Hip Shot: Isis & Vesco Investigate the Curious Death of Dr. Freud

Fort Fringe — Redrum

Remaining Performances:
Friday, July 18 at 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 24 at 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 at 4 p.m.

They say: A psychoanalyst is dead. Enter an Egyptian goddess/NYPD detective and a fugitive financier. Can this duo navigate a range of suspects – not to mention an electric attraction – to solve the case? A clever mashup of genres and time periods.

Lindsey’s Take: Monique LaForce's script throws around so many references — literary, mythological, historical, psychological and philosophical — that you may want to study up before tackling this one. The clever genre mashup gives something for everyone to enjoy, but consider it a challenge to keep up with all the jokes.

This is a Law & Order-style cop drama crossed with a psychoanalytic murder mystery in iambic pentameter, with an underlying confusion of the time-space continuum that brings Egyptian pharaohs and Freud together in modern times. And all that happens before anybody even dies.

The cast is excellent across the board, from Cate Brewer’s NYPD/Isis combo to Paolo Santayana’s gangsta Osiris. The cocky and comical Vesco is a highlight from Fringe royalty Sun King Davis, who directed Rockwell's Universal SeXbots in 2012 and 43 and ½: The Greatest Deaths of Shakespeare's Tragedies in 2013. Clever writing, a strong director and a great cast make all the Freudian slips worth it.

See it if: You think you're clever enough to keep up with all the references.
Skip it if: You want to sleep with your mother.