The madness of king Lear
Two man reduced production of Lear was quite impressive. The eclectic nature of the soundtrack(rammstein, koyannisqatsi, soul and punk etc) really added a bizarre quality to the fool, making him several times more esoteric than in comparison to the text. Lear is a role I dream of 40 years down the line, or perhaps 20 if aging continues as such :p.
The one note I’ve been given about fringe festivals. Don’t let the poster be the only thing that entices you. Looking up reviews isnt easy however when it’s a world premiere.
Prodigious was a dance theatre piece focused around the music of prodigy. What’s not to like? At least in my opinion. The dancers had a story clearly presented, and it was a great thing being. I the front row for this show. I’ve found that this is the case with every show. There were a few things that could be ironed out with the show, mainly transitions. Nevertheless, it was a great piece.
I heart Hamas
This piece brought up a lot of great political discussion points. I realize that many of you would disagree with the show on its title. That does not, however, make it any less valid as a theatrical work. Controversy is indeed a friend of theatre. Jennifer Jajeh, the performer, came out on stage, and told her story. The life of a first generation palestiNian Christian actress who speaks rusty Farsi, and prefers English. I laughed and thought. That’s all I could ask.
This musical drama was great. It was food inc with a really dry crackling sense of humor. Again, sitting in front row, you get that fantastic experience. The humorous and poignant moments shifted so seamlessly that at times laughter was still happening at moments of true pain. Loved this, and it’s clear that all the actors did as well.
Agony and ecstasy of Steve jobs
Any apple fanboy would have laughed, cried, and thought twice about the iPhone, iPod, iPad, or MacBook pro in their possession. The story focuses around the creation of Apple, and how Jobs could be a repugnant ass at times… Ok all of the time. But he was a geniust. Then we are transported to the Foxconn factory in china, where terrible work. Conditions have led to a high suicide rate,cot which Foxconn responded to by placing nets around the building. the actor/presenter in interviewing the workers found a terrible truth about the company he cherished for years, and still cherishes, but wishes to jailbreak the audience into realizing that there is not a robotic line creating all these electronics. Handmade by children as young as 11, there is a higher cost to the products we consume.
The Complex: Oedipus
A play focused around the players who must eternally perform oedipus Rex till he realizes and accepts his fate, but they have grown weary and tired of staying the course. They alter the language in an attempt to change the world of the play, but to no avail. Really enjoyed the concept and the modernization of Oedipus. This group is doing another show called the complex:Electra thati am seeing today. Looking forward to it.
Mark Grist: Rogue Teacher
This is the English professor who blew up on reddit a while back. He has since quit teaching to become a full time poet, and describes the struggles that he has endured since then. This was a turning point for me in realizing that one can make it in this industry if they set. Their mind to it. He was himself on stage, launching into performance here and there, but altogether a great raconteur. Would definitely recommend him to anyone pursuing spoken word.
Pics on Facebook of the show posters.