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Joking Envelope

The Damn Audition

Location + schedule

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

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Saturday 8/71:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/87:00 p.m. AD
Wednesday 8/1110:00 p.m.  
Saturday 8/142:30 p.m. ASL
Sunday 8/154:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/158:30 p.m.  
About the show

Contains Adult language
For ages 12+
Comedy, Satire,

Written by Joseph Scrimshaw
http://jokingenvelope.com/live

Overall rating



"What's Up, Satan?" is the hottest television pilot in LA. Only three actors remain in the audition room of hell. What won't they do to land the lead role of Lucifer? An evil comedy about everyday evil by Joseph Scrimshaw.



GREAT DAMN REVIEWS!

"Hands down the funniest show I've seen at this year's Fringe. These flawless actors deliver Scrimshaw's incisive, witty script with masterful comic timing and gusto. I'm laughing just at the memory of it.”
-STAR TRIBUNE

"Scrimshaw's script dispenses with the yuks at a blistering pace and he's working with a first-rate cast with absolutely killer comic timing. A major highlight.”
–CITY PAGES

"MUST SEE...a hilarious send-up of Hollywood culture...full of clever repartee about the price of success and the nature of God, good and evil."
-PIONEER PRESS

"Scrimshaw's script is spot on, loaded not just with funny bits, but just enough reality behind the characters to give their actions and reactions some real bite."
-MINNPOST

"The only trouble with The Damn Audition is that it sets the bar so damn high for the other Fringe productions to follow."
-EXAMINER.COM

ALL STAR CAST
The Damn Audition features Equity actor and star of the Guthrie's recent production of M. Butterfly, Randy Reyes*, as an inexperienced actor brand new to LA; Fringe Favorite David Mann* as a frustrated LA character actor; John Middleton as a deranged former child star; and Maggie Chestovich* and Joseph Scrimshaw as artistically obsessed casting agents.

Using the Hollywood dream of fame and success as a backdrop, the show explores the concept of "everyday evil". Putting aside demons, Nazis, or super-villians--what choices do we all make on a day-to-day basis that we are less than proud of? Is there really such a thing as good and evil? What won't we do to get what we really want in life?

SOME DAMN PRESS
The Damn Audition is listed as one of Mpls/St.Paul Magazine's CRITIC'S PICKS!
Check out this article in Minnesota Monthly!
The show was also been mentioned as a best bet by The Star Tribune, The City Pages, Matt Peiken of Three Minute Egg!


PREVIOUS PRAISE FOR JOSEPH'S FRINGE SHOWS
"If there's one guy you can count on for an entertaining show at the Fringe--it's Joseph Scrimshaw!"
-The Onion

"Clever and Inventive"
-Star Tribune

"Fringe Mastermind, Physically Fearless, Drop Dead Funny"
-Pioneer Press

"Go to see a Joseph Scrimshaw show and you know what you're going to get: a script that's brainy but accessible, a tone that's wry but not cynical, consistent laughs delivered by a cast evincing palpable camaraderie..."
-TC Daily Planet

The Damn Trailer



ABOUT JOKING ENVELOPE
Joking Envelope is a production company formed in 2009 by husband and wife team, Joseph Scrimshaw and Sara Stevenson Scrimshaw. Joking Envelope is committed to high-quality intelligent comedy. No matter what the company is working on--presenting live theater, producing independent film, securing rights for original plays or writing new work for museums, schools and corporations--we vow to take comedy seriously. Because laughing and thinking shouldn't be mutually exclusive. For more info visit our website: jokingenvelope.com.

Maggie Chestovich
Role: February Second
Maggie Chestovich is a local actor and wanna-be director. She has performed in numerous stages throughout the Twin Cities for the last decade including The Guthrie, the Jungle, Ten Thousand Things, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Children's Theatre Company, Workhaus Collective, Old Log Theater, Frank Theater, Eye of the Storm, Hidden Theater, Illusion Theater, Pillsbury House, Thirst Theater, and The Playwright's Center, among others. Regionally, she has appeared at the Alley Theater in Hoouston, Texas and Berkeley Repertory Theater. She is a proud member of Ten Thousand Things' Artistic Core. Upcoming shows include "Life is a Dream" with Ten Thousand Things (www.tenthousandthings.org) and "The Last Seder" at Park Square Theatre (www.parksquaretheatre.org). Maggie was once asked to take her pants off for an audition so the director could decipher whether (or not) she had the body type the part necessitated. Wearing tight pants and finding that to be sufficient for the curious, she refused to disrobe. Alas, she was not cast. Had she been willing to bare herself as requested, she suspects he would have seen the light. (And, yes, this was a professional theater audition.)

David Mann
Role: Thomas Allen Wayne
Actor, director, and playwright David Mann recently directed "Mulan, Jr." at Children's Theatre Company while his play "Queens of Burlesque" was being presented at the History Theatre. David received a Bush Artist Fellowship in 2006, and his five one-man shows have been popular in the Twin Cites and across the Midwest. As a director and actor he has worked at the Guthrie, Park Square, and Great River Shakespeare Festival, and he has directed several shows for Torch Theater including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Macbeth", and the upcoming revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Apart from theatre, David speaks and conducts workshops with businesspeople on communication technique: www.wordtoaction.com. In an audition David once delivered two dramatic monologues, after which the director responded, "David, where did you get that sweater?"

John Middleton
Role: Dirk W. Foxman
John Middleton has worked as actor, writer and director with a number of local theaters including Gremlin, Torch, Park Square, Workhaus Collective, Girl Friday Productions and Carlyle Brown and Company. He is also an irregular contributor to MinnesotaPlaylist.com. This is John's fifth Minnesota Fringe Festival production following The "Captain and the Dog-Faced Boy" (playwright), "Oil on Canvas" (playwright), "Wonderland" and "The Art of War". This fall, he will appear in Sandbox Theatre's "Unspeakable Things: The Wandrei Brothers Project". At a recent audition, John began by stumbling down the steps of the History Theater, nearly flattening his reading partner. He then stopped half-way through the audition because he didn't realize the scene was continued on the back of the page. The remainder of the audition took place in a sweaty fog. He did not receive the part.

