Publicist: Heather Dowling

Jul

Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl-Next-Door

Such powerful storytelling touching on so many of the complicated, personal and painful aspects of “growing up” to be a woman. Told with extraordinary honesty! This story touched so many “nerves” for me. I was simultaneously uncomfortable and comforted with each “chapter” of the show. It was like someone read my diary…or my best friend’s…or my sisters! And I was stunned by the brave performances of these 3 women. Kudos to Jennifer and Marnie for creating something incredibly special.

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Jul

BLACKBOXING

Masterfully staged and yes, a very, VERY funny jab at the (sometimes) overly self-indulgent solo theatre performers and the hell that actors put stage managers through – but it’s a lot more than that. A lot more. The incredibly powerful ending, authentically exploring depression and suicide, is honest and striking. Moved me to tears in a moment…and kept me there until the end. Beautiful work, Mr. Ritchey. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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Jul

Livin' the Dream (a journalistic journey)

This man’s open heart allowed for some truly amazing and colorful journeys over the course of his life that are delightful to hear. Bob is known for his contribution for YEARS to the Hollywood Fringe Festival, but his personal journey could be told in so many amazing chapters – he could have a show on each stage of Fringe! Bob’s storytelling is endearing, and encourages you to approach your passions with an open heart and allow yourself to connect – and stay connected – to the amazing people you meet along the way.

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Jul

Transference

Fringe vets bring a fun, fantastic premise to the stage for an existential story that really entertains! The writing was incredibly snappy and clever – and Lisa and Esther managed to handle all of it with grace, humor and solid timing. Really enjoyed seeing these two on stage together and loved the ending.

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Jul

Bunny the Elf LIVE!

A funny, charming cotton-candy feeling from start to finish – with a surprisingly moving and emotional surprise along the way. Christi is a wonderful performer who captures such innocence and joy and gives that right back to the audience – even though her very smart writing tells a much more worldly truth about dreams and “happy holidays.” The juxtaposition makes for such a fun, and ultimately moving, ride along the way.

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Jul

Chrissy Meth ~ A Dance with the Devil and a Journey Back to Self

A powerful and brutal look at addiction and the incredible courage and determination that it takes to break free and create a new life. It was so inspiring to see this gritty, true to life story so authentically told by a woman who has made it to the other side. Extraordinary courage and commitment and a real contribution to those who have dealt with the impact of addiction – either personally or with someone in their lives.

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Jul

Leaving Prince Charming

It was honest, vulnerable and certainly funny along the way. A true accomplishment! Thank you, Lara, for a brave, honest and self-exposing story of courage and clarity. And CHEERS to you for not only telling your story, but for SAVING yourself to share this amazing art with us!

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Jul

To Richard!

Congratulations Jessica Moreno – you’ve created a beautiful piece of theatre. This story was charming, challenging and a joy to witness. Yes, indeed, CHEERS ‘To Richard.’ The performances by Jessica Moreno and Nicky Romaniello were incredibly authentic and emotional…and a complete roller coaster for the audience. Truly lovely work. And I loved the setting, too! The staging served the story perfectly – the music, too! So much that I loved.

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Jul

If We Run

Such an intimate, tender, truthfully told story of love, lost love and second loves. The writing by Matt Morillo is exceptional and the performances from these two actors were sublime and as honest as you could ever ask for – in such powerfully intimate moments! Kudos to everyone involved with this project. was completely drawn in past that 4th wall and these characters became people that my heart ached for – and I have no answer. And there is no more truthful way to tell a story of love like this.

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Jul

BECOMING PEACE: A One Woman Dramedy about Power, Culture, Violence and Nonviolence

The show is a beautiful exploration of how storytelling can bring to life a conversation about what it takes to reconnect to our humanity. Candace is such a powerful voice for the possibility of a peaceful world. Thank you, Candace, for giving a voice to non-violence and the possibility of peace. Just lovely.

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Jul

Batter Up: My Brain on Baseball

So, I could not care less about baseball (not possible) AND I could see this show and have a blast AT LEAST 10 more times! Some of the most fun I’ve had at this year’s HFF! Brett is INCREDIBLE with his ability to bring his SCARY level of knowledge about the game and stats of baseball to the stage – AND in a fun and engaging way for everyone. And his ability to improvise and find the funny inside of every game he plays with the audience shows serious skill with live comedy. It was a lesson in stand-up even as it was loaded with dates, and numbers, and the history of America’s game.

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Jul

(IM)PERFEKT

One of the best solo-performances I’ve seen this Fringe. A very personal story, told in a way that every audience member will be able to connect to. The writing was great, the characters were vivid and well defined, and this personal story became a look at something completely universal and so incredibly moving. Some very powerful stuff. And technically, a VERY good use of props and costume changes, which can be VERY tricky with a solo show. Great work.

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Jul

My Name Is Mommy

In this honest and powerful look at what it looks like for a woman to BECOME “Mommy,” April brings poetic writing, filled with love, and play, and loss to life in an incredibly vivid way. I loved the writing that moved so gracefully from impactful moment to out loud belly laughs and on to quiet tears. Really beautiful and raw. April’s performance was the perfect compliment, feeling almost like a dance as she created living moments along her journey of motherhood. Very moving.

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Jul

A Bit Much

Now, this is my kind of crazy. And I’d say that Stacy is the PERFECT amount of “much!” The writing is so INCREDIBLY clever, and the jokes are smartly placed and timed throughout the performance. Stacy really allows for some tender and authentic moments, too – as she explores the question of what it means to be a strong, confident, and intelligent woman in this world. And as a woman who often has experienced being in the “bit much” category, I felt understood. Wonderful work!

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Jun

Leaving Prince Charming

Thank you, Lara, for a brave, honest and self-exposing story of courage and clarity. And CHEERS to you for not only telling your story, but for SAVING yourself to share this amazing art with us! It was honest, vulnerable and certainly funny along the way. A true accomplishment!

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May

HOLLYWOODN'T

There's nothing better than when a woman speaks up and tells the truth about Hollywood, not from an axe to grind or a bone to pick, but from a place of honesty, humor and kick-butt call-outs! This show is a bit of a warning, a bit of a satire, and a survivor's story, too. Thank you, Lisa, for your courage, your humor and your beautiful writing!

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