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Hey "Ethel" Lose the Mic

Gaby Rey has got some serious pipes, she also has some serious stage presence, what she doesn’t have in her one-person show Ethel Merman: Queen of Musical Comedy currently playing at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe festival, is some serious theater. But first let’s talk about Ms. Rey’s pipes. As mentioned, they are powerful and well-trained and can most definitely carry and deliver a tune, clearly exhibited by her ability to belt out some of Merman’s classic Broadway tunes ...
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Adam and Eve and the Meth-Lab Fire

Allegory is tough. Musicals are tough. And soft rock should burn in hell. So with The Songs of the Fall Ben Boquist is putting himself to a lot of trouble to show off a handful of musically interesting, lyrically simplistic songs that you’ll like if you liked 1990s show tunes that really wanted to be 1980s show tunes. There are complex progressions, surprising extensions, and idiosyncratic declensions (get it? The fall of the songs? No? Sorry). Unfortunately, few in this Hollywood Fringe Festival cast are read...
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The Wildcat

The inaugural Los Angeles Theater Festival is underway at The Complex’s Ruby Theatre, just a few months after the Hollywood Fringe Festival bowed at that venue (among many others along Santa Monica Boulevard). While the HFF lasted just two and a half weeks and the LATF stretches from September 4 through October 11, the latter is actually a much smaller affair, comprising 62 performances of 16 titles (plus a closing-night “Variety Show”). The LATF is also different in that its 16 offerings incl...
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A Trial of Some Scope

This week I read a piece of dialogue from a missionary in a Robert Louis Stevenson story: “I never argue with young atheists or habitual drunkards.” I recognize the sentiment as one close to my heart; it’s been several years since I swore off arguing with Dawkinites, those monkeys who chatter about science as if it were a religion, taking as gospel any proffered pie chart or research paper regardless of reason or sense. On my own Twitter-fight scale of personal experience, Dawkinites are even worse...
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"The Big Snake" is Hard to Swallow

As ambitious as its title, The Big Snake or How I Got Eaten Alive on National Television and Lived to Tell About It! is writer/director Tom Cavanaugh’s attempt to send-up Reality TV and those who not only participate in it but watch it as well. With 12 actors on a Fringe budget, this is an enormous undertaking.Meta-theatrical devices are nothing new, but they do seem to be cropping up more and more. In the vein of Brecht’s characters directly addressing viewers and Odets placing his strike-seeking union ...