Calculus the Musical

Sadie and Marc

Hey folks, it’s that time of the year when Minneapolis Metrobloggers start pimping Fringe Festival shows.

Well the show I’m pimping features my good friends, Sadie Bowman and Marc Gutman — Calculus the Musical. Let me explain… Marc’s been my friend since high school. The about us page points out that he holds the “Seward Cafe Iron Chef,” but he also holds the title of “Dave Dash’s Best Man.” What does this really mean? This means that he has come in and out of the Katie and Dave compound for a number of years just to hang out and possibly work.

Work? Well kinda… his work wasn’t “real” or “meaningful”, it was related to creating lesson plans — active and engaging lesson plans that went above the call of duty of a teacher. You might call this “extra credit.” It mostly involved Marc listening to pop music (for example Cracker) humming the music, and slowly replacing the legitimate lyrics with math related words. Occasionally he’d try to engage Katie and I and ask, “what’s a good word that rhymes with ‘theorem.’”

Sadie, brings more than just the music to the show… I think she brings a lot of the funny. Before we got to really know Sadie, we thought of her as this nice, quiet girl. Then we went to Private Fantasies to see her… and she became the nice, quiet, and secretly-high-larious-but-not-really-secretly-because-she’s-on-stage girl.

Up until Saturday night, Katie and I had only been privy to Marc’s mini-practice sessions. So, we had no clue what to expect during a preview of the show. Yup, Marc and Sadie put on something that we didn’t feel weird about. Although we haven’t seen the whole show, I know we’re not going to have that awkward half-truthful discussion, “Oh yeah, yeah, the show was really great… wow…,” but instead we’ll probably say something more like, “Wow, that show was really great. We’re not even lying to you guys to be nice.”

So take a look at the Fringe Calendar, if you don’t know calculus, or forgotten it, go see this show. If you do know calculus, this show will be like a big inside joke, so go see it. I recommend the opening show on the 3rd, since I’m going to that.

10 Comments so far

  1. Adam (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

    I remember one time when I was living in Minneapolis (summer of ’04, I think) when Marc called me on my cell phone. I wasn’t able to take his call, but I checked my messages soon after. His message consisted in its entirety of an early version of “Maxima and Minima.”

    Marc is really awesome.


  2. Erica (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 6:25 pm

    I’m definitely putting this one on my list.

    For me, half the fun of Fringe is making up my schedule in the first place.


  3. Dave Dash (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

    Yeah, that tool is really cool. I like making the schedule… going to a show, and then removing that show on future dates to make room for new shows :)


  4. Erica (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 9:41 am

    Okay, yeah, y’all got me super excited for this show. Me being an engineer and all.


  5. Katie (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 11:30 pm

    You forgot to mention that they’re taking the show on the road after the MN Fringe. If y’all have any leads for them for other festivals or school administrators who want their students to, y’know, enjoy learning, you should hook them up!


  6. Tyson (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 11:54 pm

    The couple pictured above was in the audience of two different fringe shows (on opposite sides of town) that I went to today. I’ll likely see them again — this time on the performing side — since Calculus! was already on my schedule.


  7. Dave Dash (unregistered) on August 6th, 2006 @ 6:21 am

    Lol, well Tyson, then Katie and I were probably at the same shows, since we were with Marc and Sadie all day yesterday to see four shows ;)

    Which shows?


  8. Nick & Rosie (unregistered) on August 6th, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

    Calculus the Musical: 7.5 on scale of 10. All new material. Marc Gutman, performer/writer, brings the magic of math to life. Sadie Bowman, actor/musician fantastic talent. Good chemistry between the two performers. Recommendation: SEE IT! Nick n Rosie


  9. Erica (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 1:14 pm

    Saw it last night! Hilarious!

    What I like about it is that you get this double hit of funny when you get the content of the song and then the tune.


  10. Erica (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

    Oh, and I wanted to run my fingers through Marc’s hair.



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