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Now It's Art

Musical theater /

By Superstar Unlimited

Created by Bob Weidman

An aspiring Fringe performer becomes an overnight sensation in the art world by peeing on art, setting off an epic battle for the soul of art. This musical comedy by Bob Weidman features explosive rock.

World premiere

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

Thursday, 8/1 8:30 p.m.
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Sunday, 8/4 5:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, 8/6 10:00 p.m.
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Friday, 8/9 7:00 p.m.
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Sunday, 8/11 7:00 p.m.
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Audience reviews

fun wildcard

By Elizabeth Douglas / August 12, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Plot: Could have used a stronger ending, felt unresolved. Olga's plot seemed without direction. Was that outfit needing to be that tight?! The Girlfriends presence seemed vacant at times. The Critics were funny and worked well in the show.
Music: Great! the vocals were amazing, though some of the song content could have been stronger.
Downside: for being in TRP the actors did not play to the audience in the round. I watched the performers backsides most of the show, bummer.

If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On

By tom vellenga / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

The first run of Now It’s Art has ended. Long live Now It’s Art. Humor is the coin of this realm, and Weidman’s wit did not disappoint us. Jake Rahier has decent pipes. Kameron Nelson, Anna Wakefield, and Jesse Carlson turned in strong performances. The story here is the music, however. Eddie makes his entrance to thrashing guitar licks harnessed to primal purpose, while Olga’s beautiful yet menacing theme is a bass line that grooves. Kenny’s plaint is a memorable song . Yet I wish for you the chance to hear the haunting bridges, interludes, and segues. The music showcases Weidman’s trademark puissance; it deserves its own hearing, and it deserves to live beyond today. Start the rhythmic guitar and bass beats now!

Meatloaf Again, peeing on things

By Fringivitis Vulgaris / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 33 shows

This silly show isn't a deep indictment of the world of professional/collector art. The broadstroke caricatures are funny though: red-dress art snob, dominatrix-styled villainous administrator, dudebro best buddy, and Meatloaf-inspired Eddy Moon, the badboy whose micturitions splash his name all over the headlines. Show loses one star for failure to play it in the round but not warning the audience.

Yes, It Is

By Megan Olson / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Now It's Art is everything I would hope for in a Fringe musical. Rocking music (kudos to composer/lyricist Bob Weidman), quirky theme, great performances (Jake Rahier stands out as Eddie Moon – amazing). Even better, the show is hilarious and lots of fun. Go see this one!

1 person found this review helpful

Art doesn't have to be so serious!

By Kimberly Graff / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Based on advertising for this show, I was expecting a dramatic, artsy musical...but that is not what I saw on the stage. Instead I was pleased to enjoy a musical of pure silliness! Please, do not go into this show as a stuffy critic...go instead with open ears and optimism. The energy of the performers was wonderful, with Mr. Racier and Mr. Nelson standing out as strong singers and collected performers. Miss Tucker also stood out to me as a seasoned actress. My only wish is that the actors could have been given greater variety in their music, as some of the singers could have clearly handled more vocal freedom, tempo variety and flashier ranges. See the show! It's fun, the performers are waaaayyy above average and it will leave you smiling.

1 person found this review helpful

Now It's ART!!!

By Arielle Slobotski / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Now it's Art was truly a treat to experience! A script that pokes fun at the modern art world combines with power house rock vocals from Kameron Nelson and Jake Rahier to deliver a presentation which will be unforgettable to Fringe-goers everywhere!

Some great performances

By Laurie Swenson / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This was an enjoyable show, although I felt the peeing aspect could have been a little more involved, like showing the colors running. I also wasn't thrilled with the resolution.

The singing was great, especially Jake Rahier as Eddie Moon, who really belted out a great song. And I *loved* Jesse Carlson as the male critic. So delightfully biting. I was surprised to read he was so young. I got a vibe of Rob Callahan watching him pace the floor with his clipped dialogue.

Fun Show, Mediocre Execution

By Fringey McFringerson / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Now It's Art is a fun jab at the pretentiousness that stereotypically pervades the art world. The comedy was effective and provoked a hearty response from the audience, and some of the voices - namely Kameron Nelson and Jake Rahier - demanded my attention. However, the execution of the staging, scene shifts, and actor coaching fell short. With a more specific direction, the show would have been much more solid.

1 person found this review helpful

Pee on this!

By Jena Young / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I went in expecting this show to be that show that takes itself too seriously in making a point with clouded metaphors and crap. Instead, I got a delightful show pissing on those people. It wasn't as polished as it could have been transitioning between songs, the plot being a bit wobbly. But it's the music that's the highlight of this show- very well composed songs with AMAZING voices about peeing on things.

1 person found this review helpful

Silly

By Mark Long / August 12, 2013
This user has reviewed 37 shows

3 Stars for the slightly thin content and 5 Stars for the wonderful voices, makes me give a 4. This show was silly, stupid and enjoyable. The actors and their singing were all quite good.

