Show reviews by Ashley Schweitzer

The First Five Minutes Are Slow

Whimsical theatricality at its best!
by Ashley Schweitzer
Rating: 5 kitties
Good fringe shows are made of imagination, inginuity and an idea boiled down. Theater stripped down & time constrained. The First Five Minutes Are Slow drew me in right away & I spent the next 40 minutes on a fantastic ride. This show had a clear vision and executed it flawlessly. Loved the staging, props, lighting & music. Whimsical theatricality at its best. Bonus points for clever use of desktop lamps & a great rendition of Danny Boy.

See You Next Tuesday

A gem
by Ashley Schweitzer
Rating: 5 kitties
Another gem from Walking Shadow! Discovering what See You Next Tuesday really means is just the beginning in this often hilarious, but also an honest examination of what makes relationships, and people, tick. A clever and verbal play smartly directed and well acted. The actors were all fabulous, but especially Christine Weber who did a wonderful job with a challenging role. I also appreciated the costume choices, which enhanced all of the characters. Not to be missed.

Shakespeare's Land of the Dead

Five resounding (zombie) kitties!
by Ashley Schweitzer
Rating: 5 kitties
I've been looking forward to this show for months and Walking Shadow did not disappoint! If you like your Shakespeare full of wit, allusions, and long death scenes and/or you like your zombies set to thrill, then this is the show for you. Unless, of course, you don't like fun.

John Heimbuch's script is a well-crafted treat for any theater buff, but it's great fun even for folks who don't have a Shakespeare quote for every occasion. The acting and staging were lively. The scenes featuring the 2 Wills (Craig Anderson as Will Kemp and John Heimbuch as Will Shakespeare) were especially entertaining. And it was topped with a cherry by the thrilling finale.

Five resounding (zombie) kitties, so get thee to the Rarig!

Jurassic Dork

5 Enthusiastic Kitties Eaten by Raptors!
by Ashley Schweitzer
Rating: 5 kitties
This is what Fringe epitomizes - a stellar, hilarious, clever show by a (mostly) unknown talent. Bonus points for clever use of props, sounds effects, and Deus ex machina.

5 Enthusiastic Kitties Eaten by Raptors! Go see this tour-de-force right now!

Note: Small venue, I suggest making a reservation.

Bard Fiction

Tarantino would be proud
by Ashley Schweitzer
Rating: 5 kitties
A great addition to one om favorite Fringe traditions - Shakespeare remixed. It earns its buzz (and my 5 kitties) - you'll regret missing this one!

The Rise of General Arthur

The Questing Beast
by Ashley Schweitzer
Rating: 5 kitties
What a great show! If you're like me - someone with a fondness for clever storytelling, political commentary, snap crackle pop wit - then this is the show for you. Layering the Arthur mythology on top of the (first) Gulf War was a poignant way to explore the idea of war and loyalty to hearth, home & country. Excellent script with a powerful and nuanced delivery - thought provoking!

The William Williams Effect

Haunting
by Ashley Schweitzer
Rating: 4 kitties
A powerful and provocative drama. Excellent performances, especially by Wade Vaughn. Haunting.

Mike & Matt

Double the Fotis, Double the Fun
by Ashley Schweitzer
Rating: 4 kitties
There's something in the genes. Although Mike & Matt have very different story telling styles, they share a high strung hilarity that slays me. I've never left a Mike Fotis show disappointed, and if you have we shouldn't be friends.

Speech!

Speech Monster meets Hockey Monster
by Ashley Schweitzer
Rating: 4 kitties
As always, zany fun from Ferrari McSpeedy. If you're wondering whether drama nerds whose high schools sadly did not have Speech (tear) will enjoy this show, the answer is a resounding yes. Unless you hate fun. Bonus points for referencing one of my favorite flicks.

Ballad of the Pale Fisherman

Lyrical and atmospheric
by Ashley Schweitzer
Rating: 4 kitties
Lyrical and atmospheric, this show is a nice change of pace from the usual Fringe fair. Imaginative and theatrical, with great use of movement and music. If you like fairy tales, accordions, and physical theater, this show is a must see.

Horace Greeley the Lesser: On the Isle of Misfit Toys

Interesting concept, but...
by Ashley Schweitzer
Rating: 2 kitties
I really wanted to like this show because it such a creative and exciting idea. Unfortunately, for me it was a concept album that fell flat.

I hard a hard time following along, in part because it was convoluted, and in part because the actor playing Horace speaks quickly and quietly. Clearly a gifted musician, there were some really magical musical moments. Unfortunately, for me, they didn't make the show sing.

Skip this show, but go see the musicians doing what they really do well - find out their gig schedule.