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“Will You Marrow Me?” The San Gennaro Feast in Hollywood Starts Today!

Tea Cups at the San Gennaro Feast Hollywood

Thursday, September 26th  was the first night of the 12th Annual Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles. The evening’s fundraiser was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla with Mark DeCarlo Master of Ceremonies, and featured songs from the San Remo Music Festival and “That’s Amore! An Italian American Songbook.”

Kicking off October’s Italian Heritage Month, Hollywood will be celebrating everything it means to be Italian, the festival Officially opens in Hollywood to the public starting today from September 27–29, 2013 from 11:00am to 11:00pm. 

Located across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex and Metro Red Line, directly behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live Theater at 1651 N. Highland Ave.

General admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free.

All proceeds benefit the San Gennaro Foundation, established to provide aid to children and families in need in Los Angeles.

In honor of the Feast’s 12th Anniversary and to raise funds for their various charities, there will be special events going on throughout the weekend, including:

  • feastA “Gravy-Sauce” competition and “Galbani® String Cheese-building” contest hosted by The Meatballs of Comedy, Live Telethon for Veterans from the Main Stage on Sunday September 29th and a weekend. 
  • ‘Will You Marrow Me?” donor campaign for Be the Match registry, which recruits marrow donors to save lives of blood cancer patients.
  • Blood Drive for City of HopeCedars SinaiChildren’s Hospital and American Red Cross will also be hosted on-site.
  • A Procession of St. Gennaro on Hollywood Blvd. will begin at noon on Saturday, September 28th and conclude with a Mass on the Main Stage presided by Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti.
  • And there will be so much more!

For more information about the Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles, please visit www.feastofla.org or call (818) 508-0082.

Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles (TPL-LA) is Up and Running

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(Shared by Bitter Lemons earlier today…)

The TPL-LA has launched their website and announced their inaugural membership. Here’s the list:

Staff-Driven Companies

  • 24th Street Theatre
  • Black Dahlia Theatre
  • Bootleg Theatre
  • Celebration Theatre
  • The Chance Theater
  • Company of Angels
  • Crown City Theatre Company
  • DOMA Theatre Company
  • Greenway Court Theater
  • Grove Theater Center
  • The Malibu Playhouse
  • The MET Theatre
  • Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
  • Padua Playwrights
  • Repertory East Playhouse
  • Rogue Machine Theatre
  • Sierra Madre Playhouse
  • Skylight Theatre Company
  • The Academy for New Musical Theatre
  • The Blank Theatre Company
  • The Fountain Theatre
  • The Production Company
  • The Theatre @ Boston Court
  • The Victory Theatre Center
  • The Visceral Company
  • Unbound Productions
  • VS. Theatre Company
  • West Coast Jewish Theatre

Membership-Driven Companies

  • Brimmer Street Theatre Company
  • Buzzworks Theatre Company
  • Circle X Theatre Company
  • Coeurage Theatre Company
  • Evidence Room Theater
  • Furious Theatre Company
  • Moving Arts
  • Open Fist Theatre Company
  • Pacific Residents Theatre
  • Santa Monica Playhouse
  • Son of Semele Ensemble
  • The Antaeus Company
  • The Road Theatre Company
  • Theatre Banshee
  • Theatre of NOTE
  • Theatre Unleashed

Independent Producers

  • Andrew Carlberg
  • David Elzer
  • Dina Morrone
  • Gordon Firemark
  • Linda Tolliver & Gary Gundinger
  • The Pink Lady of Los Angeles
  • Rick Culbertson
  • Theatre Planners

Associate Members

  • Absolute Theatre Company
  • Alethia Christian Theater
  • Cece Tio
  • International Arts Group
  • Ipso Facto Theatricals
  • John R. Lacey
  • Kaleidoscope Theatre Ensemble
  • LA Women’s Theatre Festival
  • L’Atelier Arts
  • Los Angeles Womens Theatre Festival
  • Lucid by Proxy
  • Maureen Chesus
  • Theatre 68
  • Vox Lumiere
  • West Perkinson
  • Peter Finlayson
  • Christopher Sepulveda
Gregory Crafts of Theatre Unleashed

Gregory Crafts of Theatre Unleashed

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And now the gearing up for the voting on the inaugural Leadership Council begins.

Our favorite front runner Gregory Crafts, of Theatre Unleashed has thrown his hat into the ring along with Gary Lamb,  Michael Seel, Marco Gomez and Michael C. Kricfalusi.

King Phycus at The Hollywood Fringe – A Raging Hit!

King PhycusEverything but the kitchen sink Shakespeare.

I’m going to say it right up front, of all of the shows I’ve seen so far at the Hollywood Fringe Festival this year, King Phycus is the cream of the crop!

