2018 Audience Reviews

Member Reviews

The following reviews were submitted by Fringe Member: Sara Robinson-Coolidge

Company: Tom Reed
Show: Gunplay!
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

Sheer Joy

My family and I loved every moment of this over the top satire.


Company: Minneapolis Ballet Dancers
Show: Activate
Venue: Theatre in the Round

Good Performances

I liked the variety of pieces in this show, but overall felt the experience was missing something. Perhaps it was just that TRP is a poor venue for this type of dance.


Company: Martin Dockery
Show: Martin Dockery: Delirium
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

Just Brilliant

Fantastic storytelling.


Company: Rooftop Theatre Company
Show: The Complete Works of William Shatner (abridged)
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

Amusing Humor

This show has such great elements; it's funny and some of the Shatner impressions are REALLY on point. The script needs some work to make it more coherent and tighten up the humor. People who are not familiar with Shatner's major roles may be baffled.


Company: Comedy Suitcase
Show: Slapdash Panic: Comedy Suitcase ended up in the Fringe Festival with 3 weeks notice and no show!
Venue: Strike Theater

Pure Silly Fun

Levi and Josh make no secret of the fact that this is a show that was thrown together at the last minute, and indeed it does feel somewhat disjointed. BUT, a lot of the material they do have is really funny , and the audience participation aspects are great fun. It's not their best work, but I laughed a lot and it was a great way to end my Monday evening of Fringing.


Company: Paper Soul
Show: SOFT
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

Sinister Story

I really enjoyed this creepy story about a man who is desperately seeking female companionship. The acting is excellent, and the concept and twists are scary but not terrifying. The pacing may be a bit slow for some people... it depends on your tolerance for horror and what you personally find scary.


Company: Hit the Lights! Theater Co.
Show: WHALES
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

WHALES

My family of four had a really fun time at this show - partly similar to last year's DUNGEON, but with more audience interaction and focus on music. I learned a lot more than I expected to about the whaling industry in the 1800s, which was rather cool. My 15 year old daughter was somewhat overwhelmed by the sound level of the punk/rock pieces the group shared. We all did enjoy the extra "drinking game" that the company added on to the show (with root beer, though, because we had to get to more shows afterward!).


Company: Life-sized Meme Productions
Show: The Moirologist
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

Interesting Show

This was significantly less comic than the preview led me to expect, but it was a thoughtful piece that was well acted and interesting.


Company: Play-Dot
Show: Midwestworld
Venue: Southern Theater

Midwest Robot Silly

This was a fun show with a great concept; even my daughter who has never seen Westworld liked it. While the actors do a great job, the script needs tightening to make this show soar... and I think this one really could.


Company: Flash Grenade Productions
Show: The Flashlight Zone: 20 Science Fiction Plays in One Hour
Venue: Theatre in the Round

Rapidfire Sci Fi

Twenty science fiction stories, each very short, are acted out - and done well! The minimalist set and props worked perfectly, and the stories were compelling. As others have noted, the randomization of order by audience yelling out the title was unnecessary and a bit jarring.


Company: GIRL Theatre
Show: Gay Hot American Summer
Venue: Rarig Center Arena

Good Potential

This is a high energy show with a great concept, and the actors are really into it. I did laugh some but many of the jokes sailed past my 46 year old mind. The script badly needs tightening. I’d love to see a reworking of this in the future.


Company: The Bearded Company
Show: Swords & Sorcery: The Improvised Fantasy Campaign
Venue: Theatre in the Round

Oh, so THIS is why people like D&D

My high school boyfriend was an avid gamer and I tried to join in but I just did. not. get. it. This group of improv actors finally makes it clear, and they are hilariously funny as well. But really, any show that takes an audience suggestion of adding a shield that makes marinara sauce an integral part of the story was gonna be right up my alley. If I can fit it in to my Fringe schedule, I will try to catch more of the story.


Company: Weggel-Reed Productions
Show: Couple Fight: The Musical!
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

Relatable

It would be hard not to love a show about relationships and our biggest, often dumbest fights. It’s funny, it’s fun, and the singing is a nice addition.


