Take it for what it is
by Dahlia Acman on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows
It was really cool to see a family do an original Fringe show! The parts were selected for each actor very well, and I liked seeing someone so young pull off that Shakespeare monologue.
I would have liked to see more scenes and fewer monologues. Show, don't tell.
A family show with smart satire
by Nat Case on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows
When I say this is a family show... all but one of the cast members are members of the same family. It is a little stilted, as other reviewers have noted, but once you get used to the idea that this is just how the players are, well, it's a lot of fun. Standouts: Naomi's story is (unsurprisingly) an inventive twist on a (ahem) classic. Haddayr's is spot in terms of both tone and content.
Just get to work!
by Mariellen Jacobson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows
This show delivers some well-deserved satire of the “motivation” industry. Many of the observations about its use in corporations were square-on (and you could tell that audience members had experienced such torture!). Haddyr Copley-Jones was terrific, but other cast members’ delivery was stilted and irritating at times. The overall message of getting to work for what you are passionate about, rather than waiting to be motivated, was nicely illustrated.
Not quite there...
by Christopher Allen on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows
The piece provides some laughs for anyone who's ever been in an office environment, and I honestly wished it would've stuck with that. But when it broadened out to the theme of motivation in general, it started to become disjointed and fall flat. It also feels very under-rehearsed, with the exception of Haddayr Copley-Jones (though her segment goes on far too long). The others are clearly having a good time and the message they're trying to get across is an admirable one, but they (and this piece) were just not ready. With some work, it could be something fun, but I was bored and often felt awkward watching it.
See for Haddyr Copley-Jones
by Don Feeney on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows
Reasons to see:
1) If you've ever been trapped in a room while being assaulted with cliche after cliche by a "motivational speaker", much of this show will resonate.
2) Haddayr Copley-Jones (who has a disability) does a hilarious and insightful send-up of the "handicapped person as an inspiration" motivational trope. The show is worth seeing for this alone.
3) Including the "Band of brothers" speech from Henry V as an example of what motivation should be is inspired.
Reasons not to go:
1) It felt under-rehearsed. This will likely improve.
2) The rest of the cast isn't up to Copley-Jones, though there's good writing throughout.
3) The Henry V speech needs a more experienced actor to bring it off.
What are you being motivated for?
by David Schwartz on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show
Hilarious satirical twists on the motivational industry, corporate or otherwise. Five vignettes scrape away at the metaphors of cheese and rocks and ask: "Who is it that wants me to be motivated, and what for?" Smart, funny, bizarre, occasionally deranged. Good stuff.
1 person found this review helpful
by Dave Stagner on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows
Twisted takes on the idea of motivational speaking. It's well targeted - taking standards like Who Moved My Cheese and Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and explaining them in wonderfully twisted ways. It also targets the creepiness of the motivational speaking industry itself, and some historic motivational speech.
But at times, it felt flat or dragged. I don't know what could fight that... tighter direction, or some more connection. Individual pieces seemed fine and it's coherent, but something... hmm.
Still, it's a fine way to spend an hour getting cynically uplifted!
Where does the cheese com from?
by Katherine DuGarm on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows
I enjoyed skewed versions of motivational books I have read. I also have wondered things like why is throwing fish fun, and couldn't they get the job done faster with less throwing. These motivational speakers gave me more things to think about, for instance, how patronizing am I towards people with disabilities. And "you took me away from my real work for this?"
I saw the first show and I think it needed a little more polish.
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