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The Best of Hollywood Fringe Festival at Asylum

July 6, 2010

The 1st annual Hollywood Fringe Festival has ended, but Theatre Asylum is not willing to let it go. Thus, Theatre Asylum presents Best of the Fringe: the shows with the best reviews, awards and audience raves that you may have missed during the Fringe. I saw a wonderful performance by Rhodri Miles as Richard Burton last week (“Burton”). Sadly, his 3-day extension is over, but if you ever have a chance to catch it (he’s going to Edinburgh), do so. It proved to be a happy coproduction between Asylum and Theatre of NOTE, which is now 29 years old.

From the release:
T-O-T-A-L-L-Y! (Winner of Top of the Fringe & LA Weekly GO!) In this powerful one hour theater piece, Kimleigh Smith takes the audience through a journey that is totally uplifting, totally heartbreaking, and totally powerful. T-O-T-A-L-L-Y! is the ultimate cheer. It will have you howling in your seats in hysteria and clutching your heart. Kimleigh inspires audiences through her hilarious and honest story to embrace their inner superheroes and find the strength to move forward no matter what. The cheer “That’s Okay, That’s Alright…get back up and Fight, Fight, Fight!” has an entirely different meaning once you see T-O-T-A-L-L-Y. 7/10 @ 8:30 PM,  7/18 @ 7:00 PM ,  9/ 24 @ 8:30 PM , 9/25 @ 7:00 PM , 9/31 @ 8:30 PM , 8/ 1 @ 7:00 PM. Tickets : $16 – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118925

KILL YOUR TELEVISION. (Most Socially Aware Show,  LA Weekly GO! & Backstage Critic’s Pick)  Writer-performer Jeff Gardner’s dialogue-free solo comedy with a hilarious and insightful look at the insidious nature of television. It’s often said he who has the remote
control has the power. Not in this living room…take a bizarre plunge into the other side of the screen and discover why they call it “Programming.” An exciting hybrid of pop-culture satire, physical theatre and the absurd. 7/23 @ 8PM, 7/31 @ 6:30PM and  8/14 @ 6PM. Tickets – $12 – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/119084

THE BAD ARM – CONFESSIONS OF A DODGY IRISH DANCER (LA Weekly GO! & Backstage Critic’s Pick) is an uproarious one-woman play by London-Irish dancer-performer Máire Clerkin. Amid astounding bursts of rhythm and physical theatre, this ugly-duckling-never-quite-swan recounts her experiences of sex and booze and rock and roll like only a convent-educated Irish catholic girl can.  If you thought all Irish dancers were curly-haired cutie-pies with perfect posture, meet a scowling misfit from London in this outrageous antidote to Riverdance. 7/24 @ 6:30PM – Tickets $15 –
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118929

THE WASTE LAND (LA Weekly GO!). Filament Theatre Co. presents a workshop performance of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot. Using the text, 5 actors create a symbiosis between found objects and movement to create a series of broken images, water, rock, Stetson, Jerusalem, trams, Thames, clairvoyance, secretaries, unreal. 7/17 @ 2pm, 7/24 @ 9:30pm, 7/31 @ 10:00pm, 8/7 @ 8:00pm Tickets: $10 –http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/119034

55 MINUTES OF SEX, DRUGS AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION (LA Weekly GO!). Smoke ‘em! Drink ’em! Shoot ’em up! You choose one of the 20 “naughty bits” and nervous making topics and we tell fast, funny, emotionally honest stories of the pleasures of forbidden love, wretched excess, reckless living, potent language, and making a good confession. We’ve got strippers, junkies, gamblers, trannies, getting oral, getting physical, getting it over with. When the music stops one lucky audience member picks a topic from the fish bowl and joins us on stage as an active participant in the story. No holds barred! 7/29, 30 & 31 @ 9:30pm, 7/31 @ 3pm Tickets $15 –
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/119053

THEY CALL ME MISTER FRY, the critically-acclaimed one-man show written by and starring Jack Fry and directed by Jeff Michalski which has run for more than 2 years in Los Angeles and performed to critical acclaim, standing ovations and sold out houses across the country including a 3 month extended off-Broadway run at the Comic Strip Live Theater, 2 command performances for the Dept. of Ed. in Washington DC, and endorsed by Stephen Colbert on the The Colbert Report.  7/11 @ 3pm,  7/24 @3pm,  7/31 @ 8:30pm, 8/7 @ 3pm. Tickets $15 – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118881

MY PENIS – IN AND OUT OF TROUBLE. Bill O’Reilly calls him a sexual extremist, and Dennis Miller wants to punch him in the nose. Solo Performer and two-time Best In Fringe Festival winner at the New York International Fringe Festival, Antonio Sacre performs at the inaugural Hollywood Fringe with “My Penis – in and out of Trouble,” a 60 minute solo performance piece directed by Paul Stein. Thursdays 7/15 – 8/5 @ 8pm. Tickets $15. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118963

ZOMBIÉNCE!  – An Improvised Zombie Musical. With the audiences’s help, the Improvatorium Players create a unique musical tale of mankind facing off with the undead!  Every show is it’s own opening and closing night as the story is never the same. Under the direction of Patrick Bristow, Improvatorium takes on it’s biggest challenge to
date. You don’t want to miss this high wire act of improvisational daring, comedy, music and horror. Fridays @ 8pm. Tickets – $10. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/102759

TAXI STORIES. An 80 minute one-person show in which the author/actor, David O’Shea, recounts stories from his seven year tenure as a NYC taxi driver during the 1970’s and early 80’s. This is NYC of Ed Koch, when homeless slept on cardboard boxes in front of the abandoned Apollo theatre, Time Square was filled with three-card monte players, tall transvestite hookers, and midnight cowboys, and “Pac-Man” was a brand new video game.  7/9 @ 8pm, 7/16 @ 8pm, Tickets – $15 – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/119089

NANO NATION Poor Dog Group’s NANO NATION is an investigation of the American Myth.  As with many folkloric creations, the piece deals with the creation and dissolution of power.  In the performance we encounter a women who, after having managed to free herself from Male-centric forms of domination, begins to scrutinize her own origins by considering her female heritage.  She realizes that her descent, her own folklore and derivation, have attached themselves to her as a physiological inscription of the past and that if she is intends to explore that mythic formation she must focus on their resting place: her own body.  July 9th @ 9:30, July 16th @ 9:30 and July 24th at 10:00. Tickets $10 – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/119059

BONNIE IN BRIGHTON. The US Premiere of this moving and funny one-woman show about a Texan girl’s unconventional adventures in a British seaside town. This hit coming-of-age story has already  wowed British audiences. Part travelog, part love-letter to a city, the show explores the idea that sometimes you have to pretend to be someone else to find out who you really are. Winner Best Female Performer Brighton Festival. Sundays 7/18, 8/1, 8 & 15 @ 7pm , 7/25 @ 5:30pm. Tickets $10 – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/119091

LOS ANGELYNE. Written and Performed by Katherine Saltzberg. In this autobiographical theater piece, the personal becomes public as Katherine recounts how L.A. icon Angelyne-the queen of billboard self promotion-invaded her family. Thursdays 7/29, 8/5, 12, 19 @ 8pm Tickets- $12 – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/119092

All shows are at Theatre Asylum and Lab located at 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038. Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.  See website for
scheduling and ticket prices. www.theatreasylum-la.com and http://www.combinedartform.com .

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