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Friday, January 6, 2012

The Friday Five, January 6, 2012

I'm not even going to read the previews, or any captions or descriptions of the shows. I'm simply going to review what the titles imply.
by Matthew Raudsepp of Matt and Kyle and Matt

A Thousand Paper Cranes: The Weapons of Peace
This show's set is a miniature city. Actors trample the scene à la Godzilla and then proceed to rebuild the set with tiny paper construction site cranes. Really, it's a performance art piece (hint: in the title, "peace" is a pun).

Blink Blink Blink
This show imagines the world inside the turn signals of cars. Bulbs, the main characters in this play, spend much of the show in darkness until, suddenly, they burst into a rhythmic flashing that signal either a left turn or right turn in order to exit the stage. Audience members are expected to shout out their road rage when the actors forget to signal.

Dick Powell's "In The Mood for Jazz"
Someone told me that this show is about jazz music. I'm pretty sure it's about jazzercise, or the art of vajazzling one's lady bits. To see Dick Powell perform either of those activities is worth double the price of entry to every show at the festival, times two again, divided by zero, plus one regular price ticket.

Teaching Hamlet
I'm most excited to see this show. The title is such a mystery... Teaching Hamlet what? WHAT will he be taught in this show? Japanese language lessons? How to assemble and fire a sniper rifle? How to properly use the word "irony"? It's open ended and leaves infinite possibilities. Don't miss this didactic show that teaches its audience as it teaches its hero (how to eat a danish).

Edgar Allan Poe's: The Pit and the Pendulum
I think this show is a book signing by the author.

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