Thursday, August 25, 2005

Swimming Upstream

SHOW TITLE: Swimming Upstream: A Sex-Ed Escapade Of Genetic Proportions
RUNNING TIME: 1h 40m
VENUE: Players Theatre
GENRE: Musical Comedy
AIR CONDITIONED: yes
INTERMISSION: no
RATING (0-4): 4

0 Run, don't walk, away from this disaster
1 Proceed with caution
2 Mild summer fare
3 More than just hype
4 Don't miss this one its FRINGE-tastic!

COMMENTS:

Swimming Upstream is your classic boy meets girl story with a healthclass project, a scary wrestler, some amazing voices, and a play called'Sperm: The Musical' thrown in. I loved it. The story at first Ithought was a little cheesy, but as soon as I heard the cast sing allmy fears went away. To fully enjoy this play you have to release yourinner teenager and embrace this quirky cast of characters performingbrilliant and funny lyrics to subjects in the same tune as 'She's AllThat' and 'Can't Hardly Wait.' The subject matter walked the linebetween being too sexual for the younger audiences and being justenough humor for everyone to enjoy. I was blown away by the voices of Doug Kreeger and Jessica-Snow Wilson who played the ingenue couple. If I closed my eyes it felt like I was watching the newest show to hit theBroadway stage, not sitting a fringe festival show. This cast, as awhole, made this the best musical I have seen in the fringe this year. It's funny and provocative but still keeps things seemingly innocent. This cast has a long life ahead of them!

POST-FRINGE PREDICTIONS:

I see this show definitely going to Off-Off Broadway or Off-Broadwayafter the fringe. It's about time somebody created a musical for theteen and adolescent crowd that is fun and engaging for the adults whilestill being mildly inappropriate.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was blown away by the production value of this show... I just think it was lacking some comedy. I laughed a lot at Fringe this year, but this show, while beautifully performed and produced, was entertaining but not riotously funny, despite the enormous opportunity for jokes the setting provides. That said, it was a great show to watch.

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