Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

My Fringe

Red Resurrected

Isabel Nelson

Created by Isabel Nelson and the Ensemble

Dance, Comedy, Drama, Literary adaptation

For ages 12+

WINNER of Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction (Isabel Nelson), Outstanding Female Performance (Adelin Phelps), and Outstanding Male Performance (Derek Lee Miller) on FringeFamous.com! Thanks to all who voted!

Rated Five Stars
by Matthew Everett of TCDailyPlanet!

"This extraordinary show establishes Nelson as one of the Twin Cities' most exciting up-and-coming artists to watch."
--Jay Gabler of Vita.mn

"Everything you may have heard is true - Isabel Nelson and her ensemble create a textured experience bar none. Do not miss - would see again."
-- Josh Humphrey at TCTheaterConnection

FringeFamous.com gives Red Resurrected Four and a Half Stars!!!

Red Resurrected is a Best Bet on Vita.mn!

"A walk in the woods is a rite of passage and wolves are not what they seem. Follow us into the deep, dark forest as we reimagine the story you thought you knew. This ain't your grandma's fairytale..."

The creators who brought you Ballad of the Pale Fisherman are back! Last year, this talented ensemble brought the Irish folktale of the selkie to life in a deceptively simple, physically imaginative staging full of music, humor, and sweeping emotion. This year, they tackle the themes inherent in Red Riding Hood in a dark and surprising re-imagining.

Inspired by the landscape and music of Appalachia, this story is for anyone who’s wandered into the wilderness. Don’t come expecting a traditional re-telling of Red Riding Hood, or even a story that you’ll recognize as the one you know. This dark re-imagining of a seemingly familiar story is by turns as mysterious as the forest it inhabits, as ominous, and as inspiring. At its heart, it is the story of a young woman’s departure from her community: her journey into the wilderness, and what she finds there. Using the looming space of the Lab to great effect, this story is a rite of passage; a story of sacrifice, redemption, and things lost and found in the wilderness away from the hearthfires of home.

Come follow us into the forest, and see what you find…

Praise for Ballad of the Pale Fisherman:

Winner of Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction, and Outstanding Female Performance (Anna Reichert) on FringeFamous.com!

"Ballad Of The Pale Fisherman is a story full of enough romance to make anyone swoon... It's funny and sweet and sad and just really, really lovely... the kind of solid, well-crafted work that makes for the most satisfying of audience experiences. Five stars."
- Matthew Everett, TCDaily Planet

"The show is the theatrical equivalent of a great singer with an acoustic guitar: she doesn't need to cue a band, she just turns on and all of a sudden the audience is enraptured."
- Jay Gabler, TCDaily Planet

Read audience reviews here.

Isabel Nelson
Role: Director
Isabel is thrilled to be returning to the Fringe with much of the talented cast of Ballad of the Pale Fisherman. A graduate of Macalester College and the London International School of Performing Arts, she has performed locally with Jon Ferguson Theatre, Live Action Set, Four Humors, and Eric Powell Holm of Strange Capers, among others. As a director, she has worked with the Chicago Avenue Project at Pillsbury House Theatre, and will be directing a show with Black Dirt Theatre in the fall. She would like to thank you, the audience, for helping to make this art possible, and for going on this strange and wonderful journey with us. Much love and gratitude, as well, to her husband and incredible ensemble, who show her every day how to find the path, and the value of being lost.

Adelin Phelps
Role: Ensemble/Red
Adelin Phelps is thrilled to be involved with the Minnesota Fringe Festival again this year! She is super jazzed to be performing with such a terrific ensemble, and honored to be working with Isabel Nelson for a second time. Graduating from Coe College two years ago, with a B.A. in Theatre, Adelin has done work with the Minnesota Shakespeare Company, the Brazen Theatre, the Workhouse Theatre, the American Shakespeare Repertory Theatre, Transatlantic Love Affair Theatre, and Freshwater Theatre. Next spring she will be performing in The King is Dead with the Jon Ferguson Theater. She’d like to thank the cast, and her loved ones. And most of all she would like to thank, and raise her glass, to the incredible Isabel Nelson.

