Edwin Strout's reviews
The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
Beautiful, Poetic, Moving!
You don't see this kind of show at Fringe very often, so make sure that you see it. So well-crafted by every member of the cast and crew! A wonderfully strong and emotional show! I knew a little about the Fox Sisters, but this is a take on the emotional side of what these two early spiritualists went through. Such nuanced and strong performances from this all-female cast. I was engaged every second of the way.
Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL
A Must See
Do I need to give a review for Tom Reed??? Just go see it. He is a master at retelling pop-culture stories in a humorous and insightful way. You will laugh, realize major plot errors in the story that you watched/read and didn't realize at the time, as well as be wrapped up in the storytelling. Fun. Fun. Fun.
The Best of All Possible Worlds
A Master Storyteller
You might be inhibited by the description, but DON'T be! David Mann keeps it light, funny, entertaining, but, most importantly, honest. You will be engaged in this show for every minute of his story. I have never been more entertained by a man telling an autobiographical story of the dissolution of his marriage and his hopes of achieving the American Dream. Kudos also to the director, Sarah Gioia.
Live From New York, He's A Prom Date!
Painfully and Hilariously True!
Go see this show! You will not be disappointed. All of this happened and she has the video tape to prove it! Wonderfully told by an excellent actor. Kudos also to the director.
Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR
If You See Any Show In Fringe...
This is the show you need to see during Fringe. These are unbelievably talented musicians/dancers/performers who make what they do seem effortless. The fact that each piece is done through random choice via the audience makes each show unique, and unforgettable.
A Mermaid Abroad & A Fish Out of Water
Make Time To See This Show
These two storytellers have had multiple Fringe shows, and their mutual talents, as well as their different styles meld together extremely well. I hope that they will continue to work together. You will be engaged for the entire confessional of both performers.
On The Exhale
This one-woman show was written by a multiple award winning playwright, and then performed by one the best actors in the Twin Cities. Not to give anything away, the single-story play is split into three acts. The first act is the humorous setup, the second act takes an unexpected dramatic twist, and then the third act goes in a direction that you never expect. Kudos to the actor being able to pull this off believably, and the director who helped her achieve that touchstone.
Themselves They Made Immaculate: Clara Barton at Andersonville
Do You Think You Know US History?
This is an amazing piece of work, AND it is just the actual word-for-word reiteration from the transcript before Congress. Please see this.
Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
Harkens Back To Silent Film Comedians
Not a word is uttered in this show. You will find it utterly hilarious. These two seasoned, comedic actors embody the silent film era comedians, such as Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd. Great slapstick as well as pathos. A Must See.
I Wish That You Could See This Show!
Unfortunately, the show is over. The theme of the show is to lift yourself up over the petty details of your every day life and see life for what it is. Done in a very indirect way. Ben San Del is a master storyteller, and nothing could dispel you from this fact then seeing this show. Unfortunately, that isn't an option at this point. You missed it. Hope for a remount.
The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
It is incredibly hard to believe that these are radio-plays from the 40s and 50s - So Macabre! And Twisted! Well done with the music and sound effects, as well. A super fun time!
I cannot think of a better way to have ended MN Fringe Festival than with this show! A practically filled house, as well, which is incredible for an Encore performance, and I could see why! All the rave reviews were correct. This show, this talented group of actors/musicians/puppeteers/physical-performers (each one seemingly all-of-the-above) was so well worth seeing! I hope that they are able to return to the Twin Cities soon.
Couple Fight 3: Weddings!
A Must See
Incredibly talented storytellers/comedians/actors who are married to each other tell hysterically true events and arguments to do with their weddings. Not shy about making themselves or loved ones look idiotic. I laughed so much during this show! Go see it!
The Wright Stuff, or You'll Believe They Can Fly!
Why should I even write a review?