Randy Reyes
Role: Hugh Johnson
Randy Reyes is an actor, director, and theater educator. He was named co-Theater Artist of the Year in 2009 by Lavendar Magazine and a 2009 Keeper by Metro Mag. Randy recently played "Song" in M. BUTTERFLY and "DHH" in YELLOWFACE at the Guthrie. He is an Artistic Director of The Strange Capers and directed this summer's production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Powderhorn Park, www.thestrangecapers.com. Randy will also be directing CITY OF ANGELS at the Bloomington Civic Theater and COWBOY vs. SAMURAI with Mu Performing Arts at the Guthrie's Dowling Studio. Randy has been asked to do various accents in auditions more times than one ever should be asked to without getting paid.

Joseph Scrimshaw
Role: Writer/Director/Axel Sinwell
Joseph Scrimshaw is a critically acclaimed writer, actor, producer and
the Creative Director of Joking Envelope LLC. He has had multiple top
ten best-selling shows at the Minnesota Fringe Festival including
"Adventures in Mating", "An Inconvenient Squirrel" and last year's
"Tragedy of You". Outside the festival, his work has been seen in
New York, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Bulgaria, South Africa and
various bars across the entire expanse of South Minneapolis. Joseph's
upcoming work includes playing the role of Dudley Riggs in "Rigged for
Laughter" at the History Theater and co-producing Joking Envelope's
2010/2011 season beginning with "Deadwood: The Last Bleeping Episode"
playing in September at the Bryant Lake Bowl. For more information
visit jokingenvelope.com. Joseph once attended an hour long callback
audition and only managed to say four lines from the script. He did
not get the part.

User reviews

I loves me some cliches
by Jean Sramek Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
1. Los Angeles is populated by eccentric people. Who are weird, and eccentric.
2. Minnesota is different from Los Angeles. Hint: they are less eccentric.
3. Hilarity ensues.

Yep, that's about it, and the arguing-yet-in-love-characters-making-out ending is another cliche. But what stellar performances and polish from this show, and even if you hate the Minnesota-hotdish stereotype pandering, you have to realize that they know and love their audiences, and want to please us.

Not a lot to add
by Sharon Kahn Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
But I might as well get my vote in to counterbalance the jerks who like to give zero-kitty reviews to popular shows just to be jerks.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kudos to Joe for giving the juiciest role to Maggie Chestovich instead of keeping it for himself. She really nailed it too, just barely letting her vulnerability show under the jaded touch chick exterior.

Engaging
by Bill McTeer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Given all the buzz for this show, I expected a bit more. Everyone was good but it felt like they weren't at full energy. Maybe it was because I saw it at the encore performance.

Hints of real depth
by David Woolley Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The last Scrimshaw show I saw was "Love in the Time of Rinderpest." Although that was a few years ago, I can't remember laughing so much at any show I've seen since.

Whereas "Rinderpest" was pure absurdist hilarity, "Damn Audition" is more complex. Very funny, yes. But although the characters start out seeming like cartoonish stereotypes, during the course of the play they each reveal some actual humanity.

Pretty damn funny
by Careswen ferch Madoc Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Had me cracking up often, but also had some groaners. I didn't care for the Minnesotan character: The stereotype is only funny sometimes, and it wasn't this time. I don't know anyone that stupid and naïve. I enjoyed Scrimshaw and his assistant much more, and the desperate Crime and Justice veteran was interesting. Overall, a good use of my encore timeslot.

Earnest Lutheran in Hollyweird
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Straight outta the Land of Corn and Cheese, a nice midwestern boy aspires to the role of Ultimate Baddie. His competition: one nice guy with a show biz resume' and one former child star with the right looks and no boundaries. The director is a drunk whose Seculatarianist assistant keeps saving him from himself. Strong language, weak plot, clever quips galore: yes, that's a Scrimshaw show. This fits the canon.

Amazing satire and humor
by Joan Calof Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Sometimes I couldn't hear the lines because the people around me were laughing so hard. The writing was beyond clever and funny and the acting perfect. I'm a fan!

Good
by Laurel Hansen Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show came highly recommended so I think I might have set my expectations a little too high. I did enjoy the show. It was funny and enjoyable. The audience seemed to like the jokes about Lutherans, potlucks, and MinnesoTa. Good acting.

Quit Ripping Joe!
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I'm not sure the "12 plus" age designation is appropriate, maybe more like "16 plus."

But, for everyone ripping Joe for writing like Joe and acting like Joe:

Don't See A Joe Scrimshaw Play Then!

I finally saw this production on Saturday, August 14, and it lived up to the hype that has been flowing all week. It's funny, slightly evil, skewers Hollywood, Minnesota, actors and directors, and it was original.

Great stuff!

hahahahaha
by Kristi Lawless Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Very very funny. Each character had something wonderful to offer.

Funny and enjoyable
by asha sharma Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This is a funny show, with an excellent performance by the lead, and good performances by the supporting actors. Good one-liners, weak story.

HILARIOUS
by Amelia Bolstad Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I'd been hearing a lot about Joe Scrimshaw, so I was excited to see his work in person, and I was not disappointed in the slightest. The ridiculously long lines I stood in were SOOO worth it. This show had me laughing uproariously from start to finish, and it was a great pleasure to watch.

Laughed the whole time!
by Anna Amyx Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I've seen Joseph Scrimshaw at CONvergence numerous times over the years, in Soylent Theater, Soylent Blue, and on panels, and he has always been very funny. So, I had high expectations when I went to see The Damn Audition. *And* I had a moment of anxiety upon sitting down in the auditorium; could he deliver in a scripted performance of non-sketch comedy? The answer: YES! This play had a great script and and excellent acting. I laughed all the way through and left feeling happy. My favorite show of the Fringe, no question.

