Friday, July 15, 2022

Fringe 2022 - Returning Favorites - Michael Rogers

Developers - Michael Rogers

Creature Comfort Games, the renowned video game studio led by icon "Elvis" Trask, is disgraced upon the release of its latest game, "Raw Rob". Gutted, three developers go rogue to craft their first indie game. 

Not a lot of information other than that description and a cast list for this year’s show, but it’s Michael Rogers, so I’m in.  There’s a reason he was #1 on my pre-Fringe Top 10 list back in 2018.  I admired his great work with Sheep Theater, and figured if he was striking out on his own to create more work, it was bound to be good, too.  And I wasn’t disappointed.  The clever and inventive staging of the 5-star "Now You See It" (2018) had a demon pursuing a man into his own past to help his teenage self find a way to face the actual horror of childhood trauma.  2019’s Chorus was a non-musical full of music, trying to strike a balance between dialogue and song in the ensemble story of a touring vocal group.  This year it’s a story of video game programmers?  Sure, why not?  If Michael Rogers and company are back on stage with Developers, I’m back in the audience.

Addendum: they recently had a Fringe preview:



(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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