2017 Comedy Reviews

“Breakneck Julius Caesar” – Hephzibah Dutt, Fringe Reviewer

Veteran performer Tim Mooney returns to the KC Fringe Festival with another one of his lighting-paced distillations of Shakespeare—this time, the historical tragedy, Julius Caesar. For those not familiar with Mooney’s brand of Shakespeare performance, know that he not only adapts and condenses the play, but scribes helpful and often hilarious expository asides: he narrates…

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“Clockstoppers” – Hephzibah Dutt, Fringe Reviewer

Lil Theatre Company out of Orlando, FL claims in its tagline, “We make big projects out of lil’ ideas.” With “Clockstoppers”, they have indeed attempted a vast project: a two-person, 60-minute historical survey of late 19th century personages and emerging technology, geographically chaptered from New York to San Francisco via Kansas City, in the format…

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A Chronic Single’s Handbook – Hephzibah Dutt Fringe Reviewer

Based on his newly published novel, God Bless Cambodia, Randy Ross’s The Chronic Singles’ Handbook offers an enjoyable, occasionally-awkward, but ultimately good-humored narrative of one man’s failures in dating—at home and away. At first, it looks like the show is going to be predominantly travel narratives that bear witness to Ross’s attempts to find the…

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The Immaculate Big Bang – Hephzibah Dutt Fringe Reviewer

Comedian Bill Santiago delivers a witty, engaging stand-up show that blends religion, grief-triggered existential musings, and the confounding joy of being father with a layman’s grasp of Quantam Mechanics. He opens with a question, “where do you fit on the spectrum of belief?” only to immeidatley dismiss the query and all possible answers: “I don’t…

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Another Year Closer to Death – Kelly Luck Fringe, Reviewer

Kzany hails from Yukon, an Oklahoma City suburb best known for Garth Brooks and Grady the Cow, who got stuck up a silo for four days in 1949. Kzany’s offers poetic ruminations on her hometown, love, babysitting, etc, complete with illustrations by the author (Ms Kzany is of the ballpoint-pen-during-home-room school). There are also a…

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I Can Rap ‘The Raven’ – Kelly Luck, Fringe Reviewer

I’m not sure quite what I was expecting from Taylor Kay Phillips’ one-woman performance, but what I got was an hour of rapid-fire stand-up autobiography that got the laughs going right from the start and kept them going all through the show. Ms Phillips was born and raised in Kansas City, went off to Harvard,…

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On the Road to Verona – Kelly Luck, Fringe Reviewer

The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre–the troupe of young people presenting this imaginative condensed version of Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona”–have filled their version with rapid-fire gags, physical business, audience interaction, and near-constant music (several performers are multi-instrumentalists). And yet, what may be the most truly unique part of the performance is that they not only allow…

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