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.

On the Fringe: Winding Down

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By Julio Martinez


  • The 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival Awards Ceremony will be held at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre on June 24. Doors open at 6 pm.; awards begin at 6:30 pm, followed by the official closing night party at Three Clubs.


  • Actress/musician Laura Jo Trexler’s Play On! A Musical Romp with Shakespeare’s Heroines, a one-woman modern-day musical retelling of Shakespeare’s most famous women from Juliet to Lady Macbeth, plays June 24 at The Hobgoblin Playhouse.
  • Negative Spaces, written by Melanie Holmes, directed by Blythe Auffarth, chronicles how a woman’s fertility issues and her fiance’s insensitivity threaten their relationship. Stars Holmes, Wes McGee and Laura Coover. Plays at Dorie Theatre at The Complex. Ends June 23.
  • All American Sex Addict/Woke AF, written and directed by Matt Morillo, follows a sex addict who finds his true love and pledges monogamy. Can he succeed? Features Jenni Halina, Farida Amer, Tom Pilutik and Cynthia Aldrich. Plays in Dorie Theatre at The Complex. Ends June 21.


  • In Wild At Hart, written by and starring Kamakshi Hart, a sexual trauma survivor shares her sojourn from suffering to sovereignty. Directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson. June 23 at The Lounge Theatre.
  • Benevolence, produced by Lisette Azar, relates the stories of people across three decades who are linked by the human attribute on the title of the play. June 23 at Actors Company at the Other Space.
  • Melinda Grace’s Confessions of a Hopeful Southerner….in Front of Strangers follows a young woman trying to make her way in the Big Apple and finding comfort in the writings of Tennessee Williams. Plays at Studio C. Ends June 22.


  • Poet/activist/artist Star Stone’s solo show #metoo, directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, explores the #MeToo experiences and “the relationship between trauma and lack of education of consent and sexual safety.” June 22 at Studio C.
  • Marilyn Monroe: The Last Interview (the raw truth of a Hollywood legend), written and performed by Kelly Mullis and directed by Odalys Nanin, is based on the final interview Marilyn Monroe gave for Life Magazine in 1962 where she spoke candidly, expressing her true feelings about her mother, the men in her life, her career, and her disappointments. June 24 at The Lounge Theatre.
  • In Baby Boy, a gay man, the youngest of five siblings, comes out at age 30. Written and performed by Adrian Eli. At Flight Theatre at the Complex, 6472 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038. Sat. at 4:30. Ends June 23.


Director Gregory Crafts discusses A Very Die Hard Christmas, playing June 21 and 23 at studio/stage (Mainspace).

Julio Martinez hosts Arts in Review, celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area. Airs Fridays (2-2:30 pm) on KPFK (90.7FM).