Yellowtree Theatre
Yellowtree Theatre
Comedy

Captain Do-Good Saves the Future from Wal-mart

By Comedy Comics
Directed by Rachel Palashewski
From N Mankato, MN
Mixed Blood Theatre


Captain Do-Right has the power to help people make better choices. Can he stop the villain, General Idiocy, and Siren Seductress Leather Alice from making the world "more stupider?"

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7 and up.


 Friday, 8/1 @ 5:30 p.m.
 
 Sunday, 8/3 @ 8:30 p.m.
 
 Wednesday, 8/6 @ 7:00 p.m.
 
 Saturday, 8/9 @ 1:00 p.m.
 
 Sunday, 8/10 @ 7:00 p.m.
 
Read the reviews

Weak Acting - Preachy Script = Pass

by Scott Gilbert on August 11, 2014
This user has reviewed 48 shows

I should have passed on this one, but I was trying to fill the slot. That said maybe it was my issue going in, but I thought I would give it a shot. I like camp but the only actor who seemed to understand the style was the male villain. The director could have assisted these actors in elevating the script, but monologues should have been cut as they became preachy and redundant.


A very mixed bag - misses the mark

by Darrel Nelson on August 10, 2014
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Made the decision to see this based on the title, synopsis and the character descriptions, expecting a humorous observation on American consumerism. However, I was mostly disappointed by the results. It does have bright moments, but they are sparse and the play continually fell flat due mainly to the jokes - which are meant to punctuate it but are all too often not funny. What did work was the character General Idiocy, a delightful & gleefully campy villainous performance by Drew Huston; James Tucker, who plays a victim of the General, also provides some very funny moments. It's obvious what the play is attempting to comment on but it doesn't come off as well as I would have liked it to. Redeemed, somewhat, by an expected twist at the end.


A great show

by Barb Lindsy on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Some people must not know about the old Batman shows. This feature smartly combined the style with fight scenes and had the audience laughing throughout .
It was a fun show, and I loved the cast from the villain to Leather Alice and good timing for the lovelorn Emma.
Though it seems some didn't like the poetry monologues, I thought they rocked!


No.

by Heather Adams on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Slow moving, script had little action, speechy, non-committing to roles, weird transition choices, interesting premise, poor execution. Leather Alice, you did okay...you did okay. Obviously, I recommend seeing another show.


Loved the show; had a fun time

by tasha constance on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This is such a fun show with a great cast. I really liked how it shows that the best choices are the ones you make with each other. The fight scene was hilarious. Was a nice find.


Captain Do Bad

by Captain Do Bad on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

The world is split into two types of choices--good and bad--and the bad ones tend to be the result of Rush Limbaugh, expensive cars, and big box purchases. The lackluster scenes are punctuated by faux-profound monologues that cement the notion that the playwright's conceptions of decision making are The Best. The lead actor plays a straight man in a comedy filled with fall-flat jokes. The jokes meant to induce groans are the only jokes worth hearing only because they are delivered by the villain. The actor who plays the villain is doing everything in his power to save a preachy comedy that relies on standard punching bags like Michelle Bachmann for laugh lines. I feel bad that so much work went into something so fruitless.

1 person found this review helpful


Funny play, serious subject

by Robb Krueger on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Greg Abbott tackles a serious topic in a humorous way, dealing with rampant consumerism and how we are led by commercial media like credit card-bearing lemmings. Walmart may be an easy target, but there is no other corporate entity that is so readily an example ripe for skewering. Drew Huston is having a great time as General Idiocy. James Tucker has some great moments, particularly as a hapless victim mumbling about Hummers. But the rest of the cast isn't up to the challenge Abbott has put into this script. What we need to see is the old Batman series, and often we get the sermonizing of Captain Planet. When Huston and Tucker aren't on stage the energy fades. You can see what Abbott is trying to do, though, and it's fun. Try it.

1 person found this review helpful


General Idiocy - modern comic villain

by Amanda Bailey on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Dark humor delivered in a campy, comic book caper; had me laughing and all the while pledging to make better choices. The poetry monologues rocked!

