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Partizan Theater

The Princeton Seventh

Location + schedule

U of M Rarig Center Thrust
330 21st Ave. S, Main Floor

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Thursday 8/58:30 p.m. AD
Sunday 8/82:30 p.m.  
Tuesday 8/108:30 p.m.  
Friday 8/134:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/155:30 p.m.  
About the show

For ages 12+
Comedy, Drama,

Written by James Vculek
www.partizanpictures.com

Overall rating



A twisty mystery of a comedy, hilarious and sad, about literature and fame and failing at both. The #5 show from the 2005 Fringe, starring Ari Hoptman and Alex Cole.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press "Must See" review: http://www.twincities.com/fringe/ci_15696021



Reviews from the 2005 Minnesota Fringe Festival production:

Must see. - Let others stretch the boundaries of the theatrical art form; what James Vculek has done is written and directed a good new play....It's a twist-filled tale that stands astride the gulf between literature's superstars and bottom-feeders, and Vculek's strong ear for dialogue is done justice by the first-rate cast. - Rob Hubbard, St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The Princeton Seventh was simply an excellent play - well-written, funny and sad with a great twist. yozoe.typepad.com/litbitch

2005 Fringe audience reviews:

Great show! by Nancy Goldstein: Excellent actors and terrific script! The brilliant twist at the end was totally unpredictable. I highly recommend this show.

One word: Superb by Marla Kapperud: Excellent writing + extraordinary cast = superb show. In order to pull off this show, the writing and talent had to be extraordinary and it was.

Whatever else you see, see this! by Tim Voss: The fine script is played by 4 highly skilled actors at the top of their craft. I want more. This is another show that deserves 6 stars. It's the best I've seen so far.

Alex and Ari! by Reid Gagle. If you know either of them, you know you want to see this show. If you don't know them, believe me - you need to see this show. This was the first 5 star show I saw this Fringe. Highly recommended.

Restores my faith in contemporary theatre, by Kit Gordon: How wonderful to see a well-constructed, intelligent, and witty play performed by superb actors! This is a real treat for anyone who loves theatre, especially if (like me) you've often been disappointed by contemporary playwrights.

Duh! by Billie Konze: It's just a given that these are all very talented actors with strong reputations in the cities. I thought the script was amazing, especially the twist in the second half. Actually, it was more like a continuing spiral. Very intriguing and amusing show.

This is what I Fringe for! by Darcey Craneborge: Finally, a show that surprised me! It was bright and sharp and impressive. The ending was unpredictable and left me wishing the show was twice as long. Go everyone go!

by Joseph Bunce: If The Princeton Seventh had remained what it appeared to be at first - a light comedy that gave two of the Twin Cities' best comic actors a great showcase - that would have been enough. The jokes were hysterical, and the performances great. But when it begins shifting into a story about failed dreams and creative ambition - without for a second ever losing its sense of humor - it becomes something really special. And when it completely pulls the rug out from under the audience, that makes it nearly perfect.

Wonderful, by Vickijoan Keck: Truly terrific theater - wonderfully acted and terrific and surprising script. I'm SO glad I fit this into my schedule. Thank you!

An Ivy League hit, by Jean Campaiola: James Vculek and company score again in this captivating comedy that is both social satire and mystery. A tightly written play that draws you in from the first drink order to the last, the characters are wonderfully developed and the actors thoroughly engaging. The clever ending was deeply satisfying and left me with the feeling I was in the hands of a first rat

Ari Hoptman
Role: Man in Bar
Ari Hoptman is an actor and playwright who has performed at numerous venues throughout the Twin Cities. He has appeared in several productions with Fifty Foot Penguin Theatre and Pigs Eye Theatre, including Twelve Angry Men and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Other roles include: Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (in which he played Einstein) and the drama Two Rooms at Theater in the Round, The Odd Couple, Biloxi Blues, Sisters of Swing, Art, The Chosen, Autistic License and The Foreigner. He had a featured role in the recent Coen brothers film, A Serious Man. His plays include The President, Once Removed, I Married Odin and The Quick and the Red. This is his third appearance with Partizan Theater.