Allison Witham
Role: Ensemble/Mrs. Cooper
Allison is a 5-12 English Language Arts teacher searching for a high school to call home. An alum of University of Minnesota's B.A. Theatre Arts program, she is currently finishing up her Masters in Secondary English Education at the U. Recently, she's performed with Live Action Set, Jon Ferguson Theatre Company, and Black Label Movement, and can be seen in Jon Ferguson's The King is Dead next Spring/Summer. This production marks her second experience with the Fringe, and this amazing company and director.

Anna Reichert
Role: Ensemble/Narrator
Anna Reichert is a recent graduate of the U of MN/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program and is thrilled to be spending her summer at the MN Fringe again with this incredible group of people. Anna was recently seen at the Dowling Studio in Reverb, a new play by Mat Smart; also this winter she appeared in erasedbobrauschenbergamerica at the now defunct 1419 and in [Something Clever Goes Here] for the Brouhaha Comedy festival at the Southern. She has also performed with The Children's Theater Co., The Guthrie, and Jon Ferguson.

Derek Lee Miller
Role: Ensemble/Mr. Cooper
Derek Lee Miller was born and raised in central Illinois and earned his BFA in acting and technical theatre at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. During his time there, he also founded the Last Chance Theatre, an underground experimental black box space. Since then, Derek has toured nationally as a puppeteer for Madcap Puppets in Cinicinnati, OH, and regionally as an actor/educator for Twin Cities companies National Theatre for Children and Teatro del Pueblo. Here in Minnesota, he has acted, designed sets, penned scripts and made music for multiple companies. Derek was formerly a member of Perpetual Motion Theatre Company and is currently a member of Sandbox Theatre, a collaborative ensemble dedicated to creating new works. This Fall, he will be at the helm as the Project Lead for Sandbox's Fall show, The Mad Trapper of Rat River.

Diogo Lopes
Role: Ensemble/Mr. Oak
Diogo Lopes studied at the Academia Contemporânea do Espectáculo in Porto, Portugal, and at LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts). He has been performing, devising, teaching, and directing Physical Theatre and Clown since 2001 in Portugal, Spain, France, UK and USA. In the Twin Cities he has performed with Live Action Set’s “The Happy Show”, for the Minnesota Fringe Festival with “The Ballad of the Pale Fisherman”, the Children’s Theatre Company’s production of “Babe” and “The King Is Dead” (in development) directed by Jon Ferguson. He’s interested in finding a pure theatrical language through the discovery and implementation of the Clown state, where playfulness is paramount.

Heather Bunch
Role: Ensemble/Ms. Quinn
Heather Bunch is a performer, educator, and technician in the Twin Cities. She received her BA in theatre from Macalester College, and she just recently returned from London, where she completed the two-year program at London International School of Performing Arts. While in London, she also studied and worked with Complicite. Her Twin Cities credits include Off-Leash Area, Stages, and Frank Theatre. Heather is honored and thrilled to be working with this amazing group of people on such an intriguing story. She hopes (and believes) this translates to the audience as well.

Willie Gambucci
Role: Ensemble/Tommy Cooper
Willie is proud to be making his second appearance at the MN Fringe after 2010's "Ballad Of The Pale Fisherman". A rising senior at Macalester College, he has also appeared in Mac productions of 'Tartuffe', 'Accidental Death of an Anarchist', 'Cabaret', and '12 Ophelias'.

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Great modern dance + Shape-note singing
by Suzanne Sharrock Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Beautiful blend of music and storytelling - unlike some modern dance shows that are pretty good, the story, and strong vocalizing, and the overall characters help in truly together. No other choice came close for the encore - closest would've been Ballet Amore, but this one pushed good Fringe boundaries. Keep it up you folks - looking forward to future shows.

Red Resurrected
by Bernard McGarrigle Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I wouldn't consider this a "rite of passage". It would be great to move past the blaming the inocent victim. For any woman who has faced this ugly, shaming position, this production would be very triggering. It certainly did display a cruelty of life.k mcgarrigle

For once, the hype is warranted
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Simply a beautiful production, with a clear artistic vision. Every detail, every sound, every spoken word, every movement works to serve that vision. Really lovely -- both disturbing and heartening at the same time.

