Publicist: Victor Sotomayor

Hi, everybody! Sweet, sweet, sweet!! I’m Victor Sotomayor and glad to be part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival community. I wrote, produced and directed The Oz Monologues for 2018 which received Sweet Ratings on the LemonMeter and currently working alongside Irina Kompa in her brand new Potato Nose production of The Journey of The Little Prince which I’m sure audiences will enjoy and find very sweet and inspiring as well. Thank you for supporting local theater and local artists. Have a super sweet time at the Hollywood Fringe!
Jul

No More Toys

What I liked

Within the first couple minutes after the lights come on and the teacher (played by playwright Pierce Manor) walks in the room, the action begins and never lets down. I like the alternate endings to show how a tragedy can be solved with compassion and lending an ear to a troubled teenager who takes things too far.

What I didn't like

That damned gun!!! It’s frightening to know that this scene unfolds in our schools way too often.

My overall impression

The whole cast did a great job, particularly Luis García whose intensity keeps everybody in the audience at the edge of our seats. Really intense and real. I need to recoup and remind myself that this was just a play

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Jul

FERTILE: A Conversation About the Expectation of Procreation

What I liked

The stirrups scene at the doctor’s office and when she’s trying the “turkey baster method” to become pregnant with her legs up were both done so effortlessly and hilariously, I don’t think I’ll ever forget that.
Also, the old lady living next door who becomes her sounding board and has the best advice that Heather ever needed to hear. That she is enough.
What I liked is how she explores every scenario of fertility and motherhood, not only her experience but the experience of other women who are mothers, mothers-to-be or those who’ve sworn off motherhood altogether. It offers all the alternatives and poses the question: which one you identify with and why?
Develop into a Netflix series and I’ll sign up to watch!

My overall impression

Heather did a phenomenal job embodying all the characters in her one woman show. It was like watching Cybill, but less traumatic.

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Jun

A Bit Much

What I liked

I liked the flow of the show as Stacy retells her encounters where she underplays her intelligence to make her dates feel more at ease. I particularly liked one moment when she wishes her then-husband well as she decides she will part ways before conforming to being less than her true potential. Heartbreaking and empowering.

What I didn't like

I enjoyed the whole show throughout. Thank you, Stacy, for being “too much” and sticking to your guts. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

My overall impression

Stacy was born to be onstage. Her confidence shines through as she tells us why the men (and a boy that she met while in Elementary) find her “a bit much”. Personally, I think she’s enough!

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Jun

The Circle Table

What I liked

The cast is amazing which I’ve come to expect from Flat Tire. The performances were acted out just right, no melodrama or corniness. It’s like a well balanced coffee mocha.

What I didn't like

I would have like to spend more time with the mother character. The play was somehow anticlimactic, it left me wanting more.

My overall impression

A charming coming of age drama that deals with relationships that intertwine told through cell phone interaction.

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Jun

BLACKBOXING

What I liked

Matt Ritchey. His character Travis is energetic, charismatic, complex, funny, honest, misguided, entitled, plain wrong, annoying that you can’t help but laugh.
Jim messing up the lighting cues had me rolling, too!
Oh, and that Stinkin’ Turkey song!!!

What I didn't like

Absolutely nothing.

My overall impression

I haven’t laughed this hard at Fringe till Blackboxing. Every stereotypical one man show is explored by Matt Ritchey that it will stay in my memory for Fringe Festivals to come. A must see show for anyone who wants to know what NOT to do when putting up a show at the Fringe.

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Jun

Squeeze My Cans

What I liked

I liked how personable Cathy is. From the moment she turns that light when she has to “squeeze the cans” as she’s being interrogated by Scientology and reveals private information about her life, information that they will use against her later on to break her down and shift her beliefs to the point where she ends up spending close to a million dollars in stepping up the ladder within the organization as well as slowly losing her mind.
Most heartbreaking part of the show comes up when they tell her that losing her father is not a big deal for he’s just “a body” and shake her grief off as she’s been trained to dumb her feelings.

What I didn't like

Nothing. She really kept my attention throughout the entire show. Maybe more Tom Cruise jokes? Nah, I think she bashed him just enough besides why feed his ego any damn more? This isn’t about T. C. it’s about Cathy’s survival and she accomplished that.

My overall impression

Cathy Schenkelberg is phenomenally entertaining, real, comical and, without missing a beat, serious when the script calls for it. An incredible story about surviving the Scientology’s cult that will leave you paranoid and shaking your head in disbelief.

