August 10th, 2007

New Tilley Hat

2007 Fringe Festival: Day 8

A successful day.

A Brief History of Petty Crime **** 1/2

Not All That Petty

Well acted autobiography of a ne'er-do-well's encounter with the law. I didn't follow all the twists and digressions, but it was fun.

Around The World In Eighty Days In Under Sixty Minutes **** 1/2

Silly Yet Faithful

As I Jules Verne fan, I approached this play with trepidation, but I needn't have worried. Lovingly crafted from the book, eliding passages while keeping the tone and major plot points. With a calendar to track the world trip and with a timer to let us know how the actors are doing, time is of the essence. A few simple props take us through many countries via divers conveyances. Loads of fun.

1967 **** 1/2

1967-1968

The world was changing while I was watching the second season of Star Trek. Three people tell very powerful and very personal stories of those turbulent times. An hours play can't capture the whole upheaval and doesn't try. What it can and does do is daub bright colors onto the tapestry of black and white video remembrances. Too often on tv now, 1967 is presented in quick montage. This play eschews the sound bites for deeper reflections. All three actors were good, but special mention must be made for Felix Hampton Brown.

Bouffon Glass Menajoree ****

Unpleasantness At Its Best

I dislike Tennessee Williams because he hits one of my bugaboos: Unlikeable people doing unlikeable things. Bouffon Glass Manajoree makes everyone even worse than in the original, but much funnier. Lots of audience interaction and a dash of improv in a structured play. High energy and low humor. Be prepared.

That's 29 Fringes. I'm not quite burnt out yet, but I'm close, and need winding down. I've just been tinkering with today's schedule to make it easier. There are shows I won't see. Entire venues I won't get to. If I don't make it to Jeune Lune/Interact tomorrow (when parking is easier) I'll have missed both of them.

At the moment, I have four shows slotted for today. The only one I really want to get to is Tyranny of God's Love ("Living life as a database query") that has been recommended by several people. Intermedia Arts is a close venue, and since I don't have anything for the next slot I'll just come home.

If I decide to keep going, the shows are likely to be some combination of The Chuck Mee Project, The Comedy Jesus Show and Descendant of Dragons. The last one is, alas, the most likely to fall off since I'd have to rush to a venue I've never visited. This is the show that does not contain "copious bilingual profanity" as promised in the description; the guy dreamshark, minnehaha K, Richard and I were talking to on Thursday. Probably a good show, but.
New Tilley Hat

Winding down, winding up

It's day 10, and it's time to get to the stragglers. Fortunately, most venues are air conditioned... Two more today (not going to the fourth, but I interviewed him) and probably not going to make the full schedule tomorrow.

Saw The Tyranny of God's Love with hunnythistle and others who were filling in their last few days' of Fringe Festival. Here she is outside Intermedia Arts (28th & Lyndale) in front of their ever-changing mural.

Hunnythistle and friend
hunnythistle and friend
Intermedia Arts, Aug. 10, 2007CE