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entry for 2002-08-14 (00:07)
In which our plucky young hero posts Fringe reviews, 2002 edition.
Fringe short list review, for the benefit of readers in Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, or Seattle:
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- Tracks: An itinerant at the turn of the 20th century talks about his life riding the rails. Engaging, often funny.
- This Town: Murder in a small town. Also, pie is involved. Two actresses play fourteen parts. High-larious with a capital laff.
- Sabotage III: Just like Sab and Sab 2, so if you already think you know what to expect, yep, you're pretty much right. Excellent stuff!
- Dick and Tracy: Espionage � Trois: Long-form improv. Three actors put together a Raymond Chandler novel set in 1940s San Francisco. Except it's done for comedy. The format is pretty standard, so see it twice, but no more.
- PeeL: One of the actresses is yummy. This may be enough to tempt you to go. If it isn't, well, the good moments are good but there really aren't as many of them as there should be.
- N�cturnal M�sical: A one-man musical, set in a nightmare realm inspired by Kafka and Jack the Ripper. Great songs, incredible physical work, and funny as hell.
- Good Morning, Beijing: Autobiographical story of a year spent working for an English-language pop radio station in China, owned by the Communist Party. Starts off slow, picks up speed, ends with a bang.
- The Conspiracy: A tour de force exploration of every crazy theory you've ever heard about the Pyramids, and some you haven't. Comes together a little abruptly at the end. Nice use of digital video.
- Be A Man: It starts with a Stan Rogers tune. How can you go wrong from there? Except for the Fight Club ripoff in the middle, anyway. (You'll know it when you see it.) But even that can't derail a great show.
- The Habit: Sketch group from Seattle. Well-written and inventive.
- On The Air: Behind the scenes at a live radio show where three actors fight to hold onto only two jobs. Many guns, some real and some fake, are involved. Many laughs are found, too.
- The Canada Show: A greatest hits collection of the past several hundred years of Canadian history. Simple test to see if you'll like it: if you groan at the idea of Habs and Leafs jerseys being used to represent the two solitudes, well, it doesn't get much deeper than that. I liked it.
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