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Shelby Company

Uncle Shelby's Traveling Treasure Trunk

Location + schedule

Minneapolis Theatre Garage
711 W Franklin Ave.

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Thursday 8/58:30 p.m.  
Saturday 8/75:30 p.m.  
Tuesday 8/105:30 p.m. AD
Friday 8/138:30 p.m.  
Sunday 8/151:00 p.m.  
About the show

Contains Adult language
For ages 12+
Comedy, Drama,

Written by Jonathan Goldberg & Dan Moyer
From New York, NY
www.shelbycompany.org

Overall rating



Through a rotating collection of monologues and scenes, Uncle Shelby's Traveling Treasure Trunk creates a fractured suburban landscape populated by depressed magicians, two-timing closet monsters and the world's hottest chili pepper. A rapid-fire picture of a world that is at once quotidian and utterly bizarre and the oddballs and outcasts who, for a brief moment, just might have the chance to shine. No two shows are the same!

written by Jonathan Goldberg and Dan Moyer
directed by Carl Howell

with Lauren Glover, Nathaniel Kent, Amy Landon and Dan Moyer

Bill of Fare

Thursday, August 5 @ 8:30
Fireflies
The Spaghetti Incident
All I Have Pictured
Hark, Hark The Arrival of Lemonseed Larry
Octopus
The Opposite
The Curse
The Way He Moves
The Tiger's Tale

Saturday August 7 @ 5:30
The Spaghetti Incident
The Monster Closet
The Differences Between Being Inside A Whale and Outside A Whale - A List
Ghosts of Stingrays
Magic Hour
Come Fly With Me
Glass Indians, Iron Cowboys or, The Barker
Collide
Fireflies
Octopus

Tuesday August 10 @ 5:30
Come Fly With Me
The Difference Between Being Inside A Whale and Outside A Whale - A List
Ghosts of Stingrays
Octopus
Hot Pepper Paradox
Hark, Hark The Arrival of Lemonseed Larry
All I Have Pictured
The Opposite
The Tiger's Tale
The Curse

Friday August 13 @ 8:30
Fireflies
The Spaghetti Incident
Collide
Hot Pepper Paradox
The Monster Closet
Octopus
The Curse
All I Have Pictured
Magic Hour
The Tiger's Tale

Sunday August 15 @ 1
Keep Shoveling The Walk: A Visit to the Northernmost Maine Museum of Maine
Fireflies
The Spaghetti Incident
All I Have Pictured
Octopus
The Tiger's Tale
The Monster Closet
Hot Pepper Paradox
The Curse
Night Train

Photos from the first Uncle Shelby's Traveling Treasure Trunk, at the Complex Theatre in Hollywood (starring Nathaniel Kent and Dan Moyer, photos by Amanda Barnes)

Lauren Glover
Role: Actor

Lauren is a Pittsburgh native. With Shelby Company: YOu May Be Splendid Now (Access Theatre). She is a recent graduate of Barnard College, where she was active in student theater including The 114th Annual Varsity Show. Lauren has studied at the Stella Adler Studio and the Moscow Art Theater School.

Nathaniel Kent
Role: Actor/Producer

Nathaniel Kent - A Bay Area native - is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Shelby Company. Shelby acting credits: New Beulah (Planet Connections Festivity, winner Outstanding Ensemble, nominee Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play); Say Say Oh Playmate (New Orleans Fringe); The Luck of the Ibis (Access Theatre); and Uncle Shelby's WunderPantry of Possibilities (Gene Frankel Theatre). Other selected acting credits: Titus Andronicus (The Brick NYC); Three Sisters (Rebellious Subjects); NORA, and Bonfire Night (Playwrights Horizons); and The Oresteia (Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin). He is so excited to be returning to Minneapolis for the Fringe, and looks forward to playing Ninja Warrior in the Bedlam parking lot into the wee hours of the morning!

Amy Landon
Role: Actor

Off-Broadway: Jane Eyre and Love, Shakespeare (The Acting Company), King Lear (NY Classical Theatre), Absolute Flight: A Reality Show With Wings (Roundtable Ensemble), and The Most Lamentable and Tragical Historie of the Barber-Surgeons (Studio 42). With Shelby Company: The Luck of the Ibis (Access Theatre), The Sharks of Montana (Barrow Street Theatre). Regional credits: Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Bleeding Kansas (Hangar Theatre - world premier), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Kansas City Actors Theatre). Amy is a resident artist at Studio 42 and a proud member of AEA.