Damn good fun
by K. Jason Bryan Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
How bad do you think auditioning in LA might be? It goes worse than that in this very funny show. The actors are all superb, of course.

I expected more.
by John Skelley Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The script and concept here has a lot of ideas, but lacks focus. Scrimshaw's script feels more like a vehicle to deliver clever one liners, and less like a full fledged story. That said, his one-liners are very clever, and very funny. I just wish they were part of a more fleshed out story.
Randy Reyes gives a spirited comedic performance, and John Middleton is fantastic as the grown up child star gone bad.
Overall, it is a well performed, energetic comedy, but one that lacked focus in its story telling.

this just in - socks removed by acting
by Jess Pants Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I had a great time at this show. I love Joe's work. His shows are like having a troupe of little Joes running around on the stage spouting his randomly awesome funny from their mouths. The religion part lost me a bit, and the MN jokes were rubbed in a little hard, but it was still FUN to watch, and I'm quoting lines from it a week later. Go see this show, you won't be disappointed. :)

A fun hour
by Laurie Swenson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I always put Joseph Scrimshaw shows high on my Fringe list. This show wasn't my favoite of his, but on its own merits, it's still a fine show with great performances. I'm surprised at some of the negative reviews. Scrimshaw overrated? No way. He does amazing comedy.

Best of the Fringe!
by Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I loved this show! Joseph Scrimshaw steps back and lets these fine actors play out his witty script. Crisp dialogue, lively story and great cast make for a very entertaining show.
Fully developed characters make this the kind of story where you're cheering on the hero and hissing at the bad guy. The quick pace was right on for the Fringe but the talent powerhouse that is Joseph Scrimshaw leaves you longing to see more of his work! This is another winner for Joseph!

superb cast and direction
by Sean Erik Hoffman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Not to mention an exquisitely funny script. This is a fringe show which actors must see. If you have ever anxiously waited for your moment to shine at an audition and have had exceedingly polite conversation with a rival actor while at the same time wishing a chunk of ceiling would fall and take him (or her) out, then this for you. If you are in the 'biz' you will get every single joke and will also probably laugh aloud at moments which are probably not meant to be funny. Every single cast member not only are hilarious, but are also very generous with each other. It is obviously a very professional and inspired piece of work, which is what we have come to expect from Joking Envelope and the pen(?)of Joseph Scrimshaw. Do yourself a huge favor and see it.

Okay. ok.
by sheila karls Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
I'm sick having to watch glorified Guthrie actors even though Randy sells this show clearly. The script is weak, and I found myself trying to solve the problems I encountered while watching. Worth it for the actors- if you are into that.

Auditions are hell!
by daniel taradash Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Though a farce, I am guessing that this comedy is not that foar from the truth when it comes to an actors endless auditions for parts they are not always even sure of. A little over the top, to be sure, but otherwise well played. Many decent laughs.

Same ol
by re gurgitate Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
I've been attending Scrimshaw productions since their monthly variety shows in the way back, and I always hope for something better. Bring out the standards: broad stereotypes, bottles of booze and a requisite fuzzy animal. Scrimshaw has become a generic brand! My interest has died. But carry on boys, your audience demands more of the same.

6th SHOW FOR A NEWBIE FRINGE-ER
by Tristine Miller Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
With all the hype behind this particular Fringe-regular and the opportunity to see “The Scrimshaw” speak at CONvergence for the first time this year on a huge array of panels, I was sadly disappointed in his Fringe show despite his professional experience. I admit that I had higher than normal expectations for his show because of my previous CON and Vil-Ten observances. I do not find this expectation unfounded and walked into my 6th Fringe show with a good healthy dose of curiosity of what I was about to witness firsthand.

Don’t get me wrong, The Damn Audition was great for use of stage (although the characters turned their back to the audience way too much), the dialog speed was very well maintained (until they tried to shout things from below stage), I heard almost every joke while on stage (because they didn’t employ the sound booth in the theater), and I found the character development very intriguing.

The actors in The Damn Audition were fantastic! I found them spot on for their delivery. The story has a great foundation! The humor was there for the majority of the audience who was prepared to laugh at any bone thrown out to them. And the whole progression of the story was fairly solid from start to finish.

While I do acknowledge that to me many jokes made the crowd around me laugh in rueful jubilance, I found myself simply smiling until the first 1/3 of the show had presented itself, and then I chuckled at a few dubious jokes. It seems to me that “The Scrimshaw” has perfected the art of catering to a broader and perhaps less-than-average intelligent audience, and it frustrated me because he seems to have many genius ideas. He even tried to weave in his brilliance into parts of the play, but the transition of such broader religious concepts seemed not to mesh well with his lighter comedic and watered-down show. I will throw a bone his way in acknowledging that perhaps he, too, was a victim of the 1-hr timeframe that has befallen many Fringe shows.

I do get that from a general sales perspective, I understand why he does “talk down” to his audience in a sense, but what I don’t comprehend is why he doesn’t push the envelope better in his own Fringe show despite espousing such benefits of Fringe at the CON panel.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve lived outside of the Minnesota culture too long after being raised here, and I do not fully understand or appreciate Joking Envelope’s contribution to the Minneapolis theatric and comedic sub-culture. Perhaps I had too high of expectations after witnessing his brilliance in improv speech at CON. I’m even willing to concede that I don’t fully understand “The Scrimshaw’s “distinct sense of humor when it comes to accommodating a less than brilliant audience of which he blatantly acknowledged audience gullibility on one panel at CON.

You are a brilliant man, Mr. Scrimshaw! I beg of you to grow a pair and ride something outside your own comfort zone for the next Fringe show!

Fabulous
by Liz Floyd Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Hugh Johnson shines!! I miss Schrimshaw being as outrageous and loud and dominating that I have seen in other productions so it is odd for me to see another actor in the star role. Hugh really is fantastic in this! and all of the rest of the cast is great too. Someone that has not seen a Scrimshaw before is not going to miss what I am feeling like I was missing. I think that are going to totally love it.