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Jun

Treason

What I liked

The writing. What Eric DePriester has managed to do is represent every American politics in a family portrait that is meant to make the audience feel uncomfortable because the polarization is all too disturbingly familiar. Standout performances by Dave Crossland as Grant Wilson and his rebellious daughter Savannah played by Emma Center.

What I didn't like

The transitions were a bit too long in between when they switched from the kitchen to Grant’s office. Luckily I love the score so I didn’t mind it much.

My overall impression

Treason has a tension meter that starts to boil early on the show as we see the Wilsons fight over a board game up until we see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Grant Wilson’s performance is authoritarian, mean, xenophobic, stubborn, violent, tyrannical yet you can’t take your eyes away from him.

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Jun

Lord of the Lies

What I liked

I enjoyed the whole Ayahuasca experience. James is so energetic that he manages to take you on an acid trip inside his awakening. From the hilarity of his cultish experience to the several conspiracies he subscribes to, James just shows you the door. It’s up to you to cross it…

What I didn't like

I wish the climax would have been longer. I came to find out what shape is the Earth (as promised in the subtitle of the show). Instead I walked away with more questions that I already had before. Guess imma have to do my own research, won’t I?

My overall impression

If you came here looking for answers as to all your questions about the Flat Earth theory, you’ve come to the wrong place. What James Kirkland does is pose some questions and that he does masterfully. Besides, you can’t get a lecture in 45 minutes and you didn’t sign up to a Ted Talk, this is Fringe!

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Jun

Anna St. Hesia Dreams

What I liked

I liked how immersive the show is. Anna prefaces that the audience is a fragment of her imagination, even the stage manager and theater space is all imaginary which put me right in the midst of her fantastic voyage as she refuses to wake up from her anesthesia induced comma.

What I didn't like

It might have been that I fell asleep but it was hard to keep up with the many characters inside Anna’s dream world. Or maybe the many characters speaking inside my own brain?

My overall impression

Great performance by the lead actress and well written by Drew Petriello. I accidentally fell asleep for what seemed like a minute which triggered a dream of my own. That’s a compliment… I think

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Jun

Pit of Goblins

What I liked

Strong opening monologue in which Mitchell explains why he has to kill while keeping the image of being a nice guy. Heck, he’s the sheriff in town, so he must be trustworthy, right? It’s eerie to think how serial killers appear “normal” to their communities, in this particular case a small town in Albuquerque, NM.
I also enjoyed the radio talk show host role who gets some of the biggest laughs from the audience in last night’s performance.
I loved the scene where the bright strobing light that gives an eerie effect as he slowly stood up after the Goblins sent him telepathic messages that knocked him unconscious. I was waiting to jump outta my seat at any moment.

What I didn't like

Who needs a graphic designer when you have the hand drawn illustrations making you shake your head and chuckle? I had to remind myself this is Fringe and I shouldn’t question his artistic choices, it’s all part of the dark comedy skit! See? I laughed, didn’t I? Isn’t that the whole point?

My overall impression

Mitchell’s performance was great, a chameleon of many faces that surprises and delivers. Great beginning but it turned convoluted to absurd towards the end.

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Jun

GEORGE.

What I liked

I liked the script which winked at the audience upon referencing some of the jokes like would Star Wars be a flop or the original title of Indiana Jones (thank God we didn’t end up with Indiana Smith) that any movie fan would appreciate and laugh about.

What I didn't like

A lot of narration by several supporting characters like Spielberg, Coppola and Scorsese as they were flipping the stage for the next scene. Sometimes it was hard to hear their commentary as the clinking and moving furniture was much louder than the actors.

My overall impression

Thorough look behind the mastermind George Lucas before Star Wars.

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Jun

Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl-Next-Door

What I liked

How she broke her characters down to Girl Next Door, Crack Whore and Bullimic. Each came with a different set of insecurities and issues. I loved when they all spoke at the same time in unison. So powerful and psychologically sound.
Oh and that 80’s soundtrack is the bomb!!! Girls Just Want To Have Fun!!! My jam!!!

What I didn't like

Nothing. It all worked.

My overall impression

Such a riot and harrowing story about a bullimic girl that will make you feel squeamish, laugh out loud and want to just give her a hug and tell her how beautiful she is without having to put her on a scale. What a powerful play. A must see for teenagers who are probably going through the same nightmare right now!

