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Evil Temptress Productions

An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

Location + schedule

U of M Rarig Center Xperimental
330 21st Ave. S, Lower Level

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Thursday 8/510:00 p.m.  
Friday 8/67:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/88:30 p.m. AD
Friday 8/1310:00 p.m. ASL
Sunday 8/154:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/158:30 p.m.  
About the show

Contains Nudity, Adult language
For ages 18+
Comedy, Satire, Relationships

Written by Shel Silverstein

Overall rating

Lacey Piotter and John T. Zeiler take you through the darkly comic adult world of Shel Silverstein, a world where nothing is as it seems and where the most innocent conversation can turn menacing in an instant.

A bag lady in training?
60 words for boobs?
Auctioning of a woman at her own request?
A dead pony for a birthday present?
The punishment for not reading the fine print?

"Hilarious, grotesque, wrong, and yet so very right!! Shel would be proud."

6 different talented local directors, 6 different twisted vignettes, 12 characters, and 2 actors.


A sneak peek from Fringe For All #2:

18+ Recommended for strong language, nudity and adult situations.


Fringe Couple Takes On Shel

An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

Lacey Piotter
Role: Actor
Lacey could not be happier to be performing this funny, fabulous, fantastic show and with such a dynamite team of directors guiding us into the funny. What an amazing way to celebrate summer. No stranger to the Fringe Festival, Lacey was seen in "Most Massive Woman Wins" last year with Theatre Unbound, as the sexually repressed Sabine. Other recent works include: Cressida in Cromulent's "Troilus and Cressida", Adele in Savage Umbrella and 3AM's "The Awakening", Blanche in Theatre Arlo's "Christmas Carol: The Golden Girl's REMIX", among others, including various tours with National Theatre For Children. Oh, and penning her first play, "In The Weeds", which is also playing at the Festival this year at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage. Oh, and getting engaged to her magnificent co-star John Zeiler. Upcoming projects include "Anon" with 20% Theatre Company, in which she gets to share the stage with her beautiful and talented mother, Kathy. Many thinks to Mom, Dad, Molly, the unsinkable Ariel Pinkerton, all our amazing directors, and last but not least, her finacee. Guess How Much I Love You?

John T. Zeiler
Role: Actor
Holy Bajungle! This has been a very busy year for Mr. Johnny Z. Building a show from the ground up with his love, asking his love to marry him (planning it for 7 months and making sure she had no idea), rehearsing and performing in other shows outside of Fringe, and, finally, chasing kittens with beehives. Usually, John likes to use the Fringe as one of many outlets to perform in wacky, challenging, and sometimes very offensive musicals: Musical the Musical (Fringe 2008), The Best Little Crackhouse in Philly (Fringe 2009), and Goodnight Andy! (Fringe 2009). He now tackles the very challenging and very emotionally demanding An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein. He would like to thank his beautiful fiance and fellow cast-mate/producer, Lacey Piotter, for her infinite amount of support and love. A big thanks to Mooma and Dadoo for being loving and supporting parents, and for the picture and amazing postcard design. And, of course, a tuba's amount of love and thanks to the amazing directors and ridiculously amazing Ariel Pinkerton. To stay up on John's crazy adventures be sure to check out his MN PLaylist profile here:
Also, be sure to catch John playing the part of Hoffman in Mixed Precipitation's production, Tall Tales of Hoffman: A Picnic Operetta.

Claire Avitabile
Role: Director
Claire Avitabile has been living in the Twin Cities for four years, since her move from Massachusetts in August 2005. She is the founding Artistic Director of 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities, and has directed over 15 plays over the past 5 years for 20% Theatre, Theatre Or, Stages Theatre Company, and In the Basement Productions. Specifically for 20% Theatre, Claire had the pleasure of previously directing Lacey in Standards of Care and The Naked I, and John in After Juliet. An enormous fan of both of them, she is delighted to be part of this Fringe Fest romp!

