Fringe: “Shakespeare’s Histories” and “Slut Club”

Aaaaaand Fringe 2014 is on! Check back throughout the festival to see what shows we’re hitting up.

Timothy Mooney in "Shakespeare's Histories: Ten Epic Plays at a Breakneck Pace!" photo from www.fringefestival.org

Timothy Mooney in “Shakespeare’s Histories: Ten Epic Plays at a Breakneck Pace!” photo from http://www.fringefestival.org

First up: Shakespeare’s Histories: Ten Epic Plays at a Breakneck Pace. It’s pretty much all right there in the title for you! Timothy Mooney is a joy to watch in this one-man show, as he flies through the history of the English monarchy from 1066-1533 AD as explained through Shakespeare. It is an awesome thing to see, in the sense that it will fill you with awe — awe that one person can not only remember all those names, dates, and details, but that he can also remember all those Shakespearean speeches, the different mannerisms and voices for each character, and make it all interesting. Now, this isn’t a funny play, per se, as are so many of the “The Entire Works of [Author] in 60 Minutes” that show up in every Fringe Festival. Timothy Mooney makes some sharp, witty insights into Shakespeare’s choices in writing up his version of English history, and he truly brings the stories to life… but it isn’t a comedy, it’s a drama. An informative, if sometimes overwhelming, drama. If history and Shakespeare are two of your least favourite things, this obviously isn’t the thing for you, but if you’re even a little bit into either or both, do yourself a favour and go see this show, if only to marvel at Mooney’s outstanding performance. And, if you need extra incentive, the venue, the Bryant Lake Bowl, will sell you beer and let you bring it in to the theatre with you!


 

Next: Slut Club by Showers in the Dark Productions. Written by Lara Avery and Sally Franson, this show centers around the five female members of the self-named “slut club”; a social group for women sleeping with married men. Now, my first thought was not everybody who identifies as a slut sleeps with married men, and vice versa… but this show is meant to be provocative, from the title onward. The five women are launched into an adventure when the newest

"Slut Club" by Showers in the Dark Productions. Photo from www.fringefestival.org

“Slut Club” by Showers in the Dark Productions. Photo from http://www.fringefestival.org

member wants her fellow sluts to accompany her in a face-off with her fella’s wife. Now, the pros: this play raises all sorts of intriguing questions about the morals of being “the other woman”, about how we identify, about what people want or expect from relationships, about how we confront our friends, about how women’s sexuality is (or isn’t) represented in pop culture, about how women are expected to act, etc. The acting is strong, the emotions run high, and the play is never boring. The cons: there is a lot of yelling, arguing, and name-calling (this may not be a bad thing for everyone; I get weary after a few minutes of non-stop fighting and talking-over-each-other, though), and the characters are all a little cliché: the air-headed yoga aficionado, the uptight businesswoman, the nerdy professor, etc. Slut Club might leave you a little exhausted from all the drama, but you’ll have lots to talk/think about afterward!

For tickets and show times, see www.fringefestival.org . The Minnesota Fringe Festival runs July 31-August 10 at various venues in Minneapolis.

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