Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Fringe 2022 - Returning Favorites - Andrew Erskine Wheeler

Whoosh! The Civil War Mythology of Michael Hickey and His Perilous Precipitation Over St. Anthony Falls - Andrew Erskine Wheeler (Wheeler in the Sky)

An ‘Homerical Poem’ of memory, art and healing as Minnesota veterans of the Civil War return home.
From the creator of the 2019 Golden Lanyard Award-winning Booth’s Ghost
2022 MN Fringe Charlie Bethel Solo Artist’s Grant
Music by The Lost Forty
Directed by Allison Vincent

This is another one that I really don’t have to say much other than “Andrew Erskine Wheeler has created a new solo show,” and that’s all anyone needs to sign off on making it part of their schedule.  There aren’t a lot of details but I don’t need them.  For me, his name always first conjures up memories of that amazing Walking Shadow production of The Christians, which is what easily landed him on the pre-Fringe top 20 for me back in 2017.  But most folks in the Fringe orbit probably better remember him for the last time he did a solo show of his own creation, the last time we got to have a live Fringe before the pandemic.  Of his 2019 Fringe hit Booth’s ghost I wrote: “new (hell, ALL) actors and writers, take note; THIS is how you do it; how you create different characters with only one person, how you use and fill a space w/your voice and presence; how you tell a story - 5 stars.”  And I stand by all that.  Looking forward to seeing what Andrew has up his sleeve this time. 


(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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