Mike Davidovich
Role: Director
Minneapolis directing debut. Other direction credits include Bay Boy: The Musical and Love and Death. Mike was most recently seen onstage in Prospero Theatre Company's production of Baby With the Bathwater. Mike has also been onstage with the 3AM/Savage Umbrella (The Awakening), Commonweal Theatre (Harvey and Private Eyes), and the Forestburgh Playhouse (West Side Story, Miss Saigon, Hello Dolly!, and South Pacific). Mike was featured in the 2008 workshop reading of Ingmar Bergman's Meditations . . . at the Commonweal Theatre, written and directed by UCSD faculty member, Charlie Oats. He also works as a teaching artist for Stages Theatre Company and SteppingStone Theatre. Mike trained at The Boston Conservatory and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire. For more, visit

Mary Fox
Role: Director
Since returning to the Twin Cities Mary has been involved in the theatre scene acting and directing. You may have seen some of her work at Yellow Tree Theatre. There she had the privilege to direct Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, Adam Hummel's The Movie Game, and Jason Thomas' Verity. You can see her latest gig String, by Jessica Lind this fall. Mary is beyond ecstatic to be in like Flynn with the Fringe, and she should also mention that John and Lacey are pretty much the coolest cats in town. Thanks for supporting our art.

Ariel Pinkerton
Role: Director
Ariel Pinkerton loves switching theatrical hats around. This is her second directing project in a row, following up Troilus and Cressida which she directed Lacey and John in for Cromulent Shakespeare Co. You may know her primarily as an actor however, and she has recently appeared in Burial at Thebes (Eurydice) at TRP, Landscape of the Body (Rosalie) with Prufrock and Dumb Waiter (Gus) in the sold-out Fringe hit of '09. She has also been a lighting designer and playwright, but auctioning off women is entirely new to her, so she's pleased for the opportunity!

Duke Piotter
Role: Director
Duke Piotter auspiciously started his theatre career at the age of 12, crawling across a stage as a slave in a musical directed by a Dominican nun, and produced at a women’s college. Since then he has spent numerous years as an actor, director, producer, and artistic director in theaters throughout the U.S. His most memorable role is currently played daily in a 30 year romantic comedy marriage to his amazing wife Kathy. She is a whole package… As well you can see him in countless dramas, improvisations, and mysteries with his two daughters Lacey and Molly; who are magical; and bring wondrous gifts to the world. While waiting for the right time to permanently re-enter the theater community, you can find Duke continuing his most challenging and rewarding role; convincing corporate America to pay him way more than his worth.

Eric Sumangil
Role: Director
Eric “Pogi” Sumangil is a native Minneapolitan and has been a somewhat recognizable and often mispronounced name around the Twin Cities theater community for nearly 10 years. He is an actor, a fight choreographer, a playwright, and a hand model. He enjoys a good burger, sipping royal teas at the Tea Garden, and the occasional snuggle. He is a two-time recipient of the Playwrights’ Center’s Many Voices Fellowship and a co-founder of The Unit Collective, a collective of emerging playwrights of color. His favorite color is purple. He loves to cook and is currently working on a recipe for a new dish called Sidney Rice, and hopes to have it done by football season. He is a recipient of the Fil-Minnesotan Association’s Excellence in the Arts award, a member of Actor’s Equity Association and once got his name on a plaque for eating a three-pound steak. Thanks to John, Lacey, and everybody at Evil Temptress Productions for the opportunity. Love you guys!

Nicole Wilder
Role: Director
Nicole Wilder received her MA in directing from Miami University and has been living it up in Minneapolis ever since. She is proud to have worked with the likes of 20% Theatre Company and Theatre Unbound, in addition to participating in fun community stuff like Bedlam's 10 Minute Play Festival.

User reviews

by Sharon Kahn Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
My initial reaction to the title of the show was to skip right past it with the comment, "I've always thought Shel Silverstein was deeply creepy." But then it turned into the must-see sellout show of the Fringe and I decided I had to see it too.

I was right the first time. It was intermittently witty and well enough acted, but more ugly than funny.

I mean, a whole sketch consisting of a man and woman shouting slang terms for breasts and penis at each other? Beavis and Butthead would have loved it.

The last sketch (who would YOU throw overboard?) was actually pretty funny, but by that time I just wanted to get out of the theater and scrape the layer of dark sludge off my psyche.

by Tristine Miller Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
When I was young, I tormented my young sister with constant chants of ”one sister for sale…”, so I was definitely down with An Adult Evening. Without knowing about the extremely small size of the venue, I was fortunate in that one in my party had the wherewithal to pre-order tickets, and for that, I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to experience one of the most dynamic duos I’ve seen on stage at Fringe.

