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Who's on First: 50 Years of the Dr in 60 or less

Comedy /

By Stagenorth

Written by Liz Woodworth

From Bayfield, WI

A fast-paced farce of the world's longest-running TV show - "Doctor Who." A cast of five plays all the characters, including Daleks. You don't have to be a fan of the show to love it. It'll leave you laughing.

Physical theater/Clowning, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, Literary adaptation

Audience participation

Just so you know, this show has Adult language.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up.

Friday, 8/2 8:30 p.m.
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Sunday, 8/4 10:00 p.m.
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Thursday, 8/8 10:00 p.m.
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Saturday, 8/10 7:00 p.m.
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Sunday, 8/11 1:00 p.m.
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Audience reviews

Can I Select More Than 5 Start?!?

By Jennifer de Fiebre / August 12, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I don't even know where to begin. This show was beyond awesome. I agree with many other reviewers that if you are not a fan this show would not be entertaining. You'd probably feel like you were missing out on something really awesome that the rest of the audience was enjoying. The cast plowed thru Who at a break-neck pace. One person I overheard as we were walking out said "I wish they had longer than an hour". I'm not sure I agree. I think half the fun was the pace of the show. There were plenty of whoops and shouts from the audience throughout the whole show (including myself!). The bad props made the show even better. I can't wait to tell (gloat) all of my friends who are Who fans what they missed out on.

Missed this Whovian

By Lisa Hu / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Love Doctor Who, utterly believe in its worth, but was really put off by this show. A couple funny moments are not enough to pad a show chock full of inside jokes that don't really go anywhere, songs that should end at verse 2, and lots of discussion over wigs and women. Wanted to love it, but was really distanced by lackluster acting, lots of yelling and bickering, and a confusing direction. Not a great homage to a brilliant TV legacy.

1 person found this review helpful

Background required

By Richard Jackson / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 55 shows

As a fan of the show, I found myself thinking that anyone without a good working knowledge of the series would be lost. For fans? Good fun. The production is loosey goosey and the performances lack polish, but the performers attack the piece with gusto. The Fringe-iest show I've seen this year.

50 Minutes Of Fun

By Maynerd Saxon / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

How do you cover 50 years of a British Television icon show in less than an hour? You go fast, have lots of great props, wonderful performers and a premise that just needs to slow down a little so the audience can catch up, but you can't slow down. Yes, you must be a hardcore Dr. Who fan to even step into the theater, and you leave amazed. The cast is exceptional and really into it. Kudos to Jeremy Oswald, Janelle Ulysses, Marty Curry, Brooke Melek, Heather Atherton and Liz Woodwarth. I was exhausted in mind and spirit by the show's end.

Timey-Wimey-Fringy-Fun!

By Jeanie Johnston / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 24 shows

I agree with most of the posters here......first half was great, second half was rushed. I wished the guy that looked like Tom Baker would have played him! I wished more time would have been devoted to David Tennant (my favorite doctor)! I wished that they had two hours to do this properly!! That said.......I loved it when River said "SPOILERS"!!

Silly, As Expected

By Jordan Thompson / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 34 shows

This show is a lot of fun. I probably would've enjoyed it more had I seen all of Dr. Who, or at least all of the reboot--sadly, I didn't have time to catch up before seeing this. That being said, it was a lot of fun, I learned a lot about the history of Dr. Who, and I was only mildly spoiled at the end when they surpassed my spot in the 6th season of the reboot. If you like Dr. Who, see this; you can't not. Props/costumes are fantastic and fit perfectly with the tone of the performance.

Fun even for non-whovians

By Mary Louise Knutson / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I've only seen 3 episodes of Doctor Who and I thought this was entertaining. I learned a lot about the many Doctors and there are plenty of laughs throughout - I especially loved how they described the Doctor who wears the leather jacket. It's a fast paced show - constant movement and costume changes, so there's never a dull moment. If your friend is a Whovian and you're not, I say go along for the ride - you'll at least enjoy the energy the actors put out to present the highlights of the Doctor's past 50 years!

