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Parry Hotter got the ENCORE slot! One more show at 8:30 on Sunday, Aug. 9th. Same Place!
Get your tickets here: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/day/27955/srs/668215


One man. Seven books. No Rules. An irreverent solo re-enactment of the eccentric tale of Harry Potter, mixing in pop culture and song, this parody will delight most HP fans, but not uptight fun-haters or Centaurs.


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Parry Hotter and the Half-Drunk Twins parodies the entirety of the Harry Potter series in one hour, using only one actor. Twin Cities comedian/improviser, Tom Reed, plays an array of characters, sings spoof songs, stirs in references to current events and generally cracks wise about the idiosyncratic Harry Potter universe in this grown-up-oriented show.

"Returning Favorite... Tom Reed is guaranteed laughs in my book, and in a Fringe of uncertainty, it's nice to do one or two things to stack the deck." -Matthew A. Everett, Fringe Blogger.

Reed re-imagines the seven books' well known characters and scenes, flipping from character to character with a limber voice and body. Playing muggles, wizards, dragons, half-giants and other magical creatures, Reed weaves satirical comment and a dose of absurdity throughout while at the same time embracing the books' eccentricities. The end product is a hilarious, smart, musical parody of everyone's favorite boy-wizard tale.

Spoiler alert: If Harry Potter is sacred to you, this show may set your holy book on fire. If you're acquainted with the series and have a sense of humor, you'll delight in this goofy comedic romp that definitely reveals the ending, or at least one version of it.

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*Featuring pianist Andrea Olson!
*Card design by Gina Albanese!

The cast

Tom Reed
Role: All
Tom Reed is a Minneapolis actor/comedian/improviser. Reed is a current member of Comedy Sportz Twin Cities, Stevie Ray's Improv Troupe, KA-BAAM! Minneapolis (improvised comic book show), Lounge-asaurus Rex (improvised lounge singer act), and Rampleseed (long form improv duo). In addition to improvisation, Reed has acted and sung in musicals and straight shows throughout his life, including most recently understudying at the Brave New Workshop, and co-writing and starring in sketch show, Reincarnation: Another Chance at Failure in the 2008 Minnesota Fringe Festival. He is also an award-winning slam poet and has been a member of three nationally competitive Minnesota Slam teams. He can be seen regularly at all major improv venues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and in the background of the occasional television commercial.

Andrea Olson
Role: Pianist/Composer
Andrea Olson is a classically-trained pianist who enjoys dabbling in several genres, most recently musical-comedy/sound-effects! She has a B.A. in Music from Concordia College, Moorhead and is on the final stretch of a M.A.M.E. in Piano Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. She enjoys writing songs, running with her dog, Maya, teaching piano to students young and old at Laurel Music Studio in St. Paul and canoeing through torrential rains in the Boundary Waters. Andrea is shamelessly grateful to her husband, Zac, for putting up with all the noise!

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Parry Hotter and the Half-Drunk Twins

Thu., Jul. 30 @ 8:30 p.m.
Fri., Jul. 31 @ 8:30 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 2 @ 5:30 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 3 @ 10:00 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 4 @ 8:30 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 9 @ 8:30 p.m.

Warning! Adult language

Venue Augsburg Studio
For ages 14+
Created by Tom Reed
genres Solo, Comedy
features World premiere, Regional premiere (Minneapolis-St. Paul), Original script/choreography, Original music

Overall rating

User reviews

charming
by m. freiert Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
if you've read the books, you want to see this, it's a delightful one man show that produces on going laughs with great pacing, and a well worked script. four kitties as a lot of the characters (all very distinct, and consistent, well delivered) utilized the same hunched posture, which i started to find distracting.

Closing
by Nathan Rowan Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I was pleased to be sitting in the front row to appreciate every drop of sweat that fell from Reed's face.

Such a disappointment!
by Raka Mitra Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
Having waited in line twice to see this show, and having read the previous reviews, I had high expectations. However, this show did not deliver. This was a somewhat stale retelling of the Harry Potter books. At best, the actor's depiction of various evil characters was well done. In general the humor was ho-hum, and at worst the actor's excessive sweating was disconcerting.

