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Nicholas Clark

The Failed Voyage of the Failed Ororo

Location + schedule

Ritz Theater Proscenium
345 13th Av NE

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Saturday 8/78:30 p.m.  
Sunday 8/810:00 p.m.  
Monday 8/97:00 p.m.  
Tuesday 8/107:00 p.m.  
Saturday 8/144:00 p.m.  
About the show

Contains Strobe lights, Loud noises/gunshots
For ages 12+
Puppetry, Sci-fi/mystery, Teens

Created by Nicholas Clark

Overall rating



Being forgotten by everyone for less than a second and thus transported to a forgotten dimension isn't stupid.

It's dumb.

The tale of a soulless cowboy and the loneliest boy in the world's journey through time and space, back home to the comfort of Ma and Pa.

Told through a dizzying mixture of puppetry, video projection, shadows, and dumb-boy-choirs.

Ah, if only they knew the title of the show...

Created by and Starring Nicholas Clark and Larry Sass-Ainsworth

Nicholas Clark
Role: Creator/Director/Jean-Luc
"The Failed Voyage of the Failed Ororo" is Nicholas's third year at the fringe, second as a writer, and first as self-financed creator.

Larry Sass-Ainsworth
Role: Creator/Ororo

Sophie Gori
Role: Designer/Various Roles

Sophie Gori
Role: Designer/Various Roles

User reviews

Fantastic!!
by Amelia Bolstad Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I'm still a little bit in shock. This show is by far the strangest I've seen at this year's Fringe, but it's also the most powerful. Despite the fact that half the time I had no idea what the actors were saying, the atmosphere was profound. I felt like I, too, was in the empty land of the forgotten, even though I was surrounded by friends and fellow audience members. The actors used the entire theater, often going up into the stairs so that one of the characters was on stage and the other was behind the audience. Half of the show was lit by flashlights, or hardly lit at all, and the addition of puppetry and seemingly random images constantly being projected onto a screen at the back of the stage made this show different from anything I've seen before. If you like being sucked into a show completely, and don't mind if you don't quite understand it, this is a show you do not want to miss.

The successful voyage...
by Anders Nerheim Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
...of Nick Clark and Larry Sass-Ainsworth. I am astonished that anyone could leave this production anything but satisfied. It was hilarious and poignant and kept me thinking after I was out the door.
I am not here to attack anyone but I question the intelligence of someone who did not enjoy this production. Maybe they didn't understand the large words used by Jean Luc?
Regardless I loved this show. These boys have put something great together.

A Show Full of Interest
by Chloe Waryan Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is the epitome of what the Mpls Fringe Festival is all about. It utilizes the freedom of expression and tests the creative boundries, all while showcasing young talent. Everything about this show is experimental; the script, the lighting, the mixed media aspects (the puppetry was definitely a crowd favorite). All of these things makes "Ororo" so much more interesting and captivating. This is definitely a show to see.

Too Confusing, Somewhat Pointless
by OrangeCube Money Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
While this show had FANTASTIC video effects, and even some creative puppetry, it lacked clarity to the point where it was a pain to sit through. The actors had talent, but it seemed that their desire to be "artistic" was translated into random ideas that didn't fit together very well, an unclear story line, and an extremely confusing and boring show to watch. A lot of artistic choices were random without significance, or if there was significance it was not explained to the viewer (such as using large posters with writing instead of speech for a few scenes, or performing in the dark). However, it was clear that the teens put a lot of work into the production, and it was executed well without visible mistakes.

Waxing Philosophically
by Steve Budas Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The setting is Sci-Fi, the dialogue somewhat philosophical, but the story line is basic human need for a friend and companion. The puppetry is mostly filmed, but the one live sequence is very humorous.

When Ororo and Jean Luc find themselves i the Black Hole together, the realization that it will be forever doesn't sink in for Ororo, the "dumb one." (Think 'Lenny' in the production of "Of Mice and Men.") But wait, what is Jean Luc's story for his being there? How is it they both have been forgotten by family and friends?

This mulit-media presentation works, because the visual media supports the story line. Ororo may be 'dumb', but as Jean Luc says, not stupid. The question remains, is Ororo courageous enough to save the Universe? Does he want to? What will be the result? The Universe is saved, but the ending is non-existent.

An extemely creative show
by Emma Palmer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The Failed Voyage of the Failed Ororo was the cowboy's answer to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The energy of this show came not only from the talented and committed actors or brilliant mixed media, but also the smart script that had me laughing obnoxiously loud. This show was really like none other I have seen, a mix of Spaghetti Western and Kurt Vonnegut. I highly recommend it.

