Shadow Horse Productions/Stolen Dress Entertainment
Sex, Soap, Torture, Weather
Location + schedule
The Playwrights' Center
2301 E Franklin Ave.
About the show
Contains Adult language
For ages 16+
SEX, SOAP, TORTURE, WEATHER is a quirky quartet of fantastical and dark comedies showing the clash between the sexes from the stress of potential, the problems that may occur, the pain that may come, and the joy of til death do us part. Sure to be a delight for those who want a night of variety in their Fringe experience, this show simply can't be missed.
In VOLLEY by Alina Phelan, Matt Saxe, Bethany Ford, and Christopher Mogel, a couple duels to decide if a relationship will even start.
SOAP by Steve Stajich shows a couple at a crossroads deciding how far is too far when it comes to supporting their family.
In Matt Saxe and Christopher Mogels IT SEEMS LIKE TORTURE TO ME an L.A. actor learns a painful life lesson.
Finally in Kennedy Center Award-Winning playwright Jonathan Yukichs A SHORT HISTORY OF WEATHER two weather obsessed eccentrics fall in love and spend their lives together in a romance sure to touch the funny bone in anyone's heart.
This production features local favorite Bethany Ford, (ROCK-N-ROLL, Park Square) along with two performers making their Fringe debuts; Susannah Handley, and Matt Saxe: whose film credits include JARHEAD and PEARL HARBOR, and on TV's THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. He's also performed in 60 plays across the country. Saxe performs in all 4 plays and is the producer/director of this production with associate producer/assistant director and UM grad Christopher Mogel. Immanuel Elliot is our fantastic stage manager.
Shadow Horse Productions has produced award winning theater for over 6 years in L.A. (2004 Back Stage Wests Stage Spot Award Matt Saxe-Best Supporting Actor-PHAEDRA, Back Stage West Garland Award Honorable Mention Best Translation/Adaptation also for PHAEDRA) and is thrilled to be making its Minnesota Fringe Festival debut with these four unique and exciting new plays.
SOAP is by Steve Stajich, a writer on REBA and former staff writer for A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION. A SHORT HISTORY OF WEATHER by Jonathan Yukich appears in BEST SHORT PLAYS OF 2009 published by Smith & Kraus. His work has been recognized by the Kennedy Center as the winner of the 2003 Paula Vogel Award for Playwriting.
For those Fringe Fans who want an evening of originality and variety your best bet is SEX, SOAP, TORTURE, WEATHER!
The reviews are in and SEX SOAP TORTURE WEATHER is a hit!
Fringe Reviewer Zander Lee: 5 KITTIES!
"Fantastic 1-acts...Matt Saxe is excellent in all 4 shows. Bethany Ford is just perfect in the 3 shows she is in, and Susannah Handley is great in her 2 performances as well... this show deserves much bigger audiences. I highly recommend you put this on your schedules."
Fringe Reviewer Gabriel Heller: 4 KITTIES!
"Excellent acting: inventive and competent writing, closes with a gem, a solid four-star show."
Here's what Fringe Reviewer Sharon Kahn said about "A SHORT HISTORY OF WEATHER"
"...a winner - absurdist and touching at the same time. In 15 minutes we see a couple's lifetime together, from the moment they meet until death do them part. Yes, much like the first 8 minutes of the movie "Up," only sillier."
Here's an early comment/review from our preview at Fringe-For-All on July 12th!
"The excerpt, from "A Short History Of Weather," was just the right choice to disarm me. Yes, the characters were quirky. Exceedingly so. Yes, the situation was odd. But it was also whimsical, and funny, and romantic. And if anybody can deliver whimsical, funny and romantic, it's Minneapolis actress Bethany Ford....it was delightful and silly and sweet. And after a very full night of 28 other previews, some good, some less than good, for a preview to break through my sense of dread and my sense of "wow, it's been a long night," well, that's pretty remarkable....(so) consider putting this charming little oddity on your schedule. I am."
