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THEATRE ASYLUM’S BEST OF THE FRINGE Extensions of the best from the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival play through August

July 21, 2010

The first annual Hollywood Fringe Festival has ended, but thanks to Theatre Asylum/Combined Artform you do not have to miss the best that the festival had to offer.  As is tradition with most fringe festivals, they are presenting Theatre Asylum’s Best of the Fringe.  See the shows with the best reviews, awards, and audience raves that you may have missed.
Shows, times, and dates may be added, more up to date information may be available here.













 

The line up:

T-O-T-A-L-L-Y!
Kimleigh Smith takes the audience through a journey that is totally uplifting, totally heartbreaking, and totally powerful.
7/10 8:00 PM, 7/18 7:00 PM, 7/24 8:00 PM, 7/31 8:00 PM
Tickets $16

 KILL YOUR TELEVISION
Writer-performer Jeff Gardner’s dialogue- free solo comedy with a hilarious and insightful look at the insidious nature of television.
7/17 8:00pm, 7/23 8:00PM, 7/31 6:30PM, and  8/14  6:00PM
Tickets $12

THE BAD ARM – CONFESSIONS OF A DODGY IRISH DANCER
An uproarious one-woman antidote to Riverdance by London-Irish dancer-performer Máire Clerkin.
7/24 6:30PM
Tickets $15

THE WASTE LAND
Filament Theatre Co. presents a workshop performance of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot.
7/17 2:00pm, 7/24 10:00pm, 7/31 7:00pm, 8/7 8:00pm
Tickets $10

55 MINUTES OF SEX, DRUGS AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
Smoke ‘em! Drink ’em! Shoot ’em up!  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, 7/30, 7/31 9:30pm, 7/31 3:00pm
Tickets $15

THEY CALL ME MISTER FRY
A critically-acclaimed one-man show written by and starring Jack Fry and directed by Jeff Michalski
7/11 3:00pm, 7/24 3:00pm, 7/31 8:00pm, 8/7 3:00pm
Tickets $15

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; Antonio Sacre performs a 60 minute solo performance piece directed by Paul Stein.
Thursdays 7/15 to 8/5 8:00pm

Tickets $15

ZOMBIÉNCE!  An Improvised Zombie Musical.
7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27  8:00pm
Tickets $10

TAXI STORIES
David O’Shea recounts stories from his seven year tenure as a NYC taxi driver during the 1970’s and early 80’s.
7/9 8:00pm, 7/16 8:00pm, 7/24 5:00pm, 8/14 8:00pm
Tickets $15

NANO NATION
Poor Dog Group’s NANO NATION is an investigation of the American Myth dealing with the creation and dissolution of power.
7/9 9:30pm, 7/16 9:30pm, 7/24 10:00pm
Tickets $10

BONNIE IN BRIGHTON
A Texan girl’s unconventional adventures in a British seaside town explores the idea that sometimes you have to pretend to be someone else to find out who you really are.
7/18, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15 7:00pm, 7/25 5:30pm
Tickets $10

THE WOLF GIRLS
Born human but raised deep in the woods by feral wolves, a pack of wild girls are thrust into a strict Catholic boarding school in order to be assimilated into “human society.”
7/30 8:00pm, 7/25, 8/1  9:00pm
Tickets $10

MOMMY WITH A PENIS
Hutchins Foster’s one man show depicts his own harrowing journey into the world of marriage, adoption, interracial kids, and dreaded potty time.
7/15, 7/29, 8/5 8:00pm, 7/22 9:30pm
Tickets $15

UNBUTTONED
A Musical Comedy Drama About One Man’s Quest for Love by Andreas Beckett and the legendary Mitzie and Ken Welch, writers and composers for the Carol Burnett Show.
7/18 8:30pm, 8/1 3:00pm
Tickets $15

Theatre Asylum’s Best of the Fringe $10-$15
July/ August 2010
Multiple shows and times
Map of Theatre Asylum
All tickets available at brown paper tickets, please click the ‘tickets’ link under each show

Thomas Hampton Reviews SECOND

May 11, 2010

“We are just real people making real mistakes.”

