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Creature Feature Playing at Brave New Workshop Through October

Creature FeaturePut on by Huge Theater and staged at the Brave New Workshop, Creature Feature is “a fully improvised live comedic monster movie. Suggestions are taken from the audience, and a live monster movie unfolds right before your eyes, chock full of colorful characters, high drama, monster movie atmosphere, and hilarity!”

This year you actually get two shows. The second is Survivors of the Undead Plague, “the improvised zombie plague.”

Runs Thursdays in October so you have five chances to check it out.

Tickets available from the BNW.

Fringe Report: August 5, 2008

fringe2008.pngFriendly neighborhood actress lady and blogger extraordinaire Leigha Horton has been blogging the Fringe, since she’s not in a show this year. My favorite part: Audio interviews with folks in line. Of course she knows, like, everyone in line. Follow along. As a theater type person, she asks performers and directors totally different questions than I would ever ask.

Slideshows of official Fringe photos are going up at fringefestival.org.

I was just wondering, and my question was answered: Opening weekend numbers were great! From Thursday through Sunday, 14,215 tickets were sold. Up 10% over last year’s opening weekend attendance which you’ll note was somewhat dampened by that bridge that fell down.

On to the reviews.

The Survival Pages by Malia Burkhart
Malia ponders humanity’s relationship with nature, talks about hosting her own wildlife show, asks the questions we all ask about how we’re killing our planet and what we should be doing to conserve and survive, and goes on this kind of interesting exploration of soil vs dirt. All this is presented with spoken word, some kind of free-form movement that I wouldn’t quite call dance, some recliner acrobatics, video, this really cool thing where she makes her own cocoon, and a bucket of dirt. I didn’t find the story she told to be gripping, exactly, but I really liked the way she presented it. I’m sure every Fringe artist puts a lot of thought into their show, but it was interesting watching the show keeping in mind that every little bit was very carefully considered (having skimmed through her blog dedicated to the development of this show which includes the cut-and-pasting of a rejection of her request for a second projector by the Fringe’s tech director which she is not pleased with). One last showing Friday at 7pm. If you’re looking to try something “different” this is a good option.

JACK by Eric Van Wyk
So this is a reinterpretation of the Jack and the Beanstalk story. The puppets were really cool. He had several different types so it wasn’t just different characters, it was puppets with truly different aesthetics which made for good variety. Some of the puppetry techniques and production elements were pretty cool, like how he portrayed the passage of time with the moon rise and how he portrayed traveling with the scrolling backdrop and how he portrayed the growing of the bean stalk. In some cases, the execution wasn’t entirely polished. The actual story itself was totally meh. I think an 8-year-old would enjoy it quite a bit. As much as I enjoyed it visually, I found myself ready for it to be over, or at least pick up the pace, about halfway through and I really didn’t get the ending. If you have kids, take ’em. Last night was his first show, so he’s got four more. Coincidentally, this guy went to school in Iowa back in the day with one of my co-workers. I told my co-worker to go see it anyway.

Further miscellaneous observations…

TROMAPALOOZA Minneapolis July 18th and 19th

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In conjunction with the Minnesota Film and television Board, The Independent Film Project, and Nick and Eddie, Troma Entertainment, Mike Etoll, and Evan Husney will be presenting “Tromapalooza Minneapolis 2008 and the Troma Films 35th Anniversary Celebration.”

From the press release:

The Tromapalooza Minneapolis 2008 event is a two day, tromatic art, music, and film festival extravaganza featuring special guests: Lung Leg, Scarlet Salem, Nicola Fiore, The Toxic Avenger, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD, 15 tromatizing bands, sexy cabaret performers, frightening special effects by FRIGHTPROPS, vodka sno-cones, great Nick and Eddie food, and a screening of a fresh new 35 mm print of Troma’s 1986 classic film “Class of Nuke ‘Em High”, and an extra special appearance by the president of Troma Entertainment, Mr. Lloyd Kaufman himself!

The event will take place rain, or shine on Saturday, July 19th, and Sunday, July 20th in the Loring Alley (next to Nick and Eddie) 1612 Harmon Place mpls, Mn 55403. Tromapalooza is for people 21 and over and admission is $10.00 at the door. The fun starts at 1:00pm both days!

Musical acts include: Faggot, Mommy S3z No, Sam Planet Group, Sirens of Titan, Brother and Sister, Rock N’ Roll Whores, Hondo, Bloody Turncoats, Harsh Reality, Bouncer Fighter, Downcast, Bernie the Trailer Park Queen, Alcoholic Bomb Squad, Hot Rod Hearse, Riverbottom Suckerfish, The No-No’s, Cognitive Dissonance

Tromapaloozas are held in different cities throughout the year. Tromapalooza events raise enough money to be one of the primary sponsors of the annual Tromadance Film Festival. Tromadance celebrates it’s 10th year in 2009!

Here’s the event preview video (NSFW because of the name of the headlining band):
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Here’s more about Troma, in case you’re wondering what the hell is going on…thanks to Wikipedia.

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