Here's a question for you Angelenos: What has a 2000 person workforce, puts on more shows than any other theatre festival in the country, runs for over three weeks in June in dozens of theaters, and is probably Hollywood's longest party of the year?
With irreproachable execution and insight, the absolutely stupendous Absolutely Filthy suggests that adults shouldn't romanticize childhood because, as the production trumpets loud and clear, kids in retrospect are really embryonic dysfunctional adults.
Proving that love is blind, not to mention merciful, the production takes two hapless characters, gives them a motive, an opportunity, and a means to get together, and then allows them to forge what passes for a relationship.
The Other F Word is the story of four women who form part of a focus group to gauge market responses to a pen made just made for women. But we see neither the pen nor the woman, Tammy, asking the questions.
In "If You're Watching This, I'm Dead," written and performed by Lisa Cole, directed by Marcella Hawk, and staged at the Elephant Stage's Studio Theatre in conjunction with the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Cole makes a video testament for the people she's leaving behind.
What if several characters of a well-known Greek myth were disgruntled with their narrative roles? That's the premise, and it's a lulu, of Carey Scott Wilkerson's Seven Dreams of Falling, directed by Thomas Anawalt.
"There's nothing funnier, and there's nothing more terrifying, than the truth," says David Dean Bottrell, whose brilliant one man show, David Dean Bottrell Makes Love returns to L.A. as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.