Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

My Fringe

Show reviews by Charles Steffey

The Attic Room
Enjoyable performance by Charles Steffey
Rating: 5 kitties
I found that I warmed to the performance as it proceeded. I soon stopped trying to find out which of the 26 segments I was viewing and just enjoyed the movement and music.

Sousepaw: A Baseball Story
Great tragedy! by Charles Steffey
Rating: 5 kitties
The story of an aging ballplayer and the woman who wants to help him and change her life is well-crafted. Rube is powerless over his addiction, but he is also fully aware that his time as a star has passed and that there is little he can do to change that even if his efforts to stop drinking were successful. We can identify with both characters in this tragedy.

Buckets and Tap Shoes
Something for everyone by Charles Steffey
Rating: 5 kitties
High energy artists combine music, dance and even magic into a surprisingly eclectic performance.

Change Your Underwear, Change Your Life
Mary has a winning show! by Charles Steffey
Rating: 5 kitties
Mary is a great story teller and has a wonderfully twisted mind - useful in interpreting and decoding the advice forced upon us in self-help books and other works of fiction.

Red Hamlet
Wow! by Charles Steffey
Rating: 5 kitties
A stunning contemporary interpretation of Hamlet. Well drafted and superbly presented. The entire cast was excellent. We enjoyed every minute. Well done!

Angelina Jolie is a Zionist Whore! or, Plan 9 from Baghdad
Great material, superbly delivered by Charles Steffey
Rating: 5 kitties
The writing was superb and the delivery was fantastic. Each actor was outstanding and their timing together was spot on. Although some of the humor was predictable, there were hilarious surprises.

SCOTUS! (Supreme Court of the United States!)
Wanting more satire of the actual court by Charles Steffey
Rating: 3 kitties
I came expecting to see a more direct satire of the undeniable foibles of actual justices on the actual supreme court. The material was pretty bland and left me with a sense that the piece was mostly about actors entering, delivering a few lines and leaving. The spoof of NPR was well-constructed and funny.


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