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Creativity Reigns: Hollywood Fringe Festival

There's still time to catch some of the town's best comedy, spoken word, and sketch performance.

When it comes to a fringe festival, you want some mirth, some merriment, some deep thinking, and an iconoclastic spirit, one that says that theater, or comedy, or dance, or all of the above, can be anything it wants to be.

Such is the nature of this sort of creative happening, one that famously takes over Edinburgh for a chunk of the summer, and San Diego, and Santa Cruz, and Hollywood, too.

Tinseltown's mondo extravaganza is pushing into its final days, which means the time is nigh for connecting with a fresh comedy, an intriguing one-person show, or a twist on Shakespeare.

Still to come in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, which can be found on stages both cozy and more capacious around its namesake town? Marcie Maxfield's "Girls Together Always" gets real about love, grief, and more at the Ensemble Theatre, "Alien vs. Musical" pairs, well, the alien from "Alien" with the concept of musical theatre at Sacred Fools, and festive murder mystery "Happy No Year" makes our seasonal occasions more offbeat at the Dark Horse.

As with any fringe-fanciful spectacular, it is impossible, or nearly, to take in all the shows, unless you get very lucky with A) time and B) parking and C) planning.

But dipping into a few tempting one acts or ensemble events or cabarets or a show that combines all of those elements, or more, is at the heart of a fringe festival's appeal.

There's still time to get that happy jolt of a newfound discovery, in Tinseltown.

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