Minnesota Fringe Festival
The Only One Who Knows
Thu., Jul. 30 @ 10:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 1 @ 8:30 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 3 @ 7:00 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 8 @ 1:00 p.m.
Simple in a good way
by Steven Parsons Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I was impressed with the show. Whitney Rhodes used a rather common theme of a romantic relationship, but made it unique and interesting. The writing was very good, which made the dialogue flow naturally. The strong directing combined with the talented acting to make a simple, but original story to which the audience could relate. Overall, solid show.
by Charley Magrew Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The story, the actors, and the staging/use of the space are all reasons to see this show. The storyline itself is one that the audience can find their own genuine connection with, as the show explores so many aspects of the functionality and flaws of relationships. The acting team of Jake Klinkhammer and Kelli Chaves was incredibly strong - they both had a great on-stage presence and their character development helped them convey the story really well. In a space where there are bowling pins being knocked over in the next room over, the actors were able to take this story and, despite the distractions, make it the primal focus. The small space was staged really well, making it very clear when there was a scene change.
Overall, I thought this production was really well done, and I would definitely recommend checking it out!
by Chuck Beeson Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I was looking for a romantic drama between two people at the Fringe and this show The Only One Who Knows, a play by Whitney Rhodes, fit the bill. The crowd was pretty small and had to compete with the noise of the bowling alley through the door, but the actors Kelli Chaves (Sarah) and Jake Klinkhammer (Justin) made due, using the aisles in the crowd for their transitions between scenes. Walking off the stage worked well for the character Jake, because he was always running out on Sarah, never allowing intimacy to enter the relationship, constantly keeping her in the dark about his inner feelings. The story started a bit clever and slow, but the elastic tension between these actors held me riveted. I wanted to jump out and grab Justin and say, “What the hell is wrong with you…talk to her!!” So the actors were doing their job. The play explored the most crucial aspects of relationships: first impressions, communication, intimacy, space, meeting the parents (don’t be late), the effect of a good kiss (!) and that grey line of when you should stay or when you should leave a relationship. If you are having a bad time in a relationship, go see this show, you’ll feel better! Only three kitties because of the writing…I would have liked to see more non-verbal communication between the two actors to establish the pure torture of their relationship. Go see it…you’ll find something to relate to emotionally.