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Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Production

Speech!

Location + schedule

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

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Thursday 8/57:00 p.m.  
Saturday 8/72:30 p.m.  
Thursday 8/125:30 p.m.  
Friday 8/1310:00 p.m.  
Saturday 8/147:00 p.m. AD
About the show

Contains Adult language
For ages 16+
Comedy, Satire,

Written by Ferrari McSpeedy
www.ferrarimcspeedy.com

Overall rating



Drama. Comedy. Flower-print dresses. The world of the high school speech team has it all. Ferrari McSpeedy returns to Fringe with an almost-true tale of competitive forensics.
Fringe Festival favorites, Ferrari McSpeedy do away with their typical 2 person show in favor of a full cast for their new show about the world of High School Speech Competition. Set in 1995 in suburban Chicago, Speech! is a semi-kind of-autobiographical tale about a high school speech team and all of the drama, intrigue and inner demons that haunt them as they compete for spots in the State tournament. Speech! is sure to be a walk down memory lane for former speech competitors, or for that matter, anyone who ever attended high school.

City Pages recommends Speech!

The Pioneer Press picked Speech! as a Must See!

The Twin Cities Daily Planet is excited for Speech!


Fringe Famous has picked Speech as an early Top Ten show!


Joe and Mike were interviewed!

Mpls. St.Paul Magazine listed Speech! as a pick of the fest! Sadly, we can't link to the article, but trust us! Or go pick up the August issue of Mpls. St. Paul Magazine and see for yourself.

Fred Beukema
Role: Director
Fred Beukema wasn’t on speech & debate in high school, but did co-captain the 1997 MN State Quarterfinalist Southwest High School Lakers Quiz Bowl team. Damn you, South. Fred can be seen in local improv groups such as Fingergun and Show X. This is his Fringe directorial debut.

Joe Bozic
Role: Various
Joe Bozic was on the high school speech team for four years and saw his teammates to some really wonderful things. He was there primarily for support. Joe is delighted to bring some his memories back to life. Joe is one half of Ferrari McSpeedy. He's the smaller half.

Mike Fotis
Role: Various
Mike is the taller side of Ferrari McSpeedy. Mike is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast, not only because of what they've added to the show but because they've served as a buffer from Joe's megalomaniacal ragings. Mike can also be seen in the Fringe show, Mike and Matt.

Madde Gibba
Role: Angela Bittle
Madde was only on the High School Speech team for a week. You see, years before she had quit the soccer team after this aggressive girl would punch her in the arm after she scored a goal and scream, “You could learn from that, Gibba!” Years later she showed her ugly pug face on the speech team too. Too bad, Madde could have really been something. In short, this is the reason Madde now does theatre.

Tim Hellendrung
Role: George Galapaspagnato
After accolades in the 2009 Fringe for his role as a fourth grader in "Sideways Stories from Wayside School," Tim is thrilled to be playing another character under the age of 18. Tim performs regularly at ComedySportz and is active in the Twin Cities improv community. Tim is on Team Jacob.

Taj Ruler
Role: Mary Tuttle
Taj Ruler didn't participate in speech in high school because she was busy doing...anything else - especially at 4am on Saturdays for speech competitions. She was probably sleeping then. She could have won first place for that. Luckily she decided to become an actor so she can perform in a high school speech play. She wins.

Erin Sheppard
Role: Kate Moseley
Erin Sheppard is delighted to relive the awkwardness of high school with Ferrari McSpeedy. When she is not part of a competitive duet she can be found at Mall of America encouraging people to hug cartoon characters, dancing or teaching various youth classes at Zenon and YPC. She has won several awards such as, "Participation," "Perfect Attendance" and "Honorable Mention," to name a few.

Matt Spring
Role: Doug Dorsey
This is Matt's first production with Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions, and he is very excited. Matt is also a Founding Member of Four Humors Theater and has been with the group since 2005. He's had the pleasure of appearing in Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Mortem Capiendum, and Bards.

User reviews

True to Life
by Linda Heinze Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
As a retired speech, debate, & drama coach, "Speech" had me from the opening bus headlights! I started laughing before the "punch lines" were caught by the rest of the audience. This indeed was "my life" both as a competitor & coach! I have coached & judged each & everyone of the characters. You guys nailed it!! Congrats!!

