The Finkles’ Theater Show, a gleeful hour of stage calamities conceived by Minneapolis-based partners Ryan Lear and Rachel Petrie, was the breakout hit of the 2010 Cincy Fringe Festival. Cleverly constructed, sharply written and hilariously performed, it’s a simultaneous celebration and lampoon of all that is sacred and silly in the histrionic realm.
Squeaky scenery? Check. Exposition-heavy dialogue? Present. Stagehands we’re not supposed to see? Got ’em. Unappealing yet ridiculously overpriced intermission refreshments? Yup. Musical numbers that go on a few “eights” too long, complete with cheesy choreography and the inevitable miscues from the sound board? You betcha
But there’s also that moment when everything suddenly comes together, and we feel the love of art and life that’s brought us together in this special place for an experience we’d be unable to have anywhere else.
OK, it’s a fleeting moment. And at other times, those floundering Finkles really do try our patience.
The Fringe Fest hit returns for a limited holiday engagement around Know Theatre's current production of A Wrinkle in Time. The Finkles’ Theater Show opens Dec. 6 and is also performed Dec. 7-8 and 12-14. Tickets are $12. Get show and theater details here.
Read Julie York Coppens' full review of the show from the Cincy Fringe Festival here.