Dan Moyer
Role: Actor/Writer

Dan Moyer is an NYC based playwright and screenwriter. Recent workshops / productions of his plays: Uncle Shelby's WunderPantry of Possibilities (Gene Frankel Theatre); A Diner, A Shiner (The Network); You May Be Splendid Now (Access Theatre); Say Say Oh Playmate (New Orleans Fringe); WINNEMUCCA: three days in the belly (2009 MN Fringe, FringeNYC); New Beulah (Planet Connections); Knuckles Turn White (Steinberg Playwrights Lab); Alligator (Experimental Theatre Wing, NYU); The Last of the Texas Dollies (Seven Devils). He is the Artistic Director of Shelby Company, a graduate of NYU's Department of Dramatic Writing and a playwright-in-residence at Theatreworks in his hometown Palo Alto, CA.

Jonathan A. Goldberg
Role: Writer
Jonathan has had work seen at The Public Theater, NJ Rep, and others. His play The Jew and the Demon won the Rita and Burton Award for playwriting at NYU and the Israel Baran Award from the Theatricum Botanicum in California, for his play How To Shoot A Bull Moose. With Shelby Company: The Luck of the Ibis (Access Theatre), Mincemeat of Me (The Network), Uncle Shelby's WunderPantry of Possibilities (The Gene Frankel Theatre), and My Father is a Tetris Game, which was included in HERE's Summer Sublet Series after development at Dixon Place. He was a guest artist at the LAByrinth summer intensive in 2009.

Carl Howell
Role: Director
Theatre performances include Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night (The Pearl). Regional: Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night's Dream (all with Hudson Valley Shakespeare). As a Collaborating Artist with Shelby Company: Say Say Oh Playmate (performer & director - New Orleans Fringe), New Beulah (Planet Connections Festivity, Outstanding Ensemble), We Men of Science (The Network). Trained at NYU.

Shelby Company
Role: Producing Company

Shelby Company, founded in 2008, is a playwright-centric theatre group dedicated to producing original work for the stage. This marks their second consecutive year at the Minnesota Fringe Festival performing at The Theatre Garage, and they couldn't be more excited! Previous productions include: Uncle Shelby's WunderPantry of Possibilities (The Gene Frankel Theatre); The Luck of the Ibis, You May Be Splendid Now, and The Mike and Morgan Show (Great SCoT: New Plays! series at Access Theatre); Say Say Oh Playmate (New Orleans Fringe); WINNEMUCCA (three days in the belly) (MN Fringe, FringeNYC, San Jose Stage Company); My Father Is A Tetris Game (HERE Arts Center); and New Beulah (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity-Winner 5 Festivity Awards including Best Ensemble, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The Creek, The Pear Avenue Theatre); as well as Shelby West, a reading series including 5 new plays and the first production of Uncle Shelby's Traveling Treasure Trunk (The Complex Theatre Hollywood, The Pear Avenue Theatre), and a staged reading of The Sharks of Montana by Jonathan Goldberg (The Barrow Street Theatre). Visit our website to find information about upcoming shows across the nation, including a production of Jonathan Goldberg’s The Land Whale Murders and the second annual Great SCoT: New Plays! www.shelbycompany.org

User reviews

A Wonderful Experience
by AJ Sass Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was hilarious, absolutely. I found myself laughing the most at off-hand phrases such as "We do have word-hands. They're called ears." But then, there was something particularly human about the way each story was woven. I couldn't help but think of a cross between Monty Python and Wes Andserson. All in all, very enjoyable and moving. Five kitties, five words: ye ye ye ye ye.

sorry...just not enough
by mark browning milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
the humor wasn't funny enough. the non sequiturs were not absurd enough. the pathos wasn't wrenching enough. and the reality just didn't ring true. and where was the other female cast member? the musical interludes between scenes, however, were quite witty.

(p.s. misspelled "resilient" in my review of "waiting for biffy". sorry 'bout that...)

Inside This Trunk
by Carole Vandal Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Uncle Shelby’s Traveling Treasure Trunk, is an assortment of whimsical, weird, and wonderfully funny stuff. While I enjoyed the skits I will have to warn you that you may or may not see the same skits that I enjoyed. Regardless of what might come out of that treasure trunk you will have an opportunity to laugh at the absurdity presented in a most fringy way.
The acting troupe is ready to deliver you laughs from a number of different skits. I am a firm believer that variety is the spice of life. Come live it up with Uncle Shelby and these funny skits written by Jonathan Goldberg and Dan Moyer. A Shockwave Theatre Review

10 Poked Octopi
by Dave Romm Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I hate to give this a firm rating, as the show changes every performance. They do 10 (or so) skits from a large pool. Some repeat but are different every time. All of the skits demand that you pay attention, and usually pay off at the end. Sharp writing is enhanced by facile acting. Some worked better than others, and I hope they can winnow down to the best ones for future shows. A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

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

A theatrical variety show
by Scott Pakudaitis Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
This show consisted of 10 short plays and monologues with a variety of premises and settings, many of them absurd. A couple of the endings were a little weak, others were unexpected and fun. I appreciated the variety and the weirdness of some of the pieces. Other than the aforementioned weak endings, the writing is generally sharp and witty.

Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow
by Zoe Schwartz Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is totally lovely. Offbeat humor mixed with beautiful language and a cast of very strong performers. The writing is great. Catch the Shelbsters now before they blow up in NYC and never come back to the midwest again- EVER.

Great sleeper
by Wanda Viento Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Incredibly original and clever. Well-acted and very unique. I wasn't going to see it at first because the title didn't attract me, but the show was outstanding and I'm probably going to see it again. They do different skits for each show, so it'd be worth another punch on my pass card.

Hidden Treasure
by Derek Reise Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This zany production I saw by chance is the kind of hidden treasure I hope for in the Fringe.

This out-of-town company creates several short absurd bits of real comedy. Each performance they mix up the set list and replace some pieces. It's never the same show.

The material is original and tight. For the most part the acting is very strong. The only things that keep me from giving five kitties is that the transitions between pieces were sometimes awkward and that the actors in the beginning seemed uncomfortable and didn't know where to look.

Odd thing is that the first two bits were the ones I liked best: The Spaghetti Incident and the Monster Closet. The later combines unrequited love, betrayal, and childhood fears with several comedic turns.

A couple pieces were indeed more serious and they were done quite well. Ghosts of Stingrays and Collide, in particular. The former starts with the funny line about "saying I only liked you when you looked like your brother" and get serious from there.

These versitile and original actors deserve to be seen. Anyone who goes is unlikely to regret it. Great show.

Comedy over drama.
by jim anderson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I preferred the comedic sketches over the dramatic. The two main dramas were the longest sketches in the show and had a similar tone which I found a bit tiring. More hits than misses on the comedy side, however. Try to catch these on the night you go. Acting and tech were solid. Put it on your list!


The Spaghetti Incident
The Monster Closet
Collide
Fireflies
Octopus

Supreme acting & surprising stories
by Steven McCaa Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This quartet from New York is excellent. Really great acting is put to great use with truly unexpected/funny/poignant stories. Highly recommend!

Excellent show
by Meghan Daly Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show has terrific writing and acting. Some of the skits made me laugh to the point of tears. As another reviewer pointed out, they also have a few very well executed poignant moments. I'll definitely be going again, especially since they have a different mix of skits every night.

Definitely Some Treasures
by August Berkshire Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The skits vary from show to show, with numerous skits reprised, but it’s never the same mix twice. We went opening night (August 5) and thought that the skits “Fireflies” and “The Spaghetti Incident” were outstanding. They are both repeated in the shows on August 7, 13, and 15, but not on August 10. The other skits were good to very good. I’d probably rate this closer to 4.5 kitties but can’t quite round it up to 5 kitties.

Kitty Kounter:
5 = Outstanding. Must see.
4 = Worth your time.
3 = Okay to fill a spot.

Witty and Fun
by Shelly Dailey Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was a really fun show with really intelligent ideas. Almost 8 shows in one with fun characters, crazy banter and lots of laughs. They mix up the lineup every night - go see it twice!

A Delightful Surprise
by Sharon Kahn Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
In case you had as much trouble as I did understanding the online description of this show, allow me to translate. It's improv-derived sketch comedy performed by a company of 4 incredibly talented performers. Think Dudley Riggs. Dudley Riggs on a very very good night. There is no actual improv in the show - all the skits have been developed into fully finished little plays that expertly walk the line between comedy and poignancy.

Well, okay, a few of them are just goofy fun, like Larry Lemonseed, whose slogan ("When life gives you lemons, just shut up and eat them") just can't seem to compete with the charismatic Johnny Appleseed. But "All I Have Pictured" was absolutely brilliant. The narrator presents an (invisible) slide show of a family vacation, which he has jazzed up by using Photoshop to insert celebrities into each picture. It starts out funny ("Here's the minivan packed for the trip outside our house. If you look closely you'll see the face of Millard Filmore in the window here - he's watching the house and watering the plants for us") and becomes increasingly poignant as the trip progresses and the marriage deteriorates.

I also loved "Fireflies," a bittersweet father-son conversation where the father gives actual answers to his little boy's repetitive "Why?" questions. And the one that starts out with the housewife returning from a shopping trip and prattling to her husband about spaghetti sauce is priceless.

In short, this is a must-see show for anybody that likes intelligent sketch comedy.

Full of win
by Colin Pesyna Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was my first Fringe show and it couldn't have been more fun. Top notch writing brought to life by quality actors made for an hour well spent. I'll definitely be going to see this again.

Must see for me
by Akos Beres Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Well written and executed! Tempted to see it again..

A solid and funny show
by Raka Mitra Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Thoughtful humor and strong acting. Definitely go see this show!

Definitely worthwhile!
by Anya Kremenetsky Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Clever writing that holds your ear the entire time, and a talented cast to see it through. This show embodies the spirit of Fringe randomness, poignancy, and intelligent comedy.

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