Wonderful
by Shellae Mueller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
My friend and I maanged to score one of the last seats for this show last night. If you are thinking about attneding the final performance tonight, buy online. I knew this show would be popular based on its title but its also a brilliant performance.

A fringe regular suggested I not miss any show Tom was in. So glad that I listened. This show is funny and smart. Tom's singing voice is beautiful. I have a crush on him just from this performance alone. Is that wrong?

Calling JK out!
by Courtney McLean Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
No matter what else you can say about the show (I'm sure Potter fans might have a few words), Tom Reed is an amazing, amazing, amazing performer. I found myself releasing fewer belly laughs than I had anticipated, but just because I think I was enthralled by the effortless acting gymnastics. The script itself is a lot of fun; I'm not a big HP fan, but I'm familiar with the first few books and I just absolutely adored how Tom called the stories out on some of their absurdities. Great show, lots of fun!!

Just Kidding Rowling
by Matlisa Semrad Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
If you're a fan of Harry's be prepared for lampooning. My 9 year old son enjoyed the show but 43 % of it went over his head or behind his back. Mr. Reed is amazing, he sings, talks in funny voices and twists his face into unbelievable shapes.

Sweaty Good Time
by Waylon Werner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
On hell of a Character Actor. Fantastic show and I am amazed how much that man can sweat.

My daugher loved it
by Ed Burke Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
My eight year old daughter (who is a huge Harry Potter fan) saw the show and loved it. The adult humor seems to have gone over her head. She asked me to post a review. Her review is probably a bit thin, but the main point is that she loved it and thinks that everyone should go:

It was great! Funny, too. It does help if you have read the books, however. I'd rate it 5 kitties. Part of the reason the person doing it was able to fit all 7 books into the space of an hour was that he almost completely skipped book 2 and even more skipped book 5.

Very funny, even for non-fans
by Sharon Kahn Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Extremely hilarious show wherein one man recaps all 7 books, doing all the characters, and punctuating it all with a few songs. Tom Reed is incredibly talented - watch for him in the future. Show requires basic familiarity with the Harry Potter Phenomenon to appreciate properly, but I am living proof that one book, two movies and everybody you know talking about it ad nauseum is enough familiarity to enjoy the show thoroughly.

Marked down from 5 stars for overly loud musical accompaniment that drowned out the words to the songs and the fact that the room was at about 90 degrees (not the performers' fault of course, but the A/C in that room has been non-functional for 3 days now and I wouldn't count on it getting better any time. Just be prepared).

As good as it gets!
by Peggy Bandit Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
As a true Harry Potter fan (yes I have the books, the movies and the books on tape narrarted by Jim Dale who is superb) this was the show I planned my evening around. I was not disappointed! This show was funny and helps us laugh at not only the inconsistencies in the story we love but at ourselves too! The actor is so talented it was hard to believe he could effectively become so many characters. Good luck getting in--this may be a show to make a reservation for!

Funny and Smart
by Sara Rummel Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Still laughing two days later!
See this one for sure.

What fun
by Kristi Lawless Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was a blast. It does help if you know the series. Like another reviewer said, I wish he would not have gone down some of the unrelated paths, but it was still a great time.

Go See? Fan or Not, Yeah.
by Nick Decker Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
When reviewing Bard Fiction, I pondered what the experience would be like watching a parody of a show without prior experience of the source material. I was able to test the theory, though, as I have never read any of J. K. Rowling's signature series, and I have only seen the first three movies.

Tom Reed doesn't let familiarity hinder his show, though. Pop culture prepared me enough for the cursory level of Harry Potter knowledge I needed to follow the series' plot, and perhaps the lack of fondness for her novels allowed me to enjoy Reed as he highlighted the plot holes and thinly-veiled morality lessons/religion-building.

Really enjoyed it
by Meli Kalikimaka Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
You really have to know the books and/or movies to get the most out of this show, but if you do (especially if you enjoy them while also seeing some of the flaws) you will love this spoof of/commentary on them.

Highly enjoyable
by Valerie Rigsbee Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A ton of fun. Tom does an incredibly job at keeping you engaged, laughing and thinking throughout. I wish he would have kept to the actual story a bit more rather than launching off into some of the sillier stuff, but this is an excellent show well worth adding to your schedule. Get there early and don't anticipate being able to get in to this one with a regular rush pass.

