Friday, July 22, 2022

Fringe 2022 - Returning Favorites - The Coldharts (Nick Ryan)

Silver Hammer - The Coldharts - Nick Ryan

An autobiographical horror-fiction concerning disinformation, non-linear warfare, arson, troll-farms, Russian oligarchs, psychic attacks, tik tok, and our ever-eroding sense of what is true and what is false.

Here again, I don’t really need to tell you to go see The Coldharts' Fringe show, do I?  That’s not a hard sell.  They’ve been producing one touring Fringe show hit after another, and hitting the Twin Cities Horror Fest regularly, too, while they’re at it.  (I think I tagged Nick Ryan from back in his Four Humors days - Top 10, 2006 Fringe - here in the Twin Cities before he moved to New York and started working under the Coldharts label.) As previously stated, not a huge fan of horror, but I am a huge fan of Nick Ryan’s playwriting, so we’ll give it a whirl.  I know I’ll be in good hands, even if I’m completely creeped out.  The genre tags and warnings for this one have another of my favorite labels, the catch-all “Other Divisive Content” - they’ve got ones for violence and weaponry and language and sex and mental illness and politics and religion and queer content but just in case you might be offended by something else completely random, we’ve got that covered, too.  Be prepared to be ticked off about something.  After all, if you’re not offending someone, you might not be doing art correctly, right?

(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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