Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

My Fringe


Tedious Brief Productions

Written by Greer, Tallen & Watson-Jones

Producer's website

Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, Literary adaptation

Contains Violence

For ages 12+

The show is closed, the Fringe is done, alas, alas. Thanks to all who came out, and our deepest gratitude to all who enjoyed the show and spread the word!

The Fringie results have been posted, and voters awarded us the title of Outstanding Play! Thanks to FringeFamous for the nomination, and to its readers for the honor!

Fringie results!

A final request; if you've already seen the show, please take a moment to consider logging on to the Fringe site and writing a review. Even though the show is closed. We'd love to get your feedback, and putting it up on the Fringe site makes it nice and official, so that we can keep it all straight in our minds.

Thank you all again for making 2011 a great Fringe year for Tedious Brief Productions!


James Cameron's classic movie Aliens is re-imagined as a Shakespearean sequel to The Tempest. After twenty years, Miranda must return to the island of her childhood to confront her greatest nightmare.

From the creators of 2009 MN Fringe hit "Bard Fiction" comes a new tale of modern film translated into period play. In addition to the language adaptation that made "Bard Fiction" such a success, "Tempests" borrows ideas from Margolis, Lecoq, viewpoints, Bunraku and Noh theatre to bring the inhuman to life. A sequel that expands upon the story of Miranda, Ariel, and Caliban, which shows that not every happy ending lasts forever. You may never view "The Tempest" the same way again. And really, how often does one get the chance to watch Shakespearean sci-fi horror?

Trailer by Daniel John Harris.

Photograph by Scott Pakudaitis. Image design by Keith Campbell.

MPR's "10 Things to Know About the 2011 MN Fringe". We're 1/3 of #3, and all of #4.
We did a podcast with Joshua Humphrey over at Twin Cities Theater Connection. Listen to us discuss our experience with "Bard Fiction", the inspiration for "Tempests", and bit about the style and content of the show!
City Pages named us one of their 'Best Bets', and manages a show description that might be better than the official one.
William Randall Beard reviewed us for the Star Tribune; Positive review, with kudos given to Katie Willer and Ben Tallen!
We made John Middleton cry. And think of seafood. Double win!
Rob Hubbard for Pioneer Press rates us as "worth considering", and calls us the most ambitious of the Shakespeare shows in this year's Fringe. Which is not a short list.

For more information, visit our website: www.tediousbrief.com
And be sure to visit our Facebook page, and become a fan to get updates on what's happening with the show and Tedious Brief!

Special thanks to our publicity photo models- Katherine Kupiecki, Abigail Greer, Mickaylee Shaughnessy, Danielle Siver, and Josh Vogen.

Amber Bjork
Role: Co-Director
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Theatre (as Actor): Tedious Brief: Bard Fiction; Theatre Pro Rata (Artistic Associate): Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Taming of the Shrew, The Spanish Tragedy, Marisol, Quills, Machinal, Slag Heap; Killing Joke: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant; Theatre Unbound: The Tempest; Nimbus Theatre: Beautiful Things; Guthrie: Romeo and Juliet
(as Director): Freshwater Theatre: A Festival of Awkward Moments: Cut or Uncut
(as Directing Observer): Theatre Pro Rata: Traveling Light
(as ASM): Sandbox Theatre: Unspeakable Things: The Wandrei Brother’s Project
Film: Pommelhorse: Sandwich; Send Help Films: Die Lieferung
Training/Education: University of Minnesota, Duluth; Masque Theatre and School, Sandbox Theatre Lab
Upcoming: (as director) Theatre Pro Rata: T Bone N Weasel

Chase Broderick
Role: Meyer
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Theatre: Interlochen Arts Academy: Love's Labour's Lost, Hotel Paradiso, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Once in a Lifetime, Ways and Means, Little Women: The Musical; Musical Theater of Idaho: Evita, The Secret Garden, Titanic, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast
Training/Education: University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, Interlochen Arts Academy
Honors/Awards: YoungArts 2011 Honorable Mention Award Winner in Playwriting

Michelle Clark
Role: Costume Design

Ryan James Coble
Role: Antaro
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Theatre: Theatre Underground: Macbeth; American Shakespeare Repertory: Richard II: Thomas of Woodstock; Coin Purse Theatre: Romeo and Juliet; Music Box Theatre: The Haunted Theater; Masquers Theatre: The Wizard of Oz; PL Players: Little Shop of Horrors; Theatre on the Park: Dead Man Walking; Love, Valour, Compassion
Training/Education: The American Academy of Dramatic Arts-New York, Jackie Bartone-Preparing the Monologue and Scene Study-New York; Camille D'Ambrose-Shakespeare-Metropolitan State University-Minneapolis

Erin Denman
Role: Torres
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Theatre: nimbus: The Balcony, Emerald and the Love Song of the Dead Fisherman; Theatre in the Round: Come Back to the Five and Dime; Cromulent Shakespeare: Hamlet, Robin Hood; La Vie: Wonderland
Training/Education: University of Minnesota- Morris B.A. in Theatre and English.

