I’ve seen some pretty good stuff so far during the first half of the Fringe. But Rip is one of those gems that makes me so dang excited about the 11-day festival (which at times has given me a little bit of stress … there’s just so much to see and fit in!) The acting is solid. The storytelling is unique. The soundtrack is amazing. A mix of rock ‘n roll and blue grass? Yes, please. I recognized band and cast member David Darrow from Theater Latte Da’s Spring Awakening, who impressed me then too.
Set in the 1950s, Rip is a tells the story of a man who quits his mundane job on a whim and falls asleep after escaping his home life, only to wake up years later in the same place but different time. The plot follows the well-known legend of Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, only in a different time of American history. It’s such a great legend, and I wish Dovetail Theatre had more than an hour to perform. There’s more opportunity for the end of the play to make it seem more complete and fulfilling.