You're going to go see a Josh Carson/Andy Kraft show anyway, right??? It's fast-paced, full of so many jokes that you miss about a fourth of them because you were laughing at the last one, the chemistry between the two leads is always fantastic, and they hire equally competent comedic actors to accompany them! My only complaint is that this year, the chorus of three singers were usually hard to hear when singing individually, and I missed half of the jokes written into their songs, and I was only a few rows away from the stage. Fix this odd quirk and you would get a 5 star review. But again, Josh Carson/Andy Kraft show, are you not already planning on seeing it???
There Ain't No More!
Worth Your Time
I would have given this a 3-star review, but the energy, talent and skill of this actor was magnificent. The show? I felt very disengaged. I felt myself drifting into my own thoughts. I was unsure what to take away from this show. Other people in the audience seemed to love it, so I may be entirely in the minority, but I just couldn't get into this one. But, once again, this man's talent is worth seeing.
Lettres et Café
A Very Good Adaptation
Good cast, good use of the theater in the round space, good props and costumes. Also, a good job of condensing the original source material into less-than-an-hour. I did have a hard time hearing some of the actors. I wasn't blown away by this production, but I was very much engaged for the whole performance. Well done all.
Hello, I Must Be Going...
Good But Not Great
I would have given this 3-stars if it had not been for the amazing talent of Ari to embody the 80-year-old Groucho so well. The play is supposedly about the relationship between Groucho and Erin, but the first third of the play, or so it seemed, was about Groucho. Don't get me wrong, if Ari performed "An Evening With Groucho" word-for-word, I would pay to see that, but the time left, after a full-reenactment of a tv interview, and Ari improvising, as Groucho, for 5-8 minutes with the audience, little time was left to explore this complicated relationship. So the sudden turn from loving to abusive life partner, seemingly came out of nowhere. This has potential, and a full-length play would be a great solution. I would see that.
A Very Good Show!
Okay, very distracted by the fact that his special guest star couldn't pronounce the word "indictment"!!! Motz, if you need someone to help you, please, call on me, as I will know the script, not verbatim, but at least I would know how to pronounce the words that you have written. Motz performance is amazing, as always. Go to see this show because of him, and not whomever he has wrangled to read the script with him.
The Last Bombardment
A Good First Draft/Performance
This is a hit-and-miss show. The pantomime of village life is very effective in its repetition. The characters are distinct from the actors who have to play many multiple roles. The show needs more of a build. The set-up for the first third of the show starts to slow towards the end of the first act. What is needed, in my humble opinion, is more of a ratcheting up of the stakes. As well as a distinction between different characters reactions to what is happening in this small town. One never sees the build to the eventual horrific decision of the characters. But there are plenty of horrific moments, especially in the second act of the show. Keep working on this potentially horrifying show, this could be great.
The Fainting Room
Hit And Miss, But The Hits Are Great!
This show has its ups-and-downs, but is definitely worth your time! Make time to see it.
The Banana Wars
Educational And Witty
If you want a good education on USA's involvement with Central America, see this show! You will not be disappointed. Easy to follow, as well as, how-the-hell-do-I-not-know-this-already educational part of the show is priceless. Well worth making a time slot for.
Swords & Sorcery: The Improvised Fantasy Campaign
A Fun and Unexpected Romp
While not all of this show fired on all cylinders, I was engaged throughout, and I may creep back into the future shows to see where this adventure goes. No need for understanding Dungeon & Dragons is required to enjoy this show.
Utter Silliness, But In A Good Way
Missed a joke because you were laughing at the last one? Don't worry, wait ten seconds, the next one is coming shortly. Utter silliness with a dose of meta-theatricality, which only adds to the humor. I loved the use of shadow, well, you wouldn't call it puppetry because it is done by people not puppets, never mind, it works. I do have to admit that there were a couple of actors who couldn't live up to the noir-style and/or breakneck-pacing, but it didn't matter as the rest of the cast made up for it.
Good effort from a first time producer and writer and director, so I don't want to discourage them from keeping at it. It's difficult, and we all get better the more that we do it. Actors need to pick up their cues, characters need to be more filled out, the stakes need to be higher, and a few other things. Again, a good first effort, but not overall entertaining. There were two actors who stood out.