Sarah Duncan
Role: Steele/Villager

Theatre: (as Actor) Masterworks at Bryant Lake Bowl: Oil and Water; Bradley University Theatre: Angels in America; Part I, Millennium Approaches, the Oresteia, Anton in Show Business, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Cloud Nine; Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre: Tom Sawyer (Tour)
(As Playwright) Bradley University: Rock Paper Scissors Shoot, the Oresteia (Adaptation)
Training/Education: Bradley University, IL: B.A. American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC). Summer Studio Theatre (Krannert Center) Acting Apprentice. Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival. The Playwright’s Center (intern, Jan 2011-July 2011.) Teachers include Doug Rosson (Buffooning), Brant Pope (Shakespeare), Steve Snyder (Commedia, Meisner, Classical), and Michelle O’Neille (Audition Technique)
Upcoming: (as playwright) accepted into the 2011 Kennedy Center Playwriting Summer Intensive (July 2011, DC) Prospero Theatre Company: Bees and Lions (staged reading, Fall 2011)
(As actor) National Theatre for Children: Water Pirates of Neverland (Fall 2011)

Kayla Dvorak
Role: Gigeresque
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Theatre: Yellow Tree Theatre: Expecting Isabel; Missoula Children’s Theatre: Actor/Tour Director; Theatre Simpson: The Servant of Two Masters, A Year with Frog and Toad, A Kind of Alaska, Pushup, Pride and Prejudice, Three More Sleepless Nights, Into the Woods, Hamlet
Training/Education: Simpson College: B.A. in Theatre Arts
Upcoming: Coin Purse Theatre: Othello

Jane Froiland
Role: Ariel

Theatre: Ten Thousand Things: Doubt (Sister James); Jungle Theater: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Honey); Old Log Theater: Jeeves in Bloom (Madeline Bassett); Park Square Theater: Rock n Roll (Esme/Alice); Starting Gate Productions: Barefoot in the Park (Corie), Butterflies are Free (Jill Tanner), Amadeus (Constanze), Little Foxes (Alexandra), The Nerd (Tansy); Ilusion Theater: No Easy Answers (Various); Gremlin Theatre: The Crucible (Mercy Lewis); Theatre Unbound: Shattered (20); Theatre in the Round: Power (Louise), Angel Street (Nancy)

Forest Godfrey
Role: Sound Designer
Theatre: Theater Mu: Little Shop of Horrors (Ritz), Yellow Face (Guthrie); The Chameleon Theatre Circle: Tommy, Art; Theater Pro Rata: Dido, Queen of Carthage; Commedia Beauregard: A Klingon Christmas Carol
Film: "To Be or Not to Be: Klingons and Shakespeare" (Paramount Home Video - Star Trek VI BluRay/DVD); "Courtship, Sex, Commitment" (SInsear Productions, 2010)
Real Life: Designing software and hardware for supercomputers at Cray, Inc.

Aaron Greer
Role: Alençon/Playwright/Producer
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Theatre (As Actor): Cromulent Shakepeare Company: Troilus and Cressida; Theater Pro Rata: The Spanish Tragedy; Tedious Brief: Bard Fiction; Minnesota Shakespeare Project: T+C A Riff on Shakespeare, Troy, and the War on Love; Children's Theatre Company: Reeling; Three Headed Dog: Romeo & Juliet; One Strike Productions: 30+ Seeking Soul Mate
(As Playwright): Bard Fiction
Film: Stolen Arrow: Lambent Fuse; Style Commando Productions: Terror Report; Haunted Brain: Dragon Blood (ep.1); Bok Bok Productions: Chimera Tribe: The Rakai; Concorde Pictures: Bloodfist IV, Die Trying
Training/Education: Interpreting Shakespeare for the Actor, Richard Twyman, Guthrie Theater; Unarmed Stage Combat, Aaron Preusse, Guthrie Theater; Theatrical Broadsword, Don Preston
Upcoming: Bard Fiction (as playwright, for Commedia Beauregard in Chicago)

Grant Henderson
Role: Bassanio
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Theatre: Bloomington Civic Theater: 12 Angry Men; Pro Rata: Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Taming of the Shrew, The Spanish Tragedy, Marisol; Theatre in the Round: The 1940’s Radio Hour, Twelfth Night; Starting Gate Productions: A View from the Bridge, Barefoot in the Park, The Miss Firecracker Contest; Pioneer Place Players: A Streetcar Named Desire, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Pig’s Eye Theatre Co.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Cromulent Theatre Co.: Much Ado About Nothing, The Birds, King Lear; Chameleon Theatre Circle: Talk Radio; Fringe Festival: Dandelion Snow, The Virgin Diaries, Baggage, Hue and Cry, Bard Fiction
Training/Education: Iowa State University
Honors/Awards: Irene Ryan Award nominee

Sarah Holmberg
Role: Stage Manager
Tedious Brief: Debut
Theatre: (as Stage Manager) Walking Shadow Theatre Company: After the Quake, Drakul, The Crowd You're In With, See You Next Tuesday, The Trandsdimensional Couriers Union, Mojo, Robots vs. Fake Robots, Caligula, Amazons and Their Men, The American Pilot; New Theatre Group: Strong, Little Green Man, American Sexy; American Shakespeare Repertory: Complete Readings of William Shakespeare
Eductation: University of Wisconsin: BFA Technical Direction and Design, MA Television Production
Upcoming: Torch Theatre: True West (Props Designer)

Camille Kasavan
Role: Exoskull
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Theatre: Macalester College: Antigone; LFNY Theater: Pygmalion, A Midsummer's Night Dream; Theatre Bacchus: Don Quixote
Education: HB Studios; Macalester College, BA Theater (2014)

Brigid Kelley
Role: Salamander

MN Theatre: Freshwater Theatre Company: Festival of Awkward Moments (Old McDonald Dirge); Mad Munchkin Productions: Snow Bound! (Puppeteer); Commedia Beauregard: Louvre It or Leave It: Patience on the Way to Daylight (Terrified); Bridge Productions: Darkest Room in the House (Joan); American Shakespeare Repertory: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Speed), Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Ephesus), Hamlet (Gravedigger), Much Ado About Nothing (Dogberry); Climb Theatre: Shattered (Kayla); Prairie Fire Children's Theatre: Alice in Wonderland (Mad Hatter)
Education: Clarke Univeristy in Dubuque, IA, B.A. in Drama. - Proof (Catherine), Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), Waiting for the Parade (Marta), Picnic (Rosemary), A Year with Frog and Toad (Bird etc). etc.
Upcoming: Sandbox Theatre: The Mad Trapper of Rat River

