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NOT THAT ILLEGAL at the Broadwater – Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Yusuf Yildiz’s Not That Illegal started life as a 15-minute work at the 2019 Strawberry One-Act Festival in New York City where it received a Best Play nomination. Now he has expanded it to a 90-minute one-act at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. It’s about 60 minutes too long in its present form. His story is of Ali Can (Yildiz), a Turkish immigrant whose company legally fired him shortly before he was eligible for his Green Card, and his efforts to remain in the USA. Deportation is 30 days away. Read more…

Through June 26

HOUSEWIFE ’52 at The Broadwater – Hollywood Fringe Festival

Housewife 52

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Writer/director/choreographer/percussionist John Wuchte and had a big success at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival with Scarlett Fever, a physical movement piece that looked behind the scenes at the search for an actress to play Scarlett O’Hara in the classic film Gone With the Wind. They are back this year with a look at the lives of wives in suburbia, Housewife ‘52. The time is “a day in 1952”, the place is “a train ride away from NYC”. It sounds so simple as life was in that last year of the Truman administration, yet Wuchte has layered so much subtext into the simplest of ideas. Read more..,

Through June 25

THE LEGEND OF D.C. COLORADO at The Broadwater – Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

If you are seeing a new musical at the Hollywood Fringe Festival that starts off with a character known as Cockman who wakes up the sleepy town every morning singing about choking his chicken, you would think you were in for a wild and fun time. Unfortunately, those first few minutes of The Legend of D.C. Colorado are the highpoint of its 90-minute run time. It’s strictly downhill from there. There are a few laughs garnered about a mother who feeds her two idiot bastard sons slop every meal and makes them shuck corn every day. Read more…

Now through June 22

THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at International City Theatre

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Photo by Kayte Deioma

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Can an Elvis Impersonator reinvent himself as a drag queen? More to the point–can an impoverished married straight man with a child on the way become a successful star drag act? This is the thin premise that playwright Matthew Lopez has used to create his hilariously outrageous ode to the art of drag The Legend of Georgia McBride at International City Theatre in Long Beach. Women grab your best gay friend; men clutch your pearls and enjoy the rip-roaring good time that director Jamie Torcellini has staged. Read more…

Now through June 26

WASHINGTON SQUARE at Asylum @ Thymele Arts – Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Nineteen century American novelist Henry James did not think much of his novel, Washington Square, about a plain, naïve, sheltered heiress and the strikingly handsome young man who suddenly begins to court her. The work has had a life far beyond what James could ever have imagined. Read more…

Now through June 12

BEAUTIFUL MONSTERZ at The Broadwater – Hollywood Fringe Festival

Hollywood Fringe Festival, Beautiful Monsterz

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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

A friend recently returned from his first trip to Paris. Among the many sites he visited was the grave of Oscar Wilde. I need to ask him if the gravesite looked very disturbed. I would think it would be nearly uprooted with all the spinning in his grave Mr. Wilde surely has done over the past decades as one horrific adaptation after another of his only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray has been foisted on the public. Read more…

Now through June 21

CHRISKIRKPATRICKMAS: A BOY BAND CHRISTMAS MUSICAL – Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

What I knew about the musical phenomenon of the 1990s known at the Boy Band Era would easily fit on the tiniest of post-it notes before I viewed Chriskirkpatrickmas: A Boy Band Christmas Musical at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. I knew Lance Bass and Joey Fatone were members of NSYNC only because they appeared on Dancing with the Stars. I knew Marky Mark from his Calvin Klein underwear ads. So, it would probably help you enjoy the show even more if you had more Boy Band knowledge than I before entering the theatre. Read more…

Now through June 25

SUNDAY NIGHT AT JANE’S at The Complex – Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

How many ex-lovers have you had? Can you count them on the fingers of one hand? Or do you need your second hand? Add in your toes? Or do you need the help of an abacus? Or a calculator? Well, the title character of Emily Powers’s Sunday Night at Jane’s at the Hollywood Fringe Festival has invited just four of her exes to a mysterious get together at her house. Read more…

Now through June 19

BUSKERS BALL, Asylum @ McCadden Theatre – Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes “busker” as chiefly British—a person who entertains in a public place for donations. The dictionary also defines “ball” as either a large formal gathering for social dancing or a very pleasant experience, a good time. Cassandra Moselle’s Buskers Ball at the Hollywood Fringe Festival seems to be dealing with Hollywood Boulevard hucksters (all female here) who I don’t think ever would call themselves buskers, hustlers maybe. And the resultant sixty minutes in their company was neither formal nor featured social dancing. Nor was it a very pleasant experience nor did it approach a good time. Read more…

Now through June 25

LYME DISEASE: THE MUSICAL, Let Live Theater at The Actors Company – Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Photo courtesy of the artists

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Playwright Ellen Thompson started having serious health problems in 2014 with chronic pain in her knees, nausea and vomiting. Chronic fatigue and anxiety followed. Six doctors in over 10 months could not diagnose her symptoms. Finally in late 2015 she was diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease. After treatments and a relapse, in 2021 she finally achieved 85% remission. She wrote, produced and directed an award-winning comedic music video “Pay Attention (For Lyme Disease Prevention)”. Now she has written the book and lyrics for her first musical (with music by Hughie Stone Fish), Lyme Disease: The Musical, which is premiering at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Read more…

Now through June 26

METAMORPHOSES at A Noise Within

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Photo by Craig Schwartz

Tracey Paleo – BroadwayWorld

In a word…Delicious. A Noise Within winds down its 2021-22 season with playwright Mary Zimmerman’s primal retelling of Ovid’s METAMORPHOSIS. It is nothing short of spectacular. Read more…

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

In 1996, playwright/director Mary Zimmerman adapted some Greek myths from the classic poem Metamorphoses by Ovid. A full production was first done at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company which transferred to off-Broadway in 2001 and moved to Broadway in 2002. It was later restaged at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Now Pasadena’s classic repertory theatre company, A Noise Within, has mounted a fresh take on the material. Read more…

Now through June 5

AFTERGLOW at the Hudson Theatre

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Photo by Mati Gelman

Harker Jones – BroadwayWorld

Relationships are complicated. And whether it’s marriage, friendship, or with your cat, they become exponentially more complicated when there are more than two people involved, which is what gay married thirtysomethings Josh (Noah Bridgestock) and Alex (James Hayden Rodriguez) discover through their open relationship when Josh breaks the cardinal sin of polyamory… Read more…

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Have you ever been in a threesome? Or attempted a triad relationship? That is the gist of S. Asher Gelman’s three-hander one-act Afterglow, at Hollywood’s Hudson Mainstage thru July 24. Josh (Noah Bridgestock) is a New York theatre actor married to Alex (James Hayden Rodriguez) a chemist. After nine years together, they are successful enough to afford a kick-ass apartment and are contemplating having a child through surrogacy. As the action opens, Josh and Alex are amid some hot sex play with their latest pickup, Darius (Nathan Mohebbi). Read more…

Extended through July 24