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2019 Audience Reviews

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The following reviews were submitted by Fringe Member: James Ehlenz

Company: Mermaid Productions
Show: Xena and Gabrielle Smash the Patriarchy
Venue: Theatre in the Round

Strong as a goddess

I really enjoyed this show a lot. The musical elements and strong acting were stand outs. The script got a tad too obvious, but I understand why it would need to. I had an amazing time, great work!

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

Epic and Hilarious!

I was awestruck, and I also laughed so incredibly much! I'm very excited that these folks are getting a semi-permanent spot at HUGE Theater! I cannot wait to see them again!

Company: Six Elements Theatre Company
Show: The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Superspy
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

Fight Choreo on point! The point of a BLADE

Truly spectacular fight sequences. Lots of funny lines and decent acting. I didn’t need about 20 minutes of the middle, but honestly the costumes, props, fights, lighting, and bad-assery made up for it. I honestly wanted more of the title character!

Company: Haute Dish Productions
Show: Chisago: The Musical
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

First Fringe? Wow!

For a first time Fringe company, I was quite impressed. Choreography was a glaring stand out - very nice work. Costuming was top notch. I also have to mention the programs - beautiful. I loved the word play and humor, however hearing everything was a major issue for me. The staging lacked as well, there was hardly any playing to house left. Please keep doing Fringe!

Company: the semi-permanent tattoos
Show: Apartment, Darling
Venue: Ritz Theater Studio

Charming characters

Phenomenal acting! The play as a whole kept me wanting more drama. The simplicity is nice, especially compared to some very heavy productions throughout the Fringe, but I lost some investment. Extremely well done, but my taste just didn’t completely agree.

Company: Full Circle Theater Company
Show: Glass & Lady M.

Intriguing and Unique

Theatre of the absurd was a brilliant pallet for the feminist subject matter. Lindsey Bushnell has an incredible knack for playwriting. The actors were all top notch, as was the direction and sound design. I can’t wait to see more from this company and this playwright. Bravo.

Company: Weggel Productions
Show: Cat Confidential: The Secret Lives of the Mothers of Lions
Venue: Theatre in the Round

Can’t fight this feline anymore

Loved the music and movement between scenes. Very talented musicians! The stories were warm and made me miss having cats. I wish there were no scripts, but honestly not a total deal breaker. Very funny military sequence!

Company: Paradox Productions
Show: Chocolate Covered Chicken Wings
Venue: Augsburg Studio

Energized and Heartbreaking

Natalie Shaw nailed the character of Sally. Beautifully portrayed, and well thought-out. I love combination of tragedy and comedy, especially when they overlap (ie: a kid not knowing that they'd done something wrong, so keeps playing). Mitch Vosejpka is an amazing ball of energy, and really nails it as well. Bravo to the entire team!

Company: no way theatre
Show: Plaid Tales
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

Eloquent and pure

I was invested in the story the entire time. There was nothing in the script, acting, or any other artistic elements that stuck out in a negative way. Isaac Quick has a keen eye for directing, and Ruby Carlson creates a simple, yet beautiful and anxious tone in the music - well done to the musicians all around. The actors were the icing on the cake, and not that cheap and way too sugary icing. No, they were in the buttercream family.

Company: Ruckus Productions
Show: Aileen
Venue: Southern Theater


Really phenomenal work from Autumn Wilkie as Aileen. She brought a powerful and unapologetic personality, as well as a devastating nuance during her vulnerable moments. Great work from the ensemble as well; they poked at Aileen just right and kept the audience in suspense and a bit freaked out. I appreciated the artistic approach to having the lawyer face upstage, although I had to strain to hear her at times. Major points to the sound designer as well, although I wanted to hear some of this a bit more clearly.

Company: Smartmouth Comedy Co
Show: Director's Cut: Survivor
Venue: Rarig Center Arena

This group rocks!

High-quality improvisers and a really fun concept for the structure. Shout out to Bailey for a fun script! I would highly recommend this show!

Company: Shrieking Harpies
Show: The Shrieking Harpies
Venue: Strike Theater

So much fun!

These ladies really brought the house down. Solid commitment throughout, and it was always fun when they found a way to harmonize together (in IMPROV!!!). Justin Nellis was a top-notch pianist as well. Never a dull moment throughout the entire performance.

Company: CSOC Company, LLC
Show: Blood Guilt
Venue: Ritz Theater Studio

Strong script and worthy acting

The build of this piece was crafted well via script, direction, and acting. The pace took its time, but I never lost interest; good use of mystery and suspense. I did not find the long black outs necessary; though I understand the changing of costumes/props.

Company: Somerville Productions
Show: SIZE
Venue: Theatre in the Round

Beautiful message by beautiful people

The packed audience was filled with laughter and tears, myself included. Thank you for sharing your important message, and I hope that some day, EVERYONE hears it.

Company: Snikt! Bamf! Thwip!
Show: The Lunch Bunch
Venue: Theatre in the Round

An intelligent and dramatic sequel

Extremely well-crafted piece. There was nuance in Tim Wick's script, subtle acting choices, and the structure itself was similar to the movie without copying it. There were some huge contemporary themes tackled, and they were very appropriately handled in my opinion. The acting was a major stand out all around, but especially from Dawn Krosnowski (Claire), Angela Fox (Allison), and Matt Allex (Bender).

Company: Literally Entertainment
Show: The Scranton Strangler: An Office Musical
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

Well-portrayed characters from the beloved show!

This show was lots of fun. Actors nailed the characters, the music was fun. Well-done parody, and fun ideas in order to adapt to Fringe. I thought the conference room staging was used one or two too many times. Loved the ensemble numbers, especially with two melody lines happening simultaneously! The gun moment was also memorable!

Company: EnCompass Theatre
Show: R Culture
Venue: Strike Theater

Clever and Important Work

Beautifully crafted series of vignettes with an overlying circus theme - brilliant idea by the way. It felt dirty, disturbing, and with a false sense of enjoyment and safety. The feeling at the circus is meant to be one of joy and awe, but instead, it's one of exploitation and mistreatment. What a poignant approach; bravo. Well-written and acted. I, too, wish these types of plays didn't have to be written, but I'm grateful to those brave, intelligent, and powerful women for the work they do.

Company: TheatreX
Show: Escape THIS
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

I had high hopes

Very intriguing concept, and some funny moments, but it did not deliver. Ankita Ashrit as Braylee created a phenomenal character, and I wish she had been on stage more often. Other actors played the parts well, but the script did not do them service. A group of talented people, and a fun idea, but the stars did not align in the way they should have here.

Company: The Dying Theatre
Show: Origin Story
Venue: Crane Theater

Must See!

Inventive staging, suspenseful writing, and a terrific ensemble performance. Alex Goebel has caught my attention. Aiden Campbell fits the role of Jett well, and definitely hit all of his marks, however I would have liked to see a bit more commitment and nuance. Mikaela Kurpierz and Evan Houghton really convinced me and had beautiful characterization. Jared Walz as Hunter had an appropriately demanding yet calm presence. Five stars for direction, sound design, fight choreo, and script. Truly a treat.

Company: Tristan J. Miller
Show: Manic Impressive
Venue: Ritz Theater Studio

Quick, smart, funny

If one man shows are a turn off, make an exception for this one. Tristan is incredibly talented and you will love to hear about all of his problems!

Company: Octoberdandy Productions
Show: The Overview Effect
Venue: Strike Theater

Laid back and funny

A trio of improv veterans work well together to keep your interest and make you laugh. Also, I learned a lot of fun facts about the mystery that is space exploration! Loved the quotes!

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