James Lekvin
Role: Lord Fitz-Percival
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Theater: Swandive: Baltimore Waltz, Almost, Maine, Inventing Van Gogh, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind; Frontier Theatre: The Maiden’s Prayer, When Pop Stars Attack, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Tall Tales, Waiting for Lefty, Bremen Freedom, Minnesota Goddess, The Best Show in Town; Theatre Pro Rata: Metamorphoses, Galileo; Watershed Productions: Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Film/TV: Whole Crüe Productions: (Yielding to) A Willing Breath; Sleepy Eye Flix: Revolver; BRT Productions: Prime Arthur; Industrial films
Training/Education: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire: B.A.; Jon Ferguson (Clown Workshop); Sandra K. Horner (Meisner and Lewis Methods); John Linn (Vocal)
Upcoming: R&R

Kat Pepmiller
Role: Costume Design
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Keith Prusak
Role: Voice of Prospero
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Theatre: Walking Shadow Theatre Company: Drakul (Arthur Holmwood), William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead (Richard Burbage), Lives of the Most Notorious Highwaymen (Quilt Arnold/Samuel Heath); Theatre Pro Rata: The Spanish Tragedy (Hieronimo), Metamorphoses (Bacchus/Ceyx/others), Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Claudius); Starting Gate Productions: Death of a Salesman (Biff); Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night (Sir Toby Belch)
Upcoming: Recording & performing with the band Bad September

Andrew Sass
Role: Pagani

Stage: 20% Theatre Co.: Anon; Cromulent Shakespeare Co.: Julius Caesar, Troilus & Cressida; Killing Joke Productions: Medea Ex Machina, The Surgeon; Britches XXL: The Lion in Winter; nimbus theatre: Pirandello's Henry IV
Film: The Other John Productions: Three Bullets; Dumble Blue Productions: Parallels; Inch By Inch Productions: Last Breath; Falling Up Sky Pictures: Faux
TV/Radio: iWireless, Best Buy, Roundy's, Calabrio, Sticky Fingers BBQ
Education/Training: University of Wisconsin (Literature), Michael Bruckmueller, Brave New Workshop
Upcoming: Walking Shadow: reasons to be pretty (Sept); Hardcover Theatre: Dante's Inferno (Oct); nimbus theatre: Woyczek (Dec.)
Other: Production Manager, Killing Joke Films, Inc.; Teaching Artist, Blank Slate Theatre

David Schneider
Role: Fight Choreographer

Fight Choreography: Tedious Brief: Bard Fiction; Theatre in the Round: Hamlet; Classical Actor's Ensemble: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore; Cromulent Shakespeare Co.: Hamlet, Richard III, Hunchback of Notre Damn; 20% Theatre Co.: Hot 'N' Throbbing, Teach Me Tonight; MN Renaissance Festival
Onstage: MN Opera: Romeo and Juliet (Sword Fighter); Theatre in the Round; Cromulent Shakespeare Co.; Flaneur Productions; Green T Productions; Off Leash Area
Also: Recognized Advanced Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors

Robert Smith
Role: Prop Design
Theatre: (as Prop Designer): Theatre in the Round: Beyond Therapy, Come back the 5 & Dime, Enchanted April, Rebecca, The Devil's Disciple, My Three Angels, Fools, You Never Can Tell, Loot, Arms and the Man, Macbeth; Starting Gate Productions
(as Stage Manager): Theatre in the Round: Pack of Lies, Ten November; Gray Space Performance Co: Corpus Christi; Promised Valley Playhouse (Salt Lake City); Children's Theater (Salt Lake City- Resident Stage Manager)

William Studer
Role: Caliban

Theatre: Theatre in the Round: Sympatico, The Devil’s Disciple, The Price, Born Yesterday; Bloomington Black Box: On Golden Pond, Twelve Angry Men, You Can’t Take It With You, It Isn’t Murder?; Lyric Arts Main Stage: A Christmas Carol, You Can’t Take It With You, Afternoon at the Seaside; Jon Hassler Theater (Plainview): Old Man Brunner Country; Pioneer Place on Fifth (St. Cloud): The Seagull; Starting Gate Productions: Our Country’s Good; Lakeshore Players: Encore; Playwrights Center: Danny Is Going To Die; Landmark Center: The Life and Trials of Kid Cann, The Trial Reenactment of Alvin “Creepy” Karpis
Feature Films: Into the Void Productions- Into the Void; C.t.f.s Studios- Jouir de la Vie; Riverwood Pictures- The Spirits of St. Paul; 355 Productions- Connected
Television: The History Channel- Holy Grail in America
Web Series: Strange Turtle Blues Production- Forsythia (Seasons 1 and 2)
Shorts: North Star Project - Still Life, Strange Turtle Blues Production - Forsythia
Education: St. Cloud State University- B.S, M.A. Theatre Arts; University of Minnesota- J.D. Law
Upcoming:The Weir (Jack)- Pioneer Place on Fifth, St. Cloud (October 23 - November 6); Romeo and Juliet (Montague/Apothecary)- Pioneer Place on Fifth, St. Cloud (March 16 - April 1)

Ben Tallen
Role: Paganini/Playwright/Producer

At Tedious Brief: Bard Fiction (Actor, Co-producer, Writer)
Theater (Acting): Theatre Pro Rata: Dido Queen of Carthage; Hardcover: Weird Tales, Absolute Pulp; Starting Gate Productions: Our Country’s Good, Light Up the Sky; Theatre in the Round: Fools, See How They Run, Macbeth; Illusion; Gremlin; Cromulent Shakespeare
Other: Managing Director of Starting Gate Productions 2007-08 Season
Training/Education: University of Minnesota: B.A. Theatre Arts
Upcoming: Bard Fiction (as playwright, for Commedia Beauregard in Chicago)

