Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: THE MIDNIGHT MENAGERIE

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: THE MIDNIGHT MENAGERIE

If you gather up a gang of people that represent the worst of Hollywood’s stereotypes, throw in a murderous plot, and sprinkle everything with a dose of dark humor, you would have THE MIDNIGHT MENAGERIE

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: WHAT WENT WRONG

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: WHAT WENT WRONG

Shelby and Nick just broke up. They are confused, sad, angry, and hurt. How did something that started off so beautifully end up so horribly? Luckily, there is a solution: Closure Inc. is a new start up company that hires relationship analysts to review memories from newly broken up couples to determine where things went awry.

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Presents FRANKENSTEIN

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Presents FRANKENSTEIN

It starts with an invitation.  A simple enticement for us to step inside, see what has been developing.  We, being the good guests that we are, enter into the Doctor’s world and find ourselves plunged into a fever dream version of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN as presented by Zombie Joe’s Underground.

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: ONE LAST THING BEFORE YOU GO

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: ONE LAST THING BEFORE YOU GO

ONE LAST THING BEFORE YOU GO is a short, but emotional journey that will teach you about loss and grief with perhaps a dab of confusion. You are a newly departed spirit, wandering around with other lost souls just like you. But, as is sometimes the case, sometimes we are drawn away into something so much more than just ourselves. Unfortunately, because of the plot-heavy nature of the show, there isn’t too much I can reveal without ruining the many surprises that are in store. 

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: DOCTOR ZOMBA'S GHOST SHOW OF TERROR

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: DOCTOR ZOMBA'S GHOST SHOW OF TERROR

I had the great pleasure of attending the recent production Doctor Zomba’s Ghost Show of Terror for the Hollywood Fringe Festival and figured I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow theater enthusiasts.  To best describe the conceit, I will turn to the official press release

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: THE STUDY

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: THE STUDY

People are generally familiar with the concept of fight or flight. I’m going to give a bare bones description. When we are confronted with an uncomfortable situation that raises our hackles, our nervous system starts to send messages to our adrenals to start creating adrenaline i.e. stress hormones. This prompts the flight or fight response. Now what would happen if we were given the option to choose whether or not a person should fight or run away? MB Stage Productions seeks to answer that in THE STUDY.

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: GOD: THE APOLOGIES TOUR

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: GOD: THE APOLOGIES TOUR

Since the beginning of time, human beings have been mired in existential angst. Questioning their purpose, life after death, their creator, and the meaning of it all. GOD: THE APOLOGIES TOUR plays on this intrinsic human desire towards looking beyond earthly life and searching for meaning in the dark. 

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: THE WITNESSING

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: THE WITNESSING

As a first-timer to Fringe Festival, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had heard from many Fringe veterans that this year’s selection of immersive entertainment was more plentiful. It seemed that more theatre groups were taking the chance to experiment with the particular genre of performance. THE WITNESSING is one such immersive theatre experience this year at Fringe and is a great starting point for beginners to the world of immersion.

Immersive Theater: After Hours Theater Company Presents ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST

Immersive Theater: After Hours Theater Company Presents ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST

One of the reasons why I love living near Los Angeles is because of the amount of different immersive and theatrical performances that I get to attend. Recently I had the opportunity to check out After Hours Theater Company’s ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST - a perfect blend of immersion and theatrics adapted by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey.

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: LIGHTS OUT IN THE HERMIT'S CAVE

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: LIGHTS OUT IN THE HERMIT'S CAVE

I had the great pleasure of attending the recent production LIGHTS OUT IN THE HERMIT'S CAVE and figured I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow theater enthusiasts. To best describe the conceit, I will turn to the official press release:

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: SNOW FRIDGE

Hollywood Fringe Festival Review: SNOW FRIDGE

Gestalt psychology would call it the paradoxical theory of change. Jungian theory would call it the integration of the shadow. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy would call it radical acceptance. But all these psychological theories speak to the idea that one must accept themselves as they are in the present before they can change. 