Tom's got it all
by Melissa Beukema Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was great on so many different levels. On the most surface levels, the idea of the show is funny - particularly for fans of Just Kidding Rowling. Andrea was also spot on with the music throughout the show. Those things alone would have made it fun.

What made it great is the amount of energy, talent, and smarts that go above and beyond a silly parody of Harry Potter. Tom's energy and ability to switch characters seamlessly is a tribute to his acting skill (he can sing too!). Equally impacting is the intelligence of the jokes - Tom knows his current events and helps us to laugh at frustrating reality a little bit too.

Parry Hotter and the Half-Drunk Twins
by Greg Gonzalez Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
As a fan of the books and the movies it was great fun to see the wry and witty condenced version hit so many marks. A must see for fans of the stories. The inside humor would be lost on those unfamilier but the entertainment and energy is there for all to enjoy.

AWESOME
by Claire Alexander Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Well done, immaculately rehersed and performed. Funny and had me constantly engaged. Tom is a wonderful storyteller. Go see this show!

Hilarious!
by Naomi Kritzer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Exuberantly energetic and funny as hell; I am not normally a fan of one-person shows but I kept forgetting Tom Reed wasn't a cast of several dozen. The songs were awesome.

If you're thinking of disregarding the age suggestion and bringing a kid, here's what you should know: the adult language includes words like "douchebag" and "motherfucker," and there are jokes about masturbation, sex, VD, nudity (though no actual nudity, just jokes about it), breast size, marijuana, prostitution, and (no surprise here) drunkenness. I took my kid, figuring either (a) it would go over her head or (b) it wouldn't scar her for life. By the time the play was over she'd forgotten all the stuff she'd meant to ask about, so no problem! Er, and I told her not to call anyone a "motherfucker." Or a "douchebag." YMMV. Anyway, I don't regret bringing her; she had a great time.

Buy your tickets for this one!
by Cole Sarar Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Tom is talented in more ways than I'd imagined, not only brilliantly funny, but capable of creating an entire series worth of clever and unique characters, AND he can sing. Boy has a pair of lungs on him. Well-prepared, perfectly executed, and charmingly accompanied! The Fringe should attempt to shove more chairs into the studio for Tom's performance.

If you love Harry Potter..
by julie fossell Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
If you are a Harry Potter fan this is a MUST see. A VERY funny interpretation of the books and movies including song. If you haven't read the books and plan to, beware--there are spoilers!

Absolute Must See!
by Adam Fielitz Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Run, don't walk to Tom Reed's Parry Hotter. We saw it last night. I don't want to give too much away (which is hard to do to a parody), but I had to remind myself several times during the performance that only one person was doing this whole performance. His energy doesn't stop. The material is great on its own, but Tom brings it to life. My only regret is that there were only 7 books to talk about and the show could only be an hour long. I wanted more. My wife is a HUGE Harry Potter fan where as I am more of the "I'll see the movie when I can rent it." We both enjoyed it equally.

"Who wants to do the Chosen One?"
by Dave Romm Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Faithful adaptation, with enough changes to avoid legal hassles. Hysterically funny most of the time. Tom Reed is superb mugging his way through all the characters, ably assisted by Andrea Olson on keyboards. Read ALL the books first, or have major plot elements spoiled. A dash of Naughty Language should keep the small kids away, but pretty much any intelligent kid who has made it though the series will enjoy it as much as their parents. Really four and a half kitties, rounded up by magic. A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

Longer reviews with pictures at Baron Dave's LiveJournal and snarky comments on Facebook.

An Unambiguous Rave
by Johanna Lewis Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A simultaneously wicked and affectionate skewering of the "publishing and movie Empire that must not be named or infringed upon," this is a tour-de-force performance from Tom Reed. His malleable face, surprisingly big and melodious baritone, and ability to embody the physical stature of a multitude of characters are matched by seemingly limitless energy. You've got to experience the "Sorting Hat Rap." A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

Entertainment at its best!
by Bradley Johnson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was a sold out show and I now know why. It was fun and very entertaining - Tom got me drunk with laughter! This is a MUST see for everyone.

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