Noë Tallen
Role: Director/Producer
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At Tedious Brief: Bard Fiction (Actor, Co-producer, Designer)
Theater (Acting): Theater in the Round: Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; Pro Rata: Metamorphoses, The Life of Galileo, Marisol; Starting Gate Productions: Our Country’s Good; Theatre Unbound: 10 Virgins, Expecting Isabel, Frankenstein Incarnate: The Passions of Mary Shelley, Anastasia Trails in the Court of Women, The Tempest; Great American History Theater; Walking Shadow Theatre Company; Guthrie Theatre
Other: Core Company Member/Volunteer Coordinator, Theatre Unbound
Training/Education: University of Minnesota: MFA; University of Utah: BFA

Sadie Ward
Role: Assistant Stage Manager
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At Tedious Brief: Premier
Theater (Set Design): Theater in the Round: Fantastic; Viterbo University: 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee
(Charge Artist): Viterbo University: The Marriage of Figaro, Room Service
(Stage Management): Pangea World Theatre: Alternate Visions Festival Summer 2010; Viterbo University: Christmas on the Air, A Radio Play
(Assistant Stage Manager): Theater in the Round: Come Blow Your Horn
Other: Pangea World Theatre Administrative Intern; Children’s Theatre Company Paint Intern
Training/Education: Viterbo University: BA Theatre Studies and BFA Arts Administration
Upcoming (Set Design): Viterbo University: The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Secret Garden

Brian Watson-Jones
Role: Xenomorph/Playwright/Producer

Theatre (as actor): Tedious Brief: Bard Fiction; Upright Egg: VENUS (a play about Energy), The Hope Moment, The Chuck Mee Project, The Love Project; Commedia Beauregard: A Klingon Christmas Carol; Cromulent Shakespeare Co.: Troilus and Cressida, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Midsummer Night's Dream
(as playwright): Tedious Brief: Bard Fiction; Upright Egg: Songbird, A Dastardly Tale of Skullduggery and Shenanigans; Commedia Beauregard: Danae (Masterworks: The Rembrandt Plays); Theatre Limina: Bird's Eye View (Bermuda Shorts)
Training: British American Drama Academy, London; Sarah Lawrence College, NY (B.A. in Theatre)
Upcoming: Bard Fiction (as playwright, for Commedia Beauregard in Chicago)

Katie Willer
Role: Miranda

Theater: (as actor) Illusion Theatre: Angels in Shadowland (Fresh Ink), Silent and the Bloo Loons; Emigrant Theater: The Presence of Children; Theatre Pro Rata: The Taming of the Shrew, Killer Joe; Theatre Unbound: 10 Virgins
(as assistant director) Park Square Theatre: To Kill A Mockingbird; Torch Theater: Glengarry Glen Ross; Children’s Theater Co: Mulan Jr., Iron Ring; Walking Shadow Theatre Co: Caligula
(as director) Commedia Beauregard: La Isla Deserta, The Disturbing Chair; Urban Samurai: Drama A Comedy, Livelihood; PNT Theatre: Baggage, Desolation in America, McBush
Training: B.A. University of Minnesota, M.A. Goldsmiths College London
Upcoming: Theatre Pro Rata: Cat's Paw

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by Mic Weinblatt Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This mash up of Tempest and Aliens was the closest performance to a spectacle I've seen at the Fringe, Large cast, exciting soundtrack,great costumes, lots of man to man or man to woman combat and a committed cast of actors who exhibited a wide range of facility with Elizabethan verse. Standouts included:Ben Tallen,William P Studer,and Jane Froiland with special kudos to David Schneider who choreographed the fight scenes, This was a Herculean effort that was mostly successful.

by Tristine Miller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Even though I was lost on most of the Alien jokes, I felt the performance was professional and fun! I loved the costumes and set, and I'm amazed at how such a large ensemble was able to share such a small stage during the fights. Great energy and glad I caught it!

Great show if you're not done w/mashups
by Gabriel Heller Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I had my reservations going into this show, I just couldn't see how the plot of "The Tempest" could be married with "Aliens." I was pleasantly surprised at almost every turn. The plots dovetailed remarkably well. The Shakespearian language was largely excellent, and always at least passable, even to those whose fathers are English professors. I could have hoped for slightly better acting, but I'm sure, given the overabundance of Shakespeare mashups this year, good Shakespearian actors willing to do mashups were spread a little thin. The final battle desperately needed power suits made of stagehands. But on the whole a fun, dramatic, enjoyable show.

shows to go ya...
by Mark Browning Milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
i'd been avoiding the shakespearean mashups the entire fringe, and so i finally saw one and saw the wisdom of my previous avoidance. i'm sorry, this whole concept seems very, very tired to me. do we have david mann to blame for this phenomenon? (i never saw a will-meet-contemporary-film-or-theatre-or-teevee-or-whatever before his brilliant take on "the godfather".) anyway, if you like this kind of stuff you'll probably like this - fair play to ya. as for me, i'm going to take my shakespeare and contemporary culture straight, no chaser, thank you very much.

"Aliens" a la The Bard
by David Brown Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
An amazing piece of work, based on the "Alien" movie series with Sigourney Weaver (Miranda, in this rendition) all in a Shakespearian vein. Throughly enjoyable...a must-see!

Ellen Ripley Meets William Shakespeare
by Jack Silverman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Thoroughly enjoyed this production. I admit to being obsessed with Aliens 2 the movie so found the story to be a very clever adaption using Shakespearian dialogue and imagery. I think if you don’t know the Aliens movie it would have been hard to follow. The production was well cast and the acting was so reflective of the movie! Kudos all.

As my Teapot softly weeps
by Steve Blevins Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Wonderful! Having enjoyed Bard Fiction I was really looking forward to seeing Tempests. Personally, I love the innuendos and inside jokes. This group offers a treat for all attendees, whether you are a casual audience member, a fan of the Aliens franchise or just enjoy being a theater aficionado. I thought that by choosing to pick up on the Tempests years later lending a huge amount of creativity to this act. Well done! I laughed, enjoyed the fight scenes and often stared crossly at Caliban. Thanks to all who collaborated and I heartily recommend everyone come to see this production!

