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A Time Traveler's Guide to the Present

solo performance · park & ride theatre company · Ages 16+ · flashing lights · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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ERIC KRUEGER certified reviewer June 24, 2019
tagged as: one-man · Sci-Fi · time travel · space · comedy · drama · Best Show
This is one of the best pieces of theater I've seen in recent years. Doug Harvey somehow completes the feat of masterfully telling an ambitious story of space, time, love, and the end by single handedly keeping the audience on the edge of their seat. Peering into his creative mind and sharing in his tale reminds me why I love theater - it's a moment of connection you just can't fully explain. Through Jake Elitzer's empathetic and meticulous direction, this show takes you on a wild ride through the cosmos to explore connection and the foundations of the universe. It left me deep in thought and is an experience I shall not soon forget.... full review
NATHAN LAVER certified reviewer June 27, 2019
Really thought provoking and brave in the ways that great art needs to be.... full review
MICHAEL LUTHERAN certified reviewer June 29, 2019
A TIME TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO THE PRESENT is a powerful example of how such a big idea, in the proper storyteller's hands, can feel deeply personal. This hands down has to be one of my favorite time-travel stories of all time, perhaps besting Back to The Future or Looper. Harvey's writing and acting is top notch, and with Elitzer's sharp direction, their work leaves you on the edge of your seat the entire time. ... full review
JANELLE LUCZON certified reviewer June 25, 2019
tagged as: inventive · scifi · tender · human · surreal
The tenderness Doug Harvey portrays as a man flung into space is magnificent. A Time Traveler's Guide to the Present is a beautifully crafted piece of theatre that never sacrifices emotion for the scifi genre it so excellently represents.... full review
BRETT MOORE certified reviewer June 17, 2019
This is one of the most inventive and exceptional solo shows I've seen at Fringe, regardless of year. The story is compelling, and Harvey's mastery of body language and voice allows him to play at least a dozen different roles, and he masterfully complements his story with his guitar loops without losing the attention of the audience in any one of his shifts. This is one of the most compelling shows I've seen this year, and you need to be RUNNING to the next performance of this show. There should not be an empty seat in his house.... full review
DAVID NAKAMOTO certified reviewer June 17, 2019
A tour-de-force, albeit brief, exploration of what can drive one's psyche, told within a loose framework of Science Fiction, but that's only the impulse to launch into a story of how one man's past influences his present, and possibly his future. Full of deep insights and humor, drama and whimsy. And all done by one performer. If you like your fiction done as a short story, concise, dense, but not overwhelming, then come on a wonderful trip !... full review
JAMES FERRERO certified reviewer June 20, 2019
tagged as: family · Love · stars · matter · dark · science · present · guide · traveler · time
Doug Harvey takes you on a trip through time and space but never leaves you behind. Part science, part comedy, but at the root of it all is heart. The love we have for others, the emotional struggle of memories, and the need to survive help make this piece so much more. One of the best solo pieces you'll see at Fringe this year.... full review
SAM PASTERNACK certified reviewer June 20, 2019
Doug Harvey's stellar and interstellar performance is a highlight of the festival. What a journey, and what a tour-de-force by Harvey.... full review
DANIEL FAIGIN certified reviewer July 01, 2019
Full writeup at https://cahighways.org/wordpress/?p=15413 The show, which was written, performed, produced, and composed by Doug Harvey (FB), turned out to be a bit more incomprehensible. A message is received from the future, and so someone is recruited to go forward in time to stop it. Our intrepid hero is the selectee, and what then follows is the mission, with lots of time travel back and forth, reminiscent of the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and about at times as incomprehensible. On the positive side, the music was great and relaxing.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 27, 2019
Such an inventive piece of theater. Seamlessly melds the astronomical with the autobiographical to create a 50-minute roller coaster ride. Normally a one-man show can run its course quickly, but Harvey's ability to jump instantly between characters makes it fun to follow along. I can imagine this play being tweaked further so it's a bit easier to follow - the story is so dense that I had to really focus - and will be excited to see future iterations. It's a must-see while it's still running; no one else is making art like this right now. ... full review