Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Fringe Festival Favs

Take a moment to look up some of the truly weird plays or musicals happening this month for our annual Fringe Festival. The Fringe Festival is about three weeks of almost anything goes on stage entertainment, mostly WTF ideas. Oh, and these performances are usually way cheaper than other plays.

A Tribute To Doug
Select Performances Start June 15
The Complex Hollywood (OMR Theatre )
6468 Santa Monica Blvd 

With the blessing of Jim Jinkins, the orignial creator of Doug, this classic 90’s cartoon will be brought to life. The Funnie family has arrived at their new home in Bluffington. Doug and his best friend Porkchop meet the classic cast of characters we all know and love: Skeeter, his best human friend; Patti Mayonnaise, his secret crush; and Roger Klotz, the local bully. When Roger tricks Doug into thinking that catching an infamous local swamp creature will make him a town hero, Doug suits up and heads over to Stinson’s pond to bag himself a neematoad!

Bat Knight!
Select Performances Start June 15
520 N. Western Ave
The dynamic duo have finally made it to the Hollywood Fringe Festival! Little do Batman and Robin know, the Joker’s latest scheme will give them the ride of a lifetime. Race through the streets of Gotham with Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Superman, Alfred the Butler, and many more members of the Bat Family in this dark and hilarious interactive musical parody that puts you, the audience, in the middle of the action. Bring the whole family to battle The Joker, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, the Penguin, and the rest of the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery, and celebrate the Batman universe in this side splitting night of Bat-Mania!

Hell's Kitty
Select Performances Start June 13
The Broadwater (Main Stage)
1076 Lillian Way 

 A musicalized version of the hit Amazon Prime comedy horror movie about a Hollywood writer and his possessed pussycat. Nick, a Hollywood screenwriter, discovers his cat has become murderously possessed, and will stop at nothing to rid him of any women in his life. As his life unravels out of control, Nick must find a way to have his kitty exorcised of the demonic spirit haunting her and creating a body count.

Stranger Things 2: The Musical 
Select Performances Start June 14
The Broadwater (Black Box)
6322 Santa Monica Blvd. 

Before Stranger Things 3 premieres on July 4th, come recap with STRANGER THINGS 2: THE MUSICAL TRIBUTE! It’s the sequel to the live show that had a sold-out run at the El Cid theater, with a book adapted from Season 2 of the Netflix mega-hit and 13 original songs inspired by the sound of 1984, from Van Halen to Prince to Run-DMC. The musical is fast-paced and high-octane, with the ensemble cast playing a total of 21 characters. There’s not a more exciting way to prime yourself for Season 3!

Tabletop (The Musical)
Select Performances Start June 15
The Hobgoblin Playhouse at The Arena Stage, Theatre of Arts
1625 N Las Palmas Ave. 

 Karen runs the local game store where Eric and his friends have gathered every week for years to play their favorite tabletop roleplaying game. His childhood friends Luke (the paladin) and Valarie (the ranger), the group’s strategist and a regular tabletop game fanatic Ken (the wizard), and his little sister Sarah (the fighter) begin their next adventure in Vaelrun while Eric’s wife, Emily, who used to play the group’s druid, is pregnant and out “attending her grove”. Everything starts to change when Brandon, Valerie’s new boyfriend, joins the group. While these friends can’t seem to pull themselves away long enough to handle their real lives, Karen watches on and wishes for an escape. Tabletop explores the way we use games to disconnect from our own realities by following the weekly fantasy adventures of these five friends.