I were to assume someone was posting under different names, you'd definitely win that pot. Seeing as how your 'charm' is evident in almost all the responses. Anyhow, you obviously think I'm posting everything, and I think you're posting everything, so that point is moot. I also never filed in court.Though who knows what'll happen on the next rainy day. That was the department of consumer affairs. A free mediation. I thought you'd be truthful with that, but you weren't. I attached your response. You talk yourself in a circle with that and what you put on here. 'you were told the tickets were $20 and they would get $5'...oh you innocent man, you had no idea!..but yet, scroll down and there it is..an idea. You made the verbal agreement. I didn't know it was a paid gig till you said so. That's what so annoying 'getreal', he led the auditions, he talked about the payment..and he denies it all. And you didn't know if people even came at all to the show? That you were walking around in the dressing room next to all of us...during the show..with the crowd...you must be daft. You're doing me no harm by putting my name and picture up. Have at it. Glad you had a pic of me stored. Though your comments afterwords were a little questionable..hey, maybe those creepy harassment claims people say about you are true. And if people are constantly hounding you to pay them like you say...the problem might not be them. eh? Still a bummer only one girl in my entire cast got paid. Still so weird you took her word for it and nobody elses.  Hollywood is such a small town and well, you have a pretty crappy rep. You're a scam artist. You know it, I know it, and obviously many more do too..so you keep posting for yourself though, or tell your friends too, whatever. Keep all those 'good' reviews to help you fall asleep. Such a joke. The one guy had it right, so delusional. 

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#42 UPDATE Employee

I have worked with Chris Berube in more than one production

AUTHOR: J.woodard - ()

I have been in the entertainment business for a very long time. When I decided to go back to theater, one of the first places where I audition was the Next Stage Theater. I got booked for "Seven Deadly Sins" right away. Chris Berube treated me with respect and made my experience so nice, that I went back to play the King in "Happily Whatever After." During both productions I met some amazing people who are not only talented, but kind, decent people I am proud to call friends! Some of my friends came to see the shows. Everyone loved it. I had no problem getting my pay as did every cast member I worked with.  Chris has always treated me with the utmost courtesy. I went back a third time, to do my own production of "Silent Night." Some people wonder why Mr. Berube changes the cast of his plays every eight weeks. I figured out it is so that more actors have the opportunity to sharpen their skills. Hollywood would be a better place if we had more Chris Berubes. For the record My name is John Woodard and I can be contacted at j.woodard623@usa.com.

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#43 Consumer Comment

well said mr. berube

AUTHOR: GetReal - ()

Aside from uploading a picture of Greta(not cool Chris) you have made some very good points indeed. I now believe Greta felt Chris owed her money but Chris had nothing to do with that particular show. Now Chris, if what ur saying is true and Sydney took the money then oh well lesson learned and no more casting crappy directors. But if you made thatbup and stole Gretas money then ur just a bad person and should change ur ways while u still can...  

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#44 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Just a few facts to bring us all up to speed (and maybe some perspective with a bit of closure)

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

OK

For those coming in late, and for those insane enough to read this entire thread. Let’s just deal with some facts.  Now PLEASE be aware of these facts on this date, because once I bring them out…some folks have a way of attacking and trying to change some things. I will reference information that is only a companied by proof. But in most cases can be verified by reading below. 

So here we go.

1) I never worked with this “Anne” person. I may have stalled for a late director by going over the policy I have with my shows when the director (who was fired), was late. But I never discussed her exact payment. Never made a deal. Never had this person in my show.  She did not have any of the “proof” she has claimed below. I even offered to work with her. But she refused (read below).If I gave out money to any and every random person who emailed me and just said “you owe me this” with no proof, I would be out of business in no time.

2) It has been said SOOOO many times in this thread that there are so many people that are upset and outraged with me. Yet the posts that say positive things outweigh the negative by a large margin. As I said, count them before this date. I’m sure after this statement there will be more people popping up with attacks. People with different names, but misspelling the same words and having the same grammatical errors.  Odd.

3) I have also been told about the complaints I have on YELP. Check the site out for anything being posted on this date (November30, 2013) there are NO negative posts on or before this date. I’m sure some will pop up in the next few days. Oh well.  

4) Evidently everything I have is a lie or “shady”. In this thread I have been accused of everything from hitting on female cast members, having hidden cameras in my dressing rooms, and having the wondrous ability to brainwash mass groups of people. The brain washing thing would be cool, but just like the cameras and the hit upon women….it does not exist. I find it odd that with all these complaints…not one person has come out and said “I was hit upon by Chris Berube!!” Not one person has said “I found a camera!!” It’s just been a couple of lies and tall tales. (of course I’m awaiting the accusation posts now that I kinds put a light on it).

5) I have been called many things and accuses of even more atrocities. I imagine there would be more if not for my amazing brainwashing skills. I have been accused of posting under other aliases and evidently, every positive thing said here I s actually me posing as a large group of people.  Well, I can promise you that when I post. It’s under my own name and nobody else’s. It’s a lack of integrity to throw such mud. I also don’t call people names. (Which sadly, my critics here lack), as I believe the names and insults keep you from the facts. In fact, I find when a person begins to lose a debate, it usually turns to insult before melting. ……..which kind of leads to the next point.  (hold on your hats for this one…I’m going to use a name….

6) Anne is a liar. There I said it. You want proof. OK. Well. On the first very basic detail…Anne is not Anne.  The REAL author of this thread is Greta McMonagle. That’s her name, and she’s not sticking to it.  I have to wonder how a person who is so intent on the truth. A person who so freely calls other s SHADY…has to hide and lie behind a name.  I stand by everything I have said and posted. I put my name on it. I believe it’s a thing called integrity.  Why has Greta McMonagle lied about something so simple as her name? Is she afraid I will find her and make a move, or take her picture or even wash her brain? By doing this and being caught, there is now the question of how many other names have you used in this thread?  Why do you keep saying “ I don’t care anymore”, yet always so obsessed with this character assassination?  If you are truly over it and have moved on…….you should have actually moved on.  But you didn’t.  You continue to post on this board as ANNE and HONEST WHATEVER-HIS-NAME-IS ..and even GETREAL?  And you then call me “shady” and a “liar”. Get real indeed.

