Publicist: Lara Repko

Jul

Lincoln 2020

I loved all the references to Abe Lincoln’s real life, like the jokes about his last memory being at a play. I loved the three actors who switched between various different characters, the mock news channels, and the adorable relationship between the two characters who got engaged. This show is so fun and light hearted and i wish I saw it earlier so I could’ve told people to go see it.

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Jul

Let's Write a Musical

Oh God can I even list everything!? The actors were so likable and charming, the guy who played Blake’s friend has the best comedic timing I’ve seen in a while. He knew exactly what little gestures and facial expressions to do to make his character just that much more lovable. Shirley is perfection – I loved her so much and want to see a musical based off of her life. Blake and Olive were so adorable and had great chemistry. And not only did this show have to be funny and sweet, it also had to be touching and heartfelt too! I wasn’t expecting to be tearing up at noon on a Sunday but by God was I in love with those characters by the end of the show. And the way David walked off stage at the end was so heart wrenching, real, and true to what real life is like! I hope everyone gets to see this absolutely delightful musical

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Jul

Supportive White Parents

Absolutely fantastic. Deserves top of fringe, deserves every award. It’s one of the best things I’ve seen at Fringe. I am so pleased I got to witness this expert artistic piece on stage. Watch out world, Joy is only just beginning to show you what she’s got. I, for one, will stick around for the ride.

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Jul

Ask A Black Woman

Literally all of it. I loved the poetic elements and the singing. The slides saying “Ask a Black Woman At Work” made me feel like I was reading chapters in a book, which was a very cool and clever way of introducing the audience to the next story in her life. I liked the use of the staircase, I could picture the scene as it was happening because Shanara is so dedicated to her work. She goes all in without hesitance. There were so many moments where I pictured her just dropping a mic and walking off-stage. This show is that good!

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Jul

Walking on Eggshells in Stilettos

Unfortunately I only got to see half of the show but Ann-Marie’s character work was top-notch and she’s one of the few people I’ve seen do such great characters. Seriously, the way she switched from Ran and Lt. Lucy is excellent. She is comfortable onstage and not once did she forget a line. At one point I even thought to myself, “My God, how does Ann-Marie looks this relaxed on-stage!?!?”

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Jul

Transference

Lisa is absolutely perfect for this role. She’s clever, quick, and has this subtle cheekiness that fits right in to this piece. I loved the set design and how the bright reds contrasted with the black box. It was very modern-looking and not like it was put together in 15 minutes (the usual load-in time for fringe shows). I felt like I was actually in the room with them, like we were flies on the wall. I like that.

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Jul

Meet Me In Mizzery

Although this was a show that poked fun at a few of the absurd characters Lindsey has met in her life it was also endearing. We may have laughed at all of the characters but we fell in love with them too. Also, I want to see another show where Lindsey re-enacts that story she told at the end of the play. I would love to see her become those people on stage and blow me away once again.

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Jul

Sunbathe in Darkness

This show was one of the funniest comedies I’ve seen at fringe this year. I really hope they get an extension because I want my former emo friends to see it. If you haven’t lived (or rather, survived) the Era of Emo circa 2005-2009ish you won’t get the inside jokes. But if you’re like me and spent your middle school days layering Hollister polos and writing “s(he) be(li)ev(ed)” in nail polish on the sides of your black Converse then you’ll be laughing your head off. They included so many of the cringe-worthy and yet all-too-real references right down to the little things (like how being gay was for some reason an insult back in those days).

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Jul

Mandy Picks A Husband

One of the best shows at Fringe I’ve seen this far. This piece is so well done, so touching, so relatable, so playful, so full of freedom and joy. Amanda is a little kid again, and she holds the audience in her hand the entire time. I hope this show gets more attention. I know that I’ll for sure be recommending it because it would be a mistake not to see this.

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Jul

50 Shades of Melania

If you don’t know anything about Melania Trump’s antics you may not understand a lot of the jokes but if you’re like me and madly stalk all the Melania Trump hashtags (#freeMelania, anyone?) then you’ll get the jokes right away. Liana takes on a journey through the many different “shades” of a woman so many of us are curious about. My personal favorite was the Pussy Power one that made us have hope that Melania would be on our side until…(spoiler alert) she takes off her metaphorical mask and says something along the lines of “you really thought I’d be on your side?” or something like that. GAH. That got me and is too, too real whether we want to believe it or not.

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Jul

Chrissy Meth ~ A Dance with the Devil and a Journey Back to Self

Crystal is comfortable in her body on-stage and she doesn’t hold back from diving into her playful, youthful imagination. I could watch her dance around onstage all day!

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Jul

Raised By Wolves

Marla is so likable and it makes us fall in love with her and her show the second she steps on the stage. There is not a single part of her that the audience dislikes and we are rooting for her the whole way. I so appreciate and admire her honesty and candor and how she so easily transitioned from humor to devastation so smoothly and with ease. I hope she makes another show because I will for sure be in that audience. If you decide to skip this show, you are making a sorry mistake. Get your butt in one of those seats and see for yourself.

