By Bob Evans
Original Review on KC Applauds

For his third installment in Fringe Huckleberry Finn pieces, playwright Phil Kinen crafted his best piece with “Huck Finn and the Mystery of the Ominous Shadow” currently playing at the Just Off Broadway Theatre for the 2018 Kansas City Fringe Festival.

Kinen’s piece runs about 52 minutes and keeps the action fast-paced and the characters fun and exciting to watch. The two-person play relies to lots of dialogue–especially from the main character, Huck Finn, played again by Jake Leet. His partner in crime, Silas Condesent slithers and sways with panache as played by Vincent Wagner. Both actors play wide and grand in this installment of the Huck Finn saga that Kinen crafts.

Huck’s adventures leads him out West where he meets fellow writer Silas Condesent, who despises Huck for his style, the tone of his stories, the legend Huck created. Yet, the two adversaries, both writing under pseudonyms strike up a relationship to collaborate on a series of mysteries. Huck’s character and persona makes the stories more and more popular, yet something is dreadfully wrong.

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