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.
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.
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."
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
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).
"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
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.
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.
"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
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.