Non-Registered Critics: Nikki Muller

Jun

What I Never Told You

What I Never Told You is an elegantly simply and beautifully-acted piece well worth seeing this Fringe. This tender depiction of a relationship—complete with all its charming flaws that make it real— urges us all to take a look at those we hold dear in our own lives and make time for conversations of our own. - RECOMMENDED

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Jun

The Mayor's Debate of Tranquility, Nebraska

The Mayor’s Debate of Tranquility, Nebraska is a brilliant commentary on the divisive state of politics that both mocks the modern lack of civility while at the same time celebrating the gift that is free speech. A perfect little bite of political theatre, it doesn’t offer any way to fix things, but it certainly does allow us to laugh at the things we can’t yet change. - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Jun

The Last Croissant

...The Last Croissant does succeed as a whimsical and entertaining experience that is presented with the confidence and unity of a great ensemble. Even if the audience might not always be sure of what we’re supposed to get out of it, they appear to, and that’s enough to bring us along for the ride.

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Jun

The Institute for The Opposite of Longing

Institute does a masterful job of capturing that hollow feeling of longing in iconoclastic fashion—one of the diagnostic intake questions is whether or not one relates to a certain Japanese haiku. There is also a healthy dose of comedic irony that arises from this attempt to use the scientific method to solve an amorphous, emotional human issue—how could you ever pick a number from 1-10 to describe the pain of missing a child you helped raise?...

the show was beautiful, powerful and deeply moving: the exploration of these women’s loss of a boy they loved deeply, and knowing that he is off there somewhere, growing up without them as his moms anymore was simply heartbreaking.

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Jun

Scarlett Fever

Scarlett Fever is a unique, inventive and well-polished work of physical theatre, and while it’s terrific if you’re interested in experimental storytelling or have a love of Old Hollywood history, you don’t need either of those to appreciate this richly entertaining piece. - MUST SEE SHOW

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Jun

Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl-Next-Door

Critiques aside, I found it to be a powerful and entertaining show that has the potential to touch and educate many, using humor to offer a window into an experience that is too often shrouded in shame and secrecy.

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Jun

Batter Up: My Brain on Baseball

Moore’s Batter Up is an undeniably amusing show that celebrates both a well-loved American pastime and the wonders of the human mind, and it’s completely apolitical… so long as you don’t mind rooting for the Dodgers. - RECOMMENDED

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Jun

Two Girls, One Mic

...I found the hour to be enjoyable, and if the uproarious laughter from those behind me is any indication, so did the rest of the audience. If you’re looking to laugh, this is a good show to see.

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Jun

The Last PowerPoint

The Last PowerPoint shoves corporate and capitalistic culture right back at us with a healthy dose of humor and an entirely unique voice, succeeding hugely thanks to Ben’s complete confidence in both his piece and our ability as an audience to roll with what he’s putting out there. He’s 100% committed to the strange fever dream of a show he’s created, and as an audience member I was completely drawn in by the weird spell he cast. - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Jun

The Journey of the Little Prince

With stunning visual design by Seb Brown, a compact cast of three, and a series of creative lighting choices, Kompa and her team bring The Journey of the Little Prince to life. Patricia Mizen and Transe Carter are excellent chameleons, playing characters both big and outlandish to small and subtle with equal proficiency.

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Jun

Hide Your Fires: Butoh Lady Macbeth

Hide Your Fires is a show that is not to be missed. While there are hundreds of shows to choose from at the Fringe and countless opportunities to see new adaptions of Macbeth, there is absolutely nothing else like this piece, and no Lady Macbeth like Yokko’s. Count yourself among the lucky if you land a ticket before she sells out.

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Jun

Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl-Next-Door

Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl Next Door does have room to grow, but that is the point of Fringe: to see what develops when a show is on its feet and how we can make it stronger. Critiques aside, I found it to be a powerful and entertaining show that has the potential to touch and educate many, using humor to offer a window into an experience that is too often shrouded in shame and secrecy.

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Jun

BLACKBOXING

But as much as Blackboxing is a metatheatrical parody aimed at its theater-making cohorts, it’s not necessary to have made or even seen a Fringe show to appreciate its heart and humor. Ritchey is completely invested in his character, and goes all out in performing over-the-top interpretive dance, original (terrible) songs, and enacting multiple characters from a radio play. His sense of timing is impeccable—he knows exactly how long to allow for audience reaction for his many “groaner” lines—and he’s remarkably good with dialects (it’s Travis’ one actual talent, apparently.) - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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