Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

My Fringe

Death Perception

Schroedinger's Dog

Created by Kelvin Hatle

Solo show, Storytelling/Spoken word, Comedy, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror

For ages 16+

Death has a rough life. He has the worst job in the world, the other Horsemen of the Apocalypse are jerks and nobody gets him. Now he's stuck in limbo. Come listen to him get a few things off his bony chest.

Kelvin Hatle
Role: Death
Kelvin has been doing improv comedy for longer than some of this audience has been alive. A veteran of Stevie Ray’s, ComedySportz, and the Brave New Workshop’s Six Ring Circus, Kelvin has also performed in many Fringe Festivals, most notably with Council of Doom Theater, Theater Arlo, Minnebarista, and The Scrimshaw Brothers. Gosh, how many years has it been? A lot. This is his first solo show. He’s not as morbid as you might think. He also hopes Cowboys and Aliens is still in the movie theaters when the Fringe is over.

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Death Be Proud
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Fun show with Death musing on his life. A little long, but worth it. Some insights and many laughs make for a good time with a great payoff.

Solid Shtick
by Wes Jorde Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
As for good music, one must only lean in. A nice collection of attitude and reflection from the all-powerful. Be careful with that scythe, Mr. Hatle. Your Death has a strong presence.

Solid performance
by Kevin McIntyre Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Good acting, good writing, laughed often, loved the gossip about other incarnations, ended on a strong note.

Solid Performance
by Michael Merriam Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was a nice way to end the day. A little slow at moments, but with a nice ending. Well worth the time!

Death Doesn't Knock
by Rick Sullivan Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Kelvin Hatle is a longtime veteran performer in various ensembles in the Twin Cities; this, his first-ever one-man show, is an ambitious move that really pays off for performer and audience alike. Death is an overworked bureaucratic functionary who dislikes his job and most of his colleagues, and his mocking impersonations of the other Horsemen are a scream. Hatle portrays Death as weary and frustrated but not nearly as cynical as he imagines himself to be, and this take opens a lot of opportunities for Hatle to showcase his comedic writing and acting skills. He hardly misses a beat, and the show's denouement is surprisingly positive and genuinely touching. This is a show that will be deservedly talked about for years to come. See it!

Death be not proud
by Will Weisert Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This is not a show for those who are looking for a fast-paced, laugh-a-minute comedic romp. Kevin Hatle has created an entertaining show that, as other reviewers have noted, displays his very dry sense of humor, keeping one engaged through his entire performance rather than simply riding from one gag to another.

funniest show I've seen this Fringe!
by Dave Stagner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
30 seconds into this show, and I LOST IT. And it didn't let up. Imagine Death's job as part bureaucratic existentialist nightmare, part Everyman just trying to do a decent job at life and, well, his job, which is about ending life. This, delivered with a dry wit that never degenerates to mere sarcasm or slapstick. And after all the side-splitting laughter, it takes an unexpected serious turn... but serious like a speech Jimmy Stewart might give in a Frank Capra movie. Everyman Death rises above the existential crisis of his job, finds meaning, and gives it to the audience. Wonderful.

KELVIN HATLE AT HIS BEST
by Norm Johnson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A wonderful and entertaining show. Kelvin once again Brings his dry but not boring humor into this monologue and you actually feel sorry for him, especially if you have ever had a repetitive Customer Service Job. A very poiniant message at the end of the show, only adds to the value of the show. Walk into the light ...

Death = Customer Service Rep?
by Heather Baldwin Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Kelvin Hatle is a very funny actor and improv performer, and his premise of exploring the man behind the black hooded cloak is a clever one. The show starts out with us audience members being a group of souls crossing over to the afterlife, but when a power failure prevents "the light" from leading us into the next world, Death is stuck with us in limbo until the problem can be fixed. He kills the time by revealing more about himself and his "life" (so to speak), and how tough his job is, but he does manage to make time for BBQ parties with the other three Horsemen of the Apocalypse. There were a lot of funny jokes sprinkled throughout the show, yet it was also thought-provoking. I hope my real death will be as entertaining.

