Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Minnesota Fringe Festival - Bidgood to BidGREAT: Bumps and Blunders on the Boulevard to Brilliance - What Happened?! Productions - Laura goes solo
We could stop off at the Theater Garage and see my friend Nick James in the cast of Consequences of Kissing Dragons.
The mischievous Fringe-goer in me almost convinced mom to try out Professor Hotrail and the Time-Traveling Meth Lab at the Music Box because, well, c'mon, there's a puppet, a time-traveling meth lab, and Jesus all in the same show. That's like a Fringe triple play. (Fun Fringe Fact: when I typed "meth" into the search engine on the Fringe website, 12 shows came up.)
But we decided to stick a little closer to home at the Women's Club and catch the opening night of our perennial Fringe favorite Laura Bidgood (going solo this year) with Bidgood to BidGREAT: Bumps and Blunders on the Boulevard to Brilliance.
Where's her other half Curt Lund? She addresses that (amusingly, of course) in her Fringe-For-All preview video (hint: school).
I got to see Laura do a variation on the scared little girl story at both Fringe-For-All and Tim Uren's Ghoulish Delights Fringe preview showcase. I know the Fringe-For-All has time limits for a super good reason (we artists do go on if someone doesn't stop us), but I missed the loosey-goosey atmosphere at Ghoulish Delights. The story actually didn't last that much longer, and Laura, as always, knows how to work a crowd, so it was fun to watch her work her spoken word/storytelling magic. It's why mom and I are looking forward to her show, and why it's a perfect way to cap off our first day of Fringing.