OK. Now let’s get real here. If you are even still here. I run a theater company. A theater company that does rather well. I have been doing it for a very long time and I have other things I do that make money. We go through a few hundred actors every month and most of them seem happy and content with their experience. If I did half the things I am accused of. I would have been out of business a long time ago. I can’t please all the people all the time, (nobody can), and there are a few that do not have good experience with me. Oh well.  I’m sure most of them will find their way to this board and this thread. 

To those let me offer a challenge. Give me facts. Let me know exactly what happened.  Not just “He’s a shady liar and nobody likes or will work with him !!” (the fact that we have so much production going on right now, proves it). CONTACT ME and I promise I will find a solution. I always go for the win/win and if you don’t become a demanding……if you don’t conduct yourself as Greta (ANNE) McMonagle, we’ll find a compromise or resolution. But yeah…if you are fired or quit in the middle of a production, you can come here and sling mud behind a few quirky aliases (just use your real name). My email address is chrisberube@mail.com and I can be reached at 323-850-7827. Contact me with facts and I promise you will get better results than just mudslinging and name calling on this thread.

Now Anne..or Greta, …or Getreal ..or whatever  you are going by these days. I’m sure this will be a little too high concept for you. I’m sure the “attacks” will continue. There will be plenty of name calling and “OH YEAH, WELL…” posts from your end. I kinda expect that from someone like you. And it’s a shame. There was never an agreement between you and I. There was never an actress that refused to leave and got paid. I don’t know why or how or what was going on with you. In fact, there is a big part of me that WANTS to believe you. But you have made it impossible for me to believe or trust me through your actions. The way you have handled yourself here in this thread, on various other sites…..even when you filed in court, you threw in some personal insults. Through your actions you have become the very things you gleefully accuse me of. You have been proven as a liar and have been found to be come very shady.  I will not pay you. I don’t know you. I couldn’t pick you out in a crowd. I never worked with you.  

So I have said my peace. Continued to post under my own name and no other. I’m sure smaller minds will prevail and the slams, accusations will keep coming.  To anyone that has come this far. I hope a mature way of reading and understanding what REALLY is going on here and maybe come by one of my theaters (or call) and we can discuss it together as adults. For those that can’t handle that and are satisfied with mudslinging, name calling, and unproven accusations …well, I’m sorry we won’t be working together. We’d probably be better off not meeting.

OK, Greta McMonagle! I’ve opened the door. I’ve given you plenty of things to try and twist her. I would hope that you are able to stay true to your word of not caring and move on. I would hope that you resist the urge to grab some new aliases, with your slings and arrows hit this and other sites in your Quixote style quest to “spread the word” and destroy me. …but alas, you just won’t be able to.

Shame.

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#45 Author of original report

Just to summarize...

AUTHOR: Anne - ()

Just making things clear a bit for those who obviously aren't seeing it...Chris himself  said in my audition wr'd be getting paid.   Which he claims he never said. We were told to keep a list of all the names of the people who came..I did. But now he wants more proof then some handmade list..umm ok. If I wanted to try and scam him I'd  probably say I had more than 19 people come.. He never hit on me, so as I said before, I can't agree with the other people who thought  that. I can only speak from my own experience, which deals with the money.  And yes 'Joe,' it's only 95 dollars..but again it's the  principle not the price. I know I'll never see that money from that theater. That doesn't mean I can't  complain though..on a complaint site. To warn other people. Obviously other people have  issues with him too, not paying entire casts probably creates a few enemies along the way.  But on the other hand, if you have a great experience with him, then great! Seriously! I'm glad you enjoy the improv classes and  the path to enlightenment he provides you..alas, he was all out of paths when it was time to pay me.  So I will continue to get the word out. Because I can.  I was dumb enough to fall for it, somebody else doesn't have to be.  I have emails from every single person I brought to that show., a message from the director  saying how  many people I brought also..I don't know what more he wants for proof...but I digress. At this point, it's just spreading the word. 

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GETREAL posts on Thanksgiving day?! WTF. Nothing better to do than stalk Chris Berube? You have just gone from shady poster to obsessvive stalker.

AUTHOR: mrjoster - ()

While the rest of America was enjoying time with family, You lurk on this board just to post insults at this guy who you are clearly obsessed with. You are such a coward that you can't use your real name. Don’t you have any family? Any friends? Don’t you have anything better to do on THANKSGIVING than post your bulls*** here and hide behind a name? Do you think everyone is Chris Berube? Do you lay in bed every night and dram of Chris Berube? Do you have a special alter where you hang his pictures and just stare? Do you plan to be posting on Christmas day as well? Are you now going to m********* and think of Chris Berube? I bet you are. Sick f***.

 

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#47 General Comment

Chris Defends Himself

AUTHOR: GetReal - ()

Thats how f****in shady you are as a person Chris. Just defend yourself already. You tell us to use your real name...uh do the same bro. Stop posing as other people and defending yourself and just do it already because maybye that way people will think you actually have a soul. I know it's you Chris and not some person who works with you or even a friend and do you know how I know this? Because NOBODY likes you enough to type paragraphs defending your sorry a**. And much to your suprise, this isn't the original poster, trust me. This is just some other dude whose got nothing to do with that incident who just straight up doesnt like you.

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#48 UPDATE Employee

From someone who actually does work with Chris Berube

AUTHOR: mrjoster - ()

As an actor that has been working with Chris Berube for the last 14 months, I am SHOCKED to see such bad reviews by people who never actually worked with him, (although some of the critics contradict themselves when they start out by saying they just saw a show, and then know far more than the average theater audience member. I went down and counted how many peopple had bad things to say. I found 3. 2 were very similair the way they wrote. Crazy how they never use actual names. But there were only 3 screaming about so many others on this thread.  So I thought I would jump in with my two cents worth.

If you are looking for a theater that will give you a chance and find someone who will work and believe in you, I highly encourage that you do your research and talk to people that are working with Chris Berube now. That are not afraid to use their real names, and that have been there for more than one show. As far as I can count there are 2 people that have complained, using different names, while the overwhelming majority has been supportive of this theater and this man. The best these critics an come up with is that myself and all those who are supportive are brainwashed.

