Archives for: August 2008, 14
FringeNYC Review - Lurking in Darkness
The Mole People
New York Times
Bits on Beckett, Sophocles and the End of the World
A look at a few of the theatrical offerings at the New York International Fringe Festival.
At the Fringe Festival, the Thunderstorms Share Top Billing
Of my first three efforts to attend dance-related events at the New York International Fringe Festival, two were victims of recent storms and showers.
Fringe Festival 2008 Reviews! (updated)
'The Alice Complex', XY(T)
Time Out, Back Stage and more reviews on pages 2-4
The right campfire story can send shivers down your spine and make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. And while The Mole People writer/ director Dan Bianchi conjures nostalgic campfire ambiance, with flashlights under-face and a smoke filled minimalist stage, we never feel the chilling goose-bumps these production elements promise.
"People" has the right kindling to ignite a haunting night of storytelling: ferocious subway lizards, fiendish albino cannibals, and a satanic cult that has a penchant for baby killing. Jerry Lazar, who delivers the creepy tales, lacks the vocal virtuosity to embody countless sub-terrain monsters or their petrified victims. A few sparks of fright are generated by Matt Everett’s creative lighting design. Unfortunately, the sought-for eerie mood is too often undercut by the over-the-top and occasionally cheese-y sound effects. The result is that Bianchi’s spooky campfire tales fizzle out; in this case, there’s smoke, but no fire.
---- Lori Laster
Presented by RadioTheatre as part of The New York International Fringe Festival at THE PLAYERS THEATRE, 115 MACDOUGAL STREET, NYC. [remaining performances Aug. 14 5:00p.m..; Aug. 16 9:45p.m.; Aug. 20 3:30p.m.]