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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

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10:31a
2010 Fringe Festival Day 0-: The rehearsals and videos
One of my goals this year was to do more prep work before the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival formally begins on Aug. 5. To that effect I went to four dress rehearsals/tech rehearsals/full run throughs. And made videos of all of them. What still photography I've taken, from the Fringe-For-All on July 12 through tonight's Ootiefest (to be posted tomorrow) are at 2010 Fringe Gallery 1 on Facebook.

These are the reviews I'll post on the Fringe site when the reviews go live, edited for LJ. Comments in italics are further commentary.


Pre-Fringe: Dress and/or tech rehearsals

Table 12: A Play At A Wedding

****

The Leftovers table is always the most interesting; most interesting for outsiders, anyway. The characters around table 12 have their own agendas, and their backgrounds and motivations slowly unfurl. What could have been another play about bickering becomes a screwball comedy in the deft hands of Kindred Ginger Theatre. CAVEAT: I saw a rehearsal, not the full mounted Fringe show, so YMMV. A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

Video with excerpts and interviews.

I went into this one blind, knowing nothing about it beforehand. An FB Friend who I know through the Fringe took me up on my offer of coverage. I was pleasantly surprised. Three weeks before the first official performance, the actors were (mostly) off-book and in costume.

Idiosynchonicity

**** three and a half stars, rounded up for the music

Rob Callahan's slightly askew observations and ruminations are presented dispassionately, Nice musical accompaniment to some good stories. CAVEAT: I saw a run-through, not the full mounted Fringe show, so YMMV. A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

Video with excerpts and interviews.

Rob's a friend of mine, but I'd never seen him perform before. He has an interesting storytelling style, though it's not the Beat Poets style he admires. This was technically a workshop, for people to give feedback, and several of our mutual friends were there.

SlapDash

** one and a half stars, rounded up for a few good bits

A dance number about energy that didn't gel for me. Too much time spent in blackout or watching movies. Some effective imagery behind energetic dancing, but the whole thing doesn't seem unified. CAVEAT: I saw a rehearsal, not the full mounted show, and I'm not a dance aficionado, so YMMV. A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

Video with excerpts and interviews.

I don't consider it a real Fringe Festival until I see something I don't like. Already, it's a real Fringe. Unlike Rob, they didn't ask for feedback, which is just as well.


Bad Deeds Done Bad

*** two and a half stars, rounded up

The characters are introduced as if in a play, but this device just drops away, for no apparent reason. Some sharp characterizations and painful observations on family relationships rise above the plot. CAVEAT: I saw a rehearsal, not the full mounted show and one of my bugaboos is unpleasant people doing unpleasant things, so YMMV. A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

Video with excerpts and interviews.

A few clever bits, but mostly just bickering. To be fair, the comedy will work better with an audience.

My preliminary schedule, behind a cut because this is already too longCollapse )

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