For those interested in hearing from a current member of this dues free theater that has worked with Chris Berube, I'll share my personal experience and take:

Chris is a no bullshit kind of teacher and director. He is very discerning, very intelligent, very encouraging, and very REAL. He has a very good gauge of where his actors are at and he is very one on one during rehearsals and classes. He asks us "What worked, what didn't, and why?" and “How did that feel?”  before he gives any notes because he wants us to be able to recognize our strengths and also know our own challenges so that we can overcome them on our own. He is an AMAZING person and I highly recommend working with him. Both in shows and classes. BTW his classes on Monday nights are FREE.

Prior to working at The Next stage, I'd been dabbling in acting for a little bit with no formal training. I put off doing theater  for years because I thought it was too time consuming and expensive with the dues system. I just wanted to see how far I could get without it. I did a lot of student film and shorts. Most were crap and had sometimes I would never get the copy I was promised. When I decided to take it seriously, several other working actor friends of mine had good things to say about Chris and his theater, so I auditioned for his show and I got cast. I was very inspired, I made a few lifetime friends and I made $120 dollars.

The rehearsals were fun and very laid back. Chris does indeed start late as he allows the actors to spend time without him in the room. We built a strong ensemble. He was late, but he made it clear on the first day that he would have this bubble of time for us to find parking, get a drink and get to know our cast mates. The frustrating thing were the actors that would take advantage and skip days of rehearsals of come hours late. Chris would always give them a chance. He did fire a few in the time that I have worked with him.

When someone would complain about his laid back style. Chris would explain that his job was to open the best show we could do on time. Our show opened on time and all the people I brought really enjoyed the production of Vampire Masquerade in February 2013. I put the show and date for anyone willing to call me not real.

We had people that would show up late for their call time. Chris was stern and he was rude to them. I can’t really name very many directors that wouldn’t have fired these people. Chris gave them a chance. He made sure that whatever happened with some unprofessional actors or flakey people that didn’t show up, that the show always went on.

We as actors were required to check our numbers every night. At the end of the run we have the checks sent to us. Every once in a while an actor does come to the theater and say that they didn’t get their check. I have never seen him turn any of them away nor have I seen him not take out his check book and write them a check then and there. There was an actor that didn’t agree with the numbers, but Chris held firm and wrote the check based on the numbers.

I've never seen him hit on any of the actresses and would challenge anyone to find an actress that would back up this story. I have never seen him drink alcohol and anyone who knows him can tell you he does not drink or take drugs. He has never been drunk on stage.  There have never been any cameras allowed in the dressing room. 

I am amazed on how much bullshit I have read from some of these nameless losers that have so much f**king integrity, that they hide behind a fake name.  My name is James Joster and my email account is mrjoster@yahoo.com. You want to believe that I am a plant, not real or Chris Berube? Contact me and we will meet up. I would really like to meet some of the THREEE people writing bad things about Chris and his theater because a girl, who never even worked for Chris, didn’t get paid money she can’t even prove she made.

Ultimately, what it comes down to is how much bullshit you are willing to believe on a website without checking out firsthand. What you as an individual put into this craft and wade through the bullshit of actors who were fired, quit, or can't prove they earned anything from another director.

For me, I know that I didn't know what to think until I worked a show with Chris Berube.  I didn’t think much of acting on a stage or taking my career before studying with Chris. And I know that working at The Next Stage has helped me immensely in learning and growing as an actor and networking wth other actors.

Chris also offers his stage to his actors to produce their own show FOR FREE. So I will continue to work with him as long as I'm growing, as long as I enjoy it , and as long as he is willing to keep working with  me (he does choose who he works with and he will let people know if they are not a right fit for his theater ).

I’m sure I’ll get called all kinds of names from the lowlifes controlling the negative posts on this thread. To them I say “f**k YOU! You are putting all this time and effort to try and destroy a man’s rep for $90? f**king grow up and use your real name”.

And if Chris is even reading this, Hang in there brother, there are a lot more of out here that support what you are doing. You don’t need this s**t.

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#49 UPDATE Employee

Chris Berube is a good man being attacked bad people.

AUTHOR: JoeW - ()

The chick who wrote the review below is certifiably insane.  Don't listen to her.  She can wallow in her own misery, and lack of career with that bad attitude for that matter.  For those interested in honing their Improv skills ... for FREE ... you really can't get a better deal.  I am a newer player to this theatre, but have been there long enough to know what's what.  He gives you a chance to get up on stage, and explore your comedic skills and timing, learning to trust your impulses.  It's fun, challenging, nuts and bolts games, finished with a different scene scenario challenge in every class.  There are different levels of talent, from beginner to seasoned. 

 

As far as theaters go, ya sure it's not the Geffen, but LA is filled with mini theaters, tucked away in some building.  It could definitely use some refurbishing here and there, but not that bad - I've been to much much worse theaters in this town.  Btw, there are bums and freaks anywhere you go in this city, but yes they do congregate in this mini-mall for some d**n reason.  Hey, but that doesn't stop thousands of students every yr to pay top dollar to attend a school like USC, located in the middle of the bum-fest of downtown!!

 

Chris gives actors the chance to explore their improv skills and put up plays for free ... for FREE.  Not only improv for free, but you can put up a play, showcase, one-act for free.  That is a true spirit of kindness, and what being a thespian and artist is all about.  In a city filled with scammers, bloodsuckers, money-grubbers and fakes, Chris is just real and tells it like it is.  He doesn't pretend to be something he's not.  I say this, because being the seasoned actor that I am (I have worthy credits), my skills function on a higher level of freedom because I attend his class.  I can more easily express my emotional impulses with confidence ... and I've found that I'm funnier :-).

