Los Angeles Theatre Podcast Reviews

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July 23 – August 28  2016

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An enthusiastic African-American college graduate is hired by the 2008 Obama campaign and lands in the streets of East Cleveland. Somewhere between knocking on doors, fending off cops, and questioning his own identity, he learns that working in the “spotlight of Hope” isn’t going to be as easy as he had imagined. Obama-ology is a compelling exploration of re-igniting the dreams of a black minority and the hopes of a country. Taken from the website.

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Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group and Shine On Collective proudly present the world premiere of Anna Mavromati’s dark, carnivalesque theatre-spectacular, about the growing sparks of resentment within a colorful clan of performers that ignite their freak-show into flames of rebellion! Taken from the website 

July 29 – August 13 2016 

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A eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime! While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories of their home-life, the tweens spell their way through a series of words hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life-unaffirming “ding” of the bell signifying a spelling error. A riotous ride complete with audience participation. Taken from the website 

July 8 – August 21 2016

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Playwright Aurin Squire

July 24th- August 28th 2016

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This rarely seen, late work of Tennessee Williams is the savage, sexually-charged and brutally funny story of three outcasts trapped in an isolated, once elegant Mississippi farmhouse by an encroaching flood. Written during his “dark decade” in the late ’60s, metaphorical and taboo themes of race, gender and human survival are surprisingly current.Taken from the website 

Jul 15 –  Aug 14 2016

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In & Of Itself is a show constructed as a metaphoric labyrinth, filled with allegorical illusions and centered around a single paradoxical truth. From the writer and producers of the highly acclaimed Nothing to Hide and Director Frank Oz, comes the new show by Derek DelGaudio, In & Of Itself, produced by Glenn Kaino and Tom Werner with original music by Mark Mothersbaugh. Taken from the website

May 3 – August 28, 2016

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BAD JEWS follows Daphna Feygenbaum, the self-proclaimed most devout Jew in her family. When her less observant cousin Liam arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom, bringing along a surprisingly non-Jewish element in the form of Melody, a hilarious and devastatingly funny battle of Old Testament proportions ignites. Taken from the website 

June 30th  – July 24th 2016

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Were you at the Hollywood Fringe? Did you just happen to think to yourself “Man. I wish we had just one more month” ? Well, we wont get a month, it’s over and we’ve got to deal. That being said, we do have quite a few hold out shows from the Fringe with extra runs. I’ve compiled a list of some of those extensions that I think might be worth your time. For all of the the other extended shows you can find more info @ http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/discover 

Thug Tunnel – Musical

In the not-so-distant-future, greed, pollution, and The Ancient Fire of Death and Despair have made Earth’s p_3671_i_5771045surface uninhabitable, forcing the human race to survive underground in a criminal society known as THUG TUNNEL. But subsisting on rations of rat scraps isn’t the worst part of living in a sewer. A pair of tyrants, Breakin’ Necks Becky (Nikki Muller) and Stabby Rick (Dave Reynolds) have taken over an isolated community below The Surface. No one dares to defy the violent rulers until a young Tunnelborn named Petunia (Kat Primeau) and her lovesick sidekick Panther (Chris Bramante) decide to make a break for the world above. An old Tunnel sage named Trash (Miles Crosman) and the phosphorescent Yogurt Stew (Molly Dworsky) must aid them as Petunia and Panther journey through the Double Darkness, into the Maze of Infinite Confusion, and past the Great Grate to see if life on Earth’s surface is possible once again. Taken from the website 

I didn’t actually see Thug Tunnel so I can’t guarantee anything for sure. But I’ve read some of their other reviews and after that slew of positivity I would say it’s a safely calculated risk.

2 shows on JULY 10th 

http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3671?tab=tickets

#WhaleFail – Play

Ivy Monroe was Ocean Planet’s #1 whale trainer…until she was eaten alive by the very whale she trained. p_3503_i_282128Ivy’s peppery surviving sister teams up with a shy whale trainer to take down Ocean Planet. Meanwhile, the smooth-talking Director of Operations is dead set on keeping America’s favorite marine park afloat. Who is to blame for this colossal #WhaleFail? Decide for yourself. This summer. Only at Hollywood Fringe. Taken from the website 

GREAT SHOW 8.5 out of 10 !!!!!

One more show JULY 23rd

Review : http://latheatrebites.com/whalefail-encore-performance-lounge-theatre-hollywood/

http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3503?tab=tickets

THIRTEEN’S SPRING – Play

Inspired by the three weeks of Anne Frank’s life before she and her family disappeared into hiding, Photo-Jun-01-1024x648THIRTEEN’S SPRING is a gestural exploration of both the individual and family stories surrounding the Holocaust. Occurring in an atmosphere of nostalgia, this play is an homage to the affect these world events has had on generations. Taken from the website 

Good Show 8.3 out of 10!!!!!

Three more shows July 8th,15th,16th

Review: http://latheatrebites.com/let-live-theatre-presents-thirteens-spring-actors-company-in-hollywood/

http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3379

TILT – Play

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Two strangers’ carpool from Los Angeles to Sacramento unravels when they decide to try to extort money from a Department of Motor Vehicles bribery scheme headquartered in Bakersfield. Taken from the website 

Good Show 8 out of 10!!!!!

Two more shows July 9th & 16th

Review : http://latheatrebites.com/tilt-sacred-fools-theater-company-hollywood-review/

http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3396

MY BIG FAT BLONDE MUSICAL – Play

My Big Fat Blonde Musical follows Terri, an overweight actress, who moves to Los Angeles to pursue her p_3674_i_5124586dreams but finds the criticism hard to swallow. As Terri begins to digest the realities of being fat in Hollywood, she’s served a course bigger than she can chew: adulthood. Instead of waiting for her dreams to boil away, Terri decides to prepare herself a dish she’s never made before. Taken from the website 

Two more shows July 9th & 16th

I didn’t actually see My Big Fat Blonde Musical so I can’t guarantee anything for sure. But I’ve read some of their other reviews and after that slew of positivity I would say it’s a safely calculated risk.

http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3674

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Ivy Monroe was Ocean Planet’s #1 whale trainer…until she was eaten alive by the very whale she trained. Ivy’s peppery surviving sister teams up with a shy whale trainer to take down Ocean Planet. Meanwhile, the smooth-talking Director of Operations is dead set on keeping America’s favorite marine park afloat. Who is to blame for this colossal #WhaleFail? Decide for yourself. This summer. Only at Hollywood Fringe. Taken from the website

July 23rd 2016 

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Three days before his bid for reelection in North Carolina, a Republican U.S. Senator makes a heartfelt and off-the-cuff comment after a school shooting to a blogger that calls into question his belief in God. The Senator’s devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try desperately to contain the damage. Taken from the website 

JUNE 24 – August 14 2016  

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