Sorry, Didn't Really Laugh
by Chris Wogaman Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
I came to this show with high hopes, based on some trusted recommendations. But despite the fact that everyone else seemed to be laughing, I just didn't think "The Damn Audition" was that funny.

Among the reasons I didn't think it was funny: 1. It tried too hard to make me laugh; 2. The jokes about Minnesota and assumptions about LA, including the characters representing both, seemed simply stereotypical, not satirical; and 3. Despite what many reviewers here say, at no point was I surprised by what came from any of the characters' mouths, but instead was anticipating, always correctly, where their dialogue was going.

The foul language neither bothered me nor made me laugh. Here the cuss words just mostly got in the way.

What might have made this treatment more comedically successful in this (re)viewer's mind? Using more of the tension inherent in the experience of auditioning, and letting it out slower; the foul language impeded the important balance between comedic tension and release, in my mind. Raising the line between stereotype and satire, and a fine line it is. More unpredictability in the dialogue and stereotyped characters. And redefining the role of foul language, to make it more integral and less ornamental to the script and the characters' personalities.

As a side note, the title might have pointed to the character of Satan being auditioned for (which really wasn't fleshed out much as the role being auditioned for)--"The Damned Audition"--while also suggesting that the process of auditioning is, in itself, somewhat damned and damning, if not just plain damnable, but more than just something to be gotten out of the way (e.g., "I gotta do this damn audition today, but hopefully I'll be out before you have the baby.").

Story lost in laughs
by Peter Erickson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Great lines, characters, and laughs. My only criticism is that the story seems to be just a scaffold to hang the humor on and ends basically nowhere. I'd like to see the possibilities of an everyday-Satan-in-all-of-us theme developed further. Also, the West Coast vs Midwest stereotyping is maybe getting a bit old. Still, it's great entertainment anyway.

working on my hipster cred
by Dave Stagner Follow this reviewer
Rating 0 kitties
Scrimshaw is overrated. Popularity sucks, and accessibility and humor are the enemy of serious theater. You should go see something dry and incomprehensible and talk about how awesome it was in hushed tones with other smug hipsters like me.

Remember, if you're having fun, it's not REAL art.

(full disclosure - I rather liked it, and would go see it again. But I'd feel guilty and unclean for doing so)

A bit smug for my taste...
by Tyler Olsen Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
I know I'm in the minority here, but honestly, this show struck me as smug and cocky. Did I laugh? Yes. BUT, I laughed at clever one-liners and non sequiters, which are the easy laughs. This felt like a show written by and for an insular group of people who consider it a privilege to be able to come and see the work we do.

I love the fringe scene and the wild salad bowl of variety we get, but feel like shows like this only work to affirm the cynical, satirical, elitist and chip-on-the-shoulder attitude it's so easy for us as a community of independent theatre makers to slip into.

I guess what I was hoping for was some good, honest, TRUTHFUL acting. What I got instead was a script of one-liners, stereotypes, and easy laughs. The actors' commitment to their roles was admirable, but I feel like they were committing to empty shells within an empty shell.

love it
by Peter Park Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
AWESOME! enough said

Devilish diversion
by Becky Palmer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I was prepared to enjoy myself---Randy Reyes is my favorite Guthrie actor and last time I saw Joseph Scrimshaw in a performance I wet my pants. But I didn't expect such a sharp, well-written script or such a thought-provoking premise advancing the plot: does ambition inevitably drive us to evil acts? Now I'll see anything that involves John Middleton- he is mesmerizing. Don't miss this gem of a show, especially you, Ima!

Damn.....Audition
by Carole Vandal Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
That Damn Audition was silly and funny. I thought South Park had worn out the Satin humor years ago but that Damn Audition tried to resurrect it. The cast did so in a corny, skillful and successful way. I laughed at the jokes, each actor, and even the monkey. This show filled the theatre, if you plan on going get there early and enjoy. A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

A very funny show!
by Edwin Strout Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Joe is a great writer of comic dialogue. And let's face it John Middleton is one of the best actors in the Twin Cities. Do you know how hard that is to write when you are one of his fellow actors???

This show is very good, and very funny. There is no deep meaning to the script, and who wants that at Fringe?

I was engaged easily 90% of the time. This is a good show. Anyone who is in the industry will love this show. Outside of it? I don't know, as I am in it.

This is a good solid show, so go see it.

Moments of dramatic relief
by Dave Romm Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Actors acting as actors have a strike against them to start, and writers writing as writers earn strike two. Yeah, the premise is dumb: The only thing funny about a tv show about Satan is that it would be taken seriously in LA. And yeah, the plot doesn't really resolve. So I feel a little guilty admitting that I laughed all the way through. The writing is witty and observant. The actors make their parts work. Even the monkey is good. Call it four-and-three-quarter stars rounded up. A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

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

All Hail!
by Jim Pounds Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I remember thinking at the end of the show about how many theatres in town would love to have this dream cast: Randy Reyes (the king of the take), Maggie Chestovich (the queen of commitment), David Mann (the king of playing the everyman we all want to be), Joseph Scrimshaw (the king of commitment) and John Middleton (the king of everyone else)! If you have ANYTHING to do with the theatre, you must go to the Rarig and pay homage to these five incredibly talented people who look like they are having a great time together. I admit I felt a little dirty laughing at the "art" that I care so much about but there is no denying that this play makes one think about the lunacy which surrounds the process. It is a miracle that anything good ever gets produced at all. Kudos to these kings and queens of what they do. They make it look easy and it most assuredly is not.

Entertaining, but Needs a Better Ending
by Sarah A Fringe Newcomer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
First of all, I laughed my ass off at this show. But it sort of ends with a fizzle. It feels like it's building toward something, something based on the big themes discussed by the actors, but none of that really pans out. Instead, it ends by resolving a subplot that didn't get much stage time prior, so lacks punch. That said, the play has the best acting of any Fringe show I've seen so far, and also has some of the best one liners. Even though the ending disappointed me, the show was entertaining throughout, and I laughed a lot.

