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JESUS RIDE

solo performance · mike schlitt · Ages 14+ · one person show · United States

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ALEX KNOX certified reviewer June 10, 2013
From the moment you step into the theater, you know this show is going to be uniquely delightful. Heck, you know before you even step inside - but I don't want to give anything away. Just be prepared for a theatrical experience that is truly a RIDE -- sharp-witted solo performer Mike Schlitt and his ninja-like production team whisk the proceedings along with the fluidity and unexpected twists and turns of a really excellent theme park roller coaster. Schlitt brings scholarly insight, manic cartoon-like physicality, and naked honesty to this tale of fathers and sons, both onscreen and off. And there's some special treats for those of us who appreciate the cinema genre of "disasterpiece" - those movies that are so bad, they're good... Expertly... full review
TAMMY ALLEMAN certified reviewer June 16, 2013
This is the story of two fathers, two sons, two hucksters, two shysters, and the epic tale that brought them all together. Mike Schlitt's sardonic wit combined with an inspired, frenetic delivery, takes the audience on a fantastic journey from Biblical times to modern-day Hollywood, with unexpected, side-splitting detours along the way. Tying it all together is a beautiful and heartfelt father/son love letter. If you can only see one show at this year's Fringe Festival, make it "Jesus Ride"!... full review
SUSAN MASON certified reviewer June 17, 2013
Go see Jesus Ride: a multi media tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral trip through Hollywood. I’ve seen it four times over the last 3 years and enjoyed all 80 (feels like 50) minutes each time. I laugh, I’m touched, and I learn something. Mike Schlitt’s personal story (his relationship with his TV writer father and his own journey making a dreadful Jesus movie) is juxtaposed against the Jewish-Christian history of Hollywood. ... full review
ELI RAREY certified reviewer June 18, 2013
It's rare to see a show that really uses storytelling as an art distinct from that of theater. Mike Schlitt doesn't just address what we see on the stage, but how we get to the stage, what the context of the whole event is for us as we walk in the door and take our seats. It's a very funny piece, but also a thoughtful and moving one. I can't recommend it highly enough.... full review
WALLY KURTH certified reviewer June 22, 2013
Amazing show. Mike creates a fast paced, densely packed, laugh out loud, original one man theatrical experience that should not be missed. I can't wait to see it again, since I was laughing so much, I know I missed some of his profoundly revealing observations as he retells the making of another cinematic retelling of "the greatest story ever told." yes, a Jesus film. Get in line. Buy a ticket. You'll be glad you did. ... full review
ERIN MOORE certified reviewer June 24, 2013
Jesus Ride does indeed live up to the hype it's getting! It's a fun 80 minutes of laughs performed by the talented Mike Schlitt. Schlitt nicely combines multi-media movie clips with his own story making you feel like you are definitely living this experience with him. ... full review
BOB LEGGETT examiner.com certified reviewer June 24, 2013
I admit I had heard alot about this show before I witnessed it, and let me tell you, for once you can believe the hype. This show is a masterpiece of storytelling and multi-media interaction. Michael can join the elite ranks with his show, which is funny, serious, cynical, trusting and in the end, triumphant. A tour de force performance that must be seen by all Fringe lovers.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer July 02, 2013
Very simply the Best Fringe Show of the year!! So glad to hear it won a BEST OF FRINGE award.... full review
CINDY MARIE JENKINS certified reviewer June 28, 2013
Schlitt creates a festive environment from moment one, assuring everyone that we're all welcome and here for a good story. From the bobble heads to the well-integrated montages, he captivates an audience of varying beliefs into his own version of the Jesus Ride. As someone obsessed with both Jesus and how media influences culture, Schlitt may as well have written this show just for me. With astonishingly good pacing, multiple stories layered into one another and just the right balance of sweet and sour, you will not regret taking your own spin on the Jesus Ride. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm in the middle of a Biblical movie marathon........ full review

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