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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Image credit: Deaf West Theatre’s The Solid Life of Sugar Water

  • Write Act Repertory‘s annual playwrights series returns to its NoHo home at the Brickhouse Theater spotlighting prominent and award-winning Los Angeles playwright Rochelle Perry as they continue their 21st season with Perry’s Unforgettable. The play focuses on unwilling fashion major Rita who is forced to spend her last college spring break with her 86-year old Japanese grandmother Keiko, who then realizes Keiko suffers from a disease she knows little about…dementia. Cast includes Tracy S. Lee, Randi Tahara, George Infantado, Ami Shimado, Godfrey Flax and Diane Chernansky, directed by Cassie Soliday. Opens Sep 15.

 

  • Sacred Fools Theatre is presenting the premiere of Deadly, written by Vanessa Claire Stewart. Set in 1893 at the World’s Fairexamining one of the most famous true crime cases in history, through the lens of the victims’ experience. Cast includes Cj Merriman, Brittney S. Wheeler, Kristyn Evelyn, Erica Hanrahan-Ball, Ashley Diane, Rebecca Larsen,  Samantha Barrios, Eric Curtis Johnson, French Stewart and Keith Allan, directed by Jaime Robledo, music composed by Ryan Thomas Johnson. Opens Sep 14 on the Broadwater stage in Hollywood.
  • Deaf West Theatre introduces the American premiere of The Solid Life of Sugar Water by Jack Thorne—a Deaf couple’s relationship is revealed through their lovemaking in this intimate portrait of a marriage—directed by Randee Trabitz. Stars Tad Cooley, Sandra Mae Frank, Nick Apostolina and Natalie Camunas. Opens Sep 12 at the Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts.
  • The Secret Rose Theatre in NoHo is presenting the premiere of Constantinoplean editor of a feminist journal and a guerrilla fighter coordinate missions for the recovery of women and children abducted during the genocide, written and directed by Aram Kouyoumdjian. Cast includes Eva Abramian, Jonathan Fishman, Jade Hykush, Travis Laughlin, Kristin Mothersbaugh, Luc Rosenthal and Robert Walters. Opens Sep 27.
  • IAMA Theatre Company opens its 2019-20 12th anniversary season with the West Coast premiere of A Kid Named Jake by Daniel Pearle, an award-winning play about a mother and father trying to do right by their son. Jennifer Chambers directs Sarah Utterback, Tim Peper, Sharon Lawrence and Olivia Liang. Opens Oct 3 in a Pasadena Playhouse guest production at The Carrie Hamilton Theatre.

 

  • Son of Semele Ensemble in Los Angeles presents 4:48 Psychosis, a portrait of mental illness, by Sarah Kane, to be produced on the twentieth anniversary of the playwright’s suicide. Directed by SOSE Founding Artistic Director Matthew McCray, featuring performances by Melina Bielefelt, Ron Bottitta, Taylor Hawthorne, Dylan Jones, Jinny Ryann and Betsy Zajko. Opens Oct 12.
  • A Noise Within (ANW) in Pasadena is offering the first chronological chapter in Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, Gem of the Ocean, directed by Gregg T. Daniel. Opens Sep 28.
  • Laguna Playhouse’s second show of its 99th season will be the San Francisco Playhouse production of Yoga Play, highlighting the intersection between spirituality, commerce and comedy, written by Dipika Guha. The cast features Bobak Bakhtiari, Susi Damilano, Joe Estlack, Ayelet Firstenberg and Ryan Morales, directed by Bill English. Opens Sep 29.
  • The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood is hosting a revival of 1960 Tony-nominated, The Best Manan ideally timed race to the finish line between two candidates at the Presidential National Nominating Convention gets personal—written by Gore Vidal, directed by Gary Lee Reed. Opens Nov 1.

 

  • Fraser Entertainment Group’s An Evening Of Classic Broadway returns to LA’s Rockwell Table and Stage in Hollywood with a new cast of performers. Scheduled to join music director/master of ceremonies Brad Ellis and cabaret artist/producer Dianne Fraser are Susanne Blakeslee, David Burnham, Lucas Coleman, Robin DeLano, Anthony Gruppuso, John Tartaglia, and Tracie Thoms. Plays Sep 10.

 

  • Highways Performance Space presents American Standard: A Story of Enough, written by and starring Lilly Bright, based on Bright’s true life story of surviving a near two-decade battle with bulimia and various “not-enough” demons. Directed Valerie Hager. Opens Sep 19 at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.
  • Tony Award winner John Leguizamo’s one-man play Latin History for Morons, inspired by the near total absence of Latinos from his son’s American History book will be presented by Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre, opening Sep 8.
  • El Portal Theatre in NoHo is hosting The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron, a one-man comedy on a quest to answer the age old question “What do women want?” Written and performed by Robert Dubac. Plays Oct 6.

 

  • Playwright Bekah Brunstetter discusses Miss Lilly Gets Boned, directed by Robin Larsen, opening Sep 21 at Rogue Machine in the Electric Lodge in Venice.

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

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