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Show reviews by Edwin Strout

casebolt and smith: Speaking Out!
Wonderful! by Edwin Strout
Rating: 5 kitties
I caught the last show, and I'm so sorry that I couldn't have spread the word before this, but these two are incredibly talented, and damn funny at the same time. I hope that they come back to Minnesota, and if they do, I will be in line to see them.

Tales ... Of the Expected!
Great Show Ari! by Edwin Strout
Rating: 5 kitties
I so wish that I could have seen every single story in one sitting. I'm not able to visit the show more than once. I saw "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Rumpelstilsken" (sp?), and "Das Boat." (yes, correct spelling). And I whole heartedly agree with my wife, that this show (in this incarnation) had the best opening line ever delivered by Michelle "F**k Poverty! And you can tell it I said so!" I don't know if this is a show for everyone. I'm a big fan of Ari. I have been even before I had the wonderful chance to know him, at a Fringe show back in 1998/99 (I can't remember which). Yes, these are all stories that you've heard (hence the title, People!), except for "Das Boat." But it has that special Ari spin and humor that makes this one absolutely delightful show delivered by very good actors who appreciate Ari as much as I do. That is all I have to say.

The Harty Boys in The Case of the Limping Platypus
tight, tight, tight, good, good, good by Edwin Strout
Rating: 5 kitties
Very tight script, and very good comedians/actors performing the script. True this show would have no legs outside of the Twin Cities because of all of the immediate and well, well, well written satire written specifically about specific sites/people/Minnesota-ness. This is a great show. And the wonderful lines put literally into the mouths of babes, hysterical Then there's the contrast between the old, innocent view of doing things versus the modern-day/ accurate way of doing things. The list goes on and on. See this show!

2 Sugars, Room for Cream
Well Done by Edwin Strout
Rating: 5 kitties
Wonderfully written scenes, skillfully sewn together, well acted and well directed. I'm so glad that I was able to make into the encore performance.

Bard Fiction
Well Crafted by Edwin Strout
Rating: 5 kitties
Kudos to everyone involved. Not only the translation into Shakespearean verse which seemed flawless, but to condense an over 2 hour movie into 60 minutes while retaining most of the aspects of the entire film. And everyone delivered it straight as if they were doing a Shakespearean classic. Well done all.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Wonderful! by Edwin Strout
Rating: 5 kitties
I didn't know anything about this theater company or the script going in and what a pleasant surprise. Apparently I've been missing out, as everyone else then told me what a wonderful company this was and the always pitch perfect shows that they do. Excellent, excellent. Well acted, directed and written a wonderful entertainment all around.

Monster
Good show by Edwin Strout
Rating: 4 kitties
I'm glad that I caught this. It happened to be performing right after my show, so I decided to catch it. Christopher Kehoe did an amazing job. I'm not sure that I entirely got what the playwright was trying to say or if it was just supposed to be dark entertainment in and of itself. But the actor and the director did a wonderful job of producing a one-man show that kept the audience's interest for a solid hour. No mean feat, that is a very hard thing to do, so congratulations.

The Curse of Yig
I'm sorry by Edwin Strout
Rating: 1 kitty
I won't go into specifics, I really don't want to be mean, as these are very talented people. SHOW DON'T TELL. This is theater and that was the first thing that I was taught, and it took awhile to sink in, but SHOW DON'T TELL. Again, sorry.