Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm

2007 Fringe Festival: Day 1

Because of the 35W bridge collapse, the main show I wanted to see was cancelled. As long as I was going to the other side of the river, I just spent the whole day at the Ritz (where the Fringe-For-All was held): Four show in a row. Alas, none that I would recommend.

Day 1

Mind Tripping

Magic and Teddy Bears ***

A magic show with smooth patter and excellent slight of hand, but it never rose above the material. Perhaps because it was the first Fringe show, and world premier of the act. The 35W bridge disaster might have kept people on the other side of the river. The show would have gone over better with a larger audience, and it deserves to get it. Lots of audience participation, and lots of teddy bears. A Shockwave Radio Theater review.

The Vinyl Diary: A Modern Musical

The kids have talent ***

Brilliantly acted, sung and choreographed by High School age kids, about high school aged kids. Everything was beautifully done except the sound mixing. I couldn't make out most of the words when the band was playing. The play itself was fun but didn't make a lot of sense: I asked afterward, and got an explanation, and still didn't quite get it. But it was fun to watch and listen to. Short, only 35 minutes. A Shockwave Radio review.

Dance of Illusion

Magic 101 **

The magic was pretty basic a and the dancing was very nice, but there wasn't much of it. Everything was presented deftly, but the show is only a half hour long and I never felt mystified. A Shockwave Radio Review.

Masks of the Illuminati *** 1/2

Boy meets the girl of his dreams in his dreams

I'm a fan of Robert Anton Wilson and was hoping this would be weird or at least thought provoking, but it never quite made it. The acting was good (though the first show suffered from hesitancy) and the dialog was snappy and in character (or at least the characters as seen through the eyes of RAW). The characters may have learned a great lesson, or perhaps they learned the opposite of a great lesson, but I didn't. A Shockwave Radio Theater review.
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