Registered Critic: Mike Reyes - Mike Check

Mike Reyes is a Texan turned Angeleno who has fallen in love with LA's local theatre scene. He operates and writes for mike-check.com a review site that covers and highlights local food, music, art, television/film & theatre.
Dec

Unraveled

​Unraveled is a heartbreaking moving story filled with an emotionally gripping intensity. Centered around the love of a Mother and Daughter it​ This beautiful, heavy story opens its arms to you and gives you that long-sought-after hug you didn't know you were asking for.

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Dec

Defenders

​Defenders is a smartly written unique take on the Person vs. Nature genre, coupled with an exceptionally talented cast, and one of the best set pieces I have seen in a BlackBox format makes this a clear winner.

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Oct

Good Fishermen Know A Lot About Sex

Good Fishermen Know A Lot About Sex is a musically driven family drama that does a good job exploring the struggles of a family's encounter with addiction, coupled with an extremely worthy cause of donating all proceeds to inner-city artistic programs and sober living communities.

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Oct

Edgar Allan Poe

Force of Nature Productions invites you for an evening filled with masterful acting and a dramatic reintroduction to an author you only thought you knew helmed by Duffy Hudson.

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Oct

Never Ever Land

Rider Strong's debut play Never Ever Land is a dark, at times disturbing narrative about one family's fallout with a notably tragic event. And its precise direction and impressive acting make this a meaningful and powerhouse production. ​

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Oct

Last Swallows

Last Swallows is a funny heartwarming dramady that manages to perfectly encapsulate the challenges of dealing with one's own family, coupled off with an excellent cast and strong direction this one is a clear winner.

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Sep

Handjob

HandJob delivers a hard look at the human condition, coupled with extremely talented acting and some of the best writing you will see on-stage it is certainly worth checking out. Although it may not be the happy ending you are hoping for.

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Jul

The Last Croissant

Like its namesake, The Last Croissant is a melt in your mouth experience warm and filling this outstanding production by the Attic Collective will satisfy you down to the last buttery, flaky bite.

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Jun

Treason

The entire cast should be praised for their acting efforts, very rarely is such chemistry present between a group of four actors together, if you had told me they have been working onstage together for years, I would have believed you.

Overall this is an extremely sharp, skillful written dark comedy, that exposes a genuine and severe rising issue in today's culture. An intimate and really thoughtful and well-executed production from top to bottom. There is so much potential here that I can easily see this story turned into a full production or feature film.

Easily one of the best shows, I have seen on stage in recent history, this is the type of performance that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

It is with certainty I highly recommend checking out this show.

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Jun

Tattered Capes

Theatre Unleashed has produced another winner. This show succeeds on every level; it absolutely merits your time and attention. It is much more than the flashy effects and cool costumes, more than the fantastic fight scenes and entertaining characters. Crafts has written characters that despite possessing super abilities are relatable. At its heart, this show is a drama about relationships; it is a story that explores hard truths about marriage, relationships, and trust.

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Jun

Saving Cain

The entire cast assembled does a tremendous job, watching Hernandez skillfully portray Levi throughout the years from his highs and lows is a real pleasure to see. Leah Verrill's performance of Lauralai is one of the most powerful I have seen on stage at the Fringe Festival, if there was a nomination for best actress at Fringe there is no doubt in my mind she would be a top contender. The religious conviction and emotions that she displays are palpable you can't help but be drawn in, all eyes are on her when she is on stage...

Even if you try and avoid shows that discuss regions and politics, I would ask you to leave your thoughts at the door and give this one a chance.

I highly recommend taking the time to see this terrific play.

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Jun

Olivia Wilde Does Not Survive The Apocalypse

Overall the entirety of this show is a triumph, this was perhaps the funniest show, I have seen at this years Hollywood Fringe Festival. It is such a clever and unique take on the post-apocalyptic genre, and it is a show I defensively recommend checking out.

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Jun

Batter Up: My Brain on Baseball

BATTER UP! MY BRAIN ON BASEBALL is spellbinding. Brett's love and passion for America's favorite pass time is infectious, he takes the audience on a ride that inspires them to think differently about the sport we thought we knew. This is without a doubt, one of the finalist examples of a solo show I have ever seen performed.

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Jun

Let's Write a Musical

Musical the original songs are a feel-good throwback tribute to the fun 50's era music, the soundtrack could easily belong in the same conversation with past classics such as White Christmas and Singing in the Rain, they are complemented beautifully by Coppola's well put together direction and choreography.

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Jun

Always Open

Always Open is a charming, quirky tribute to 90s subculture, it possesses one of the most clever scripts I have ever seen presented on stage delivered by an excellent ensemble.

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Jun

Transference

Truly an excellent exhibition of two gifted actors Jims' razor-sharp writing keeps the audience intensely captivated throughout the fifty-five minutes of performance...

Don't miss this chance to go down the rabbit-hole with Transference. It's one of the most engaging science fiction pieces presented at this year's Fringe Festival.

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Jun

The Book of Briarshire

Kelly Moore has written an engaging, enchanting tale, that showcases not only her expertise with the sword, but the pen as well she possesses such great sense of comedic timing and brilliant verbal sparring throughout the show is as enjoyable as the physical feats performed. This is one of the best that Fringe has to offer this year, and this is one adventure you do not want to miss.

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Jun

Straight White Men Trying to Woke

The whole of the play is nuanced, questioning, and thought-provoking. That's not to say it's comfortable — Chris sense of playfulness and his expert control of pressure is still at play...

At its core, this show is a fast-paced fluid comedy that forces us to take a hard look in the mirror and examine our shortcomings, and it makes us ask ourselves not when, but how can we be better.

Overall I recommend this show.

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Jun

Bunny the Elf LIVE!

Pedigo transforms into Bunny with such gusto, from the elf ears to the cotton candy scented perfume, while wearing the elf costume she absolutely embodies the character filled and infectious joy and excitement. You will walk away with a smile on your face an inspired to inspire others.

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Jun

TOBINCON

This show needs to experienced firsthand. What I can say, is that watching this show evolve before me on stage, was one of the most enjoyable theatre experience in recent memory.

I applaud the terrific direction by Amanda Stoffel Mitnick who leads Mitnick through the peaks and valleys of the show.

I implore you, add Tobincon to your list if you haven't already, come prepared to laugh, and come ready to be conned but maybe not in the way you expect to be.

Without a doubt, one of my favorite shows of Hollywood Fringe 2019

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