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#50 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Delusional Chris

AUTHOR: GetReal - ()

Chris Berube is definitely a hack and he is extremely delusional. I believe the original poster completely and can only feel bad for het naivety. This guy claims to hold an office at Warner Bros, Paramount and who knows where else...LMAO. Sure buddy youre this prolific screenwriter who spends 100% of his time at a theater in Hollywood. The fact that he would even expect us to believe that BS is proof of how little respect he has for himself. He totally has a number of naive young actresses brainwashed including his own girlfriend. He pretends to know James Cameron and other famous actors/directors on a first named basis which is pretty sad and pathetic. How can a guy who says he helped pitch Titanic part 2, wrote a scene from Gravity and other things he obviously lies about not be able to pay some poor actress 90 bucks let alone have a single professional credit to his name om IMDB or the entire world wide web for that matter. He could care less about the actors who bring him $. Ive seen him perform in Vampire Masquerade and he is obviously drunk, which is funnier than anything, but still this dude is LAME. Admit it Chris you're a pathological liar(and a convincing one at that) who takes out his failure on his actors and doesnt pay all lf them. To be honest, the concept youve created with your theatres is absolutely genius and for that I hail you! Here's some advice my dude: Put on some real plays like those by Arthur Miller or Shakespeare, Only cast actors who you think are good and actually talented or at least have potential. Stop casting a bunch of girls and only 4 guys because it only makes the claims about you hitting on the actresses seem all the more legitimate(which I dont doubt are true) Focus on putting up a good show and dont tell the actors they will get paid. Instead just charge everyone $15. This way the actors are happy to be casted in a decent play and will want to invite industry professionals all the more. Trust me, you will still make money and everyone will stop hating you. If that doesnt work at least you still have some money left from your other production jobs and scripts, right? "The man"....lol. 

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#51 General Comment

I've had a positive experience acting at The Next Stage

AUTHOR: New actor - ()

Hi, I'm currently a volunteer actor in one of the plays at The Next Stage. I'm a complete newbie to the acting profession, and a bit older than most of the cast members.

I know nothing about hidden cameras, supposed come-ons to female actors, or people not getting paid. I won't pretend to have knowledge about any of this.

However, I do have personal knowledge of the enormous opportunity that Chris Berube, his lovely girlfriend, and The Next Stage Theater have given me. And I am enormously grateful to them.

They constantly must deal with a rotating, sometimes inconsistent cadre of young actors and actresses who are scrambling for a living and a place in a difficult profession. Thus, some of the actors can be unreliable during rehearsals and some performances, whether it is showing up or having learned or practiced their lines.

I'm sometimes in awe at how Chris and his girlfriend are able to handle sometimes incredibly stressful situations minutes before showtime. In my opinion, they mostly do it with a great deal of grace.

When we first started rehearsing, I remembered my lines the first couple of days, and then started "spacing out" in the middle of scenes. I guess I was experiencing severe stage fright. I was pretty upset. Chris patiently assured me that I would overcome it, and he was right. Within days, I started doing better, and I haven't missed a line since, whether in rehearsals or during a performance. Although I've come close to flubbing up once or twice!

One thing I've noticed is that Chris really gives performers a great deal of freedom when performing. He doesn't "micro-manage" the acting choices you make. At times, I almost wish he would provide just a bit more feedback, because I personally think he is a wonderful actor with a superb voice.

The man is color blind. He gives anybody a chance. He could care less if you are black or white, young or old, Russian or Persian, or straight or gay.

Chris also runs free improv workshops on Monday nights at 8 p.m. They are a hoot, and valuable training. Everybody loves going to those, and attendance is very high.

This is my advice to those looking for a chance to overcome your fears and get some valuable experience in the acting field: Get over to The Next Stage Theater as soon as possible. You'll almost assuredly be given a chance to advance yourself, both professionally and personally.

Now, go break a leg!

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#52 Author of original report

Little red

AUTHOR: Anne - ()

Just cause you're having a good experience with him  doesn't mean the rest of the people are. and obviously I'm not the only one who feels this way, on here or on yelp.  It just comes down to I never was paid for a service I provided that he said we'd be paid for.  That guys a timebomb. i never experienced  any harassment that other people  claim has happened to women. I'm strictly bummed over the money and being called a liar. That's all. If you're not gonna pay people dont, I still would have done the play. Just don't say you will  and  then back out when it's time to pay up..and only pay some people in the cast and not others?  It's lame. But I hope you continue to have a good experience. Everyone's different. 

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#53 UPDATE Employee ..inside information

I know firsthand that this is bull

AUTHOR: LittleRed - ()

 I am currently an actor with the Nextstage theater and have been for several weeks. Chris is an honest and generous man who does his best to be a geniune patron of the arts. There are numerous shows going on at each of his theaters with several repeat actors who keep coming back to do his shows. They obviously would not do so if he was ripping them off. Chris also offers a free acting improv class every week. In this town where classes like that are upwards of $100 does that really soud like a man rippin people off? Also Im a female and Chris has never hit on me or any of the ladies in our cast in fact we all know his girlfriend well and love her and completely respect the wonderful relationship they have. Chris has done a lot for the actors that have worked with him and Iconsider it a personal affront to try to slander the name of such a good person. The author of this orginal post should be ashamed of themselves.

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Let's Be Real

AUTHOR: Kelly M - ()

To Anne and the rest of the people who take positive opportunities for granted,

Hello.  I am an actor who has previously and is currently working with Chris.  Let me start off by saying that I am sorry you have had so much trouble getting the $95 dollars you earned for your show.  I must say that it would be very frustrating if I couldn't received my payment.  I must also say that I have never worked for this director, Sydne, you speak of, whoever she may be.  From reading your complaint as well as all of the facebook messages between you and Chris that you have so willingly shared,

it seems quite clear that 1) Chris ran your audition 2) He never worked with you after that, 3) Your show was run by Sydne (not Chris) and Sydne posesses the records of your numbers and your money, 4) no one knows this person who begged for their money that you speak of, 5) you need to work on your comunication skills, 6) you apparently have no wits to contact your actual director about getting the money that SHE owes you for a show that you did FOR HER because you have never once stated that you contacted her, and 7) you clearly do in fact have enough time in your day to add Chris to a "list," let alone a lot of other things, because you are all over this site talking trash.  

Now, I too have talked to people who have claimed to have not so great experiences at the theater.  With Chris.  For me to listen to them and believe them without having personal experience with Chris would be naive. Honest Dave, for you to listen to them without having any actual interaction with Chris or having a part in a production, is absolutely ludicrous.  We live in a society where people latch onto others for opinions and ideas of that which they do not know.  And (not so honest) DAVE, you are one of those people who has supplied no facts of any relationship with Chris.  

