by Matthew A. Everett • August 3, 2008 •
These are two dramadies by Matthew A. Everett and Anne Bertram about gay male relationships. In the first, a virgin nerd pays a frat boy for his first time. In the second, a dog, out for a walk with his master, tries to engineer a reconciliation with his master’s ex. These exquisite miniatures are sweetly romantic with enough humor to leaven the sentimentality. (Much slapstick comes from the man playing a dog.) Add delicately nuanced performances and this is a heartwarming event. – William Beard
Worth Considering – There’s nothing particularly innovative or daring about this pair of brief plays and, if anything, the titles and marketing material erroneously suggest something far more wacky. Instead, these are simply two scenes from (gay) relationships that are both keenly written and skillfully acted. “Bronze Bitch” sees a nerdy college kid trying to buy off his virginity the night before graduation, while “Dog Tag” places a frisky canine between two ex-lovers. HGTV viewers might recognize Sasha Andreev from “Curb Appeal” and “Decorating Cents.” His obvious chemistry with fellow actor Buddy Haardt gives their shared scenes an undeniable kick. — Ross Raihala
And, most importantly, reviews from members of our wonderful audiences…
Currently averaging out at 4-1/2 out of 5 Kitties
(strange for a show with a dog so prominent, but we’ll take whatever animals the Fringe is dishing out…)
Walked into this show blind and I’m glad I did. The first part of this double feature was definitely the strongest. A 20-something-year-old soon-to-be college graduate doesn’t want to graduate without losing his virginity, so he pays a frat boy to make it happen. Sure, it plays out as some a fantasy of the dork getting the frat guy, but the acting and the script were too good to knock the situation. Both actors did a fine job of showing true vulnerability. The director also did well with staging in the arena stage. The second piece was somewhat lacking. There wasn’t enough story and not enough at stake for me to care much about the characters. Still, performances were great and there were a lot of laughs as well. – 4 kitties – Jeffrey McCants
2 Shorts that were too short
The first was by far the best with the actors having great chemistry (no pun intended – see the show and you’ll know what I mean). The second was cute and Joe has my dog down to a T. Both were over in 34 minutes, which is a shame. I would have loved to experience more. – 5 kitties – Bradley Johnson
i loved it!
both pieces were wonderful–great stories, great characters…when i saw the promo, i was kinda bummed to see the doggy makeup, because at the preview, the actor wore none. i am very pleased he did it without makeup. somehow, it seemed more real, and worked for me. the actors were impossible for me to doubt, and it was all over too soon! – 5 kitties – sharon baker
Any way you want it honey, just kiss me.
Tender, well scripted show. “Percy” is an unforgettable character and Joe gives an unforgettable performance! – 4 kitties – Derek Henderson
This show was so beautiful and so touching. The actors were nothing short of brilliant. Everyone should see this show. – 4 kitties – Theo Langason
The first of the two shows is tender, wise, and funny. The second stays with funny and wise, but that’s fine, too, because when this one is funny, it’s hysterical. Kudos to the director for great timing and use of the arena space; to the three actors for unforgettable performances, and to the playwrights for really strong scripts. A little short, but these pros have written extremely tight scripts — a welcome change from many, many Fringe shows. I predict that “SQUIRREL!” will become the catchword of the 2008 Fringe. – 5 kitties – Dan Pinkerton
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.