Non-Registered Critics: Tracey Paleo

Dec

The Christmas Present

The Christmas Present is a piece deeply fluent in the language of loneliness. It’s not the traditional family holiday tale out to teach the ‘true meaning of Christmas,’ but then again, as society disappears farther into social media and further from real emotional and physical contact, maybe Guy Picot’s story is exactly the kind of Christmas tale we need. - Recommended

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Nov

Neil Simon's Musical Fools

Open Fist’s Neil Simon’s Musical Fools is seriously in the well-achieve above the hype category that anyone should expect from this theater company’s long list of consummate productions.

And, as luck would have it it’s getting an extension. Do not miss.

Very Highly Recommended

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Sep

The Solid Life of Sugar Water

What it is, is beautifully raw. The supreme honesty of two people ‘speaking’ all that they cannot or will not say to each other most of the time. The graphic nature of human communication when there’s nowhere to hide. - Very Highly Recommended

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Sep

Deadly

There are seven insanely talented actresses singing (albeit often well out of their respective ranges) and parading around the stage, and 100% delivering on every aspect of the script and musical score, all night long. Intelligent, ambitious, independent, modern women, just like their 1893 counterparts who lived during an exciting historic time of cultural, artistic and technological explosion taking place around them, but who are being upstaged by the very character, the very man, whose gruesome celebrity they are attempting to overcome. - RECOMMENDED

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Aug

Our Lady of 121st Street

It’s an overall interesting enough piece. Although, director Adams Chambers could have given us a bit more clarity in the stage action. And the actors might have delivered a bit more on their vocal clarity. And the ending could have been more specific.

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Aug

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is altogether successful and truly skillful as much as it is entertaining, certainly for the Antaeus Theatre Company whose willingness for risk on stage is growing more palpable. - Recommended

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Jul

Dancing at Lughnasa

There is an embrace that comes with this production. An invisible warmth of joy and sadness all at once and an unmistakable dread of knowing, at least suspecting, that not only will this one moment in time not last except in the memory of the storyteller. But that everything about these people, every word spoken, every action or nonaction, every fleeting happiness, every memory, quirk, prank, truth, and lie is and will be as precious to us as mortality to the gods. - Very Highly Recommended

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Jul

American Stranger the Musical

There are some really awesome moments in this play. The cast, composer, writer, musicians and crew are absolutely dedicated to the chronical and cause. But American Stranger needs work.

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Jul

How I Became A Superhero

As a ‘not a die-hard fan’ of old school paper comics, but a most definite fan of the modern Marvel Universe of superhero movies, this production had a certain attraction. And I will say right at the top, each actor did indeed, ‘nail’ their respective roles and bits throughout the comedy driven by playwright and lead actor/enthusiastic superhero at large, John Patrick Daly...

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Jun

Scarlett Fever

Eerily broad Scarlett Fever is even so, incredibly evocative and immanent in its presentation style especially in actress confessionals and camera seductions...

Definitely one of the more fascinating and resonant productions at Fringe.

Recommended

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Jun

Supportive White Parents

As a standout ‘camp’ production, Supportive White Parents is one of the most delightful surprises this year at the Hollywood Fringe. - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Jun

Saving Cain

...absolutely stunning especially the performances by lead actress Leah Verrill (mom) and son Lenny Hernandez. And the finale is truly transformational.

Recommended

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Jun

The Same Room

There are one or two moments that appear on the surface to run contrary to character motivations, but they are few and with a premiere play, something to simply note and amend when remounted. And The Same Room should be remounted. The No Exit similarities will persist, surely, but the insights to our humanity in The Same Room are far more compassionate and hopeful than Sartre. And that makes The Same Room the right version for today’s world.

Recommended

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Jun

By The Light of the Moon

Deeply moving. At 30 minutes, Donovan is absolutely captivating through the innocence of silly poems, chores and intimate conversations as Lily moves through the dark alleys of her own mind.

Very Highly Recommended

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Jun

Lear/Loman

Stellar performances by two L.A. actor favorites, Leon Russom (Lear) and Bruno Oliver (Loman). Beautifully directed by Scott Leggett.

Recommended

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Jun

Mil Grus

Absolutely nonsensical, every moment to moment of this evocative, immersive, hysterical physical comedy will nevertheless make absolute sense in the weirdest of ways. Telling you more would give away the magic. So suffice it to say, this is the one show that you absolutely should not miss at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe.

Very Highly Recommended

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Jun

Ride or Die: The Hip-Hop Musical

What’s super amazing about this production is the majority cast of actors who have cognitive disabilities are completely undeterred in any aspect including all the dirty jokes, the slightly racy choreography and basically saying what’s absolutely on their mind in all kinds of #OMG that the rest of us politically correct driven prigs would be way too nervous to express out loud (but you’re thinkin’ it!).

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Jun

45 Milligrams

Really, really great writing by Ian Kaye. Absolutely stupendous choreography by Tavi Stutz and cast performances by David Haverty, Ian Kaye, Nikki Mueller, Jason Rosario, and Kelley Pierre. 45 Milligrams is a perfect storm of short storytelling and a must-see at Hollywood Fringe 2019.

Very Highly Recommended

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Jun

FERTILE: A Conversation About the Expectation of Procreation

Simply good writing right out of the gate and truly masterful character work. - RECOMMENDED

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May

Anna in the Tropics

Open Fist’s Anna in the Tropics blossoms as beautifully as a mariposa…sultry and exquisite. - Highly Recommended

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