Why did the chicken cross the road?

ensemble theatre · matthew hennigar · Ages 14+ · United States of America

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Review by JAMES FERRERO

June 27, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: why · did · the · chicken · cross · road · ? · To · get · other · side · . · joke · existential

What I liked

The script is clever without being smug, keeping the characters grounded in a high stakes situation rather than becoming too much in your head.

These parts couldn’t have been easy to adjust to, and each actor found a distinct personality with their given word. There are no good guys or bad guys, just a sympathetic search for meaning.

The surprising emotional impact at the end, what will they become? Any time you can stir up emotions for a literal word it’s pretty impressive

What I didn't like

At 70 minutes, it felt long. It’s be interesting to see a pared down, getting to the point version of 30-35 minutes, which I think is definitely possible.

My overall impression

An existential trip through words, Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road is an excellent example of what a Fringe show can be. Silly, absurd, intriguing, and ultimately surprisingly emotional, the actors are all committed to the strange world they inhabit as they trust the deftly written script made up of those very words.

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