August 11th, 2006

New Tilley Hat

Fringe: Day Nine part a

We're Getting Down To It. I've listed five shows for today, but once again the 11:30 show, Sin City 7, might just fall off. I started early today, seeing one matinee at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. I did this partly because it's in the afternoon and I don't have another show until 7, so I can come back home to Do Stuff. Partly because I can walk to it, and I need the exercise. And partly because I wanted to eat lunch at a restaurant I hadn't seen before.

Indeed, Los Andes Restaurante at 317 W. Lake St. (Lake and Grand) has been open all of two weeks. Three family members run the place. The wife seated me, but didn't speak enough English to explain the menu options, so I met the husband/cook. He's from Ecuador and she's from Columbia, and their recipes come from their homelands. The prices were about on a par for local Mexican restaurants ($10-$15, mostly). I asked for suggestions, and was led to the first Dinner option (#8), which was skirt steak with potatoes, served with a separate plate of rice, beans and a plantain. A huuuuuge amount of food that I couldn't finish. Delicious. I asked for hot sauce and was given an orangish "Ecuadoran" concoction which was tasty and very hot. We talked a bit. Maybe I'll help them with flyers/web site.


The Cat Came Back Two Stars
More chanteuse, please The show starts off with some okay bantering with the audience, card tricks and a nice song from the chanteuse/cat/prostitute who's adventures form the link to the rest of the sketches and her songs. The skits have a few chuckles, but mostly don't have any energy. The adult subject matter and attempt at a hard-edged ending make it unsuitable for children, despite the children's song it's based on. An interesting idea with only a few good bits.

*whew* I'm up to 25 shows, beating last year already. I feel a bit burnt out, but not so much that I'm going to skip some highly-rated shows. Tonight: Borderlines; Corncobs, Hotdogs and Other Dirty Secrets at the Mpls Theatre Garage and American Drama: Pocket Edition at Acadia, which both dreamshark, R and hunnythistle said was not to be missed.
New Tilley Hat

Fringe: Day Nine part b

Yeah, I pooped out before the 11:30 show. Four in a day is enough. 28, and several iPod Interviews. Listen to Shockwave tomorrow.

Borderlines Four and a half stars
Bureaucracy vs. Love Supremely silly. An exaggerated and stylized (yet oddly familiar) bunch of bureaucrats are asked to change the seating arrangement for the show. Oops, sorry, gave away the plot. I'm not sure why this show works, but it does.

Corncobs, Hotdogs and other Dirty Secrets Three and a half stars
Thumbing Through Memphis Three vaguely related stories about hitchhikers and hitchhiking, featuring Southern accents, hillbilly cooking and mildly perverse sex. The last story is the best, and best told.

American Drama: Pocket Edition Four and a half stars
Energy, not subtext Five American plays, ten minutes each, condensed by different writers, performed with energy and wit. The playlets are ribald and salty, as befitting the originals. I'm not sure I understand any of the plays better, but I appreciate them a bit more.