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Hollywood Fringe: To Space (and Other Strange Places)

Talented troupes don costumes, crack wise, clown around, and go the daft distance.



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    Timeheart, a fresh and funny presentation from Robot Teammate and The Accidental Party, is one of the choice gems of the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

    No one but no one will tell a new arrivee to Hollywood that there will not be multiple hoops to jump through. 

    People entering the the entertainment track are well aware of the hoops they face, and the tumbles, and the barriers to entry, barriers that must be scaled or broken down.

    But the Hollywood Fringe Festival contains exactly zero hoops to jump through and an admirable lack of barriers. (Unless, of course, a performer includes actual hoops as part of his act.)

    There are, in fact, no hurdles or you-can't-joins involved in this yearly anything-goes, city-big performance party. There are only hundreds of clowns and actors and comedians and troupes doing their delightful and/or wacky and/or thrilling and/or head-scratching and/or hilarious thing, for the better part of June, at dozens of venues around Tinseltown and beyond.

    We use "venues" lightly here: The charm of a fringe festival is that it can land anywhere, from a proper, seats-facing-forward theater to a pretty group of trees in a park. Both performances matter. Both count.

    Choosing among the many lively acts and shows is the only befuddler. Robot Teammate & The Accidental Party'll take on campy musical sci-fi in "TIMEHEART" at Theatre Asylum's Lillian Theatre, while "Spiderpocalypse! A Low-Budget Horror Film for the Stage" scurries into Complex Theatres. "Dare to Dream," an original rock opera, brings the reverb to The Barn.

    Twists on Shakespeare, merry musicals, serious looks at break-ups, and a whole raft of wonder shall land upon Hollywood's shores during the festival. Work is self-produced, and artists have to market and pull everything together, which lends the whole shebang a delirious DIY feel.

    The passion is palpable and the vision within creative, moving, and fierce.

    Want to check out what's billed as "LA's Largest Celebration of the Performing Arts"? No hoops to jump through here: Tickets are this way for the June 10 to 28 entertainment extravaganza.

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