“Don’t Go Down to the River” Flows; in need of more visuals

With Don’t Go Down to the River, JIG theatrecompany has created a compelling and dark homegrown mystery, but the minimalist one-woman show format they utilize undermines the power of the world built by the narrative. Under the guise of showing her house off to potential buyers, Grace Shaw relates the dark history of her family … Continue reading “Don’t Go Down to the River” Flows; in need of more visuals

“Tiny Dynamite” Showcase for Potential Ignition

Meraki Theatre’s debut production, Tiny Dynamite, shows off the obvious talents and artistic instincts of its three members, though the production suffers from a lack of compromise with the practical drawbacks of its venue. One of the three shows at this year’s Fringe based on a pre-established script, Tiny Dynamite was written by British playwright … Continue reading “Tiny Dynamite” Showcase for Potential Ignition

“The Chronic Single’s Handbook” or: A How-To Guide to Problematic Gender Relations

Randy Ross’ Chronic Single’s Handbook follows his decision to travel around the world on a self-exploratory journey to find inner peace and figure out why he can’t hold down a girlfriend – like Eat Pray Love, but with more hookers. Though the show offers a bawdy, male perspective on the idea of the journey of … Continue reading “The Chronic Single’s Handbook” or: A How-To Guide to Problematic Gender Relations

“Endlings” Makes a Start

*The third paragraph of this review (beginning “This script raises…”) includes spoilers. Local playwright Vishesh Abeyratne takes a bold step forward with Endlings, a post-apocalyptic tale in which human reproduction is strictly controlled by the state. Though it begins to engage with important issues such as the nature of desire and what is really in … Continue reading “Endlings” Makes a Start

“God! The One-Man Show” Falls a Bit Flat Despite Talented Performer

Rich Potter’s God! The One-Man Show is a bit of a jumble of stand-up, magic, and clown – all of which are fun and enjoyable types of performance, but when combined in this production it somehow falls a bit flat. God is about to create the universe (not this one, he just gets bored sometimes … Continue reading “God! The One-Man Show” Falls a Bit Flat Despite Talented Performer

“Unbridled Futurism”: Weirdly Satisfying

I’m going to be honest: Unbridled Futurism is probably the weirdest show at this year’s Fringe, but its balls-to-the-wall approach to its unusual subject material leads to a satisfying conclusion à la pulpy science fiction. Unbridled Futurism combines original rock music (and one more hip-hop-inspired musical number) with video projections and a surreal plotline in … Continue reading “Unbridled Futurism”: Weirdly Satisfying