Spellbinding coming of age story
by Ari Edes Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A minimalist set makes room for the actors' captivating use of physical theatre to create a tradition-bound town at the edge of the Appalachian woods where a young woman discovers her power to defy her elders' expectations. The story draws on fairy tale symbols to express Red's dark experiences and her healing in a way that rings true. Amazing.

Simply Put
by Nicholette Routhier Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A touching story performed simply and honestly. I was moved to tears.

by Claire Avitabile Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Isabel Nelson is just brilliant. I can only hope to be lucky enough to work with her someday.

by Shawn Lindsey Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The deer and the wolves. The sound effects. The fire and woods. This show was fantastic. I want to see it again. I couldn't take my eyes off Red. Great acting by all. Congratulations.

The gift of simplicity that makes us fre
by Nick & Rosie Heille Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Red Resurrected is a contemporary American drama/dance. It is honest, simple, and thoughtful. Created with a clear-eye for performance. Done without airs or pretense. Its strength is its gift of simplicity that gives the viewer a sense of freedom.

Well Integrated Masterpiece
by Bill McTeer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Dance, narrative, and song combine to make this a lot more than a children's fable. A harsh but beautiful mountain community re-imagines Red Riding Hood with other, more believable, wolves. Good script, great direction, excellent cast. See it if you can.

Beautiful... but...
by Kale Ganann Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I thought this show was simply beautiful, but the strong performances don't hide that the script just kind of peters out at the end, leading to an unsatisfying conclusion, and one plot thread seems to be indicating a major revelation but is never picked up. I still highly recommend this show - what they're doing on stage is worth any faults of the script - but the script is flawed. Ah well, the performance is the thing!

Red Rover, Red Rover...
by Patrick Pfundstein Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
...send 5 Kitties on over! Not that it is a much of a secret any more, but 'Red' is justifiably one of the hottest things going in Fringe 2011! This show combines incredibly creative movement with solid acting, and very good a cappella singing to create a whole much greater than the sum of its amazing parts. If you haven't seen 'Red' yet, I highly recommend getting tickets to the encore; it is very likely this is going to be one of those shows I remember seeing years after most others have faded into the background.

Beautiful show
by Aaron Sawyer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I loved this new, fresh, beautiful, and DANGEROUS version of Red Ridinghood. It's smart inventive and emotional.
The ensemble was inventive and made theatre what it should be! A lot of great stuff has been written about this fantastic show. They deserve it. Go!

by Kevin McIntyre Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What impressed me the most, more than a compelling story, more than fantastic performances, more than the mimed scenery, more than the best singing I've heard at Fringe this year, was the "sound track" of ambient noises performed by the scenery actors. Seriously, if I shut my eyes I felt like I was deep in the woods. If you can see this, do.

Magical must-see
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
These are not actors. These are re-creators. They don't act as wolves, they create themselves as wolves. The forest, the campfire, the leaky sink: the company makes those things appear. From the first words to the last, nothing is wasted. In sorrow and joy, in work and in wonder, this show is filled with beauty.

My favorite so far
by Elizabeth Boyle Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I loved the way the actors shifted effortlessly between people and inanimate objects. By the end, the dripping faucet was as much of a character as Red. The ending seemed a little rushed, and I wanted more character development of the "mean" guardian (can't remember the name) and the "witch." I thought they might provide a clue to why Red was who she was, but that didn't happen. Nevertheless, this play accomplished a lot in an hour. I don't think it could have done more in that time frame. Evoked many emotions. Fabulous.

Undertones Resurrected
by August Berkshire Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The sexual perils and predations that await a young woman, which are veiled in the original story, are brought to the surface here. Props are unnecessary when you remember the small details, like birds chirping in a forest and the crackling sound a fire makes. It was also to their credit that they could project their voices clearly in such a large space — a space they utilized well. The show is hugely popular but you probably don't have to make reservations because the venue is so large. Tip: park free on 2nd St. N.

by meader victoria Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This play was FANTASTIC. There were seven actors who did all the sound effects themselves and created sets and props with their bodies. And the story was SO GOOD! I don't know why this isn't categorized as "feminist". It was all done through the female gaze, and celebrated feminine strengths and bonds between women. I was enthralled, highly recommend!