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Jun

SHISHI-KEN 〜 THE PATH OF SOUL TRANSCENDENCE〜

What I liked

I like the minimal use of props and lighting, there was a point when all lights went out and the only glimpse of sunlight came through inside the theater and it was amazing and spiritual.

What I didn't like

Many times that the actor stayed on the floor was hard for me sitting in the back of the theater. Also I couldn’t help but wonder whether that sword was real and whether the front row felt safe or not. I was truly concerned for their safety.

My overall impression

I just stumble upon this show while waiting for another show at the same theater but I’m impressed by the performance of this samurai story and the guttural sounds he made as he swayed his sword mere inches from the audience.

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Jun

Thank You For Loving Me

What I liked

I liked the honeymoon stage, how the characters show their best side and begin bonding, while slowly but surely Bobbie (played wonderfully by Ashley Fountain) begins to disappear in the relationship.
The water starts to boil and we inevitably witness the breakup. Dialogue is sharp, quick and fast paced, as if condensing a whole relationship within a 40 minute span.

What I didn't like

Having the lights out as they prepare for the scene scene made it harder for my pupils to dilate and adjust to the lights going from off to bright to even brighter.

My overall impression

An intimate look inside a nasty breakup. I felt I was a fly on the wall, watching the characters unfold on stage.

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Jun

The Last PowerPoint

What I liked

I like the fact that I’m going to live till 103 years old. Or so claims my Mail-Order Seed Potato Death Clock. That means I got plenty of shows to come up with in these next 50+ years I have left so I have to make them count.
I laughed, I cringed, I wanted to hug Ben halfway through the PowerPoint presentation. It made me feel things.

What I didn't like

The PowerPoint never worked.

My overall impression

Trying to explain the Last Powerpoint in simple terms is like trying to explain Ben’s beautiful mind. I cannot. You just gotta break all your preconceptions of what a PowerPoint presentation is and come for the chaos. All I gotta say is that Pam is not having any fun running Ben’s tech.

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Jun

Cirque du Giselle

What I liked

Everything. From the classical music score to the stage design, the costumes, the acrobatics. I could have paid more to see this show in Vegas or Cirque, instead I watched it at the Fringe!!! What???

What I didn't like

Nothing. Superb all the way.

My overall impression

What an amazing and powerful experience! I couldn’t believe my eyeballs!!!
Kudos to AeriformArts for bringing a classical ballet and turning it into poetry in motion! Outstanding!!!

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Jun

Yes. No. Maybe.

What I liked

SPOILER ALERT AHEAD
I liked everybody, in particular Al LaFleur and Dee Dee Stephen’s performances. Al LaFleur playing Thorne Ellison, a handsome go-go dancer/aspiring actor whose intentions are noble at first but slowly becomes corrupted by the greed of his wife Fleur (played by Kelly Rook Daly) who entices him to take the money a tycoon has offered in exchange of sex that will get them out of her parents’ garage and out of their misery, basically “take one for the team”.
Dee Dee plays Michelle Wyllie, personal assistant to Austen Kenwood (Raymond-Kym Suttle), whose loyalty shows when the couple comes to his house to “complete the deed” and allow Thorne to sleep with Austen in Indecent Proposal fashion. Dee Dee’s is the only voice of reason in a cynical and materialistic world where consenting adults cross the boundaries of relationship and love for the love of money.

What I didn't like

The music was at times too loud when I wanted to focus on the dialogue. Also, the lighting could have been dimmed as the actors prepared the next scene.

My overall impression

A tight and clever script that may be easily adapted into a movie script. What Raymond-Kym Suttle has written is short of amazing.

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Jun

"I Wanna Be Evil: The Story of Eartha Kitt"

From her first appearance from the top of the stairs until the closing credits, Jenelle Lynn Randall embodies Eartha Kitt persona in such an electrifying way that I had to pinch myself to remind me I was watching a Fringe show rather than the multifaceted and outspoken artist that “made Lady Byrd cry” with her wit, her charm and her unspoiled gender. A tour de force in every way, Eartha Kitt will have you gagging but also reflecting on political and social issues that still exist in today, like they did in the 60’s and 70’s.

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Jun

How I Became A Superhero

Very good timing and comedic throughout. It was like watching a comic book with the transitions. Main protagonist could have more depth in his backstory, he was one dimensional. The supporting characters helped the story and got many laughs from the audience, specially the villain who had a chance to interact with the audience

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Jun

Too Old, Too Asian, Too Short

I thought Pamela was phenomenal and so emotional that made her performance so compelling and inspiring. What a great life… but she’s not even done!

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