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Money Back Guaranteed

Know Theatre: June 8, 10 and 12

By Julie Mullins · May 26th, 2010 · Fringe
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Burlesque meets consumerism in Money Back Guaranteed, marking Houston-based Psophonia Dance Company’s return to Cincy Fringe. This seductive-sounding work examines the temptations of buying and owning material goods. Fill your life with stuff while you max out that credit card. Buy now, pay later. But what are the real costs?

As showgirls, company members might well tempt the audience as much as the ideas about consumer goods.

But this ensemble is unafraid to address relevant women’s issues — and they do so with style, fun and humor. And, as we all know, sex sells. But there are no guarantees.

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06.09.2010 at 09:36 Reply
These are very talented dancers. I was very taken by the dancing, the choreography, the music, the costumes and the effective use of the spare props. Suzana was also impressed by the singing. Now I have to justify a relatively weak score. This show was a series of dances strung together- which is just fine. On top of that is they added a theme- MONEY- which I found very fringy- dancing about money. The first 2/3s of the show was hitting the money theme from many angles and hitting it well. Then, the theme got lost. The cohesion got lost with it. Here is how it looked to me. They had a very tight, but relatively short, show and then decided to add some more dances to fill it up at the end. I didn't mind the quality of the last material, I just feel that it weakened the overall effect. I am very happy I saw this, and if you like dance, please go. I didn't ask for my money back.

 

06.09.2010 at 03:15 Reply
It's a pity that the review for this show didn't get added right away, considering there is so little Fringe time left. I'm sure circumstances prevailed, but SOMETHING should be said. This show is very good and deserves to be seen! First of all, the show consists of several money- (and the lack of it)-themed dance/sketch pieces involving from 1 to 6 women in wonderfully exotic/eccentric costumes. The dances were very creative (sometimes sad,/sometimes funny) even if they weren't as technically challenging as many I have seen. Although there are a few moments in which some of the women speak, most of the "stories" are delivered via movement. Still, the themes of the pieces were very clear: greed, materialism, poverty, struggle, ... There are costume changes, props, clever lighting (I really felt the germs when the pinpoints of green lights began to buzz about to the soundtrack of sneezes!), recurring movements which tie many the pieces together, and some great mixes of music that you will recognize. (Warning: It will be hours before you'll be able to get "These. Are. Our. Good. TIMES!" out of your head!) There appeared to be some technical difficulties for this opening performance. After some use of a computer projector, the terrible "cable disconnected" messages came on, and eventually they just went to black with it. Honestly, however, if I hadn't seen that, I wouldn't have thought anything was missing. The performers told us everything they needed with their movements, their lines, their faces, and their attitudes. Very unique as a Fringe-offering from the shows I've seen so far this year. Go!

 

06.09.2010 at 03:42 Reply
It's a pity that the review for this show didn't get added right away, considering there is so little Fringe time left. I'm sure circumstances prevailed, but SOMETHING should be said. This show is very good and deserves to be seen! First of all, the show consists of several money- (and the lack of it)-themed dance/sketch pieces involving from 1 to 6 women in wonderfully exotic/eccentric costumes. The dances were very creative (sometimes sad,/sometimes funny) even if they weren't as technically challenging as many I have seen. Although there are a few moments in which some of the women speak, most of the "stories" are delivered via movement. Still, the themes of the pieces were very clear: greed, materialism, poverty, struggle, ... There are costume changes, props, clever lighting (I really felt the germs when the pinpoints of green lights began to buzz about to the soundtrack of sneezes!), recurring movements which tie many the pieces together, and some great mixes of music that you will recognize. (Warning: It will be hours before you'll be able to get "These. Are. Our. Good. TIMES!" out of your head!) There appeared to be some technical difficulties for this opening performance. After some use of a computer projector, the terrible "cable disconnected" messages came on, and eventually they just went to black with it. Honestly, however, if I hadn't seen that, I wouldn't have thought anything was missing. The performers told us everything they needed with their movements, their lines, their faces, and their attitudes. Very unique as a Fringe-offering from the shows I've seen so far this year. Go!

 

 
 
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