Registered Critic: Bob Leggett

Jun

HOLLYWOODN'T

Lisa Verlo has delivered a stunning performance of her #MeToo experience. You will be stunned at the revelations in this show, and laugh along with Verlo’s characterizations of her experiences within the Hollywood scene. You will also be amazed and thrilled by her musical talents, both songwriting and performing.

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Jun

Tattered Capes

Written by the uber-talented Greg Crafts and directed by the equally brilliant Corey Lynn Howe, Tattered Capes delivers where only DC and Marvel have delivered before. This was a truly different type of Fringe show for TU, and proved that there is nothing they cannot do.

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Jun

To Richard!

Death is not normally a funny topic, but the brilliance of the script and the shear power of the performances by writer/ director Jessica Durdock Moreno and Nicky Romaniello turn this somber subject into a hilarious romp.

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Jun

Leaving Prince Charming

Lara Repko delivers a masterpiece of solo theater with another in a long line of unfortunate stories about domestic violence. Unlike so many others, she is not bitter about it, although her emotions came through loud and clear. She tells the story in a humorous way that kept the audience at ease while she hit us with one startling revelation after another.

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Jun

Batter Up: My Brain on Baseball

Thanks to the amazing direction of his director Gregory Crafts and his stage manager and wife, Erin Moore, he brought this magical show to live and delivered a killer performance. I’m a huge baseball fan anyway, so regardless I would have seen this show. But the funny part is that it’s enjoyable whether or not you like baseball. Think of it like the close-up magic you see by the wandering magicians at the Magic Castle.

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Jun

UPROOTED

Vanessa Boss revealed so much in this show which was totally relatable and filled me with more hope that I was following the correct path. What made her show so different was her use of mythological creatures to represent the different aspects of Boss’ psyche and bring her struggles to life so that we could all cheer as she made life-changing discoveries. Although a bit slow at first, she soon hit her stride and kept the audience mesmerized with her beautiful storytelling.

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Jun

BLACKBOXING

Long-time Fringe veteran Matt Richey has mounted his best show ever, a show that would sweep the Tonys if it was on Broadway. It told the story that every stage manager has probably experienced at one time or another, and allowed said Stage Manager to say and do things they’ve always dreamed of doing.

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Jun

The Bully Problem

Our first musical of HFF19 was a dream come true. Michael Gordon Shapiro (with the help of ASCAP and Broadway’s Stephen Schwartz) has created a masterpiece of energetic singing and dancing and a timely story about overcoming obstacles and becoming who you were meant to be. This one is definitely one of the best musicals we have ever seen at Fringe.

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Jun

The Duchess & the Stripper

The show is brilliantly written by David Bosley and directed by Fringe veteran and mentor (as well as a truly talented actor in his own right) Ezra Buzzington. The cast was likewise perfectly set with AEA actress Blaire Chandler in the role of Wallis Simpson, Cherry Poppins queen Alli Miller as Blaze Starr and Krista Conti as Starr’s sister and assistant June Fleming. The entire show was breathtaking, and kept us on the edge of our seat from start to finish.

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Jun

ROOTS

This show gave me an excuse to return to where it all started for me in 2010 – the Theatre of NOTE. I fell in love with this theater and its company then and have tried to see at least one show there every year. I had run into one of the actresses, Channing Sargent, at Office Hours on May 22, and she talked me into attending. I am so glad I did, as these four shows were so different yet similar, and each one featured a stellar cast, although they were all directed by Lee Hannah Conrads and stage managed by Aaron Saldaña and Zachary Burch.

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Jul

The Parisian Dream

The venue was one of the most beautiful we have ever seen, and perfect for this amazing show by Cabaret Versatile, who we had not experienced since 2012. Director Lola Ohlala has assembled a remarkable troupe who truly understand and demonstrate the beautiful art of French cabaret, and took the audience on a sweet journey to Paris.

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Jun

With My Eyes Shut

The music and dancing were first rate, and moved the story along nicely.  It was so easy to get swept up in this show,, which is definitely one of the best productions of HFF18.  This one deserves recognition at the awards, and another run.

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Jun

#metoo

Star Stone brings one of the most timely of topics to the Fringe stage – #metoo. Her performance breaks chains and shatters taboos about eating disorders, alcoholism and unwanted sexual advances. Her courage is manifested in this show, and the 25 characters you will meet explain the struggles she has endured, and eventually conquered. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get pissed off, but ultimately you will be proud of her accomplishments in the struggle for female empowerment and the right to say “No.”

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Jun

My Calico Soul

Steve Brock is many things – singer-songwriter, actor, bisexual, autistic, talented, but what he definitely is not is timid. He confidently tells his story in song and speech, and draws the audience in with his sweetness and charm. He was honest about his labels – those imparted on him and those he assigned himself.

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Jun

The Women of Lockerbie

After the previous show, we were in need of some beauty and magic, and we found it in spades in this glorious production. The show is presented as a Greek tragedy, and very skillfully designed and executed. It brought us, and we're sure other audience members, to tears, and is the best thing we have seen at Fringe thus far, truly worthy of the Top of the Fringe award.

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Jun

Stripped

She was extremely vulnerable during the show, and shared her hard fought lessons learned with strength and confidence. Although not quite yet a triple threat, she did have an amazing voice, and supplemented her impressive acting skills with that beautiful singing voice.

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Jun

Balls' ON

The packed venue gave Katt Balsan all the energy she needed to turn in a wonderful performance, making us very glad we had chosen to attend her show. Balsan herself is a ball of energy, and that energy washed over the audience like a tidal wave, completing the circle.

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Jun

The Word

Who doesn't love or want a chance for redemption? Victor Isaac has written a brilliant show about redemption and forgiveness of the hardest kind – forgiving yourself.

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Jun

Lorelei: I'm Coming Out

The show was the perfect combination of word and song, with some nice multi-media thrown in for good measure. All in all it was a rousing good time at the Fringe.

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Jun

Skin Jobs

This just might be one of this year's hidden gems. Both actors delivered sparkling performances, and the chemistry between them was very real.

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