Returning favorites—Live Action Set (Part 3)


by Matthew A. Everett • July 1, 2008 • So, there’s the Deviants, the Land of the Dead, and the Fools for Love. And then there’s also something created in part by director Jon Ferguson (the guy who teamed up with Live Action Set to bring us Please Don’t Blow Up Mr. Boban—still one of my favorite Fringe shows of recent memory).

It’s a remount of

Chain Coffee Productions’

Bull – An American Story of Bullheadedness

Single White Fringe Geek (and Mom) is the blog of Matthew A. Everett, one of five bloggers covering the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the Daily Planet.

Preliminary blurb…

“An original adaptation of Ionesco’s absurdist classic ‘Rhinoceros.’ A community of American citizens turn into Texas Longhorn Bulls. Created by Main Street School of Performing Arts and Jon Ferguson.”

High schoolers channeling Inosesco?

Sure. Why not? It’s Fringe time, after all, right?

For those of you who, like me, need to look up things like “Ionesco’s absurdist classic ‘Rhinoceros’,” I give you the following (from our good friends at Wikipedia)…

“‘Rhinoceros’ is a play by Eugène Ionesco, written in 1959. The play belongs to the school of drama known as the Theatre of the Absurd.

Over the course of three acts, the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town turn into rhinoceroses; ultimately the only human who does not succumb to this mass metamorphosis is the central character, Bérenger, a flustered everyman figure who is often criticized throughout the play for his drinking and tardiness.

The play is often read as a response to the sudden upsurge of Communism, Fascism and Nazism during the events preceding World War II, and explores the themes of conformity, culture, philosophy, and morality.”

Gee, I wonder what it could be a response to today?

Only one way to find out.

Bull – An American Story of Bullheadedness

Minneapolis Theatre Garage

August 1, 5:30pm
August 3, 5:30pm
August 6, 8:30pm
August 9, 5:30pm
August 10, 4pm

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