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 Posted: Wed Aug 31st, 2011 05:21 pm
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Hi you guys!  You went all blue.  Forgive me for barging in.  I have reviewed what I saw last weekend in Edinburgh. 

http://libertyandowain.blogspot.com/2011/08/review-of-edinburgh-2011.html

I hope you dig it.  Also there is a review of London Road - a truly new musical. 

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Been a little out of touch...however...

Per usual, my dear swann, I hung on every word of this, your most recent of your several reviews of The Edinburgh Festival.You always put me "right there." I can smell and taste the beer! I will look forward to any of them in their "Coming to America."


As I have stated before, my step-daughter co-wrote and performed a play for the Fringe and they were "Pick of the Week" appearing on Scottish television. (One of their Company members sold his pick-up truck to help gather together the funds to produce it.)

Anyone I know who has done the Fringe - no matter what their ages - has said it is one of the highlights of their theatrical lives! So, here is to encouraging all to participate, if they can.

When presented off-off Broadway in a NYC festival, one critic in NYC called their Fringe play,l "The best new drama of the year."

Swann, I hope all is well in Merry - or at least semi-jovial - England.

Thanks for keeping us in touch with the cutting edge.

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Swann,

Some notes I had made and saved in my " drafts" when you first posted.

Just saw them in going through my drafts.



Swann,

Been busy and then on a long vacation. Always look forward to your Fringe reviews. Feel as if I were there when I read them. My step-daughter did an original show there that she and her theatre company wrote right after college. They were a pick of the week. Great experience for her and her friends.

Loved these comments:

“The British and their obsession with the past.” - Well as one critic once said, “The British only have their past.”

Dave Gorman is mistaken for Jewish? Gorman is one of the great Irish Traveler names. I grew up with one of their families.

“I can think of no higher praise for a comedian that I once risked a bladder infection to see his show.” Rachel, I agree with you, totally. More critics should mention the bladder factor in their reviews. Once I was going into a theatre and asked the running time of the show from the usher. She said “ 2 1/2 hours with no intermission.” I told her “Can you give me a seat by the aisle, as I will be having an intermission!” She did.

He had another big thing about Jews, everyone thinks he is one, and it's an awkward as hell thing to play.

“Three Balls and a Suit - more obsession with the past but also a genuinely talented but sweetly insecure juggler.” Having been a pretty good juggler, and once having HAD to do it opening a show, I know the insecurity. I made the mistake of telling the director, Estelle Parsons, I could juggle. BIG MISTAKE. She talked me into doing it to open the show. I could juggle, bounce balls, etc; balance balls on my nose and rise from prone positions and flip them onto the back of my neck, and juggle them many which ways. Halfway through rehearsals, I told her, “Estelle, this is hard.” She replied simply, “Isn’t that the point?” You know what, she was right! I never bitched again and I got some really nice reviews! I pass this on to young actors when I talk to them.

Ten Plagues: This review was Brilliantine! I loved “WELL THAT SUCKED.” The show reminds me of the great historian’s Barabara Tuchman’s great book, “A Distant Mirror: The Calamatous 14th Century.” Wish I could have seen the show. Maybe someday, I shall. I waited for several years to see “Black Watch” touring in Chicago last year from your original review you posted here from the Fringe Festival. (By chance or serendipity, my wife and I sat next to a young American Iraq War veteran who is of some renown and we have become friends.)

We ended with Glen Wool, a comedian who looks like a roadie in a tribute Metallica band tour of Australia. (I think he would agree with me.) He was funny, but the show's conceit was a revenge story involving feces and you are never going to get me completely on board with that material.

“Subtitles are a bitch in a play though.” I only have seen that in the opera.

“What a great three days. It was magic.” Thanks again for taking me there through your eyes.

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