Audience: Jonathan Tipton Meyers

Jul

Rewind - A New 80s Musical

Like a mouthful of exploding candy, Rewind is a bouncy, buoyant, bubbling confection of 80's "PopRocks" for your musical soul. With bright new songs that feel retro, energetic acting and direction, Sam and Geoffrey Rose's time-bending search for a hit song makes you smile for each of its 100+ minutes.

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Jul

Olivia Wilde Does Not Survive The Apocalypse

It's a Mad World, in the future, where theater performances of Oscar Wilde can inspire the masses and save the lives of rebels. "Olivia Wilde" is crazy, silly, goofy, post-apocalyptic fun.

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Jul

Jordan Maverick, History Teacher

A viciously biting satire of the horrifying prospect of weaponizing teachers, Jordan Maverick walks the comedy tightrope. Make no mistake, however, they're not calmly walking across that rope, these outrageous performers and shaking that rope wildly and the results are disarming and entirely enjoyable. Kudos to Ryan Gowland, JJ Mayes, Sacred Fools and the entire cast.

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Jul

Meet Me In Mizzery

A wonderful collection of Saturday Night Live characters created and performed by the immensely talented Lindsey Mallard. The story told at the end of the performance I attended was synergistic, eye-opening and I hope this artist decides to craft a whole show in this seamless format in the future. In the meantime, GO!

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Jul

BLACKBOXING

A hilarious sendup of an all too common occurrence, the solo show as a showcase or validation. Matt Ritchey takes that and literally runs all over the theater with it, turning it into a silly, sweet existential cry for help. With the aid of the immensely able Jim Niedzialowski, they show the heart at the center of this crazy community. Just don't eat the turkey.

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Jul

Pit of Goblins

What did I just see? Was it a sly, satirical take on the hardships of a serial killer? Free will vs. fatalism? A salute to Dolly Parton? Yes! Twisted, dark, perverse, heartwarming, with matter of fact moments of lunacy, Mitchell Bisschop threads absurd premises and moment to moment reality together with a sense of play. The result is invigorating while simultaneously making you ask "WTF am I watching?" I can't wait to see his next show. My favorite Fringe show this year.

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Jul

No Child Left Behind

At an infectious, inciteful and exciting 30 minutes, 'No Child Left Behind" is one of those Fringe shows that you might not find unless you stumble upon it. But, seek it out, because this is a thrilling theatre nugget and you need to know who Makha Mthembu is. See this....

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Jul

DROUGHT

Drought begins quite disarmingly with mythic riffs on the historic ocean of female oppression. Then Kate Radford opened her mouth to sing and became that ocean. Vast and deep, powerful and personal, her loops lured me in and pulled me under until I surrendered. Then she returned me to the surface and laid me breathless on the shore. I almost died. I wanna do it again.

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Jul

The Same Room

In a tight 40+ minutes, two people wrestle with each other and themselves trying to escape "The Same Room." But are they two different...and/or are they two people? Frenetic and heartfelt, the way out always seems to come from forgiveness. That's the part of this show that's sticky and is with me still. Good job.

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Jul

The Journey of the Little Prince

Lyrical and Visual as all get out, "The Journey of the Little Prince" connects the way the source material does: through your heart. Not about the words as much as the feeling, the show is simple. Not simplistic because the giant visuals and occasionally bombastic delivery require vision, but primary, the way I remember feeling as I drifted off to sleep, knowing my interplanetary travel would be okay because my parents were in the other room.

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Jul

Laertes Loves Hamlet Loves Ophelia

What an exciting idea. To look at the empty interior set of a contemporary hipster apartment and then have Laertes, Hamlet and Ophelia walk into it. Not simply a reimagining of Shakespeare, LLHLO is an imagining of what makes Shakespeare the best, his exploration of universal human truths. Payden Ackerman's Laertes is on point, loyal, with the longing we know is underneath. Kelly Pierre's Ophelia is a 3-dimensional woman and a cautious one at that. Instead of simply seeing Ophelia's raw emotion, we see he much she fights against it. Kaitlyn Schiller's Hamlet is hurt and disillusioned and on a path to darkness. Like sampling a new cuisine, I'm left a bit sated and curious for more. I hope this exploration continues.

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Jul

A Complete Waste of Time

Congratulations! This is the first Fringe show to have me completely on my ass, rolling on the floor laughing unabashedly. A tall task for the tiny black box, but Steven Chang walked right in and blew the doors off. A seemingly harmless comedy about our state of living, ACWOT ambles along then sucker punches you by challenging convention, assumption and prejudice. Steven's well crafted persona is deceptively layered with insight and power behind the bellylaughs. I freakin' loved this and can't wait to see it again in a larger venue.

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Jun

A Life Behind Bars

“A Life behind Bars” is anchored by a tour-de-bar-by-force performance by Dan Ruth, who's gritty aggrieved ride through NYC's neighborhood scene of the 80's-90's is just the antidote for those longing for a more destructive and vital world. The most physical, daring and wild performance of the Fringe. I love watching him on stage.

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Jun

WOUNDED

With energetic, layered writing that's full of surprises and honest, grounded performances, "Wounded" explores a challenging subject matter in the best way possible, as a matter of fact. Go. See. This.

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Jun

The Oz Monologues

A creative tone poem and imaginative doorway into the inner lives of the characters from The Oz books! The perfect Fringe show. A unique angle on something we feel we already know.

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Jun

Sam Shaber: Life, Death & Duran Duran

From the little girl who wanted to be a rock star to the powerful woman whose voice proves it, “Life, Death & Duran Duran” is a rocky, rocking road trip told through a guitar. The world truly opens up when this woman starts to sing. You won't want her to stop.

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Jun

Vixen DeVille ReVealed

A magic, fire-eating, broken glass-walking, aerial burlesque extravaganza! I'm breathless writing about it and the gigantic heart of the woman who reveals herself through it. Stick a broadsword in me - I'm done!

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Jun

Many Trump Refugees in One Body

The title suggests political discourse but this is actually a fascinating, funny and refreshing look into how we learn to negotiate, accept and love ourselves (all of them.) Thank god. Propelled by the desire to leave the country, this is a thoughtful, self-reflecting solo show whose structure allows us to take the journey with the main character, instead of being told what happened. That is rare at the Fringe and that makes this one stand out. Well done.

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Jun

Chemo Barbie: My Lady Bits' Journey Through Breast Cancer

Heather Keller's warm heart shines through in her very personal and intimate one-woman show, which is as funny, touching resilient and human as she herself.

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Jun

London Calling

A "Clash" Jukebox musical is an unbelievable premise. By honoring its musical creators, it holds the potential to be a seminal musical for our times. It reminds us that political crisis forged The Clash into a layered and lyrical band. The cast with a refreshing mix of ages, had me jumping. It's inspiring. As Punk was. This concept has true Tony potential and is prescient for our times, but its pedestrian book breaks my heart. I humbly hope in future iterations, it considers where this music came from and incorporates more of the layered brilliance and versatility that blew me away in numbers like, "Rock The Casbah" and "Lost in the Supermarket" where dripping irony reflects the reason these songs were written. There's a deep story there, in history and in these songs. Scream it. Slam it.

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