It takes a very special mind to appreciate the adult mind of Silverstein and Piotter and Zeiler bring a great energy and realism to his short plays. I especially appreciate their vision to bring in more than one director to help them with their performances. It paid off in the long-term vision of their project, although I could see a few weaknesses in the direction as each act presented itself.

As a first-timer to Fringe, I really wanted to write reviews of the shows I saw with complete honesty, and not with an air of pretention. I have found the review option of this festival has been a great asset, and at other times, a complete failure due to what seemed to be a ton of “atta-kitties” given out. Perhaps it’s the Minnesota “Nice” coming forth in many of the reviews I’ve read. Since I’ve lived outside the box for so long, I hope those who have read my reviews appreciate my outside viewpoint.

An Adult Evening was a very satisfying performance overall! The energy the actors presented were fabulous and I found myself lost in the portrayal of their characters. I did find myself a bit overwhelmed with the voices of the actors during a few of their segments. In the first scene, the volume of the excitement Piotter and Zeiler portrayed completely overwhelmed my ability to understand their conversation and what I thought were important segments of the piece.

I found myself grinning from ear to ear during Bus Stop and I think they did a great job transitioning each of the scenes together with their set! I know that this particular scene embodied the adult mind of Silverstein in such a profound way and I think it had more to do with the writing than the energy of the actors.

Wash and Dry was a bit dry for my tastes and I did find myself distracted with what seemed to over-the-top fidgeting by Miss Lacey. I can only imagine how hot it was under those lights in such cramped quarters, and I could see the effects clearly as they transitioned into the next couple acts.

I suppose the fact that she got to air herself out a bit in the next segment was great for her. And really, she had me sold and willing to give the highest bid for the night. I must say that the chemistry between her and John is magnificent throughout each act and especially poignant during this one and I can see why they make such a hot pair of local talent!

When it comes to picking from hard choices, the Wonder Twin powers of this couple activated magically, but the set up of the theater became more difficult to endure because a lot was lost in trying to shift to actually see the scene from my seat.

And the worst daddy in the world was a great finale to an evening of belly laughs. It made me longing for more and hopefully they get the opportunity to present their work in a better arena.

I look forward to seeing what this group can offer next and I wish this duo and their team much happiness and success in their future.

Buy Your Ticket Ahead of Time and See It
by Foster Johns Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Fantastic, fun, funny and thought-provoking. The two performers are deft comedic actors with an unbelievable amount of energy. The six pieces are directed by six different artists who deserve kudos for a keen attention to pacing, comic timing, and, weaving all the stories together thoughtfully. Wear tight pants to this show, because you will assuredly laugh your arse off!

I didn't even miss the 3-legged man.
by Gabriel Heller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I'm a really big Shel Silverstein fan so I went to this show with great expectations and I have to say they were met. It was a treat to find out what Shel's crazy mind was doing when it wasn't coming up with irreverent children's poems. The two actors proved themselves easily versatile enough to tackled six roles apiece, and at no time slipped into Shel's trademark singsongy squeal which I quite detest. Although there is nudity, those of you expecting readings of Shel's more risque poems will have to make due with these six cruelly brilliant vignettes. I was half-hoping "three-legged man" would be somewhere in the soundtrack, but I didn't even miss it. The house was sold out; we reserved tickets online 3 days ago, which I understand is no longer an option, given people lined up 3 hours beforehand to purchase the walk-up tickets, so that's probably your only option at this point, though as they've sold out every performance it's pretty certain they'll get the encore performance at 8:30 on Sunday.

by Max Herzl-Betz Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was, well, fantastic. The scripts were excellent, the actors' comedic timing was impeccable and their transitions from character to character were believable and really sold the show. It ranges from simple comedy to chilling looks at modern society showing off their range very well.

One complaint that I would have is that a few of the scenes didn't fit in with the overall feel of the show, and I really wish a bit more about the connection to Shel was talked about in the program, but who am I to complain! I laughed, I was frozen in awkward terror, I had a good time.

by o tto Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I love the show. Shel has a nice rhythm to his plays, like his poems and the Directors captured the essences of Shel's cadence in there directing.

Lacey and John do a fantastic job portraying different people each little play. Funny at time, serious at other times. So many great moments. If you have time get there early to catch this well produced show. I have a hunch this will be part of the best of Fringe.

