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2018 Audience Reviews

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The following reviews were submitted by Fringe Member: Tim Erickson

Company: Life-sized Meme Productions
Show: The Moirologist
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

Good work, interesting material

I came to this show based upon reviews and recommendations. I didn't think it quite held up to my expectations in that regard. It was a good solid show. The story was interesting and it made me think. The performances (in general) were not as solid or polished as other shows I've seen in the Fringe. Would like to have seen more of the actress that played the Aunt!


Company: Concrete Drops
Show: Inescapable
Venue: Augsburg Mainstage

Rapid Fire Fun

This is the fourth show I've seen written and performed by Martin Dockery. It's not my favorite show he has done, but that's a high bar to meet. Both Martin and Jon are excellent actors and do a great job with this fun and suspenseful material. It's a rapid fire show with mind bending twists and turns. It's funny and fun. I recommend it.


Company: Goof Goof
Show: (a) Normal Theatre Play
Venue: Strike Theater

Great cast!

I dropped in on this show last minute because another show was sold out. I had no idea about what the show was or who was doing it. I'm a big fan of improv, but this was my first time seeing Goof Goof. I really enjoyed the show, mostly because of the cast and less so because of the material. Definitely convinced that I want to see more of Goof Goof, although I still can't get the image of the puzzle piece out of my head.


Company: The Coldharts
Show: Eddie Poe
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

Poetastic

In my opinion, this was the best written show I've seen this year (12 so far) and probably the best dramatic performances I've seen this year. I was impressed by how a cast of two players made such excellent use of the space. I also enjoyed the costumes and creative use of special effects. Well done!


Company: Hit the Lights! Theater Co.
Show: WHALES
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

Change can be hard, but change is good!

I share the twinge of disappointment expressed by others based upon such high expectations from last years show. This show was only excellent. I applaud the troupe for trying new things and mostly succeeding. I love the music and the puppetry is amazing. I also love the excitement of the cast and their efforts to build energy and engage the audience, even before the show begins.


Company: Bollywood Dance Scene
Show: BollyProv: NOT a Dance Drama!
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

Fun Show

I saw the Tues show. Every show is different. I enjoyed the storyteller. Cute, fun, and relatable story. The improv was good, not great. I laughed a lot. This is the second time I've seen Bollyprov and I'm not sure that the bolly part really clicks for me. I feel like it's hard to capture the "bolly" spirit with only two players. I hope to see them again someday.


Company: Kelly Haramis
Show: Hard-Core CORN
Venue: Strike Theater

So much corn.......

This was definitely the most informative show I've seen at the Fringe this year. Lot's of tidbits of information left me wanting to ask questions. I appreciated the thought/idea behind the show and the work behind it. A few scenes felt out of place and it just never quite clicked for me. I hope that Kelly keeps at it, I'll watch for her at future festivals.


Company: Fearnot Dance
Show: Stark Dance: Politics Religion Sex
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

Thank You Fringe! Inspirational.

Unfortunately, this is the kind of show that I would not normally see were it not for the Fringe. Even then, I usually don't find time for straight up dance performances in my limited Fringe schedule. This year, I'm indulging myself and trying to see things I would not normally see. I'm grateful that I took a chance on this show. I loved the show and the skill of the performers. The lighting was great. One word - inspirational!


Company: Play-Dot
Show: Midwestworld
Venue: Southern Theater

We're only human....

I was lured into this show by Twitter magic that I still don't fully understand. I had a good time and enjoyed the show. It was good solid Fringy fun. I admire what they did and how they put it all together.


Company: HFS
Show: Wonder and Awe: A Play About Magic
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

Fun Stuff

I thought the best part of the show was the first 10 minutes and Paul. As it progressed, it got a little goofy at times and I had a hard time understanding some of the lines. The cast was talented and enthusiastic and they kept me in the show. It had some really excellent moments. I think this would be a great show for kids.


Company: Flash Grenade Productions
Show: The Flashlight Zone: 20 Science Fiction Plays in One Hour
Venue: Theatre in the Round

Mind bending alternative reality!

I stumbled into this show due to it's proximity to my chosen dinner venue this evening. I didn't have much time to get to a show and as you may have heard, the Fringe does not seat people late. It was well worth it. The stories were really well written and performed. Like others, I found the transitions to be a a little jarring and distracting.


Company: Jamie Shriner Tells Stories
Show: Wife Material
Venue: Augsburg Studio

Challenging

As a 50+ year old guy, I'm a little uncomfortable reviewing this show. It spoke from a perspective and experience that is quite foreign to me and challenged me in ways I did not expect. Through the first half of the show, I had very mixed feelings, but it got more interesting and complex towards the end. Jamie is clearly a talented performer and put together a polished show on an extremely difficult topic. I'll be interested in seeing Jamie's perspective in a Fringe show 10 years from now. This is the kind of challenging show that I hope to stumble upon at a Fringe festival and I'm glad I stumbled into this show.


Company: Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
Show: The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society Versus the Nazis
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

Super Talent

This show excels at what it sets out to do, which is to reproduce the experience of watching and listening to an old time radio play. I would say that it captures this experience perfectly. The joy of the show is in watching the special effects and the masterful voice acting. The cast is superb. The stories are a little cheezy and over-the-top, but that was exactly the point and they are executed so well.


Company: Theatre Unbound
Show: A Gertrude Stein Christmas
Venue: Augsburg Mainstage

Confusing but satisfying?

I go to the Fringe festival to take risks and experience new things. Truthfully, I have no idea who Gertrude Stein is, which may be why I left the theater scratching my head a bit. I can't say that I've ever seen theater quite like this before and I did enjoy it. The description of the show says that it will ring a few bells if you "ever felt like an expatriate at your own family holidays." I will say that the show does capture that feeling and rang a few bells. I also liked the snowball scene.


Company: Martin Dockery
Show: Martin Dockery: Delirium
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

I'm a fan

Three years ago, Martin wrote and performed in a Fringe show that I still think about every time I think of the Fringe. Since then, I scan the schedule every year to see if he is back and what he'll be doing. This is the third show I've seen by him and was the first show I saw this year. This years show was less complex than the two previous shows I've seen him do, but still well written and excellently performed. I was touched and inspired. This is text book story telling with a dramatic flair. Don't let him fool you, he can build worlds with his hands.


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