Recommendations, Part II

Four more days have passed and we’re into the final three days of the festival. My previous recommendations still hold, but I have some additions:

Do Not Miss, Would See Again

Red Resurrected–Everything you may have heard is true–Isabela Nelson and her ensemble create a textured experience bar none. For those fans of last year’s Ballad of the Pale Fisherman, you’ll be happy to learn it’s being remounted and expanded.

HOLY SCIENCE, THAT WAS A BLAST

Highlander: The Musical!–I brought fringe newbies to Highlander and they both loved it (so did I). As a parody of the source material, it is pitch-perfect.

Hamluke–I wish I’d seen this much earlier, because the last performance is Friday at 4:00 pm. Overwhelmingly funny, sometimes groan-inducing, but all nerd.

Screw You Guys, I’m Going Solo

Motherbanking Bankholes–Phil the Void can talk about anything he damn well pleases and I will listen happily for an hour.

Nightmare in Bakersfield–My favorite moments involved Les Kurkendaal struggling with jealously toward his boyfriend’s success. His honesty made me really like Les and the story.

Losing My Religion–Seth Lepore is a fluid and talented performer. I was worried this show would fail and be a screed against religion (which is a trap one could easily fall into), but Seth’s writing guides rather than lectures and results in an engaging experience in the realms of New Age nuttery.

Double Trouble

Callahan and Lingo presents: The Last Ditch–Someone once said to me that Allegra’s spoken word shows are an opportunity to breathe and relax amid the chaos of the festival. Her lullaby is still echoing in my brain, particularly as the festival draws to a close. Paired with Rob Callahan’s storytelling prowess, this is a potent blend of spoken word that has something for everyone.

Entwined–This was my first Amy Salloway show and I hope it’s not my last. Entwined is an appealing mixture of storytelling, music, and the need for love in a world of loneliness. Her partner-in-crime, H.R. Britton (Melting in Madras), is equally talented and fun to watch.

That Got Me Where I Live

Recovery–This sweetly funny show on death and dying brought tears to my eyes. One more performance on Saturday, so see it.

Unrelenting

William Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece–This is a tour de force for Justin Alexander, whose role as storyteller keeps him almost continually onstage for the show’s approximately 55 minute run time. Cara Kluver’s quiet, glowing presence provides a stark, effective contrast as the show’s tension escalates toward the unfortunate conclusion.

The Box That Isn’t a Box

Nightmare Man–Points of reference are meaningless: Musical? Psychological thriller? Science fiction? Fantasy? What box you fit Nightmare Man into is your decision, and I recommend it if you’re willing to try something different and a little unwholesome.

Buzz Buzz Was A Bee-like Being From the Future

Here’s a selection of what I’m seeing in the next couple days that I’m looking forward to based on word-of-mouth:

Luke Comes to Life

Comedy = Tragedy + Someone Else

Baba

Once Upon a Time in the Suburbs

The Friar and the Nurse

Death Perception

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