2018 Audience Reviews
The following reviews were submitted by Fringe Member: Megan Chmielewski
Company: The Fourth Wall
Show: Fruit Flies Like a Banana
Venue: Celtic Junction
Talent and goofiness
We saw their show three years ago, and were delighted to bring our little ones to this version. It is shorter, and concentrated on the most energetic, silliest, most kid-friendly pieces. I also really appreciated that the crowd and performers were unfazed by the occasional outbursts from my three-year-old; it is great to have a supportive space for introducing the younger ages to the theater. Thanks Family Fringe! Runs about 40 minutes, if you are hoping to make another show later. Bonus review from the three-year-old “I liked when he hanged upside down and played that toy pi-nano, that was kind of silly.”
Company: SteppingStone Theatre
Show: EGG is...
Venue: Celtic Junction
Fun for kids and adults
Engaging, silly, fun, and not what I expected. Creative movement and clowning with live beatboxing, showing a sense of wonder at everyday materials. Plus the kids in the audience get to dance and play with play-dough, cellophane, and of course eggs! My three-year-old loved it, and even my five-month-old (who was supposed to be napping in her carrier) was totally mesmerized, so look out Fringe 2036! The audience was tiny, so we got a very intimate experience, but they deserve a bigger crowd. Highly recommended. (And just a little over 30 minutes, if you are hoping to make a quick dash back to the regular Fringe).
Company: Colleen Somerville Productions
Show: Not Fair, My Lady!
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre
“Well…that’s going to be hard to top”
-- True quote from my husband as we left our very first Fringe slot. Agreed: this is one of my favorite things I’ve seen at any Fringe. It was the perfect combination of highly polished and still Fringe-y. It was hilarious, informative, infuriating, empowering. I kind of wished I had researched some show tunes ahead of time since I clearly missed some jokes, but that would have spoiled the fun of “OK, a parody song…no, wait, those are the real lyrics? Oh, yikes.”
Company: Universal Dance Destiny
Show: African Roads, American Streets
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage
Fun, high-energy dance
Fun, high-energy dance, drumming, and beat-boxing showcasing a variety of styles. Lots of down time between pieces is my only complaint, but I imagine that will tighten up later in the run. This could really have built up energy in a large crowd, but the audience was tiny – fix that, fellow Fringers! This is definitely worth seeing and deserves a bigger crowd. Connection tip: It ran about 40 minutes, so you have plenty of time to escape the Northeast road construction before your next time slot.