Matthew A. Everett-Single White Fringe Geek Blog
Photo by Travis Anderson
by Heather Baldwin Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show consisted of four separate short stories. I am rating it a 4 overall mainly because I felt that the "soap" piece wasn't quite as strong as the other three pieces. I think the basic premise of the skit would have worked fine without any actual soap being involved (of course, it would have to be titled something else if that were the case). And although I ultimately liked the "volley" one, it took me a couple of minutes to get into it and figure out what was going on, because of some of the phrasing in the dialogue. The "torture" one was the funniest piece, but "weather" was my favorite; it was a sweet and touching story. The acting was consistently good from all three of the cast members throughout the show, and I enjoyed myself. Go check it out!
by zander lee Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I wanted to see this because its one-acts. Its like getting to see 4 shows for the price of one.
The first show threw me off at first. But once I got into the idea that it was a game it drew me in. It was innovative, odd and I liked the twist. Both actors were sharp, looked good, and showed great chemistry.
The second show "Soap" was very different from the first, and that was great, because that's what I want in one-acts. It was extremely realistic, both in dialogue and how it was performed. The premise was very interesting and it hooked me by how real it was.
The next show with the "Torture" in it was just funny. I laughed out loud several times. It was the only show with all 3 actors in it and they worked together great as a group. It was a mix of clever dark and physical comedy with some shocking/silly lines and moments. Very different from the previous 2.
The final show "A Short History of Weather" was wonderful. It makes the whole production worth it. Silly, absurdist, sad, and sweet. Just the right ending to the show.
Matt Saxe is excellent in all 4 shows. Bethany Ford is just perfect in the 3 shows she is in, and Susannah Handley is great in her 2 performances as well.
The night I went there were only about 15-20 people there, and this show deserves much bigger audiences. I highly recommend you put this on your schedules.
some aloe to soothe the burn
by Ariel Pinkerton Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
As I find is often true in a night of one acts, some were great, some not so great. With SSTW I liked the idea behind each peice, but many of them felt a little too long. I enjoyed the first peice, laughing all the way through, liked the idea (and the ending) of the second, and wish the third had been 1/2 the length. As a struggling actress I enjoyed the idea, but got it in about 20 seconds and was ready to move on. The entire night is worth it however for the last peice, a radical departure from the sexual hijinks of the other 3, a charming and unpredictable love story with a wonderful touch of whimsy, with a standout performance by Bethany Ford.
Well worth seeing
by Sharon Kahn Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
When I first started attending the Fringe, the multi-play format was everywhere (and one of the things that hooked me on Fringing). Now it's a vanishing breed. This one is a bit of a mixed bag, but well worth attending, especially if you're getting a wee bit tired of musicals.
Unfortunately, the first of the 4 playlets is the weakest. I think it's supposed to be a mocking literalization of the tacit negotiations, attacks and defenses that go into starting a relationship. Unfortunately, the rules of their little duel are impossible to figure out (which may or may not be part of the joke) and the repartee is not very clever. The result is tedium.
The next one ("Soap") was intriguing but went on too long. Is this argument really becoming a common source of conflict in modern marriages? I wouldn't be surprised.
Number 3, ("Torture") was also a little long, but the two women were so much fun to watch that it was quite amusing. Probably hilarious to the other actors in the audience, as it's about the casting process.
Number 4 was a winner - absurdist and touching at the same time. In 15 minutes we see a couple's lifetime together, from the moment they meet until death do them part. Yes, much like the first 8 minutes of the movie "Up," only sillier.
Not torture at all.
by Gabriel Heller Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Excellent acting: inventive and competent writing, closes with a gem, a solid four-star show. Make sure you're up to speed before the start. It will take mental and emotional gymnastics to solve the theatrical riddle of sex before it's too late to enjoy your prize. I failed. Learn from my mistake. I think I could have done without the soap. Was it serious soap, funny soap or allegorical soap? What were they going to do with it? In the end I didn't really care. But then I've never much liked soap. I'm allergic to almost all of it. Torture was not at all torture to watch, but I have already seen that Monty Python sketch, which was funnier, shorter, and easier to identify with. Merging this short with the Damn Audition show would have made both better. Weather on the other hand was beautiful, terrible, raw, light, fluffy, foggy, humid, hot, cold, all of the things that weather is, and well worth the price of admission to the other three.