Company: Gabriel Mata/Movements
Show: DREAMING
Venue: Southern Theater

Beautiful

Mata is an incredible dancer, and it’s a privilege just to be able to watch him on that’s level. Combining the themes of dreaming/nightmares and anxiety about his life in the US as a DACA recipient is genius.


Company: Black Market Dance & Film
Show: Voyagers Project
Venue: Minnsky Theatre

Celestial Dance

Lovely (and at times humorous) dance piece about outer space. I did wish that I could have seen the dancer’s bodies a bit more clearly.


Company: The Rest of Us
Show: An Odyssey Backwards and in Heels
Venue: Minnsky Theatre

Entertaining Musical

I totally missed the Odyssey references but thoroughly enjoyed the singing and antics of this company. Some of the singing at the beginning seemed a hair weak but by the end of the show it all gelled.


Company: Fearless Comedy Productions
Show: Deep in The 100 Acre Woods: A "Pooh"-dunnit?
Venue: Minnsky Theatre

Clever Show

I love this concept and it is well performed. I think there is room for more comedy, however.


Company: Elaine Orion
Show: Delightfully Rude
Venue: Ritz Theater Studio

Pretty Good!

I enjoyed this stand- up comedy show. It wasn’t as transgressive or rude as it could have been; it was about right for mid-afternoon Fringe viewing.


Company: Grand Island Theatre
Show: Hamlet, but Hamlet's a Chicken
Venue: Minnsky Theatre

Crazy, Fringe


Company: Grand Island Theatre
Show: Hamlet, but Hamlet's a Chicken
Venue: Minnsky Theatre

Crazy, Fringe


Company: So Shall I
Show: Estate of Affairs
Venue: Ritz Theater Studio

Delightful Farce

My whole family laughed through the entirety of this play. A tight script, well performed.


Company: The Winding Sheet Outfit
Show: Blood Nocturne
Venue: Southern Theater

Beautiful Work

Compelling work about a historical figure... with some lovely singing. The melody of one of the songs is hard to stop humming.


Company: Pacific Midwest Ballet
Show: Zombies And Pirouettes
Venue: Southern Theater

Horror Ballet

Fantastic concept, and very well performed overall... AND a tiny bit scary, too! The dancer performing in the role I thought of as “First Zombie”is outstanding.


Company: Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
Show: The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society Versus the Nazis
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

Noastatlic Radio Fun

This talented quartet performs two classic radio shows (advertisements included), both set in the WWII era. The stories are fun and seeing the actors make the sound effects is great as well.


Company: Custer & Schmidt
Show: Our Best Life
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

SO Many Laughs

This is really quite funny, and all the more impressive since two weeks ago this two person show became a one person show.


Company: Monster Science Productions
Show: What To Do In Case Of Dinosaur Attack
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

Safety First!

I was terrified of dinosaurs when I was a child, mostly due to overexposure to _Land of the Lost_. This one-man show/lecture, complete with PowerPoint presentation, covers every dinosaur type imaginable, with hilarious instruction on what to do in case of being attacked by a dinosaur. Sure, it may seem unlikely, but isn't it best to err on the side of safety? A must see!


Company: Navel Gaze Productions
Show: Fringe Orphans 4: Back in the Habit
Venue: Theatre in the Round

Fun Mishmash

This is like a mini-Fringe; it's a bunch of short, unrelated pieces. I enjoyed the variety and the piece about unicorns was A+ hilarious.


Company: Mosaic Productions
Show: Hidden in This Picture
Venue: Rarig Center Arena

Enjoyable!

Tightly performed Aaron Sorkin script.


Company: Snikt! Bamf! Thwip!
Show: A Family Friendly Pulp Fiction (Not Appropriate for Families)
Venue: Theatre in the Round

SO Good

I chose to finally see the film in order to not miss anything about this show, and that was a solid decision. This is not only a hilarious re-enactment of the film, but it also offers meta-commentary on societal issues.


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