Friday, July 15, 2022

Fringe 2022 - Returning Favorites - Avi Aharoni

A Play On Words – Wandering Jew Productions (Avi Aharoni)

A one-man show exploring the art of expressive spoken word.

Avi Aharoni was one half of a two-person play Mom and I really loved back in 2018, “Summers In Prague” (which was on my pre-Fringe Top 20 that year and delivered beyond all expectations).  Then in 2019, Avi wrote and performed his own popular solo show about his late father, “Operation: Immigration.”  At the time I described it as “fascinating personal work from a ridiculously charismatic actor” - if only we all could be ridiculously charismatic, but it would probably be exhausting.  And now that the Fringe is back on live stages again, Avi is, too.  Precious little detail on what exactly the show is about, other than the description above, but I’m super curious.  Also, Avi did a wonderful job on a reading of my play “Spellbound” for Threshold Theater last summer, so I want to support his writing in return.  Side note: there’s an understudy, and it’s Neal Skoy (a pre-Fringe Top 5 entry from back in 2016 for his painfully hilarious show The Disillusionist), so regardless of scheduling conflicts or new strains of COVID-19, they’re making sure the show goes on.


(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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