Only 1 more performance (Maybe 2)

Well worth seeing.
by Warren Bowles Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Two fun, versatile and energetic performances in a pretty good script. The show is made up of six short plays/scenes. Each has its own director though none of the directors seem to bring anything unique or interesting to the play. The strengths of the evening are the performances of Ms. Piotter and Mr. Zeiler. It would be a disappointment if this were not the bonus show for the Rarig Experimental.

Well worth seeing.

Good fun!
by sheila karls Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
The playwright really captured the essence of Shel Silverstein's genre. It is difficult to not laugh all the time, but I think any book that is based on the real work is problematic. This story captures the right idea. Acting is okay.

A Vino Ad? Nevertheless, Insulting Elf
by Brian Watson-Jones Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Pitch-perfect show. Brief scenes that provide a variety of flavors for the ticket price, terrific character differentiation, delicious dark humor, and a very charismatic presentation. Something for everybody, so long as everybody is a little bit twisted.

Ran out of superlatives
by Abby Normal Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Unfortunately, there's nothing further I can say that hasn't already been said. It's just two supremely talented performers at the top of their game working with fantastic material, that's never wrong. The only downside is that this at the Xperimental and so not as many people will get to see this.

A fantastic Must see Fringe show!
by Ernest Briggs Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Having planned on getting in the rush line to this show, I realized very early on that it might be best to buy a ticket and just get in, I ended up getting one of the last five tickets, which is nothing short of fantastic, becuase I enjoyed my expereince with this show, it was everything Shel Silverstein would have done had he written an adult fringe production, John and Lacey are Fucking Hilarious and amazing actors/performers, get there early, as the buzz around this show is not just huge it is also very well deserved, a hilarious show that ends with you wanting more!

by Stuart Holland Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I was lucky to get into this show with such a small house. Very tightly done show, nothing extraneous, rapid fire lines in some places, but it never felt inappropriately frenetic.
And VERY funny. So glad I got to see it.

The perfect Fringe show?
by Christopher Kehoe Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Something familiar? Shel Silverstein. Check.

Something new? Silverstein, the PLAYWRIGHT. Check.

Something extremely audience-friendly? 10-minute play nuggets. Check.

Something extremely audience-squeemy? Lacey getting auctioned off like meat. Check.

The X an ideal venue, and this is an ideal production for these two great local actors to shine. When your only gripe is the script (with the knowledge that said gripe will last, at most, nine more minutes), you know you have a winner.

True to Shel
by Carl Samuelson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Neurotic, hilarious, morose and so painfully accurate. The show started and finished with me laughing out loud, but the middle does highlight the fact that sometimes Shel is less of a comedian and more a student of the bizarre side of humanity.

by Aaron Greer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Again, I walked into a show with a perfect storm of fatigue, hunger, the darkness of the “X”, and having seen too many shows prior, setting me up for failure. That said, John and Lacey put on such an engaging and energetic performance of such fantastic material that I was solidly present and with them, smiling in appreciation when I wasn’t laughing out loud. Nuanced and broad, funny and thoughtful, oh . . . and tits! Really, this is a must see . . . if you can get in!

Excellent work
by Sarah Holmberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I've always enjoyed the darker side of Shel Silverstein and both actors did a wonderful job with it. I particularly enjoyed the game of who gets tossed off the boat in order to save the others, and was glad my new mother-in-law ended up at a different show and couldn't hear me laughing so hard.

shel would be proud
by mark browning milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
i had no idea shel silverstein had written theatre, and according to one of the cast members this was first performed in 2002, meaning that perhaps this piece was discovered in the stacks somewhere. it's reminiscent of jules feiffer's work, urban and off-kilter and more than a bit obsessed with how men get along with women (not a bad thing, that). very funny. winningly performed by two very talented actors.

Quirky, irreverent and superb
by William Beeman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Lacy Piotter and John T. Zeiler were born to do this show--a series of irreverent vignettes from the late Shel Silverstein. Sadly the one hour format only allowed six of the original ten vignettes in the production, produced first two years after Silverstein's death in 1999. Piotter and Zeiler's timing and delivery were impeccable, presenting the most outrageous social situations and outright vulgarities with utter charm and grace. I especially appreciated their superb vocal delivery even during the most maniacal stage action. Every dirty word was beautifully articulated. This show was a sellout on Sunday night, and no wonder. It rocked the audience. Get reservations!!

A Wonderful Show
by Edwin Strout Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Both of these character actors do a phenomenal job of portraying the six different characters that they play in the six scenes of this show. My only problem is that I wanted more of it.

