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Fringe of Marin Fall 2011: Program Two

November 13, 2011

Here’s to the Fringe! Fourteen (at least) new one-act plays, twice a year, every year. It brings a lot of talent–writing, directing, acting–concentrated onto one small stage in a small house. If you love theatre and miss this great opportunity, it’s your loss.

Program Two this year, overall was a bit uneven, but harbored within its two-and-one-half hours the best single offering for the Fall 2011 Fringe.

It started off with a well-written, well-acted look into the living room of Maureen Coyne and Alan Badger as an ordinary couple, talking to each other about family conflicts in a way you will find totally familiar, as they wait for the arrival of a taxi for the airport in “Waiting to Go.” Steve North returns with another of his insightful, inciting monologues, this time with at tale of two dogs, a couple of people, the tragedy of everyday life, and an off-the-cuff, straight-from-the-heart tribute to all our veterans on the 11/11/11 day of this performance. Program manager, playwright, director, and actress Suzanne Birrell came up with a seriously funny “Saturday in the Park with Vic” involving an innocuous photographer and two loopy birdwatchers who overhear his half of a cell-phone conversation. Rick Roitinger and Claudia Rosa are two lonely people who take adjacent benches in a city park week after week, and never quite connect in “Love Birds,” sympathetically directed by Carol Eggers.

After intermission, we watch the slow dissolution, the song and dance of two unhappily married couples trying to find “The Perfect Step.” Rick Roitinger and Claudia Rosa return to the stage to the very compelling medical tragedy, the conflict between the miracle of modern medicine and the love of a mother for her child that knows no bounds in Kenneth J. Nugent’s”The Finger,” superbly directed by Tim Giugni. The evening ends on a lighter note, the pilgrimage of a seeker to the mountain home of a mystical guru whose wisdom is conveyed in goofy jokes that belie its true depth. “Everything is beautiful, because we’re doomed! If you’re living, you should be smiling.”

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  1. November 14, 2011 12:25 pm

    That’s an interesting way to retell one of the oldest stories in the world, A man and a woman….
    Thank you David

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