Atmospheric bliss
by Richard Jackson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Wow! I was entranced with this simple tale told beautifully. The talented company creates a many-layered environment within which the story occurs. The combination of story, Appalachian folk songs and the cast produced sounds and visuals is absolutely stunning. They have only 1 show remaining. See this!!!

by Jen Tuder Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
From a Facebook message to my friend who had to leave in the middle of the Fringe: "Red was gorgeous. Just actors' bodies and voices making a whole town, a forest, a pack of wolves hunting a deer, a fire.... Plus, they used haunting, a cappella renditions of Appalacchian folk music. Why aren't you here?!" I agree with assessments of the ending, but the path through woods was magical nonetheless.

by Matt Sciple Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The ensemble work--whether they are singing shape-note mountain hymns, creating an uncannily realistic forest soundscape, breathing slowly to life as a crackling fire, or stalking a lost doe like hungry wolves--is nothing short of magical. The company-created script seems effortlessly shaped by a single voice. And Karin Olson's lights instantly transform the craggy LAB space into terrifying woods, scenic vistas, and the magical landscape of a young girl's mind.

A Valiant Effort
by Gonzo Group Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
The story was heading to a very interesting place with the big bad wolf and we wished they would have really gone there...we felt cheated out of the explosive ending it could have had. As it was, it just kind of fizzled out.

What big eyes you have
by Paula Nancarrow Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
And am I born to die?
And lay this body down?
And as my trembling spirits fly
Into a world unknown

They had me at Idumea, a shape note hymn that has always been one of my favorites, and is in the preview music for my own show. But I was unprepared for how the haunting quality of that hymn, and others, would combine with the fluid physicality of this ensemble. To be able to move like that AND sing like that must be the height of bliss. The story focuses on how social taboo engenders transgression, and offers a feminine alternative that honors healthy curiosity and a desire to learn and be efficacious in the world. What big eyes you have, Isabel.

Beautifully done
by Bob Sedoff Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is beautifully done.
Brava, bravo.

Go see this.
by Deb Gunther Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
No props. No costumes. No sets. Just actors acting. And that's all they need. Just their voices, their bodies and their incredible intelligence and creativity. This show is not to be missed.

Visually, aurally stunning
by Jason Dalrymple Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Before Fringe even started this year, I had added Red Resurrected to my "wild card" list - a show I was going into blind aside from the summary.

Though normally one for the comedic Fringe shows, Red Resurrected has claimed my "Best of Fringe" thus far for 2011. The show is a complete experience for the eyes and ears, filled with fluid, precise movement, a capella harmonies and tightly, naturally delivered performance from the ensemble. Every aspect of the show, including a "soundtrack" appropriate to each scene (the dripping faucet was a cute touch).

The bottom line is that Red Resurrected is an amazingly written, choreographed and delivered physical theatre performance that takes Red Riding hood to a whole new level.

Simply Stunning
by Vicki Joan Keck Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is my top show this year. What this ensemble does with character, voice and movement is beyond beautiful. I was so full of emotion when I left I could barely stumble out of the theatre - I just wanted to sit and digest what I had seen for a while. Director Isabelle Nelson won me over with her show Ballad of the Pale Fisherman last year, and did not disappoint. Please see this show!

Amazing show!
by Meg Arnosti Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
If you don't know what "physical theater" is, or if you do, you MUST see this show. The actors, with no props, become trees, fire, birds and insects, townspeople, wood-cutters, a dripping faucet, and wolves. They also sing. The way the actors transform throughout the show is simply remarkable, and the story is compelling. This is a work of art well worth seeing.

Subtle, Simple, Beautiful.
by Shannon Young Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
No props but the performers, no sounds but what the performers produce, lovely and precise staging and lighting, and a full use of the space. The story was original and beautifully told. I was mesmerized and emotionally invested. Overheard on my way out from a fellow audience member: "I feel that feeling like after having had a really good cry." That and so much more. I can't wait to see Ballad of the Pale Fisherman this winter.

by Larry Ripp Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is obviously something special in a Fringe that's Full of "special" this year. A Must See of course but more than that here is a show that could hold it's own just about anywhere. Edinburgh anyone? An emotional experience I won't soon forget from show that is unlike anything else you're likely to see this year or ANY year.

by Kassie Church Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was just a beautiful performance. I loved every second of it. The movement is wonderful. The story is smart and interesting. They use the space masterfully. I'm actually considering watching it again. Best show I've seen so far, out of about 10 shows.

by Emma Gochberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Hands down my favorite show of the 2011 Fringe. Ballad of the Pale Fisherman was in my top 3 last year as well. This ensemble is on my must-follow list. They put their hearts and souls into every word, breath, bird call, and twitch of their pinkie fingers.