Alex Cole
Role: Jack Cutler
Alex Cole, actor, comedian and "apostle of revolution," is an entertainer in the truest sense. For 33 years he has entertained audiences at college campuses and comedy clubs around the country with his personality-driven, real-life stories and songs as well as through an eclectic array of theatre, film and television appearances. Acting credits include the feature film McHale's Navy, TV docu-drama Arrest and Trial, and most recently a starring role in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival's award-winning Two Harbors by James Vculek. For this performance he won Best Actor at the 2006 Winnipeg International Film Festival. Cole has appeared onstage with rave reviews in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, A Few Good Men, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Glengarry Glen Ross and in the world premiere production of The Princeton Seventh at the 2005 Minnesota Fringe Festival. His work also includes "magnifico Bob" in a national Subway commercial, the Super bowl "banned" Motorola commercial, as well as the voice of the Geek Squad for Best Buy.

Alayne Hopkins*
Role: Waverly/Mindel
Alayne Hopkins is happy to play again with Partizan Theater after the comedy Angelina Jolie is a Zionist Whore, or Plan 9 from Baghdad. Of late, her performances include Mary's Wedding at the Jungle Theater and Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth with Girl Friday Productions. Other credits include Park Square Theatre: Agnes of God, The Triumph of Love, Noises Off, Communicating Doors, The Last Night of Ballyhoo; Ten Thousand Things: Red Noses; Sandbox Theater: Koogoomanooki; Frank Theater: Adventures of Herculina, Threepenny Opera; Girl Friday: An Empty Plate at the Cafe du Grand Boef; the History Theatre: Hiding in the Open, Meet Me at the Fair; Joseph Scrimshaw: Adventures in Mating, Fat Man Crying; Minnesota Jewish Theater: Chaim's Love Song, Shadow of the Valley, Substance of Fire; and Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest. She will be appearing next in The Glass Menagerie at the Jungle Theater.

*Member, Actors' Equity Association. Equity actors appear by arrangement with Actors' Equity Association.

Richard Ooms*
Role: Max Lonoff
Richard has appeared in more than 90 productions at the Guthrie Theater since 1981 including A Christmas Carol (17 productions), Happy Days, Peer Gynt (2008 and 1983), Hamlet, The Sex Habits of American Women, Oedipus, Romeo and Juliet. Theater Door Shakespeare Company: The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, She Stoops to Conquer; Park Square Theatre: Democracy, Trying; Ten Thousand Things: Richard III; Jungle Theater: A Life in the Theatre; Indiana Rep; Huntington Theatre; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; The Acting Company: member 1972-80. Film/Television The Thirteenth Warrior, "The Time of Your Life," "The Duck Variations." Awards: Twin Cities Kudos Award. Training: Goodman Theatre School of Drama

Other Shows at the Guthrie:
16 productions of A Christmas Carol since 1982, Hamlet, The Sex Habits of American Women, Oedipus, Romeo and Juliet, Six Degrees of Separation, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Thief River, Amadeus, Blood Wedding, The Invention of Love, The School for Scandal, Summer and Smoke, Julius Caesar, The Venetian Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, She Stoops to Conquer, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, The Cherry Orchard, K: Impressions of The Trial by Franz Kafka, Firebugs, King Lear, Macbeth, As You Like It (1982 and 1994), The Broken Jug, Home, Othello, Naga Mandala, Too Clever By Half, The Winter's Tale, The Greek Plays, Marat/Sade, The Tempest, The Illusion, Medea, The Front Page, The Skin of Our Teeth, The History Plays, The Screens, Volpone, The Duchess of Malfi , Uncle Vanya, Cymbeline, Pravda, The Wild Duck, The Imaginary Invalid, Richard III, Leon & Lena (and lenz), The Piggy Bank, The Misanthrope, Infidelities, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Saint Joan, On the Razzle, Execution of Justice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cyrano de Bergerac, Great Expectations, Anything Goes, Tartuffe, Hang on to Me, The Importance of Being Earnest, Peer Gynt, The Entertainer, Guys and Dolls, The Threepenny Opera, Heartbreak House, Room Service, The Marriage of Figaro, Requiem for a Nun, Summer Vacation Madness, Candide; Tours: The Importance of Being Earnest

*Member, Actors' Equity Association. Equity actors appear by arrangement with Actors' Equity Association.

