by Matthew A. Everett • July 25, 2008 • “What’s a rampart?”
“Like life? Try several. See the relentless humiliations and inadvertent triumphs of one soul unimpeded by limits of time, space or logic. A two-man comedy that refuses to die.”
I’ve gone on at length about how much I’m looking forward to seeing Rampleseed at the Fringe (They’re #1 on my pre-Fringe Top 10 list – so you can refer to that post for all the reasons I recommend them heartily).
Their Fringe-For-All outing was a nice example of the weird comedy they do best. Tom Reed was shoved out on stage to sing the national anthem at the start of a baseball game. Tyler Samples on a mic offstage provided Tom’s interior monologue as he sang, distracted by the lyrics, the size of the baseball players, the audience, and America’s history of building on the suffering of others (the Indians, the blacks, the Chinese, the Irish…). Tom’s rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” was, of course, hilariously awful. Check out the video clip on the Fringe’s YouTube page. (They went all the way to the red light, but they got the job done.)
Then check out their show opening weekend of the Fringe – when four of their five performances take place. They’re great. You don’t want to miss them.
More information is available on their website – rampleseed.com
Location, dates and times, and ticket info are available here
Entering his sixth year of blogging about the Minnesota Fringe Festival (and bringing Mom along for the ride as a guest reviewer), Matthew A. Everett is also a local playwright and three-time recipient of grant support from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Information on Matthew and his plays can be found at matthewaeverett.com.