Event Editor: Monique LeBleu

Monique A. LeBleu is a freelance writer, photojournalist, and podcaster. She is currently also a contributing weekly Columnist and Podcaster on Better Lemons, is Co-Editor on The Los Angeles Beat online magazine, and is Editor-in-Chief of ScopingLA.com, an online magazine on All-Things-L.A. She has a background in smaller theatre as an Assistant Director, Properties, and Technician, and as a Production Coordinator, Continuity, and Editor in Post-production Film. Her subject interests for coverage focuses on food, theater, music, film, art, and Greater Los Angeles' evolving cultural landscape.
Jun

Still...The Play Inspired by 4:44

Laser-sharp, and cleanly written and directed by Lucky Mor, “Still... The Play Inspired By 4:44” interweaves lighthearted moments with some very serious themes. As funny as it is intense and emotional, four actors deliver a very tight one-hour emotional roller coaster ride. A good one ... extended to two additional performances–Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, 2018, each night showing at 8 p.m., at the Complex Hollywood.

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Jun

Meanwhile, Back at the Super Lair

As part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival fare served up at the brand New American Theatre just off of Theatre Row, “Meanwhile, Back at the Super Lair...” plays on superhero lore while touching on some very real dysfunction in contemporary relationships – friends, lovers, flatmates (or all of the above), as well as overpaid therapists, sexism, and racism, and all within Kalleres' laser target.

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Jun

Easy Targets: Artists and Heroes

Not only is this year's group of talented Easy Target actors brilliant at being "bad," they've well-earned a new kind of badge that perhaps only improv or stand-up vets, who've mastered both craft and hecklers, might exceed–tank-tough focus–making this piece arguably the best item on their resume.

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Feb

TALLEY'S FOLLY by Lanford Wilson

Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson, winner of Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York drama critics Circle award in 1980, has been brought to the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood by Bright Eyes Productions. The 90-minute play (as you will be instructed by character Matt Friedman, a Jewish man) is set in a dilapidated, but dignified Victorian Boathouse "folly" in Lebanon, Missouri in 1944, where he arrives to plead his love to Sally Talley, daughter of the locally excentric, but conservative Protestant, Talley family.

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Feb

Nothing Is the Same

Four youngsters in Hawaii enjoy the simple pleasures that only childhood can afford – the unbridled joy of innocent play and friendship without serious judgment – until an act of war changes their lives forever. In “ Nothing is the Same” by Y York currently at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, deals with the personal aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Bobi (Chloe Madriaga), George (Cedric “Ikiaika” Jonathan), and Daniel (On Shiu), portraying Asian Pacific Americans of Filipino and Korean descent, and Mits (Kurt Kanazawa), portraying a Japanese-Hawaiian, play four children whose lives on the North Shore of O'ahu have, up til now, focused intently on the most important things in life – marble collecting, inner-tubing, and free donuts.

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Feb

Chemo Barbie: My Lady Bits' Journey Through Breast Cancer

Told that she had a 98% chance of a cure rate, as of December 2017, actress Heather Keller was given a cancer-free diagnosis after a near two-year battle. And she's so excited, she'll even show you her breasts! Keller's Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017 Encore Producers Award winning "Chemo Barbie: My Lady Bits' Journey Through Breast Cancer" opens again for one night only at the Whitefire Solofest 2018 on Sunday, February 4, 2018. In a uniquely funny show about fighting breast cancer … yes, I said funny … the Real Housewives of Theatre West actress and marathon runner Keller takes the audience along on a one-hour ride through her two-year journey, treatment, endurance, and recovery.

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Jul

Comic-Con The Musical

From the con line massage in “Amazing,” to the social media sharing in “Hashtag,” Comic-Con the Musical has a strong pulse on both the con-fan and musical theater loving fan alike.

I give Comic-Con the Musical an “OMG, Squee!!!”

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Jun

Easy Targets

Tired of all the political rhetoric emanating from your TV screen and radio? How about all that stupid spewing from someone's mouth and feeling powerless because you just can't do anything physical—or even verbal—to make it ALL just stop?! Want to get that pent up aggression out of your system due to stupidity and rhetoric?

Well "Easy Targets" at Sacred Fools is here for you.

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Jun

Dark Arts

Like Lawrence Meyers award-winning production of Porn Rock on the Parent's Music Resource Center Senate Committee Hearings in 1985, the writing is well researched—or just lived—and the comedy comes from the fact that at some point we all have encountered an Andrew St. Jude (Meyers) or two, or have been a Marcia Bradford (Elizabeth Dement) in caring far too much in a job. Terence Leclare and Bill Caterwaul, is hysterical as a seemingly clueless FDA inspector, who plays it near full-on Poindexter/Lab nerd without the stereotype getting too in the way. (Actually the stereotype is the point here, appropriately.) The well written dialogue and direction of Dark Arts often has a His Girl Friday style and feel and was often was played high pace where this writer had to really to perk up and pay attention. That's a good thing.

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Jun

Lights - Camera - Lyla! The Second Act

Actor and social activist Jeffrey Wylie as Lyla KaRug returns to Hollywood Fringe Festival (HFF) 2017 with “Lights, Camera, Lyla!” Lyla KaRug, with her Lucy-red bouffant and bubbly social media personality, enters the interweb spotlight in “Texas Loves Lyla!” Wylie likens to Lyla to “Minnie Pearl,” and along with sequel “Lights, Camera, Lyla!” the country-gal-from-backyard-to Big-Time themed productions address adult bullying head on.

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Jun

Nights at the Algonquin Round Table

Long 'Nights' For Noirish Comedy at Hollywood Fringe: Because the Three Clubs lends the perfect intimate speakeasy atmosphere for a show like “Nights at the Algonquin Round Table” it would have been fairly safe to assume that such a show would fit well, at least in style and cast. Unfortunately, there is a lot that didn't make it through the double doors.

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Jun

Legend of the Hidden Three Clubs

Fruit punch, projectiles and slime. Even at the risk of giving too much away, anyone attending this show might be clued in immediately upon seeing a stage covered in plastic...Host producers and veterans of Maddy's Musical Nick Rubando (Le Phantom) as Master of Ceremonies and David Ruben as Cheedo fit the aptly named cabaret-style variety game show snugly into the Three Clubs play space and cabaret bar.

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