The Tyranny of God's Love *** 1/2
Hubris Disguised As Faith
Video with two interstitial live sketches. The videos were good (this show had technical problems with one) though they didn't seem to relate to each other, the live bits or the title. The first live sketch had moments, but was basically a bickering family. Not my cup of tea. The second sketch was a lengthy cliche that worked really well. Maybe I'm getting jaded as the Fringe is drawing to a close. I enjoyed the show, but there are better.
The Chuck Mee Project **
A Huge Waste Of Time And Talent
Earnest performances and a few good lines can't rescue this mishmash of dumb people in dumb situations. The decent bits weren't that good and led nowhere. Kudos especially to Teale Sperling.
Most people seemed to like this more than I did, even though laughs were few during the event. A few people said, "oh, you have to know Chuck Mee", He writes odd plays, or somesuch. Well, I don't, and have no desire to further my acquaintance. I went to this play because both The Prince Myshkins reviewed it well, but apparently this is not one of our overlapping weirdnesses.
The Comedy Jesus Show
Almost Too True To Be Funny
Stand up comedy and improv questions from the audience are handled in character by Troy Conrad. Generally, he nails his Jesus impression (if you'll pardon the expression). The interstitial video clips and slide shows were loads of fun. Extremely recommended for everyone who will refuse to see it.
That's 32 Fringes, already more than last year with two days to go. The best part about seeing bucketloads of shows is seeing newfound friends over again, and comparing notes with people. hunnythistle had many keen observations that hadn't made it to the reviews.
Today I have five shows listed, mostly because the first one is at 1pm and the last is at 10. Really, there's three A-listed shows with a couple in the same venue added on: Tom Thumb, or The Tragedy of Tragedies off at the Ritz, then a break, then Through The Dark which is on my schedule because it's right before Bards even though that sounds suspiciously like Shakespearean gay slash fiction. Then another break until Speechless which is right before Buckets and Tap Shoes: Here and Now.
Frankly, as much as I still want to see more shows and hang out with the cool Fringies, I'll be glad when it's over. There's a strong possibility I won't make all five shows; a small chance I'll chuck the day after the first one, and a moderate chance I'll just do the first and last, coming home to see the tape of last night's Flash Gordon...