Friday, August 24, 2007

Fringe Fest Adventures!



I have taken in two NYC Fringe Fest Shows this last week and am planning to get out and see at least three more.
The Seen Stuff

I hit the opening night for Gus Schulenburg's RIDING THE BULL on Saturday August 11, and hit the after party at a nearby bar. This show is fantastic! It was a remount of a Flux Theatre production from a couple years ago. The play is published in the 2006 edition of Brook Stowe's NY THEATER REVIEW. It is a two person comedy/drama about a rodeo clown and an outcast Texas farmer who find God in sex and gambling and lose him somewhere around Graceland. I loved the way the plot unfolded and all the neato complications and character shifts. The one you think is the good guy turns into a very bad guy and the story offers so many surprises. Kelly O'Donnell's direction is amazing in this and I loved the actors (Will Ditterline and Liz Dailey). Jason Paradine's set is a third character in the show at times and gives a stand out performance in its own right!

Nice nytheatre.com review of the play can be found here:
http://www.nytheatre.com/nytheatre/fr_rev2007.php?0=S&1=110

Then on Sunday August 19, I went to see Adam Szymkowicz' SUSAN GETS SOME PLAY. This was an adorable hour-long comedy with a little bit if original music at the end. The premise is that a moderately successful, but highly neurotic and self-defeating, NY actress holds mock-play auditions for a new boyfriend. Adam manages to take a simple plot in several outrageous and unexpected directions. I was never able to guess what would happen next. The actors get high props for delightfully over the top performances. There is even a cool audience participation portion of the evening where one of the men in the audience gets pulled onstage to audition for Susan's romantic attentions. Very entertaining!

James Comtois' blog has the best review of this one that I've seen. He knows Adam's work well enough to get the in-jokes:
http://jamespeak.blogspot.com/2007/08/jimmys-fringe-roundup.html

To See

I am planning on seeing these other shows this weekend at the indicated times. Join me if you can!

THE COMMISSION
By Steven Fechter
Directed by Sarah Gurfield (she directed my play Cockfighters at Oberon Theater a few years back)

The seduction of war. The casualties of passion. This world premiere by acclaimedwriter Steven Fechter ("The Woodsman") spins backward in time to revealthe fragments, both personal and political, left behind in the wake of a bloody civil war.
1h 35m

THE CONNELLY THEATER
Venue #1
7220 E. 4th Street
Between Ave. A & B
Subway: F/V to 2nd Ave.

I am going on: Saturday, August 25 at 2:00 pm

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HAIL SATAN
Gideon Productions, LLC
Writer: Mac Rogers
Director: Jordana Williams

"The Omen" meets "The Office." Witness the birth of the Antichrist--andmeet the Corporate Communications Department responsible for raising her. HAIL SATAN:His Kingdom is coming and his adorable daughter is preparing the way.
2h 0m
New York New York Comedy Drama
VENUE #15:

Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street - The Bleecker Street Theatre
hailsatantheplay.com

I am going on: Fri 24 @ 7:15

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Lights Rise on Grace
A new play by Chad Beckim
Directed by Robert O'Hara (OBIE-winner for "In the Continuum")

Grace falls for Large. Riece falls for Large. Large... falls. First love. Lost love.New love. Tough love. "Lights Rise On Grace" follows three desperate NewYorkers as they defy tradition, uncover and recover secrets.
1h 0m

This has been getting great reviews and sounds fantastic!

The Connelly Theater
220 E. 4th Street (b/w Ave. A & B)

I am going on: Sunday, 8/26 @ 2:00 pm

1 comment:

Adam said...

thanks for coming and for the blog plug!