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Monthly Archives: July 2011

A nice little slideshow of production photos from Kansas City Fringe shows hosted at The Fishtank Performance Studio, including Rubble:

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/07/23/3031575/fringe-festival-day-1.html

Hybrid’s “Rubble”, KC Fringe Festival, Review on Stage Savvy
Sunday, July 24, 2011
by Angie Fiedler Sutton – Look for the signs.

Kansas City, MO – infoZine – Performed both in the front window and outside on the street, “Rubble” is a performance piece that delves into devastation and our reactions to it – and is truly what I think of when I think of the concept of fringe theatre. Being on the street, with the inevitable sirens and helicopters, adds to the atmosphere because of the inherent concept of the production.

Like abstract art or a David Lynch film, it’s hard to go too much into what the piece was about without explaining it away as a whole – and this is a piece that needs to be experienced, not explained. But on the surface, five performers are on the outside, while two are in the window. While the two pieces seem to be independent of each other, it ends up tying in together and making a statement (at least to me) about how we, as watchers, sometimes miss what’s ‘really’ going on in the world.

Rubble photo
Photo courtesy of Richard Sutton

Heidi Van, with signs about signs, seems to be the tying thread between the pieces.

The entire cast was flawless in their presentation, with special notice to Gail Bronfman-Bunch for her singing, and both Andy Perkins and Coleman Crenshaw, as the two men in the window, for their Godot-like performances.

I can barely describe the music, played by Katelyn Boone, Katy Guillen, and Peter Lawless, who created it, – at times haunting and creepy, and others adding to the quirky humor. It was a perfect soundtrack to this performance piece.

The Larval Masks were……… Read more at Stage Savvy

Robert Trussell has written a great piece in the Kansas City Star that more or less sums up what the KC Fringe Festival is all about.  Here is an excerpt:

 “Experimental” can mean different things to different people. It can mean a radical new interpretation of a classic. It could be a brand-new play told in an unconventional way. It could be artists stepping out of their traditional roles. And it could mean actors in gorilla suits reciting Shakespeare.

These days experimental theater isn’t so unusual. In fact, it seems to be everywhere. Certainly it will be for the next week, when the annual Kansas City Fringe Festival showcases a cluster of new plays and original performances.

 

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/07/23/3028234/fringe-fests-roots-found-in-a.html#ixzz1TFm6gAOu