Thursday, July 21, 2022

Fringe 2022 - Returning Favorites - Fearless Comedy Productions

What’s Your Day Job? Or How Capitalism Destroys Us All! - Fearless Comedy Productions

From the industrial revolution to the apocalypse of tomorrow, follow workers through a series of absurd, comedic vignettes to try and break the constraining capitalist hoops that try and keep workers powerless.

Normally I steer pretty far away from office-based theater, mostly because I go to the theater to escape my day job.  However, this is Fearless Comedy Productions, so I’m willing to give it a look.  They’re devoted to developing new work through their Fearless Five annual new play showcase, short plays around a common theme.  They’ve done a steampunk re-imagining of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and a Shakespearean take on Weekend At Bernie’s.  And they landed in the #1 spot on my pre-Fringe Top 10 list back in 2016 for presenting Duck Washington’s brilliant and heartfelt 5-star comedy Caucasian-Aggressive Pandas and Other Mulatto Tales.  So if I’m going to anyone’s office comedy, it’s probably theirs.  They offered up a scene from it in the Fringe previews this week:



(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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