Fun for a little while

By larry bieza / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 19 shows

Then it became very repetitive, with little story development. Enjoyed the performance by Liz Wandersee, she brought something when given very little to work with. So, a fun premise that would probably play better on youtube,

Funny, a bit too long

By Ray Klahr / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The show was funny and the music well done. The critics and Olga were quite funny. However it was too repetitive and the actors could have worked the theater in the round better.

Vocals Rock!!

By Jeanie Johnston / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Soooooo much fun. Loved the silliness of it and the vocals.......which were awesome!!! Jake Rahuer as Eddie Moon and Anna Wakefield as Ollga had fantastic vocals. Yes, the story could have been developed a little better.....but with soaring vocals from the entire cast.....who cares! I particularly loved the reference to The walker....Walker.......Walker.....!!!

Lots and lots of laughs

By Katharina Moeller / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Really enjoyed the show! Great writing, catchy songs and inspired acting. Anna Wakefield as Olga Viso was absolutely outstanding!

1 person found this review helpful

Add to your must see list

By Sarina Brewer / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Don't miss the lyrical genius of Bob Weidman as belted out by his amazingly talented cast. Very funny show and right up my alley

Fringe-tastic!

By Chelley McLear / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Fabulously funny, frothy and irreverent. This was the perfect antidote to the earlier show I saw on Thursday. Moments in this made me giggle uncontrollably. The song "Why won't you pee on my art?" was the highlight of the show for me - due in no small part to the comedic genius of the "critics" backing performance.

1 person found this review helpful

Rockin'!

By Nancy Paul / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I had fun at this show. Bob handles subject matter that could come off as annoyingly angsty with great humor. The music is well done. Some performances are stronger than others, but overall worth a slot in your Fringe schedule.

Great show!

By Niel Ritchie / August 12, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Funny. Irreverent. Timely. Incredible music.

Hilariously Quinpissential

By Jodi Williams / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Very funny show! Jake Rahier brings it together with awesome vocals and stage presence. Anna Wakefield is a natural diva and my other two favs were Jesse and Liz as the art critic duo, taken with the prospect of discovering the next great artist. Bob Weidman is a clever guy--but not too clever--you'll get this show. Thanks for that, Bob! (Just kidding, you're clever.) Great script, great lead. You won't be disappointed and if you are, piss on it! --Jodi Williams

Loved it!

By Sandra Dahnert / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I had a blast watching this show. Very funny, exceptional performances, and powerhouse voices! Wow! Can Jake Rahier belt or what?! I would definitely recommend adding this one to your list! I absolutely LOVED the comedic timing of the critics (Liz Wandersee and Jesse Carlson). I think the storyline lacked a little in content, but it's fringe and you only get an hour. Go see this show!!

No, it's not.

By Steve Soler / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 6 shows

None of the songs really stood out and never really drove the story forward, but rather seemed to just reflect on something that had just happened. The songs musically were repetitive lyrically. The plot was pretty weak and mostly explained in the program. I did think the critics had some nice moments of commentary, and the actor playing Olga had a nice stage presence, it's just unfortunate that her character's storyline was weak. She's supposed to be the villian with a plan to destroy the hero, but she doesn't actually have a plan as far as I can tell, but she sings about planning to stop him. Also as an audience member, I felt incredibly uncomfortable for her in the costume she was wearing.

1 person found this review helpful

Another triumph

By Andy Fuller / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I am a fan of Bob Weidman's first rock opera, Automatic Superstar, so I had high expectations for this show. I was not disappointed.

Now It's Art rocked. The pieces were built on a foundation of bone-crushing rock and the melodies were solid and memorable. I'm still humming Why Won't He Pee On My Art five days after I saw the show. And it didn't hurt that Eddie had a set of pipes.

Now It's Art was funny. I love taking shots (in this case, a pee) at pretentiousness. The genius of this opera is that we audience members could feel like we peed on the art with Eddie. Now It's Art brought us along for the ride. And isn't that what art should do? I don't know, but with rock this good I don't need to know.

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boppin' fun

By geoff kehoe / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great songs (ROCK)
Perfect lyrics (Cole Porter)
Big lungs
Go see

1 person found this review helpful

Rockin'

By Aisling Doherty / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 9 shows

This show is Fringe gold. With its tongue planted firmly in cheek it knows exactly what to demand of its audience member. It is over the top & camped to the max but it is exactly what it says on the tin.
The songs are maddeningly catchy and the show is a giggle from start to finish. The performers sit comfortably in their roles and draw out the comedy from the plot. Some of the singing is beautiful and the rest of it wants to knock your socks right off.
I would hope that you'll make time for this on your Fringe schedule.

It's Not Art, but it's funny!

By Jim Harkness / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This over-the-top farce about the pretensions of the contemporary art establishment and its critics has lots of chuckles, a few big laughs and hilarious original musical numbers. It's rock opera in the tradition of Rocky Horror, with the excellent Jake Rahier, in the lead role of Eddie Moon, channeling a young Meatloaf.

