FRINGE FESTIVAL: Reviews for Wednesday, Aug. 7

  • Updated: August 6, 2013 - 2:00 PM

REVIEWS: The classic Nabokov novel gets a redo; plus werewolves, zombies and an Algerian clown.

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“How to Date a Werewolf”

Four Humors’ Lolita

Some of the same people behind the must-see show “The Nose” are also behind another Fringe must-see: “Four Humors’ Lolita: A Three Man Show.” Both productions take classic texts and stretch them to outrageously funny lengths. In this case, the three men tackle Nabokov’s novel about a middle-aged professor and the pubescent girl he preys on. Ryan Lear plays Prof. Humbert Humbert, while Brant Miller, a hairy guy with a beer gut, plays lollipop-licking Lolita. As directed with a touch of camp and absurdity by Jason Ballweber, it is sidesplittingly funny. (8:30 p.m. Wed., 5:30 p.m. Sat., Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Av. S., eighth floor.)

Rohan Preston

How to Date a Werewolf

Playwright Matthew A. Everett is a romantic, writing love stories with a warm heart, but a dry eye. This tale of a woman infected with werewolf, desperately seeking a date, and her ex, now a zombie, is touching and silly, brimming with witty repartee. Written as a 10-minute play, at Fringe length it feels wordy, even preachy. Written for two men, it is here performed by women, which makes the characters’ sexuality confusing. The actors are strong, but they are made to wander about the stage, exacerbating the talkiness. (8:30 p.m. Wed., 5:30 p.m. Sat., Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Av. S.)

William Randall Beard

Analog

San Francisco-based choreographer Katharine Hawthorne has training in dance and physics, so she really knows the laws of bodies in motion. “Analog” draws upon kinetic mechanics plus images of open-source patents from the 19th century to the present. Hawthorne’s dance-making is as precise as the technical drawings projected onto the Southern Theater’s walls — sometimes to a fault. Her perspective is intelligent and quick-firing but also sterile and even emotionally removed. This work seeks out that tricky suspension between art and science. Sometimes Hawthorne finds it. (5:30 p.m. Wed., 7 p.m. Thu., 10 p.m. Fri.; Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Av. S.)

Caroline Palmer

Died in a Trailer/ Woke Up A Mermaid

In this autobiographical performance piece, Ariel Leaf kept the audience on the edge of its seat. She told of herself, at 14, being beaten and raped by an abusive boyfriend, plus wild stories of travels through Europe, romantic love stories about her husband, and a tale of Christmas with her mother’s multiple personalities. This was more than storytelling; there was also a monologue directed at another character and scenes where she plays both parts. With her skewed, self-deprecating perspective, she was often very funny, the laughter of survival. (5:30 p.m. Thu., 4 p.m. Sat.; Huge Theater, 3037 Lyndale Av. S.)

W.R.B.

A Clown in Exile

An Algerian clown, created and played by Mohamed Yabdri, travels the world to find himself and the happiness that lies within. Although it is a solo piece, we meet his wife (who is played by a coat hanger), father and a little toy dog. Much audience participation is required for the show, including Yabdri crawling over seats and pulling someone on stage. The sound bites sprinkled throughout help move the story along. Somewhat slow but cute, if you like clowns. (7 p.m. Wed., 7 p.m. Sun., Rarig Proscenium, 330 21st Av. S.)

Bartley Stratton







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    When: Weekdays beginning at 5:30 p.m. with last show at 10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun, beginning at 1 p.m. Ends Aug. 11.

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    Tickets: $12 per show. Must also have Fringe button ($4). Multishow passes available at discount. 1-866-811-4111.

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