Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm
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2011 Fringe Festival Day 10: Batting cleanup, hitting 1.000

Continuing from Day 9: Resetting the baseline.

Both Carole and I almost hit a wall on Saturday, but we skipped the first few slots to take in four shows starting at 5:30. All of these shows have been on our schedule at various times, then fallen off or moved. Finally, on our last major day of Fringing, these fell into place. More choreography than usual, as we were in three different (but close) venues. This worked out terrifically.

The crowds were manageable. Every show had long lines but a scattering of seats left. I think some stayed home to watch Jersey Shore, which beat out the GOP "debate". Carole and I got the better of that deal.

Comedy = Tragedy + Someone Else

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More improv than usual

For the second time in two days, a show I went to was missing a performer… and the show didn't miss a beat. Fotis and The Danger Committee kept commenting that we were seeing a different show than any other Fringe audience. Lucky us!

Mike Fotis is adept at reading his own stories, just sitting at a table flipping pages on a three ring binder. Here, he is interrupted by jugglers from The Renaissance Festival. The three of them (which is usually four) trade insults, do some fine juggling routines (one with an audience member) and finally Fotis gets to finish his story.

Improv is always hard to rate, but I thought Comedy was hilarious all the way through. Maybe someday I'll have a chance to see their (more) scripted show.

7 (x1) Samurai

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Wile E. Samurai

When I spoke to David Gaines (interview coming soon), I asked him if potential audiences needed to see Kabuki theater or The Seven Samurai/The Magnificent Seven. While anyone who likes either of these would appreciate 7 (x1) Saumurai, he cheerfully admitted "The best thing to see to prepare for this show is Looney Tunes cartoons" esp. Road Runner.

Indeed. Gaines has more "voices" than Mel Blanc. A one man show that is chock full of characters and settings. A little like Red Resurrected, where the dancers create forests and dripping faucets, 7 (x1) Samurai creates the Japan of The Seven Samurai complete with Kurosawa's long shots. And Chuck Jones' sense of drama.

This show "won" the extra slot in the Fringe Encore for tonight (Sun), so you have another chance to see it. The Rarig Proscenium is large.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Dr. Jekyll

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"So many things make sense"

Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Jekyll falls somewhere between Stephenson's Dr. Jekyll and Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well. Mistaken identity, sexual farce and id-revealing potions combine in a terrific play full of great acting and great writing. The hour felt compressed, but that meant the plot zipped along quickly.

History Camp

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Good story, great singing

Much of history seems like horny teenagers throwing hissy fits. In History Camp, the historical figures brought together not only throw hissy fits, they sing about them. The blending of the voices is exceptional. The kids don't have the booming voices of Ball's Out, but their acting and singing are expressive.

The science-fiction story works to hang the plot on; sort of vaguely like City on the Edge of Forever involving the chance for Emily Dickinson, Joan of Arc, Ben Franklin etc to go back in time to relive their lives better.

History Camp is from the troupe that brought you last year's Zombie High School, and it helps a bit to set your expectations at a High School level. They're good -- and will get better -- but at the beginning of their careers.

Today: I have to work on reports for KFAI, then we'll go to Dave's Day at Famous Dave's for brunch, see one last Fringe, then do Trivia.

Then sleep.

Continued in Day 11: To conclude, let us finish by ending.
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