Julio Martinez

Julio Martinez

Julio pens the weekly LA STAGE Insider column for @ This Stage Magazine, as well as the monthly LA STAGE History column. He is a recurring contributor to Written By (the monthly publication of the Writer’s Guild of America) and is the TeleVision columnist for Latin Heat Entertainment. On air, he hosts the weekly Arts in Review program for KPFK 90.7 FM. An active journalist for over 30 years, Julio’s articles and reviews have appeared in Los Angeles Times Magazine, Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, L.A. Weekly, Stage Raw, Backstage West, Westways Magazine, and Drama-Logue Magazine, among others.

This Week: Fringe Venue Highlights, and a “Critical” Revival

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Hollywood Fringe Festival 2016 will descend upon Los Angeles anon (June 9-26). As the pre-Festival activities move forward, @ This Stage will provide newsworthy weekly updates leading up to opening night festivities — June 8 at Fringe Central (The Dragonfly). Of immediate concern to participants and others who want to communicate with the expected 50,000-plus Fringe attendees, is today’s deadline (April 15) for locking down ad space in Fringe Fest’s printed guide.


  • Theatre Asylum has been a local Fringe purveyor since the Fest began in 2010. Asylum had to vacate its former home space at 6320 Santa Monica Blvd (also the home of Elephant Theatres) when the building went up for sale last summer. Well, Theatre Asylum — in partnership with Combined Artform — is not only back at Fringe, but operating five separate venues: 6470 Theatre, The Dragonfly, McCadden Place, Studio C, and Asylum (Inter)national House.
  • When Sacred Fools Theatre purchased the building that had formerly housed Theatre Asylum and Elephant and moved in on January 1 of this year, it wasn’t sure just how ready the facility would be to host Fringe shows. Faced with what he perceived to be a daunting renovation and repairs task just to make the space viable for Sacred Fools shows, Board president Bruno Oliver reservedly stated, “We do intend to make what space we can ready and available for upcoming Fringe shows. It certainly won’t be the volume of Fringe shows that performed there last year. That is not feasible.” It seems Sacred Fools was able to make it feasible, as they’ll be hosting over 30 Fringe Festival productions, housed in four spaces, located on Santa Monica Blvd and Lillian Way: Main Stage (83 seats), Second Stage (80), Blackbox (50) and Studio (26).
  • The historic but infrequently used Montalban Theatre on Vine is also listed as a Fringe venue, although there currently is no Fringe fare listed. Built in 1926, it was the first legitimate Broadway-style theatre in Hollywood. Its inaugural presentation in 1927 was a production of Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy.
  • Over in West Hollywood, Odalys Nanin’s Macha Theatre/Films is making its first entry into Fringe as a presenter of LGBTQ productions only.


  • Critical Action Theatre Company, which made its LA debut with Bryony Lavery’s Frozen in 2014, makes its initial entry in Fringe with a revival of Israel Horowitz’s acclaimed 1967 one act societal indictment, The Indian Wants the Bronx, helmed by Anthony Mark Barrow. Opens June 11 at The Shepard Studio at The Complex.