Fringe First Award-Winner The Birthday Boys Portrays the Experience of War Prisoners in Iraq
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A sold-out critical hit Off Broadway and a big winner at this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival, the raucous comedy Women cleverly retells the beloved story of Louisa May Alcott's March girls as if it were an episode of Lena Dunham's HBO show Girls, complete with the ready-made hashtag #bethdies. And it isn't much of a stretch to imagine Jo, Amy, Beth and Meg existing in both worlds, especially in this fast-paced and keenly-observed series of sketches. Written by Chiara Atik, the show earned a New York Times critics' pick and scored several awards at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Fest, including Top of the Fringe and Best Comedy. Learn More
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WINNER – Fringe First Award (world premiere)
“To say that this very well may be the best thing to go up in the Fringe is an understatement. The Birthday Boys is written, directed and performed to perfection.”—LA Theatre Review
“Left me breathless”—_LA Stage Blog _
“Better than anything I’ve seen at one of the “top tier” LA companies. I put it right up there with some Broadway shows I’ve seen.” -Gregory Crafts, _Theatre Unleashed _
During an unheard-of infiltration of the Al Asad green zone, regarded as one of the safest bases in Iraq, insurgents capture three U.S. Marines. At a remote warehouse, bound and blindfolded, the three soldiers must struggle with fear, betrayal and even boredom, morale and humor often their only allies against an uncertain fate.
Tense, hilarious, and frequently heart-wrenching, The Birthday Boys keeps us guessing on the edge our seats, as we barrel towards a shocking climax. A play about honor and redemption, unaffiliated with any partisan politics, The Birthday Boys is the biggest surprise of this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.