1 person found this review helpful


Superhero in need.

by Callie Meiners on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

The play is a great idea with memorable characters that have neat super hero powers, but it kinda falls short. Something felt like is missing. We barely skimmed the surface of who these characters were and never got to any true amount of substance. It felt really preachy at times and was heavily weighed by this one idea that Wal Mart is evil. Go for the funny one liners and General Idiocy's knock knock jokes.


Villain stands out

by Kevin Adams on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Just like any comic, the villain is the most important aspect of any Batman or Superman story. And General Idiocy is wonderful with horrid Knock, Knock jokes, Social media mad and a wonderful fight scene. For me, the poetry-monologue was good, but a little too deep. But overall, this show is solid. I'd recommend it.


Good choices - this show included

by Fran Jazczeski on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show was a great combo of naive superhero, an excellent villain and a top-notch cast. Loved the Nerf-gun fight scene - and clever use of signs. I agree that the poetry-monologues also added some depth to the question of what choices we make. This show should definitely be your choice.


Nihilistic Prius Ad

by Kippler Donovan on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 17 shows

This show is disjointed at best; there were monologues that suggested a noir theme then it went into campy comic book mode neither of which suited the other. I think I get what they were going for here, but it fell flat on its face. The leading man seemed bored to be in the show. I'm afraid I don't recommend this at all...

1 person found this review helpful


Captain Do-Good Saves the Future from Wa

by Rebecca Novak on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Funny, scarey, & almost weird.


A Minnesotan's 3 star

by Ballerhino 46 on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

A clever work, but not a blowout. Kind of like Captain Planet meets a hipster. I laughed once. Harsh but true.


Comic Book Comedy

by Barbara Torkelson on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 16 shows

This was a complete comic book story with super villains to boot.

I laughed a few times, not a lot. However, I did appreciate the overall theme and the monologues between scenes.


cheesy comedy

by Jacob Edholm on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Just the right amount of cheesy comedy for your fringe.


Hilarious dialogue...wonderful performan

by elaine hardwick on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This play has it all...great dialogue, a good message, fantastic actors, clever scene/character changes...i laughed the whole show...creative and smart, the cast does a great job drawing the audience into their world of "good & evil". Fun twist on contemporary themes of justice, relationships, lifestyles, and heroes...you will not regret spending time watching this comedy!


Fulfills every comic book nerd's hopes

by Matthew David on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Up-front, I admit: I'm a comic book nerd. And this show delivers big-time. But what I was surprised about is that the show had tremendous reach -- from being written in a way that kids could enjoy it AND some powerful, thoughtful short monologues between the scenes.

1 person found this review helpful


Fun villain; thoughtful poetry/monologue

by Kate Delsan on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was a stumble-upon that I was VERY happy to stumble upon. The villain, General Idiocy was fantastic. And I really liked the poetry/monologues between each scene. James had a mesmerizing way of delivering his lines. Fantastic cast.


Great comic-book hero with substance

by Dan Hendricks on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

What a great find! This show is a wonderful take on a super hero, AND is a smart well-woven message about choices you make in life. Like any comic book hero, it lives by the villain. Kudos to General Idiocy for a perfect comic-book evil-doer who you love to hate. This is going to be a sleeper surprise of the Fringe. Definitely go see this one.


Do Good Does Well!

by Carol Rath on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A fun script with a powerful & relevant message delivered with comic flair!


Do-Good Does Great!

by Travis Carpenter on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I really enjoyed this show. It was good, campy humor reinforced by strong acting performances and terrific staging. Two plastic chair legs up!


Fun, cool and educative

by Del Brown on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

A really nice show that makes you think about your own choices but using a lot of comedy and good humor!! Captain Do-good is a nice way to educate and talk about some really serious topics but using humor . The Captain guy is good but the leather girl is the one shining on this play!!


Great Show at the Fringe.

by Esther Hoffmann on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show is the perfect mix of poetry and comedy. The cast has a good chemistry that is fun to watch. This show prompted me to look at the choices I make that effect the world and the personal risks I could take to make my life more fulfilling. Great show.


Captain Do-Good vs Walmart

by Maggie Maes on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A Superhero battles Walmart you say? Well about time! This is a well written, well acted funny piece that the actors are obviously having fun with too. Don't miss it!