Nerdgasm

By Sabreena Candreva / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I loved it! It was funny. And it even helped those who are not whovians with a "nerd translator" a must-see

Sacrificed Quality for Quantity

By Mr. Josh / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 10 shows

This show as CHOCK FULL of... well just about everything. I feel like they really sacrificed quality theater for quantity. See the other reviews for details. The one thing I will add is that I was dissatisfied by the structure of the show. The first 2/3 was focused on highlighting a bit of each doctor, while the last 1/3 was focused on episode recaps. I wish they'd either stuck with doctor "bios" or gone with quality recaps of a favorite season.

1 person found this review helpful

Allons-y!

By Lesli Randall / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Great cast, great props, great script! This show regenerated from one doctor to the next faster than you can say "Run!" I particularly appreciated the attention to the classic doctors, although the tribute song to Paul McGann was a stinker/time sinker. A bit muddy as things careened towards the end, but if you don't blink, many of your favorite bits will get the nod they deserve.

If you relate to Whovians in any way, this is a don't miss event. And be sure to bring your camera for a quick shot with the TARDIS before the show begins!

Fringey-wingey stuff

By Collin Knopp-Schwyn / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I was tired coming out of "Who's on First", but it was the sympathetic sort of theater-tired, where you're exhausted FOR the actors. The show was a whirlwind revue of fifty years of the Doctor and, for a relative non-Whovian, an entertaining and enlightening experience. Though it began to drag near the end, the show was nonetheless a ridiculously high-octane success.

"Who" is confused...ME!

By Lily River / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Although I loved the energy and involving the audience of this play, it fell a little short of my expectations. Too much information in a short time. Too fast paced in a short time. If you ever watched an episode or two during the run time of the series, or saw the movie, it can still be a bit overwhelming due to the fast paced and rushed last portion of the play. I still have a headache from the 50 years all lumped together.

Chaos theory - too much too fast

By Suzanne Sharrock / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A show pretty much for Dr. Who fans/fanatics and, in my view, only. I went because I've never seen a Dr. Who episode, and I did like learning about the various incarnations. And I loved having the random audience person up on stage to portray one Dr. Who. But there were way too many pieces of trivia and old plots, etc. confusingly crammed into chaotic movements onstage. The text was more or less just shouted - not much dynamic contrast at all in plot or vocally. Just way too much for one show. In fact, not sure about this, but I think the theater actually turned off the lights to end the show as it ran overtime!

The more you know

By Eric Salo / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This show is strictly for insiders. This is not a complaint. The more you know about Dr. Who the more you'll appreciate it. They cram an impressive amount of material into the show and use every one of those 60 minutes. Lots of energy and an appropriate amount of irreverence. Three and a half stars. Can't quite bring myself to round it all the way up to four but I do recommend it to any die-hard fan of the series.

What, where when, WHO!

By Eve Adam / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Fast-paced - almost chaotic! An hour packed with high energy performances, regenerations of the Doctor and hilarious characterizations.

Sometimes less is more - especially when it came to Smith's Doctor.

The audience had a fun experience. Catch the show.

Who-enabler

By Sally Russell / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

So my kids are the Who fans and I went along for the ride. Yup, I was lost for a lot of it. Nope, I didn't much care, was easily swept up along by Who-thusiasm onstage & audience Who-vians fun offstage.
Did miss having my own Go To Glass a couple times during the RUN of the show.

Great first 30 minutes.

By Noel Stave / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

These guys did a good job for the first 30 minutes covering over 35 years of Doctor Who. People were clearly engaged and enjoying the show. But then the show took a turn for the worse as they tried to cover the past few Doctors (Eccleston, Tennant and Smith) one episode at a time. This meant that they had to pack too much into too little time and ended up not getting the impact and laughs they were looking for. This was a big mistake and they lost a big portion of the audience. All they need to do is slow down the second half, focus on a few key episodes each season and they will do very well. I hope they can fix it for the second week of Fringe.

Dr. Who?

