Fringe review: ‘The Cody Rivers Show Presents: Right Back Where We Finished,’ The Cody Rivers Show, Bellingham, Wash.
Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor come on like Hari Krishnas dressed by the management of Howard Johnson’s: The orange and turquoise vests and clamdiggers are HoJo’s all the way, but their intensity reminds you of the shaved-headed people who used to ask for money in airports. In The Cody Rivers Show Presents: Right Back Where We Finished, the two may be teenage-science nerds with a mania for ping-pong and a Japanese version of rock/paper/scissors, or they may be two old codgers explaining how they learned to fox-trot. Whatever they’re doing, they do it with such focus, such athletic grace and such a heightened sense of fancy that you feel you’ve entered an alien world – the kind of world where everything is for a purpose, if you only knew what that purpose might be.
This version of The Cody Rivers Show, like the two the Fringe has seen before, seesaws between Mathieu and Connor’s preoccupation with words – lists of seemingly unrelated nouns that eventually become a succinct little story, lists of names, long words that stand for something short – and elaborate, hilarious choreography that can involve headstands, inane hand-waving and tongues.
There’s no point in describing what it is these guys do, even if you could – except to say that they do it so beautifully that you want to see them do it again. Watch, and wonder.
Remaining shows: 2:50 p.m. Sunday 5/23, 7:40 p.m. Tuesday 5/25, 10:30 p.m. Thursday 5/27, 6:40 p.m. Friday 5/28, 6:55 p.m. Saturday 5/29. Orange venue.