Fun, and impressive.
by Guy Incognito Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What a great way to end my fringe experience for the year - going out on a high note. Go see!

by Jim Oliver Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
There's a lot to love about this show, even for those that don't know the film by heart. It's well staged, tightly scripted, and has some great performances. For me that's four kitties in a walk.

The fifth kitty comes in when you do have a good handle on both the inspirations and can get a hold of the work that was done with language and choreography to put the Aliens in the Tempest and to put the Tempest in Aliens. It goes both ways and it's very rewarding for dorks like me.

I can see how hearing 2/3 of the audience laughing might make you think you're being left behind for trivial jokes or sight gags, but I also think that stuff is just icing on a funny, action-packed cake. No required reading here.

Real step forward for Tedious Brief.

Awesome fights
by Kara Greshwalk Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
First and foremost, many kudos to David Schneider, the fight choreographer. This is 'The Tempest' mashed up with an action film, after all, and those fights were one of my favorite things about this show. The cast was a fantastic ensemble, and the most memorable moments were when they used more stylized movement on-stage. I was having flashbacks to a production of 'Pentecost,' which played in same space over 10 years ago (and that's a compliment)! The only caveat I have is that while this is such a fine, intelligent script, it really helps to know the source material going in. Still, this is a beautiful production, and well worth the trip.

by Jim Pounds Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Noe Tallen is to be commended for combining these two sources into a relatively cohesive whole. Lots of talented people in the cast: Grant Henderson, Ben Tallen, Bill Studer and Jane Froiland. Lots of inventive stage craft. The booming voice of Aaron Greer. Some not very good performances. The revelation for me was Brigid Kelley. She didn't seem to be playing to the balcony. This is an actress with presence.

Terrific fun
by David Coral Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
From the folks who brought you Bard Fiction, this is a fun and well-written mash-up! I had a great time tonight and truly hope many more folks catch this one! Well done!!

Shakespeare goes SciFi
by Laura Tallen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The Bard would be proud, I think he would have enjoyed this show as much as I did. I must admit I had not seen Aliens until last night but I was glad I prepped for this show. It was definitely helpful to understand some of the subtler points of the show. I must say I saw Bard Fiction a few years ago and Tedious Brief did not disappoint this time either. Well acted, well staged, iambic pentameter, comedy, drama...this show has it all! I highly recommend this show, especially to fans of Aliens!

A Successfull Shakespeare/Sci-Fi Mash-Up
by Heather Baldwin Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I have nothing negative to say about this production: the writing, the acting, and the technical aspects of the show were all fantastic. I only wish that I had more direct familiarity with "Aliens" (I had seen a few clips here and there, but hadn't watched the whole movie straight through before). A few "in jokes" sailed over my head for that reason, but enough of the rest of the audience members got them that I was still able to catch on and laugh along with them too. Katie Willer and Jane Froiland were especially stand-out performers, but the collaboration of everyone involved is what makes this show successful.

Jaw-droppingly awesome
by George Adams Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
How do you construct an *EPIC* on the stage in one hour? Ask these guys. With the story cut to the bare bones (Aliens was over 2.5 hours before any overlay of Shkespeak) it still hit the main points and was fully comprehensible, and they managed to layer MORE meaning on top of it. I'm not even goign to go into the amazing staging, others have covered that. DO NOT MISS THIS.

Well Done Blend of two Classics
by Kari Farnham Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Oh what fun it was to sink deeply into the strange tongue of Shakespearian dialoge with a Pop Culture Sci-Fi storyline! My husband and I especially enjoyed the use of the isles by the actors and most funny, was the movement of Ariel and the 'faeries' across the stage. Well Done!! Congratulations to you all - Writers for unleashing your spirit of wit and fun, Directors and Coreographers for working in such a small space and Actors for bringing to life a well written "little play". I can't wait for the next installment from Tedious Brief Productions!

Large cast delivers
by Richard Jackson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Strong work by a large cast of 16 actors. Good writing and some awesome stage pictures. Kudos to all involved.

Ridiculous Show Mostly for Aliens Fans
by David Peterjohn Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This is an interesting mashup, and it mostly works. It's not 5-star because much of the jokes and references will fly above the head of those unfamiliar with Aliens.

Also, knowing The Tempest would help as well. Not much context is given to this show, so I had trouble following the pre-existing character relationships.

The Shakespearean text is rather good. It gets the job done, but sounds less beautiful and authentic than the real thing. Sometimes a particularly bad simile will pop up "like an empty jar of jam", but clever jokes work well enough in this speech.

The reason this show is 4-stars is it's ridiculous. A slow burn into absurdity. I and chuckled uncontrollably even during serious moments.

Very well done. Give it a try.

Leave it at that.
by Mark Wheeler Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show has had so many great reviews, I'll just say I loved it and leave it at that.

by Jenna Markson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
After reading the reviews I was worried that I hadn't seen Aliens in years, but I remembered enough to find so much enjoyment. The energy of the cast was great. The actor playing the Bill Paxton role was my personal favorite along with some awesome movement by the fairies and of course, the devilishly ethereal Ariel.

Who needs to see Aliens, anyway?
by Suzanne Sharrock Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Having never seen the movie, I still thoroughly enjoyed the show. Well acted, campy in a good way,obviously full of reference to Alien (Tuesday night's audience was quite on top of their Alien recall) - Play stands on its own as funny and well acted. I'd agree w/almost all the reviewers, except I don't think I need to see Aliens first (though it probably would've added to my enjoyment)

A Seaplot in a Tempest
by Rick Treece Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
As with everything Fringe derived from pop-culture, you will get more fun out of this if you know the film "Alien" intimately, but the thing actually holds up amazingly well merely as pseudo-Shakespeare. I found the script very bard-like both in language and in dramaturgy. Congratulations to the cast and the director on putting this challenging material across!