By Ray Klahr / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This is definitely a play for Dr. Who fans. Those who have not watched the show will have a difficult time grasping the jokes. The cast does a phenomenal job describing and making fun of classic doctor who (even if you aren't familiar with all the episodes/references). However, they tried to fit too much in when it came to Matt Smith and I feel like it really dragged down the whole show. Overall, I would recommend it for any Who fan.

great for whovians

By Heidi Sorenson / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I loved it but have seen and remember most of the shows referenced - and have watched the history of Dr Who in documentaries about the series, hence a TOTAL NERD. I think that if you are a Dr Who fan it will be glorious but if you are new to the show it will feel a bit rushed - but is that not the point as the title suggests - 50 years of the Doctor in 60 or less.
Fun, fast and ?educational ?- I am now going to have to look into watching the movie they referenced.
This show is a definite must for the Dr Who fan.

Not so great if you aren't a huge fan

By Katherine DuGarm / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I liked the history of the various Drs. I wish ther ehad more of hat and less of trying to convey each episode in the past 2(?) years. Because I have not having watched Dr. Who that recently, 1/3 of the show didn't mean anything to me.

This was probably a lot more fun for recent fans.

Yep, Fringey-Wingey

By Sophie Vranian / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This show is really made for Whovians of a serious nature that remember every inside joke. I mean, why wouldn't it be? There were people in the audience in cos-play! It is a good intro, I suppose, to the world of Dr. Who, and I did make me want to watch more than the dozen episodes I've seen. But just like other reviewers said, it is exhausting, the actors get tongue-tied a bit, Brooke is actually reading her script most of the show, and the "wrong franchise" bit gets old. It's fun in the way you would have fun with your friends in your parents' basement reenacting your favorite TV show.
But even if I didn't get it, I was smiling, and everyone who understood the jokes were having fun, which must mean a success.

2 people found this review helpful

Great for Fans

By Matt Janssen / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

We're not hard-core Dr. Who watchers, but we really loved the abridged and hilarious history of the show. Makes me want to go back to the 60's archives. Each of the actors was well immersed in the universe of Doctor Who. The difficult timing and quick interactions were pulled off almost perfectly. I did get a little annoyed by "wrong franchise", but I'm probably just missing something. Will recommend to all my nerd friends!

Paul Mcgan is awesome

By Aaron English Scrimshaw / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Paul Macgan and Peter Davison are the Best Doctors. DONT FOCUS ON THE GIRLS BEING SMITTEN WITH THE DOCTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frantic

By Laurie Fournier / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The energy was good, but as many reviewers have noted, the first half is better than the second. The first half brings each of the first seven doctors to light in a fun, sometimes witty way. The love song to one of the doctors is a highlight of the show. The attempted episode by episode recap in the second half, meant to cover the last three doctors, was too fast and chaotic to be as enjoyable, even for die hard fans.

Timey Wimey Indeed

By Brandon Taitt / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I'm a massive Doctor Who fan. In fact, knowing I would be attending this show, I wore my favorite Who shirt. 2/3rds of this show is lots of fun: brief but loving tributes to the early Doctors, inventive displays of the rotating companions and a charming "scrappy" feel to the entire affair. My non-Whovian companion was even enjoying himself during the very funny tribute to McGann.

But the final third, where they cover the reboot, lost me. I've watched this show multiple times and I got lost, even annoyed. The "wrong franchise" bit was a dud the first time, much less the sixth.

I'd still say, for Who fans, to check it out if you have time. Others are bound to get lost and maybe even left with a bad impression of the show.

Must see for Who fans

By Kelly Rosenthal / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 21 shows

Funny, fast paced review of the various incarnations of the Doctor

Great energy, lacking impressions

By Elsa Hoover / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I'm a diehard Who fan, so I LOVED the work put into the props/set of this show. The cast's energy was fantastic, and kept up my interest up through what felt a little like an improv show. I thought more time could have been spent crafting impressions of each Doctor so it didn't come off as actors just repeating lines in costume. This show is fun stuff and definitely worth seeing.

Run!

By Kevin T. Houle / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 18 shows

I'm not a Doctor Who fan, but the (sometimes wildly unfocused) energy of the cast kept me engaged. At least until the episode recaps in the second half, which totally lost me. If they had stuck to the descriptions of each Doctor and associated actor, I would've felt less like an alien.