Good time, space-time continuum!
by Sadie Lancrete Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is not a show for the weak of heart. And that's a very good thing. This show bravely challenges the audience, bringing them along for the wild ride that is Ororo's journey, whether you're ready or not! An (ironically) unforgettable show.

The Failed Voyage of the Failed Ororo
by Karen Lee Rosar Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Great viewpoint. Great actors. I really liked the multi-media.

Waste of Time
by Sheri Erickson Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
Don't go. Sure at times it was quirky, and the cast had talent. But the show was not entertaining. I understood the concept, but looked at my watch way too many times.

Amazing Mixed-Media
by Lily Ganz Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is full of Mixed-Media surprises, and is charmingly unpredictable. It will make you think and laugh, a tough combination. I highly recommend it. There are puppets! Larry Sass- Ainsworth as Ororo is amazing.

A refreshingly exuberant show!
by Florence Cairbare Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
In a summer full of godawful blockbuster trash and too many boring looking plays to count on one abacus, Ororo was a welcome break from all the skullduggery. Keep in mind, you will either love it or hate it. But if you give it a chance (And, you know, aren't a close-minded old croon), you will surely find something to love about this quirky, often hilarious, and heartfelt journey into not-quite-existence. The stream-of-consciousness writing is weird, unexpected, and seriously a breath of fresh air. Check your cynicism at the door GO SEE THIS SHOW!

I give it five kitties, and 3 hot wet kisses.

For your Fringe!

Effort required
by Kendall Kent Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I could agree with every reviewer. If you see the show with no effort to enjoy it and think about whats really going on, you will hate it. It is not the type of show you can sit back and enjoy, it truely does require thought and an audience presence.

If your schedule allows, I'd say go for it.

A Must-See Show
by Thea Sass-Ainsworth Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I've seen Failed Voyage of the Failed Ororo twice now- and I absolutely loved it. Creators Nick Clark and Larry Sass-Aiinsworth dub it as a "sci-fi mystery" and I think it fits into that genre, and then some. A dramedy to the core, the subject matter of Failed Voyage was extremely complex, frightening, funny, and at moments just downright sad. In some ways it makes us question the universe, our existence, and what would happen if we really were forgotten by everyone. Supported by a rich aesthetic and multi-media usage, it is experimental theater at its best; shocking, provocative, and heart wrenching. A MUST-SEE. Not for the processed-food fed theater goers.

wow, don't miss this!
by Tina Wolde Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Just got back from seeing this poignant, fascinatingly stressful, thematically daring piece of theater. Yay! It does my heart good to witness successful and sincere risk-taking. The production design and use of media has a clever simplicity and integrity which informs the world of the two characters. There's definitely a raw nerve that the actors present/expose. Wow. It's a thoughtful and aesthetically realized piece of theater. When was the last time you saw live theater that actually took on, explored, a concept? Go.

True to Fringe Spirit and Awesome
by sir scriptalot2000 Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Love this for what it is - emerging artists giving their all in an intriguing dreamscape true to the spirit of experimental theater. The atmosphere, media, and characters are bracing and thought provoking. It's time for twin cities to support real theater and give up the junk food. If you like you to see mainstream - why go to the fringe? (Scott, this means you and I've been going to the fringe since 1990-gotcha beat!).

'The Voyage' failed...utterly
by Scott Jackson Follow this reviewer
Rating 0 kitties
An artistic black hole, this rough draft was loud, incoherent, pompous. I've been coming to the Fringe since 1997, and this may be the worst show I've ever seen. Avoid at all costs.

Real Good Lookin'
by Dylan Frederick Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The first weekend is almost over. I've now seen seven shows. THE FAILED VOYAGE OF THE FAILED ORORO is the only show that has motivated me to log on and write a review. It is undoubtedly, my early favorite.

Nicholas Clark and Sophie Gori have put together a theatrical experience that is, I would assume, unlike any of the other 168 shows in the festival. I decided to go at the last minute and couldn't have been more satisfied.

...AND, the production actually delivers everything the trailer promises, and more!

(Please come back next year, Nicholas Clark.)

Truer words were never written
by Scott Pakudaitis Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
From this show's own description: "It's dumb." From the school of "Let's throw some stuff together and put it on stage" comes this incoherent production. Billed as a sci-fi mystery, both the world in which these characters inhabit and the characters themselves are half-baked and vague. Both actors' performance style was one-note and would be best described as "manic." The plot, if you can call it that, went nowhere. Most of this show was performed in near darkness, perhaps out of shame for such a dreadful piece. The shadow-puppetry was welcome comic relief and was well-done.

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