Elizabeth Maupin’s Best of the Fringe

I haven’t finished all my Fringe-going yet; there are still four or five shows on my to-do list. But in the meantime, here’s my list of Best of the Fringe — and I may add to it later!

  • Anne Frank Superstar & The Purpose of the Moon, Penguin Point Productions, Winter Park. Two playlets, in adaptations by James Brendlinger and performed by his former high-school students, that bring together pop-cultural heroes and heroines in ways that will blow your mind.
  • The Big Smoke, Fringetastic!, Vancouver Island, Canada. Jeremy Banks in a heart-wrenching solo show about what a small-town boy learns, and doesn’t learn, when he moves to the big city.
  • Bitches of the Kingdom!, the Oops Guys, New York, NY. An extravagantly cockeyed (and feminist) valentine to Disney’s celluloid princesses, with a nigh-unto-perfect all-star Orlando cast.
  • Dog Powered Robot and the History of the Future, Miga Me, Orlando. A three-minute snippet of a show from the 2010 Fringe turns into a hilarious low-tech masterpiece, with a city of cardboard robots almost, but not quite, upstaging a tiny dog in a robot suit.
  • Fear Factor: Canine Edition, John Grady, New York, NY. A lovely, mesmerizing tale, delicately told, about a man and his relationship with a 13-year-old Bernese mountain dog named Abby.
  • The Holy Land Experience, Martin Dockery, Brooklyn, NY. An exhilarating journey across continents, from Orlando to Canada to the Holy Land, that takes the charismatic Dockery on a search for honesty, loyalty and faith.
  • I Love You (We’re F*#ked), 55BC, Nashville, TN. Kevin J. Thornton’s buttoned-down persona quickly flies out the door in a raucous combination of stories, absurdities and bluesy Nashville-tinged music.
  • My Monster, Clockwork Hobo, Orlando. A vainglorious screenwriter is given his comeuppance by a character he created in an uproarious comedy featuring the terrific Philip Nolen and Will Hagaman.
  • Robby Pigott Tries Something New, Snoopyboy Productions, Orlando. An absolutely assured show by a first-time cabaret performer, in which Pigott’s great good humor and sunny outlook turn into an open-hearted embrace of the world.
  • Suckers, a Freaky Little Musical, Zombie Productions, Orlando. Tod Kimbro’s witty and insightful 1998 comedy — about Goth kids trying, and failing, to be different — transformed winningly into a musical.
  • Superman Drinks, Chase Padgett Productions, Orlando. Chase Padgett weaves his love of the guitar into a poignant, funny story that begins with superheroes but is really about his father, a talented man who saw his life fall apart.
  • Wisdom: Part One, Jimmy Hogg, Plymouth, England. A veteran Fringer who is sharing his role as “arbiter of truth and purveyor of infinite wisdom” in a digression-filled solo comedy about religion, pit bulls and a whole lot more.

3 responses to “Elizabeth Maupin’s Best of the Fringe

  1. I am truly honored to be listed amongst the talent here. Thank you so much and here’s to a fantastic 20th year of the oldest Fringe Festival in the United States. I’m so proud to be a part of it!

  2. Good to know that some of the shows on my “want to see” list are here.

    Several of my recommended shows are not.

    Dying Hard, in particular, as well as archy and mehitabel.

    Any Title that Works, I would put in the “classic one-man fringe show” genre.

    Lot o’ Shakespeare was just fun, like all of Tim’s shows.

    If you’re into dance, Yow’s Attention Please is really fantastic.

    You should link the show titles to your reviews… so we don’t have to pick them out of the sidebar.

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