On The Fringe

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Written By Julio Martinez

  • Hollywood Fringe fest 2019 opened last week. Throughout the rest of the month, Fringe will host several more community events:
  • The 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival concludes with an Awards Ceremony to recognize the efforts of hundreds of artists and producers. The awards are community-voted by “Fringers” who purchase tickets or write reviews on the Fringe’s website. Past award winners have been granted extended national runs, publication and other successes as a result of their Fringe accomplishments.


  • The ensemble comedy, The Narcissist Next Door, written by Ellen Buckley, centers on close friends, Sebastian and Kate, disenchanted with their lives, who become enamored with Sebastian’s successful, charming new neighbor Tony, only to discover that Tony is not as wonderful as he seems. Features an eight-member ensemble, directed by Susan Daian. Plays June 23, 26, 29 at The Dorie Theatre @ The Complex.


  • The Robot Teammate ensemble returns to HFF with Pockets. Set in the fictional British-ish kingdom of Crumpeton, the tale of a Bellamina Crumbledunk, a noble preteen-turned-pickpocket hell bent on winning the attention of her mother, the Duchess. The cast features Chris Bramante, Molly Dworsky, Branson NeJame, Kat Primeau, and Dave Reynolds. Book and lyrics by Robot Teammate, with Dave Reynolds serving as head writer, direction by Paul Hungerford, and choreography by Primeau. A live band led by Musical Director Branson NeJame. Plays June 19, 22, 26, 28, 29 at The Broadwater Main Stage.


  • Playwright Aaron Kozak is premiering the family drama, Saving Cain, wherein a far-right, Pentecostal helicopter-mom struggles to keep her hell-raising son on the path of righteousness as he enters his first public school. Cast includes Leah Verrill, Lenny Hernandez and Jim Martyka, directed by David Chrzanowski. Plays June 22, 23, 29, 30 at the Hudson Guild Theatre.


  • An ethereal contemporary take on a classic ballet, Cirque du Giselle, utilizing a swirl of aerial and cirque magic, follows the story of a sweet peasant girl with a weak heart and a passion for dancing, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is not who he appears to be. Starring Tamysen Malles and Tavi Stutz and a supporting cast of 13, directed by Allelon Ruggiero. Plays June 21, 22, 23 at the Assistance League Theatre (Main Space).


  • Dagmar Stansova’s solo show, Loose Underwear, directed by Debra Deliso, following of the daughter a New Age Holocaust survivor who is compelled to “cha-cha” away the wounds her from Communist Czechoslovakia to Harlem, from exorcisms to orgasms. Plays June 23, 29 at The New American Theatre.
  • Written and performed by Shea Donovan, By The Light of the Moon, a young British woman, alone in a hospital for the criminally insane in 1928, she is forced to face her deepest secrets and the dark reality of the events leading up to her imprisonment. Plays June 19, 27, 29, 30 at The Broadwater Studio.
  • Voice-over artist and comedian Darcy Rose Byrnes brings her original musical comedy, Not That Kind of Princess, performing a selection of her original “naughty” ditties. Plays June 25 at Hudson Theatre Guild.


  • Writer/director/performers Lindsay Beamish and Vanessa Peters are offering The Institute for The Opposite of Longing, where you can be cured of that thing deep in the pit of your body. But what happens when the women responsible for curing the thing can’t let go of their own deeply rooted longing. Plays June 23, 27, 29 at The Actors Company.
  • The premiere of Stephen Fife’s comedy, Feeling Lucky, focuses on men and women straddling the elusive line between true love and a broken heart, who discover that in the game of love what you see is not always what you get. Stars Courtney Scheuerman and Eddie Navarro, directed by Yuval Shrum. Plays June 20, 23, 28 at The Blank Theatre 2nd Stage.
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.