Hypnotic, Beautiful, Not To Be Misse
by Foster Johns Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was the first show I had the privilege of seeing in this year's Fringe, and I must say it might have spoiled me for the rest of the fest. The story is haunting and beautifully executed by a truly emotionally and physically invested cast, a true ensemble. Isabel Nelson's direction is tight and uses the space majestically. There were moments in the show that literally took my breath away. The fact that the cast is responsible for all of the technical elements save lighting is a marvel to watch and a reason in itself to go see this show. See it! Do it!

Seriously Beautiful
by Jason Rojas Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I will be the first to admit that I cannot stand when people say "we do movement based theater". Most all the time I feel it is unwarranted, unspecific, and simply distracting.
I had heard this company was movement based and came in with all my preconceptions.
Wow did I feel like an idiot afterwords. This shows movement was warranted, SPECIFIC, and captivating. I feel that went on a fantastic journey to deep dark woods in the back of my imagination. On the drive away from the theater my friends and I were talking about the various 'props' they used and it dawned on us that they didn't even have any!
The show is worth seeing just to hear the ambient noises they create- amazing soundscape. I applaud the work these artists have done.

Picture perfect
by Caleb Carlson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A brilliant example of how spot on physical specificity can create stunning stage pictures and carry a story miles beyond the words. This show creates a beautiful universe with just bodys and lighting. A must see. Felt I got much more than an hours worth of theater, and I mean that in the best of ways. Bravo.

Great show, Great Directing
by Steve Hartman Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show is well polished and has stood out from other shows.

First thing I was worried about when seeing the bare stage in the giant Lab Theater was how this ensemble was going to fill the space. They did it very well in a great variety, using their bodies to set the scene in both sight and sound. This show is the very epitome of good direction.

The ensemble worked well together and overall the show was acted well. They aren’t selfish of themselves and the audience is simply invited into their world. A few members fall short of some moments but nothing was ever too bad to take me out of the play.

My only criticism of the direction is that the tempo is sometimes lagging and could be picked up in moments.

But overall great show.

Pefect Final Show of my Fringe
by Susan Thompson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is amazing. The cast is super talented - the space is the most perfect setting for the delicate work they have put together. This rounds out my top 3 of the Minnesota Fringe. Make sure to get tickets early - this one should sell out and you shouldn't miss it.

by Flannery Clark Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Anyone who saw Ballad of a Pale Fisherman last year already knows they need to see this show. Most amazing to me is that Isabel Nelson and her cast managed to follow up on that success (they won Fringie awards in 2010 for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction, and Outstanding Performance-Female) with an equally stunning and thought-provoking show.

As others have said, they make mesmerizing use of sound (all created by the actors), bodies as set pieces and props, and a vivid re-imagining truly comes to life.

From the moment the lights dim, you are in another world, and when the lights come up, you are half-tempted to stay there. This is a show that sticks with you, and one I would see again in a heartbeat. Bravo!

Tis a Gift to Be Simple
by Zoe Rodine Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What a wonderful reminder of the beauty of simplicity. I was consistently amazed by how the artists created a world purely through their own physicality. I gasped with wonder and surprise while watching this production, even though the story was familiar. Definitely my favorite Fringe show thus far.

I want to be IN that show!
by Wesley Brainard Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The multiple layers of awesomeness are too many to articulate fully in any one review. Sounds (made by the cast, not by sound effects cds)that enhance the feeling of the woods, physical action and gesture that transform bodies into trees, houses, wolves, deer and communicate deep rich emotion; music, and let's not forget the writing and concept development...WoW! That's just a start!

