The Time Machine Musical

musicals and operas · mofoco. · Ages 13+ · United States

world premiere
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Review by ALEX SCOTT

June 10, 2013 certified reviewer

My overall impression

I’m being brave and posting this with my name attached. Theatre is a learning experience, much of the time, and this is only one person’s opinion.

I’ll be the first one to admit that when I heard the words “Time Machine Musical” uttered at the second Fringe Workshop event, I was extremely excited. I thought to myself – “What a great idea for a Fringe Show!”

Sadly, this show was NOTHING like I expected, and I had much higher hopes for such great material. In short, without trying to sound too critical, the major flaw of The Time Machine Musical is that they just try to do too much, too fast on top of a bare bones budget. The result is an extremely campy, over-hyped, hour and ten minutes of your Fringe going experience you can’t really get back. The music at it’s best is tolerable, but could be saved if more time and consideration had been put into the casting process. No one here, despite trying their absolute best, is a good singer and no one is committing 110% to their roles… is this the cast’s fault, NO. They do seem to be having fun, but a lot of times they seem to wonder what exactly is coming next (Side note- no idea why they were seated on stage. Easy access?)

My take away? The Time Machine musical is a great idea, and is presented in a bold and imaginative way that tries it’s absolute best. Where it falls short is in it’s direction, but it may be because it’s a show that needs to be workshopped and rehashed, and one that isn’t quite ready for a full blown performance.

Kudos to the cast and crew, it’s evident you’ve put a lot of hard work and dedication into this show. New work is hard. Thank You for sharing it with me. A for effort. Actual grade, C-

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