Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm
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2007 Fringe Festival: Day 5

I don't consider that I've been to the Fringe until I see something I don't like. Well, it's a Fringe.

But first, in the Gee, That Was Fast department, I got spam this morning with the following: "I WANT YOU TO TAKE CUSTODY OF THE FUND AND USE IT FOR CHARITY WORKS AS I LOST MY ENTIRE FAMILY . IN THE COLLASING OF THE MINNEAPOLIS BRIDGE IN MINNESOTA NOT QUITE LONG"

That's the exact sentence, cut-and-pasted, which doesn't even end. While there were tragic deaths, no one lost their "entire family". It's nice to know that spammers read the news but have the English Composition skills of George W.

Onward.

The "F" Quotient *

Four Cathartic Acts For The Performers

Four personal monologues, all awful, though the last one had some energy. The framing sequence was poor too. I don't mind people using performance as therapy, but for true catharsis they have to affect the audience as well.

While my one star isn't the lowest rating, two people gave it five stars and and six of the nine reviews gave it four stars or better; one of the reasons I went. YMMV and all that, but geeze, they must have been at a different show.

The Knot TuStupid Extravaganza * 1/2

Poor Concept Poorly Done

I'm not at all sure what they were trying to do, but it didn't work. A half star for the tv theme songs playing before the show opened, and another half star for last sketch with the characters from Genesis in a 50s sitcom.

Who We Found Instead ** 1/2

Slight Plot Nicely Acted

Doesn't go anywhere or say much about war, but I got into the characters.

Another one where several people really liked a show I thought was okay at best. Maybe I'm more jaded than I'm allowing for.

The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over ****

Hamster Love

Good acting of an okay story. I saw the 10pm show so she could go over time, but alas she stuck to an hour. A solid Fringe entry that won't disappoint.

A sold-out-show and a Fringe hit, but I don't really see why. Sex? The story is a standard downer British soap opera with few things to recommend it other than a woman miming sexual situations and a few clever non-humans. The only reason to see it is to watch Gemma Wilcox deftly slip in and out of characters, playing both sides of a conversation or strutting like a peacock.

That makes 18 Fringes. Now that we're in the middle of the run, it's time for me to slow down and target specific shows. Tonight's West Bank schedule starts and ends with shows I'm pretty certain are good. Though I've scheduled ones in between I may skip one.

Circumference by Amy Salloway (who is always good, though she claims this one isn't as funny).

Afterlife about being inside the mind of a serial killer, followed by another wrenching show.

Pigeon Man Apocalypse about the dark consequences of child abuse (this is their last performance, but it's the one that might drop out).

Moliere Than Thou by my friend Tim Mooney. This is his standard repertoire show, and he's really into it. The license on his car is "MOLIERE".
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