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Bad Deeds Done Bad

Location + schedule

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Ave.

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Saturday 8/710:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/85:30 p.m.  
Wednesday 8/115:30 p.m.  
Thursday 8/128:30 p.m.  
Saturday 8/144:00 p.m.  
About the show

Contains Violence, Adult language, Loud noises/gunshots
For ages 16+
Comedy, Family, Relationships

Written by Keith Hovis

Overall rating

Have you ever had a good friend give you bad advice? Nolan's friend is a teddy bear who tells him to shoot his father in the leg. A dark and fuzzy comedy.

If "August: Osage County" and "Avenue Q" had a drunken one night stand, they might have produced this darkly comic family drama.

Brought to you by the same writer/director team who gave you "Dying in Public Places" for the 2008 Fringe.

Matthew Everett was pleasantly surprised by our preview:
See Fringe-for-All Review

See rehearsal footage

Jon Bigelow
Role: Joey
Jon Bigelow is a Minnesota native. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he received a Bachelors of Arts in the Theatre Department back in 2009. He has recently starred in in Romeo and Juliet as Romeo for the Coin Purse Theatre Company. This is Jon's second appearance in the Minnesota Fringe Festival and is very excited to be back in it again. He would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported him throughout the years, especially his parents, Christina and Mark, and his girlfriend, Rachel. Enjoy the show!

Jacob Mack
Role: Nolan
Jacob Mack is from the remote lands of Dickinson, North Dakota. While living in the cities he's been going to auditions and working on the side. He's so excited to be a part of Bad Deeds Done Bad and loves his cast and crew. A big thanks to mom, dad, and Matt for all your love and support! In his spare time he enjoys summer badminton and listening to Daft Punk playing at his house. His house.

Paul McGuire
Role: Ralph/Bennie
Paul McGuire was most recently seen in the Southern's New Breeds Series in The Seagull with Lamb Lays with Lion Productions. He has been a part of Theater Unbound's 24 Hour Play Project for the last four years. Other past performances included runs at Theater in the Round (Harvey), Guthrie Theater (Jane Eyre, Major Barbara) and Chameleon Theatre Circle (The Shadow Box, Evita). In October, he will be appearing as Lucky in Gonzo Theatre Group's Waiting for Godot

Kira Pontiff
Role: Carla
Kira Pontiff is a senior at Hamline University, studying Theatre Arts. She has participated in several theatre projects through Hamline. Outside of Hamline she has participated in the Zamya Theatre Project, MPIRG's Vagina Monologues and the Jewish Theatre Company's Women's Minyan. She is passionate about theatre and hopes to continue acting after she graduates.

Emily Wyman
Role: Nina
Emily Wyman, originally from Wyoming, has been acting in Minnesota and in Texas since 1989. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in theatre, and is a participant in the summer ‘Shakespeare in the Glen’ program at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, TX. Amongst her favorite roles: Helena in MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Kate in TAMING OF THE SHREW, and The Caterpillar in ALICE IN WONDERLAND. She would like to thank her family for being wonderful and her friends for being fabulous.

User reviews

Surreal and Darkly Hilarious
by Laura Vaughn Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The acting was phenomenal, the actors managing to realistically portray flawed, petty, and unhappy people while still being really funny. The writing was original, and toed the line between strange and realistic. My only real problem was that about 2/3 of the way through the show the plot takes a dip into the really strange (including a musical number), which pulled me out of the performance.

On the whole, it was funny, dark, and very entertaining.

A definite must see!
by Deb Behringer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What a fun performance! The audience last night loved this show. The casting and acting were both excellent and the script was a roller coaster of laughs. A definite must see!

Family values
by amihan huesmann Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Entertaining and witty. At least *my* family isn't that effed up... This didn't really get beyond the humor, which may be a shame, maybe not.

I didn't know there would be furries, and the cast apparently didn't know the theatre was in the round---judging by others' laughter, I missed a couple of sight gags when the actors had their backs to me. The cast was uniformly good, except for Kate, who was awful---please tell me she was filling in for a sick cast member. Please?

Bad deeds gone Bad
by Rebecca Fobes Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A bit of Avenue Q and a bit of the show "Arrested Development." Well cast, witty in a dark dysfunctional way, and well done.

Enjoyable and darkly funny.
by Christopher Bauleke Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I loved the twisted humour in this show, and the mother was by far the best character. Though I did also enjoy the sister and brother-in-law. Their reactions, or more specifically the lack thereof, to events had me laughing through a majority of the show and I loved the pop culture references they made.

I thought the musical number was a tad much and the talking stuffed bear took a while to adjust too, but not too long. The guy playing the main character was a little hard to understand sometimes, but it was probably just first show jitters. On the whole I'd say 3.5, but the website doesn't allow that so I'm rounding up to 4.

Poisonous family parties on
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Vicious, cutting dialogue wounds every member of the nasty family in this play. They're despicable to one another. They're selfish. They can't get off the roller coaster of vitriolic retribution. The glory of this show is the wittiness of the abuse, especially the well-honed tongue of the mother.

twisted adult humor
by Christina Bigelow Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This performance was so twisted in its presentation of a strange family and its relationships that it kept me laughing throughout the show. I loved it! The actress who plays the mother is very good, the brother-in-law has great comedic timing, and the character Nolan is appropriately whiney and difficult to like. I have so many friends who would enjoy this playwrights' sense of humor - I will recommend this show to them.