Monday, July 18, 2022

Fringe 2022 - Returning Favorites - Tom Reed

Erotica for Houseplants - Tom Reed

A comedic collage of erotica by, for and about plants (read aloud by a human). Steamy succulents. Lonely redwoods. Corn-ographic tales of crop pollination. A silly botanical f*ckfest. Houseplants get in free!

Here’s another entry in the category of “I don’t really have to tell anyone to go see this person, do !?  They’re already going, right?”  In fact Tom Reed himself reminds you that I’ve already told you to see his show by throwing a couple of words from some previous coverage of mine onto his More Information section on the Fringe site:

"Guaranteed laughs" - Matthew Everett

Which does sum up the bulk of my reviews of Tom Reed’s work over the years.  He’s best known, of course, for his musical takedowns of franchises like Harry Potter, Twilight, the Hunger Games, Stranger Things, Disney Princesses and Game of Thrones.  But he mixes things up by going the improv comedy route with his Lounge-asaurus Rex character (and his work in the improv duo Rampleseed back in 2008 was how he originally ended up in the #1 spot on my pre-Fringe Top Ten back in the early days of this blog).  He’s also a damn good playwright, as Gun Play in 2018 proved.  Did he really grow up on an organic garlic farm?  (It’s so hard for me to know when people are kidding, which sometimes makes me a bad audience member at a comedy show, I take everything way too seriously)  Are there such things as erotic slam poetry championships?  (The world right now doesn’t seem like it would allow something fun like that, but then again I don’t get out that much, so…)  Based on their bios on the Fringe site, I’m interested to meet his co-stars:

Anonymous Tomato - Fringe debut! Anonymous is a yellow beefsteak tomato who cannot wait to get picked! She currently lives in a large pot with a tomato cage, but sexy stories make her feel free. \

Lily - Producer/Poet/Singer/Dancer/Flower - Lily is a pink peony. Her poetry and scent have been featured in BUZZ BUZZ WE ARE BEES magazine.

Tom says, “It’s erotica for plants, but you can come too.”  (And I’ll just leave that phrasing right where it is.)

And if you were wondering about that claim in the description:

Yes. They get the best seats in the house (look for signs).*
*Please don’t bring a whole Christmas tree. Please DO bring your succulents.


(You can click on the following links to see a set of links to the full Top 10 list, the Top 11-20 list, a list of returning favorites, and the full coverage of the 2022 Fringe on this blog.) 

(Side note: Also during Fringe season, Minnesota has a primary election coming up on August 9th.  Early voting options are currently available.  You can also check out what's on your ballot ahead of time on the Minnesota Secretary of State website, as well as other voting services and information.  In Minneapolis, not only do we have the Governor and Lt. Governor on the ballot, but there's our U.S. Congressional Rep., our MN State Senator, the MN Secretary of State and MN Attorney General, as well as our County Sheriff and County Attorney, and two members of the Minneapolis School Board.  These are the people who decide what laws we live under and how they get enforced.  These are the people who decide whether or not we have voting rights.  These are the people who decide how our kids learn.  This is how we change things.  Personally, I'm alternately furious and despairing that my goddaughter and her little sister now have fewer rights over their own bodies than they did a month ago - there are things we can do, voting in the primary (and the general election) is one of them - here's a place you can go to do more.)




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