Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Fringe So Far...part 2

Jem Rolls: How I Stopped Worrying and Learnt to Love the Mall
As always, Jem was very entertaining. What can a first-timer at a Jem Rolls show expect? Verbosity.
Much movement.
Askew observations.
This year, Jem breathlessly expounds on shopping, and its ability to crush your soul, especially if you're not attuned to the practice. Endlessly funny...go see him.

Totem Figures
TJ Dawe, Fringe king, comes to this year's festival with a 90-minute autobiographical piece about being at a crossroads, and looking at how he got to where he is. What's really cool, is that he intertwines the biographies of the men he admires (his "Totem Figures") – Charles Bukowski, John Fahey, and George Carlin – with his own story. Listening to this story, it all seems scattershot, but it all comes together in the end. It's a great glimpse into a fertile mind. I'd love to see this again.

1 comment:

Jeope said...

We were front and center for Jem after standing through Gibbs' show (seats for everyone, my ass). He must lose a quarter of his body mass in water each show. Amazing.