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.

Pizza and Whine, Balls’ On, Terra is a Warm Gun, and More at the Fringe

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By Julio Martinez


  • Pizza And Whine, written by Raffaela Capp, Virginia Kelly, and Maria Capp, follows four female cousins as they “reignite their love for music and each other through a ‘sleepover’ necessitated by their grandfather’s request to sing” at their grandmother’s funeral. Jun 17, 20, 23 at Hudson Guild Theatre.
  • Brimmer Street Theatre Company presents the premiere of Jon Prescott’s one-person play, Movers & Shakers, recalling a young musician who came under the influence of a dynamic record producer who turned out to be “one of the most successful con artists of our time.” Jun 17, 24 at the Broadwater (Blackbox).


  • Taming of the Shamed features comedian Martin Morrow with an ensemble of comedians and storytellers with tales of shame, accountability, call out culture, abuse, mental health issues, “and the struggles everyone goes through just to feel OK.” Jun 14, 16, 21 at studio/stage.
  • Actress Ashey Ford relates The Terrible Legend of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States (in 1872), decades before women could vote. The daughter of a petty criminal, with no formal education, Woodhull was Wall Street’s first female stockbroker, the first women to address a congressional committee and a vocal advocate for free love and women’s sexual liberation. Written by Theo Salter, directed by Karen Linton. Jun 13, 16, 19 at the Hobgoblin Playhouse.


  • Katt Balson’s solo show, Balls’On, directed by Gary Austin (founder of the Groundlings), is “a journey from France to America with 25 different characters brought to life through Katt’s adventures.” Jun 15 and 20 at the Broadwater (Studio).
  • Pea Harrison’s premiere solo show, Fear & Blackberries, “a story of control, propaganda, fear, friendship, and change,” is the tale of “a straight-laced nerdy kid who signs a ‘Partnership for a Drug-Free America’ contract. One night 35 years later, in a Hollywood club, that late bloomer is given an MDMA [ecstasy drug].” Jun 15, 16, 23, 24 at Actors Company (the Little Theater).


  • Featuring five dancers and two actors, Parisian Dream, directed by Lola Ohlala, follows the adventures of a young man who is “looking to escape an absurd political election outcome in his country [and] moves to Paris to begin a new life in the city of love, beauty, and lights.” Jun 15, 16, 22, 23 at the Assistance League Playhouse (Mainspace).
  • Terra is a Warm Gun, Hung Yung Terrarist’s one woman, counter-culture, musical cabaret, explores the dark side of human nature. “If Los Angeles is the Freak Kingdom, then Hung Yung Terrarist is its Regnant Queen.” (Jarett Kobek). Additional direction by John Coppola. Jun 15, 16, 24 at McCadden Theatre.


  • New Musicals Inc. is offering a free workshop, Write Your Own Fringe Musical With NMI, focusing on writing and marketing musicals at the famed Musical Theatre Writers’ Workshop sponsored by New Musicals Inc. Takes place Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m. at the Broadwater Second Stage (6322 Santa Monica).


Playwright Jacob Smith discusses Met Again, directed by Sean Fitzgerald, starring Michael Lutheran and Julia Plostnieks, playing Jun 15, 20, 23 at studio/state (Main Space).

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

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