A theatrical parody of monumental proportions, the Flynnsmen (troupe) take all the plots of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Caesar, MacBeth, and Richard III (I even heard a little bit of Lear) combined in a whirlwind of iambic pentameter to create the zaniest, most well written, outrageous, camp comedies that would make the Bard himself green with envy.  It is brilliantly written by Tom Willmorth and hilariously performed by one of the most dedicated and hard working casts, right down to timing and delivery, that I’ve witnessed to date: Patrick Wenk-Wolff, Jason Thomas, Drew Doyle, Abby Wilde, Belen Greene and Buck Zachary. Directed by  John Apicella and assisted by Stage Manager extraordinaire, Deirdre Murphy.

I’m giving this show a 10 and two thumbs up.  Finally, a performance that got me out of my funk and MADE ME PAY ATTENTION! with not only well crafted humor but extraordinary storytelling amidst classical language, jokes, forth wall breaks, gags and physical drollery.  Nothing, not one piece of any of Shakespeare’s stories or characters gets lost.  Everyone is instantly and fully recognizable and the threading of each of the stories is so seamlessly done, if I knew nothing about a Shakespeare play, I’d think I was watching one of his originals verbatim. It’s that good!

A MUST SEE AT THIS YEAR’S HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL!

King PhycusThere are only two shows (80 minutes) left including today playing at      Elephant Stages 1076 Lillian Way, Los Angeles, CA

Sunday June 23 2013, 8:00 PM

Friday June 28 2013, 11:00 PM

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Theatre Unleashed Hands Over 25 Plays Per Hour at The Hollywood Fringe

25 plays per hour

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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The Rebirth of the Super Short!

25 plays per hour.  “How successful could that be?” I thought.

On one hand the prospect of experiencing so much material in such a short span seemed exciting, at least from a writer’s point of view.  As an audience member, I wondered if it would be tedious.  Having now, “been there, done that,”  I’d have to say, it went over surprisingly well.

Theatre Unleashed is currently presenting its special brand of dramatics once again for Fringe with a series of 25 short plays, starting and ending on the second from front to back, in 60 minutes.  Headed by Managing Director and writer, Greg Crafts, Unleashed is a dedicated writing/performing group, and this year, the material is tight.

My last Fringe visit with them was for the 24 Hours Play Festival which hosted plenty of hoot & hollarin’ silliness and partly formed comedic ideas, delightfully spontaneous, which did a fairly decent job of showing off the talent in the company.  There was a fair amount of that here as well. But this time around, the ensemble was really well put together, and the parodies were exceptional, getting right to the punch.

25 Plays Per Hour gets a bit long, at the bitter end. But the skits and bits are funny, managing to tell great, full blown, complete and understandable stories in just minutes, making this production, possibly one of the more watch worthy varietals of Hollywood Fringe this year.  Always a great time!

4 More Performances.  Now Playing at

Theatre Asylum 6320 Santa Monica Blvd 

Saturday June 22 2013, 2:30 PM

Wednesday June 26 2013, 7:00 PM

Saturday June 29 2013, 7:00 PM

Sunday June 30 2013, 4:00 PM

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Lost Moon Radio Presents Roger Wodehouse’s Androgymnasium at The Hollywood Fringe

Lost Moon Radioby Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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When BBC executives asked glam rock icon Roger Wodehouse to do a children’s television show in 1975, he had two questions.  One: Would he be allowed to talk openly about his fluid sexuality? Two: Would there be animal guests?  This reviewer just wants to know, “Is that even legal?”

Perverse, salacious, hilarious! It was the sickest performance yet that I’ve seen from Los Angeles mainstay comedy troupe and Hollywood Top of Fringe “incumbents” Lost Moon Radio. What can I say, since experiencing Lost Moon’s brand of insatiable (dry) humor in 2011, I’ve been a fan and my 2013 re-visit was not a disappointment.

It was not the latest radio musical review I was expecting.  Instead, the gang decided to present a recovered television episode of Roger Wodehouse’s Androgymnasium, an outrageous and very twisted Ziggy Stardust style persiflage, hell bent on teaching your kids the alphabet and creating a future where girls and boys and boys who are really girls and girls who are really boys can all live together in harmony – on Venus – learning very couture arts & crafts.

Accompanied by a jaded, hard rocking band, this show is aided by a slew of guests from famous artists and contemporary fashion designers to puppets, mapmakers and even Roger’s dead mother who manages to disappoint her son even in the after life.  There is music, dancing, costumes, an overabundance of sexual identity references, bizarre nonsensical Sesame Street style lesson plans, jealousy, break-ups and make-ups, which send Roger into fits of rage and stage hogging.  But you’ll find that although this gender bender can be bitter, he has a heart and a bright outlook for a triumphant future.  He’s hard not to love.  And we actual learn an important lesson about friendship.  Go figure!

Not recommended for “normal” audiences.  Required is an expanded mind and a strident sense of humor.  You WILL  have fun.

Four more shows playing at the Fringe Mainstage 6209 Santa Monica Blvd.

  • Wednesday June 19 2013, 8:00 PM
  • Sunday June 23 2013, 5:00 PM
  • Thursday June 27 2013, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday June 29 2013, 6:30 PM

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The Time Machine Musical at The Hollywood Fringe Festival

TimeMachine

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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This might be one of the harder reviews I’m about to write for the 2013 Hollywood Fringe.

