dance & physical theatre · mil grus · Ages 15+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 15, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

The audience interaction, though appropriately uncomfortable at times (it is Bouffon after all) stayed within the boundaries of consent and provided clear opportunities for audience members to opt in or out of certain levels of participation.

The level of ensemble skill, listening, complicite, spatial awareness was incredible. These clowns were truly transformative, coming in and out of shapes, jokes, realities at the drop of a hat.

Use of architecture, objects, and light was very inventive and unique.

What I didn't like

The play felt a little slow to develop at first and there didn’t feel to be a very clear theme (though that may or may not be necessary for an audience so new to the sheer delight and revelry of a form like Bouffon). However, clearer development of (and eventual subversion/abandonment) of themes may increase the audience’s delight and discomfort even more.

All that said, this is truly an incredibly creative, whimsical, and top-notch theatre-going experience. Not-to-be-missed!

My overall impression

An amazingly creative, entertaining, and whimsical experience! Incredible example of ensemble. Easily one of the best shows in Fringe!

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