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Murder Blood Bear Story

solo performance · lucid dramatics · Ages 12+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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BENJAMIN SCHWARTZ certified reviewer June 07, 2015
I simply cannot say enough good things about this show, but I'll try. This is storytelling at its finest. Katelyn Schiller is just a quirky, magnificent, ball of energy from the second you walk in. She is so vulnerable and transparent during the performance. The script is filled with some really gorgeous moments of symbolism and clever metaphors. This is a poignant show that challenges the audience to really decide where happiness takes focus in their lives. Are we looking for it in the wrong places? Does it take the shape of some monster that we fear? Do we ultimately end up biting the hand that we feed? Does it bite us? In the end, what is our life really worth living for unless we gave and recieved that happiness back into the world. Not... full review
MATT RITCHEY certified reviewer June 22, 2015
tagged as: Pick of the Fringe
I cried three times. I laughed out loud. This show reminded me why I love theatre and how I love it in a different way than I love movies and books and TV. The vulnerability and joy of Katelyn Schiller hit me in ways I did not expect and I learned things about myself and RE-learned things about acting after watching this show. Does all of that sound pretentious and like false praise? So be it. It's all true. See this.... full review
ABBY SCHACHNER certified reviewer June 22, 2015
katelyn, in murder, blood, bear story is like part nymph/faery, part dead girl (not sure why I'm saying dead girl, but that could be cuz it's other worldly and well...), who also happens to be a 'happy nut'. that being, she's searching for happiness... well, making others happy... and i find happiness an interesting topic. She transforms into several characters and as an actress and a person onstage, she's got energy up the wazoo and is a joy to watch. This show is poetic, energetic and doesn't necessarily spell things out which can leave a few questions, (and now that i finally reading the program I SEE and UNDERSTAND her influences... like anime!!!). As a performer, she's got the goods... and the voice (whadda voice!), the heart, and the s... full review
LINDY VOELTNER certified reviewer June 26, 2015
Loved this raw and fantastical take on the search for happiness. It is full of thought provoking comments you wish you could savor but must move on to enjoy the rest of what is offered. I also wanted blueberries. ... full review
ANDREW OXENHAM uncertified reviewer June 08, 2015
tagged as: one man show · drama · Happiness
This is the show not to miss. A one-person show, MBBS is a performance that is extremely unique and very well done. Katelyn is one of those actresses who has a special energy inside of her, and it's through MBBS that that light really shines through. I'd highly recommend this performance for first-time theater goers and old pros. ... full review
BEN MOROSKI certified reviewer June 15, 2015
tagged as: luminous · delight · Amelie · surprise · life · whimsy · quirky · experimental · alive · unabashed
Luminous. A delight. An experience. I had no idea what to expect walking into a play about searching for happiness. What I found was lightning in a bottle. The writing here is razor sharp, the performance is daring and specific and unabashedly alive, the direction is rigorous and daring. A wonderfully quirky and experimental mix of story, song, dance and character that meld into something quite beautiful and truly moving. For anyone looking for a grounded comparison for a show that defies definition, its whimsy and zest for life bear shades of "Amélie." "Murder Blood Bear Story" is astute and keenly observed, yet steeped in the fantastic. Do yourself a favor and go eat some sunshine.... full review
VERONA MASONGSONG uncertified reviewer June 15, 2015
What a superb actress. Her energy is almost inhuman, and watching her is all your body will allow- as soon as she hits the stage, nothing else matters. Beautifully written, full of delicious images. It was an honor to be a guest to this experience.... full review
SAVANNAH ACKERMAN certified reviewer June 20, 2015
Impossibly beautiful, joyous, wild, Katelyn Schiller is that rare actress that lives outside her own skin, comfortable in the very essence of the characters she embodies. She positively radiates energy. At times, her energy is so tangible it feels like sunshine on your skin!! Watching Katelyn envelop, devour and emanate this Murder Blood Bear Story is thrilling. THRILLING! Go now. Right now! Or whenever you can... just GO!!!!... full review
BRENDAN WEINHOLD certified reviewer June 22, 2015
tagged as: Happiness
Happiness sought and happiness found.... full review
STEVE TROOP certified reviewer June 21, 2015
I've been fortunate enough to get to know Katelyn a bit since Fringe started and her show did not disappoint in the least. From the moment she timidly (and hysterically) makes her way onto stage, up until the shocking ending, she kept the small audience in the Elephant Lab on the edge of our seats! Several different characters emerge from Katelyn's fertile mind over the course of the hour -- a pixie-like main character acts as our guide throughout, and I felt as if I was watching a female Harpo Marx who could speak during her part of the show -- that is, the chid-like innocence, wild antics and total committal reminded me a lot of Harpo's work. Since this character was the only one to interact with all of the others, she had to be so dist... full review