We’ve reached the end of our Fringe experience for 2017. It was an amazing ride – 3,396 miles driven, 11 wonderful nights at Castle Zharinov, 20 new fringeships and countless more renewed. And along the way we got to see 37 shows and give out our first Fringe award. We will be back later with our own awards for the shows that we saw, so go ahead and follow our blog so you won’t miss anything. Here are our final three reviews.
TITLE OF SHOW: Why we Become Witches
VENUE: Sacred Fools Studio
REVIEW: My wife really wanted to see this show, which is based on the novel, Lolly Willowes or The Loving Huntsman, written by Sylvia Townsend Warner. It was not at all what we expected. The best thing about the show was the dynamic performance by Lisa K. Wyatt, an amazing actress who has multiple television and film credits. She brought the story to life and kept the audience firmly engrossed in the show. Kudos to Kate Motzenbacker for a wonderful job of directing. Congratulations on your Encore award.
RECOMMENDATION: Definitely check this one out during the Encore run. It is worth your time.
TITLE OF SHOW: The David Mayes Show
VENUE: Sacred Fools Studio
REVIEW: David Mayes and his brother JJ are staples at Sacred Fools. We had heard mixed reviews about his show, so we had not added it to our schedule. However on Saturday night, we sat and chatted with them at Fringe Central, and ended up receiving a pair of tickets to check out the show. Much to our chagrin, it’s really good. David has assembled the who’s who of Sacred Fools to populate this fake talk show and turned it into such a farce that you couldn’t help but laugh. The biggest treat was finding out that one of our favorite actresses, Carrie Kerranen, of Lamprey fame, was an audience plant who crawled from the back row to the front row to be a part of the show. Well done Sacred Fools!!
RECOMMENDATION: Sad but true, The David Mayes Show is a must see. Too bad it didn’t get an Encore.
TITLE OF SHOW: I’m too Fat for This Show
VENUE: Lounge Theatre 2
REVIEW: We met Kate Huffman at our first Lounge show this year (Hey Hollywood My Hustle has ADHD) and after chatting with her a bit decided to close out our Fringe run this year with her show. It was one of several this year about the struggles with real world issues. While we loved her performance and applaud her efforts to be transparent about her struggle, we left the show feeling like the story was not yet complete, that merely accepting your condition is not the same as overcoming it. In addition, the show’s 70 minute length is a little long for a solo show, and it might help to tighten it up a bit. Overall, it was an amazing show, and we wish Kate well in her acting career. Congrats on your Encore.
RECOMMENDATION: This show and Kate Huffman in particular are worthy of your time and attendance. We recommend you See this show during its Encore run.