FringeNYC 2014 All Finished – Picks of the Fringe

Well that was a brilliant experience.  What an amazing collection of shows.  Thanks for all the laughs, FringeNYC.  Here are our highlights of the fringe.

Tunnel Play

  • The Tunnel Play – End of the world drama from The Dirty Blondes.  William Glenn reviewed this outstanding production.  Highlights included incredible writing and a brilliant minimalist design.  But our review wasn’t the only great press to hit the Dirty Blondes.  NYTheatreNow, BroadwayWorld.com, and StageBuddy all had great things to say about this haunting piece of new writing.

brilliant and brilliantly cast


BreakingShakespeareCode

  • Breaking the Shakespeare Code – Verbal sparring; romance via Shakespeare.  Cindy Pierre delivers an outstanding recommendation for this Hey Jonte! production.  Highlights include impressive use/re-melding of Shakespeare into the modern context, and the verbal match of wits between actors Tim Weinert and Miranda Jonte.

carefully-written banter


Enter Your Sleep

  • Enter Your Sleep – Dreamscapes and shattered lives: new writing from Christina Quintana.  Read William Glenn’s outstanding recommendation here. Highlights include the surreal, dream-like state the production manages to create, pulling its audiences into the mindset with the protagonists.

impetuous and endearing


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  • The Doormen – Rambunctious physical comedy from Victor Verhaeghe and Joe Boover.  An outstanding recommendation from William Glenn muses on macho dancing in the early afternoon.  Highlights include the fantastic choreo and the incorporated multimedia elements.

plot twists we never would have imagined


The List

  • The List – A bizarre yet hilarious mashup of Hollywood’s greatest hits.  Trish Parry recommends this 143 Productions show as outstanding.  Highlights include the intricate plot, woven from hand-me-down parts, and the brilliant acting.

an incredibly clever show

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FringeReview Cross-Atlantic! Live from Edinburgh & New York

Social Media – The Great White Elephant in Promoting Events?
  • When: Today, Thursday 21st August 2014, 1830 UK Time, 1300 EDT
  • Where: Here. (live on Google Hangouts to Air)
  • How Long? 45 Minutes (The screencast will also be recorded)
  • How? Just watch it on your PC, tablet or smart phone! 

We are excited to announce our first ever live broadcast from the Edinburgh Fringe. You’ll be able to watch us live on YouTube and also Google Hangouts on Air. All you need is a laptop, a smartphone or a tablet and an internet connection. No need to register. No need to book.

The show lasts 45 minutes, and will be available to listen to afterwards as well.
We’ll have an accompanying Twitter conversation and Q & A feeding into the live conversation.
The underlying theme of this broadcast from the heart of the fringe is: Social Media in the Arts and Creative events: how to make it really work.
Is Social Media a largely over-inflated waste of time for theatremakers?Is Facebook a white elephant?Does Tweeting actually make difference to ticket sales?Is LinkedIn a pointless distraction ?Does PinInterest actually create no real interest ?Who’s actually making it work?

The Lineup for FringeReview Live

Hosted by FringeReview founder Paul Levy, the lineup includes…
– a live link up between Edinburgh Fringe and Fringe NYC in the United States, going live to William Glenn, theatre maker and editor of FringeReview USA
– special drop in guests from the Edinburgh Fringe – examples of artists whose use of social media affects their ticket sales
– a chat with  social media expert, founder of the Social Media Leadership Forum, Justin Hunt
– storyteller and Fringe podcaster, Ewan Spence
So do tune in!


We’ll also be publishing a link within an hour of the event so you can watch the screencast live on Youtube.

Follow @fringereview on Twitter and also #fringereviewlive.

Controversial, fun and full of intriguing content….

A View from the Back

Wreckless

As I wander from fringe to fringe, I often wear two hats.  For a few hours a day I am the Executive Officer of the QPM Zythos, second in command of the weighty and consequential task of maintaining the integrity of the beery timelines.  Or I am serving cupcakes and champaign and making rainbows in empty space.  Or I am leading people backwards in time to the couch where they wait in front of telly for mum to bring them soup and Calpol with hot Ribena.  Or whatever.  Basically, I am trying something, sharing something, doing something, driven by some unknown mania, and in the hopes that someone else will get something out of it.  That’s making theatre on the fringe – it’s bits and bobs and taking chances, experimenting, and pouring out heart and soul to create something fragile and cherished and quite possibly frivolous but no less important for…

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A Festival of Cancelled Shows

It happens at every festival, I suppose, but it’s always a blow when the show you’ve been getting excited to see gets cancelled.  You rock up to the venue, out of breath for having run from the subway, and no-one’s about.  It’s like a ghost town…  The FringeNYC staff have all been brilliant about it when it’s happened, offering to sort us out different shows and generally being really astonishingly nice, but it’s still a disappointment.  There are a million reasons a show might be cancelled, and most of the are understandable, but one can’t help wondering, in the back of the mind, if maybe, just *maybe*, the cast were on the sauce a little too much the night before and are spending the day eating chinese takeaway and watching reruns of South Park in between trips to the toilet.

The New Edinburgh Connection

So…  Announcement:  We are doing something exciting on the 21st.  A linkup conversation between fringe festivals.  An international congress of theatre makers meeting across five time zones to establish a connection.  FringeReview UK in Edinburgh and FringeReviewUS in New York will be shaking hands, digital-style for a Google Hangout of epic proportions.  Stay tuned for more news…

At First Glance…

We had a fantastic first day tromping around Manhattan. Amongst other highlights, we caught our first Outstanding show, The Tunnel Play, from The Dirty Blondes. More to come as we get into the swing of things and the festival picks up steam. The Theatre at the 14th St Y, by the way, is not at the 14th St YMCA, as one might imagine…  No, no…  It’s a good fifteen minutes away at the 14th St YWCA between 1st and 2nd Avenues.  Just FYI…  Anyway, if today’s offering is any indication, it’s going to be a great fringe.

Wx