Fringe 2009 – Top 20 – #19 – Livelihood


If you removed that gun from my head and I could see another 10 Fringe shows, what would they be and why?


Urban Samurai Productions


“The truth isn’t going to get you anywhere in the business world!”- Livelihood

From the producers of the Fringe hit Musical: The Musical! and the author of American Apathy, part of City Pages Top 10 plays of 2008, comes Livelihood, a dark comedy that explores our corporate climate and the lure of wealth and power.

Jason, a laid off professional looking to save his flagging career, finds himself at the mercy of Mike, the power mad executive conducting his interview.

These folks are a late addition to the action, after the program went to press. (If you crack open your paper Fringe program, they’re taking the place of the Ministry of Cultural Warfare’s play “Humility” on the U of M Rarig Center Thrust page – just look for the bloody snowman). Thankfully the internet doesn’t have such pesky deadlines, so there’s tons of information to be had, including video previews, attached to the end of this very post.

A late, but very welcome addition, I hasten to add.

It’s a remount of another darkly comic script from Aaron Christopher, which I’ve seen a couple of examples of in recent years…

2009 – Protection Program

2008 – American Apathy

and of which I’m always mighty happy to see more.

I didn’t see their ridiculously popular entry in last year’s Fringe – Musical The Musical – but from the size of their lines of audience members snaking out the door of the Rarig Center, I was one of the only ones.

That wasn’t an Aaron Christopher script, so I didn’t feel too bad.

This time around, it is one of his scripts. So I’m not missing it.

And now, those handy online resources to catch up on this late entry in the race…

A podcast at TC Theater Connection

Their website –

Their show page

There’s the trailer

The slightly longer trailer

For those of you who want a little more meat to sink your teeth into, how about a 6 minute retrospective on the previous production?