Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood Fringe Festival’

Thomas Hampton Reviews MY PENIS – IN AND OUT OF TROUBLE

July 22, 2010



photo credits Charci Stinson, Dixie Sheridan

At the top of MY PENIS – IN AND OUT OF TROUBLE, the stage is nearly bare, but for a smattering of photos spread around a lone chair.  Antonio Sacre steps out, takes a seat, and picks up pictures one at a time in a seemingly random order.  He shares with the audience the age of his penis at the time of the photo, and the related memory/ story that the image evokes.

Originally produced in 1999 and 2000 at Fringe Festivals in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, MY PENIS – IN AND OUT OF TROUBLE was Sacre’s big step forward as a writer/ performer.  Working with director Jenny Magnus, he found a way to portray a character similar to, but not quite, his own persona.  Sacre purposefully tackled powerful topical material that he could not approach in his day job as a respected storyteller for children.  He created a show that used a lurid title to titillate and line ‘em up for a classic bait and switch; turning the tables on the audience to confront them as to their complicity in the rampant sexual abuse of children throughout our society.  Sacre points out in the show that by his own semi-scientific reasoning, 17,000 of the children he has performed for have been molested.  Seventeen thousand.

After this initial round of performances, Sacre transitioned back in to the world of children’s storytelling; and went on to perform new works for adults at Summer Fringe Festivals.  In 2007 he attended the Conference of World Affairs as a last minute sub for a friend with a broken leg.  Sacre took part in many panels, including one at a local high school whose topic was Sex, Teens, and Drugs.  During a slow news cycle this panel caused a stir, and for nearly a week a Fox News channel blowhard railed on against him using quotes out of context.  Obviously, a daily nationally televised rant about you, your penis, and your day job speaking to hundreds of youngsters at a time is not the best thing for business.  However, Sacre has taken his experiences and allowed them to simmer on the back burner.

The new MY PENIS, directed by Paul Stein, has folded the story of this culture wars battle back in to the original piece, creating an updated show that moves beyond its ‘sex sells’ genesis, and connects personal incidents to larger questions of import.  Sacre walks us between his separate public lives as a boundary pushing solo performer and a storyteller for children.  In the process he asks how one’s honesty, and desire to teach and connect effects one’s ability to communicate at all.  Does communication necessitate taking sides in the culture wars; and whose fault is that?  Would sound bite culture exist if we did not condone it?

It is evident that Sacre begins his writing process by asking what conversation he wants to start, not merely as a way to work though personal issues.  Sacre’s command of the stage is second nature, and it was especially enjoyable to watch him deal with late arrivals to the show.  Employing a favorite clowning technique, he quickly recapped the beginning of the show after greeting the late comers.  When they informed him of the rest of their party still on their way in, he began to do the show en Español, until the entire group was seated.

For fans of the one person memoir, MY PENIS – IN AND OUT OF TROUBLE is a breezy hour that touches on issues of import to us all- without getting preachy or mired in a self help, tell all, work through my issues trap that many solo performers face.  Sacre has given himself the distance and perspective necessary to re-craft his experiences in to a meditation on how we connect with the rest of the world, and our responsibility to do right by our fellow man.

Thematic content includes:  Redemption, Love, Sex, Violence, Self Destruction, Highbrow, Lowbrow, Humor.

MY PENIS- In and Out of Trouble $15
Adults only!
7/15 to 8/5
Th 8pm
Purchase tickets
Map of Theatre Asylum
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MY PENIS is Extended 7/15 to 8/5

July 8, 2010

“The good news is true, my penis has been extended.”  Antonio Sacre

photo credit Charci Stinson

Antonio Sacre’s MY PENIS- IN AND OUT OF TROUBLE, has been extended as a part of Theatre Asylum’s Best in Fringe addendum to the inaugural Hollywood Fringe.  Thursdays only, through 8/5.

Directed by Paul Stein, MY PENIS explores sex and sexuality in humorous and unexpected ways.  Surprising in his manner, Sacre is self-effacing, with his humor coming from his bedrock honesty about situations each person has faced.  Join him on a journey that is raw in his willingness to revisit each painful and wonderful moment.