Huge Effort
by Stuart Holland Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Have to give this 4 kitties because it was such a huge project. Though it didn't come off perfectly (and who can compete with Shakespeare's language), it was entertaining, well acted, and was successful at moving large numbers of people around the stage. Audience loved it.

Greatest 1 hour show
by Rhonda Peterson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Truly, this is the greatest 1 hour show I've ever seen. It's a wonderful adaptation of the Tempests in conjunction with a James Cameron classic. The audience seemed to be right there with me when I was applauding the awesome comparisons and likeness with 'Aliens', one of my favorite films of all time. I was particularly impressed with the attentive and interactive audience to this melding of the two genres. It was very well cast, and they seemed to be having a great time as well as being very professional at their craft. What's better than loving what you do in front of an audience? Definitely a must see!

King of the Shakespeare mashups
by Cato Brutus Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It seems every year Fringe has multiple shows subscribing to the Shakespeare + pop culture + ??? = PROFIT formula. Tempests manages to be better than most by standing on it's own legs. Even though I have never seen Aliens (the show is much more Aliens than Tempest, from which is only borrows the setting and a few characters), it manages to avoid the mashup pitfall of winking too hard at the audience. Every scene is played straight, and the more serious parts of the play such as the ones between Miranda and Salamander have a real gravity because of this. Granted, the audience will be laughing whenever one of the classic lines is rewritten in Shakespeare-speak, but even if you don't know the movie the show is worth your time.

Honestly two kitties for me
by Chrisitian Novotny Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Having only slept through ALIENS once ... this was not a show for me. If you come expecting a thought provoking sci-fi sequel to Shakespeare's exploration of the then xenophobic England (The Tempest) you will leave feeling disappointed as this show only resemble it through the title and character's names ... my recommendation is grab a six pack and watch ALIENS before attending this show and you will have a good time

show good audience bad
by James Michel Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I very much enjoyed the show the acting wonderful staging great movement and very imaginative writing. The audience at my performance (the first Saturday) was laughing inappropropriatly. I hope the cast did not get sidetracked or offended.
Jim Michel

Brilliant on so many levels
by Sharon Kahn Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
If only there were a rating higher than 5 kitties! This show is a Fringe masterpiece on so many levels that I'm afraid nothing else I see this year will measure up. Other reviewers have already touched on the many strengths of this show: the cleverness of the concept, the strength of the actors/dancers, the power and beauty of the staging and the brilliantly written script. I mostly wanted to get my vote in for the solid 5 kitties that this performance deserves. 

Even if you have never seen "Aliens" this is still an excellent play on its own merits. It is not a comedy, although you will hear the audience laughing in delight at the clever way the familiar characters and dialogue has been translated to an Elizabethan setting. However, even without those moments of recognition, this is a a solidly written, exciting and affecting play that stands on its own. The actress playing Miranda does a fine job of capturing both the strength and the vulnerability of her character. 

Death if not familiar with Aliens
by Aaron Sawyer Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
I sat by four people who knew Tempest but hadn't seen Aliens in years. We were all lost. The acting was campy and uncommitted (though I've certainly seen worse at fringe this year).
I admit that a large part of my response could be because I don't know every famous shot of Aliens, but I'd hoped one could enjoy the show without that.

by Jenni Schmidt Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Fabulous acting is the highlight of this extremely polished show. It has been quite a few years since I saw Aliens, and even more since I read The Tempest, but I was fine. Funny and moving, this show is an example of how great the Shakespeare/Cult Classic mash-ups can be.

by Carin Leonard-Gorrill Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
OK, if my husband had his way, I would have seen Aliens a loooong time ago. As it is, I've never seen it, so yes, quite a few jokes went right over my head.

However, I'll still give it four kitties for the great acting, great direction, great costuming and sets. Totally entertaining even if I wasn't in on all the jokes.

But now I may be forced to watch Aliens soon...

Meanwhile Back at the Island
by Bill McTeer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show updates us on what happened to Miranda, Ariel, and Calaban after Shakespeare's The Tempest ended. Much foreboding, some serious baddies, an indomitable heroine, much action, a cliffhanger, and a very satisfying disposition. All with swords, doublets and Shakespearean verse. Perfect!

Sequels Get to Be Better Sometimes
by Josh Carson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I realized halfway through this show two things:

1. I haven't seen Aliens enough.

2. I don't even know what the The Tempest is.


This is an incredible show that goes beyond mere pop-culture references (Though, they're there.) These guys bring you an insanely entertaining play, all in terms of comedy, drama, and just flat-out making an audience go: "Whoa...that's cool."

Cameron only wishes he'd written this...
by David Norris Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I'm not as familiar with Aliens as apparently many were this afternoon so I missed some references—but ohmygoodness was this fantastic! Who needs a multi-million dollar budget when you have theatrical magic like this? This followup to Bard Fiction was superbly well-executed, so kudos to Greer, Tallen & Watson-Jones—and to director Noë Tallen! I loved their last show but was most impressed with the seamless blending of Aliens with Shakespeare’s plot and characters. The characters maintained their integrity so not a moment felt forced or empty. It was hilarious too, replete with the grimness (sans bleakness) of Cameron’s horror story and some genuinely creepy moments too, such as Ariel’s first appearance (as much as I’d have loved to see more of Jane Froiland, her arrival was perfectly timed). Props to Katie Willer, William Studer and Forest Godfrey’s incredible 74 sound cues.

Surprisingly Smooth Adaptation
by William Marth Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It's incredible how smoothly this worked. The dialogue, with the exception of a few modern allowances, felt genuine. The reimagining of numerous sci-fi elements into terms an Elizabethan audience could understand (fairies as aliens, Grecian fire, the cyborg issue) was almost flawless.

I get worried when I see Shakespeare/pop culture mashups at the Fringe. This production calmed my fears.

