Author Archive for Brian Reed

Hip Shot: ‘Concord, Virginia’

I'll not mince words: Concord, Virginia, has too many words.

Hip Shot: ‘They Call Me Mr. Fry’

They Call Me Mister Fry
Goethe Institut
Remaining Performances:
July 25, 4 p.m.
July 26, 5 p.m.
They say: "Welcome Back Kotter vs. COPS, King Arthur vs. No Child Left Behind. Watch this suburban white boy from Indiana battle the students, the establishment, and himself in a South Central classroom. Laughter, tears and extra credit provided. A true story."
Brian's take: [...]

Hip Shot: ‘The Real Adventures of Tom Mix’

Your grandmother's armpits. The British Open. An assortment of mildly fragrant cheeses. All of these things are wilder than the West portrayed in The Real Adventures of Tom Mix.

Hip Shot: “Deconstructing the Myth of the Booty”

Deconstructing the Myth of the Booty
Warehouse – Mainstage
Remaining Performance:
July 19, 2:15 p.m.
They say: "Sara Baartman? In 1810, she became 'Hottentot Venus', toured as a sideshow, her large buttocks displayed. When she died, pieces of her were displayed in a museum. In 2009 the booty is STILL on display! Deconstructing creatively explores body politics."
Brian's take: I'm [...]

Showmen Showdown: The Controversy Over ‘The Lost Ones’

At the premiere, a brawl erupted between the two theoretical camps, classicists hissing and spitting at romantics, bohemians bludgeoning the bourgeoisie with mockeries, food, even fists. The fighting went on for weeks, forcing Hugo to enlist volunteer bodyguards. If this is what you got after a few infractions of Aristotle's rules, imagine what those classicists would've thought of, oh I don't know, Bare Breasted Women Sword Fighting, or My Fabulous Sex Life?

Hip Shot: ‘The Lost Ones’

You may want to take a cab home from The Lost Ones, an extended soliloquy so intoxicating that Carter Jahncke, who as The Aged One is the stage's only breathing player, has to literally shake the scraggly character out of his body before he's able to bow. Even after the self-exorcism he still seems a tad afflicted — like a shaman returning from a vision quest, or a child who has just seen his grandpa's ghost.

WANTED: General Comments

All right, fringeguy, you needn't ask us twice.  If people are looking for a place to slap some general comments, do it here, do it hard.  We're certainly not ubiquitous, so tell us about the stuff we've missed.
Also, I'm curious what people think so far of this year's more densely situated venues.  I work in [...]

Hip Shot: ‘Magnum Opus’

Magnum Opus
Warehouse – Mainstage
Remaining Performances:
Sunday, July 12 at 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m.Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 25 at 8:30 p.m.
They say: "Robert, a struggling playwright, undertakes a Faustian bargain of inspiration in return for his sanity. Driven by his desire to please his wife Claire and succeed as a writer, [...]

Fringe Blogger Profile: Reed

In which your trusty Fringe bloggers disclose sundrie facts — some of which may prove revealing — about their sensibilities. And their sordid pasts. In this installment: Brian Reed!

Hip-Shot: ‘If You See Something…’

If You See Something Say Something
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Remaining Performances:
Saturday, July 26 @ 4 PM
Saturday, July 26 @ 8 PM
They say: "Master storyteller Mike Daisey's new comic monologue takes aim at the history of the Department of Homeland Security. Combining eye-opening research and witty autobiography, he bores into the dark heart of America to discover the [...]