Six Shows about the American South

Six Shows about the American South

Looking for a slice of Pecan Pie, Cornbread, or just a feeling like you're back at the homestead? Broadway Baby's found some shows to remind you of the south: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly... 

An Interview with Alex Edelman

An Interview with Alex Edelman

Four years on from his Award Winning Show, and he still loves Pastries, and is still very Jewish. Alex Edelman sits down to talk with Broadway Baby. 

Geek: Made by Teens, for Adults

Geek: Made by Teens, for Adults

A Girl transforms into a Freak Show attraction but hopes to find love in this Darkly Comic Musical from Teen-Centered Theatre Company Infinity Repertory Company.  

An interview with Huff's Cliff Cardinal

An interview with Huff's Cliff Cardinal

Solvent Abuse, Indigenous Children, and a Wily Trickster- Cliff Cardinal talks about his one-man show, Huff. 

Les Misérables School Edition

Les Misérables School Edition

Trying to do a hallowed musical such as Les Miserables at the Fringe is a bit of a rigged game. Audiences easily become accustomed to short shows at the expense of productions requiring a longer attention span, such as a multi-hour musical... 

Behind the Mirror

Behind the Mirror

There’s something charming about a fairy tale told in a fundamentally unique manner. Behind the Mirror is functionally just that: A retelling of a Korean fairy tale in its original language through the medium of acappella music and dance... 

The Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town

The Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town

I like improv as much as anyone, but part of what makes improv work as well as it does is the spontaneity of it all. It doesn’t matter if any narrative is loose and somewhat implausible, because you know it has all been made up on the spot... 

Spank!

Spank!

I spent last night from the hours of midnight to 2am being belittled, insulted and berated in every way I could imagine. I was kissed on the mouth by a bearded man named James. I was mocked for my accent and told off for my reviewer’s notebook and pen... 

One Good Soul

One Good Soul

Musical adaptations of other works often struggle to either make themselves distinct or justify their existence. One Good Soul, an adaptation of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, struggles in a different way, because the tone of the adapted work seems to be in almost constant battle with the tone of the additions, namely the music... 

Cashmere

Cashmere

Narrative direction is hard to achieve but is essential to a good musical. Most of the problems with this show can be attributed to a lack of it. Cashmere attempts to create a feeling of corporate coldness, but doesn’t have either the visual design or the musical chops to back it up and spends more time engaged in sentimentality than it does in any message about society’s focus on aesthetics... 

Sandra Hale: Self Helpless!

Sandra Hale: Self Helpless!

Sandra Hale presents herself as kind of a Bad Grandma type. She may have reached her late 60s, but that doesn’t mean she can’t drink, smoke and explore dalliances with other men if she wants... 

Not About Heroes

Not About Heroes

Too often, we see the First World War as a stretch of years where only war happened, followed by years where the art about the war exploded in its disruptive manner. However, this is not the case, and Not About Heroes seeks to challenge that by telling us the story of some of the war’s two most famous poets: Wilfred Owen and Siefried Sassoon... 

Forgive Us, Oh Father!

Forgive Us, Oh Father!

I think this show is emblematic of a lot of the problems that new musicals at the Fringe tend to have. It’s entertaining, and has a fun concept that, at its core, leads to an hour that has some funny, interesting moments... 

Stop

Stop

There is a lot to like about this package. Stop is effortlessly charming, with a score that couldn’t stop making me smile throughout the show. Its characters are unique and fun, and its story is a compelling look at the universality of mental illness and hurt in society... 

Godspell

Godspell

Godspell is a very strange show. It’s full of some of the best songs ever written in musical theatre, but the scenes that surround it are unsurprisingly very preachy, and in a way that’s often very dull... 

The Patchwork Odyssey

The Patchwork Odyssey

The Patchwork Odyssey is a very unassuming show. It doesn’t claim to be anything big and impressive, and to be fair it isn’t anything very big. But it is impressive and innovative in its own way... 

The Local

The Local

Sometimes, all a show needs to be good is to be simple and earnestly performed. This is not one of those times. The Local needs a lot of work to be anything more than an attempt to put a modern trend of local alehouses closing into song... 

The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis

The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis

It’s very easy to write a story that grabs someone’s attention. It is much more difficult to do something with the attention that it has gotten. That’s sort of the way I feel about The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis... 

Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog

Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog

A problem that a lot of shows face is an inability to commit to tone, or to perform in agreement with the tone that the show sets forth. Case in point – Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog... 

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors is an examination of homelessness and the situations which lead to it which matches the pace of how those problems develop. The show goes from real, but fun, to extremely harrowing within a fraction of a second, to such a degree that you’re almost given whiplash... 

Company

Company

Company, Sondheim’s second Tony Award winner, is a difficult show to get right: it’s disjointed, complex, and built on subject matter that can be uncomfortable to look at. But when it’s done well, it’s a mature, yet still fun exploration of marriage and relationships and a great evening’s entertainment... 

Pippin

Pippin

Youth theatre is a weird thing to critique. On the one hand, it is by nature less polished than most professional shows and is often less innovative. On the other hand, it’s hard not to like it, because it feels so much like a passion project where the performers are enjoying themselves... 

I Am My Own Wife

I Am My Own Wife

One of the good things about the Fringe is that the small scale of most of its venues lead to a sort of intimacy in performance that you get almost nowhere else. This means that small, one person shows can be massively successful... 

The Improverts

The Improverts

I’m gonna start by saying this: I think reviewing improv is tough. The nature of the medium means it changes every night and is hard to be even slightly objective about. For the Improverts Fringe show, this is made even harder, because they change performers every night... 

The Principle of Uncertainty

The Principle of Uncertainty

Making a show about science interesting to a general audience is an extremely difficult feat. You risk losing anyone without a scientific background in the details, and condescending to those who know what you’re talking about... 

Douze

Douze

This show is dumb. Beyond dumb. It’s basically half improvised, and rehashes the same joke so many times over it’s ridiculous. But goddamn if that one joke isn’t so funny. Eurovision is an inherently ridiculous concept, which seems rife for ridicule, but if you think about it, it’s hard to highlight the ridiculous nature of Eurovision unless you go at it from the outside... 

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash is a show whose tagline betrays its true value. While nominally about the struggles of city life in London, the show is at its best when it’s examining how grief affects people differently...