I am happy to report that our opening weekend went exceptionally well! I have to thank my mom, my aunts, my grandma, my coworkers, Grace, Sam, Ashley, Emily, Briana, Chris, Kathi, Ashleigh, and everyone else that was able to make it on Saturday – I really appreciated having you all there! We have a show tonight at 5:30 and I’m rather excited for it.
As I had mentioned in my last post, I wanted to provide a list of my own personal top 10 must sees of the Fringe Festival. I will blatantly admit, there’s a ton of bias within my choices. Many of these shows are being done by my friends and I want to support them because I know first hand how talented they really are. So in no particular order- 10 shows you MUST see at the Fringe Festival:
1. Foolproof Of course this is going to be on my list. It’s my show. You should really see it because it’s really good.
2. Hogg and the Humors @ Intermedia Arts. This was a REALLY fun and refreshing Fringe show. It was set up as sort of a late night Fringe Talk show, hosted by the adorably British Jimmy Hogg. They have guest Fringe stars and they interview them and throw in some improv and the worst script reading you’ve ever heard. It’s fantastic. Top it off with an 11 second dance party and you’ve got a definite winner with this.
3. Sideways Stories from Wayside School @ Rarig Thrust. Oh geez. The guys from Four Humors did it again. This is really clean, crisp, solid characters and great fun for the whole family. Go see it.
4. The Return of LICK! @ The Southern. Well, anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for cute guys dancing in tight pants and shiny shirts. And by dancing, I really mean thrusting their pelvises. Pelvi? Either way – go see them. I actually laughed so hard I cried.
5. An Intimate Evening with Mike Fotis Part III @ Mixed Blood. Two words here: Talent Crush. I’m not ashamed to share it with the world, Only because I know the world also has a huge Talent Crush on him as well. This is a great way to end any day of Fringing.
6. The William Willams Effect @ The Southern. I adore Brian Columbus. I also know that this cast is incredibly talented. I am very much looking forward to seeing it this weekend.
7. Oops @ The Theater Garage. Jasmine and Colin were classmates of mine at the U of M. They are extraordinarily hard working and talented actors. They are also really funny people. I’m excited to see this on Thursday night.
8. Two Short Operas…. @ the Playwright’s Center. Stephen Houtz is a riot. I will see this show because he wrote it and I know how talented he is. That’s all I need. Also, He once loaned me a very special cookie cutter. If you ask me, I might tell you about it.
9. Blue Ribbon Burlesque @ Rarig Proscenium. I missed this show last year and had heard so many amazing things about it that I’m really looking forward to seeing it on Saturday afternoon. As I have never seen a show of this nature, I’m excited to lose my Burlesque virginity.
10. The Finkles’ Theater Show @ Rarig Experimental Theater. I had the please of being introduced to these characters a while back at a Four Humors function. They’re fabulous. And Funny. Please check out their trailer. It’s pretty great.
Well, That’s that. Let me know if you make it to any of these and let me know if I’ve missed your show – I’m going to try to get to as many as i can in the next 6 days. If you’re curious about other shows, Check out Fringe Famous – they review the Hell out of the Fringe.
Happy Fringing Everyone!!!