“Back To Babylon” Goes From Off-Broadway to the Hollywood Fringe Festival

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The critically acclaimed one-man show Back to Babylon will have its first post-Off-Broadway run in the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival. A return to Hollywood for a play written and first performed there, by Gregg Tomé.

The critically acclaimed one-man show Back to Babylon, written and performed by Gregg Tomé, will have its first post-Off-Broadway run in the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival. Back to Babylon will run at the Theatre of NOTE on June 18 a 10:15 pm, June 19 at 1:45 pm, June 23 at 8:15 pm, June 25 at 6:00 pm and June 26 at 11:45 am. Tickets are $15 by phone (866) 811-4111.

Gregg Tome was living in Hollywood, California, when he wrote and first performed Back To Babylon and this is the first time he will do the show back in Hollywood since performing it around the U.S. for many years, including in the New York Fringe Festival and Off-Broadway.

Back to Babylon ran Off-Broadway last summer at the Players Theatre and the play’s show history includes other New York theaters such as PS 122, at the New York City Fringe Festival and the Boulton Center for the Arts in Long Island. In Tome’s current hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida the show was produced at the Cuillo Center for the Performing Arts, The Lake Worth Playhouse and Theatre West. Past Los Angeles venues include Theatre at the Improv, First Stage, and The Space.

When the show was performed in the New York City Fringe Festival, NewYorkTheater.com wrote that it “may very well be the finest show in FringeNYC this year,” and that Tome’s performance was “remarkable - I could of sworn there were nine actors on stage.” Comparing Tomé with some of the most renowned writers of our time, New Times, Miami wrote, “Woody Allen has Manhattan, Neil Simon has Yonkers and Gregg Tome has Babylon Long Island.”

Back to Babylon is a humorous and poignant trip down suburban memory lane in the 1970’s. The story revolves around a close-knit circle of Long Island townies struggling to define themselves within a haze of youthful revelry, while heading toward a tragic event that forever connects them to each other and their town.

Back to Babylon’s plot is centered in Long Island, as it is based on Tome’s formative years living there, but the universal themes of the play make it much more than a provincial story. Backstage.com wrote “The show holds the attention of non-Long Islanders for (its) unmistakable authenticity” and the show's humorous characters have everyone who sees the play laughing out loud.

Gregg Tomé has appeared in film, TV and many theatre productions over the past fifteen years. A full bio as well as a complete show history, synopsis, show photos and more information is available on the web site http://www.backtobabylon.com

The Theatre of NOTE is located at 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028. For Hollywood Fringe Festival info and tickets by phone call Ovation at (866) 811-4111. For theatre info call (323) 856-8611.

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