Fringe at its Best
by Maggie Kay Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This play is still vividly stuck in my head. The visual story-telling is nothing short of breathtaking, and the sensory engagement is mind blowing. It also has incredible small moments, like watching a characters' body completely change after a single word is spoken at the dinner table. The loose ends of the plot are intentional and gracefully vague, not sloppy or disjointed.
The Lab itself is a cavernous, generous theater that adds to the outdoor feel of the Appalachian setting. I might be curious to see the same piece in a smaller, more intimate space (just to see how the sounds and body language would be effected).
No matter the place, this is a complex, brilliantly-written and well-executed piece of art. Bravo!

True Storytelling
by Sophie Kerman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The ensemble cast doesn't just re-think Little Red Riding Hood, they re-think what theatrical storytelling should look like. The tone is set from the very beginning, using a combination of movement and vocal sound to paint a picture that is totally engrossing. The near-constant soundscape - whether of woodland noises or a dripping faucet - is all produced by the cast's own voices and maintains a vivid atmosphere. Each one of the performers brings a unique talent and physicality to the group, and the company makes the most of all of its members. Without relying too heavily on narration, the ensemble tells a gripping tale with a message (but not one that will hit you too hard over the head). This is how stories should be told.

by Diane Bundlie Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This performance transported me to a different place and time. It has emotion, wit and beauty. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will look for more performances from this talented group!

Stunning Performance
by Michael Merriam Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
If you are going to the Fringe Festival this year, do yourself a favor and go see this show. Easily one of the best shows, if not the best show, I have ever seen at Fringe. And that is no small feat considering the talent in this festival. From the moment the cast comes on stage, you are drawn in by the actors physical portrails of not only people, but animals, trees, rocks, and even a dripping tap. Red's story as she comes of age and finds her way in the woods and her way to womanhood is rivting theatre.

Different than I expected
by Beth Kinderman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The description of this show led me to believe that it would be an adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood made darker and edgier for adults, but that's only part of what you will get from this inventive, thought-provoking coming of age tale with a much appreciated feminist underpinning. I was amazed by the complexity and psychological depth of the characters and story, and by the cast's ability to evoke a huge variety of settings and moods with nothing more than seven human bodies and voices. This one will stick with you long after the lights come up. Brilliant work.

Whose Woods are These?
by Rick Treece Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Probably the best story theater I've ever seen. I didn't see "Pale Fisherman" last year, but I'm thinking I could enjoy a new story told in this style by this cast for an hour per year without it getting tedious. The talented inventive cast didn't always nail the a capella, polyphonic choral demands, but they came close enough that it enriched the story-telling rather than detracting from it.

Could use a change?
by re gurgitate Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I thoroughly enjoyed Red as I did their previous production, "The Ballad of the Pale Fisherman". Their evocation of environment through movement and sound has to be seen. The only potential negative for me was that this show is so stylistically similar to "Pale Fisherman" that if they put up another show next year I hope they consider shaking things up a bit in that regard.

Hard work pays off with excelence
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
could be the motto of this company. Simply excellent, the choreography and movement and voice and acting and directing were dead on, each actor fully focused for the entire hour of enchanting theater. No set, no sound, no costumes - all of the illusions and effects created by the company as they glided with grace and precision engaging their audience in this lovely tale. Standing ovation.

Simply Stunning
by Kristin Codling Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A great spin on Red Riding Hood tale and an ensemble performance that held me in awe. The ability of this troupe to turn a bare stage into a living, breathing world with just their bodies and voices is stunning. I felt the giddy and fright right along with the characters and found myself breathless at one point, completely absorbed in what was going on in front of me. Loved last year's show and love this one just as much!

If you only see one show
by Kirsten Stephens Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
...this should be it. Beautifully crafted and performed. Go. Just go.

Creativity defined
by Will Weisert Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
For the second year now, I've been left speechless by the ability of this troupe to transform a bare stage into a living, breathing set simply through motion and sound, all the while telling a compelling story. By far the best ensemble performance I've seen this year.

Don't let the location's apparent distance from other venues scare you away if you're trying to fit multiple shows into an evening - it's an easy 10 minutes away from the West Bank venues.

Red Resurrected
by Maggie Pistner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Absolutely wonderful, creative, provocative theatre. Way to go!

