Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

My Fringe

You Only Live Forever Once

Four Humors Theater

Created by Four Humors Theater

Producer's website

Puppetry, Comedy

For ages 7+

Directed By Jason Ballweber
Written by Jason Ballweber, Kristin Campbell, Ryan Lear, Dan Peltzman,
Rachel Petrie, Mark Rehani, and Matt Spring

Danger, intrigue, dashing men, sexy women, double crossing, dazzling special effects, and puppets. The world is in peril and there is only one person who can save it!

Secret Agent Dave Johnson - Ryan Lear
Secret Agent Femme Fatale - Rachel Petrie
Secret Agent Denver - Mark Rehani
Wealthy Industrialist Kitty Cougarton - Matt Spring
Puppeteers - Ryan Lear, Rachel Petrie, Mark Rehani, and Matt Spring
Puppet Design and Construction - Jason Ballweber, Kristin Campbell,
Alisa Mattson, Ryan Lear, Rachel Petrie, Mark Rehani, and Matt Spring
Rehearsal Stage Manager - Kristin Campbell
Set Design and Construction - Kristin Campbell and Ryan Lear
Choreography - Tyler Olsen
Original title song You Only Live Forever Once written and performed by Brant Miller

Acclaim Award (Cincinnati) Winner for "Staging, Props, and General Creativity."

No cast or crew information has been given for this show.

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Well deserved encore!
by Sam Choo Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Saturday's show was great. Fantastic interplay between live, puppet & set action. High-camp spoof of the genre.

A Good Spoof
by August Berkshire Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show was a good spoof of the spy genre. However, you can only take a joke like this so far and it went on slightly long for my taste. Many clever, funny moments, but not quite enough to sustain an hour.

very silly, very fun
by Mark Browning Milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
it's no surprise this show consistently sold out from the get-go and won the venue's encore. have a good laugh, shaken not stirred.

Sock puppets and spies, oh my!
by Matlisa Semrad Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What's not to love? Lots of action, thrills and cat philosophy. Best tango ever!

Unfortunately over-hyped
by Kenneth Hanf Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
The problem with relying too much on reviews is your expectations get raised too high. I expected to laugh hysterically. I laughed a little. Much of the dialog was hard to understand and the staging was sloppy. Maybe by design but didn't work for me. The venue didn't help.

Acting was mediocre. Ryan did okay but apparently can't roll his r's (I can't either) so the word play and his back and forth with Matt didn't work well. Matt's purrformance was a bright spot.

Puppets, Evil Cat and Bond-A-Be
by Richard Shields Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Four Humors is a company that we see too little of! Their ability to produce clever, well-crafted pieces is extraordinary. I am ready to go to their next production.

This current show was fun, the sock and stick puppets and the cardboard props were both cute and also added to the fun. I loved the evil cat-like villain and the James Bond want-a-be!

Some good word-play and physical comedy too! This show is one of the top in terms of comedy this year.

Best octopus puppet in the Fringe
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Very clever use of low-tech puppetry and sight gags and over-the-top comedic performances made this a fun Fringe slot in the cozy Bryant Lake Bowl venue. It sold out on Thursday night, so reservations are a must if you really want to see it.

Never Disappointed
by Ronny Cary Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I've liked Four Humors since the 2008 Fringe. I've never been disappointed with their work and this show is no exception. It was great. Go see it.

You Can Die So Many Times, But...
by Kale Ganann Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Four Humors is, I think, the most inventive company in the Fringe. Every year they push the envelope, trying bigger and brighter things, from shadow-plays to puppetry to staging a tango on a strip of stage that is a foot wide at best. Look, if you've seen Four Humors than you've already booked this show. If you haven't, book this show anyways. You only don't know what you're missing once.

fast and furious forever
by Daniel Pinkerton Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The show is extraordinarily silly, and I mean that as a compliment. They nailed the tone of the early James Bond films (1960s through mid-70s) through the use of simple puppetry and VERY campy acting. Loved black sock puppets as the henchmen and the great cheesy theme song ("You Only Live Forever Once"). However, I docked it a kitty because it went on and on --- at, say, 40-45 minutes it would have been . . . dare I say it? . . . purrfect.

All shows will sell out!
by re gurgitate Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
As did the Wednesday show I attended. The only problem for me with a 4 Humors show, is that I go in expecting it to reach such great heights. So a bit of a let down for me. The puppetry(can I call them stick figures?) fit in well on the miniscule BLB stage. There was much fun to be had, playing off the tropes of the 007 series. I enjoyed it. Didn't love it.

you only live once forever
by Bernard McGarrigle Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Popsicle stick type puppets, along with actors? Somehow it worked. A play on James Bond and done well. K. McGarrigle

Hugely Entertaining
by Rick Rohrer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is a must-see for this year's fringe. It expertly pokes fun at the James Bond cliches that we all know -- fast cars that convert into other vehicles, the Bond girl, the pointlessly complicated contrivances the bad guys always use to try to kill 007, and even the artsy intro credits to the movies. In leasser hands this would be a crass send-up, but these artists brilliantly walk the fine line between too much campiness and not enough. Some skillful shadow play and the seamless integration of the puppetry with the live action showcases the skill of the cast, so we can appreciate this work as something more than mere satire.

