Comedian Jamie Lissow brings it home

Comedian Jamie Lissow brings it home

The cliché goes something like this: the aspiring comedian hits the road, crisscrossing the country, playing to tough crowds in dingy clubs for very little money. Then, after a particularly hot set in New York or Los Angeles, a network executive wants to discuss a sitcom.

Rebecca reviews 'Savage Sanctuary' and 'Guerrilla Art'

In his artist statement, Denton Crawford says that his latest multimedia exhibition, "Savage Sanctuary," "investigates the relationship between mysticism and the absurd and how personal experience informs our experience of each." Through a remix of iconic imagery, Crawford pokes at the relationship between religious belief, political affiliation, and individual rights and freedoms.

Frank reviews EstroFest and You'll Thank Me Later

EstroFest was a blast, I tell ya. You know, I go to these things hoping with all my might to laugh, to be taken out of the doldrums of my day, and allowed to view the world askew for a few.

Adam reviews 'Grimms' Mad Tales,' 'Ruts!,' and Pandora Boxx

The rainy weather seemed to keep at least a few people from Friday evening's performance of the clever "Grimms' Mad Tales," but hopefully they'll catch the show's second performance, since it's well worth the time. Staged similarly to 2014's "Spoon River Rochester" (and also directed by David Henderson), the show is immersive public theater, or as the Fringe guide calls it, "part flash mob, part performance art."

Leah reviews 'Careless Whispers'

Each year, there are many comedy offerings at Fringe -- sketch, improv, stand-up (and yes, there's a difference). Thank You Kiss, which presented its hour-long show, "Careless Whispers," at Blackfriars Theatre, is a Rochester-based sketch comedy troupe.

Rebecca reviews 'Scarred by the Somme'

The Eastman School's gorgeous Kilbourn Hall was again the backdrop of Table Top Opera's Fringe production. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest engagements in Europe's Great War, "Scarred by the Somme" echoed the tragic, grim themes of the group's 2015 program, "Kindertotenlieder" (songs on the death of children).

David reviews 'The Eulogy' and Polite Ink

"The Eulogy" has received a string of awards and rave reviews from Fringe Festivals all over, and it's about to receive another one. The word "monologue" is much too staid for Michael Burgos's take on the idea of the funeral eulogy: he tips it on its head, ties it into knots, and sets it spinning in an avalanche of weird verbal wit and a crazy explosion of physical comedy.

Rebecca reviews 'Planchette'

Before heading upstairs to view 'Planchette,' each audience member was given a numbered sticker badge at the Writers & Books ticket desk. My hunch was proven correct -- that these would function as a means of selecting audience participation during the show.

Leah Stacy reviews 'Dracula'

Producing one Rochester Fringe Festival show is ambitious -- but just one show isn't enough for Virginia Monte and WallByrd Theatre Co. In addition to "The Kiss," which plays at SOTA for a last time on Saturday, September 24, at 9 p.m., WallByrd teamed up with Syracuse-based actor and playwright Alec Barbour to mount his adaptation of "Dracula." The majestic Lyric Theatre - formerly a church and a newer Fringe venue - serves as the backdrop for this dark tale.

Rebecca reviews "Seven Windows"

"Seven Windows" was not nearly as straightforwardly narrative as it was billed. But no matter -- the brief, seven act dance production is a sweet, effective exploration that cradles the broken heart of our transient nature.

David reviews 'Hearing Ophelia' and 'Theater Lieder'

A popular trend nowadays is the vocal recital "plus": adding a visual or theatrical element, or at the very least a theme, to the performance of a selection of songs or a song cycle. Tuesday night, the Lyric Theater presented a number of Eastman School voice students in two different approaches to lyric theater — in a space well suited to them.


  • Re: Leah Stacy reviews 'Dracula'

    • Thank you for the catch, Nancy! We updated the article.

    • on September 22, 2016
  • Re: Leah Stacy reviews 'Dracula'

    • I must concur, WallByrd's uber-reading of DRACULA was highly entertaining. Kudos to all involved. So…

    • on September 22, 2016
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