The Universe (101)

cabaret & variety · cavort theatre · Ages 14+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 19, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The writing is whip-smart and crammed full of jokes. Physical gags, puns, wordplay, quips, and every other humorous device you can think of are in this show. Not only that, there’s magic tricks and [redacted for spoiler reasons].

But what elevates this show above simply “a really great duo comedy” is that it plays very fast and loose with scientific concepts that many will be familiar with. It’s fun and heady, but more leaning on the fun. Multiple dimensions, paradoxes, psychic phenomena – hoo boy is there a lot crammed in here, but it’s never forced, always feels like ah, yes, of COURSE this is also a thing in this particular universe they’ve created.

A quick word about the audience interaction: I loved it. At it’s worst, when shows employ audience interaction it’s gimmicky and somewhat mean-spirited. Here, the audience member is always in on the joking and the audience interaction feels integral to the show, but not in a way that’s going to make anyone grossly uncomfortable.

All in all – I don’t have enough good words to say about this show.

PS – I was one of the “subjects” and so was part of whole [redacted] thing. It was fun.

What I didn't like

No complaints in the slightest from me. This show was so unique and fun.

My overall impression

GOD I LOVED THIS SHOW. It’s incredibly smart, wonderfully performed, clever without being full of itself and willing to utilize many disparate styles and techniques in order to create an evening unlike any other. This is what Fringe is about. This is what vaudeville should be. This has opened my mind as to what can be done with theatre.

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