From the Fringe: ‘6 Guitars’

Fringe review: ‘6 Guitars,’ Chase Padgett Productions, Orlando

By Dean Johnson

Six guitar stylists, one lone performer: Chase Padgett makes you believe you’re really seeing six different men – 87-year-old bluesman Tyrone; metal rocker Michael, 20; Mexican classical guitarist Ortega, 37; Kentucky country boy Rupert, 27; too-cool jazzman Wesley, 25; and sappy folkie Peter, no age given.

Tyrone, feeling the blues over women, throws out wise licks while Wesley is laying down pretentious vibes and Peter is a step away from forcing us to sing along to “Kumbaya.”

Each introduces himself and his guitar style, leading up to a coda featuring all six interpreting John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

The show is poignant during a few interludes, but mostly it’s hilarious, which probably figures since Padgett, 27, is an improv performer.

At Sunday’s show, with several of his Fringe peers in the audience (including master monologist TJ Dawe), Padgett seemed overwhelmed with the sell-out house and the standing ovation, both deserved.

If you can still get a ticket, don’t miss 6 Guitars.

Remaining shows: 11:45 p.m. Monday 5/24; 6 p.m. Thursday 5/27; 7:40 p.m. Saturday 5/29. Brown venue.

2 responses to “From the Fringe: ‘6 Guitars’

  1. Chere Force

    Saw it last night at midnight in a PACKED house. Loved it! Seamless transition from one character to the next. Great message. Well done!

  2. I saw this show recently at the Edinburgh Fringe and really enjoyed it. I suspect that some Brits don’t really ‘get’ the show, which is a shame because it’s such a good performance from a very talented guy.
    My husband loved it as a birthday treat – he is from the USA (New York / Florida) originally and has lived here many years but misses his home somewhat. He is also a guitar player and enjoys many styles of music, so for us it was a real treat.

    Give Mr Padgett a well-deserved pat on the back when he returns home!