Strong Storytelling
by Susan Knutson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Like everyone else, I have nothing but raves for this spectacular show. The acting, staging and singing all contribute to a strong narrative that resonates with authentic emotion. A must for anyone like me who loves fairy tales, fables, and folklore.

Red Riding Hood in Appalachia
by Ronald Prieve Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A great mix of traditional American music, Red Riding Hood, and intelligent-young-woman-coming-of-age story. Amazing how the cast could convey human characters, trees, and forest animals in a convincing way. Loved it!

Almost as good as last year's
by Gabriel Heller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I went to see this show entirely on the strength of this group's production last year, which I would have given more than five kitties if I could have. And while I can't say it's quite as good I was not in any way disappointed and they well deserve five more. I have a few minor quibbles, the shape-note singing needs a little more practice here and there, not sure the script needs magic given how little there is this time around. But everything else is easily as wonderfully evocative and immersive as I could ever have hoped for. This is what movement theater is supposed to be. See it!

Getting lost has never been better
by Alex Yang Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A strongly versatile ensemble has created a simple yet comical, gripping and altogether enchanting piece. In particular, listen for the entirely human-generated soundscape; I've never been more impressed by people's ability to make noise. Bottom line: Isabel Nelson is a genius.

by Jeanne Burns Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is the best show I've seen this year. I've never seen a Fringe show twice, but I'm doing that this year. The story, the staging, the acting, the writing, all are the most creatively done things that I've ever seen ever. Really, don't miss this show because I guarantee you'll regret it if you do. I am still thinking about the story, and it's healed a wound I didn't realize I had about limits our society put on women.

I did not see Isabel Nelson's show last year (Ballad of the Pale Fisherman) but when I tell people that they need to see this show, they tell me that last year's show was amazing too. She said she expanded that show and will be putting it on at The Illusion.

Mesmerizing Physical Theatre
by Shannon Troy Jones Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I was completely enraptured by the magical world that these amazingly talented actors create with nothing but their bodies and voices. But seriously, they don't need anything else. If you saw "The Ballad of the Pale Fisherman" last year, then you know exactly what I mean.

This is hands down my favorite show of the Fringe so far.

It worked for me...
by Bill Dominic Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I would attend this performance again in a flash; in fact I will be at the Lab for this Saturday's finale (cool space if you've not seen the Lab). The style, creativity, class and minimalism of the "art" created and performed by this talented troupe captivated and engaged me. My favorites were two searing songs in the play, "Idumea" (17 or 18th century hymn) and "We'll Camp a Little While in the Wilderness". These songs, both occurring well into the show, were performed with intensity and feeling by actors who looked to be the cast's junior members. This moving story about a girl, a wolf and the woods will not disappoint.

Red Resurrected...
by David Bekkerus Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It was a well executed minimalist adaptation of story of little red riding hood, using the natural textures and colorful lighting to accent the bare brick background of the Lab Theatre. The removal of physical props and sounds tracks put the actors in charge of sound and set changes which included: the woods, of starting a fire at a camp site, the dripping of sink while at the dinner table just to name a few. The length of the piece was perfect about 45 minutes, and actors starting Addie Phelps (as red) were terrific. I want see more work from the group in the future.

outstanding use of space, bodies
by nicholas marcouiller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This cast is undeniably skilled, not to mention beautiful. They have devised a work that will leave you stunned (in a good way). No props, no set, just well trained voices and bodies. A must see for physical theatre enthusiasts.

Needs more squirrels
by Scott Pakudaitis Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
No squirrels in a play set in the woods?! Scandalous! Despite this glaring oversight, this show is gorgeous. The performers' shift poetically among human characters, animals and inanimate objects (including a very leaky tap.) Through words, movement and music, they share the tale of Red, a young woman who gets lost in the woods and finds herself.

Pleasant entrancing surprise
by Adric Turlough Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I knew nothing about this show except what I saw in a preview. Their preview scene caught my attention, and so I decided to give them a chance. I'm glad I did!

I appreciated the attention to detail, including the motions of swinging an axe and removing it from the wood. Despite the generally serious tone (to be more specific, this was not a laugh-out-loud-the-entire-hour comedy) there were numerous humorous lines.

