Culture PickThe Hollywood Fringe Festival is still going strong, showcasing the best in local alternative L.A. theater– and there’s still time to catch a show as it runs through June 25. If you’ve never been to a Fringe show, now is truly the best moment to do so.

We suggest looking through the schedule and picking something at random based on its name– there are also reviews of each show, often done by people in the Fringe community. We’re very intrigued by The Jem and the Holograms Musical Parody (see photo) and Barry’s Gardening Service puppet show, but there are dozens more wonderfully weird offerings.

We’re living in strange times and one of Fringe’s strengths has always been skewering pop culture’s surreal twists and turns. Fringe always seems to offer fresh perspectives on humanity and history as well personal stories and far out ideas, presented via comedy, drama and improv. Due to lack of resources, LA Weekly doesn’t get to cover L.A. theater like we used to, but we never forget about Fringe because it really is a fantastic reflection of the experimental entertainment seen on L.A stages. Post-pandemic it’s more important than ever to support this community.

Fringe venues this year include: 905 Cole Theatre, Actors Company, Art Of Acting Studio, Assistance League Theatre, Asylum @ Mccadden Theatre, Asylum @ Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre, Asylum @ Thymele Arts, Barry’s Garden Of Earthly Delights, Center For Yoga, Fringe Central, Hff @ The Bourbon Room Hollywood, Howard Fine Acting Studio, Hudson Theatres, Studio/Stage, The Broadwater (Multiple Addresses), The Comedy Nook, The Jaxx Theatre (Multiple Addresses), The Limbic Arthouse, The Madnani Theater, The Matrix, Three Clubs, and Zephyr Theatre.

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