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Hollywood Fringe 2014 experience Day Six (part three)

Nightmaricomio is a unique show that provides a breath of fresh air to this year's Fringe offerings.
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You can find part one here and part two here.

Next up was Nightmaricomio, a show that I knew nothing about, except that it had been highly recommended by my friend Michael Shaw Fisher.

There seemed to be a lot more shows involving physical theater and dance last year than this. However, if Nightmaricomio was the only such show, it would be worth the effort to see it. It stands out among all of the previous physical theater and dance offerings as a shining star of what can be accomplished without words.

The Fringe is the perfect time to experiment and bring ground-breaking works to the public, and Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group has done a fine job of introducing us to their company. Featuring an incredible cadre of perfomers, Nightmaricomio delivers where so many others have failed - it is a breath of fresh air and a spectacle to behold.

The amazing cast includes Redetha Deason, Hannah Kaplan, Leif La Duke, Sebastian Munoz, Vivi Thai, Erin Treanor, Kevin Van Cott, Roger K. Weiss and Corey Zicari. Of those performers, I was thoroughly impressed with Kaplan and Zicari, who delivered on so many levels. Curiously, Zicari does not consider herself a dancer, although she was thoroughly fantastic in her expressive dancing in the show.

The show is like being on an acid trip without the drugs, and will stimulate all of your senses. I especially loved watching the drummer's glowing drum sticks as he performed a rocking drum solo in pitch black.

Only one more performance of this amazing show on June 26 at 8:30 p.m. Don't miss it.

Last but not least for the night was the Best of 25 PPH from the incredible minds at Theatre Unleashed.

Ably co-directed this year by Corey Lynn Howe and Courtney Sara Bell, the cast includes Ben Atkinson, Bell, Jenn Scuderi Crafts, Liz Fenning, Liesl Jackson, Heather Lake, Jim Martyka, Lee Pollero and Jacob Smith.

The show is like a mash-up of what makes Fringe special. It offers 25 short skits in less than an hour (58:47 to be exact), some of which are serial parts of a bigger skit, and all of which are hilarious and wonderfully acted. Just like a string of Saturday Night Live skits where the object is to get the actors to break character, it is always fun to watch and see if that can be done. It happened several times last night, and made the evening that much better.

Attending a 25 PPH show is a rite of passage at the Fringe, and this year's offering is the perfect one to experience what is definitely one of the best of Fringe traditions.

Remaining shows are June 21 at 4:30 p.m., June 25 at 8:30 p .m. and June 27 at 11:55 p.m. - Don't miss this show!