It was amazing to watch the cast become all of the set that they needed and more: the dripping faucet, the trees and obstacles in the forest, all the associated sounds of the forest and living spaces, and the animals. I would highly recommend the show just to see and hear all that. The haunting singing and pretty well performed plot was an added bonus.

saturday at the lab #3
by Mark Browning Milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
my partner had enough and went to see rarig shows, and missed the best performance of the day. isabel and company take "little red riding hood" and give it a freudian feminist spin in the woods. this is the same company that did the selkie "pale fisherman" piece last year, and they make amazing theatre with only their bodies and voices and very big souls. "red"'s reading of "it's beautiful" is my favorite single moment of the fringe thus far. do. not. miss. this. show.

by Margaret Wolff Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Have never seen a better fringe show. Story, acting, sounds. Everything was fantastic. Go.

by Robin Nelson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The ensemble of talented actors works together beautifully to create memorable images and evocative sound-scapes. To be drawn into a story so completely without use of props or sets is (for me) the ultimate theater experience. I highly recommend this lovely production!

Don't Miss This One
by Stacey Poirier Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Possibly the best Fringe show I have seen - EVER. Mesmerizing! The perfect blend of story and ensemble architecture. Keep an eye on creator Isabel Nelson!!

Beyond words; a Must See
by Liz Oppenheimer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I'm at a loss for words for this piece, so I'll first borrow from a few others who have written before me: hauntingly beautiful; deeply felt; riveting; impeccable; engaging.

More thoughts and words of my own: brilliant; outside-the-box "script"; power through the paucity of movement, sound, and dialogue. It drew me in like the woods drew in Red herself.

And a strong female protagonist who is alive, vibrant, and liberated when the non-existent curtain closes. I already have bought another ticket for a future show.

Thank goodness that Red Resurrected is in one of the larger venues! Rearrange your schedule to see this.

Dramatic and Dynamic Faerie Tale
by David Rust Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I have been saying this a lot but I really did not know what to expect when I went in to see "Red Ressurected". The show's postcards promised some sort of re-interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood and the playbill also cited Demeter & Persephone as inspirations. Honestly, I see none of these save for the presence of wolves in the story and the main character being called "Red". In many ways, it seems to have more in common with Russian tales of Baba Yaga and Vasillisa the Beautiful. But that is neither here nor there.

"Red Ressurected" is brilliant!

The troupe of dancers/actors/singers used their bodies as props and set-pieces in a faerie tale set in an Appalachians-like mountain community where young Red grows up always being told to stay out of the forest. She has no mother or father but, instead, is raised by all members of the community. It is about her growing up and increasing curiosity about the woods as well as the tales told about it.

The metaphors for "straying from the path" aren't obscured with rhetoric; they're fairly blatant. But the story is told so incredibly well by such engaging performers that the messages of the tale could be brand new for all I care.

And, if in the future, this company ever wants to do an adaptation of "Vassilisa and the Magic Doll", I'll be first in line to buy tickets!

Beautiful and emotionally rewarding
by Eric Nelson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A tale that takes unexpected turns like the path Red takes through the woods, hauntingly and beautifully told by a skilled ensemble. With gesture, sound, and song they evoked a rich, complex, and imaginative world. Definitely worth seeing.

Not enough good words
by Lisa Olson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is my first year Fringing and this is exactly the experience I was hoping for from it. This show is gorgeous, deeply felt and I dare you to find better use of sound anywhere. Whoever you are, see this show.

by Aseem Kaul Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Red Resurrected is a riveting show that combines impeccable performances by an ensemble cast with a lyrical reworking of the Red Riding Hood story. Technically adroit and emotionally engaging, this is one show you absolutely should not miss!

Go for the forest, stay for the story.
by Sarah Hilton Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
As anyone who saw Ballad of the Pale Fisherman might expect, Red Resurrected is absolutely amazing. How an ensemble of 7 becomes a forest I want to live in, I just can't wrap my head around. How they simultaneously build an engaging story that brought me to tears and also made me laugh - well, that's pretty great, too. This talented group of individuals delivers a show that just might be unstoppable. Buy tickets immediately - I suspect they'll be in very high demand.

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