Kudos to the two actors and the six different directors of the shows. Each scene had a wonderful twist that you never saw coming with believability in each one.

I hope to work with these two actors some day.

by Kevin Meyer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The play started fast end finished strong. Some of the middle felt a little long, but it was excellently and daringly performed.

Tight, Bold, Intense, Great!
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Like everyone has said and will say, they are a perfect duo. They feed off each other and raise the stakes for each other. These are intense, sometimes uncomfortable vignettes that are performed wonderfully.

by BC CB Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The actors of Evil Temptress Productions are such a polished, well-rehearsed team that they manage to make their performances look effortless and impromptu, rather than scripted.

Both performers fearlessly, nakedly portrayed characters flawed with humanity. Because neither was afraid to emote to the fullest, or pull back and restrain their delivery when the script called for it, they came across as consummate professionals, unafraid to explore the at-once dark and hysterical contradictions of life and love.

An incredibly nuanced show whose messages resonnate with theater-goers long after the house lights come up.

They deserve a bigger venue.

The Bust Stops Here
by Heather Baldwin Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is the first Fringe show to sell out a performance this year, and I felt fortunate that I got a chance to see it. I had been a Shel Silverstein fan as a kid, but I was not previously familiar with his more “adult” work. I was pleasantly surprised by the combination of his dark and cynical sense of humor and emotional poignancy. And as usual, Lacey and John are both fantastic performers with incredible chemistry. Definitely try to see this show (if you can get in).

An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein
by Carole Vandal Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A hilarious play magnificently performed by, Lacey Piotter and John T. Zeiler. These two actors are meant to perform Shel Silverstein’s works. This conglomerate of Silverstein’s work directed by seven different directors can pick your spirits up and never let you down. Piotter, and Zeiler exchange pokes, prods, and comedic satire about relationships and life through the lenses of a man and a woman. Don’t miss this one!

hardest working team in showbiz
by Dan Pinkerton Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
An earlier reviewer got it right: some of this material is brilliant and some of it is just okay. All of it is fearlessly and hilariously tackled by these two hugely talented actors and their six inventive directors. Run, don't walk to a great and VERY Fringey show.

by Melinda Beatty Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Lucked out with the final 2 tickets last night, and so thankful. What stellar performances from two great actor! Some of my favorite Fringe shows are the ones that include a bunch of short 5-15min plays within that one-hour of time, but usually there are a group of actors that sort of take turns each performing in differet short pieces - but these two blew my mind, together, and alone, performing 6 powerful and hilarious plays. Wow. That's all I can say.

Needs a larger venue
by SBRK Hart Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show needs a much larger venue, since all of the shows are selling out, and rightly so. Very well-performed. I loved the bag lady skit, especially. Not so hot on the auction skit, which parted from the others in the way that it makes the audience feel uncomfortable, and thus was not funny. That is the only thing keeping me from giving it 5 kitties, but the rest of it I loved. Two wonderful actors.

Fringe Worthy
by Kathy Douglass Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Expertly prepared, exquistely acted these 6 vignettes are creepy, uncomfortable, bizarre and hilarious. I liked the first two and the last two the best. This is how to do a Fringe show. Bravo.

shel's hells
by Larry Meuwissen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
oh man, i thought a had a complete library of Shel, but here is a whole dark[er] side i never knew about. This show is very wordy and the players deliver the gems flawlessly and with perfect timing. This is a MUST SEE! unfortunately, the venue has very limited seating.

You'll need reservations
by Justin Alexander Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show sold out its first and second performances, and the well-deserved word of mouth is going to ensure that it's going to be almost impossible to get into.

But it's totally worth it, so make your reservations right now.

The script from Shel Silverstein is clever, funny, and risque without being exploitive. (You know how "mature" shows are usually just juvenile? This one is actually mature.) But what really makes the show work are the fantastic performances from Lacey Piotter and John T. Zeiler. They make the material sing, investing a heartfelt passion that raises the stakes on scenes which might otherwise be "merely" clever and turning them into memorable and powerful moments.

There are incredible laughs. But Piotter and Zeiler make sure that there are also incredible truths to be learned.

Good Show
by Chris Young Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was the very first performance of the Fringe Festival I have ever attended and I was more than pleased. It was witty, dark as well as thought provoking and never ceased to be quite funny. Piotter and Zellar didn't miss a beat while negotiating the several different characters they each portrayed during an hour time. This is definately a must see show.

