FRINGE CORNER 2014: EGOMANIAC / WHY I DIED / SURVIVOR’S GUILT

Our WMM Fringe writing team is at it again this year with REVIEWS of shows from the THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL … 

*****
egomaniacEGOMANIAC

I was not prepared for Egomaniac. It was such a raw personal story of the power of love, and the fear that we battle with daily, that keeps us from sharing our love. I, a softie, was in tears at multiple points. I would go so far to say, Egomaniac is a life changing piece, the way one might envision art is meant to be. It crawled into my psyche and made me evaluate how I behave in the face of love.  It was so wonderfully choreographed. I was in the front row, and it was an amazing experience to have the actors right there in front of you, so vulnerable, expressed and committed. I can’t say anything more except bravo.

whyidied
WHY I DIED, A COMEDY!
I was blown away by the story-line. The actress’s acting was as good as her writing!  Actress Katie Rubin was so committed to the different characters she played, that I could happily see her one day in her own televised solo lead show, raking in the audience. The writing tackled the true to life spiritual journey of an actress, and the many different ups and downs that come with illumination. I found it touching, hilarious, and would definitely recommend her acting and writing talent. Well done as well to the director, for helping bring all the extraordinary facets to such vivid life.

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SURVIVOR’S GUILT
I was both nervous and excited to see the piece. I wondered how the writer, director and cast would handle such a delicate topic as the Holocaust, with humor. This show was AMAZING. Perfectly cast, and the acting was really moving. The script handled complicated personal emotions amongst the characters, and the actors played off each other beautifully. The last line was absurdly brilliant, I won’t spoil it. If its gets an extended run at Fringe, it’s a definite must-see.
Reviews by Andrea Dolbec