You have wasted everyone's time writing about someone you have never met.  Someone you have never worked with.  Your insights and opinions, in this case, are absolutely insignificant.  You have no say in the conversation.  Your threats, although mildly entertaining, are juvenile and unfounded. And Anne, I feel sorry for you that your one supporter is someone who has no real connection to the theater.  Before you even think about Smarter Now and his contributions, let me say that his only argument about Chris is that he has lied about what he does for a living.  

Smarter Now dropped out of a show that Chris casted him in, like so many other undedicated and selfish "actors" that pass through those doors, and is speaking on behalf of his one castmate that he apparently "still keeps in contact with."  The show was a "waste of that person's time?" That's terrible.  What a travesty.  This person was cast in a show.  This person did the show.  This person got to act in a city where he or she came to act.  This person had a chance to explore on stage.  What a nightmare.  Did this person think the show wasn't good enough for their level? Probably.  

I mean, that sounds like a waste of time to me.  That person probably had so many other important acting jobs.  So many millions of dollars to make.  That's why they audtioned for and worked on a show at the theater. This person couldn't possibly subject him or herself to rubbish.  This person couldn't possibly work with actors who are trying to make ends meet and trying to work on their craft.  Trying to have fun. I mean, actors trying to improve and work, haha, that's just hilarious.  Work ethic.  Who knew.  That does not apply to the aforementioned people (ahem, Smarter Now) who take an audition at the theater, think they are going to be the lead, find out they aren't, think 'they are better than this' and leave.

Those people have a special place in this world and it has nothing to do with acting.  Go find another dream. If you have no respect for and find yourself unexcited by the opportunity to work on and present original material from a man who loves theater, then why kid yourself? Go be lazy and delusional at another profession. OR GO WORK ON A SCENE FROM ANY POPULAR PICTURE IN YOUR ACTING CLASS OR FOR A STUDENT FILM AND IMITATE THE GREATS thinking that process is true artistic expansion.  Go do it.  You'll really help out the people who are serious about acting.

Anne, back to you.  Talk to Sydne.  Get your money from her.  Or, get half of your money from Chris, and get your other half from her.  Do something productive instead of bashing someone you have never worked with on "Ripoff Report." Like you said, you don't know or have never worked with Chris.  He's a great man.  Contrary to these rumors people are spreading on here, he does not videotape his female castmembers in the dressing rooms, does not hit on and harrass his female cast members, and does not take advantage of his actors.  If he yells, its because an actor is being a flake and dismantling the show that EVERYONE ELSE has spent so much time on. I have wanted to yell at people for not doing their jobs.  But, as we know, (or we should since we are all actors, right?) its the directors job to get the actors in line.

So, if you are one complaining about Chris putting you in your place for drinking, not showing up on time, not having your lines down, not doing what you were directed to do, slacking on your performances, etc, well, then....frankly I just have to say you are not meant for this town or this business.  You are weak and you have no idea what the world of acting is in Hollywood.  You want to make a movie? You want to be on tv? You want to be in a "real" production? I suggest you toughen up because its a hard industry.  I suggest you develop some sort of work ethic. You will never make it by being offended by a director.  You will never make it by dropping out of a show you commited to, Smarter Now, and you will never make it by speaking on behalf of another person, Honest Dave.  Speak from your own experiences, your own knowledge, and your own heart.  

Anne, this seems like something that is eating away at you.  I assume you had a good experience at the theater since not one of your comments mentioned you hating the play or the production.  TAKE IT UP WITH YOUR DIRECTOR.  GET HER INFORMATION IF YOU DONT HAVE IT (if you dont have it I recommend from now on you know how to get in touch with the people you work with, especially your 'bosses').  Stop complaining and just do what you have to do.  No one neither want to hear nor cares about your gossip.  Except for maybe Honest Dave and Smarter Now. But they're reliable, right? 

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#55 Consumer Comment

Christopher rebutes himself...

AUTHOR: Honest Dave - ()

I find it funny that you are on here constantly defending yourself. Trust me you will know when i am there. I hope you stay true to your words but YOU and I both know you will not. Have the $90 on your creepy pocket for my friend. Bring another twenty for a round of drinks down stairs while you apoloigize to the her as well. Like i said earlier you are not to be trusted and you are a dangerous person. You use a false opportunity for young innocent woman to take advantage of them and their friends/family. 

There are only so many rebuttals you can write before people realize you are full of lies. 

My friend has contacted you and others as well. 

I cant say forsure but i have heard that there are often illegal recordings happening in this place. So women please bring a companion if you still choose to take an opportunity there.

My advice... People you are better than this place. Don't even go if your friend is there. Treat it like soccer practice. See your friend play in a game not a practice. 

Chris... Im not gonna go back and forth here. One day hopefully you will wake up and realize your mother would be disappointed. But i dont know her so maybe not.

 

Oh and we will be showing up. I look forward to seeing that stupid look you have permantely on your face. Keep enough cash on you in december for 3 different people. And stop lying to people.

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#56 Author of original report

Exactly what my point is!

AUTHOR: Anne - ()

Chris you're a joke. Funny how all those files and records  you keep weren't there when I  wanted to collect my money. Because what was it? Ah yes, they were 'stolen'..You're all talk. it's so  nice to know there's a plethora of other people who think the same thing.  Never have I  seen so many issues  around one theater owner.  And honest dave,  I'll gladly join. 

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#57 REBUTTAL Owner of company

For the Consumer Honest Dave

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

I look forward to meeting all these people that you claimare coming to the theater. If they have a legitmite gripe. I will try and fix. I do have the actors paid thru audience participation. For every $20 ticket sold. The actor will get $5. we keep good records on all the shows I direct. If an actor has not been paid, they need only come to the tehater and we'll look up the info. If the info is there, I will write a check on the spot. Yes, a great many people come out to support their friends. If you truly have a friend who did not get paid, send them over.

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#58 REBUTTAL Individual responds

okie dokie, Anne

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

As I said before. Bring me some solid proof. Bring this person who you claimed never left until she got her money. Show me some kind of deal memo or contract. I never worked with you. Heck, show mw a picture of you and I in the same room. 

When you have a business, you do have a few people that complain or don’t like you. I am fortunate to have a great many more that enjoy and support my theater company.

You seem to have a loose grasp of reality; I never received any money from or for you. There was never any girl who sat outside and refused to leave until I paid her. I have repeatedly asked you for proof and all you can do is throw insults and make false accusations.