Scrimshaws Stuff on Hollywood
by zander lee Follow this reviewer
Rating 0 kitties
To be honest, I'm a little burned out on Scrimshaws shows. They're all kind of the same and everyone seems to love him and I understand, he and his shows can be fun, but they're all one-note to me. Here he takes on Hollywood and it all comes out more as an outsider looking in, and I know because I live part of the time here, and most of the time in L.A. He make easy jokes and his cast knows how to play it, and its good for a few laughs, but it just seemed like more of the same. If you like Scrimshaw you're going to see this no matter what the reviews are, and you'll give it 5 stars/kitties, but there are other shows that could use your support, ones that don't have lots of local "names". This doesn't need your support, its got enough. See something you're not familiar with.

Great show
by Perry Smaglik Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I plan to see it again with more people.

bad...
by laura kadlin Follow this reviewer
Rating 0 kitties
I did not like this show at all... not worth seeing...

Lots of laughs
by Leah Reddy Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I laughed a lot during this production. The premise is a combination of clever and ridiculous. John Middleton's performance as a former child star was particularly enjoyable, as was Randy Reyes' wide-eyed Minnesotan in LA. My one criticism is that the foray into religion did little to move the plot. It seemed like shock-value sacrilege.

Worthwhile
by Mark Mikula Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I give this one its rating more on the premise and on the performances than on the writing. On a handful of occasions, the actions of the characters seem to come without appropriate justification. And while logical motivation isn't always necessary--especially with comedy--the storylines felt underdeveloped given the track record of the Scrimshaw productions. Still, every performance overcame the weaknesses in story, and I really appreciated the exchanges among the actors and their ability to elicit audience reaction.

Does anyone remember Audish?
by Surrey With A Fringe On Top Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Because I kind of felt like this was Audish; All Grown Up. It was funny and great...especially john middleton..and everytime i see Randy Reyes I just kind of have to laugh. However people were laughing and clapping for like 2min after EVERY LINE. i feel like the show was only 1/2 hour and they left the other 1/2 hour for audience response. It sold out due to the Scrimshaw Cult so there were 400 people laughing at once which could have built a fire under the audience response.. i still had a good time and it was the closest thing to a flash mob orgy that I've been too. Go, Laugh, Enjoy yourself for an hour.

Sorry I keep calling you Scrimgeour
by Kevin Drew Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I really thought The Damned Audition sounded like a five minute premise that could only painfully be stretched to 45 groan-inducing minutes, but it never struggles to to stay fresh and funny, without leaving its premise or clumsy deus ex machina. I could see a lot of people getting five minutes out of an audition for the sitcom "What's Up, Satan?", but the surprising level of craft that went into each of these characters and the room it gave them all to interact with each other was something special. This is the one show I've seen so far I'd recommend to anybody.

Disappointing
by Pamela Veeder Follow this reviewer
Rating 0 kitties
It’s a disappointment. I realize Joe Scrimshaw is a Fringe favorite; has been for years. And there is a consistency to his work. But a few amusing lines combined with a predictable script and mediocre acting mixed with a thick layer of foul language does not make for an edgy, fringey play. To hear a constant barrage of ##@!!!!%%*** is not witty and amusing, it is more of a snore. A very wise and talented man of the theatre, Dr. Charles Nolte, was known to remind his playwriting students that constant cursing loses its impact. The audience becomes numb to it and stops listening. When the most memorable line in the play is an actor turning his back on his tormentor and shouting in a thick Midwestern-Scottish brough “F*** You!” the script has a few problems. The Emperor has no clothes. May I suggest theatre with a bit more meat on its bones, something like The Squeaky Wheel Squeaks, The Selkie, Pop Goes the Cherry, Joe Café, or a myriad of other exciting and interesting works found at this season’s Fringe Festival.

Go for the writing, stay for the rest
by Bree Nolastnamesontheinternet Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Fun show, funny concept, great actors, but let's talk about the script. I found myself thinking during the performance, at least three times, "This writing is amazing." It's hard to go wrong with a Scrimshaw show, but this one was especially good. The complexity and cleverness meshed for an enjoyable experience.

A predictably excellent scrimshaw show
by Gabriel Heller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is precisely what everyone who knows him has come to expect from Joseph Scrimshaw. The writing is intelligent but not too intellectual, has local content, is quite funny, well-acted, alternately ridiculous and serious for a beat before becoming even more ridiculous. However, if you only see one show in the fringe, don't see this show. It's a five-kitty show, but not the best show in the fringe by a long chalk, so why is it getting the biggest audiences? I'd like to think he's made a deal with his next-door neighbor, but it's probably just long-term reliability. Fortunately, that's what critics are for. Personally, I'd recommend any of the other shows I gave 5-stars over this one.

Go see
by Jim Howitt Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
These great actors are fun to watch on stage. Their body language and facial expressions make anything they do worth seeing. The script is funny, even if the plot is not so interesting. As satire, it goes a bit over the top at times (leading to a reduction of one kitty) but overall it's very solid. This show works because we can see a bit of ourselves and our friends in the characters, and then we laugh at them. That's not something that makes its way into every satire, and it's what makes this show well worth seeing.

Great laughs
by Ann Lewandowski Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I'm not one to laugh much at sitcoms or stand up. In contrast, this was real humor -- good, cleansing belly laughs -- well timed and clever. The story and characters were fine but nothing interesting.

Great cast
by Mary Choate Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The timing was wonderful, and we found it easy to laugh along with most of the audience. A fine cast who made an already funny script a hilarious live show.

Amusing Audition
by George Abbott Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This play starts out essentially as a humorous interaction of conflicting characters. The play's humor relies heavily on this turbulent interaction with special dependence on the character of Hugh Johnson the cookie cutter freshly-moved-out-to-LA-to-make-it-big-as-a-movie-star Minneapolitan. This character is strictly fan-service for people from the twin cities. Being from out of town and relatively new to the Midwest, I rarely got the inside jokes and when they were explained to me by my neighbor, they weren't funny, just amusing. People were laughing at the "That's Minneapolis for you" mentality which gets old after the 3rd or 4th joke.

