Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Fringe 2017 - Top 10 - #9 - There Ain’t No More
An award winning tour-de-folk operetta. An old folksinger confronts his legacy, his troubled past, and death itself with five instruments, square-dance calling, and dirty jokes in this heartfelt hootenanny.
Well, who doesn’t like a heartfelt hootenanny, am I right? Also, the press release says, “enough dirty jokes to make a beaver blush” so now I’m doubly curious. It also says it’s a “haunting, heartfelt hootenanny,” so, points for alliteration. Press coverage has used phrases like “Ozark renaissance folklorist” and “simultaneously ancient and avant-garde” so if I write a review of my own I’m clearly going to have to break out the thesaurus. The production’s been racking up the awards at other Fringes in Orlando, Portland and Tampa, so it sounds like we might also be entertained. If you don’t see enough banjos the rest of the year, this show looks like a good place to get your fix. They just added a video to their Fringe page which helps make the case further, so check that out.
(Random shout-out: to a completely different kind of solo show from out of town, The Fainting Room, which almost made the cut.)
And here's some handy links to the full list of pre-Fringe top 10, and 11-20, returning favorites, and all the random shout outs in these Top 10/Top 20 posts - links all gathered in a single list to take you to fuller posts and Fringe pages. Enjoy!