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2018 Audience Reviews

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The following reviews were submitted by Fringe Member: Emilia Allen

Company: Universal Dance Destiny
Show: African Roads, American Streets
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

AMAZING Dancing!

I loved this show. The dancing and the drumming were incredible. The production elements were rocky, but truly did not detract from the incredibly accomplished dancing. I want to see these dancers again and again!

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

So fun! So hip!

Whether it's fair or not, I'm going to compare and contrast with last year's DUNGEON, so here we go: The thing I was most impressed with last year was the precision of Dungeon--they'd obviously worked their butts off to do a bunch of complicated, detailed work that required perfect timing. There was less of that this year. The biggest shortcoming of last year's show was that it was a little narratively thin, so it was surprising to me that this show had even LESS narrative. The things that Hit the Lights did instead of precise, detailed shadow-puppetry (at least, as much of it) and a deep dive into a story were all really, really fun, however. It is definitely worth a trip to the Ritz!

Company: The Winding Sheet Outfit
Show: Blood Nocturne
Venue: Southern Theater


Easily one of the tightest, most polished shows I've seen not only this Fringe but in a long time. It's beautiful and fascinating and left me wanting a lot more.

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

Katie Hartman can do no wrong

. . . except for her unfortunate Southern accent. But truly, I love EVERYTHING the Coldharts do. Beautiful, subtle, weird writing. The scale is always exactly right, the performances are brilliant, the balance between humor and horror perfectly pitched, and the whole thing endlessly nuanced and creative. Just - so, so delightful.

Company: Mermaid Productions
Show: Have You Seen This Girl?
Venue: Hard Times Cafe

Go see it - then come talk to me

I don't want to tell you anything about this show. It's definitely the most thought-provoking of my Fringe so far--not just in the subject matter, but in the presentation. Go see it, come find me, let's discuss.

Company: Blinking Eye Theatre
Show: Swipe Right
Venue: Augsburg Mainstage

Practically perfect

I'm being a really harsh critic by only giving this 9 stars, and that's for these reasons: this story is totally heterosexual, totally white, and is about truly well-worn territory, namely, trying to find love. But the writing was fantastic--funny and tender, the performances were perfect, the staging and the timing were phenomenal, and the songs sweet, pretty, well-sung, and well-performed. A truly professional, tight, highly polished, very enjoyable show. Riley Parham is one of those theatre artists who can do it all, and I hate him for it . Wait, no, I love him for it, but I don't want anyone else to know about him because I want him to work with MY company. But actually, he deserves success, so - argh!

Company: Oncoming Productions
Show: Geminae
Venue: Southern Theater

Strong storytelling

I've seen a few of this company's other shows, and this was absolutely my favorite. A simple story, well told--though a plot point or two was maybe a little TOO simple, and took me out of the story. Victoria was absolutely stellar. (Ha. Stellar.)

Company: The Band Group
Show: TITUS: Sweet Water, Silent Walks
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust


TITUS is an ambitious show, and by and large it delivers. It's obvious the ensemble has put in a ton of work; the pacing, the physicality, and the sheer number of things that happen on stage, with precision and clarity, is impressive. I look forward to seeing where this company goes.

Company: Gabriel Mata/Movements
Venue: Southern Theater


This show is an exemplar of excellence. Gabriel's mastery over each moment of this show is as precise as his mastery over his body--even to the very last moment. Speaking of bodies, this show is a pure celebration of what it is to have a body. Far from making me feel envious and inadequate, Gabriel's dancing makes me want to revel in every beautiful thing my body can do. What a gift. I say this without exaggeration: it would be a true tragedy not to be able to witness Gabriel's art.

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