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The Promise of Happiness

The opening minutes of Murder Blood Bear Story offer a scary tableau: a vital young woman cringes on her knees, making a spiritual obeisance to a potential catastrophe she hopes will save her from despair. There is no bear, not represented onstage except as a projection between the persuasion of an actor and the faith of her audience. But it’s there.This is a play, more than most solo theater pieces one can see at the Hollywood Fringe or elsewhere; it’s a crafted and affecting artistic exploration, ...
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The Life and Death Nell

When that famously good-looking man Terence Stamp was offered the role of a drag queen in the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, he became enamored with the idea of “becoming” a beautiful woman. After the makeup artists did their work, he looked in the mirror and was devastated. He asked if that was the best they could do, and this, they ruefully admitted, was that. Stamp’s disappointment was such that he briefly gave up the job. One can’t blame him; a man just isn...
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Sad

I can’t say what was in Robert Caisley’s mind, but his 2011 play Happy (now playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival) strikes me as the sort of thing a writer writes after seeing an Edward Albee play and getting the impression that a terrible party is a sure-fire premise. Two couples gather for dinner, one of them only a month together; the new girlfriend’s a doozy: sexually provocative, maybe crazy, and half the age of her boyfriend, whose staid, married friends are taken aback. It&...
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The Own-Way Faction

Darian Dauchan has one foot in the Hollywood Fringe Festival: he brought two performances of his one-man show Black Sheep, and there’s only one left before he’s done here. It’s tonight at 9:45 at the Complex; you can probably make it after your 8 o’clock show. It’s good enough that I am going to offer some patter for the barker Dauchan needs to hire, or portray, marching up and down Santa Monica Boulevard wearing a sandwich board tomorrow:“Black outsider identity monologues! Get y...
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Chops Embargo

When young Georgian Donna Thomas lost her college fund in her parents’ divorce, she had to get a job at Steak and Ale. There she met a rich customer who gave her a VCR for a birthday present. This was in the 1980s, when a VCR was a big ticket item, so she broke up with her boyfriend and went off on an around-the-world fling with the mysterious businessman. They fell madly in love. They got engaged. He had a crazy ex-wife, but that seemed surmountable. He paid for the twelve thousand dollar engagement ring with...