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Thesp Fests Abound: Hollywood Fringe and RADAR L.A. Begin this Week

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Fleur Elise Noble presents 2 Dimensional Life of Her—a mix of drawing, animation, puppetry, projection and paper—as part of RADAR L.A. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)
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Not one, but two, theater festivals open in LA this week, bringing theater-goers hundreds of performances to choose from, in the genres of comedy, drama, experimental, variety shows and musical productions.

RADAR L.A., produced by REDCAT in collaboration with Center Theatre Group and The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival (New York), is a five-day, international theater festival that begins tomorrow and runs through June 19. RADAR L.A. coincides with the 2011 TCG National Conference, a national theater conference also in LA this week.

The smaller of the two festivals, RADAR presents 15 productions by theater companies from around the world, including Chelfitsch: Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech (Japan); Teatro Línea de Sombra: Amarillo (Mexico); Teatro en el Blanco: Neva (Chile) with a mix of LA-based theater artists, such as Los Angeles Poverty Department: State of Incarceration; CalArts Center for New Performance/Poor Dog Group: Brewsie and Willie and Moving Arts: The Car Plays: L.A. Stories.

Venues for RADAR L.A. are REDCAT , the Los Angeles Theater Center, Kirk Douglas Theatre and Los Angeles Street Loft. Tickets are $20-30, but there are five for $50 passes good for five admissions.

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Now in its second year, the Hollywood Fringe festival, which starts on Thursday and runs through June 26, is a grassroots festival dedicated to emerging companies and theater arts. Nearly 200 artistic groups are presenting more than 800 performances, workshops, exhibitions and events throughout central Hollywood.

Hollywood Fringe will present dramatic productions alongside musicals and operas, comedy, music, visual arts, dance and physical theater, cabaret and variety shows and workshops. Show preview performances have already begun. Ticket prices range from free to $25, with an average cost of $11. Home for the festival is at Fringe Central (Art/Works Theatre in the heart of Theater Row on Santa Monica Boulevard).