Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

My Fringe

The Day the Nineties Died

Callow Youth Productions

Written by Anders Lee & Ben Yela

Political content, Historical content, Comedy, Satire

Contains Adult language

For ages 12+

At the dawn of the 21st century, a group of anarchists plan an attack on an international summit of globalization leaders. But will their idealism give way when confronted with the reality of destruction? Come find out in this hair raising yet hilarious new work from the minds of Anders Lee and Ben Yela.

Suzi Gard
Role: Maya

Luther Laserwolf
Role: Brad

Anders Lee
Role: Writer/Director/Chad

Chelsie Newhard
Role: Nivea

Sam Pearson
Role: Martin

Jeff Rolfzen
Role: The Assistant

Jeff Shockley
Role: Jack

Ben Yela
Role: Writer/Director/The Specialist

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I saw this play
by Norbit Jackstone Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A little confusing and a little confused, but appropriately so, given the subject matter - pretty well-acted, satisfying and memorable

Too much "acting"
by Chet Taylor Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I just never really felt the actors were connected to their characters, or to each other. Acting is about "reacting" to the other characters, but in this piece, it seemed the actors were simply performing the lines the way they were rehearsed without regard to what was actually happening on stage in that moment. The emotion seemed forced, and thus, not authentic.

Well done
by Andrew Watkins Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Thought provoking and fun. A bit confused on what was meant by the whole thing once said and done but intriguing none the less. Very well acted! Worth your time.

Brow raising, but less than hilarious
by Jesse Field Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
Seven young performers have us ask: couldn't anti-globalization, anti-capitalist activists at the turn of the century have decided to carry out a terrorist attack? To justify killing to turn attention to humanitarian issues?

There were some touching moments to this, bit not really a lot of laughs. There were long stretches of arguments between passionate, but confused, individuals that didn't even seem intended to make us laugh. That's a bit strange for a show that bills as "comedy."

Of course, it also says "satire," so all that yelling at each other possibly was intended to poke fun at the stubbornness and dogmatism of young people who espouse progressive political opinions. That really doesn't work for me on a political level, though, as I kept thinking, "I espouse such progressive political opinions, but I'd never condone terrorism. What happened to these folks to change their minds?"

More successful was the satire of the other kind of young American, "The Chad" who just wants to do it "in the style of the dog." He and his "bro" were actually pretty funny. The "bros" conversion to the progressive side wasn't terribly convincing, though.

All in all, kind of half-baked, and I have to say that even though I usually defend the autonomy of art against political content, in these last few days and weeks, I have really been hungry for positive or at least insightful looks at social progressives in America. This show just makes us pity the cause.

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2211 Riverside Av (theater entrance at 22nd Av S and S 7th St)

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