kc fringe fest 2012 coverage

July has been incredibly busy! I’m behind on my blogging. Aside from my FT “day job,” the first week of July I had rehearsals and a gig with Kinnor Philharmonic which was really fun, the second week I spent five days in Wisconsin visiting family, and this last week was getting back into my usual routine and spending some time with my husband! So, I lost steam a little bit on the book I have been reading… more on that in an upcoming post. But this last weekend was an extra fun one—the start of KC Fringe Fest! I attended five shows and reviewed four.

My friend and fellow writer Karen took me as her +1 to see Sexing Hitler on Friday night. It’s a true story about for the Nazi SS’ orders for sex dolls designed for soldiers’ use. Wild! Click here for her review: Gestapo und dolls.

The four shows I reviewed are all dramatic plays with varying levels of comedy. I really enjoyed them all—the acting was superb throughout and each show’s message and characters lingered in my mind well afterwards. Read my full reviews on KCMetropolis.org by clicking the article titles below:

  • Greatest Speech is a great history lesson: eight iconic speeches, abridged and connected with humor and historical facts. Engrossing and inspiring!
  • Dead Wrong is just right: a woman’s emotional decade-long journey after of a wrongful conviction, delving further than you expect into the aftermath. Gripping.
  • Thought-provoking Thank You Notes: a man is carrying out his recently departed twin sister’s final wish: reading her pre-suicide-written thank you notes at her funeral in the style of Jimmy Fallon’s late night show segment. Shit gets real.
  • Will you break the Chain?: the tale of one family’s adoption and custody struggle through a series of interview-style vignettes. A lingering, poignant story!