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2018 Audience Reviews

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The following reviews were submitted by Fringe Member: Jay Kistler

Company: Paper Soul
Show: SOFT
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage


Motz is reliable in his creations and I love his foray into horror. This is a pitch perfect satire with an incredible payoff in its last line. Oh yeah, loved the gore too. Man, this show had everything! It even had boys in the audience who couldn’t stop explaining things to their dates!

Company: Pacific Midwest Ballet
Show: Zombies And Pirouettes
Venue: Southern Theater

Delivered on both promises in the title

Not only is it a great dance piece but it’s a damn fine horror piece. It might actually be the goriest thing I’ve seen this Fringe! And man do I love gore...also, this is the perfect venue for such a thing. I think of The Southern doing 2 things very well: dance and TCHF. This show would not be out of place in October’s line up, just saying. Green Zombie eats all our hearts out!

Company: Monster Science Productions
Show: What To Do In Case Of Dinosaur Attack
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

Born to Love Monsters

Matthew Kessen is as prolific as he is knowledgeable about all things monster (real or otherwise). As of this writing, you have one more chance to see his presentation on dinosaurs, but he does at least 2 shows a month, and he’s back at Horror Fest this year. You better not miss out. Also, I get the feeling that he could do these presentations straight with no jokes and I’d still be fascinated. The jokes are killer though. Literally.

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

Coldharts, Hot Show

Finely tuned and honed from its TCHF debut last year, Eddie Poe is a worthy sequel to Edgar Allen (guess he got out of that bricked up room). Katie and Nick FTW!

Company: Spaceheater
Show: Saint Ex
Venue: Rarig Center Arena

Dance Underwater, Minus the Water

I’ll say up top I wished I had a transcript of the writing that was performed or just a little background before taking in the show. Otherwise, I came for the one man dance and was not disappointed. Pretty astounding stuff. Man alive

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

But...but...But her entrails!

Clever and beautifully staged/acted. Glad I’m aware of the real story now. Good thing we don’t live in a world where stories are twisted into a narrative that fits our own beliefs. Yep, unlike then, we truly live in an age of truth and reason!

Company: Grand Island Theatre
Show: Hamlet, but Hamlet's a Chicken
Venue: Minnsky Theatre

Nope. We all lost. Go home.

You know before this show I thought I was an artist. Not anymore I’m not. This show has rendered me thunderstruck. I’m currently curled up on my girlfriend’s couch unable to move. I planned on seeing another show after it but nothing compares. Nothing. Zilch. Maybe the ghost I sometimes see here will spark a reaction out of me as strong as what I just felt, but I doubt it. Seriously...not enough reviews for this one.

Show: BurnOut County
Venue: Minnsky Theatre

Sweet and Simple

I could have used more standup and music and less sketch. This is the one instance I think that a thru line hinders the show. Still pretty good!

Company: Michael Rogers
Show: Now We See It
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

I Imagine This Is What Therapy Feels Like

Left me wet in the face. I bet this show would have been better had it had another hour. Yeah dude, we want more. Make it a full length show, write that grant, lock down John Hilsen’s schedule, make it happen!!!

Company: The Bearded Company
Show: Swords & Sorcery: The Improvised Fantasy Campaign
Venue: Theatre in the Round

The Best Improv In Town (tied w Blackout & Mess)

This is the tightest I’ve ever seen The Beards, and I’ve been seeing their shows since 2012. They’re not just some of the best improv in town, they’re the best theatre. YEAH! I PUT IT UP THERE WITH EQUITY THEATRE, FIGHT ME! Half a point off for doing a continuation piece because it’s Fringe and you can’t expect us to come back and see it 4 more times. However, the show I saw opening night was a perfect standalone all the same.

Company: Minneapolis Ballet Dancers
Show: Activate
Venue: Theatre in the Round


That being said, there was some clunky moments (that had nothing to do with the dancing). I felt for that one dancer on pointe that didn’t have the right music but stayed focused until the right music started. Every piece was gorgeous and well executed, just wished there was more of a through line or connection that would make it seem less like a dance recital.

Company: Sidecar Theatre
Show: Summers in Prague
Venue: Rarig Center Arena

10/10 no question

Almost too professional; I feel like I cheated this show by getting in with an artist pass. This is like a $50 ticket, easy. Beautifully acted, directed, and written, a story like this in less capable hands would come off problematic, but the end result here is pitch perfect. Love everyone involved also. Kisses.

Company: Red Dice Collective
Show: Cyrano on the Moon
Venue: Ritz Theater Studio

One of these days, Alice

You know who the star of the show was for me? Luis Rosa. Man, those costumes were on point. And you know, the actors I think did the best they could? The sword play was fun, the language was pretty, and I could tell there's supposed to be comedic moments, especially with the nun characters, but I think their director might have let them down in the pacing. Plus the lighting was kind of all over the place (not sure if that's just a venue thing though). If you know anything about Cyrano or Dante you might enjoy this. Unfortunately I didn't, so I was kind of out of the loop for most of the show. Overall, I'd say it's a good first draft of a play I'd see later on.

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

That Acting Tho

This is not a show that should have been whimsically randomized; the in between scenes really took me out of the hit or miss stories. That said, everyone on stage was delightful, and I especially loved the Superman monologue as well as the Mime piece.

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