Although San Francisco is a beautiful and vibrant city, this writer is desperately wishing she could be in Los Angeles to see some theatre. The next best thing is to list what she would see if she were in the City of Angels. Here are the shows performing this weekend that people are talking about:
D is for Dog, presented by Rogue Artist Ensemble at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Written collaboratively by Katie Polebaum, Sean T. Cawelti and the Rogues, Dog "explores the themes of family loyalty and compassion using iconic imagery from 1950s television blended with startling elements of horror and science fiction." If you have ever experienced a Rogue production, you know there will be exciting puppetry, original music, and multimedia elements that will keep you guessing. D is for Dog performs at Hudson Mainstage Theater (6539 Santa Monica Boulevard). You can see it this weekend on Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 3pm and 8pm. Tickets are $20 at www.rogueartists.org. The show runs through August 4.
SER: L.A. vs B.A., performed by Karen Anzoategui at L.A. Pride, hosted by the City of West Hollywood at the West Hollywood Library. This solo show is back after an acclaimed run in both Los Angeles and New York for a single, free 7pm performance on Wednesday, June 27. Karen's "transnational queer tale" tells the story of her journey to reconcile her desire to live in Buenos Aires, the soccer capitol, and Los Angeles, the immigrant's paradise. West Hollywood Library is at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
TAPE, performed at Artworks Theatre & Studios (6567 Santa Monica Blvd) as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Stephen Belber writes and Elissa Weinzimmer directs this " suspenseful, high-stakes play that asks provocative questions about identity and how each of us defines truth." You can see TAPE this weekend on Friday at 10pm. Tickets are $12 at www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/878.
Family Forest, presented by cARTel: Collaborative Arts at Your Theatre (643 S. Carondelet St). For more information, see Family Forest wants you to actively think about your family history. You can see Family Forest this weekend on Saturday and Sunday at 8pm. Tickets are $10.50 at www.wearecartel.org. The show runs through July 8.
So Much to Celebrate, performed by Jackie Loeb at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. After being nominated for 'Best Comedy Show' at the 2011 Fringe, the hilarious, musically-talented and noticeably Australian Loeb is back for her 40th birthday armed with her electric guitar, keyboard and opinions on the quirks of living in America in her solo show. You can see So Much to Celebrate this weekend on Saturday at 10pm and Sunday at 2:30pm at Theatre Asylum (6320 Santa Monica Blvd). Tickets are $15 at www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/771.
Fluffy Bunnies in a Field of Daisies, performed at The Arena Stage @ Theatre of Arts in Hollywood (1625 N. Las Palmas Ave.). Fluffy Bunnies is a comedy written and directed by Matt Chaffee that "explores the sexual politics of meeting, getting fixed up, and dating, as a group of friends undertakes the minute investigations of sexual interactions." LA Weekly's Mayank Keshaviah writes "Chaffee's brand of 'no-holds-barred' humor...is raunchy and offensive but often quite hilarious." You can see Fluffy Bunnies this weekend on Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $30 at fluffybunnies.tix.com. The show runs through July 28.
Please comment below if you have or plan to see any of these shows.
In the meantime, this writer will be indulging in Bruja and No Holds Barrio at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, both written by Los Angeles' golden boy, Luis Alfaro. If you can't be in LA, seek out LA artists in the city you are in. It's the next best thing.