Non-Registered Critics: Mike and Russell

Jun

Hercules Insane

Hercules Insane is a well done tragedy that will turn your stomach if you let it… it just took me a while to let go and let it.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

Ghosts: A Whole New Immersive Theater

I found this production beautiful. However, I truly dislike this play. I read the piece many years ago but this is the first time I have ever seen it performed and I am grateful I saw this version. Even though the overall tone felt grim and depressing, the characters were portrayed with an honesty that was, at times, brutally unsettling. There is so much being done right here… but the piece does not speak to me, personally.

sweet-sour - ...read full review

Jun

The Witnessing

With such a strong build-up, I do wish the ending had included a more specific outcome, a bigger bang of some kind… but that is a minor criticism. If you like ghost stories, you may get a kick out of this piece. You get creepiness, humor, ghosts, mystery and more. The only thing missing from this show is a campfire and s'mores.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

God: The Apologies Tour

Part comedy, part immersive piece, part philosophical discussion, this play from They Played Productions boldly takes on the concept of portraying the un-portray-able in a fashion everyone can relate to on some level.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

Dracula's Taste Test

Crowd-pleasing fun, this is a show designed specifically to entertain the Fringe crowds, managing to work in Fringe-oriented jokes that the experienced Fringe-goer will definitely appreciate. If you are a ghoul that just wants to have fun, drop in and say howdy to Dracula and his friends. He'd love for you to stop by for a bite.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

Shilo Kloko

Each part of this show was done with such style. There were sad/emotional moments, there were silly/funny moments, and there was everything in between. All of this done with a combination of butoh (a style of Japanese modern dance featuring dancers covered in white body paint) and puppetry. There's a curious beauty to this style of performance and something I've never experienced before, but I am very glad I did.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

What Went Wrong

This piece had it all, and that's what makes this stand out to me so much. It's the unexpected questioning at the end that really propels this show to my favorite list. I wasn't ready, but was excited, to back up why I chose certain answers.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

The Foxhole Stories: Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run-Motherfucker-Run!

The play is a fascinating piece. Knowing it is derived from actual experiences of soldiers adjusting to their return home, there is an authenticity to the storytelling that automatically adds weight to the piece. But, does it work? Yes, it absolutely does... This is theater with a purpose. This is theater aiming for social change and healing. By using a familiar story and smartly delivering a message of hope infused with harrowing accounts of trauma and death, this piece demands that it be followed by conversation… by awareness… and, hopefully, for some, action. The Foxhole Stories is off to a strong start and I want to know more about what is to come.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

Man is Wolf

Hard hitting drama is a tricky genre, but when done well it can be thrilling. Man Is Wolf achieves that level of impact. It is a drama that explores difficult subject matter and the unfolding of events is consistently surprising and unsettling. ...The beauty of this play lies within the delicate conversations that unfold, handled by the two performers with pitch-perfect realism.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

Caspar Thomas: More Magic & Mentalism

Caspar has a skill at balancing comedic sarcasm and sleight of hand and turns this one man show into something you'll laugh at, as well as be amazed by.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

When Skies Are Gray

This is an emotional show because you are there. You are with Ashley in her mother's final days. This stops being a show and you start being her friend and want nothing but to console her. When was the last time that has happened in a “show”? This is raw and real.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

Meanwhile, Back at the Super Lair

A broad comedy that milks the ridiculous concept for big laughs, this show manages to make some sharp observations about romance and commitment.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

Psychodelicate's Magical Mystery Comedy Show

While only their second performance, it did seem like a rehearsal still. It wasn't running that smoothly (or on time), but I believe this will be fixed in future performances. If you're going to this show for the “magic” aspect (I spoke to a couple people who thought this was a magic show), you might be disappointed. The show I saw did not have any traditional magic, but I guess there are special guests at each show.

sweet-sour - ...read full review

Jun

The Rental

The sexual aspect of the show is handled with grace and humor and is the perfect set-up for the surprises to come. Perhaps the pace of the show could be slightly quicker in the first half, but it's important to know these two well before their actions begin to test their fragile connection to each other. One of the more mature, thoughtful pieces I have seen this year.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

A Life Behind Bars

Storytelling can be casual. It can be challenging. It can be insightful. Stories can be funny, sad, inspirational, depressing or so many other things. When you find a performer who can seamlessly blend aspects of all the above into a single, insightful show… there is reason to celebrate. Dan Ruth is such a performer. ...The beauty here is how every aspect of the show lands with honesty. Each character demands to be heard in their own way and you want to spend time with most of them. (Others, well… we've all run into some jerks at a local bar, right? Those folks are here too and they have their place.)

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

Escape From Godot

Potentially the most joyfully odd concept at this year's Fringe festival is part revival of the classic Beckett existential romp Waiting for Godot and part escape room. Yeah, it's wonderfully weird.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

Laertes Loves Hamlet Loves Ophelia

Even if not totally familiar with the history of the characters, this play works and is highly entertaining and experimental. The cast is universally strong and nails some pretty tricky emotional scenes. Cleverly written and conceived by the three performers on stage, this is obviously born from a love of theater and the possibilities of bending time and space to create something unique.

Trippy and fun, this is electrifying, emotional theater.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

The Universe (101)

Wackiness ensues, for sure. In a delightfully wacky hour of physical comedy, mentalism, hypnotism and slapstick these two gentleman manage to throw a little bit of everything vaudevillian into the mix. ...Physically demonstrating the trap of a paradox or explain how time travel is actually a possibility, somehow this all gets wrapped into a funny, engaging show that's big on silliness and laughs. Nicely done.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

Lights Out in the Hermit's Cave

Pure joy and whimsical fun from start to finish! This piece bills itself as “an evening of vintage thrills and chills.” It delivers.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

SURVIVAL CHECK

In one of the cleverest twists I have seen at Fringe this year, this goofy, endearing comedy treats you to a silly premise that turns into a wonderful message about living life to the fullest.

sweet - ...read full review

ADS
  • La Vie En Rose with Julia Migenes

Featured LemonAide