Minnesota Fringe Festival: The Complete Works of William Shatner (abridged)


Whew!  Five shows today.  I skipped 10:00 PM so I could  write and (maybe) get some sleep.

There were three of us today-myself, my husband Chris, and our 14 year old Tommy.  We started out with The Complete Works of William Shatner (abridged) at the Rarig Thrust.  We are big Star Trek fans, so we know our Shat.  Complete Works is a wacky homage the actor and his singular career.  There are a lot of pop-culture references, but unless you grew up under a papier-mache space rock you will be able to follow the basic plot.

A Shakespearean understudy named William Shatner (Brandon Ewald), walks out of his 1950’s dressing room to find himself on a barren planet with none other than Capt. James T. Kirk (Windy Bowlsby) .  They are soon joined by T.J. Hooker (Derek “Duck” Washington), who makes his entrance by rolling off of a moving car, and the Priceline Negotiator (Tim Uren) .  Denny Crane (also Tim Uren) makes a cameo as well.

As you can see in the photo above, these actors do not resemble Shatner at all.  That’s part of the joke.  Bowlsby has Kirk’s adventurous swagger and punctuating hand gestures down pat.  You forget immediately that Kirk is being played by a woman.  Uren sounds just like the Shatner we see today on late night talk shows. 

I won’t give any spoilers, but the storyline they concoct is both ridiculous and clever.  It is a very fun show.

It is recommended for ages 12 and up.