Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Travis Tanner

SHOW TITLE: Travis Tanner
VENUE: SOHO Playhouse
GENRE: Oratorio (but it seemed like a musical to me...)
RATING (0-4): 0/2 (I'll explain)

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!


I understand that Travis Tanner was attempting to bring back the ancient chorus with the 50 people on stage, however they failed miserably. (Hence the zero for the first hour of the "oratorio." ) The huge entourage for a fringe festival play was completely unnecessary! The only point in which the "oratorio" seemed coherent was in the second half when Kelvin Ortega got his chance to dominatethe stage. The whole cast and crew should thank him for providing the few entertaining moments when he sang "Network TV Did Me Wrong"and "Positively, Negatively Me." He should have a one man show.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, dear, people came up to me and told me they loved the show. One person told me it was an "intelligent script". So why aren't the reviewers, with the exception of nytheatre.com, "getting it"? Oh, well. At least your review is funny, and you appreciated and singled out Kelvin Ortega. Thanks for that, and thanks for giving us a fair hearing. I appreciate also that you recognized that we "tried to do" something, even if we "failed miserably" IYHO.

I'm open to further commentary and further suggestions:

Melanie N. Lee
Librettist/Producer, Travis Tanner

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't see the show, but I don't take this blog very seriously. I mean, have you read some of the reviews?

Literally "I didn't like it."

I'm sure your show was fantastic.

And even if it wasn't, FRINGE-icals hardly has it's pulse on what's "hot"

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


As a FRINGE-ical myself I take a bit of affense to the last statment. Everyone wrting reviews for this site are either trained in theatre, or planning to make the entertainment world their life. The whole point of this blog is to be able to make comments, and unlike other sites, to first hand show that you agree or disagree with the review. I think this is a great concept and I also believe that you should not put down an entire site just because you didn't agree with the reviews. The theatre world is harsh and you either need to play or get out.

11:32 PM  
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11:20 PM  

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