They got it in the bag.
by re gurgitate Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
If this was a review of just the sketch content, it would vary from 2-5 kitties. But the actors commitment to the material outshines it and raises my overall vote to 4.

This show gets ALL my kitties.
by Liz Capouch Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Believe the hype. This show is everything it's been described as: witty, dark, thought-provoking, and, most notably, exceptionally acted. Zeiler and Piotter never miss a beat, and maintain their focus, intensity, and physicality while negotiating several different characters in the span of an hour, with only moments between scenes. They do justice to Silverstein's devilish writing and leave you wanting more.

This show is destined for an encore, as the sell-outs will inevitably continue. Go buy your advance ticket now. NOW!

Drags you into his world
by Dave Romm Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Shel Silverstein had a long and varied career. Picking just the right six is a hard choice, and these are excellent. The two actors, who play all the parts in all the skits, are great, morphing from one odd character to another with minimal props. Much of the drama and humor comes from one person dragging the other into their world, whether a husband convincing his bag lady wife to go back to being middle class or a wife creating a scenario where the husband has to decide who to sacrifice for the greater good. The first two shows sold out, so get those reservations in now.

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

Good Performance
by Richard Heise Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Really liked the segments "One Tennis Shoe", "Wash and Dry" and "Best Daddy". The subject matter of the segment "Going Gone" didn't work as a comedy piece as this segment fell flat.

Tantalizing, dark, bed time stories!
by evelyn blum Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A extremely well preformed group of dark comedy sketches. I thought the use of space was well done, since its so hard in that space, sit up front if you can when ever seeing a show in this venue! This show was a great ending to my full first night of shows, it had myself and my date discussing a use of a titalizing, tantalizing moment, if it was shock value or important use of performance for the bit being preformed. Any show that has you talking about it hours later is a show worth seeing!

Lost reflectiveness
by daniel taradash Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Perhaps we have forgotten how sharp dialog can be, but actors don't forget. They are always looking for it. Theater is live, but it is a storytelling outlet. Silverstein's witt has to be a blessing for Piotter and Zeiler. Yes, it is patently adult, or at least cleverly juvenile - but it is funny and entertaining. And finally, yes, it has breasts. Big, big, breasts. A topic much discussed throughout the show. This is a prime example of what a fringe show should be.

Funny and dark as hell
by Bill Stiteler Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Starting off with a lighthearted piece, "An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein" lives up to its title as the pieces get darker (but no less funny). A killer show, expertly performed in a tiny space. This is the one that a lot of people are going to be sad they missed. You're gonna need reservations.

The Shel I Never Knew
by Karen Aguirre Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Great show to see for my first of the Fringe season. Highly recommend. Funny, smart and well performed!

Darkly Funny
by Andy Flamm Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The six short scenes presented in this show are unrelated but share a twisted, often hilarious vision of male-female relationships. The two actors deserve praise for their agility in shifting from one character to another. Sit in the front or raised rows if you can; my seat in the second row wasn't the best for seeing the actors, who were often sitting or lying down.

Get in line early
by Dave Larson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show will sell out all performances, and it's worth getting in line early. It has a couple of very engaging performers and Shel Silverstein's short scenes can be very funny. This cast is worth seeing. Recommended.

Whoa! That was hilarious...
by Chase McCants Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I've noticed that if a Fringe show has nudity in it, it's going to sell out the first I arrived early and sure enough...

Nudity aside, this had to be one of the most hilarious shows I've seen. Shel Silverstein is an incredible writer that took some very wacky situations and somehow didn't make them into slap stick toilet humor. The banter she created for these six little scenes were absolutely hilarious. But I don't think such a show could be pulled off without the help of the actors involved. They found every ounce of funny in her lines and delivered like very few actors could. Very talented overall. I wish it were in a slightly larger venue because the show is going to sell out every night...

Did I mention there is nudity?

Definitely worth it
by Ben Tallen Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Two energetic and funny performers that move from upbeat to sinister with ease. Get in line for tickets early, it sold out quickly on Thursday.

Justified my whole pass
by Kevin Drew Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
That was fucking hilarious. I think when reviewing zany comedy the less said the better, so I'll just say I'm glad I shelled out for an ultrapass just because it gave me a kick in the ass to go out and see this show... I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.