August 12th, 2006

New Tilley Hat

Fringe: Day Ten, not dead yet

Well, I skipped the show I had planned for early afternoon before Shockwave and did a laundry instead. I couldn't escape the Fringe Festival, though: I spent the morning massaging my iPod interviews into useable .aiff files to use on the air. My guest today will be Tim Mooney, of the show Criteria. The other people I invited all have shows with time conflicts, so I'll probably use two or three of the interviews.

Not quite burnt out yet. Tonight I'm planning on seeing the Lovecraft monolog at the new Mill City Museum (7pm) and Deviled Eggs at the Rarig (10pm). Tomorrow I'm probably only going to Wonders of the World: Recite.

I'm not planning on seeing any of the extra shows they'll announce tomorrow. They're adding an extra performance of the most popular show per venue, and while there are entire venues I haven't visited, I suspect I'll just be done for a while.
New Tilley Hat

Fringe: Day Ten

I'm saving the last few slots for highly recommended shows. Interviewed Tim Mooney of Criteria fame. Indeed, he pulled up just as I was entering the studios, and his car license plate reads MOLIERE. He's a big fan, and his first solo show was a combination of Moliere's plays. Also played the interview with one of the 1926 Pleasant creators.

Met up with dreamshark and R for the Lovecraft show. Afterwards, we toured the new Guthrie theater and ate at one of the yuppie "gormet" places in the revamped riverfront district. Delicious, overpriced food.

H.P. Lovecraft's "The Rats in the Walls" Four Stars
Florid Lovecraft gets a good reading Half the fun of reading Lovecraft is his fusty Victorian prose. Very dense, rather icky. I went with a major Lovecraft fan, who explained the story afterwards, which helps. Tim Uren reads the entire story, and reads it very well, though he seemed tired in spots. I was a bit disappointed in the Mill City space, which is tall enough for a crypt but not really rocky enough to be evocative. The DVD will be worth it, if it has liner notes.

Deviled Eggs Four and a half stars
Sad and wonderful Gods and devils have human failures and foibles as they blithely kill billions of mortals for their own petty games. Loads of fun. I didn't learn anything, or have any great questions answered, but the script is hilarious and the acting superb.

That's 30. An average of three a day. More than I thought I'd get to, but spacing myself and choreographing venues prevented burn-out. Still, I'm probably only going to get to one tomorrow, The Wonders of the World: Recite, recommended by several people including dreamshark and hunnythistle, iirc. Maybe Normal-C after that, if I'm not too done with it all. I'm not staying up for any of the Encores.