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: Too Many Hitlers, an Egyptian Tomb, and Chemo Barbie

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by Julio Martinez

ABSURDISM…


  • In Abby Schroering’s Paper Flowers, directed by Dalin Tone, secrets, cellos, and farms all come together in one comedic hour. June 17, 18 at Sacred Fools Theater (Studio).
  • Sapo Cancionero: Live Your Heart Out, a solo work performed by Joaquin Camilo, spotlights the world of a clown—a whimsical romantic character named Little Davis Jr. Directed by Virginia Scott. June 17 at the Lounge Theatre.
  • Too Many Hitlers Or: The Decoy Decameron—one bunker, nine Hitlers, what could go wrong? Written by Steven Benaquist, helmed by Joe Wagner. June 16, 23, 24 in Ruby Theatre @ The Complex.

THE TRUTH


  • The Tomb, the true story of a young Egyptian who entombed himself to learn the truth about the Resurrection, premieres at OMR Theatre @ The Complex. Written by Ed Sharrow; directed by Kevin F. Story. June 17, 19.
  • Distinctly Different: Five New Solo Shorts, explores the journey toward finding self-love, scripted by alumni of American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA). June 17 & 24 at Asykum @ Underground Theatre.
  • Songwriter Richard Levinson offers 12 Bars, a collection of his boozy songs about dives, taverns, saloons, clip joints, strip joints, honky-tonks, French cafés, and Roman pubs—and the denizens hiding out inside. June 21 at Sacred Fools Theater (Studio).

TUNERS


  • Lynn Jassem recounts her show biz history while dealing with gender confusion and the demands of an ex-Rockette stage mother in Billy…From Como to Homo. Directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson. June 23 & 24 Shepard Studio Theatre @ The Complex.
  • Lyricist/director Bonnie Studikoff stages the debut of Slightly-Off Broadway, a five-member cabaret offering parodies of Broadway hits of yesterday and today. Musical direction and accompaniment by Paul Cady. June 24 at Sacred Fools Theatre (Blackbox).
  • Writer/performer Joanne Hartstone performs The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign, the tale of a young woman who only ever wanted one thing: to be a star. Vince Fusco directs. June 16 17, 18 27 at the Lounge Theatre.
  • Writer/director Amanda Conlon’s Missmatch is a musical parody based on actual events as she navigated through the world of online dating. June 16, 17, 18 at Actors Company (Let Live Theatre).

SOLO MOJO


  • The premiere of writer/performer Heather Keller’s journey, Chemo Barbie: My Lady Bits’ Journey Through Breast Cancer, helmed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, plays June 16, 17, 24 at Asylum @ Studio C.
  • Megan Timpane’s Lymphomaniac recounts the lessons learned as a 22-year-old actress faced with Lymphoma and 6 months of chemo. June 18, 25 at Asylum @ Studio.
  • Johnathan Yoder stages three solo performances, From Beyond: Mary Pickford, Shirley Temple, & George Carlin, written, directed, and performed by recent graduates of the Art of Acting Conservatory. June 18 at Art of Acting Studio (Blackbox).
  • Creator/dancer Christina Evans offers Toys, delving into the dark shadows of sex trafficking with a mix of dance, theatre and film. June 17 at The Shepard Theatre @ The Complex

THE THING IS


Writer/performer Ava Bogle and director Rachel Avery discuss The Pleasure Project, playing June 8-24 at Rogue Machine, in conjunction with Hollywood Fringe Festival.