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Pit of Goblins

solo performance · dean winkleson presents · Ages 18+ · flashing lights · world premiere · one person show · 55 mins · United States of America

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July 02, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Mitchell Bisschop is a fine actor who should be far more famous than he currently is. He’s also written an excellent play. I’d love to see it made into a film but I’d want him to play all the parts he plays (Peter Sellers and Mike Myers did it in their films, so why not?!). It’s very dark comedy with a genuinely scary ending that I really didn’t see coming, which is unusual for me. I loved the soundtrack choices and the projected visuals added an extra dimension to the story telling.

The play is a happy mixture of serial killer thriller, Twin Peaks weirdness, Dexter dark comedy and a great change from most one-person shows that spring from personal life-stories (I saw some very powerful solo shows so I’m not denigrating that format, but this was an impressive display of story telling by a solo performer.)

What I didn't like

Two TINY quibbles:
I’d love the bodies to have some actual real weight & be more realistic as I think that would have added to the horror and made the mix of comedy and drama even more uncomfortable.
I wish the TV anchorman clips had been higher quality on a green screen to seem more realistic (I’m happy to help make this happen for future productions!).

My overall impression

There’s very little I can say about this show besides make sure you see it if you can. It’s excellent and it was arguably the best thing I saw at the Fringe 2019.

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