Time is of the essence

By Bruce Rehberg / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

How do you cram 50 years of material into 50 minutes? With lots of fun and hitting the high points of the classic and current shows by spotlighting all 11 of the Doctors. A true Whovian will enjoy all the references. Someone who has seen only the most recent shows can use this as a quick guide get up to speed. Anyone never having seen the show can enjoy the loads of fun, bits of trivia, over exaggerations and "RUN" moments. If nothing else, the craziness of the cast makes this show worth seeing. :)

Timey-Wimey Fringe Fun!

By Natalie Adams / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 20 shows

As a new Doctor Who fan this show was a blast! It was fun to get a re-cap of all of the Doctors and while spending a good chunk of time on the most recent ones. My friends and I were laughing the entire time! And yes, while the script could use some work, it was a really great time! I especially loved when someone got yelled at for using a different franchise! Loved that! It's an enjoyable hour! Go see it!

A must for any Whovian

By Alison Anderson / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Fantastic show and a lot of fun. I've been a Doctor Who fan for over 30 years and I thoroughly enjoyed this high-energy review of all my fond memories of the show. I wish they would've covered 11 a little more, as he's my current fave, but it is just an hour and they did the best they could.

I was a little disappointed in my fellow theater-goers when I was the only one to laugh aloud at "reverse the polarity of the neutron flow" (c'mon people!) but all in all it was great fun.

Exciting time trip on the TARDIS

By Kara Nystrom / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

A fun travel thru time with The Doctor. River needs to say "Spoilers" at least once though.

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Cast + crew bios

Liz Woodworth

Writer and actor

Liz has been a writer, director and performer at Big Top Chautauqua (Bayfield, WI) and Stagenorth (Washburn, WI) for over 20 years. She is also an impressive nerd and a Doctor Who enthusiast. She wants you to know, that makes her cool. She also wrote and performed her 1-woman show "The Habits of 7 Highly Offensive People" last year at the Minnesota Fringe Festival last year to wonderful houses, good reviews and a whole lot of beer.

Brooke Melek

Actor

Brooke has been a performer in Northern Wisconsin for over 10 years. Theater runs in her blood as her parents started the Bloomington Civic Theater in the 1960's She is saucy, funny and plays a mean Beatrice in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" but she loves being in comedies. She doesn't watch Doctor Who.

Marty Curry

Actor

Marty has been a writer, director and performer for Positivity Theater, located on Madeline Island. He also has been involved in many productions at Stagenorth in Washburn, WI including Hamlet and Much Ado about Nothing. He is mentally erratic and generally introverted but get a few cranberry and sodas in him (with a twist of lime) and WATCH OUT!! He dabbled in photography, sculpture and is living the great American Nightmare by rennovating his home. He is a fun guy and yeah, he loves Doctor Who.

Heather Atherton

Actor

This short stack of fiery, red-headed fun is a whirl-wind of energy. Heather directs children's theater, which means there is a special place in Heaven for her...if, in fact, you believe in Heaven. She's been directing and acting for a long freaking time all over Wisconsin. She's quick on her feet and wily. Watch it. Also, her favorite Doctor is David Tennant.

Jeremy Oswald

Actor

This man is awesome. Period. He's done some theater, sure, he's done directing, but really, bottom line, he's just a really freaking cool guy that you should be so lucky to get to know.

Janelle Ulysses

Actor

Janelle made her debut in the Twin Cities as the den mother for the female punk band pseudonymphs. She has been a performer and costumer at Stagenorth for about 5 years now; she also takes care of animals and will give you a wicked tattoo if you ever visit her on her farm and give her cash money. Her daughter loves Doctor Who and was our script fact checker.

Scott Burchill

Stage Manager

Scott likes to think of himself as a Theatre Geek and we all agree with him. Currently, Scott is the Managing Director at Stagenorth (Washburn, WI) which makes him feel like he has some sort of power, but really, not so much. He got his degree in technical theater at some posh, hoity college called Macalester. He also keeps caged birds as pets and names them after American Presidents. He didn't have many friends as a child.

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