I’m not mad at you. I’m just sorry that you don’t seem to have the basic comprehension skills. I never said I would not pay you. I just asked for proof of what you earned (not just a hand made list of all the folks you claimed came to see you).

You can either supply it or let’s go to court and be done with it. I am more than ready.

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#59 Consumer Comment

I was a consumer (My experience)

AUTHOR: Honest Dave - ()

I went in four times to support a friend. It was clear to me and every individual that went in to support their friends that $5 of the $20 dollars went to the actress to which you said the name to as we entered. I am assuming this is true since every actress talked about it outside prior to the show along with the consumers. That is why we said the names as we entered. Why else would we do this? They dont ask at the movies did you come to see Iron Man for what actor. Give me a break. 

First of all i wouldnt see this it wasnt for supporting my friend. Im 90% sure this is the case for ALL visitors. You are lying otherwise. This guy is a scammer, a cheat, a lyer and slightly overweight from holding in so many truths and let out so many lies. This place should be boycotted. In fact A large group of unsatisfied employees and consumers are going to be gathering for all the shows of december. We will be there to protest his unfairness and questionable treatment to the actresses when alone. He may get away with this but we will educate the public and let the TRUTH come out. 

 Chris you can rebute all you want but it clearly shows you have no respect for anyone or even yourself. Instead of rebuting everything look in a mirror and just become a better person. Start today. Instead of taking advantage of people help them. Instead of looking down at them, help them up. The energy you find your self fighting is the negative energy you have created from the past years of your life. Compassion my friend. You do not always have to come first in life. Maybe thats why you are in last place. 

 Women beware of this man.

 

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#60 Author of original report

Okie dokie chris

AUTHOR: Anne - ()

Chris I didn't let this go because I folded. There is not enough time in the day to add you to a list..but never say never. You and I both know who was talking during the audition..you. I thought Sydne was your assistant even. You told us what we were going to be doing on stage. You talked about money. It's a joke that you deny it. Obviously so many more people hold you in the same regard as I do..shady. And stop rebuttaling in different names. We all know it's just you. You didn't want to pay me because you're a cheap guy. And we both know who was waiting outside on the bench for you finally to come out and spit up $50. That's nice you finally admit I was in the play..seeing as how I was on the effing poster. All the filtered reviews on yelp are horrible for you. Don't be mad at me because a lot of people think you're a hack due to your actions. I'm just one person. Anyhow, I hope you got a phone bill paid or bought yourself a couple of pizza's with my money. Happy holidays! 

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#61 REBUTTAL Owner of company

As for the “EX-employee” who goes only by the name of “Smarter Now”

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

Let’s get a few facts straight.

First, She is not an ex- employee. She is an actress that did a show almost 15 years ago. As you might have figured out , she didn’t have a positive experience. Rather than shake it off and go on her way, she has continues to follow and stalk me for many years. It would give so much more validity for her to use her name, but like a cockroach, she prefers to lurk in the shadows.  I’ll respect her cowardice for now.

I’ll quickly address the issues and facts without going into the long tirade that only someone truly obsessed could have written.

** I do write. I do have pay stubs to prove it.

** This person was in the show TALES OF THE SHADOW ZONE. She didn’t quit. She did the show. Her boyfriend even did some artwork for the poster.  I can prove that too. She auditioned for a few shows after, and didn’t get cast. She has not worked much since. Got the paperwork on that should anyone need proof.

** I do not hit on women in my theater. I challenge anyone to come to any of my places and find me doing so.  You can check on my Face Book page https://www.facebook.com/chris.berube.967 and inquire to the nearly 5000 friends that I have. You can also come to any improv session I have on Monday night at the Hollywood theater and make any inquiries.

** I have dated women from my theater company (about 7 in the 20 some odd years that I have been there). I still remain friends with all of them.

** I was married to one gal, but I never gave her a theater as a wedding present. She did work one of my theaters and we did get a divorce. These days we have kept in touch and have no animosity towards each other. I would have no problem proving this to anyone that came to the theater.

At this point, does anyone else get the feeling that “EX-employee / Smarter Now” is a bit obsessive? Yeah. Kinda creepy.

** This girl that I insulted for “hamming it up for her friends”…..How could EX-employee / Smarter Now know this if she had quit the show….yeah. The person who lost a family member does not exist.

The theater company is a place where there are no dues. Actors are paid and we do some good shows. I too am friends with Billy Damota on face book and we both share a healthy number of mutual friends that speak highly of my theater company.

** I did do some work for a nonprofit company in Orange County. As I do work and help with many arts organizations. Come by the theater and I will be happy to show you some. And after spending a short amount of time with me , you’ll know that I have very little knowledge of computers and have no business repairing them. (yeah, you can even have the name of the guy I send my computers to)

I have to question the fact that this woman would actually track down and call companies that I work with to prove a point. STALKING maybe?

I’ve been doing this theater company for quite some time. I have worked with a great deal of people and if half of what I was just accused of is true…I surely wouldn’t be in business.

I can not please all the people all of the time. When the occasional complaint comes in , the stalker sharks will come out smelling blood.  It’s sad and unfortunate.

If you have any doubts, any questions or require any proof. Come on by the Hollywood theater. Email me at chrisberube@mail.com. Print out this page and come to any show. I will comp you. I’ll answer any questions. Back up any statements…even bring up the IMBD page of “EX-employee / Smarter Now” and you might understand why this sad little creature has nothing better to do than stalk me.  (hint: There’s not a lot of work on her page).

I’m sorry these things happen and hope to never have to address these topics or hear from this person / stalker, ever again.

Thanks for your time.  

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#62 UPDATE Employee ..inside information

You are ill-informed on several matters.

AUTHOR: Rescriber - ()

I’ve been working with Chris Berube at his theaters on and off for around four years

Sorry, I don’t know the exact date on which I started. Anyway, I have been part of many shows as well as many rehearsals. As you should know - being an adult - if you mess up = you will deal with consequences. I can tell you with confidence that he is no idiot and in fact will joke more with men than women because he is conscience of people like you who will blow things out of proportion and is aware of the potentiality of the implied. As well as their repercussions. That’s what you call a business man who knows how you’ll try to pull him down.

