Writer: Kurt Gardner

Kurt Gardner is a cultural critic and digital marketing professional. He reviews film, theater, and music for Blogcritics and ArtsBeatLA.

Voices from the Fringe: Singer/Performer Victoria Gordon

Making her Fringe debut this year is singer, actor and Los Angeles native Victoria Gordon, who is bringing her cabaret show to the Complex in Hollywood. The piece, entitled Victoria Gordon — Live at the Hollywood Fringe, is a combination of musical performance and comedy. In anticipation of her upcoming appearance, Ms. Gordon spoke with Better Lemons about her show … Continue reading Voices from the Fringe: Singer/Performer Victoria Gordon


Voices from the Fringe: Kat Primeau of Improv Troupe Robot Teammate

After taking 2018 off, the award-winning improv musical comedy troupe Robot Teammate is making a welcome return to this year’s Fringe with Pockets, a brand-new production. Kat Primeau, Robot Teammate member and producer, co-writer, choreographer and co-star of Pockets, was happy to speak with Better Lemons about the troupe’s Fringe comeback and the new show. … Continue reading Voices from the Fringe: Kat Primeau of Improv Troupe Robot Teammate


Voices from the Fringe: Lucy Gillespie, Writer of ‘Son of a Bitch'

Another piece making its world premiere at the Fringe is Son of a Bitch, the story of the controversial political strategist Lee Atwater. It was written by Lucy Gillespie, playwright of last year’s Keeping Up with the Prozorovs, and directed by Billy Ray Brewton, who helmed last year’s A Beast/A Burden at the Fringe. Ms. Gillespie took some … Continue reading Voices from the Fringe: Lucy Gillespie, Writer of ‘Son of a Bitch'


Voices from the Fringe: Erik Blair, Writer/Director of ‘Internal’

Making its world premiere at this year’s Hollywood Fringe is INTERNAL, a new piece from They Played Productions, creators of last year’s God: the Apologies Tour and 2016’s horror musical Nothing Bad. INTERNAL’s writer/director, Erik Blair, was kind enough to give Better Lemons a sneak preview of this intriguing new production and how it fits … Continue reading Voices from the Fringe: Erik Blair, Writer/Director of ‘Internal’


Voices from the Hollywood Fringe 2018: Lola Kelly and Sterling Powers of ‘The Witnessing'

Making its world premiere at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe is The Witnessing, an immersive, multisensory theatrical experience that explores a shocking paranormal experience. As described on the Fringe site: "Unexplained phone calls, disembodied voices, moving objects and heart-stopping apparitions plagued the Davidsons' Utah home from 2008 to 2010. Desperate for an explanation, they called upon … Continue reading Voices from the Hollywood Fringe 2018: Lola Kelly and Sterling Powers of ‘The Witnessing'


Voices from the 2018 Hollywood Fringe: Daniel Donohue, Co-Star of ‘Coke and Mirrors' Comedy Magic Show

Daniel Donohue and Eric Siegel, the stars of last year's hilarious The New Bad Boys of Magic, are staggering back to the Hollywood Fringe to continue the story of their misbegotten magicians and to demonstrate some more inebriated prestidigitation. In anticipation of Coke and Mirrors' June 3rd premiere, Donohue took some time to answer questions … Continue reading Voices from the 2018 Hollywood Fringe: Daniel Donohue, Co-Star of ‘Coke and Mirrors' Comedy Magic Show


Voices from the 2018 Hollywood Fringe: David Lucarelli, Writer of ‘Dr. Zomba's Ghost Show of Terror'

The writer talks about the ghost shows of yore, their relevance in today's society and its manifestation at the Fringe. Making its world premiere at the Fringe is the intriguing-sounding Dr. Zomba's Ghost Show of Terror, a throwback to the theatrical ghost shows that were popular from the 1930s to the 1960s. Writer David Lucarelli … Continue reading Voices from the 2018 Hollywood Fringe: David Lucarelli, Writer of ‘Dr. Zomba's Ghost Show of Terror'


Voices from the 2018 Hollywood Fringe: Lucy Gillespie, Writer of 'Keeping Up with the Prozorovs'