Lisa Dittmann
Role: Stage manager

Phil Geller
Role: Stage crew

Fiona Kelliher
Role: Stage crew

James Vculek
Role: Writer/director

Partizan Theater
Role: Producer
Partizan Theater’s past productions include “Shtick, and Its Relation to the Unconscious,” starring Ari Hoptman and Richard Ooms at the 2003 Minnesota Fringe Festival; the 2005 production of “The Princeton Seventh” at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, with the same cast as the current production except for Catherine Johnson Justice in the roles of Waverly/Mindel; “Angelina Jolie is a Zionist Whore! or Plan 9 from Baghdad” at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in 2006, starring Alayne Hopkins, Sam Landman, Steve Lattery and Alex Cole; and “Something Witchy” at the 2009 Fringe, starring Catherine Johnson Justice, Chris Carlson, and Lindsey Alexandra Hartley. Watch for the upcoming world premiere of “Carol and Cotten: The T. Eugene Thompson Murder Case.”

Partizan Theater’s film arm, Partizan Pictures, has produced two award-winning features: “Two Harbors,” (2005), starring Catherine Johnson Justice and Alex Cole; and “The Quietest Sound,” (2006), starring Catherine Johnson Justice, Chris Carlson and Michael Tezla. Currently in post-production and awaiting a fall 2010 festival release is the feature film “The Confession of Lee Harvey Oswald,” starring Bruce Hyde and Jim Lichtscheidl. And in pre-production is “The Nudelmans of Beaver Bay,” starring Ari Hoptman and Alex Cole.

For more information on Partizan Theater and Partizan Pictures’ activities, visit www.partizanpictures.com.

User reviews

What more is there to say?
by Sharon Kahn Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A very tightly written one-act play, impeccably performed.

top notch
by Jennifer Walker Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The actors were simply fantastic. I hadn't seen this show when it was at the Fringe before and was thankful actually that I didn't know what was coming. Great writing and a perfect cast.

Aside from the gimlet glass...
by David Dworkin Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Note to the props person: Gimlets are normally served in a short glass, not the tall one I saw on stage. Nonetheless, this was my favorite of the five Fringe shows I saw this year. Great writing. Great performances by all the cast.

Exceptional
by Darlene Arnold Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
For quality of script, and performance combined, this production is at the top. Loved it so much I saw it twice!

Kudos to All
by Jim Pounds Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What a joy to see a cast of this caliber taking on a modest script. Ari Hoptman anchors this production with his light as a feather touch. Surrounding him are larger than life characters played by Alex Cole (a volcano), Alayne Hopkins (a split personality apparently! :)) and Richard Ooms who is his lovely, consistent, committed, articulate and charming self.

Yes, the script is only fair but these four artists send it soaring because they are that good. It seems to me that the caliber of the players have moved up several notches this year. Apparently, the Fringe is not just becoming a thing for the public but a thing for the artistic community as well. These four plus Dave Gangler, Randy Reyes, John Middleton, Maggie Chestovich, Jean Wolf, Edwin Strout, David Mann, Norah Long, Joe Papke and Gary Briggle!?! When do you get to see that caliber of artist in a ten day period anywhere else? You don't. Well done Robin G. and your fringe staff.

Comedy for grown-ups!
by amihan huesmann Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I knew it was here at the Fringe, and it only took me 10 days to find it. Hilarious and touching, with wonderful acting, all around.

But mostly hilarious.

Don't Miss This!
by Valerie Garber Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The Princeton Seventh is very clever and witty, with a plot twist at the end. The cast does an outstanding job. You will find this an hour very well spent.

A Treat
by Colleen Crawford Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show is what is great about The Fringe - you can see some fabulous acting and only pay a fraction of what you would pay to see these actors elsewhere. This was a fun and thoughtful show, excellent character development and great plot twist. I was intrigued especially by Ari, his mannerisms and delivery were spot on. Great cast, great script, great fun!

Clever fun
by Justin Alexander Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I got rather far ahead of this clever little script, and while it may have been more effective if I hadn't seen the twists coming, the vervish style with which it's carried out is still entertaining in its own right.

The cast, of course, is simply loaded to the gills with talent. Ooms stretches the stage, Hoptmann oozes genial charm, Cole applies a diamond-sharp edge, and Hopkins completely transforms herself. Not only is the cast marvelous in its own right, but they fill the space with a rich panoply of emotional texture.

The performance I saw was hampered to a degree by a somewhat persistent fumbling with the lines (which often deflated key punchlines), but despite those stumbling blocks the purely charming quality of the production shone through.

Not Terribly Engaging
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I thought the acting was good, but the story was not that interesting.
Yes, it's 2 scenes, one imagined, one actual, but I didn't care that much.
Yes, there's a twist, but not that revolutionary a twist.

I would have given it 4 Kitties, but it was hyped by so many people, my expectations were too high.