For: Sci-fi & Shakespearean geeks
Not for: People who have never seen the movie

Strongly recommend Tempests
by John Johnson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The costuming was excellent and emphasized how it can really enhance a show with minimal staging. Having seen all the Alien movies and a couple different performances of the original "The Tempest" by Shakespeare I was very pleased with how well the two were blended and enhanced together to create an excellent performance. I strongly recommend seeing it!

meticulously staged & directed, but. . .
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I had really high hopes for this piece, as Alien is one of my favorite movies and I am very familiar with The Tempest. Although the piece was beautifully staged and well-acted -- and had gorgeous costumes, an ambitiously large cast, and complex staging -- I was bored by the script, which I thought provided surprisingly little humor, pathos or suspense.

Game Over, Man! Game Over!
by Jen Tuder Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I absolutely loved this show. I adore both The Tempest and Aliens, so it was a perfect fit for me. The final battle between Miranda/Ripley and Ariel/The Queen is more than worth the price of admission. The cast does an amazing job of recreating the horror of the aliens without the benefit of industrial light and magic. Wonderful work!

Clapped so hard I lost my Fringe button
by Mamma Borg Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Phenomenal! Terrific fusion of sci-fi & Shakespeare. Original script with audience-favorite Shakespearean translations of lines like "Game over man!" and "This is not happening" and "They come out mostly at night...mostly." So clever! Body movement and climax were so good...well, I did loose my button clapping so hard at the end. Go. See. It.

Very nice,..but I wanted more.
by Scott Gilbert Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I like the premise and the costumes and fights were amazing, but I was left with the feeling of having a nice dinner, but no dessert. However, Jane Froland was amazing as Ariel - I did not even believe that it was her.

Some folks really liked it...
by Christine Bremer Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
...but for me it was not the best as it has been a long time since I saw The Tempest and I don't think I ever saw Aliens, so I missed several of the jokes.

by Jesse Jacob Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Loved this show SO much! Integrates Aliens & Tempest with subtlety and creativity...brilliant writing, super creative set pieces and movement and fantastic costumes. Loved Ariel!!

I like it and I'm not even Mikey
by Joe Kelley Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Any time you can combine Shakespear and John Cameron successfully it's got to be good. The performers were having as much fun as the audience. Salamander and Meranda were great role models for my own daughter. I laughed I cryed and at times I got chills. In the long run It's Good Enough, It's Smart Enought and Dog gone it people like it.

Non-Aliens Beware
by Chris Kemp Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
If you have not scene Aliens or only saw it once, this loses something in translation. There were many in the crowd who were laughing constantly so for those in the know it apparently worked. There were some strong performances in it and some good ensemble work. Didn't work for me though.

Finally it has manifested!
by Mimosa Greer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
After living with the gestation of this work (via one of the authors) for the last several months it was great to finally see it on stage with all of the pieces put together! Loved the staging of the special effects, and truly appreciated the translation of many classic lines into Shakespearean prose and verse. Great going everyone!

i wish this were more clever
by michelle raffel Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Tempests was awesome. The time flew and while they had to shave quite a bit of the movie off to accomodate the hour long time frame, it never felt chopped up and smushed back together. It had great flow, a great cast and great writers.

This show is truly worthy of both the Bard and Cameron!

by Aric Anderson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show will make you laugh, cheer, and say "Aww!" all within a 10 minute slice. Excellent acting showcases a script that combines the two worlds very well. If you are a fan of the movie, run, don't walk to this show. Everyone else, you'll maybe miss one or two jokes, but it translates very well.
The audience was applauding before the first scene change (~30 seconds in) and was held captive by this show. Wow!

Is this another bug hunt?
by Beth Kinderman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
"Tempests" is a remarkably original and creative production that has been the highlight of the Fringe for me so far. The way this play is staged is exceptional, and flawlessly evokes the setting of both aspects of its source material within the constraints imposed by the Fringe setting. I was also very entertained by hearing all of the memorable lines from "Aliens" rendered in iambic pentameter (they even got "Nuke it from orbit" in there somehow!). The directors, writers, and actors clearly have a deep knowledge of and appreciation for both Shakespeare and "Aliens." If you share that appreciation, this show is not to be missed.

A fun mash-up of the Bard and Aliens
by Hazen Markoe Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I really enjoyed this fun mish-mash of Shakespeare and ALIENS. Well plotted, and performed, the cast alll turn in strong performances and definitely provide a delightful time. Special praise goes to Ben Tallen for his quirky turn as a Marine who is less than brave. Definitely recommended.

A must-see for "Aliens" fans
by Max Wojtanowicz Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Shakespeare nerds and "Aliens" devotees! This is the show for you! Not only is the script clever and true to the great film, but there is some weirdly beautiful theatricality in the design elements and staging. Sure to sell well, so get there early to see this!

by Tegan Brandi Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Not much time for fringing this year, but having loved Bard Fiction, I made sure that Tempests was the play I saw. Even not having seen Aliens, it was easy to follow, hilarious, and fantastically staged. Tedious Brief has done it again, and is a show not to be missed.

Ripley and Bishop would be proud.
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It will help to be familiar with Aliens to fully appreciate the amazing effort that went into the dialogue of this show. However, it is so well done that most anyone can enjoy it.
I am a huge Alien series fan, and I was blown away--absolutely loved it.

The Bitch Is Back
by Reid Gagle Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
If you know the movie Aliens, this is an absolute must-see. I was amazed how well it worked to transpose Aliens to the setting of Shakespeare's Tempest. Unlike some such shows, this is not just an unconnected sampling of juicy scenes. Somehow they manage to fit in the whole story -- the characters, the relationships, the themes,and the events. In addition to the excellent writing, the play has much to like. In particular, Jane Froiland was strong as Ariel aka the queen alien.

by Ben Seligman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I managed to kick off the Fringe with a show that set a pretty darned high bar. A brilliant adaptation/bridge of two wolds, expertly executed. I laughed, I (almost) cried, it became a part of me. Funny, smart, action packed, dark, beautiful!

