HIPSTER TIPS: TWO GREAT PRODUCTIONS WORTH CATCHING (BUT HURRY!)

THE PRIDE by Alexi Kaye Campbell at the Wallis Annenberg Neal Bledsoe, Jessica Collins, Augustus Prew in the 1958 triangle. Photo Credit: Kevin Parry In his review of the New York production, Ben Brantley called The Pride "sentimental," and he may not be wrong.  The play dramatizes...

FRINGE BINGE 1: GOING IT ALONE

Like a hard-core drunk coming off a massive bender, I am still whoozy and wobbly from the three weeks of Fringe.  Did I really see 50-odd shows - some odder than others?  Did I really turn around that time in Serial Killers to find the couple sitting behind me suddenly...

The Winners of the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival

The 8th Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival concluded last night with its annual Award Ceremony and Closing Night Party. Over 800 people attended the Award Ceremony, which took place at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre. The Fringe community of participants and attendees voted for all Freak Awards winners. Winners include: Top of the...

What To Do About Trump? Laugh or Cry? 7 Fringe Shows Have an Answer

Donald Trump (Harry S. Murphy) and Barrack Obama (Joshua Wolf Coleman) in Ray Richmond's play Transition. Donald Trump has been ridiculed for years. He is practically a caricature onto himself – like the most extreme example of the Ugly American come to life. We have seen...

The Critics and Audience Choice Awards of Better Lemons

As of this email, the critics and the audiences have spoken, resulting in more then 50 Hollywood Fringe productions receiving a Sweet #LemonMeter rating and 3 Fringe productions have received #DoubleSweet ratings (both critics and audience members agreeing on a sweet production). The #LemonMeter ratings are based on reviews and...

THERE'S A FESTIVAL GOING ON RIGHT NOW (AND IT'S NOT THE FRINGE)

HIPSTER LAMENT CONSTELLATIONS by Nick Payne at the Geffen Goodwin, her orange sweater and poor Leech (Chris Whitaker photo credit) For the last two-plus years, I've been hearing what has seemed like a non-stop hymn of praise for the two-hander play Constellations by Nick Payne, which had its...

Hollywood Fringe - Week 2

From the first Fringe previews, I have been going to every single Fringe theater to talk to audience members about Better Lemons and the #LemonMeter, encouraging them to leave a review of shows they have seen. We currently have 1375 reviews listed (from critics and from audience members) and it's...

Voices from the Fringe: Ross Gosla, Writer/Performer of ‘Desert Warrior’

In Desert Warrior, Fringe newbie Ross Gosla tells a deeply personal story about his involvement in the controversial short film Innocence of Muslims and how it fueled the fires that helped to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. I thought that Gosla’s intriguing tale required further elaboration, so he was kind enough to participate in...

MY KIKI WITH BONI B. ALVAREZ

Every month or so, playwright Boni B. Alvarez and I have a kiki (Queer dictionary moment: kiki = chit-chat, coffee, shoot the…you understand).  We meet up to talk shop, dream, scheme, and generally relish each other’s company.  Fresh off the opening of Boni’s new play Nicky, you know I...