Immersive Theaters: Force of Nature Productions Presents 7

Immersive Theaters: Force of Nature Productions Presents 7

If there is one theme that I love seeing presented, whether in live performances, movies, or television, it would have to be that of the 7 deadly sins. When I heard that Force of Nature Productions would be doing a show based around this theme, I was beyond thrilled. 

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Presents THE DEMENTIA VOTE

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Presents THE DEMENTIA VOTE

This past weekend I had the chance to attend THE DEMENTIA VOTE, directed by Brandon Slezak and written by David Dickens, at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater. The show, which is drenched in political satire, centers around Bruce, an elderly, senile man who finds himself wrapped up in a high stakes political election. 

Immersive Theater: Rogue Artists Ensemble Presents WOOD BOY DOG FISH

Immersive Theater: Rogue Artists Ensemble Presents WOOD BOY DOG FISH

Shoreside has certainly seen better days. Sure, there is still popcorn on offer, games to be played, and a duo of musicians strumming out staples like Sea of Love, but the wooden planks lining much of the boardwalk combined with the graffiti tell a tale of a seaside destination on the decline. It is into this world that we first step as we approach the Garry Marshall Theater to see Rogue Artists Ensemble production of Wood Boy Dog Fish

Immersive Experience: Nocturnal Fandango Presents NOSH

Immersive Experience: Nocturnal Fandango Presents NOSH

I’m just going to come out and say it. Talking to people is hard. There. I’ve said it. Despite the difficulties I find with conversation, the art of conservation is something we all engage in daily. It is a necessity. And, when you take a step back and focus a magnifying glass on your conversations, sometimes you can find a unifying thread that links it all together.  This is what I believe Nocturnal Fandango has done with their most recent show NOSH.

VR Experience: ALIEN: DESCENT

VR Experience: ALIEN: DESCENT

Alien fans rejoice at the opportunity to channel their inner Ripley and alienate some Xenomorphs in this roughly 12 minute VR experience produced by Pure Imagination in partnership with Fox. Two team firing squads descend into a mining facility on a rescue mission. When things go awry, as they always do, your primary objective shifts to focusing on escaping intact. 

Immersive Experience: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group Presents MONSTERS COME OUT AT NIGHT

Immersive Experience: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group Presents MONSTERS COME OUT AT NIGHT

For the latest show at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, guests had the chance to come face to face with their monsters they keep hidden. MONSTERS COME OUT AT NIGHT is directed by Zombie Joe himself and challenges us to “bravely face and conquer the physical, mental, and spiritual monsters, entities, and poltergeists that stalk us from their shadows” (ZJU press release). As someone who attends most shows put on by Zombie Joe Underground Theatre, this one in particular left me smiling as I clutched a gifted white rose. 

Immersive Experience: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group Presents F*CKED UP EASTER EGG HUNT

Immersive Experience: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group Presents F*CKED UP EASTER EGG HUNT

I remember growing up as a kid and the joy that accompanied Easter Egg hunts. My mom would place plastic eggs hidden throughout the house filled with candy that my brother and I would have to search for, eventually leading us to a giant Easter basket filled with goodies. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone on an Easter egg hunt, so when Zombie Joe’s announced that they would be doing a F*CKED UP EASTER EGG HUNT, I knew I was in for a treat - and that it would be nothing like what I had experienced as a kid. 

Immersive Experience: They Played Productions Presents CAPTIVATED

Immersive Experience: They Played Productions Presents CAPTIVATED

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a pizza party and meet up with some new friends to discuss our lives and catch up. Everything on the surface seemed fine, there was light chatter, snacks, discussions on books and our jobs, and laughter which filled the air. However, there was a noticeable discomfort from our host, Victoria, when an old friend of hers named Ely arrived with his new girlfriend, Justine. From that moment on, the attending guests get swept up into the narrative of who Justine is and the horrifying circumstance surrounding her story.