2018 Audience Reviews
The following reviews were submitted by Fringe Member: Brian Geving
Company: Snikt! Bamf! Thwip!
Show: A Family Friendly Pulp Fiction (Not Appropriate for Families)
Venue: Theatre in the Round
Must see for Tarantino fans
If you've ever wondered what a puritanical version of Pulp Fiction would be like, wonder no more. Some of the word substitutions for swear words are intentionally hilarious, and work to highlight the absurdity of the double-standard around swearing versus sex and violence in movie ratings standards. In case the message wasn't clear enough, all subtlety is dropped by the end of the show. The writers brilliantly use the play as a vehicle for commenting on current events, with topics such as racism, police violence and tipping policy coming under scrutiny. They even reference other Tarantino films to humorous effect. The audience when I went was laughing almost constantly, as was this Tarantino fan. Well done!
Company: Weggel-Reed Productions
Show: Couple Fight: The Musical!
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust
Hilarious as expected
Having seen the show last year, I knew that it would be funny, but adding the musical element was a huge risk. Luckily for the audience, it paid off big time, but only because the music was well written and varied enough that it wasn't boring. Some of the singers weren't as strong as the others, but good enough that it wasn't distracting. The individual stories were relatable and felt real, as anyone who's been in a relationship can tell you. Reality is way more funny than anything that can be dreamed up by a writer. Highly recommended!
Company: Jamie Brickhouse
Show: Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother
Venue: Augsburg Studio
Any gay man with an overbearing mother will relate to many of the stories Jamie tells about his own mother. Poignant, funny and brilliantly told in his Texas drawl, Jamie makes you feel as if you were there with him growing up.
Company: Gabriel Mata/Movements
Venue: Southern Theater
Anyone assuming that a show by Gabriel Mata will be a typical modern dance performance will be happily disappointed. While fans of great dancing will be pleased, Gabriel combines comedy, drama and dance into a seamless narrative with a clear message. Fans of his show from last year will recognize similar parts of the show, but he steps it up from last year by delving into his dreams, fears and nightmares. While this is a show that shouldn't be missed, some of the dialog that would have worked well in the smaller space from last year couldn't be understood in the larger Southern Theater space.