Thomas Hampton Reviews highly recommends Antonio Sacre’s work.  While we have not seen this newest production, we know it will live up to the impeccable standards of all of his previous work.  This show won a Best in Fringe award for Solo performance at the New York International Fringe Theater Festival.

Thematic content includes:  Redemption, Love, Sex, Violence, Self Destruction, Highbrow, Lowbrow, Humor.

MY PENIS- In and Out of Trouble $15
Adults only!
7/15 to 8/5
Th 8pm
Purchase tickets
Map of Theatre Asylum
Visit Antonio Sacre’s web site

MY PENIS- In and Out of Trouble -Antonio Sacre at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

June 16, 2010


Two time Best In Fringe Festival winner (NY International Fringe Festival) Antonio Sacre brings MY PENIS- In and Out of Trouble, to the inaugural Hollywood Fringe.

Directed by Paul Stein, MY PENIS explores sex and sexuality in humorous and unexpected ways.  Sacre’s show has sold out at all Fringe Festivals where presented, and the Hollywood Fringe should be no different.

Surprising in his manner, Sacre is self-effacing, with his humor coming from his bedrock honesty about situations each person has faced. Join him on a journey that is raw in his willingness to revisit each painful and wonderful moment.

Thomas Hampton Reviews highly recommends Antonio Sacre’s work.  While we have not seen this newest production, we know it will live up to the impeccable standards of all of his previous work.

Thematic content includes:  Redemption, Love, Sex, Violence, Self Destruction, Highbrow, Lowbrow, Humor.

MY PENIS- In and Out of Trouble $10
Adults only!
Th 6/17 10pm
M 6/21 4pm
Th 6/24 2:30pm
F 6/25 5:30pm
Sn 6/27 8:30pm
Purchase tickets
Map of Theatre Asylum
Visit Antonio Sacre’s web site

DEICIDE: A Sorta Musical World Premiere 6/17

June 7, 2010

All hail Science!  Also, sexy people, musical numbers, sassy robots, and the apocalypse!

 

Needtheater, in association with the Paul G. Gleason Theater presents the most Godless musical comedy event of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, DEICIDE: A Sorta Musical.

Michael Ciriaco and Brandon Baruch (who also directs) explore religion’s function in modern society.  In Newtopia, there is only one (monotheistic) religion; but what happens when God is disproved using absolute Math and Science, and the citizens of Newtopia need something else to believe in?

Thematic content includes:  Redemption, Sex, Self Destruction, Nudity, Singing, Highbrow, Lowbrow, Humor.

DEICIDE: A Sorta Musical $12
runs 6/17 to 6/26
6/17 8:30pm
6/20 6pm
6/22 9pm
6/23 9pm
6/25 8:30pm
6/26 5pm
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Thomas Hampton Reviews THE EVENT Needtheater at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

May 27, 2010

Needtheater is bringing special encore performances of THE EVENT to the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

This production of John Clancy's short one man show, directed by Ian Forester, is certainly written for a crowd that has already fallen in love with the theater.  Paul Dillon narrates our communal experience, slowly unraveling the artifice of the performance, the relevance of the crew, and the unspoken contract between the audience, actor, and critic.

Dillon's brash, no nonsense attack on Clancy's words is the perfect fit.  None of the simple, yet effective, theatrical tricks up their sleeves are forced.  And the result is incredibly effective.

THE EVENT attempts to preempt and silence the thoughts in your head, muffling your inner dialogue.  And then it steers you towards the understanding that the event itself is the simple act of communication.  And the only way to truly communicate is face to face; live and in person.  A give and take including physicality as well as emotion, information, personality, disorder, and discomfort.

Thus the question; what are we in danger of losing as we avoid true communication through technological complication? Or perhaps, have we passed the tipping point, and our loss, quite simply, has not yet been understood?

Thematic content includes:  Highbrow, Humor, Singing

THE EVENT  $10 runs
6/18 8pm
6/19 6:30pm
6/24 7:30pm
6/26 7:30pm
6/27 7:30pm
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