Publicist: Jim Vejvoda

Feb

Gray People (2019 Extension)

I enjoyed the play's examination of the moral choices these dubious characters make, that it was about people being capable of doing both good and bad deeds. Kerry Kaz's script drew distinctive personalities and arcs for each of the three protagonists, who were all brought to life with wit, humanity and accessibility by the talented cast. Go see it!

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Jun

My Own Private River Phoenix

I absolutely loved this show!! So funny, honest, heartwarming and sweet! Ai is amazing. And the River Phoenix projections were hilarious. The honesty and humor — even when the story takes a dark turn — of this piece was so refreshing and heartwarming. This is a one-woman show and Ai is such an engaging and entertaining stage presence.

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Jun

From Toilet to Tinseltown

Hilarious one-woman show with plenty of geek appeal and L.A.-centric jabs to enjoy! Hilarious, well-written, and I loved the total dedication to her character. And the use of the hoverboard was inspired. I would love to see this get extended so my friends who are into Harry Potter could go see it.

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Jun

The People VS Hell Kross

So much fun! Great songs and very funny! A big thumbs up. A great ensemble cast where every character got their moment to shine. Lots of great humor and the songs really worked and felt true to the period portrayed.

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Jun

DR NYMPHO VS THE SEX ZOMBIES

Great songs, great humor, great fun! Catchy songs, fun dance numbers, and appealing characters with plenty of jokes to boot.

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Jun

Sam Shaber: Life, Death & Duran Duran

A sweet, thoughtful and fun one-woman show. The show is very moving and funny, a bittersweet combo given the personal losses Sam recounts. I am a Duran Duran fan so definitely appreciated all those homages. (Also, I love Nighthawks so was very stoked to learn her dad wrote that movie!)

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Jun

Trafficked 2.0

A phenomenal show. Utterly harrowing, thought-provoking, important and well performed. A must-see. Calling something a “gut punch” might not seem complimentary but it is absolutely meant as one here. This is such a powerfully executed show. One of the best and most important shows at this year's Fringe. I also really appreciated the talk back afterward. I also loved the use of the scarves to represent fire. It was hugely effective. I'd love to see this show picked up and expanded through a longer theatrical run.

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Jun

Maron Doll

A poignant, heartfelt family drama. The switching of the dynamic between the two characters packs a punch. The nature of the material requires a sustained and heightened emotional pitch from one of the actors that was pretty remarkable. And the switch to the younger actor/character was very moving. Well done.

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Jun

SURVIVAL CHECK

Thoroughly enjoyable! Sweet and geeky, full of humor and heart. Go see this one! The cast was lovable and had great chemistry together. A humorous and ultimately bittersweet tale with plenty of geek cred. Every member of this talented ensemble got their moment to shine.

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Jun

Laertes Loves Hamlet Loves Ophelia

WHAT I LIKED I especially liked Katelyn Schiller's interpretation of Hamlet. She's got a great stage presence. I also enjoyed the very ‘90s indie movie vibe the whole piece had and appreciated the modern touches and humor. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE Nothing major I can think of. I initially wondered if there was going to be an imbalance among the three main characters (I mean, it is Hamlet, right?) but then the story shifts focus a bit to make sure Laertes and Ophelia also get their due attention. MY OVERALL IMPRESSION I really enjoyed this unconventional take in such well explored material. It made me think of the story of Hamlet in a different way. Very engaging and well acted. Go see it!

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Jun

Ronnie Brixton - The Best of British Boxing

WHAT I LIKED The lead actor gives a highly nuanced performance that can't be fully talked about here so as to not give away anything about the story. Suffice to say, he carries the whole piece along even when the story itself has a few moments that dragged a bit. Ultimately, though, the build-up to the story's big moment pays off; it just could've paid off just as well with a few minutes shaved off in the middle. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE It could have been tightened up a bit. While there was a line or two that addressed why it dwelt on it, the play does spend a bit too long on American boxing. MY OVERALL IMPRESSION While the love of boxing and the history of boxing is definitely a big part of this play, it's ultimately about something far more personal and emotional. No spoilers here! A bravura central performance anchors this compelling tale.

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Jun

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Great fun! I'm a big fan of the classic story and enjoyed this more tongue-in-cheek interpretation of it. The performances were great, with Anna really mining all the many side character's for as many laughs as possible. And Burt is clearly having fun playing the titular dual role. Go see this!

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Jun

Ain't That America

A gripping, all too timely, and well-acted drama! The two young actors both deliver sharp, engaging performances and find the humanity in their characters — even when they are saying and plotting truly horrible things. The writing in the coda was a bit too on the nose, though.

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Jun

WOUNDED

One of the best and most powerful shows at this ywar's Fringe. Great performances and great writing. Go see this! What an absolutely physically exhausting show this must have been for the actors as well as emotionally draining. I liked that it didn't sugarcoat the shitty realities involved in caregiving — or that those who do provide it are somehow without their own deep needs and faults. Great performances and a powerful script.

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Jun

blue night/perilous night

Julia Newton delivers an engrossing one-person show with this cool spin on Film Noir and hard-boiled fiction! She IS the show. I am in awe of one actor writing, developing and then performing this entire piece. Julia plays dozens of characters here, each one with their own distinctive bent. I really did feel like I was watching an old murder mystery on Turner Classic Movies. She made the setting and ambiance come alive and it was just her sitting at a table — that's pretty amazing.

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Jun

The Oz Monologues

An ambitious undertaking. The digital projection was very well done. I liked the actors who played the Tin Man, the Lion, and Glinda the most. I thought the sound mix was too loud. It often drowned out the actors. I think the story itself could be tightened up — not sure if we needed two monologues from the Wicked Witch, for example. Overall, though, I found The Oz Monologues to be an interesting and clever take on the classic material.

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Jun

Doctor Zomba's Ghost Show of Terror

This was such a campy, good fun! I went at the last moment after a long day of Fringe-ing and this was a good way to cap off the day, Go check it out. If you're a horror or schlock genre movie aficionado then you'll appreciate it even more. Good humor, clever magic tricks, and any show that works in the “Amok Time” fight music from Star Trek deserves praise. It's tough to be critical of something so self-aware and overtly campy. They achieved their objective of having a goofy time out at the theater. I'm glad I caught this.

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Jun

BlackBalled

An important and engrossing story featuring a solid cast. It delves into the personalities and agendas of the business people and players in the African-American baseball teams of the early 20th century. The cast, particularly the lead actress, were very good and kept you involved in the characters that the story was really about even when the more business-heavy details kicked in. My nitpicks were that it could probably be tightened up a bit as there were some pretty big chunks of exposition, and I'm also not sure if we needed quite as much time spent with the sportswriter character.

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Jun

LES DEUX YOU REMEMBER THIS: THE MUSICAL

Silly fun! A sly takedown of celebrity culture. The three main actresses kept you laughing and the story reminded us all that we wouldn't be stuck with Kim K. now if it weren't for the likes of these three main characters.

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Jun

INGERSOLL SPEAKS - AGAIN!

This is a history buff's treat and a compelling one-man show dissecting politics and religion (primarily the latter. The central performance keeps you engrossed in the rather heady discussion. The play is also laced with ample doses of humor. My one nitpick is that some of the lighting seemed a bit harsh. (And I do wish the street noise could've been lessened somehow -- I know, I know -- but, c'mon, Ingersoll was speaking!)

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  • BEFORE with Pat Kinevane at the Odyssey Theatre
  • CHARLEY'S AUNT
  • La Vie En Rose with Julia Migenes

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