A near perfect Fringe Show
by Edwin Strout Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is exactly what you want to see during Fringe. Great character actors playing multiple funny roles, telling a simple but funny original script. What a great show.

The only thing that marred it, was the sound level of the music. When the music was on, which was during the introduction to all the characters and a couple of other key moments, I strained to hear the people talking on stage. And I was only five rows back from the stage.

High school nostalgia + teen movie spoof
by Justin Alexander Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Speech! captures the heart of an afterschool club and packages it brilliantly into a send-up of teen movies. It features wall-to-wall laughs combined with some legitimately clever scripting and characters you really care about. It'll massage your nostalgic nodes while tickling your funny bone.

Go see it.

Hysterical!
by Max Wojtanowicz Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Certainly a show for a specific group of people who remember getting up on Saturday mornings and dressing in suits, but enjoyable for everyone! Tim Hellendrung is the funniest man in Minneapolis. AND the Cutting Edge parody was incredible. 'nuf said.

Trip down memory lane
by Nicole Joy Frethem Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was so a highly enjoyable and sometimes scary (too familiar!) romp through the ins and outs of high school speech. Nearly died at the Cutting Edge scene. That was amazing.

Fast Paced and Funny
by Ryan Vanasse Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Speech! is the kind of show that would be a perfect introduction to Fringe for non-fringers, except that it might spoil them when they saw other shows that didn't quite match their level of performance. Speech! goes through separate story arcs with multiple characters, and comes to a satisfying conclusion--a surprisingly rare thing at Fringe.

Speech! goes for the over-the-top instead of a realistic portrayal of the humorous beats of speech team. I feel that this was a good choice for accessibility reasons, and there still manages to be enough familiar elements that only speech people really get.

One thing that stands out about this show is the energy. The interactions between Taj Ruler and Madde Gibba particularly enlivened what other actors might have drug down.

Tim Hellendrung's put-together extemp. speaker was fantastic both for his spot-on characterization of "those kids" (with the suits and the rolly-research-bins) and for the amazing penultimate scene.

There are some nits to pick in the story, perhaps, but what's there is good, and the performances are uniformly good. A Winner.

Enjoyed it
by Lisa Landreman Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Good pace, good plot, loved the enthusiasm of the narrator. Wish they would have had more actors instead of having actors do double duty, men playing women is so not funny...that said the skating bit was hilarious and the drunk speech at the end was brilliant which tipped the scale for me from 3 to a 4.

It’s a play about high school memories.
by Nick n Rosie Heille Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A Looney Tunes like extravaganza. A slap stick like Punch and Judy Show. Physicality, energetic, pratfalls, bold gestures, an open night at the local comedy club, they are all part of "SPEECH". The play is well staged. With basic office chairs, on wheels, the actors transformed them from seats on a school bus, to chairs at a speech tournament. Excited to have seen "SPPECH", all most failed to see it, because we, thought it would be a performance by high school kids. Pleases we found it to be adult memories of the experience of high school.

Quality performances
by David McMenomy Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I never did speech in school, and I was worried that might detract from a lot of the humor in this show. On the contrary, I felt a kinship with the neurotic obsession of these characters, in large part due to the fearlessness of the cast. I'll watch Mike Fotis and Taj Ruler do pretty much anything, and I especially enjoyed Tim Hellendrung's final bit. The script has a few slow moments and could be tighter overall, but by and large this is an entertaining hour with some very gifted comic actors, and you don't need to have done speech to have a good time.

FUN FUN FUN
by Sid Solomon Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
SPEECH! is everything you'd expect from performers of such skill. Always funny, and sometimes downright riotous, it's a good story well told through and through. Taj Ruler as a girl, Mike Fotis as drink, and Tim Hellendrung as a drunk all deserve particular praise.

One of the most popular shows at the Fringe. Well worth the accolades it's receiving.

Deserves all the high praise it gets!
by Nanette Stearns Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I heard great things about this in advance and am glad I saw it. Never participated in high school speech but sure did recognize all the characters and situations. Loved the riff on "The Cutting Edge." Great fun!

Laughed 'til I cried
by Laurie Swenson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I absolutely loved this show. I laughed until I cried. A wonderful ensemble cast. Lots of energy and creativity here. Sideways Stories from Wayside School was one of my favorites last year (two cast members are in Speech!) and this show delighted me in much the same way with its bizarre cleverness. Speech! was awesome and a great way to polish off the evening.