Smart action flick on stage
by Rachel Flynn Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Fans of Sci-fi action movies with an ear for Shakespeare will be in HEAVEN. This script is so smartly written you cannot help but be impressed by the craft of it. And a cast of thousands (ok not quite) bring plenty of skill to make the language very understandable (even if you find the Elizabethean dialect intimidating). It's a well-staged and enjoyable show worth standing in line for!

You Harlot!
by Sebastian Burns Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This ensemble really puts everything together well. It's exciting, and constantly moving. Yes, there are some moments that aren't the best acting of all time, but they're overshadowed by some really touching sequences. Quite innovative, quite nerdy, and the final battle is AWESOME.

Great choreography
by Cole Sarar Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A beautifully choreographed sequel to The Tempest done with the plot to Aliens. It works. Especially if you remember the plot to Aliens well, this is a great show.

Awesome follow-up to Bard Fiction
by Andy Greenwood Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I loved Bard Fiction and I love this show, too. Why can't I come up with a gimmick this clever? Writing was witty, acting was awesome and I can't say enough about the stage fighting. You really need to see this show. Tedious Brief Productions is on a fast track to awesomeness.

Parallel Universes
by August Berkshire Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Who knew that Shakespeare was a science fiction writer? The parallel and blending of The Tempest's invisible spirit Ariel with and into the hidden (until the end) monster of Aliens was an interesting conceit that worked fairly well. Also the parallel of an island to a space craft far from home.

The more you know about the two works that this play draws from, the more you'll appreciate it. If you're unfamiliar with either work, this play might only rate 3 kitties for you.

So, James Cameron Meets Shakespeare...
by Kale Ganann Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
...which would be a great start to a joke, incidentally. This addendum to The Tempest asks what happens after Prospero lets go of his power... as well as his control over all things on the island. If you think James Cameron needs to direct more Shakespeare, this is the play for you. The writing crew have done a great job of translating some of the most iconic scenes from Aliens into Shakespearian verse, and the direction and performances match up well with what's on the page. I have to make an extra nod to the costumers - when you get to the "Slay Me" scene you'll understand why. Well recommended.

they're at it again
by Kit Gordon Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
From those crazy folks who brought you Bard Fiction, a new smash up of Shakespeare's Tempest and Alien(s). Fine work all around, with special kudos to the fab movement work.

clever theme well choreographed
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A lot goes into this blend of the movie "Alien" and Shakespeare's "Tempest." The dialogue is Elizabethan, and the excellent choreography includes lots of flights, fights and alien simulations including a chestburster. Still for all its energy, creativity and spoofing it doesn't quite go over the top. Fun and interesting.

Barding about the fringe.
by Evelyn Blum Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Awesome cast, Tight, and well directed. The acting was spot on and the use of the space was creative and forever moving. Loved the choreographed scenes of the "monster" I thought though that it was too close to tempest and not enough Alien involved, so for me I thought script wise it could have been just a tiny bit better, but I am comparing it to bard fiction which blew my mind.

Wow, a lot more than I was expecting!
by Harv Nelson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I saw this company's "Bard Fiction" a couple of years ago and figured they'd be doing another show along those lines: witty, funny, and professional. I got that, but a whole lot more too with "Tempests"! I was NOT expecting to be moved, to be wowed by the artistry (I can't even describe the stuff the fairies were doing), and the actually powerful performances and story.

On the down-side, some of the words were hard to understand. A couple of times I couldn't make out the words because they were a bit garbled, part volume and part elocution.

Yeah, it's another Shakespear-meets-movie play, but they've done something else here that's taking the whole thing to another level.

A sheer delight
by jl hatlen linnell Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A cleverly written and enchantingly performed speculative sequel to Shakespeare's last great solo effort. The authors play delightful games with language, setting a tone true to their source material and conversant with the generations of spiritual and political philosophy which have followed. So the nerds will be happy. But will you?

You will. In an hour, you'll find charming pictures of honest love, campy interplay and layered explorations of personal emotion... woven through a story of true horror, exploring the darker threads of the Bard's work, and peeling away layers of the characters he gave us. You'll get to know familiar faces in a new and charming (if twisted) light, and then...

I can't say you'll leave happy.

But you'll be glad you came.

Ellen Shakespeare/William Ripley
by David Rust Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
"Tempests" was amazing.

I went in to this play expecting maybe knowing winks and nods to the audience but -no- this was played straight with the humor coming from the audience's foreknowledge of the motion picture, "Aliens". The acting and story follow the legitimate idea of a sequel to "the Tempest" told through the lens of the famous science fiction film. Really, the dialogue was just stellar and the staging so polished I had to remind myself that I was looking at something low-budget and only an hour long.

I especially loved William Studer's portrayal of a redeemed and pious Caliban. Even knowing how his character was cast in the light of "Bishop" from the original movie, you still never really knew how it was going to come out. His portrayal was evocative, interesting, and pivotal. Contrasting the wicked, acid-blooded aliens with the wicked Fae was brilliant.

Honestly: do not miss this. I think I'm going to end up spending more money and going to see this again before the weekend is out!

Excellent blend of fun and horror
by Naomi Kritzer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This worked really well, both as Shakespearean drama and as a stage version of something along the lines of "Aliens." The special effects are well done; probably my favorite bit was the choreography for the monster (really, really cool).

My one issue, which can also be an issue with real Shakespeare: some of the actors were difficult to understand. They finished with a little time to spare, so hopefully they'll slow down a little.

(I've seen "Alien" but not "Aliens." The people behind me clearly had seen "Aliens," and were obviously delighted by some of the ways that the creators made bits from the movie work on the stage. If you've seen "Aliens" this is probably a must-see.)

Nice concept, but not much else
by Aseem Kaul Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I confess to being a little disappointed in this performance. The idea of restaging Aliens as a Shakespeare play is clever, but it gets old quickly. The faux Shakespeare language has no real spark. The fight sequences are adequately staged, but they drag on and on. And what little connection there is to the original Tempest is entirely superficial. This is one of those shows that looks better in summary than in actual performance.

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