My main problem wasn't the humor though, it was the script and the problem the writer had with sticking to a specific genre or two. This play went from a humorous situation between different people, to a severely underdeveloped unrequited love situation, to a clueless treatise on religion, to a philosophical study of the inner nature of humans being inherently good or evil that could have been written by housewife taking a summer class. Too much and too poorly done. If the author had just chosen two or three of those to cover in an hour they would have been properly fleshed-out and developed into something poignant and meaningful, however, that isn't the case. The script is spread too thin and the story just comes across as a jumbled mess in the end.

Don't get me wrong, I don't believe attending this show was a waste of time at all. I thought it had plenty of good moments and the character of February Second, played my Maggie Chestovich, was definitely the highlight of the show. Her timing was so impeccable and expertly delivered it made the most predictable punchlines hilarious. I would recommend this play to anyone who just wants to have a good time and doesn't care too much about a coherent storyline.

The Well-Made Comedy
by Justin Alexander Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Scrimshaw has become the master of the well-made comedy. Sure, you can see the targets being set-up. But it doesn't really matter, because Scrimshaw makes it so damn satsifying (and so damn hilarious) when he knocks them down again.

It's a funny, polished script that's perfectly realized in production (with excellent performances that make it even funnier).

If you're looking for some pure entertainment, this is pretty much a guaranteed winner.

Damn funny!
by Scott Linke Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I laughed A LOT! Very funny play, extremely good actors. I missed just a little bit of the acting sitting in the diagonal section, saw a good amount of back. Gonna take me a while to think up my fourth guiding principle.

Mephistophiles Wannabes
by Reid Gagle Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Another must-see show from Joseph Scrimshaw, ably assisted by an excellent cast. Funny, smart, well-acted – what are you waiting for? It was particularly fun to see actor John Middleton play a real asshole, which is not the kind of character which I associate with Middleton, a actor who conveys warm and caring better than anyone else in the Minnesota theater scene.

Solid and Righteous
by Scott Keever Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
In his script, Joe Scrimshaw makes fun of well-worn topics, that he himself has taken on in previous productions: Minnesota Lutheran nice, pretentious theatre performers, mean people...However, the difference here is that the characters here are multi-layered and are more than just mouth-pieces for one liners...

Mind you, the one-liners are hilarious, and all the actors give great performances, with flawless timing...but for me, it's the script that is the heart (and the HEART) of this very funny show.

There's a reason this show is getting large audiences...I highly recommend it.

heavenly humor
by Tony Hanson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The cast is very strong and their interactions mesh to produce a great performance. Of course the story itself has many memorable lines and is done so well. This show is hilarious. You don't want to miss it.

Hilarious
by Carla Mantel Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Sure, the targets are easy hits, but that doesn't make the jokes any less funny! The acting is stellar, and the timing is great. The staging isn't perfect for the thrust, so if you're on the sides you may have some sight line issues.

removed my socks from my body
by amihan huesmann Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was entertaining. I don't think it was trying to do anything else (I hope not), and it delivered. The characters had a surprising amount of depth to them.

Confidential to dude sitting behind me in the balcony: Wash your feet. And then let them dry. Please.

High-Octane Scrimshaw
by David Rust Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I'm not a theater person but everything about "the Damn Audition" rings true (in the exaggerated comedy sense of "true"). I freely admit that I am a fan of Joe Scrimshaw's writing and acting style. This may make my review a bit suspect in its impartiality. But then again, since when does impartiality come into personal reviews?

The one thing that I think everyone will agree with is that when you go to see a Scrimshaw performance (either Joseph or his brother) you can expect impeccable skill, refinement, and production qualities. It appears to flow smoothly and effortlessly which is an indicator of just how much effort went into the production.

In the end, this means you can always judge such a play based upon the merits of its script. In this case, the hilarious scenario of three, below-the-D-List actors vying for the lead in a sitcom about Satan and the nature of human evil, is excellent. Not only do you get very funny jokes but also some really nice diatribes on the nature of religion, good, and evil.

I definitely want to see this one again!

Solid
by Lisa Landreman Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
If I am to be really honest, I'd give the show 3.5 kitties, but that isn't an option...Randy Reyes performance pushed me to a 4 over a 3 however, along with all the acting in general. The religion tangent kinda lost me on this one, but the commitment to the characters brought it back. Overall an enjoyable evening.

Just worked
by Larry Retzlaff Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The cast is strong and played each of the parts well. Enjoyed this performance.

Damned Good Show
by Gregory Abbott Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Whenever it's Fringe time, I always look for shows by Scrimshaw. And Audition didn't disappoint. Great acting and smart dialogue. One of the best shows I've seen this year.

great acting saves the day
by mark browning milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
not the best written scrimshaw show i've ever seen (although there are plenty of laughs), but each of the five performances is so spot on that every single moment in this play is successfully sold.

Over glorified and unoriginal
by Fringe Binge Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I had high expectations for The Damn Audition, awaiting nothing short of genius from Joseph Scrimshaw. Tragically, I was disappointed with an unoriginal plot and excessively foul language. I refused to allow the hyped up, laugh at every joke audience to fool me. I feel as though I have seen several versions of this show before. I will say however that the actors were talented and gave good performances. Nothing to be embarassed about. If this one sells out, don't dismay. You won't be missing much.

great fun
by Jennifer Walker Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Another great hit from Joking Envelope! Fantastic cast with a fantastic script.

Slow pitch soft ball
by Nick Lewandowski Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
But still hit out of the park. We don't always need to be surprised or challenged to have a good time. Kudos to the creators and performers for giving the masses (300+ tonight, right?) a worthy show to recommend. Beats fake Shakespeare by a mile.