"JUMP!" on this show
by Jennie Eckholt Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is a fast-paced romp from start to finish. I myself was a Speech competitor for several years in the Poetry category, and had to restrain myself during the poetry reads. I was laughing so hard that I was wiping tears from eyes! Kudos to both of the Poetry ladies for their spot-on linguistics, facial expressions, and gestures. It brought back all those ridiculous memories from high school and how back then it all seemed so important! Love, love, love this show. I recommend everyone see it - even if you've never been on the Speech team. Great job to everyone involved with this show!!

"You had to be there."
by Murray WithTheFringeOnTop Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
You know how sometimes you'll be with a crowd of friends who've all had something SUPER FUNNY happen to them, and they're relaying the experience to you and LAUGHING and LAUGHING and you're just not sure what's so totally hilarious, and eventually they both look at you with a touch of annoyance and impatience and say, "Well...maybe you had to be there"?

I think maybe for this show I had to be there. I WANTED to scream with laughter and love it and adore it and think everything was the cleverest most original idea ever and that each moment was executed with 75 different ingredients that combine to make THE Secret Recipe for Awesome....but I didn't. The rest of the audience seemed extremely entertained. I believe the guy across the aisle from me might have wet himself, as he changed seats midway through the show. But I felt like I had missed the boat -- I was smiling, and I wasn't bored, but...perhaps the fact that I didn't participate in high school speech left me out of this one.

Good effort, though!

Funny Stuff
by Scott Linke Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Made me laugh! A lot!

toe pick!
by Jennifer Walker Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A great ensemble delivers a fantastic show! Characterizations were terrific and the ice skating bit was ... well, just go see it. Really. Ferrari McSpeedy delivers!

Fun!
by Kristi Lawless Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Very funny and lots of interesting characters!

"Art And Life Are Blurred"
by Dave Romm Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Speech is supremely silly and superbly acted at breakneck speed. Ostensibly about high school students competing in their High School Debate Regionals, it is, in fact, about a high school students competing in their High School Debate Regionals. Along the way, they encounter death, alcoholism, the pressure of competition, a deranged Vietnam vet, true friendship and true love. Or something like that, anyway. A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

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

Glad for the crowd
by Juanita Garciagodoy Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
My husband and I were intending to go to a diff. show on opening day, but there was such a crowd in line for "Speech," that we opted for that one.
WHat a terrific work! Great sense of irony, mixed with enough earnestness to make it pull a few tears. Acting was really good & precise.
See it!

right on
by mamie isner Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
decent costumes. jenna papke is wrong, but not trying to diss anyone, the right idea.

I recommend this (should you care).
by Warren Bowles Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Very funny, well conceived, with very good performances.

I recommend this.

excellent entertainment
by Jenna Papke Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
While not everyone could keep a straight face, it didn't matter. This was pure fun. And it was a relief to know I'm not the only person in the world who is fond of "The Cutting Edge".

Speech Monster meets Hockey Monster
by Ashley Schweitzer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
As always, zany fun from Ferrari McSpeedy. If you're wondering whether drama nerds whose high schools sadly did not have Speech (tear) will enjoy this show, the answer is a resounding yes. Unless you hate fun. Bonus points for referencing one of my favorite flicks.

Cheeps
by Brian Watson-Jones Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Hilarious! Been quoting lines from it with friends for a few days now. My first Ferrari McSpeedy show, and there will be more.

Loved it!
by Jamie Chilvers Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Deserving of all the praise!

Yes Please!!!
by Lauren Anderson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
For a show titled "Speech", I have surprisingly little to say--other than GO SEE SEE THIS LAUGH MAKER!!!

Great script, Excellent cast, and expertly executed. Done and Done. Way to go gentlemen!

Super!
by Bree Nolastnamesontheinternet Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Hilarious and witty. As a former extemp speaker, I especially enjoyed the show. Tim Hellendrung was simply a masterpiece, and the direction was terrific. This was a really polished show overall, and the script was very well-written.

See It!!
by Joanna Olson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Very very funny, and for those of us who have been in Speech, probably even funnier. The performances were wonderful and the script witty. I recommend this to one and all.

Cutting Edge Comedy
by Reid Gagle Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
More fun from Ferrari-McSpeedy. Although Joe and Mike bring in other actors to round out the case, they still assay multiple roles themselves, like they did back in the glory days of Punk Rock Omaha. Good fun, with their usual strengths and weaknesses.

