Thursday, August 04, 2016

Fringe 2016 - Why You Should See: For Worse - Theatre Unbound (Fringe Top 20 list 2005)

Stuck on the tarmac, Greg faces his worst mistake and wishes for an air-sickness bag. Substitute-teaching 7th grade, Michelle summons Dionysus. Monologues about marriage and the stuff we just can't keep down.

Anne Bertram is one of the best playwrights in the Twin Cities, and we don’t see her scripts on stage around here nearly enough.  I’ve seen one of the monologues that’s part of For Worse in its developmental stage.  There’s obvious playwriting, there’s obtuse playwriting. Then there’s the playwriting where you think you know what’s going on, but then the situation and the people continue revealing things that surprise you and cause you to reevaluate the story in front of you and what it means.  It’s playwriting that engages the audience rather than allows them to just be passive observers.  That’s the kind of playwriting Anne does.  It’s why I look forward to reading her scripts.  It’s why I enjoy watching her scripts come to life on stage.  So that’s why Mom and I are starting our Fringe at 5:30 Thursday 8/4 with Theatre Unbound's production of For Worse.  You should check it out. (Fringe show page)

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