Vodka and donuts
by Jess Pants Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was a really fun, clever premise. I was entertained from beginning to end - Kelvin is a very engaging performer.

Death is a Laughing Matter
by Phil Gwoke Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I am not a theater critic. However, I do know good comedy and this is it. In an age where most comedy rely's on cheap social or political punches, this play was completely original and refreshing. Go see it!!!

Being Death Kinda Sucks
by Kale Ganann Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Death is having a bad day, year, millenium, eternity. It's not a great deal to be the final arbiter of life and still not have any of the answers. Kelvin Hatle takes us on a tour of Death and all his foibles, building towards a discussion of the inevitable - and by extension, the avoidable. It may take a little too long getting there, but the meandering is half the fun. Oh, and study up on the Aztecs before you get there. It'll help.

Afterlife
by David Rust Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What happens when someone doesn't change the bulb on the light you see when you die? That's the opening of the incredibly witty and non-stop "Death Perception". Kelvin Hatle blows the doors off the afterlife with his wry, dry wit and comic observations of the hereafter, the supernatural (mummies are real), and the nature of life and death. This was one of the only shows in which I laughed so deeply and thoroughly I was in danger of slipping into an asthmatic fit.

The discussions of Death and how he hates his job wander through Hatle's monologue touching upon his supernatural co-horts and co-workers (other "Incarnations", the remaining three horsemen, and beings such as Santa Claus). At each turn you get incredibly funny observations on how the afterlife is for its gate-keeper.

Finally, it all winds up in an unexpected but really well-worded finale that puts a really nice spin on the whole thing. While the ride is excellent, the culmination is simply brilliant.

Funniest one-man show I've seen in years.

Step into the light...
by Marc Weber Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A rant from Death, brimming with intelligent humor and clever asides, culminating with a nice twist.

He's My New Entity Hero!
by Amy Sheppeck Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Contrary to some earlier reviews I don't agree that death hates his job. The Reaper just gets bored sometimes (don't we all) and he isn't 100% happy with the direction the organization (Universe) is headed. His co-entities can be trying but he doesn't quit & he does his best to be on good terms with them. He knows what he does is important so has learned to adapt. The metaphor is not lost on this corporately employed soul. If you enjoy satirical humor beyond the easy slapstick you will enjoy this journey. The first performance was obviously a little rough but I am sure Kelvin will polish it to LED perfection!

I never stopped laughing
by Adrienne English Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
You, the recently dead, are stuck in limbo with frustrated, under appreciated low-level bureaucrat Death. To pass the time he tells the group about the challenges and disappointments of his lame job. But in Kelvin's version that includes Aztec religion, Santa Claus, vodka and doughnuts. And it has a beautifully simple and sweet ending. I don't know how he fits that brain of his into a normal size skull.

One last stand up
by Bill Stiteler Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
What if Death hated his job? What if being the Ferryman was basically a customer support job, and you had to deal with idiot coworkers (War, Famine, and Pestilence) as well as all the morons in the world complaining?

Hatle takes us through the minor indignities that have been building up for the past 10,000 years in this one man routine that's part stand-up, part quiet desperation. At the end you'll understand why the Grim Reaper is so very, very grim.

Like to like it but ...
by Bill McTeer Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
This show is a monologue by Death to the newly departed while we await the resolution of technical difficulties. Gossip about Santa Claus and the other three Horsemen are fun but I found the delivery meandering and a bit repetitive. Death as a poor working stiff is a good concept, but he needs to be a bit more dramatic.

Death grants an interview
by Krystal McKay Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I love a good rant....and this one man show was fantastic, esoteric, and smart.

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Schedule
Saturday, 8/610:00 p.m. 
Sunday, 8/77:00 p.m. 
Friday, 8/1210:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 8/134:00 p.m. 
Sunday, 8/147:00 p.m.This performance is audio described
Venue

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


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