MUST SEE!
by Aaron Greer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Oh My Gods. I laughed so hard I was in tears and feared I might be distracting others from the show, except for the fact that I was in similar company. If you weren’t a speech or debate or performance geek in school, this show is still wildly entertaining and accessible; if you were such a geek, then the comedy will touch you on a deeper level that somehow bypasses maudlin nostalgia while it tightens its firm grip on the funny-bone (shit, did I really just write that?) It’s smart and witty and fun and it’s the first of my MUST SEE recommendations for the 2010 Fringe. No, really, I want to see this again myself!

Best show I've seen at the Fringe
by Gregory Abbott Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Speech was a wonderful mix of comedy -- physical (physically pouring Mike as a bottle of alcohol) and laugh out loud (skating scene). It was smart and had both my 11-year-old and myself talking about how it was the best show we'd seen at the Fringe.

great script, well performed
by mark browning milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
if, like me, you really like mike fotis, you won't miss this. even his misses are better than a lot of hits, and this is no miss. the writing is fresh and irreverent, and the performances nail every last joked, nuanced or not. i particularly liked the i'm-wearing-the-blonde-wig-so-i'm-the-judge bit. and hey, fotis, seriously, have you considered a career as a drag queen...? do. not. miss. this. show.

Fun
by Victoria Olson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Especially clever if you know about or have been involved in any way in H.S. speech. They know their stuff! Pushing all the right buttons!

Speechful!
by August Berkshire Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Yes it’s absurd and over-the-top and probably bears only a passing resemblance to an actual High School State Speech Tournament, but who cares? It was internally consistent and consistently funny!

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

"I'm dying!" "But what about ME?!?"
by Heather Baldwin Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A hilarious show about a bunch of driven, yet misfit, kids on a high school speech team, as they compete in their Sectional tournament. Many of the characters and the somewhat dark humor throughout the story reminded me a bit of “Glee” (which I mean as a compliment). Mike Fotis steals the show as the team’s unstable teacher/coach. I highly recommend this one!

So Much Awesome
by Ben Thietje Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
There's so much to love about this show. Easily the most imaginative show that I've seen this year. Tazing Joe Bozic was a grand idea.

Speech Contest Comedy
by Peter Erickson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A hilarious take on the high school speech contest. The story is not quite true to my experience, but still brought back memories. Very talented comedic actors, great lines and timing, produce a crowd pleaser, likely to be among the top Fringe shows.

Enjoyed it but..
by Abi Kritzer Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I went into this show with high expectations, and they fell a little flat. I did laugh a fair amount, and I would recommend it if you have a free slot it fits into. That said, they seemed to reach for the implausible for their humor rather than developing characters I could relate to and care about, which made the show feel forced at times.

Funny Show. Great Cast.
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Is Mike Fotis actually a middle-aged loser whose wife sleeps around on him? I'm beginning to think so.
Can Joe Bozic be taken out with one slap? Obviously, yes.

Is Speech funny with a great cast? Yes.
Everyone is quite good in it with a special geek smile for Matt Spring playing the toughest guy in the ensemble. Yes, you heard that right. Love it!

Great job all! Highly recommended!

Charming, but seemed underdeveloped
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I really love Mike Fotis' work; I think he's insightful and hysterical and charming. But this show -- which I was really, really looking forward to -- seemed underdeveloped and unintentionally disjointed. A shout out to Taj Ruler, though, who lit up the stage every time she was on it. I realize that obviously this is satire, but the humor felt forced and self-consciously "zany," rather than having the humor flow out of the text and the situations. A technical note: the music was WAY too loud, distractingly so.

Has it all
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A prototypical fringe show with huge talent, great execution and timing and full of surprises. Congruent story and plot that is just believable this side of totally goofy with life's awkward moments we can all relate to - were they not just slightly over the top. Brilliant comedy. Much more Mike Fotis as we like to see him - standing up and making hilarious characters.

Very funny
by Dave Larson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is a very funny show about the speech team sectionals, with some great performances and hilarious speeches. I might take half a kitty off for Mike Fotis cracking up on stage, but this is well worth checking out.