1 person found this review helpful


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Cast and crew

Dan Laird

Actor: Captain Do-Good

Dan Laird is a transplant to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area, moving here with his wife in the fall of 2011. Dan was involved with a variety of plays and musicals throughout his college career. Most recently, he performed in “Three Penny Christmas” at The ShowBoat and the staged reading of “Holly Down in Heaven” at Penumbra Theater. Dan spends his work days as a fabricator/carpenter, which is where he contributes most of his talents to theater. When he is not doing theater work he is usually being a nerd by either playing card games, board games, or reading graphic novels.

Drew Huston

Actor: General Idiocy


Drew Huston (General Idiocy) was born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania, where he was brought up on a steady diet of scrapple and pierogies. Interested in making a spectacle of himself from an early age, Drew has performed in more than 30 productions, ranging from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night to Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Most recently, Drew appeared in the award-winning production of Vultures at the Minnesota Shorts Play Festival. Drew would like to thank Rachel for her unwavering patience and dedication to her craft, Ashley for her never-flagging love and support, and the cast for their constant creative insight and humor.

Danielle Krivinchuk

Actor: Emma


Danielle Krivinchuk is pumped to be returning to the Minnesota Fringe Festival! She was previously seen Fringing in Brittle Things (2013), Topic of Cancer (2012), and Minnesota Anthologies (2011). Other theatre credits include Workhouse Theatre Company (Eastern Standard) Six Elements Theatre (Orpheus Descending, Much Ado About Nothing and Human Combat Chess), Freshwater Theatre Company (Freshwater goes to high school), 20% Theatre Company (Anon), Starting Gate Theatre (Our Country's Good) and Chain Reaction Theatre Project (Choices, Seven).

Tamara Koltes

Actor: Leather Alice


Tamara Koltes is excited to be performing at the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the first time and with the amazing tale of Captain Do-Good! Tamara holds her BFA in Theater from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, with an interest in developing new works and a backgroundin dance and movement. She has made her most recent appearances in Minneapolis with Six Elements Theatre as Nimue in Broceliande; TheDeath of Merlin and 2014’s Human Combat Chess, and on the New York stage in the premiers of Charles Mee’s The Four Seasons and Strange Tales of Preston Stagger by Simon Astor. You can see Tamara again this year at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Daylight’s Nightfall.

James Tucker

Actor: Man


James Tucker (Man) is thrilled not to be playing an evil person. He has played evil men with Cockney, Scottish, English, and Southern accents in recent productions with Walking Shadow Theatre (Gross Indecency) and Six Elements Theatre (The Lives of the Most Notorious Highwaymen, Orpheus Descending). By day, Jim is a mild-mannered architect for a local big box retailer.

Rachel Palashewski

Director


Rachel Palashewski is excited to be directing her first Minnesota Fringe show! She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in theater arts specializing in directing and performing, as well as a degree in film production. She directed several pieces while in college at MSUM, and participated in the American College Theater Festival’s director’s competition while attending MSUM. More recently, she directed the piece, Vultures, for the Mankato One Act Play Festival. This past spring, she assistant directed Six Elements Theater’s Broceliande. She would like to thank her family for their love and support, and her cast and crew for their collaboration and imagination.

Greg Abbott

Writer


This year Greg has had his short play, "Sleeping (or Something Like It) Under the Stars performed at Lakeshore Players in White Bear Lake; the short plays "Safety First" and "Vultures" in New York City; and a full-length play, "Electable" performed by the Madelia Community Theatre. He is happy to be back at the Fringe!

Joseph Finstrom

Composer

Joseph Finstrom is a freelance creative from Minneapolis, MN with a background in music, audio engineering, and design. As a composer he has worked alone and collaboratively for commercials, film, and theater. He has broad performance experience on cello and bass. Joseph holds degrees from the Institute of Production and Recording and Augsburg College.

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Captain Do-Good must use all his powers when the evil General Idiocy teams up with Leather Alice to make the world "more stupider." Can the Captain of Better Choices convince people to choose local stores over Wal-Mart? Eat broccoli instead of French fries? The world's future depends on it!
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