This year’s 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival concluded last Sunday night with the Fringe Closing Awards Ceremony where awards were presented in nine categories.

The winners of the Best of Hollywood Fringe 2012 (select shows based on Artistic Merit, Commercial Viability and Development Potential) will be extending their seasons at Theatre Asylum and Asylum Lab in July and August, 201 2012.  For more info click one of the titles below.

2012 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL WINNERS 

THE FRINGE AWARDS AND BEST OF FRINGE

Past winners of Best of Fringe have gone on to have successful fringe runs in other cities including The Next Best Thing (Nominated for a LA Weekly Award), and which Gia On The Move reviewed for LA Theatre Review last year (whoot whoot!) as well as independent commercial successes like Pulp Shakespeare, currently running and up for two LA Weekly awards. The hope is to bring producers and productions together to develop, highlight and take those productions to the next level.

Here’s what I reviewed (18 shows in all):

The Secret of Sherlock Holmes at Theatre Asylum

“…for it is the nature of biscuits to be dry,and these were biscuits to the core.” (~ Virginia Wolfe) This version of the fantastical, forensic scientist picks apart the self-described very dark nature of the man and his mind.

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First Love / Worst Love @ The Main Stage 

Complex simplicity or simple complexity? No matter how you look at, see it, hear it, feel it or experience it, there’s just no getting around it – relationships, are what they are.

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This Vicious Minute @ Elephant Stages

You will not have your heart ripped out of your chest.  You will not wrench, wretch, wring your hands in ceaseless torment.  You will not cry. You will not bleed. Ben Moroski has already done that.

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Senses @ The Underground Theatre Annex

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“Life has the ability to take you on a ride…”

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Clowns, Goddesses and Tough Guys @ Theatre Assylum Lab

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Sometimes you just feel like breaking into song… spontaneously – on purpose.

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Ghost Light @ The Underground Theatre

As if beer, pot, frats boys, sorority girls and a oujia board on a stormy Halloween wasn’t enough, that darn ghost had to show up and ruin everything!

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Doomsday Cabaret @ Lounge Theatre 1

In a satyr of “apocalyptic proportions” introduced by an ominously bizarre, expressionist, overhead, pre-show video of peasants, animals, chanting and windstorms, nine obsessive, sub-culture doomsayers gather together at the San Bernadino Community Center to wait for the end of the world, prophesy, theorize, get laid and sell books.

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Confessions of the World’s Worst Missionary @ Studio A

Faith is no match for the heartbreaking reality of poverty, racism, HIV/AIDS and the myriad of crises of post-apartheid life in South Africa.

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I Get Knocked Down @ Studio C Artists

Seven archetypal characters (magical elf, martyr, damsel in distress, scholar, angel, lover, clown) that make up the fragmented parts of actor Evan McNamara’s personality, teach him a profound and hilarious understanding of unconditional love after the ruthless dissolution of his marriage.

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In Dream @ The Blackbox at Note

In Dream is the surreal world between two dreams that may or may not be remembered by the visitors once the night is over.  In the first, a young man sits in a room with a total stranger who claims to be the most evil man in the world. In the second, a young woman has a conversation with her fully grown daughter, who has not yet been born.

Mission To Mate

An authentically funny trilogy of totally absurd romance.

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Cycles

Two strangers – an older Jewish guy and a young “Italian Stallion” – share Exercycles … and a dark moment in their intersecting past.

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Diary of a Sociopathic Freakazoid

A relentless exploration of the mind of a sociopath and the consequences of his freakish actions over the course of a week in his Manhattan apartment.

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D is for Dog

Post apocalyptic, Stepford, wife, Mrs. Rogers bounces around the kitchen in this darkly comedic, Orwellian pseudo soap, where everything is perfect, every day. Until…
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Ciera Payton’s paper trail relationship of hand written letters with her incarcerated father who is currently serving a seven year prison sentence in Cottonport, Louisiana for a non-violent drug offense.
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Living on the verge of a nervous breakdown, If Water Were Present It Would Be Called Drowning is Theatre Revelations’ aptly named, stunningly brilliant and absolutely indecent, surreal projection of a woman in total lock down.

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There’s No Place Like

“Dorothy called.  She wants her house back!”

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OOHLALA

Ramsey Brown’s search for love and adventure is one big hot mess!  Do you know the rules of the game?

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