HFF 2012 – Fringe theater reviews – what the other critics are saying

Dear theater fans,

The excitement was palpable this past weekend, and the Fringe hadn’t even started!

Several shows opted to hold ‘preview’ performances for the critics, but they were well-attended by punters keen to soak up as much theater as they can, in advance of the Third annual 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival’s official opening on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

ArtsBeatLA spoke with a cheerful couple from Florida who regularly visit LA to see theater – everything from Broadway shows at the Pantages (they loved The Addams Family musical) to shows at Celebration Theatre (they equally loved The Color Purple musical – both are magnificent productions).

Sharon Perlmutter over at TALKIN BROADWAY.COM, has reviewed a handful of shows so far. Click on this link to see her reviews of The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, The God Particle Complex, Speed Merchant (of Venice) and Tape.

And here’s an updated show list of my reviews. Click on the active links in the play’s title to go to its review page.


FRIDAY, June 8

Modern Drama (not Fringe)

by Bill Sterritt & SPQR Stage Company

studio/stage — 520 N. Western Ave., Hollywood, CA 90004

Anaconda – Preview @ Open Fist Theatre, Friday June 8, 11pm

Open Fist Theatre — 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038


No Way Around but Through – Saturday June 9, 8pm  (not Fringe)

Falcon Theater, Toluca Lake

Doc Faustus – Saturday June 9th at 11pm

Theatre of Note, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., LA CA


SUNDAY, June 10

Jennifer Aniston Stole My Life – 90 mins – Sunday June 10th at 4.30pm

Fringe Mainstage Open Fist Theater 6209 Santa Monica Blvd, 90038

French Cabaret – CARPE NOCTEM – Sunday June 10th at 5.30pm

Underground Theatre – 1314 North Wilton Place, Hollywood, CA 90028

MONDAY, June 11

Red Bastard – Monday June 11th at 8pm

Artworks Theatre & Studios – 6569 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles


TUESDAY, June 12                            

Dialogue With the Devil        75 mins – Tuesday June 12th at 7p.m.

Arena Stage

Before the Red Trees Come        45 minutes – Tuesday June 12th at 9p.m.

916A Formosa


FRIDAY, June 15

Mixed Personality Disorders – Friday June 15th at 5:30 p.m.

Theatre Asylum       

Filthy Liars – Friday June 15th at 10.15pm

The Complex – East Theater – 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038



4 Clowns: That Beautiful Laugh – Saturday June 16th at 10pm

Open Fist Theater – 6209 Santa Monica Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA 90038



Mission to Mate – Saturday June 23rd at 5.30pm (1 hour)

Theatre Asylum – 6320 Santa Monica Blvd, LA CA 90038



The Secret of Sherlock Holmes

Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles 90038


Deep Space, NEIN! Friday June 22 2012, 10:00 PM | 50 mins

Artworks Theatre

6567-6585 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038


For more information on all Hollywood Fringe Festival plays, visit their official site.





Stay tuned for more reviews!




Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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