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: Post-Modern Decreation Myth, Dorothy Parker, and a Werewolf Motorcycle Gang

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by Julio Martinez


  • Los Angeles Stage Alliance’s @ This Stage magazine continues its coverage of the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival through its complete run.


  • Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Physicists made its debut in 1962, billed as a complex tragedy with a dark and twisted sense of humor. Director Ye’ela Rosenfeld is reviving the work, believing now more than ever that it’s time to revisit this play and its crucial themes. At Sacred Fools Theater Main Stage, June 9-23.
  • Sacred Fools Theatre presents the world premiere of Nikki Muller and Jason Rosario’s Definition of Man—a highly physical “post-modern decreation myth that, drawing from Kenneth Burke’s essay of the same name, investigates the human drive to communicate and the inevitable breakdown that results from the inherent incompleteness of language.” Directed by J.J. Mayes. June 8, 11, 24 25.


  • The world premiere of Steven Vlasak’s Nights at the Algonquin Round Table is a battle of quips and wisecracks among literary wits Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, George S. Kaufman, and many others, who gathered regularly at New York’s Algonquin Hotel. The 1920s-era play debuts at the Three Clubs Stage under the direction of Dig Wayne. The ensemble: Christopher Tedrow (Jack Beck), Erin Jo Harris (Sally Ardath), Roz Stanley (Dorothy Parker), Nicholas Daly Clark (Robert Benchley), Steve Brock (Alexander Woollcott), Chris Gooch (George S. Kaufman), Craig Win (Franklin Pierce Adams), and Richard E. Harris (Piano Man). June 15, 17, 18, 23.
  • The premiere of Nic and Brooke’s Comedy Dance Party (an homage to classic 1960s-70s TV variety shows…if they were black), written by Tom Cavanaugh and director Matt Richey, stars Nic Hodges and Brooke Brewer at the Lounge Theatre. June 9, 15, 17, 18, 23.
  • In Gregory Crafts’ new play, Three Can Keep a Secret, an interactive, darkly comic crime thriller, it’s up to the audience to decide what happens as the play’s anti-heroes do their best to get away with murder. Jacob Smith directs. Opens at Studio/Stage. June 9, 10, 11, 24.


  • In Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musicalwriter-director Erik Blair’s adult exploration of rage—and one’s inner beast—a young woman has a fateful meeting with a werewolf motorcycle gang. Music and lyrics by Daniel Sugimoto. At Studio/Stage June 8, 11, 16, 24.
  • In the guise of his alter ego, nerdy social outcast Peter Parker deals with villains “and perhaps his biggest nemesis of all…himself” in Justin Moran’s musical, The Spidey Project, presented by Theatre Unleashed at Studio/Stage. Moran directs. June 9, 16, 21, 24.


  • Shattered—one woman’s seriocomic journey through dating, frigidity, and recovery after a traumatic event—is written and performed by Diana Varco at Sacred Fools Black Box Theater. Jessica Lynn Johnson directs. June 11, 17, 21, 24.
  • An Evening with John Wilkes Booth, a one-man play written and directed by Lloyd Schwartz, with Stephen Spiegel in the title role, explores who Booth was and why he did what he did. Premieres at The Complex, June 11, 17, 18, 24.
  • Lounge Theatre hosts Charlatan: Secrets Of The Victorian Psychics, in which Dr. Mark Gasson—Neuroscientist and Guinness World Record holder—makes his United States debut “delving into the murky world of Victorian fakery, trickery, and fraud.” June 8, 16, 17, 24.


Playwright Katherine Cortez and director Elina de Santos discuss In The Valley of the Shadow, playing at Rogue Machine, June 8-24.


Julio Martinez hosts Arts in Review, celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the greater Los Angeles area, Fridays (2-2:30 pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). On Friday, June 9, Julio hosts Sylvia Milo, star of The Other Mozart, playing at Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre through June 18.