Beautiful and Vicious
by Grant Sorenson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It's sort of a no brainer -- this cast + this script + Fringe? Undeniable gold. An unstoppable ensemble that brings an incredibly solid script to life with an energy and quirkiness that makes these would-be-cliché character types suddenly fresh and new. Unexpected one liners and hilarious plot twists kept me bursting out laughing and bouncing on the edge of my seat. If you see one show in the Fringe this year, it has to be this one.

More f-bombs than Mamet
by Scott Pakudaitis Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
In a show filled with solid acting and hilarious one-liners, Scrimshaw hits easy targets of Minnesota Lutherans, community theater, washed-up child actors and LA weirdness while addressing topics like faith/religion and relationships with depth. The show wasn't as much about how far actors would go in the audition process itself but how far they'd go in their lives. Like "What's up Satan", this show explores the ordinary daily evils of those characters.

Overcame my issue...
by Scott Gilbert Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
When I was in HS I attended a Thespian conference where we presented "Voices from the High School." We ended up not winning the competition because one of the judges stated that our show had limited marketability (apparently the mass populous don't want to hear about teen issues). This was my concern going into this production. I was afraid it would be filled with inside jokes that only theatre artists would understand. But I was proved wrong. The script (and acting) was so strong I don't know how anyone could not only love this show, but not give up a lung to work with this amazing group of performers! Run - don't walk to this show!

oh yes.
by m. freiert Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A slightly deranged director auditions a child star, minnesot-Ahn community theatre star, and a failed? LA actor for the lead in his next sitcom in la-la land.

A strong cast brilliantly delivers believably bizarre characters that trade well turned barbs of wit and humanity, while slowly delving into each characters motivations and the life choices that have brought them each to that audition.

It started to feel a little long for a moment, and I found the conclusions of plot points generally predictable if not exactly so, but the laughter and handsomely delivered solid lines and direction easily distracted from minor shortcomings.

Go see this, and laugh. A lot. Both at the absurdity, and humanity.

WWTMD?
by Patrick Pfundstein Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Go to The Damn Audition if it has any sense! Fueled (I would guess) in part by audition bitterness, Joseph Scrimshaw's writing is hilarious, he has put together a stellar cast, and each of the actors made the most of their time on stage. (Randy Reyes's facework at the end of his original read was gut-rendingly funny!) Go! And don't let the long lines put you off, Sunday night's stretched almost all the way to the Southern, but we all got in with room to spare!

Wild and wonderfully acted
by William Beeman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show nearly sold out the large Rarig Thrust theater. Joseph Scrimshaw is really a local treasure--a wonderful actor and playwright, and he has assembled a crack ensemble for this hilarious farce. Anyone involved in theater will get belly laughs from this audition from hell. Randy Rayes, Maggie Chestovich, John Middleton and David Mann as well as Scrimshaw himself chew the scenery in a series of improbable situations that have a surprisingly poignant underbelly. All great humor is at base serious about human foibles, and there is no lack of them here--and that includes the city of Los Angeles and its entertainment scene, which gets a good drubbing. Anyone who loves good theater should see this show.

HILLARIOUS!!!!
by Dorian Potter Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is just so well written and the actors are marvelous! I laughed and laughed and laughed!

Witty, Wicked and Fun
by Nanette Stearns Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Very enjoyable, truly funny with great insights into modern society, the weirdness of TV and general humanity. Packed house and definitely worth seeing!

Damn Good Fun
by Steven McCaa Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
First I must admit that I think Randy Reyes is the best actor currently working in the Twin Cities; as such it is hard for me to be unbiased in my review. However even with my built in bias this was an excellent show.

Funny and thought provoking this show flies by and leaves you wanting more. The characters are fully developed and more than pale shadows that are so often found in the short fringe format. Scrimshaw's talent is fully exposed and he does a great job touching on many of the wonderful themes of life. Who we are and our relationships with good and evil are not usually the subject of laughter and yet in this performance I managed to laugh till my sides hurt and come away with just a little better understanding of the world we inhabit.

Great Fun.

Fun
by Brian Alm Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
this was great fun - lots of laughs

Not a brilliant tiltle
by Marcus Downs Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
If I'm going to be objective about this I have to give it three kitties. It went in with no previous knowledge of Scrimshaw but considering the hype I'll definitely hit up the next production. This show is just OK.

how could I forget?
by Megan Kelly Hubbell Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It had to be- It's a Joe Scrimshaw show, but I didn't know to expect this. I guess I forget how loud I would laugh and how many times. I knew going in this would be good.

It's a fantastic story with heart, swearing, jabs, and physical comedy. Who doesn't want to see a Guthrie actor make a fool of himself and cough until he dry heaves? It's worth every penny. Congratulations cast.

Go see it. NOW.

My 1st 5 Kitty Rating
by Jack Silverman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Best show I've seen in last two years. Loved the script, many, many great lines. Wish I had written some of them down. Cast was great together.

5 DAMN KITTIES!
by Shanan Custer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I had such a good time at this show! I'm giving Joseph, Randy, David, Maggie, and John each a kitty because they deserve it for their interesting and funny performances. I would give an extra kitty to Joseph for his script or to Maggie for her hair, but the Fringe won't allow it.

Wicked and Witty
by August Berkshire Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I have no idea what it’s really like to audition, but the back-biting, one-ups-manship, cynicism, insane domineering, and crushed naiveté expressed in this play were hilarious. A 4.5 that I’m rounding up to a 5.

Kitty Kounter:
5 = Outstanding. Must see.
4 = Worth your time.

Great pieces, good show
by Abigail Modaff Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show is polished, practiced, very well put together, and obviously performed by experienced and capable actors. It also contains some -- actually, a lot -- of the best one-liners around, many of which you will remember and want to repeat after the show. All this, and the fact that it attempts to reach deeper than simple comedic value, makes this show solidly worth seeing.

However, it hangs together with some difficulty, which doesn't always matter, but made a difference in this case. Transitions to deeper sections are at times too obvious; also obvious are when sections of the script were written simply to stick in a good joke, which feels condescending to the audience; the use of Minnesota-based jokes is cute but makes the show feel smaller than it could be; and the ending felt somehow both predictable and disjointed from the rest of the show.