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Background information + more

Now It’s Art! is the epic story of a revolution in art.


Eddie Moon is a Fringe Festival performer with anger management issues. At an art opening at the Walker Art Center, in a moment of frustration, Eddie rips a painting down from the wall, throws it on the ground, and pees on it. The art critics in attendance, overwhelmed by the raw power of Eddie’s artistic statement and seeing Eddie’s performance as the ultimate challenge to an entrenched art establishment, proclaim him the next big thing in art and Eddie becomes an overnight sensation. Eddie continues to pee on art, with each new work creating a bigger and bolder spectacle that increases his notoriety. But the art establishment does not take this challenge to its supremacy lying down. Olga Viso, Executive Director of the Walker Art Center, the most powerful woman in art, devises a plan to destroy Eddie, even as his legend continues to grow with each new work of art he defiles. When Eddie’s popularity threatens to eclipse the power of Olga and the art world itself, their paths are set on a collision course for confrontation. What follows is a global, epic battle for the soul of art.


The story unfolds through the transformative power of explosive rock.


You call this art??? NOW IT’S ART!

Cast + crew bios

Jake Rahier

Eddie Moon

From his rock vocals to his R&B licks Jake Rahier is a vocalist that grabs the attention of any music lover. This is Jake’s first production in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. A recent graduate from McNally Smith College of Music, Jake has showcased his musical theater chops while playing the roll of Jesus in “Godspell” among many other productions including “Songs For a New World”, “Working”, “SchoolHouse Rock Live!” and “The Rocky Horror Show!” Most recently Jake sang in the Skylark Opera’s production of the “Mikado”. A versatile performer, Jake can most often be found tearing up the stage in two Twin Cities variety bands, Metro Jam and The Good Vibrations.

Kameron Nelson

Kenny

Kameron Nelson is excited to join the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the first time! His credits include Legally Blonde: The Musical and The Rocky Horror Show at South Dakota State University, in addition to Disney's Beauty and the Beast, A Funny Thing Happened..., and Jesus Christ Superstar with Prairie Repertory Theatre. Look for Kameron in Minneapolis Musical Theatre's production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson showing at the New Century Theatre in June. Thanks to his family and friends that have supported him for many years.

Anna Wakefield

Olga Viso

Anna Wakefield is thrilled to return to the Fringe once again to be a part of Now It's Art! A graduate of the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and the University of Minnesota, Anna has been performing throughout the state with various companies since 2005. Her most recent project was a touring show with the 515 Players, which centered around issues pertaining to marriage equality in Minnesota. Anna has had the pleasure of creating and performing her own work in the 2012 Fringe production of The Stitcher's Wife. She would like to thank her family and Zack for their love and support.

Molly Tucker

Cara

Molly Tucker attended Minnesota State University, Mankato to obtain Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theater and Spanish. Prior to MSU she attended the Perpich Center for Arts Education for Theater. Her favorite roles include Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (MSU), Victim in When...(When Productions), Edith in Pirates of Penzance (Richfield Lutheran Summer Theatre) and Pearl in Tobacco Road (MSU). She acted in films premiered at the MSU film festival and performed voice-overs for a radio play aired in Mankato. Molly thanks her family who always support her no matter what (even when she gets loud and crazy).

Liz Wandersee

Critic 1

Liz Wandersee is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. This is Liz's third year performing at the MN Fringe Festival. Past Fringe works include Word and Dracula's Castle. Film credits include Randy to The Rescue, featured on TLC, Not Quite Lyin' Eyes, and Worlds Greatest Lover. Liz thanks her family for their support in her creative endeavors.

Jesse Carlson

Critic 2

Sarcastic, derisive, and one of a kind, Now It's Art! is Jesse's first play out of high school, and he is thrilled to take on the role of Alekzander Pompíoso, aka Critic #2, for his debut. Jesse graduated from Apple Valley High School and now attends the University of Minnesota, Morris, where he has declared a double major in the Performing Arts and Political Science. Last year, he was a part of the improv troupe Breakfast for Dinner (B4D), and served as the Improv Club Co-Chair. This fall, he looks forward to serving the junior position of Improv Troupe Co-Chair for B4D and hopes to organize events to bring improv to Morris, and hopefully bring some back to the Twin Cities. He would like to thank his friends, family, and fanatics for being so supportive in his push to try to take the stage.

Bob Weidman

Writer/Director

Bob Weidman, renowned rock-operateur, is thankful to be working with the best cast in the Fringe! Now It’s Art! is Bob’s latest rock opera, and the first that he’s producing for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Prior to Now It’s Art!, Bob wrote and directed the critically acclaimed NYC off-Broadway rock opera Automatic Superstar (automaticsuperstar.com). In his spare time, Bob is the CEO of Weidman Consulting, a firm that helps nonprofit organizations raise big piles of cash. Bob would like to acknowledge the support of his wife Kate Hoff, who he will finally get to see naked in Natalie Wass’ excellent show Fashion Risk at this year’s Fringe.

Jessie Storovich

Stage Manager

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