Rogue Review “Flying Dreams: A Vaudevillian Tragicomedy” show #399

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Now, I know that one of the beautiful things with regards to the Rogue Festival is that it is a non-juried performance festival. I know. I get it. In fact, I greatly respect that a performing arts festival can last 13 years (and still going strong might I add) without it being juried. Last night, I saw Flying Dreams: A Vaudevillian Tragicomedy at Mia Cuppa. This, in total Rogue shows I’ve ever seen ever, is the 17th Rogue show I have seen. It is without a doubt, my top favorite. If there is a show that is not to be missed, it is this one.

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Rogue Review “C-” show #398

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Eric Jaffe. He’s a talent. Plain and simple. The man is performing the one-man show entitled C-, which consists of interviews from his past fraternity brothers in college. Jaffe has outlined a string of notable stories in which he takes on the embodiment of the specific brother he is representing. But it’s more than just a costume change. It’s the physical mannerism, the dialect, the eye contact. Heck, his performance is so effective that at the end of the play when we, the audience, get to meet Jaffe and hear some of his story, it takes a bit of time to know if he’s himself or another character. C- is an outstanding show that reminds Rogue audiences what solo theatre is all about.

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Rogue Review “State Your Name for the Record” show #397

My second Rogue show took me to Neighborhood Thrift for Amy Ryan’s one-woman show, State Your Name for the Record. Now, one may think that a play about court reporting may be too dry for theatre, or irrelevant to the general arts population. However, Ryan’s script and performance of said script is not what you expect. Ryan takes the subject of court reporting (or in this case, learning how to become one via classroom open house) and makes it darn well relevant to you.

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Rogue Review “NOCO”

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Although this particular show does not count towards my personal Road to 1,000 (this will be true for several of the Rogue Festival shows I see this week) I still wanted to give a shout out to NOCO, my first Rogue show of 2014. This year was my first time ever seeing the NOCO Dance group and now I know why people are attracted to this dance form and, specifically, NOCO’s staging of it.

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"Magical Mystery Detour" show #335

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My finale show I took in for the 2013 Rogue Festival was Magical Mystery Detour at the Severance Building. This had been a show I was highly anticipating to see simply due to word of mouth and descriptive appeal. However, what I did not expect was to be completely WOWed by Gemma Wilcox’s performance. Not only was her script (Wilcox is credited as the Playwright, Performer and Producer) solid, relateable and entertaining; but her execution of it on stage was immaculate. It was everything a one-woman show should be, and more. Simply put, Magical Mystery Detour is by far the best show I saw at this year’s festival. 

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"Dancing With Demons" show #334

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Last night I kicked off my second weekend of Rogue Festival happenings with an evening performance of Dancing With Demons at the Tower Lounge. Having now seen the majority of my Rogue shows (from both last year and this year) in the Tower Lounge I have realized something very key to the success/failure of performing in this space. You need, in the event of a one-man show (which this show is), a charismatic performer who can take charge of the stage and really envelop the audience into their piece. Such was not the case for Shana Cordon in her one-woman performance. 

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"The Bike Trip" show #332

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At the time of seeing this next Rogue show, The Bike Trip, I was ready for a story-telling one man show that would enthrall me. I mean, with a title like The Bike Trip, I could only imagine what could be said for an hour that would make this show entertaining. Then, I saw Mr. Martin Dockery. I listened to this man tell his story of recreating Alfred Hoffman’s first bike trip home when he experienced the effects of LSD, as well tales of his time in India and in a cafe in San Francisco. His Kramer-like animation and hand gestures were all I needed to settle in for what could have been an attentive all day-long experience. I felt as if I was under Dockery’s own brand of LCD with the amount of enthusiasm I felt for his performance.

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"A Girl Walks Into a Bar" show #331


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My Saturday afternoon choice brought me to Starline to see A Girl Walks Into A Bar. This one-woman compilation for Katherine Glover (a Rogue regular) is one that I was anticipating due to her great dramatic turn last year in Dead Wrong. However, this year brought a sort Hodge-podge variety hour of scenes and stories that seemed to be randomly thrown together at the last minute (which she openly admitted during her in-between dialogue with the audience). Though some parts were laugh worthy; overall, it was not the best thing I have sat through.

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"Beached" show #330

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Hot from the Broken Leg stage (Starline is also a venue for this same production; check your Rogue Map) is the newly opened surfing-based, one woman show, Beached-Part 1. As of now, Part 2 will be performed in Rogue 2014 (already exciting to look forward to.) Angela Neff is the writer/performer as she takes the audience on a journey starring Darcy, and the crazy characters that are part of her life. Even if you do not like surfing, what you are getting is an astounding performance by Miss Neff in this fascinating story.

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