Still not 100%, but easing the pain with three very satisfying shows


I finally left the house for the 7:00 show. I’d been looking forward to Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman presented by May Lee-Yang at the U of M Rarig Xperimental, and I loved it. Supporting actress Phasoua Vang stole the show with her seamless portrayal of over half dozen characters in May Lee-Vang’s life. This show is a sweet little snapshot about growing up Hmong, illustrated by interactions with various family and community members and awesome shadow puppet folk tales. Nice balance of Hmong and English language – really great, all around. Next show Wednesday at 10.

We hiked up the hill to join the surprisingly calm masses in surprisingly orderly serpentine lines to get in to a packed house for O(h) presented by casebolt and smith at the Southern Theater. Liz and Joel have hit it out of the park with this show; irreverent, funny, gorgeously accessible dance. This is #1 so far on Bob’s list of favorites – when I expressed surprise that he’d have a dance show as his favorite, he said, “It’s not really a dance show.” (A puppet show, maybe.) Even the “dancy” piece is performed to interesting commentary on music sampling. Check out the pipes on Liz and the gams on Joel and prepare to be turned gay. Next up Sunday (tonight) at 10.

Back down the hill for Mike & Matt featuring Mike and Matt Fotis at the U of M Rarig Thrust. Two brothers, two stories. Both awesome. Fun to see the similarities and differences in performance styles. Funny stuff, nicely done. Check them out next Monday at 7.