Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Fringe 2022 - Returning Favorites - Philip Simondet

The Local Music Scene - Philip Simondet

An improv show that uses music performed by local musicians as inspiration for improvised scenes. Aug 5: Mitch Ditlefsen, Aug 8: Courtney Yasmineh, Aug 10: Kaity Joan, Aug 13: Dave Dvorak, Aug 14: Mother Banjo

The show description above tells me this is a very different format than the previous Fringe outings that charmed, amused and entertained me from this artist, but if Philip Simondet is the brain’s behind this creation, and it’s once again a mix of music and comedy, I am on board for the ride.  A delightful and amazing Fringe preview from out of nowhere landed his Fringe show Demo Tape at #3 on my pre-Fringe Top Ten list back in 2015 - and when I saw the full show, it did not disappoint.  It’s hard to mix music into a show that isn’t a musical and have it work seamlessly, but Demo Tape, and Simondet’s follow-up in Fringe 2018, the equally dry, droll and self-aware comedy Self-Titled Debut Album, did it brilliantly.  Unlike those previous two Fringe shows, this one is quite literally a completely different show at every performance.  They were presenting this concept regularly at the Bryant Lake Bowl from 2014 right up to the pandemic shutdown, so it's not untested, they definitely know what they're up to here.  Might be enough to lure me back for a second helping.  We’ll see.  But I’m going, and I highly recommend you do, too.  Should be fun.


(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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