Overall, this show is an imperfect whole, but done with talent and with elements of excellence.

Well written, well acted, well received
by Anthony Rydberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
"The Damn Audition" crackles with sharp banter, off-the-wall similes, and characters that push to the edge of caricature without plummeting into absurdity. The show ponders on the benefits and pitfalls of religion a bit too much, especially with such well-drawn characters on stage. I'd much rather learn about their lives than their beliefs, but when I did get insight into their lives, it was always rewarding. Highly recommended!

Solid Scrimshavian Work
by Sid Solomon Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
THE DAMN AUDITION gives us what we've come to expect from Joe Scrimshaw and Joking Envelope at the Fringe: high quality casts, well-developed comedy, and boffo box office returns.

John Middleton's turn as a grown up kid-star gone horribly wrong deserves high praise.

Terrific
by Publius McGee Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This really was a beautifully-written script (it would make a lovely short story), and the cast delivered it well.

What is especially great about Scrimshaw's writing is its versatility - he can do stupid, juvenile, or physical humour in his sleep (e.g., Look Ma No Pants!), but he can also reach beyond and successfully set up funny and poignant humour that doesn't just go for the cheap laughs. Very excited to see what his theatre company does in the future.

One Of The Best
by Nonsensical Norton Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is clearly one of the best shows in this year's festival. If you don't believe me, take a smurf johnson to the whistle layer cake.

Rich script & great performances
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I always enjoy Scrimshaw's shows, but often it's more because of his unique performance style than the script. But not this show: not only was the acting great (LOVED John Middleton and Randy Reyes' performances, as always), but the script was rich and layered without being didactic or obvious.

A few laughs
by Jennie Eckholt Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I self-admittedly haven't attended many theatre shows in the last year and was looking forward to the Fringe Festival to make up for my sins. I thought this short on Good vs. Evil would be the perfect opener to my Fringe season. However, this show failed to live up to my expectations for a Scrimshaw production. While there were moments of insightful humor on humanity's dark side, the short was riddled with inside humor that left my non-theatre friends confused. As the title may imply, the "Damn Audition" is entertaining only for the avid Drama Geek.

Much to like
by Judith Martin Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
It's always good to have Fringe shows that appear to have a real script -- and this one definitely does.
Many laughs (more if you're a person who's auditioned I suspect)...Maggie Chestovich is her always amazing self. Randy Reyes is his usual show-stealer. And it's nice to see David Mann back at Fringe.

Pure Scrimshaw
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Brilliant writing, directing, acting and very funny with lines like "God gives humans a deep sense of finding a purpose and then doesn't give them one just to fuck 'em up." In the end all are somehow redeemed and no one wants to be the devil.

Another fun Scrimshaw show
by Dave Larson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is a very well written and performed show about the audition from hell. Randy Reyes is particularly good as the innocent from Minnesota in the den of vipers that is LA. It has all of the laughs that you've come to expect from a Scrimshaw show. Recommended.

Damn It's Good
by Kathy Douglass Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Gotta say it's one of the best Fringe shows I've ever seen. Terrific writing, outstanding acting. It is funny, smart, risky, original and expertly done. If you don't like this, you don't like Fringe.

Evil Fun
by Tim Voss Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
What a delight. Joseph has produced a funny, insightful script, and pulled together a terrific cast to perform it. Kudos to all concerned with an extra plaudit to John Middleton for his wicked personification of mean and nasty. Highly recommended.

The Damn Review
by Andrew Fafoutakis Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
While I enjoyed all of the performances from a great cast with extra kudos to Maggie Chestovich in her role as a jaded assistant. I did feel that the script itself was a little under-developed with too many random tangents. A strong production overall, I just felt that the piece was lacking with some predictable humor that loses its impact.

Thoroughly transported
by chaiya isenberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Saw Randy Reyes name and I knew it was a must see. Was not disappointed. My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Were kept on edge of seat. Don't know anyone else that could have played the comedic role of Hugh like Randy did. A special treat was watching actor John Middleton whom I had not seen before. Very believable. Would highly recommend seeing. Get there early as the line was long.

Scrimshawliscious!
by Lisa Harrison Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I have never saw a production involving the Scrimshaw Brothers that I didn't like. As usual it was funny, thought provoking and very entertaining. Love it!

A funny show about people being dicks
by Amy Tucker Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The Damn Audition was a funny display of just how awful humans can be to each other for a shot at money/fame. The whole cast was great and I liked that Joe didn't completely steal the show (don't get me wrong, I like the guy) - everybody stood out. You should see this and you should be sure to buy your tickets early since Scrimshaw shows tend to be big hits at Fringe.

Not up to Joseph's usual standards...
by Four Thirty-Three Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
...meaning that there were a few dull moments, but "The Damn Audition" is still more well-written than nearly anything in the festival.

You will never go wrong seeing a Joseph Scrimshaw play -- whether it's a cute and innocent kids show, an over-the-top festival of vulgarity, or anything in between.

Special notice goes to John Middleton and Maggie Chestovich, neither of whom I have ever seen perform before, but you can bet I'll be looking for their names in the future!

Many Good Jokes
by Nicole Devereaux Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Randy Reyes is the heartwarming, HILARIOUS centerpiece of (and reason to see) this show. In less capable hands, it wouldn't be worth it.

There is plenty of great humor and solid performances, but the script circled around a few big ideas without solidly (or impactfully) landing on one.

Still, it's sure to draw a crowd so show up early!

Wildly funny with some thought...
by Chase McCants Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This comedy has a lot of laughs. You'll laugh about religion, auditioning, drugs. You'll laugh about it all thanks to a very talented writer and a handful of dynamic actors. But in the hilarity, there were some heavier things to think about as well. Check this one out and get there early!

Funny, but not a must see…
by Eric Meininger Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
As a long-time fan of the Scrimshaw brothers, this show is funny - certainly lots of laughs, but not up to Joseph's usual hilarity. Kudos to the actor playing Hugh Johnson - well acted! See this show - it's good!

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