Women on the Fringe: A Round Up of Female-Driven Shows at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival

What do first crushes, hip hop, cave dwellers, and the City of Los Angeles all have in common? They encompass just a few of the countless productions written, performed, produced, and/or directed by women at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, running June 7th through the 24th in Los Angeles. We’ve compiled a list of some of the … Continue reading Women on the Fringe: A Round Up of Female-Driven Shows at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival

Search Party: The Best TV Show I Never Knew I Needed

There’s a scene in the very first episode of the TBS show Search Party where protagonist Dory Sief (Alia Shawkat), looking straight out of Beacon’s Closet, enters an NYC rooftop party through an open window, joining other thriftshop-clad millennials who are trying to impress each other IRL with padded resume credentials and Instagram-ready “candid” poses. The party paints … Continue reading Search Party: The Best TV Show I Never Knew I Needed

Moonlight Reimagines the Classic Coming-of-Age Story

The saying “Art imitates life” or vice-versa doesn’t accurately describe Barry Jenkins’s critically-acclaimed Moonlight, although many early reviews and interviews with the filmmaker make it seem that way. To succinctly summarize, the film chronicles the journey of a young black boy as he traverses into manhood. The overall plot is that simple, but where Moonlight … Continue reading Moonlight Reimagines the Classic Coming-of-Age Story

Fringe Benefits: A Review of the Hollywood Fringe Festival

In the month of June, I attended three productions at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Truthfully, I didn’t know if any of them would be worthwhile, considering it was a little difficult navigating the Fringe’s seemingly never-ending schedule online. There were so many shows listed, I didn’t know what to choose or how to even begin to … Continue reading Fringe Benefits: A Review of the Hollywood Fringe Festival

Theft, Cocaine, and Tavi Gevinson: A Review of Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth

I managed to restrict myself to only one Arrested Development joke during Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of This is Our Youth, which speaks to how much I liked Kenneth Lonergan’s play. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro and starring George Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Tavi Gevinson, the show will move from Chicago to Broadway at the Cort Theatre in Fall … Continue reading Theft, Cocaine, and Tavi Gevinson: A Review of Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth