Settle in, because I have some thoughts and feelings about my Tuesday night at Fringe. I’ve reviewed TableTopOpera’s highly topical productions for the last two years of Rochester Fringe Festivals: In 2015 the group presented an excellently thorough and sensitive program on child mortality, and in 2016 it produced an equally well-done commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
When I was getting ready tonight to head out to Fringe to see "Rosalba's Dream Me Pumps," I thought about my shoe choice. Do I wear my grubby but comfy sneakers, or do I wear those new heeled booties I just got?
The Little Theatre hosted the second annual St. John Fisher College Student Film Festival, which presents a program of works made by undergraduate students enrolled in the college's Department of Media and Communication as well as the Film and Television Studies minor. The program screened four films, which managed to span a spectrum of genres, from non-fiction filmmaking to romantic comedy, thriller, and quirky character piece.
For an hour and a half on Monday night, I was transported back to my teenage years. "13 the Musical," performed by members of the Lyric Voices junior show choir at the Lyric Theatre, is a charmingly irreverent and surprisingly funny musical that tackles issues that every teen has faced: being liked by their peers, being betrayed by fellow teens, your body and hormones, and desperately wanting to grow out of it all.
The highly anticipated Sunday night premiere of “Labyrinth” at RMSC’s Strasenburgh Planetarium did not disappoint. Co-created by BIODANCE’s Missy Pfohl Smith and media artist W. Michelle Harris — who together presented the acclaimed “Anomaly” at the same venue in 2013 and 2016 — the multi-sensory show was performed to a full house on opening night.
With the sheer number of options available to audiences each day at the Rochester Fringe Festival, the only way to get the most out of the experience is to make sure you take in as wide a variety of shows as possible. And with that in mind, I spent my Sunday taking in a bit of wholesome, family-friendly entertainment.
If you're in the mood for some silly, bawdy humor and enjoy participating in a good puzzle, check out the final performance of the delightful "Big Knockers: Debunking the Fox Sisters" next Saturday at Abilene. Produced by Stone's Throw (the people behind "Dashboard Dramas," "The Oboe Show," and "Hot Tub: The Musical"), the show is set in the 1800's and riffs on the famous family of psychic mediums.
“Wolf Tails and Stolen Footprints” opens with the show’s 12-person cast running about Blackfriars' darkened stage, each of them fearfully crying out. The chaos carries on for a time, until the din suddenly falls away as a voice calls out, “Once upon a time!”
First off, can we talk about how cool Plasticiens Volants was? According to my social media feeds, you guys thought so, too.
With any dance performance, I don't suspend disbelief but rather dive right in with my own reality as my guide. I may be wrong, and often I am, but this way, I get a personal benefit to leave with.
First off on this tepid evening, I sauntered over to see RIT's Mental Graffiti poetry reading. Topically it was young person fare and charming, with lots of clever digs and clever ways at reclaiming compromised innocence.
Garth Fagan Dance's "Up Close and Personal," my first show at the 2017 Rochester Fringe, was a raw shot of movement, inspiration, and awe. The show, set in the acclaimed company's rehearsal space, feels intimate as you watch the dancers move gracefully about the stage. The performances are punctuated by chats with the man himself about the group that he's built over the last 45 years.
I strongly encourage you all to attend the final performance of "Big Bang." And for that reason, my review will not contain all of the spoiler descriptions that are effervescing inside of me. Some of them, but not all of them. The Friday and Saturday on the Fringe feature will take place again at Parcel 5 on Saturday, September 16, 8 p.m.
Before the big Friday on the Fringe show from Plasticiens Volants, I made sure I got to experience “Complimentary Heckling,” which is, well, pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Performance artist Crackerjack is camped out in Parcel 5, megaphone in hand, ready to spread some good vibes to any passerby who looks her way.
I spent most of my first night of the 2017 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival at the School of the Arts' DS Comedy Club. Small tables fill the room, which makes it feel comedy club-esqe — minus the two-drink minimum.
Rochester Fringe 2017 for me began with a massively inspiring performance that felt like a love note to everyone in the audience. FuturPointe Dance's "Elephant Grass: An Afrofutur-Mystic Tale" is a femme-forward, “She-Ro” quest to shake off all that well-known negative shit and do the hard work of figuring out what you’re here to do.
Cirque Du Fringe: "Eclectic Attraction" was a physical treat of muscular and balance-oriented feats performed in the confines of the Spiegeltent.