Perfectly delightful and tells truths.
by Marcia Skafte Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Enjoyed the characters, tensions, and staging--talented cast, writer, director

See It.
by Andrew Christman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Nothing much to say here. You really shouldn't miss this. One of the funniest plays I've ever seen. The cast is flawless. The production is flawless. The show is so funny that the (very-composed) actors even cracked each other up at one point. Somehow, that slip-up just made the audience laugh harder. "Speech!" is kind of reminiscent of "Greater Tuna," if you know that one; actors playing multiple roles, doing broad comedy, etc. If you have the chance to see it, do. The audience went crazy for it. You really should see this production if you like happiness. And laughter. And... let's say kittens.

Laughed "til I choked
by Kasee Kozel Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
. . .and this is a good thing! Every actor looked like they had a lot of fun performing Speech! and the audience caught it. Thank you!

Brilliant and true to the experience!
by Josh Lanzet Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is a must-see. Speaking as a former Speech competitor, this was a hilarious journey that rings as true to the real life experience as any show could. Phenomenal performances by all actors involved!

I love Speech!
by Jane Samsal Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is so hilarious. If you want to laugh, this is your show. I am going to come back and bring five of my best friends. Great job to everyone involved in this show.

Speechy
by SBRK Hart Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Didn't check my watch once for the entire hour, which flew by. I thought this show was wonderful. I agree with the others who said the music was often too loud, drowning out the dialogue in places. Music wasn't really necessary, but if turned down a bit, would be fine. Otherwise, no worries; this one should be seen.

If you like humor ..
by Tony Hanson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was funny! It just kept gaining momemtum as it rolled along. This will be one of the best.

Barely passing grade.
by Jack Sparrow Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
It's foolish to get in front of the Ferrari McSpeedy freight train, but I felt this was just an average effort. I had no biding interest in any of the characters, with the exception of the always entertaining Tim Hellendrung. If I don't care about anyone in the show then why should I care about the show itself? Meh.

Best Ever?
by Nonsensical Norton Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Maybe. I've seen a LOT of shows, and this one is right up there with every telephone of slam make it so. That being said, crunchies.

Give it up for the nerds.
by Nick Decker Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I remember early mornings half-sleeping in the school van on the way to a quiz bowl tournament, cocky and nervous, and sure that each plastic-and-faux-marble trophy was the most important thing I’d ever compete for. Now the experience wins me bar tabs at pub trivia. Useless? Not entirely, but ridiculous all the same.

Ferrari McSpeedy recaptures petty nerd rivalries with cringe-worthy accuracy through the epic last-stand of a high school debate team, fighting with all of their anemic effort for the right to exist as an organization. Madde Gibba and Taj Ruler shine as bitter rivals verbosely destroying each other, and Mike Fotis exceeds as the broken husk of speech coach. Perhaps too well. Someone stage an intervention, or at least check on him periodically.

The cast shares a wonderful comedic chemistry. It’s obvious where relationships will develop, blossom, and shatter, but the joy comes from the trip Ferrari McSpeedy takes you on. I was just as anxious to be on the bus ride again, and just as certain that it was life or death for these teenagers.

Speecharific!
by Gabriel Heller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I went into this show with several misgivings, but gladly none of them came to pass! I was afraid it would be sketch comedy with no plot; no problem, there was plenty of plot! I was afraid it would be about head-to-head debate and therefore somewhat annoying, unpleasantly dramatic, and boring; no worries, it was about extemporaneous speech, poetry, and dramatic acting. Not a single pencil was spun with one hand in the entire show! If only there had been such a program at my High School instead of debate. I was afraid the characters wouldn't be as interesting as their speeches...no worries there either! The original speeches and poems were a hoot: perfectly crafted to be so almost well-written you could almost believe they were real material, but the characters delivering them were even funnier! I laughed out loud again and again, and I'm almost entirely sure it was not just because I was also in high school in the 90s.

Bus ride to the funny farm!
by evelyn blum Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show works like a well driven bus! Hilarious! even Hokey at moments (but in a good way), It hit all the Funnies available, from well written sketches, to prat falls, to one liners. Sit up front! the laughs get so loud that you want to make sure you don't miss a punch line! I would see this one again!

Fun, Charming, Imaginative!
by Andrew Fafoutakis Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great show, and it made this theatre-geek's heart swoon. Really great, imaginative staging with some nice surprises. This show took me back to my speech/debate years, and I loved every minute of it. Talented cast with kudos all-around!

