Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Fringe 2017 - Day 6 - Tuesday Schedule - Mom’s Last Night of Fringe, Hanging At the Rarig

Mom’s got one more night of Fringing ahead, and the last thing she really wanted to be sure to see was Ariel Leaf and Scot Moore, both of whom are handily in the same show, at the Rarig Center on the U of M West Bank campus.  Looking at the rest of the Rarig offerings, we have several other good options to add to the roster for the night.  We’ll hit all three stages by the time the night is over, but it turns out we can stay in the Rarig building and get plenty of Fringe-going done. (And I did get reservations to the three shows in the smaller houses, just in case.  Want to maximize the mother/son time and not get split up by a sold out show again.)

5:30pm - KnoW WesT - Gaylord Family Construction Company - Rarig Arena

The return of the artists behind 2015’s Brother Ulysses landed them on this year’s Top 10 list (at #8), so I've written about them before. Very curious to see what they’re up to this time.  Over half a dozen audience reviews from their two performances thus far - they’re divided but still averaging out to a five star rating.

7pm - Hot Air - Schmagency - Rarig Xperimental

This improv comedy film noir was part of my random list of shout-outs of shows I was interested in.  Two performances in they’ve got a healthy batch of audience reviews - over two dozen - all averaging out to a five star rating.  Looking forward to it. (They've already sold out once, so... )

8:30pm - Good Kids - Neo Productions - Rarig Thrust

This Fringe presentation of a play by Naomi Iizuka was also on my random list of shout-outs.  A much darker entry than Hot Air, it should make for a nice balance in the mix for the evening.  Nearly three dozen audience reviews two performances into their run - some mixed response but still averaging out to a five star rating.

10pm - A Mermaid Abroad and A Fish Out Of Water - Mermaid Productions - Rarig Xperimental

Our tent pole show we schedule the rest of our evening around, this returning favorite is one I’ve written about before.  Mom’s very much looking forward to seeing both Ariel and Scot on stage again. (Over a dozen audience reviews averaging out to four stars, but honestly, it wouldn't matter what anyone else said, we'd still be going.  Ariel and Scot never disappoint us.)

And that’ll close out Mom’s 30 show run of being an audience member at this year’s Fringe.  She flies back home to Pennsylvania tomorrow afternoon.  Personally, I still need to figure out what the rest of my Fringe looks like, starting with Wednesday evening, and the fact that so far I’ve missed out on Pickle, and Dick White: Ghost Detective, with sold out houses in the smaller venues of the Ritz Studio and Rarig Xperimental respectively.  Still want to pick those back up if I can.  And there’s still a lot on those lists for my Top 10 and Top 20, and returning favorites yet to be seen.  Can’t catch ‘em all, but I do like to try.

And here's some handy links to all the 5 star shows, 4-1/2 star shows and 4 star shows I've seen in the Fringe thus far (many of which have performances this evening, one of which closes tonight), plus the full list of pre-Fringe top 10, and 11-20, the rest of the 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!

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