I have seen him date 5 women in 4 years. If you call that pushing weight or hitting on all the girls. Then perhaps it’s time to extend your group-hangout sizes. Because that is not a significant amount especially not in that time period. As for the matter of him owning theaters- I have no doubt in my mind that he owns 4 or 5 theater. As I have been to three of them and worked in two.. I have been to his office ON LOT (one which will not be named-as no one wants to receive your badgering calls) and I can confirm he works as a script doctor. Whose job is punching up scripts when dialogue is weak. Many of whom get paid and go home with no name labeled as credit. Not everyone wants their name all over the screen.

He is a man of business and has self sustaining branches of his initial theater-The next Stage. You say he claims he owns 4 or 5 theaters.. Which I’m sure you have concluded on your own to be true seeing as you have admitted so- “okay so he has theaters and does shows”. As for the drunks in the crowd/backstage-in show I have seen him fire an actor and have me fill in that role ..that person being inebriated. And-he has had me tell on two occasions crowd members to calm down or they will be asked to leave. Once I had to ask them to leave. If that’s what you call letting. Well come on I know you want him to punch them in the face like a maniac and throw them out of the theater. But sadly for you, I guess. He is not the devilish figure you make him out to be.

 I might be forgetting an instance or two. But I can remember four times, He has taken out me along with an entire cast to get ice cream from Mashti Malones or pizza from around the corner. Out of his own pocket!! Oh, gosh. I think we need more d****e bags like him in the world!

As for anyone being able to lease a space and call it their own theater company- that is inaccurate as not anyone can do that!! It’s that simple. And even if they could I guarantee that it would NOT be sustained without ever closing down for twenty-two years- open in 1991. Seeing as I have spoken to the owner. This information/start date has been confirmed as accurate. If he was a hack..clown..loser with no talent and a complete d**k- who rips people off constantly and should not be trusted….do you really think he could have kept the place open for so long.- on top of still going strong? Rhetorical question…Answer = I think not. Also I have been paid for three shows I have been in twice through check and one he was kind enough to pay in cash seeing as I was strapped for cash.

In conclusion- I’m sorry you had a poor experience at The Next Stage theater, However I don’t think you should attempt to ruin others potential enjoyable talent developing exercising experiences.. Which I have been apart of first hand.. As well as seen plenty of. J

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#63 REBUTTAL Individual responds

From Chris Berube

AUTHOR: Chris Berube - ()

OK. While I would love to get down and dirty with the best of them. Let’s go over the facts.

 I wasn’t the Director of your show.  I didn’t collect money for this show. I never worked out a deal for this show.  I believe you did do the show,( I never denied that). I just never received the money or proof that you had made any money in the show.  I never personally worked with you. I have no idea who you are or what you even look like!

The mere suggestion that someone could walk into a business and proclaim that they worked here, made this much money, and demand payment without any proof is ludicrous.

The person who you claim came in and refused to leave is a complete falsehood. It simply never happened. And if you can supply this person, Have her come to the theater and verify her tale. I’ll write you a check right then and there. (And if I don’t, YOU BOTH have a pretty good case in court).

I offered to work with you. I was willing to find a solution. But you said it wasn’t your problem and refused to help. You thought you had a case, you became highly insulting, and when you found you had no case, you just folded and pretended like you didn’t want to waste your time.

We have plenty of people coming thru the theaters that do have a positive experience. They play by the rules. They get paid. Try my Face Book page at https://www.facebook.com/chris.berube.967  and ask the 5000 friends I have about how I conduct business, you might be surprised at the responses you get.

I am truly sorry for your experience, but with the way you conducted yourself, you left me with no choice.

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#64 UPDATE Employee ..inside information

You are ill-informed on many of these matters.

AUTHOR: Rescriber - ()

 I’ve been working with Chris Berube at his theaters on and off for around four years Sorry, I don’t know the exact date on which I started. Anyway, I have been part of many shows as well as many rehearsals. As you should know - being an adult - if you mess up = you will deal with consequences. I can tell you with confidence that he is no idiot and in fact will joke more with men than women because he is conscience of people like you who will blow things out of proportion and is aware of the potentiality of the implied.

As well as their repercussions. That’s what you call a business man who knows how you’ll try to pull him down. I have seen him date 5 women in 4 years. If you call that pushing weight or hitting on all the girls. Then perhaps it’s time to extend your group-hangout sizes. Because that is not a significant amount especially not in that time period. As for the matter of him owning theaters- I have no doubt in my mind that he owns 4 or 5 theater. As I have been to three of them and worked in two..

I have been to his office ON LOT (one which will not be named-as no one wants to receive your badgering calls) and I can confirm he works as a script doctor. Whose job is punching up scripts when dialogue is weak. Many of whom get paid and go home with no name labeled as credit. Not everyone wants their name all over the screen. He is a man of business and has self sustaining branches of his initial theater-The next Stage. You say he claims he owns 4 or 5 theaters.. Which I’m sure you have concluded on your own to be true seeing as you have admitted so- “okay so he has theaters and does shows”.

As for the drunks in the crowd/backstage-in show I have seen him fire an actor and have me fill in that role ..that person being inebriated. And-he has had me tell on two occasions crowd members to calm down or they will be asked to leave. Once I had to ask them to leave. If that’s what you call letting. Well come on I know you want him to punch them in the face like a maniac and throw them out of the theater. But sadly for you, I guess. He is not the devilish figure you make him out to be.

I might be forgetting an instance or two. But I can remember four times, He has taken out me along with an entire cast to get ice cream from Mashti Malones or pizza from around the corner. Out of his own pocket!! Oh, gosh. I think we need more d****e bags like him in the world! As for anyone being able to lease a space and call it their own theater company- that is inaccurate as not anyone can do that!! It’s that simple. And even if they could I guarantee that it would NOT be sustained without ever closing down for twenty-two years- open in 1991. Seeing as I have spoken to the owner. This information/start date has been confirmed as accurate.

