City Paper is not for tourists
Yes, that’s right—you kept putting it off, putting it off, and now you’ve only got three days to get to all those shows you meant to see. Or maybe you never meant to see any shows at all. Maybe you were just lying to yourself. Whatever, here’s a roundup of some recommendations from the Fringe & Purge blog (in addition to the ones I listed here last week). And if you’ve got any of your own, put ’em in the comments. Because we value everyone’s opinion.
Prototype 373-G Trey Graham says: See it if: You’re attracted to frivolity for its own sake — or you’re an sucker for tight ensemble work. Skip it if: Whimsy makes you queasy, and no quantity of stagecraft will settle your stomach.
Born Normal Glen Weldon says: See it if: Your bookshelf leans more Chris Adrian and Kevin Brockmeier than Clive Cussler and Nicholas Sparks. Skip it if: In your estimation, the complex psycho-social terrain of the Normal-Child-in-Wacky-Family dynamic has already been mapped, and definitively so, by The Munsters.
Slave Narratives Revisited I say: See it if: You like stuff that’s good. Skip it if: You dislike stuff that’s good.
Carnal Node Brett Abelman says: See it if: You’ve never seen anything with more risk – and possibility of reward – than a bar band. Skip it if: You don’t go listen to music live unless you can already sing along to the CD.
Children of Medea Sheffy Gordon says: See it if: You love your mother. Skip it if: You’re a budding female playwright and dramatic solo performer but you can’t handle new competition in town.