Excellent
by Jeanne Shields Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I love the Fringe Festival because you get good quality work and it's fun. This play proved my point. Interesting play and concept, great actors, and just a lot of fun. The roles the actors played really surprised me and they did a great job pulling it off. The fact that I had to leave the play to a torrential downpour didn't dampen my spirits. We talked about the play all the way home.

A clever play on words
by raighne hogan Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I saw this with my wife a few days ago. It was a very enjoyable experience. James Vculek has a clever way of using minimum props and settings to create something that is truly smart and captivating from beginning to end. The cast did a great job of pulling the audience in.

As many reviewers have mentioned, there is a splendid twist. Maybe it is a small thing, but it's well done and that payoff rose it from a 4 to a 5 in my book.

Worth repeated viewings!
by Meghan Hogan Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Cleverly crafted, with strong characters and witty dialogue. The acting was dynamic and mesmerizing. The plot is as layered and interesting as the drama of real life. Makes you rethink your own perceptions of yourself and those around you!

I'm so glad it returned to the Fringe Fest. I missed it the first time! You will definitely want to see this one more than once because of the surprise ending!

Riveting, witty, and professional
by Juanita Garciagodoy Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The play is artful, beautifully written, and yes, there's that surprise in the end.
The actors are totally professional and superb. Ari Hoptmann's characterization, timing, and general on-the-ballness was a pleasure to watch. Richard Ooms, with his majestic carriage, perfect for his first character, and scrunched for his 2nd one was, as always, riveting.
Great tension and connection among the actors.
Don't miss it.

MAKES YA WANNA READ A BOOK
by J Emily Peabody Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Excellent acting, great script, totally captivating.

things that make you go hmmm???
by Abbie Foster Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
not sure about this one, the main guy was great!!! but the rest were just okay. not sure why they did the same scene but different, just didn't get it. the main guys acting did made it worth seeing though. i think his name was man in the bar. i saw the preview film of the two characters and thought it was going to be more of that, but it was only a short part which was dissapointing. mehr!

The Princeton Seventh (The SOB Review)
by Steve On Broadway (SOB) Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The Princeton Seventh (The SOB Review) - Partizan Theater, Minnesota Fringe Festival, U of M Thrust Stage, Minneapolis, Minnesota

***1/2 out of ****

It's one thing to write what you know. But embellishing it? Well, that just might be a whole lot more fun.

In playwright/director James Vculek's brilliantly funny, metaphysical comedy The Princeton Seventh, writers of all stripes grasp that it's never easy putting pen to paper when writing that truly novel novel. It takes inspiration. And license.

Fortunately, Vculek is inspired. And his license kills. (To read the rest of the review, please go here.)

Just as Good as Last Time
by Tim Voss Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I loved this show when I saw it at BLB some years ago. It's just as engaging this year. Alayne, Alex, Ari, and Richard really deliver the goods with this fine script.

Must see for the 2010 Fringe
by John Marshall Berard Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Ari Hoptman is so natural on the stage in this play. He is an inspiration to actors. If your interested in acting, go and see this play. He makes it look so easy. All of the actors in this play did a wonderful job. I was wanting more when the lights came up. Well done indeed.

Solid Fringe Play
by Sid Solomon Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Great cast. Interesting play. Unexpected twist.

Lots of laughing. Lots of thinking. Lots of guessing. Lots of surprise.

The definition of a solid, Fringe-length play that packs a satisfying punch.

Good Show
by Laurel Hansen Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
There are four actors. The setting is a bar and there are two scenes, each in the same bar with similar characters but with different plot lines.

It had some funny lines, but it's not really a comedy piece. It also had some stretches where it lost my attention and my mind drifted off to the events of my day. The acting was really good by three of the four actors.

M Night Shyamalan fans see this one
by Gabriel Heller Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I wish I could give this show 4 and a half kitties, but I can't, so I'm giving it four. The producers of this show assembled a dynamite cast and director. The prop design was a little lacking. Every other production I've seen with drinks had at least fake alcohol in their glasses. But that's minor. My main complaint was that in the end I didn't find this a thoroughly interesting subject for a play. I'll not reveal the twist, but I have to say that just like most of M. Night Shyamalan's movies, imagining this play without the twist reveals how unremarkable (if beautifully produced and credibly written) it in fact is. In the end I felt like a rather expensive cheap trick had been played on me. I therefore suggest that you consider seeing this play exactly as much as you enjoy seeing M. Night Shyamalan's movies.

