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Wow! Sitting down to write my thoughts on Heidi Van’s window play “Rubble” with original music by Peter Lawless was just that. After watching this amazing blend of dance, performance art, and music I was left breathless. THIS show is what Fringe is about: the delicate flow of story driven by the ethereal melodies that were weaved between the choreographed movement of the masked beings and slice of life surreal performance of the actors behind the window created a stunning work of art.

Watching the actions of Andy Perkins and Coleman Crenshaw as they performed the almost cog and gear actions of their “Daily Grind” behind the window was not only comical at times and a commentary on day to day life, but also a revelation on how sometimes something small can cause us to see the world in a brand new way. When Perkins’ character had that moment of realization and found his new world outside of his normal grind, he shows us the intrigue and curiosity of what ifs and how nows, as Crenshaw keeps ticking away only to get more ticked as his counterpart changes their normal rhythms.

While all this is happening behind the glass windows, masked beings strive and struggle to keep going, to survive and rebuild, to collect the pieces of lost hope and broken dreams. I have too few words to describe their actions: the heart only feels for them, not vocalize. When they move, they show the strain of the burden, the confusion of what to do next in an ordered timed stride. Watching the dance and pantomime of these performers left me breathless and as distracted as Perkins trapped behind the glass.

And then, we have the original music by Peter Lawless. I have always believed that music holds sway over the soul. Lawless’s score led us through the performance as if holding our hands, guiding where the story led but without making us feel we are walking alone. The haunting blend of keyboard, guitars, and saxophone merged to create an air of both worlds, of those masked beings struggling with the task at hand and Perkin’s desire and curiosity, being the unspoken words that past between the performers.

The Performance of “Rubble” is one of the most beautiful and artistic pieces I have seen done at the Fringe Festival in years. The skillful creation of each individual part that was used in the construction of the whole presentation made this work of art a gem of artistic treasure. A must see for every person who attends the Fringe. Performance times and dates can be found at or at Fringe Central.


Posted on Jul 23, 2011
by WatchNSee

5 out of 5

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