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Photo Credit Joe LaRue

At it’s heart, SECOND is a post 911 redemption song.  It asks if belief can heal us out of our time of grief, and wonders if we are ready to be reborn.  Most importantly, are we able to recognize and move past our own sins as a more open, honest, loving society?

The Filament Theatre Company’s ensemble cast displays fantastically controlled, realistic performances that play well in person, or on the live video feeds that show you the action in the rooms you are not seated in.

The action takes place in three rooms of a lovely Echo Park home, and the set up creates a fabulously intimate venue.  Be forewarned, the only seating is on cushioned benches without backs.  While the run time is only 90 minutes, if you have back issues, I recommend bringing your own folding chair.  Some of the sound cues can also be a bit loud.  If you have sensitive ears, sit away from the large speakers that play the audio feed from other rooms.

I wonder if an LA audience is as keen to experience this as a group of New Yorkers would be…  Unfortunately, Neal Utterback’s script, while able to toy with the ways that a secular society accepts, understands, and incorporates miracles in to their personal belief structures, struggles to sink its hook in to the cheek of the audience.

SECOND asks each of its characters to rationalize the unbelievable.  Some will attempt to begin life anew, and start fresh in the hopes of creating a better future.  Others will self destruct and fall victim to delusions of immortality.  But the most important choice that the audience can make lays outside of the theater, after the show.  Will we be able to come together to work towards a communal utopia as good neighbors and citizens?  Or will we fall deeper in to our own whirlpools of greed and isolation, seeking redemption from a golden calf, or whatever false idol we choose to worship.

Thematic content includes:  Redemption, Love, Adultery, Sex, Violence, Self Destruction, Singing, Humor.

SECOND runs 5/6 to 5/29
Th, F, Sa (and W 19th & 26th) 8pm  $20
Map of Laveta Villa
Buy Tickets
Visit the Filament Theatre Company website
Read the press release for SECOND

Press Photos of SECOND Filament Theatre Company

April 21, 2010

Here are some Press Photos for the Los Angeles premiere of SECOND, presented by Filament Theatre Company.






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SECOND is a choreography of seven actors and three cameras unfolding through separate, concurrent scenes staged in a private home in Echo Park.
The audience will be divided amongst three rooms: as one scene plays out live in the room, the other two scenes are captured by live cameras and presented cinematically, allowing each audience a unique experience while still sharing the same story.

This is the Los Angeles premiere of SECOND, by Neal Utterback.  This production is directed by Joe LaRue, produced by Celeste Den, and stars Hilario Saavedra, Kristin D’Andrea, Carla Nassy, Tane Kawasaki, Jason Bonduris, Chad Christopher Kline, and Marco Neves.

Thematic content includes:  Redemption, Love, Adultery, Sex, Violence, Self Destruction, Singing, Humor.

SECOND runs 5/6 to 5/29
Th, F, Sa (and W 19th & 26th) 8pm  $20
Map of Laveta Villa
Buy Tickets
Visit the Filament Theatre Company website
Read the press release for SECOND

SECOND presented by Filament Theatre Company 5/6 to 5/29

April 21, 2010

 

SECOND is a choreography of seven actors and three cameras unfolding through separate, concurrent scenes staged in a private home in Echo Park. The audience will be divided amongst three rooms: as one scene plays out live in the room, the other two scenes are captured by live cameras and presented cinematically, allowing each audience a unique experience while still sharing the same story.

This is the Los Angeles premiere of SECOND, by Neal Utterback.

Thematic content includes:  Redemption, Love, Adultery, Sex, Violence, Self Destruction, Singing, Humor.

SECOND runs 5/6 to 5/29
Th, F, Sa (and W 19th & 26th) 8pm  $20
Map of Laveta Villa
Buy Tickets
Visit the Filament Theatre Company website
Read the press release for SECOND