Oh yes.
by m. freiert Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Two scenes at a hotel bar as authors? chat while waiting for some poet's memorial.

A well crafted script handsomely portrayed by very skilled actors each presenting (in a manner) two characters. Further description may be a spoiler, suffice it to say that the entire show comes together beautifully in a manner you probably wouldn't expect, and there aren't any significant weak spots to diminish it.

Go see this one.

Add 5 + Cats
by Jane Gleason Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
If I could I'd add another 5 to the accolades already mentioned.

If MC Escher did plays,
by Ryu Rossi Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
this is what he'd do. Rarely does a play come together full circle so unexpectedly. It's like looking at one of those 3-D pictures where you wonder "where is this going" and then boom it all pops into focus. But it's actually two different pictures.

Princeton A+
by David Schlosser Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What a great cast, script and staging. Nothing more to add then you should add this show to your list to see at this years fringe.

What a great show
by Bree Nolastnamesontheinternet Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
When Ari Hoptman is involved, I can expect to see something wonderful, and this is no exception. Everyone was superb, and the story was very intriguing.

In good hands
by Arnie Roos Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Nothing fancy here folks, just a tightly plotted play with a nice little caves-in-on-itself ending, well-acted by four rock-solid pros. The central role seems to have been tailor-made for Ari Hoptman; ditto Alex Cole and his bellicose writer character. And oh by the way--Richard Ooms! And Alayne Hopkins! Are you kidding me? Go see it!!

(I can state definitively that I enjoyed it a lot more than the young man to my right, who spent the entire show texting. Don't mind us, kid, we're just trying to have a civilization here.....)

Very Clever
by August Berkshire Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Probably the most clever plot of the entire Fringe. I had seen it when it originally appeared several years ago but, thanks to my poor memory for plots, it was a fresh experience. Nevertheless, there seemed to be a slight amount of fatigue in the presentation, as if they would have preferred the energy of new material. A 4.5 rounded up to 5.

Acting Excellence
by Bill McTeer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
All the characters are completely believable all the time, but they keep changing into someone else. And just when you think you know what is going on, you don't.

great play spot on performed
by mark browning milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
i saw this in 2005 and the addition of richard ooms to the cast makes it even better. it's one of those plays the end of which sets your mind spinning about all the interconnections that now make sense in a delightfully whimsical way. i never miss anything with alex and ari. neither should you.

A Must See
by Edwin Strout Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The writing, the chemistry, the solid acting and directing, make this show a must see, and I was so glad to see it have such a full house.

Knowing that Richard Ooms only came into this show six days before it opened at the Fringe, only makes me admire this production even more.

Every single actor is solid and moving in their roles. Their lines seem to just roll off of their tongues. And being an actor myself, I know how hard that can be to achieve.

Kudos to the playwright/director and all of the actors. Thank you for such a marvelous theater experience.

Even Better
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
than the first time it was done. Everyone is spectacular - and the character changes by Ooms and Hopkins are absolutely wonderful.

Wicked Good
by Kathy Douglass Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
My review is hardly needed as the accolades pile up. But what a treat. Richard Ooms! Are you kidding me? I had no idea when I got up this morning I was going to see Richard Ooms in a fringe show. Ari, I knew and that was enough to bring me in - but RICHARD!!! My lucky day.

fringy
by Marcus Downs Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is what a 5-kittie show should look like.

Pretty good - actors did fantastic
by Brian Alm Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Just took away 1 kitty because the dialogue didn't always seem to ring true. Other than that still entertaining.

The Princeton Seventh
by Judy Halip Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great writing!!! Great acting!!!! Fabulous show!!!!

Life isn't fair...
by Steven McCaa Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It is almost unfair that a show of this caliber is in the festival. Porfissional actors and a noted playwright combine to create a show that is not to be missed and needs no festival to support it. If you don't see it you'll regret it, if you do you maybe dissapointed by other less polished & notable shows.

Love Richard Ooms
by Pat Lindgren Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I loved Richard Ooms during his Guthrie days and he still has that glorious, resonant voice. Good enough reason to see this show. But it is also a very clever conceit that sneaks up on you at the very end. Good theatre.

Bourbon and Water with a Twist
by Patrick Pfundstein Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Princeton Seventh is a gas, leaning heavily on a tightly written script, and the great talents of the cast. Jokes of all depths abound, and like the best of stories, the answer was there in front of us the whole time. Outstanding!

