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Show reviews by Dan Pinkerton

ROBO-homa! A Territory Tale with a Technological Twist
Much more than "OK" by Dan Pinkerton
Rating: 5 kitties
Look, this show didn't have to be brilliant. The setup is so perfectly Fringey --- robots perform OKLAHOMA! in a postapocalyptic world --- that it could pull in a lot of people if the execution were only "OK" (pun intended). The execution is a hell of a lot better than that. The music is all original, with deft, witty references (musically and lyrically) to the original OKLAHOMA! The book is a nice combination of suspenseful and funny, though not perfect; it stumbles when it has nearly reached the perfect ending and settles for a somewhat weaker (and less meaningful) one. But it's still strong material. The large cast performed the hell out of the material, though I would like to give a little extra praise to Michael Lee as Jud, Jane Samsal as Laurie, and Charles Hubbell as the Peddler. Extra nod to Megan Kelly Hubbell's choreography AND the cast's execution of it. Highly, highly recommended.

Amaretti Angels
charming and character-driven by Dan Pinkerton
Rating: 5 kitties
The humor in this piece is drawn not from its simple premise, but from the wants and needs and mistakes and regrets of its two characters. (And a daft waitress who provides outright comic relief and needed exposition.) It's gentle, it's real, it's funny, it's heartbreaking. Congratulations to the producer, cast, and director for picking a marvelous script and doing it well. I recommend it.

Superlatives of Excellence: A Jamboree of Breviloquent Masterworks by Josef Evans
Ridiculous! by Dan Pinkerton
Rating: 5 kitties
This show makes a really strong case for Bedlam being the Ridiculous Theatre of the 21st Century. The main difference is that Charles Ludlam tried to get the props, wigs, and costumes to look divine, while all the props, costumes, wigs, and moustaches here look like they came from a dumpster, which is charming in its own special way. As with any show, it starts with a great and wonderfully loopy script by Evans. There is not one wasted moment here. The parody targets the theatre, feminists, post-apocalyptic settings, Charles Bronson, the military, romance novels, lanuage textbooks, and a hundred other subjects. The whole hour is big, big, big, laugh-out-loud & pee-in-your-pants funny, and all the performers --- a host of Bedlam regulars plus the Edith Bunker-voiced Elise Langer and newcomer Forrest Zoll--- are fearless and fabulous. Just go, already!

An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein
hardest working team in showbiz by Dan Pinkerton
Rating: 5 kitties
An earlier reviewer got it right: some of this material is brilliant and some of it is just okay. All of it is fearlessly and hilariously tackled by these two hugely talented actors and their six inventive directors. Run, don't walk to a great and VERY Fringey show.

Finding a Fit
great cast, charming show by Dan Pinkerton
Rating: 4 kitties
This show was put together with imagination and care, and four wonderful singing actresses give it everything it needs. I have never shopped for women's clothes (except for my wife and daughters --- honest!), but I found a lot to like about this. I strongly recommend it.

Flops! A New Musical Revue
fun on many levels by Dan Pinkerton
Rating: 4 kitties
This was a great little show for several reasons. First of all, wouldn't you like to be able to say to friends, "Yeah, I saw a number from CARRIE: THE MUSICAL"? Second, most of the material was strong. I kept thinking of additional material that could have been included --- Sondheim wrote a couple of show that ran for fewer than 20 performances; the song they chose from TRIUMPH OF LOVE is not actually the strongest number in a very good score --- but what was there ranged from pretty good to sensational (Everybody's Girl, 13). Third, the cast was uniformly excellent. They functioned well as an ensemble and as individuals. A special mention should go to Kinaundrae Lee, whose work at YPC I've enjoyed in the past, and to the cast member who carried on with great verve despite what looked like a broken ankle. I'll never say "break a leg" again.

Fartosaurus Rex!
for 5-year-olds of all ages by Dan Pinkerton
Rating: 4 kitties
A farting dinosaur, dismembered puppets, and possibly the best prop in the Fringe. It ain't Hamlet, but it beats Othello.

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