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'Fool for Love' brings back desert lovers to the Hollywood Fringe Festival

'Fool for Love' brings back desert lovers to the Hollywood Fringe Festival

The idiomatic voice of Sam Shepard provides the electrical currents that ignite “Fool for Love,” staged at the Los Angeles LGBT Center as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Shepard’s classic 1983 study of two enigmatically embattled lovers in a desert motel may seem an odd choice for a venue devoted to LGBT issues. Yet there’s something aptly subversive and Fringe-y about it, and this arresting revival makes a potent case for thinking outside the box.

Making impressive co-directorial debuts, Will Bradley and Cecilia Fairchild keep the tone at once oblique and immediate, embodied by the omnipresent Old Man (Bradley Fisher) in an upstage armchair. The...

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