Going South

presented by Commedia dell'farte

Going South

Tom's strapped for cash and months behind in rent. With time running out, he is on the brink of being evicted. Afraid of his landlord and the ouside world, he and his roommate need to make some money... fast!

WARNING: This show is not a love story!
It's easy to see how this may be confused with a love story, I mean, what about "strapped for cash" and "brink of being evicted" DOESN'T scream out love story.

Don't know if you should attend!?
Well, here's a few words from Brian Henderson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

"....we follow unemployed entertainer Tom and his wacky roommate Hamm (Honest Abe) scheming to scrape together enough money to pay their landlord, who shows up as a profanity-spewing, nondescript European accented, disembodied voice. The punch lines are there as the two spend most of the play working out the particulars of their caper... the final plot twist is good..."

But don't just take his word for it, check it out yourself!!!!!

The cast

Will Ashwood
Role: Hamm
Will Ashwood (Lycopersicon lycopersicum, syn. Solanum lycopersicum) is a herbaceous, usually sprawling plant in the Solanaceae or nightshade family, as are its close cousins tobacco, chili peppers, potato, and eggplant. It is native to Central, South, and southern North America from Mexico to Argentina. Evidence supports the theory that the first domesticated one was a little yellow fruit, ancestor of L. cerasiforme, grown by the Aztecs in Mexico who called it ‘xitomatl’ (pronounced shi-to-ma-tlh), meaning plump thing with a navel. It is a perennial, often grown outdoors in temperate climates as an annual, typically reaching to 1-3m (3 to 10 ft) in height, with a weak, woody stem that often vines over other plants. No, wait. That's a tomato. Will is not a tomato.

Pete Church
Role: Cop
Pete's a nice guy.

You'd like him if you gave him a chance.

Jami Rassmussen
Role: Tom
He has acted in literally millions of plays in the twin cities, probably billions but who's counting, oh you were, well fine then we'll go with billions. Oh yeah and out of those billions of shows he's done pretty good, as far as acting goes, in close to half of them.


Thu., Jul. 31 @ 8:30 p.m.
[A] Sat., Aug. 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 3 @ 5:30 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 6 @ 10:00 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 7 @ 7:00 p.m.

[S]=ASL interpreted
[A]=Audio described

Show details

Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

Duration: 60 minutes

For ages 16+

Written by Will Ashwood and Jami Rassmussen

Website: www.commediadellfarte.com

Genres: Comedy, Audio described

Warnings: Violence, Adult language, Loud noises/gunshots, Sexual Content

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Is 6 kitties an option?
by Lou Rinck Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Incredible play. At some points it was almost too funny to fit in all the laughs. Must have bee hard to fit so many comical elements w/in the time frame, along with keeping the plot moving/interesting. Clever ending too! I did not see that coming! Props to the people who can deliver a surprise ending in a play these days.

Makes you laugh and think...multitasking
by Clara Belle Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Wow! So funny and witty! Even better than I expected. It is well written and brilliantly acted. They keep you enthralled and you hope that it ends well for the characters. I wish I could see it again. We need more ballsy shows like this one. Hilarious!

Worth seeing
by re gurgitate Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
One of the better fringe shows I've seen this year. And I've seen a lot!

Rolling in the AISLES!
by Drewkowski Brent Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Very smart show. Laughs galore. I'm telling EVERYONE to check out this show! LOVE THE LANDLORD!I desperately hope Commedia dell'farte comes back next year. PLEASE GUYS! COME BACK!

my side still hurts
by emily hellenbrand Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
You know a show is going to be good when you are reading the playbill and you laugh so hard you cry. That's before the show even starts! Going South was hilarious, clever and smart. Amazing performances given by all of the actors. Couldn't have asked for a better show.

We NEED more shows like this!
by Admiral Awesome!!! Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Saw this show after a friend recommended it, and was very glad I did. I thought it was very well thought out; plot, jokes, everything. I saw it on the final night and wish I could see it again. I was pleasantly surprised with the fluidity of the entire show, and thought the actors delivered superb performances as well. I'm going to be following these guys from now on. I've been actively involved in the Fringe Community for quite some years and these young men are a great example of why that is. It's good to see that it doesn't take dancing and musicals and god knows what else to make an audience think about and enjoy a show. WELL WRITTEN. WELL ACTED. WELL DONE!

by Katherine Kupiecki Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I absolutely love stories like this. How fun to see one staged! Going South delivers to the highest degree with its wonderfully penned script and outstanding performances. What starts as a typical roommate scenario had me guessing the whole way through. Hilarious comedy turns dark and sinister in a lighting flash. The ending had me catching my breath. Well done!

Suprising, smart, and...historical?
by John Engebreth Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Just saw "Going South" tonight with my wife. We were not sure what to expect, this was our first fringe experience. The show was fast paced, but not in a 'lose the storyline' kind of way. The two main characters, Hamm and Tom, play off each other with great fluidity and charisma.The dialogue is fast paced, smart, but most of all hilarious. The difference between the two characters is what makes the play so interesting. Not just an odd couple of sorts, but polar opposites. They seem to want to reconcile every few minutes, and get freshly disconnected just as often. Great M. Night Shyamalan-esq ending also, which makes for a very, very memorable, entertaining show. Bravo.
Also; The policeman. He was...magnificent.
Also again; I was being sarcastic, I don't actually like M Night Shyamalan.

No Regrets!
by Steven Rivers Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Funniest I've seen this year. I've been to countless fringe shows over the past few years and this ranks as one of the funniest. There was a lot I liked about the show, but the way the jokes were delivered was the best. It was Hilarious. My only complaint is we didn't have enough time to laugh at everything or else we'd miss something. But definitely worth seeing.

Fringe's Fun
by Ruth Bussiere Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is the kind of show that is perfect for fringe. Funny and a little different.It is not what you expect, if you have expectations. Suprise and still funny. Makes you think, just a little, not too much. Most of all it draws you in and twists. It is Well worth seeing.
I am Will's toughest critic.

Going South
by Paul Ashwood Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I was surprised and this guy lives with me. It got me thinking which doesn't happen much these days. I laughed. I laghed alot.

I actually liked it!
by Doug Stewart Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I was surprised how much I really enjoyed this show. It's sort of subtle in some ways but you definitely relax into it, if that makes any sense. THIS SHOW IS EXACTLY WHAT THE FRINGE IS ALL ABOUT! I'll probably see it again Saturday. It got me thinking, and I'm still laughing about certain lines. My friend and I kept talking about it on the walk home.

Very Funny
by Kassie Church Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A very funny show, it twists and turns its way through the plot from one unexpected laugh to another.

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