Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm

2013 Fringe Festival Days 5, 6 & 10

Carole and I went to nine Fringes and I reviewed all of them for the Fringe site (except the one horrible tech rehearsal). But I have been remiss in posting about the Fringe here on LJ. So let me catch up.

Public Facebook gallery: 20130728-0811 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Day 5

20130805 Two Fringe volunteers holding up water bottles
Two Fringe volunteers hold up the Fringe Festival 20th Anniversary water bottles at the Illusion Theater 8/5/13

Four Humors' Lolita: A Three Man Show

x x x x x

"Don't tell mom I ate all your bacon"

Three men play all the parts while making geeky asides about "Lolita" and other movies. This shouldn't work, but it does. And we are the better for it.

The very few misfires and slow spots are inundated under the broad farce. A gesture, a glance, a repeated line are all squeezed to great effect.

If Stanley Kubrick weren't dead, this would kill him. So it's a good thing he is.

Day 6

To Mars With Tesla or The Interplanetary Machinations of Evil Thomas Edison

x x x 1/2 (rounded down for the Fringe site)

"Meanwhile, back at the wig…" or Georges Méliès, eat your heart out

Some nifty physical comedy and great live music can't raise this show above mediocrity. Presented as a silent film, with title cards and no dialog, the story follows Tesla and Edison to Mars. Tesla was that weird and his feud with Edison was that personal. Still, comedy from real events could have been milked without resorting to an sf plot that doesn't hold Martian air. A good show, but not an outstanding one. I wanted to use "Meanwhile, back at the wig" as the title of this review but it's been taken. Three and a half stars, rounded down for being only 45 min.

I don't know why this didn't strike my funny bone as much as it did some. Oh well.

vgqn and magscanner were in town, and several of us saw the Fringe show together, then met up with Larry to go eat at Victory 44. A fun time.

20130806 Dinner expedition after Fringe show
Dinner expedition to Victory 44 after the Fringe show, 8/6/13

Approaching the HUGE theater for "The Press Conference", Carole and I heard peals of happy screaming. Inside, we heard more. Considering the show just ending was "The Concept of Anxiety", ruminations about death, this didn't seem right. "The show we saw didn't have screaming, did it?" I asked Carole.

Ah, but this performance had a twist. At the end of the last show, Phil asked Liz to marry him. And she said yes.

20130810 Newly affianced Phil and Liz
Newly affianced Phil and Liz, right after proposal on state, 8/10/13

20130810  Kevin Hatie before \\"\\"Press Conference at the End of the World\\"
Kevin Hatle, about to perform his one man show, "The Press Conference At The End Of The World" in the HUGE Theater, 8/10/13

Day 10

The Press Conference At The End Of The World

x x x 1/2 (rounded down for the Fringe site)

The President's taste in BBQ

An "asteroid" has approached and orbited the Earth, but many people want to talk of more important issues, like what kind of BBQ the president prefers. The Presidential Press Secretary holds press conferences, and so do many others. A good idea for a one-man show, with personality changes relying on differing glasses and vocal tones. A lot of it works, but the main focus was lost when thin slices of satire became thicker wedges of parody. The ending is poignant, though it doesn't resolve the plot. Three and a half stars, rounded down.

Another show that some people, including dreamshark, found hilarious but didn't do much for either of us. To me, this is a classic "3 1/2 stars" show: The Fringe is a place to go to be bad, or at least pay some dues. I'm happy that that I saw the show and I'm pleased the writer/performer had a chance to stretch his theatrical wings, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it.

Continued from 2013 Fringe Festival Day 8: An extra-Fringe outing
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