An awesome time was had!
Enjoyed the whole concept of the '140 Characters or Less' since I use Twitter for news updates and sports scores. I laughed at many of the Tweets _ I thought the Comedy Show was smart, fresh & funny. I like to support local comics and these were all local Rochester Comedians ! Saturday's Show will be funny too #tofunny - it's at 3 o'clock. @Mich587 #rocfringe140
Very good note that the performers in 140 characters didn't give out our twitter handles, you can follow me on Twitter @RalphTetta. You may also search the hashtags #jokesforsale #cheap to focus on comedy postings and not just my regular rants. Thank you for reviewing the show, I personally had a great time working outside of the regular standup comedy format, and I believe everyone on the show would say the same. Many thanks to Dario Josef for conceiving and implementing the show. There's another show at 3 PM on Saturday at RAPA with a different slate of performers and I highly recommend that anyone who missed Thursday night's show check it out for themselves.
Thank you, Rebecca, and City Newspaper, for this stunning review of this play. I had the privilege of meeting Rachel's parents, who have taken up the mantel of holding Israel accountable for its actions, whether it is through the Israeli courts or through the kind of non-violent action such as BDS. Their own expression of "steadfastness" is an inspiration to all who work for justice and peace in the Middle East.
Well said, Ron!
Is she singing again?
The play is not political art because it is not a made-up story; it is biographical non-fiction. But in the history of theatre, there is long tradition of performances of fiction written to address issues of current events that are central to society itself, encouraging consciousness and social change. "My Name is Rachel Corrie" is rather an expose' of suppressed information, that has escaped from the corral, by virtue of its literary merit. A very fortunate diary, written with no idea of its future importance. Ron Johnson
Thank you for point out their names, Mark. The text has been corrected.
What a stirring performance, about hope and action in the face of conditions which the reviewer so aptly describes - "v iolently-enforced curfews, infrastructure- and livelihood-destroying checkpoints, a growing abundance of sniper towers, the perpetual buzz of Apache helicopters, destroyed wells and greenhouses, and the daily threat to houses by bulldozer or tank-mounted missiles" - as unadulterated terrorism. Terrorism done TO the Palestinians.
Great review, Casey. Alaina's last name is Olivieri, and Yuko's is Hashimoto.
Beautiful job as always by Carl and Janine! Props to Ralph's direction, and Kat's lighting. And, a special bravo to musical director/pianist Andy Pratt. This music isn't easy to sing or play-- it takes a seriously talented professional.
I walked backwards in front of the tricycle for 18 minutes and filmed much of the action up close and personal. Security was in the impossible position of creating a path through a packed crowd who had no space to move. In 62 years I have seen many shows and events but this was a one of a kind experience. It was surreal to adults and the stuff of nightmares to the younger attendee. A father with his daughter on his shoulders behind me in the crush of people kept saying, "close your eyes and cover your ears, I cannot get you out of here". The lights, the fire and smoke, the sounds, the costumes, and the actions of the actors disoriented the crowd. Probably 99% of the crowd saw less than 5 minutes of the tricycle moving through the park because it was impossible to see over the heads of the crowd once the procession got 10 or 15 feet away from the observer. I can understand why most of the crowd was disappointed and frustrated to not be able to see what was happening because they missed an incredible experience. I will edit my video footage and post to you tube once it is finished. I will post a link here.
You were lucky if you could see any of it. This was the wrong venue for this. Plus the security people were less than helpful, I would say snarky. The only thing we could see was the fire shooting up at one point. At the Grand Finale if you were behind the Tricycle, as many people were, the only thing you could see was the cage in the air. Everything in front of the tricycle was blocked. Very frustrating. If they looked at the site someone should have realized this was a mistake. There are a lot of folks who would not have said this was a fun event, but an unorganized mob scene.
I agree with Mr. Schila's characterization of "Tricycle" as "an incredible spectacle." I attended with my two kids, ages 10 and 12. We were far away from the early part of the performance, and I was worried that they would get bored. Toward the end, the tricycle rolled right past us. We were well positioned to enjoy the finale. After the show was finished, my kids declared it the greatest thing they had ever seen!
I learned more about the narrative from reading this review than I did from experiencing the performance. What a fun event!
What is with the anglophilia? The Edinburgh Festival is constantly mentioned and the media spots are done with a British accent. I didn't notice any groups from the UK in the Festival Guide and the festival seem to have no connection with Edinburgh. The festival is largely local groups which I would say will be a good thing especially if it starts people working in advance on shows for subsequent festivals.
Toronto has had a Fringe Festival for 25 years and they do have groups from the UK. Why not mention them? Local groups have appeared there. They have 140 acts at 25 venues and run 12 days. My recollection is that each show is presented seven times so there are 800 peformances. . Shows start at noon and run all day. http://fringetoronto.com/ . Closer to home Buffalo has an "infringement" festival which seems pretty democratic. http://infringebuffalo.org/missionstatement.php
Congratulations to the Rochester Fringe! A correction: Not all Fringe Festivals charge a performance fee. New Orleans Fringe does not charge a performance fee. Wish you all a great festival!
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