Fringe Festival reviews: Bad weddings, not to mention horror

  • Updated: August 2, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Opening-night Fringe offerings also include cats, love songs, shoe clerks..

 

Kitty, Kitty, Kitty

Ah, the cat’s life. Lie around, wait for humans to rub you, feed you, clean out your litter box. It’s such a great deal that we homo sapiens never stop to wonder if kitty finds the daily routine tedious. Sam Landman plays a cat who is ready to end it all because he’s lonely and bored. But then a scientist (Leif Jurgensen) clones Kitty and Kitty Kitty (Matt Rein) becomes an object of affection and adoration. We love ourselves best, right? Noah Haidle’s script is slight but has lots of fun. Katie Willers is great as a human and another cat (named Morris).

2:30 p.m. Sat., 8:30 p.m. Mon., 8:30 p.m. Thu., 10 p.m. next Sat.; Rarig Arena, 330, 21st Av. S.)

Graydon Royce

 

Tourist Trap

Tim Uren’s “The Tourist Trap” puts a cold and creepy polish on Ghoulish Delights’ reputation for producing theater in the specialized genre of horror. When four seemingly unwitting tourists visit a South Dakota site dedicated to the bloody history of a serial killer, they get more than they bargain for from their host, played with chilling black humor by Charles Hubbell. Expect the unexpected as the pace of this bloody gem starts small, then accelerates like a runaway train. Uren’s premise and fine direction will keep audiences scarily off-balance.

(1 p.m. Sat., 7 p.m. Tue., 10 p.m. Fri., 7 p.m. next Sat.; Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Av. S.)

Lisa Brock

 

Austen-tacious

It’s not a bad idea to put Jane Austen’s love-searching characters in the age of online dating. But the dialogue in “Austen-tacious!,” created by Jana Patrick Brown with music by Kate Marianna Brown, is flat. So is most of the acting, save for that of Camille Isadora Smith (Emma), who also delivers in a lovely soprano. There are some clever musical bits, but the whole thing would be better served with a more seasoned cast. After all, you want the show to be at least as good as its title.

(5:30 p.m. Sat., 8:30 p.m. Sun., 7 p.m. Wed., 5:30 p.m. Fri.; Rarig Thrust, 330 21st Av. S.)

Rohan Preston

 

Macaroni on a Hot Dog

Sandra Thomas has been to some bad weddings, seen some corny people at weddings and apparently took copious notes along the way. Thomas, skilled and sure of her characters, plays a bride doing community service for leaving her guests in the hot sun while she and her husband went drinking for three hours, a pregnant teen bride slugging down Boone’s Farm, and the brother of said teen bride. Some of the show gets rather familiar, and Thomas leans on cliché too much, but she is a cut above average.

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    FRINGE FESTIVAL

    What: Hour-long dramas, comedies, musicals and more, at multiple venues.

    When: Shows start at 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. weekends, ends Aug. 10.

    Tickets: $12, $5 for ages 12 and under, with multi-show passes available, fringefestival.org.

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