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 in LA Theatre

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By Julio Martinez

IN THE NEWS


  • East West Players announces its 52nd anniversary season kick-off fundraising event, One Night Only: EWP Night Market, to be held Sep 9 at East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center of the Arts. The event will include tasting stations hosted by local restaurants, followed by an evening of performances featuring Asian American Broadway stars George Takei, Gedde Watanabe, Melody Butiu, Amy Hill, Krista Marie Yu, and more. Proceeds support EWP’s artistic and educational programs.
  • Musical Theatre Guild will present a four-show season of tuners derived from tinseltown, beginning with Sugar, based on the film, Some Like It Hot (Sep 24), followed by Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Nov 12), Cole Porter’s High Society (Feb 11, 2018), and Honeymoon in Vegas (May 6, 2018). At the Alex Theatre in Glendale.

PREMIERES


  • Misty Cotton and Bets Malone will be starring in the LA premiere of the Nashville juke box tuner, Honky Tonk Laundry, written and directed by Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wonderettes) and choreographed by James Vásquez. Opens Aug 11 at Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood.
  • Open Fist Theatre is presenting the premiere of Walking to Buchenwald (“two couples learn what it means to be American in a world that no longer admires the U.S.”), written by LADCC Award-winner Tom Jacobson, helmed by Roderick Menzies. Opens Sep 9 at Atwater Village Theatre.
  • The Fountain Theatre in Hollywood is presenting the debut of Runaway Homea seriocomic mother-daughter story set three years after Hurricane Katrina. Written by Jeremy J. Kamps and directed by Shirley Jo Finney. Opens Sep 16.
  • The Harold Clurman Lab Theater (HCLAB) is presenting the premiere of Don K. Williams’ Democracy (sic)—an examination of the “epidemic of hypocrisy in American culture.” Directed by Johnny Patrick Yoder. Opens Sep 15 at The Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles.

AROUND TOWN


  • Backstory, the Victory Theatre Center’s bi-monthly spoken word series, returns, produced and hosted by Carl Weintraub. This episode’s theme: “Fences.” Features Alonzo Bodden, Cheryl Bonilla, Elena Karina Byrne, Rashim Cannad, Matthew Cuban Hernandez and Pogo Saito. Aug 13 at Victory Theatre in Burbank.
  • Shakespeare Orange County (SOC) brings to life Henry IV, Part One, directed by Gavin Cameron-Webb and starring John Shouse. Opens Aug 18 at the Garden Grove Festival Amphitheatre.
  • Actress Scottie Thompson is starring in John Patrick Shanley’s 1986 Off Broadway romantic drama, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow..., a “surreal study of the often bizarre byways that love between men and women can follow.” Directed by Mark Blanchard. Opens Aug 26 at The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.
  • Pop Up Theater, Inc. is presenting the 1994 Drama Desk Award-nominated Pterodactyls—likening the extinction of mankind “to the severed connections of those closest to us”—written by Nicky Silver, directed by Melanie Weisner. Opens Sep 1 at The Commissary at the Culver Studios in Culver City.
  • South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa opens its 2017-18 season with Once, the 2012 Tony-winning musical based on John Carney’s 2007 film. Book by Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglova; directed by Kent Nicholson. Opens Sep 9 at SCR’s Segerstrom Stage.

POST-HOLLYWOOD FRINGE


  • Returning for two more encore dates: the Hollywood Fringe hit, Transmission, a One-Tran Show, addressing not just the journey from man to woman, but also a universal path to happiness and peace for one and all, written and performed by Jade Beauvoir. Directed by Allen Wells. Aug 11 & 12 at The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.
  • Following a successful run at Hollywood Fringe, Diana Varco’s solo show, Shattered—her story of dating, frigidity, and trauma recovery, in which Varco plays more than 35 characters—heads to festivals on both coasts, including LA stops at Level Ground in Pasadena (Aug 27) and the Outdoor Voices Festival at Chromolume Theatre (Sep 23 & 24). Jessica Lynn Johnson directs.

THE THING IS…


Alex Alpharaoh discusses WET: a DACAmented Journey, his solo play about what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except one: on paper. Presented by Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA at Atwater Village Theatre.

 

 

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). Aug 11: Dean Ghaffari, star of Rebel With a Cause – The Sal Mineo Story.