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Hollywood Fringe 2014 experience Day Seven (part one)

Ammo will challenge your thinking about guns
Ammo will challenge your thinking about guns, used by permission

My last day at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival started out at one of my favorite venues, Three Clubs, for a production of Some Girl(s). Produced and directed by LA Theatre veteran David Svengalis, the show featured Gregory James as Guy, Laura Hartley as Sam, Dana Kalan as Tyler, Rachel Parker as Lindsay, Brianne La Flair as Bobbie and Katherine Diaz as Reggie.

The play tells the story of Guy, who is engaged to be married, and his quest to visit his favorite five ex-girlfriends to try and make things right with them, sorta like Step 5 of the AA plan. With these five visits, we learn a lot about Guy, and that he is not such a great guy at that.

While the play did drag at times, it was almost like watching a daytime soap opera live. Between visiting with his first girlfriend, Sam, his sexual plaything Tyler, his affair with Lindsay and his true love Bobbie, we also learn about his attempt at 17 to seduce 12 year old Reggie. As I said, Guy is not such a great guy.

The show gives you a lot to think about and whether at times it's best to just let sleeping dogs lie. On the other hand, sometimes a trip down memory lane is all it takes to realize that your current situation is the best you can hope for. Check it out for yourself and see what you take away from it. Remaining performances are June 21 at 8 p.m. and June 23 at 3 p.m.

Next up was my only chance to catch a Fierce/Backbone production this year with their show, Ammo at the Lounge Theatre. Written by Jeremy Kehoe and very ably directed by my friend Jeffrey Wylie (star of last year's darling, Texas Loves Lyla), the show is composed of four stories with a central theme . . . guns.

In the first story, Frank Stasio and Andrew Blackwood portray a father taking his son out on his first hunting trip. While waiting in their blind, we learn all about their views on the Bill of Rights, especially the 2nd Amendment.

In the second story, Drew McCauliffe portrays a distraught man who has accidentally shot a child and is holed up surrounded by police. They send the priest, portrayed by Holger Moncada, Jr., in to try and negotiate a surrender. What happens next will blow your mind.

In the third story, two friends, played by Blackwood and Moncada, confront a third friend, portrayed by Ty Lowell, who they believe has just shot and killed someone at the local 7-11.

In the fourth and by far the best story, Andrew Preston is a professional hit man who, having been convicted of murder, reminisces about his life and his hope that his son will not be like him.

Although the show did go over its allotted time by almost 15 minutes, it was wonderfully told and provided excellent food for thought about the entire gun and 2nd Amendment issue. It's worth checking out. Remaining performances are June 21 at 10 p.m., June 26 at 8 p.m. and June 28 at 6 p.m.

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