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I'm Not From Here

Boise, Idaho-born performance/visual artist Jessie Proksa doesn’t actually begin nor end her 40-minute solo excursion within Undergound Uptown’s miniscule, item-strewn performance area. Sitting in a corner, playing a repetitive melody on her cello, Proksa indicates she is warming up. Eventually she begins interacting with the items surrounding her—a music stand, beach umbrella, seashell (doubling as a phone), three chairs, an audio-visual setup, a mandolin leaning against the wall, assorted wads of...
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Finding One's Self In A Room Of Strangers: Am I A Grown Up Yet

Sometimes a lack of experience can be a good thing. Or rather, sometimes a lack of experience about SOME things can be a good thing.You see, while Grayson Morris, the writer and sole performer in her one woman show Am I a Grownup Yet, may not be a seasoned theater artist, she’s been around the block before and has an alarming number of miraculously funny stories to tell as a result.Morris’ one woman show is about as perplexing as it is hilarious and engaging. The production has a relentlessly scrappy DIY...
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Voices from the Fringe: Michael Evans Lopez and Maria Pasquarelli

One of the most intriguing solo shows at this year’s Fringe is The Inside Edge of the World (or Where Have All of the Good Serial Killers Gone?). It’s a fascinating study of a wannabe forensics detective who communicates telepathically with his dog and is simultaneously dealing with the trauma of being brainwashed by a suicide cult.It’s an intense and complex piece, and writer/producer Michael Evans Lopez and director Maria Pasquarelli had their work cut out for them to delineat...
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Blues for One

There’s a fair amount of booze, only two balls, and very little bluegrass in Booze, Balls and Bluegrass: A Daughter’s Journey. But there’s a lot of Laura Carson.Carson’s autobiographical one-woman show wedges into the crowded territory of single, middle-aged actors whose stalled careers coincide with their parents’ mortality. Carson leaves her temp job in Los Angeles to live with her widowed, alcoholic father in Atlanta, to regroup and to help him out in a limited capacity. He gives her...
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Bites of Life

Driving to the theater, I switched onto one of those NPR storytelling shows. A woman told about a time when she’d tried unsuccessfully to talk a man out of jumping off a cliff. The story focused on the woman’s feelings about the incident, about how the cops kept having to ask whether she was all right, whether there was anyone she could call. She called her dad. Her dad asked, “Is he dead,” and the woman said, “I don’t know, Dad.” Presently, the cops told her that the man wa...
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Voices from the Fringe: Cathy Schenkelberg, Star of 'Squeeze My Cans'

Making its world premiere at this year’s Hollywood Fringe is Cathy Schenkelberg’s solo show Squeeze My Cans, in which the writer/performer chronicles her life as a member of the Church of Scientology — and how she got out.Hers is a story that seems ripe for a riveting theatrical experience, so I reached out to her for an interview about the production. As you’ll see here, Cathy is refreshingly frank and upfront about her journey through the world of thetans.How did you become involved wi...
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"Hello Susanna," Your Dead Ancestors Want More

Susanna Leonard’s solo show, Hello Susanna, starts with a Facebook post to acknowledge an ending and ends with a blessing to declare a beginning. As the newly-divorced young woman struggles to make sense of her life, she looks to her ancestors for guidance, finding it in her Aunt Clara’s memoir and a visit from the ghost of her great, great grandmother, Anna Ruth.From them, she hears stories of how they overcame challenges in the old country, where starting over was a fact of life. Pogroms, Nazi extermin...
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An Informal "Doctor in the House"

What the audience soon learns from his mildly awkward introductory remarks is that Dr. Ahmed Z. Kazmi is a British GP, living and practicing in Australia, currently intent on doing standup comedy at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. What ensues over the next 70 minutes is a good-natured, show-and-tell that not only provides a nice smattering of GP clinic humor and a bit of cogent medical advice, but also a sample of Dr. Ahmed’s vocal ability and terpsichorean prowess. But once the novelty of the good doctor&rsquo...