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Jul

If We Run

This show doesn’t shy away from discussing the difference between going after what one’s heart wants and going after what it needs. The characters realize that what they need (I won’t tell you what it is but let’s just say it involves a big discussion couples have in relationships before they decide to get married) may be more important in the long run (key word; “may”). I liked how the setting didn’t change throughout the play (because so many important life decisions do happen in bedrooms) and I loved how (spoiler alert) important the dad was even though he wasn’t even in the room. Also, I can’t stress this enough but this play felt all too familiar to me in the best way. I’ve never seen this relationship dynamic portrayed on stage before and it was refreshing and made me feel less alone.

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Jul

HOLLYWOODN'T

I LOVE that Lisa dived straight into her sexual fantasies and explorations as a child. No one ever really talks about how young girls have sexual feelings and it was a cathartic relief to see her unabashedly talk about these feelings. The accompanying videos were so perfect, light-hearted, and so clever that the audience couldn’t help but burst into laughter.SPOILER ALERT: The Ken dolls doing the dance while all lined up together…now that cracked me up! SPOILER ALERT: When Lisa stands Center Stage and proclaims that she is taking the stage again I just about keeled over with awe. What an empowering, tear-jerking way to end the show on a hopeful note!

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Jul

My Name Is Mommy

April is a gifted actor and writer. I haven’t seen anyone so easily and gracefully transition from light-hearted playfulness to deep-seated rage or longing in a long time. And her absolutely stunning writing and creative metaphors aren’t any less impressive. I found myself often looking away from the stage to pause for a moment of discovery or to ease the grimace I found on my face when something April said or did affected me in that particular way only April knows how to do.
I am so grateful and pleased that her show showcases not only motherhood but womanhood in so many colorful ways. Thank you, April. It’s about time.

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Jun

The Last Croissant

When I first walked in the room, the cast was playing music, the theatre was lively, and the whole atmosphere in general was perky and cheerful. I felt like I had walked into a high school improv camp (but not your corny high school improv camp. Like, the kind of improv camp that ends up being one of your best memories from high school). It was such a unique and clever way of engaging the audience right off of the bat. The set and costume design itself is gorgeous. It’s quirky, eclectic, and, like many reviewers are saying, very Wes Anderson (my fave). I absolutely adored the clever sound effects (SPOILER ALERT: balloon with feathers, umbrellas opening and closing to imitate a bird flapping) and how beautiful those sound effects looked (never thought I’d say sound effects can LOOK like something) on-stage. The actors are clever, quick, and have an excellent grasp on what makes characters lovable and, as much as I hate this simplistic word, funny. I absolutely loved the little details in physicality. It’s totally the kind of absurd comedy I go for and if you’re into Wes Anderson, charming design and characters, quick-witted dialogue and hilarious sexual innuendo, this show is for you.

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Jun

If We Run

Mad Spoiler Alert:

Not all stories have happy endings. Some of them do. If We Run is one of those stories that could end either way. The cool part about this play is that it isn’t obvious which way it’s going to end, and even though part of you does want it to have a fairytale ending another part of you secretly hopes it doesn’t. Because the latter is so much more heartbreakingly real and truthful. Matt’s writing doesn’t let the characters get away with having their heart’s desire because at the end of the day, they know that what their heart wants isn’t what will actually lead to happiness. It’s real life on-stage and it’ll probably feel eerily familiar to a relationship you’ve had yourself.

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Jun

Anna St. Hesia Dreams

Jinny is the kind of actor who has this natural aptitude of being cheeky. This is my favorite kind of actor, as cheekiness is something I look for in all theatre that I see. Let me explain: Anna (Jinny’s character) is experiencing a procedure the audience isn’t fully aware of at first. She fools (without her even realizing it) us into thinking that what she’s actually experiencing isn’t a big deal at all. As the play progresses, Anna gets more imaginative and childlike in her story, fooling us even more into thinking that she is merely telling us about a dream within her dream. At the end of the play, however, Anna very casually and eerily mentions what is actually happening to her. The contrast between her cheeky (yes, this is my favorite word), imaginative nature and eerie reality hits home harder and leaves us wondering what else Anna is hiding.
Drew’s writing is equally playful, quick-witted, and sharp. There’s no hand-holding in this show – Drew knows his audience is smart and can keep up.
One of my favorite parts of the design of the show was the props. Keep an eye on the mare shell necklace and the mug Jinny holds halfway through the show – these subtle details add to the playful nature of this show without taking away from the mysterious, mystical quality of the plot.

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Jun

(IM)PERFEKT

Jannica has a creative way of beginning the play that I haven’t seen any solo artists do before. I loved the many different wigs and the sequence in which she tried them all on to show how each one was a new personality. The character of Google was hilarious and on-point. Eyebrow and eyelash were clever and so adorable. The feather boa was perfect for eyelash! I so appreciated that she ended the play on a hopeful note that left us wanting to accept ourselves more than we did before when we walked into the room. This show is perfect for college or high school audiences. Especially high school, when teenagers are just beginning to find their identities.

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Jun

FERTILE: A Conversation About the Expectation of Procreation

Heather takes an often taboo subject that no one ever talks about and places it front and center. She is at ease on the stage and has no problem switching between characters. Heather has this maternal nature that makes you wanna run on stage and give her a big ol’ hug! Also, I’ve never seen a solo show without a narrator that appears throughout the show and so I thought Heather’s decision to not have one was really cool, unique, and makes her show stand out.

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