What’s Up with Theater in Downtown L.A.?

Engine 28 reporter Walter Ryce, on loan from the Monterey County Weekly, asks regular folks in downtown Los Angeles about their relationship to (or lack thereof) Los Angeles theater. … [Read more...]

Lost Moon Radio, Episode 10: Fluent in Fringe

Lost Moon Radio is three fringe shows in one: • A rock band doing comedy songs and parodies; • A crack five-person comedy troupe; • A touching yet comedic relationship drama between this live series’ recurring character Jupiter Jack and—huh?—rock … [Read more...]

BLINK and You Might Miss Me: A Fringe Film Career

Larry Blum seems like a very likeable guy. He's carved out a unique career in Hollywood and New York, chronicled in this autobiographical one-man show. Every one of Blum’s brushes with fame is accompanied by a photo or video, but these is not your … [Read more...]

Cowboy Mouth at the Fringe: Cow Flop

Hey, Slim (Justin O’Neill): if you want to nail this proto-punk mad-love classic by Sam Shepard and Patti Smith, don’t look down at your hands while you’re playing guitar. Take more lessons before you attempt to portray a rarified rocker. And learn … [Read more...]

Spilling Your Guts in the Spotlight: A Podcast

You know that dream where you’re standing naked in front of an audience? For author/actor Summer “Rain” Sinclair, it’s a reality that’s happened three times this week. Sinclair strips herself bare in her one-woman show, Born Again Bohemian, … [Read more...]

‘Asleep at the Wheel’: Waking Up

About a dozen people learned more about sleep apnea, narcolepsy and cataplexy than they might have reasonably expected on a Friday night at a Hollywood Boulevard bar/improv comedy club. They also gleaned insights into the joys and sorrows of American … [Read more...]

‘Julius Caesar’ on Fast-Forward: Podcast

Orson Welles in 1937. Photo: Carl Van Vechten, courtesy Library of Congress   How do you make Shakespeare edgy enough for the Hollywood Fringe? You resurrect a 75-year-old script edited by a brash, young Orson Welles. Listen to the … [Read more...]

Fringe: In the Cards for Magician Jon Armstrong

Jon Armstrong, a fixture at Hollywood Fringe headquarters, was getting some lip from a fellow magician. “All he could do was prattle on about everything he was a master of. About how he could do this, he could read minds, he was a great stage … [Read more...]

Does an Apocalypse Have To Be All Bad?

A friend was recently at the playground with her children when a stranger began to explain in detail about how the end of the world was fast approaching. Talk about an uncomfortable conversation to have in front of your children: “Mommy, does the … [Read more...]

Family Dysfunction Fuels Hollywood Fringe

If you’ve never hated the family that you also love, stand up. Now sit down, preferably in some water, because your pants are probably on fire. Almost all of us have, well, complicated relationships with our families. And ever since Shakespeare … [Read more...]

Is L.A. Theater Just for N.Y. Actors?

The tired question "Is L.A. a theater town?" was quickly dismissed at a panel discussion hosted by the L.A. Times' Culture Monster last week. (Of course it is.)  The harder question was about theater actors in Los Angeles. After all, the conventional … [Read more...]

Rock ‘n’ Roll All Night: Three Music-Fueled Shows at the Fringe

Tight combos rocking hour-long sets late at night in small spaces, on a street where you can quickly dash from one venue to the next, with booze always near at hand. For years, that was my accustomed Friday night — but as a local band columnist, not … [Read more...]

‘Feeling Feeling’

A recent study found that women whose first relationship was marked by constant approval-seeking – asking, for example, "Do you love me?" again and again – are more likely to be depressed and have relationship problems for the rest of their lives. … [Read more...]

You Can’t Always Get What You Want: ‘Another Effing Family Drama’

June’s coming home for closure. She finds it, but not in the package she expects in Another Effing Family Drama, Catherine Pelonero’s Hollywood Fringe Festival production playing at ArtWorks Theatre. June, a pharmacologist, wants to confront her … [Read more...]

Postmodern Shakespeare, Four Plays, Four Ways

We just can’t get over the Bard. Even at RADAR L.A. and the Hollywood Fringe, dueling festivals devoted to the theatrical cutting edge, the ultimate warhorses are still running strong – though they are, of course, all dressed up in postmodern … [Read more...]

Fear and Brooding: Twain’s ‘Ghost Story’

Read Mark Twain's A Ghost Story and you'll get a hybrid tale that teases readers with all the clichéd elements of suspense but ends with one of the author's signature lessons on human folly. See the story adapted from page to stage in a 20-minute … [Read more...]