Friday, September 02, 2005

Marlowe

SHOW TITLE: Marlowe
RUNNING TIME: 2h
VENUE: SOHO Playhouse
GENRE: Drama/Spoken Word/Poetry
AIR CONDITIONED: yes
INTERMISSION: yes
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:

I don't think I am going out on a limb here by saying this but Marlowe is the best play I have ever seen in my whole life. I was sooooo disappointed when I read the Playbill and it said the play was running in Chicago. I would pay money to go to Chicago to see this play again. I'M SERIOUS. The writing was excellent. The acting was excellent. The wardrobe was excellent. The choreography was hilarious (not that it wasn't good, but it had me laughing...) I was glad to finally see a play that did not insult the audience's intelligence and believed adults were living adult lives in the Elizabethan era.

POST-FRINGE PREDICTIONS:

For what I can tell the play is already running in Chicago, but hopefully it can have a run in New York. Anyone in the Chicago area make an effort to see this play!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Roller Skates and Mary Jane

SHOW TITLE: Roller Skates and Mary Jane
RUNNING TIME: 1h 50m
VENUE: The Village Theatre
GENRE: Comedy Drama
AIR CONDITIONED: Yes
INTERMISSION: Yes
RATING (0-4): 2

RATING SCALE
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:

The play is set in the 1980s. It boasts a good soundtrack and some witty dialogues. The main character keeps addressing the audience directly every now and then. This gets a tad monotonous after a while. Overall the play is decent time pass. It is worth a watch for anyone who is nostalgic about the 80s.

POST-FRINGE PREDICTIONS:

The play could have possibilities off-off Broadway with some polishing of dialogue and little less narration from the title character.

Venezuela

SHOW TITLE: Venezuela
RUNNING TIME: 1h 20m
VENUE: The Players Theatre
GENRE: Spoken Word/Poetry
AIR CONDITIONED: Yes
INTERMISSION: YesRATING (0-4): 2

RATING SCALE
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:

The main problem with the show is the language. The play has been translated from a German street lingo to English. The translation at times is difficult to comprehend and hence loses the desired impact. Hasani Issa as Ismir stands out. The set design of a dilapidated train station is impressive. The show begins with a bang but then peters out. The performances could have been more believable, but then perhaps it is because the actors don’t get the needed support from the dialogues owing to the translation from the alien dialect.

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