An Earned Sell Out!
by Todd Bruse Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
On the tiny Bryant Lake Bowl Stage the cast and crew manage to pull off this well concieved and delightfully realized James Bond satire. Using clever stage craft, witty rapport and impeccable timing the cast creates a must see for Bond fans, haters, and indifferent people who want to be entertained.
Good luck getting a ticket.

Pee-in-your-pants hilarious!
by Elisa Korenne Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Loved it. Wonderful performers. Great piss-take on James Bond and spy movies. Amazing puppetry. Really clever gags. See this. And make sure you reserve your tickets first.

Frenetic, witty, tighly constructed!
by William Beeman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I love theater that calls on the audience to be as creative as the performers, and this very funny performance qualifies in spades. It actually broke new performance ground for me. This was a fast-paced, tightly constructed performance integrating live performers with little paper puppets to great effect (sit in front!). The show is a parody of James Bond-type spy dramas (I think of FX's Archer as another example)with huge geographical scope, and stuff like cougars, submarines and giant mousetraps that could never really be put on stage, so they get puppetized! Need an explosion? Just put an orange cloud puppet over whatever needs blowing up! I loved the show and so did the audience!

Much Appreciated!
by Maggie Kay Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was a really tight, witty show! It was visually imaginative and extremely high-energy. The creativity, particularly given the tight space, was really admirable. I also appreciated how much this made me laugh without resorting to sex, bad language, or crude material (especially considering it was a Bond parody!) This is a family-friendly show that everyone can enjoy.
And I am totally naming my next pet "Hubris".

by Lindsey McDonald Dorsey Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Wildly imaginative, high-energy, playful and hilarious show. The puppets are an endless, oddly elegant source of surprises. The action and pacing are precise without ever looking like work, and while the characters are cartoonish, strong performances make them feel absolutely natural within the absurd world they've built. Good comedy is hard to do, and this is great. Make yourself a reservation, and enjoy.

Great, with a few kinks to work out
by Elizabeth Boyle Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Excellent script and the flow between "reality" and puppetry worked great for comedic effect. A couple of the actors seemed to have first night jitters--missed a few lines, looked a bit nervous--but warmed up by the end. Femme Fatale was especially great (in two roles).

Might have gotten a hernia....
by Miquela Lopez Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Clever dialogue, visually appealing and dangerously funny. I laughed so hard I hurt- a complaint common amongst those in my group. Went to webmd today- I might have laughed hard enough to get a hernia. Worth it!

Best car chase on stage ever!
by Scott Pakudaitis Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A script loaded with awful (deliberately) feline puns, low-tech puppetry, a smokin' hot femme fatale, double and triple agents - this spoof of spy movies has all the elements of an outstanding Fringe show. The actors rock the stage.

Comedy and cardboard!
by Mark Ryan Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Another hilarious hit from Four Humors. A screwy show with perfect pacing, constant comedy, and cool cardboard cut-outs. What more would you expect from this troupe?

Make Reservations
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is hilarious. It's spies and puppets and silliness. It's friendly for all ages. It will sell out its remaining performances.
I already have reservations to see it again.
Do you?

Spies Save World with Puppets
by Bill McTeer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Tightly conceived send up of the Bond movies and their imitators. Transitions between live action and puppets are frequent and hilarious. Great concept, good execution, and exceptional cast. Everyone will love that red dress!

Note: the Bryant Lake Bowl sold out on the opening performance, so consider getting in line early or reserving an advance ticket.

Expected a bit more yet was enjoyable
by Margaret Wolff Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Was excited to see this, got the last two seats. Was funny with very good acting but hard to understand puppets dialog in back seats. Smiled throughout the hour but story got a little long for my taste.

If you mice it,
by ian felton Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It will be a catastrophe.

Puffy Penguins.

Well done!
by P.E. Kinter Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show sold out on opening night, and deservedly. It was well scripted, well acted, and contained some of the schlockiest props you'll ever see - and I mean that in a good way. Everyone in the audience was laughing, from adults down to little kids.

If you like a troupe of performers who can have fun without taking themselves too seriously, you'll enjoy "You Only Live Forever Once."

I recommend you get your tickets in advance - this will continue to sell out.

Outrageously Fun
by Priscilla Kinter Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Seriously. Go see it.

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810 W Lake St

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