Fringe Festival: Monday the 8th

Our fringe coverage (and apparent obsession with the Magic Kingdom) continues today with reviews of Monday August 8th performances. Kevin from MPLS.TV was enamored with the idea of seeing 3 vastly different one man shows in one night, then somehow trying to compare them in a way that wasn’t insulting. Elements of clown, mime, and goofy entangled through the evening with the result being 3 phenomenal physical performances.

7 (x1) Samurai
presented by David Gaines Productions
Of all the material lifted from films at this year’s Fringe Fest, this story may be the most epic. So it’s really surprising to see it done with such confidence, and at times, even subtlety. David Gaines performs the entire 207 minutes of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai in under an hour, using mime, mask, movement, and a host of other skills, bringing the story to life through one human being. With a playful energy & tone, Gaines runs, walks & gallops over the terrain of Japan, cutting from middle close ups to extreme long shots with a flick of his hands. The performance is manic but never out of control – always focused on conveying the story to the audience. That’s why I feel that you wouldn’t have to know Seven Samurai to enjoy this show. But if you’re a fan, check this one out for sure. And bring the kids if you got em!
Remaining performance at U of M Rarig Center
Saturday 8/13 – 7:00 PM


Dodging Bullets
presented by David Barker
‘Names & locations have been changed to protect the innocent. What you are about to see is true.’ This familiar line, drilled into consciousness by the TV series Law & Order, is said near the top of the show Dodging Bullets. What follows is the graphic & visceral retelling of events that happened to David Barker and his family. The show is tragic, witty, deeply personal and still Barker manages to connect with each member of the audience. He uses techniques of mime & clown to play 10 characters, with the swift ease of an experienced thespian. It’s hard to explain the events leading up to the climax of the show without giving too much away, but the title can clue you in as to the nature of the conflict. See this show if you’re in the mood for a true-life story that goes beyond the imagination.
Friday 8/12 – 5:30 PM
Saturday 8/13 – 8:30 PM


Disney Dethroned: Snowcahontas and the Tangled FrogBeast
presented by Tom Reed
I don’t know why or how but I keep seeing shows with Disney princesses in them. Maybe it’s something in the air. But one thing is sure: with Disney Dethroned you’re getting your DisneyBucks worth (or whatever they’re called, my parents never took me). Tom Reed plays, well, almost all the Disney musical characters in this quick-paced comedy review. Sprinkled with hilarious songs & interesting combinations of familiar characters, Reed creates a web of realities that take place in tandem with the plot that is super meta, dude. See myths of Disney come to life like the cryogenically frozen body of Walt himself, and see characters you know from films like Aladdin appear with a comedic slant, like Jafart, the flatulent Arabian wizard. Reed is so high energy it gives the audience a workout. If you’re a fan of Disney, especially the evil side of Disney, this is a must-see.
Friday 8/12 – 8:30 PM
Saturday 8/13 – 4:00 PM