Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm

2007 Fringe Festival: Day 4

I'm busy this evening, so did three early shows in the same venue. I almost did a fourth, but I think I need a 24 hour rest until the shows start tomorrow. 14 Fringes so far! I haven't had time to make podcasts since I've been in theaters most of the day.

Vilification Tennis **** 1/2

Donkey! Donkey! Donkey!

I have good taste, but I have other kinds of taste too. Tim Wick is an excellent line judge and his cautionary admonition at the beginning of the show was necessary to set the tone. Yes, the insults were rude and crude, but they also lobbed some math jokes and decent puns. Every show is different so your mileage will vary. Not for the faint of heart, but I laughed all the way through this show. A Shockwave Radio Theater review.

I gather they've been doing this act at the Renaissance Festival for many years, but the Fringe gives them more time and a bit more leeway in subject matter.

The Cody Rivers Show: Flammable People *****

Overlapping dialog, overlapping silence

My favorite show of the Fringe so far. The two actors do more than throw dialog at each other, they create spaces. Using almost no props but their own body language and vocal dynamics, they travel from Undersea World to a mountaintop to 78 seconds in the past. Strange people get into stranger situations. They change scenes and characters in mid-sentence, and suddenly you're in another skit. The few parts that weren't hilarious were bizarre anyway. A Shockwave Radio Theater review.

Killer Smile ** 1/2

Tedious and unpleasant but funny

A birthday party waits for the guest of honor and everyone goes for the jugular. Maybe this is your slice of cake, but it's not mine. I don't want anything to do with any of these people, but they got off a lot of funny lines. I debated whether to round up for the snappy humor or round down for the negativity, and eventually decided that I would rather have been someplace else. A Shockwave Radio Theater review.
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