I think I saw this before
by SBRK Hart Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I thought that everything at the Fringe had to be new and not shown here before, but I had sort of a deja vu moment in the scene with the discussion of the greeting card business, and am pretty sure that I have seen this play before. No matter, because I loved it all over again! The actors were superb, and the script is excellent. This show should be a sell-out. Anywhere else, we would be paying a lot more money to see these actors on stage!

Alert: English majors!
by Kathy Ahlers Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great for anyone who loves top-quality humorous theater on an intimate thrust stage, but especially not to be missed for members of the Professional Organization of English Majors.

Fourth Kitties!
by re gurgitate Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Quality performances all around make this a worthy spot filler on your fringe schedule. A tightened revamp, I had forgotten that I saw it back in 2005, but actually enjoyed this go round more than the original.

Suprise Ending
by Richard Heise Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Humerous story of competing egos and delayed success. Actor characterization was superb.

Alex and Ari and Ooms, Oh My!
by Reid Gagle Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Things are never quite what they seem in this marvellous show. It features excellent writing and a superb cast: veteran Guthrie actor Richard Ooms and comic superstars Alex Cole and Ari Hauptman, along with the always reliable Alayne Hopkins. Initially, the plot revolves around an upcoming funeral tribute to a dead poet, but half way through the story cleverly shifts completely. Excellent ending.

Full traditional theater in an hour!
by evelyn blum Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Tight, well preformed, and wonderful chemistry between Alex Cole and Ari Hoptman. I hope to see these two team up again for more serious theater in the future! In an hour they were able to give you the feel of a full put on more traditional Theater experience.

The ultimate bar story
by Peter Erickson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Laughs and twists all the way through this tale of writers comparing success in a hotel bar. Great story, acting, timing, and characters. A top-of-the-Fringe event!

It's what theatre is all about...
by Brigid Kelley Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great dialogue matched with great performances.It's laugh out loud funny without being over the top. The show doesn't just let you sit back and turn your brain off. You get to use it, ride the ride, and enjoy yourself along the way! A must see!

Amazing
by Publius McGee Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Missed this the first time around; so glad I saw it this time. Stellar acting, clever writing, flawless performance.

Watch the Pros and Learn
by William Beeman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I would advise everyone not to miss this brilliant production. I understand this play was presented four years ago, but I would go to see it over and over to savor the consummate artistry of the actors and the clever, tight construction of this beautiful short play. I have not enjoyed anything in the theater quite so much as I enjoyed this. The ending comes as a surprise, and like a fabulous joke completely reframes the entire action that has gone before. However, it is the absolutely award-winning acting that really stuns the audience. We expect a wide range of performance at the Fringe, and revel in the variety, but when you see playwright and actors at the absolutely top of their profession, it is inspiring. Aspiring artists: go, watch, learn.

Princeton 7th a "prince" of a show!
by Alan Cloud Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Take one part hard-bitten Alex Cole, one part nebbish Ari Hoptman, one part dapper Richard Ooms & one part sultry dim-bulb Alayne Hopkins & you have a delicious cocktail in this remount from the 2005 Fringe. Superb acting & witty writing make this a must see show, even if you've previously seen it.

Bring your brain, & your sense of humor
by Nick Vetter Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Although it's a reprise from a few years ago, it's well worth catching again (or for the first time). This is a clever and inventive show that will leave you surprised at the unusual ending. Excellent performances and good writing all around. Do not miss!

You'd be wrong to miss this
by Judith Martin Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Even better than I remembered it from 5 years ago!
Verbal gymnastics; dry and wet wit; a company of local pros -- this show has it all. Bring your brain AND your laugh impulse.

Very enjoyable show
by Dave Larson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A fun show with a very good cast. This is a repeat, so I can't really give it 5 kitties, but it is going to be one of the better shows at the Fringe. There are plenty of laughs and the show is very well done.

Witty and Surprising Fun
by Andy Flamm Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
You can't go wrong with this show. It's humorous, clever and well-acted, and there's a great surprise ending. The venue is huge, so don't be put off by the long lines.

Sharp comedy...
by Chase McCants Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Quick, witty, hilarious...The Princeton Seventh isn't about jumping around the stage or dramatic blocking. Instead, the show flaunts it's incredibly sharp script and a handful of very talented and versatile actors. And the story...how great it was to go through a quick evening with these guys.

Wonderful
by Ben Tallen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Hilarious, witty show with an excellent cast.

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