a medium that allows metaphor to really breathe, and Elizabeth Harris’ play
does just that. The well-established Cincinnati playwright’s collaboration with
Homegrown Theater proves to be a provocative, cerebral and often painful
New Edgecliff Theatre returns to Fringe with
Will Eno’s 2008 TRAGEDY: a tragedy in
which a local television news anchor and three reporters in the field cover the
unfolding media drama of “the event of ‘night.’” Is it merely nightfall as
usual? Or does the apocalypse come under the cloak of darkness?
This is One Shitty Party isn't. But it isn't great
either. The Fringe offering from New York City’s Endless Chili
Productions bills itself as an immersive, interactive show about a 30th
birthday party where the audience plays the role of guests and friends.
Humors’ Lolita achieves three
remarkable things: It honors the source material; it let’s us know that the
revered plot is downright horrifying; and it is side-splittingly hilarious from
start to finish.
Broken into about 10 scenes that are strung together only
with that theme, the piece bounces between hokey humor, tuneful songs, Stomp-like
dance sequences and good old-fashioned stand-and-deliver monologues.