2017 Music Reviews

Bright Spots in “Sun of the Revolution” – Teresa Leggard, Fringe Reviewer

I’m an 80’s baby and a former “Hip-Hop head”, so I have an immense appreciation for both the origins and the innovations of the rap genre. Cynthia Hardeman and MCStorm’s collaboration, “Sun of the Revolution,” at Phosphor Studio is a classic “oldschool versus new school” story—an intergenerational dialogue remixed. Casting was on point. Treyvon Wainwright…

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Dust Bowl Stories – Kelly Luck, Fringe Reviewer

Some time back, Grant Maloy Smith wrote a song that got him thinking about the Dust Bowl, the multi-year drought that ravaged the midwest during the 1930s. He dug into its history, and over time created an entire album’s worth of songs on the subject. It is this album that forms the core of his…

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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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Down the Urinal Hole and Around the Corner – Kelly Luck, Fringe Reviewer

The Cult Next Door styles this show as a “#QueerCultHorror loosely inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s Masque of the Red Death”. In fact, it just barely borrows a couple of top-level elements from the Poe work, the rest reading like a sort of cargo-cult Rocky Horror. The show seems to lean mostly on the not-actually-all-that-controversial…

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