If he was a hack..clown..loser with no talent and a complete d***- who rips people off constantly and should not be trusted….do you really think he could have kept the place open for so long.- on top of still going strong? Rhetorical question…Answer = I think not. Also I have been paid for three shows I have been in twice through check and one he was kind enough to pay in cash seeing as I was strapped for cash. In conclusion- I’m sorry you had a poor experience at The Next Stage theater, However I don’t think you should attempt to ruin others potential enjoyable talent developing exercising experiences.. Which I have been apart of first hand.. As well as seen plenty of. 

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#65 UPDATE EX-employee responds

This guy is a liar, hack been around for years

AUTHOR: Smarter Now - ()

 It seems like many actors new to LA at one time or another when new that is, go audition for this clown and do a show. He lies about being a big shot screen writer with an office at Universal and sometimes he used to name other studios in town too. He will claim he owns 4-5 theaters and he hits on the young women. The shows are sub standard and when I was doing one it fell apart and took 4-5 months for the show to even go on. I dropped out and spoke with one person out the entire group that stayed and she felt he wasted her time and was very nasty to her over time.

You know if he could have been content to have a mortgage or rent these theatres 2 that are really one on La Brea and he used to also do shows at one in Orange Co. and now I hear he gave up the lease for another space in Long Beach, okay he runs theatres and does shows, kind of amateur and there is no pay for actors and let it just be this. No he has to be a big shot and claim he is a screen writer who wrote an ending for "Signs" and worked on the Superman film of recent. He has one IMDb credit for some little film he did.

He even fools some of the poor sap women who know no better and date him, one said he had no IMDb credits because the films he writes are non union. He is nuts and I think dangerous to women because of the lies and wasting actor's time. He can get really nasty as you sadly found out and even cruel. He told one actress in the cast I was in, how she was hamming it up too much for her friends. She said she did not know anyone to invite and he said he to her he was not surprised she had no friends. This is after he uncle had died recently and she missed a few rehearsals. He can be that cruel.

Take him to small claims court, this costs very little and you go fill out a form that takes 10 minutes or less, he gets served his paper work with the court date and call the former director as a witness too. There is such a thing as a verbal agreement that yes stands up in court. My dad was a lawyer, my cousin is and I have plenty of law enforcement in my family too, a cousin a retired Captain so yes a verbal agreement will stand up too. He will cough up the money even before the court date. If not, your word and the word of the previous director who also knows she did not steal any money is as good as his word.

His word is not better than yours. He may have gone to court before for this and who knows what else. He is a man with a problem with the truth and lives out some sort of fantasy of who he would like to be vs. who he is. I cannot tell you the people I know who used to rent out space for there for their theatre company, many I can tell you privately who ran screaming from him and that was just renting out space from him. I have run into many actors, many female and male who did a play or two and had to get away. Some women he got too touchy with, they told me this.

Now he is desperate and offering some sort of money for actors and then maybe he is living off this. If he thinks some people have taken advantage of him, well he has lied and taken advantage too of many actors over the years. A much better theatre company might ask for low dues, but nothing like this would ever happen. He prides himself on giving actors a place to perform and charges no dues. The dues are he lies, can be nasty and cruel, allows drinking back stage and on stage when I was there some actors were drunk on stage and people have to listen to his tales of being this screen writer, which he never was. He cannot just be a guy running a theatre who loves theatre and trying to make ends meet.

He told the cast I was in how he taught at The Groundlings. We checked he never studied with them, let alone taught with them. He did waste your time and the promise of money and then he does not know you well enough to pay you is all BS. He maybe needed your $95 for his rent that month or gas in his car, food on his table. Many actors run from this guy feeling pissed and used. I doubt he would show up in small claims court and would just give you the check before. It is one thing to lie and lie like he does to actors new to town, but in court he might not want to lie on the record. You will find the longer here more and more actors who found out what he was and is like.

He had some short lived marriage where the poor girl found out the truth about him and ran from him screaming after he "gave" her the Tre Stage as a wedding gift. Anyone can lease a space and rent it, call it their theatre company and make up all kinds of lies and rules. However from now always google anyone you think of working with, theatre owners, theatre companies, potential agents, managers, teachers etc... You can also email CD Billy Damota on FB after friending him and he knows most of the scams and bottom feeders in this town. It is Billy's mission to save actors money, their dignity and respect from people like this.

Chris began emailing me from an email that had Orange Co. Opera in it and my boyfriend and myself called them and checked, he worked there on computers at the time. So no he had no office on a movie lot where he was a screen writer and none of the studios know of him either. He even claimed he knew a Cd I worked for and I knew his family for years from NYC and said he saw this Cd too that I worked for at the studio where his office was, that they say "Hello" to one another, this was of course the Cd said to me not true, never heard of him. 

Yes there are some people like this here and the best way to not have them waste your time and open yourself up to them to be used is to google them. I have met and worked with great agents, auditioned for real CD's, booked work and done theatre with much better theatres and theatre companies here in LA and in NYC before here. If you ever do a play where proceeds are offered from the audience you get in, ask for this in writing. Thanks for standing up to him and posting this here. It will help save others too.

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AUTHOR: Anne - ()

So not much has really happened. Tried doing a mediation through the department of Consumer affairs, but Chris just put it all on Sydne, now saying he never said he talked about payment whatever.. so they dropped it. I'm kinda giving up on the whole thing just due to lack of time to be able to do small claims. Probably the same reason every other actor just lets him keep their payments. So whatever, hopefully karma does it's thing. And to the first rebuttal made below, little actors, you obviously don't know what you're talking about nor are you in the acting world at whatsoever. And if you are, you're probably just like Chris. Shady. I had no issue with my part or the play. I have done many free things, and I would have still done this play if it was for free also. My issue was with the fact that I was told I would be paid by the same man who is now saying he never said it/and giving a bunch of other excuses.  And if you're such a Chris fan, or it's actually Chris, it was he/you who said 'it doesn't matter if it's only a few bucks, it's the point that you're getting paid for your art.' It's the principle. 

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Little Actors

AUTHOR: Speaker for actors - ()

There is an old saying in theatre that there are no small parts, only small actors.  Chris Berube gives actors incredible opportunity to develop and hone their craft in plays that cover the range of styles.  Sure, you might collect a little gas money if the show does well, but this is not a salaried job. Instead this is a theatre for actors and should be about the work, not a measly few dollars. If that is all you're after, don't waste the directors time nor the audience. Stop biting the hand that feeds you such an opportunity!   

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