Fringe Festival August 3rd: A Comedy of Edits, The Ivory Tower

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A Comedy of Edits: By Callahan and Lingo

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Two writers enter the arena, but only one will emerge as the real artist. Rockstar Storyteller Allegra Lingo and Fringe newcomer Taylor Brorby battle it out in a game of wits and literary one-upsmanship.

            Allegra has once again created a new piece of work that demonstrates how far she can go with her art.  In true Allegra fashion, the show draws inspiration from her personal experiences. What made this show unique and different from her other shows is that it was actually a play rather than the story telling that she usually performs. With the help of actor Taylor Borby, the play turned out to be a great masterpiece.

            The play is about a writer in crisis trying to complete a show before a deadline, talking to  what appears to be a friend who accompanies her on a little inspiration vacation.  As the play begins to unfold, one soon realizes that you are viewing the writer at work.  She is at battle with herself: her friend is actually her muse in human form.  The playful, witty banter touches upon topics such as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and even Mick Jagger. Doing a play rather than story telling is a different format for Allegra and she does well in this outing. This is a must see on the list of Fringe shows to watch.

 

The Ivory Tower: By Mickey Foley

 

Overeducated and underemployed, a man-child in his late 20’s commiserates with his old college buddies, drinking beer, bitching about the real world and trying to delay adulthood as long as possible.

            This play was about a embittered, underemployed, post college life man and his overactive imagination. Sound familiar? Those, like myself in their twenties, can relate to many of the feelings he expresses about growing up.  The dialog was great; it was very natural, almost as if you were looking in on an actual bar scene.  The best dialog occurred when the central character, Pat, would get up and turn to the audience to talk directly creating a very intimate feel for the audience. 

            Pat is the jerk you wanted to hate, but there is so much to identify with him that you really couldn’t hate him totally.  Some of the show’s best scenes were those that showed what was going on in Pat’s mind. The other actors helped Pat act out various moments in his life. The show offers a creativity that you would not expect and is worth a viewing.