Making its world premiere at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Fest is playwright Lucy Gillespie's comedy Keeping Up With the Prozorovs — a mashup of Chekhov's Three Sisters and the Kardashians' reality show. She took the time to answer some questions about the piece for me. What inspired you to write this mash-up? Last February, I … Continue reading Voices from the 2018 Hollywood Fringe: Lucy Gillespie, Writer of 'Keeping Up with the Prozorovs'


SXSW 2018 Film Interview: Human Rights Filmmaker Jason Outenreath

Making its world premiere at this year's SXSW was the feature-length documentary They Live Here, Now, conceived and directed by human rights filmmaker Jason Outenreath. Shot on location at Casa Marianella, an emergency homeless shelter in East Austin, it depicts the daily lives of recently arrived immigrants as they relate their frequently harrowing stories about … Continue reading SXSW 2018 Film Interview: Human Rights Filmmaker Jason Outenreath


Hollywood Fringe's TURBULENCE Hits Downtown NYC Theatre Scene!

The Los Angeles-based comedy improv troupe Robot Teammate is crossing the country in October to make its New York debut at the SoHo Playhouse as part of the Fringe Encore Series. The troupe will be performing its original scripted musical, Turbulence!, which won Best Musical, Best World Premiere, Critics' Choice, and A Little New Music's Award for Outstanding … Continue reading Hollywood Fringe's TURBULENCE Hits Downtown NYC Theatre Scene!


Voices from the Fringe: Ross Gosla, Writer/Performer of ‘Desert Warrior'

In Desert Warrior, Fringe newbie Ross Gosla tells a deeply personal story about his involvement in the controversial short film Innocence of Muslims and how it fueled the fires that helped to sabotage Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. I thought that Gosla's intriguing tale required further elaboration, so he was kind enough to participate in a “Voices from the Fringe” interview with … Continue reading Voices from the Fringe: Ross Gosla, Writer/Performer of ‘Desert Warrior'


Voices from Hollywood Fringe 2017: Exclusive Interview with ‘Zombie Clown Trump' Creator

Making its premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival next month is the provocatively titled Zombie Clown Trump: An Apocalyptic Musical, and it's already raising hackles in the community. Hate mail started coming in very early in the show's development, so the cast and creator decided to work behind a veil of anonymity. Zombie Clown Trump … Continue reading Voices from Hollywood Fringe 2017: Exclusive Interview with ‘Zombie Clown Trump' Creator


Voices from Hollywood Fringe 2017: Exclusive Interview – Ryan Lisman, Writer/Director ‘Apathy Killed the Cat'

Making its world premiere at the Hollywood Fringe next month is Apathy Killed the Cat, a new play by Fringe veteran Ryan Lisman. This intimate piece concerns a depressed playwright, his catatonic mother, a dying cat, and some shocking secrets. Ryan took some time out from the Fest's rigorous production schedule to talk with me … Continue reading Voices from Hollywood Fringe 2017: Exclusive Interview – Ryan Lisman, Writer/Director ‘Apathy Killed the Cat'


Voices from Hollywood Fringe 2017: Exclusive Interview – Kat Primeau, Producer/Performer of ‘TURBULENCE!'

Making its triumphant return to the Fringe after last year's acclaimed Thug Tunnel, the award-winning musical improv group Robot Teammate & the Accidental Party is premiering its third scripted musical for the #HFF17, entitled TURBULENCE!. The story: The 4242 Intergalympics have arrived, and the competition between humans on Earth and Mars is at a fever … Continue reading Voices from Hollywood Fringe 2017: Exclusive Interview – Kat Primeau, Producer/Performer of ‘TURBULENCE!'


Voices from Hollywood Fringe 2017: Exclusive Interview – Rich Silverman, Writer/Composer ‘Robot Monster The Musical'

The Hollywood Fringe Festival has a long and storied history of making musicals out of cult classic films, and #HFF17 is no exception as we witness the world premiere of Robot Monster the Musical, with songs and book by Rich Silverman. Not only is this Silverman's first Fringe experience, it's his first theatrical experience entirely. … Continue reading Voices from Hollywood Fringe 2017: Exclusive Interview – Rich Silverman, Writer/Composer ‘Robot Monster The Musical'

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