Time flies when you’re having fun at the theater, and the Hollywood Fringe Festival has flown by. The three-week extravaganza has held more than a thousand performances, and you’re running out of time to see one or more before it all ends on June 26. Most shows have only a single performance left.
Need some help sorting through the hundreds of options? Take a look at our past reviews and recommendations here, here, here and here. Read the reviews on the Fringe Festival website. Or just make a random selection.
Still need more guidance? Here’s a range of Fringe goodness.
Dead Skin was written by Australian Laneikka Denne when she was 17. It’s the story of another teen, Andie, who sees visions of her mother everywhere. She plays out the first meeting between her mother and father in a parallel story involved in her falling for her best friend, Maggie. Thursday, June 23 at 8:00pm and Saturday, June 25 at 6:30pm at the Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave. Tickets to the 90-minute show are available here.
In Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You by Christopher Durang, Sister Mary Ignatius holds a Christmas lecture explaining the basic tenets of Catholicism. Her favorite student, seven-year-old Thomas, assists by answering catechism questions. Halfway into her speech, four of her former students enter to perform a Christmas pageant, dressed as Mary, Joseph and two halves of a camel. Friday, June 24 at 9:00pm at Studio Stage, 520 N. Western Ave. The performance will also be livestreamed so you can watch from home. Tickets are available here. The show is 80 minutes.
Enjoy interactive theater and some clowning? Try A Terrible Show for Terrible People, a 45-minute physical comedy show with only one performer and 2 spoken words. If you like Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton and Benny Hill, this is the show for you! Bonnie He performs Friday ,June 24 at 11:00pm at the Broadwater (Black Box), 6322 Santa Monica Blvd. Running time is 45 minutes. Tickets are available here.
The world premiere of Chriskirkpatrickmas: A Boy Band Christmas Musical, an original parody mashup of holiday classics, with a little boy band magic, is a fan favorite. It features an all-female and non-binary cast. It’s set on Christmas Eve 2009 when Chris Kirkpatrick from *NSYNC has a big decision to make. There are nine original songs composed by Valen Shore, with book and lyrics co-written by Shore and Alison Zatta. Runtime: 70 minutes. Saturday, June 25 at 12:00pm and 11:00pm at Studio Stage, 520 N. Western Ave. Tickets are available here.
About Laura Foti Cohen
Laura Foti Cohen has lived in the Brookside neighborhood since 1993. She works as a freelance writer, editor and consultant. She's also a playwright affiliated with Neo Ensemble Theatre in Hollywood.
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