by Matthew A. Everett • August 6, 2008 • Tonight, after a couple of days off, the bronze bitch flies again…
tonight, Wednesday, August 6th at 10pm – Rarig Center Arena
Plus, this morning we’ve got five more reviews from the audience attending the first two performances of “The Bronze Bitch Flies At Noon” and “Dog Tag“. Nice to see it’s sticking with them. Thanks to all who wrote, and feel free to write your own comments on our show page on the Fringe site to help tell other people why you liked it and why they should see it.
Unexpected love stories. Mouth covering giddy anticipation. Beautiful performances. – 4 kitties – Emily Gunyou Halaas
The honesty, integrity and talent of these three young actors and a thoughtful, well-devised script prevents these two short shows from slipping into nothing more than cheap gay fantasies. Instead, we are given stories that are touching, enlightening and will not soon be forgotten. Joe Bombard’s portrayal of Percy will definitely become one of this year’s most unexpected and delightful performances. – 5 kitties – M. Be
Tight Writing and Keen Acting
What great pieces of theater. Carefully crafted scripts, especially Bronze Bitch, and the acting appeared effortless. Very funny to boot. Thanks for a great show. – 5 kitties – Christopher R. Smith
Funny and Touching
I also feel the first part of this show was best and had the most substance. The acting was great and I found myself wishing it would have been longer. The second piece had a great comedic element, but the story itself lacked a significant plot necessary to make it as good as the first. All in all, I’d definitely recommend it. – 5 kitties – Justin Windschitl
Plus a nod from fellow blogger Phillip Andrew Bennett Low…
Insanely well-written example of a genre that I’m not a huge fan of — romantic comedy, of the kind that seems to revolve primarily around catharsis and wish fulfillment. Didn’t do a lot for me, but certainly wasn’t unpleasant to sit through. – 3 kitties
His full review…
I walked away with the impression that I usually have after one of Matt Everett’s scripts: that they’re extraordinarily well-written, quick, clever, funny and lyrical; and that that writing is at the service of a subject that just plain doesn’t hold that much interest for me.
Someone joked afterwards that both plays kind of feel like the setup to an insanely well-written porn: they revolve around establishing an incredible degree of romantic and sexual tension between two good-looking protagonists, then fade to black before the payoff. But I’d argue that that’s not unique to Matt’s scripts, that’s typical of the genre: romantic comedies generally revolve around catharsis and wish fulfillment. They’re pornos that are obsessed with the nuances of the mating ritual, rather than the act of copulation itself.
So it’s well-written, and pleasant enough to sit through. But if you’re not really into the idea of fucking one of these dudes, it really doesn’t have a whole lot to say.
After tonight at 10pm, there are two performances left
Tomorrow – Thursday, August 7th at 5:30pm
Saturday, August 9th at 8:30pm
Join us if you can. We’d love to see you there.
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.