I read the description of this show and after watching a teaser video of the music, with great and sincere enthusiasm I requested a comp.

One of more curious offerings, as a festival contender, a musical based upon the classic novel written by H.G. Wells, had the attention of a fair amount of regulars, i.e. actors, producers, writers, and other show participants.  It’s a great idea sounding potentially “just the thing” for a Fringe showcase with big stage bound dreams.  Somehow, though, it didn’t cut it.

When I say, hard to review, I really mean this.  Walking out of the theatre, post preview, catching glimpses of the glowing, excited faces of the key players involved, who got this production to stage, made me sink.  It’s no small thing to orchestrate a full two hour production and cram it into a 1 hour, for all intensive purposes, investor demo.  But it didn’t capture my imagination.  And bottom line, I just didn’t understand it.

I admit that it’s been a while since I’ve read the novel, but I’ve seen the various movie versions, I’ve even recently been secretly working on a colleague’s book that used the early cover imagery of Wells’ Time Machine novel, as an inspiration.  In other words, this story has actually been at the forefront of my mind for a while.  And, it is exactly the story line of the Time Machine Musical that didn’t quite make it here.  There were some fun numbers, a standard costume change, an effective, show-opener, funny gag, however, the cast was uneven vocally, the set up scene to scene more and more non-sensical, the Eloi a bit too unisex, the Morlock not very depraved or subterranean and I couldn’t figure out why the Time Traveller had to carry his drinking flask with him — for the entire journey.  I’m not even sure what his actual inspiration was to go back to save the Eloi, least of all Weena with whom, there seemed to be barely a connection, in this version.

Time Machine MusicalThe show is supposed to explore themes of class struggle, addiction, greed, teenage angst and hopelessness which it does loosely touch upon.  But runaway technology, man playing God, love, betrayal and redemption…I’d have to say, it never got to that point.  What was most effectively presented was the idea of popular apathy.  And perhaps as I read somewhere in a cliff notes teaching version of this story, H.G. Wells’ intention was to warn us not to get too comfortable – that just because things are pretty good now, we shouldn’t expect them to remain that way forever. It’s not monsters that are going to get us – it’s time.  In this case, what “gets” The Time Machine Musical is ultimately that the music doesn’t help it and in fact steers the story away from its course in too many instances.

I’d like to see them go back to the drawing board and thread this together, better.  I would not it call it a total failure.  But this show needs a reboot in the right direction. Rent the musical, has kinda already been done.

To note, this was a “technical rehearsal.”  I am making this notation as it has come to my attention that several voters on the Hollywood Fringe website are complaining that The Time Machine Musical is being unfairly reviewed because it is unfinished.

But let me make a simple point… in no way, does billing a show as an unfinished, in process, or  in preview excuse the undertaking as a whole from being well put together enough to tell a story, a good story that any audience, educated or not, can understand and follow, minus the technical aspects.

That being said, it is a show. Own it.

Unmoderated: A Reading of Eastsider Comments at The Hollywood Fringe

Unmoderatedby Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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I was far too exhausted to really sit in on another show on Saturday night (6/9). But as I was already at the Fringe Mainstage, coming out of another preview performance which had just ended, I decided to jump in to this last minute, late night, pay what you can offering, and give it a whirl.  Unmoderated: A Reading of Eastsider Comments is a sampling of thousands of comments that were left on TheEastsiderLA.com neighborhood blog in 2012, dramatic and funny.  They range from anti-hipster rants to show downs of sympathy and anger over victims of violence in neighborhoods from Echo Park to Silver Lake.

To note, this is a staged reading.  There is no dramatic movement choreography, no costumes, no sound effects, no music.  It is serious stage dramedy truly at its best presented by 8 tremendously gifted actors who, through merely character voice changes, bring to life entire neighborhoods along with their varied collective and individual opinions about the one thing we all find hardest to deal with in city life, change.

Change happens all the time whether you like it or not, whether you are a perpetrator, a bystander, a beneficiary or a victim.  To live in an urban environment is to be a legatee of fast moving history that splashes over us again and again in waves that disintegrate our old ways of life, to be replaced by new ones.  And it can break our hearts just as much as it brings us joy. In the city, the past is our present is our future.

Unmoderated, is simply brilliant in its undertaking.  Audiences who prefer whoop de do reviews, heavy dramas, improvs and pure entertainment may have difficulty sitting through this intriguing web of ordinary people speaking their minds.  On the surface it is deceptively dry material.  But not really…  Local Angelenos, however, will find it powerful, honest, close to the bone and possibly very hard to “take a side” as they listen to what could even be their own ongoing internal dialogs.  Unmoderated is so well done, so well put together. Anyone who really wants to discover inner city LA needs to sit in on this presentation. Excellent!

TheEastSiderLA blog is still running and you can check out all of the community dialogs and more presented in this play.

Two More Performances: Fringe Mainstage 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. map

Saturday June 15 2013, 6:00 PM

Thursday June 27 2013, 10:00 PM

Running Time: 1 hour

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