A Speech Coach Reviews
by Anthony Rydberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The writers and actors excelled at capturing the perceived life-and-death stakes of competitive speech. While the story takes place in 1995, I saw portrayals (albeit satirical) of many speech students I coach to this day. Whether you were in speech or not, you'll recognize and appreciate how seriously the students take the competition -- and themselves. Superb production! Don't miss it!

Disappointing, with a few highlights
by Liz Capouch Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
Having been a "speechie" and now a coach, I went into this show expecting to be thoroughly bombarded by every speech inside joke in existence in a wry, witty manner. What I found instead was a generally conventional production with a few amusing moments, that was somewhat lacking in creativity. The shining beacon of hope in this production is the plotline of Tim Hellendrung as tormented extemper. I could watch this all day. He perfectly captured the essence of an elite speechie, haunted by a particular demon (which I won't spoil). Had more of the subplots looked more like that, playing upon the contrast between the insane struggle for perfect professionalism and the realization that these are just teenagers, the production might have shone.

I also agree with other reviewers who say that the background music was overly loud and distracting. In portions, I found it unnecessary altogether.

Other reviewers have given this show rave reviews, but I just couldn't help wanting more from this production.

True to life
by Publius McGee Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The cast captured both the neurotic nerd personalities that show up in speech as well as the atmosphere of excitement, nerves, and waiting-for-scores-purgatory. Throughout the performance, my companion and I (who were in speech together) kept exclaiming to each other about the notorious speechers that each character reminded us of - the likenesses were honestly a little eerie.

Aside from the excellent concept, hysterical writing, and stellar acting, the show itself was very tight and clearly well-rehearsed. Blocking was perfect, tech was novel (loved the bus headlights), and the costumes were accurate without being overkill (the wig representing the judges had us in stitches).

I agree about the music, though - turn it down! No psychotic bus driver would let the radio be that loud.

For non-Speech nerds too!
by Heather Meyer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The show builds the long awaited comedy bridge between Speech nerds and non-Speech nerds.

Five kitties.

Ferrari McSpeedy "Speech" dead on!
by Alan Cloud Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
After a disappointing first show, I was thrilled that we chose this for our second one. The writing is absolutely hilarious & deftly delivered by a fine cast. This show rocks. The only issue I had was that the background music made it difficult to hear some of the actors, even from the 3rd row. They should bring that down a little, because this is stuff you don't want to miss.

Delightful!
by Jen Scott Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
SO GOOD! Smart. Sweet. Solid, truly funny cast and very clean staging/direction. I adored it.

(P.S. Tim Hellendrung's tie, just by itself, could stage its own show..) :)

Frantic funny frolics
by Nick Vetter Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
As veterans of the Fringe know, Ferrari McSpeedy shows are always worth checking out. As ever, not only did they not disappoint, they knocked it out of the park (if you'll permit me to mix metaphors). This fast and funny
show is taut and well-performed. The small cast juggled hats to successfully create a much larger troupe and kept the audience closely engaged, to the delight of all. Go see it.

Drama-nerd combat = Speech Club
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
High school rivalry, accidental death, hockey, and a small chemical dependency issue all share the bus ride to the War of the Words. The bus driver is a creepy guy, the coach is a basket case, and the Speech Club is full of the people we used to be. Plenty of laughs, some swell physical comedy, and a painful poem about a tree: be sure to catch this show or we'll push you into your locker after school.

Hilariously Accurate
by James Rone Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
As a massive speech and debate nerd, I can attest to the accuracy of this smartly written, well-acted, and thoughtfully-directed show. Mike and Joe play multiple supporting roles in a performance that showcases the substantial talents of a perfectly-cast ensemble. The first go-round of a highly anticipated show can unnerve even the best comedic actors, but in this performance, the cast found their footing early on, and managed to win over an initially reserved audience. Highlights include both poetry performances, Tim Hellendrung's tour de force Sisyphus extemp speech, and Matt Spring and Erin Sheppard's flawless PAMCHENKO!

Loved It
by Kassie Church Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A super fun show that moves fast and kept me laughing. It does a good job of bringing together all the aspects of high school Speech, which is frightening. Awesome acting and a smart script. Only issue is the music can drown out the dialog a little bit.

Hilarious...
by Pat Sukhum Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
...even if it did remind me of a couple early Saturday mornings in high school. Thanks for a super fun show.

Excellent as Expected
by Melissa Beukema Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is a great show complete with solid writing, acting, and directing. I would expect nothing less from a Ferrari McSpeedy production.

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