You had me at “fantasy musical”. I love fantasy fiction, I love musicals, it would be difficult for me not to like this show. It helps that this eager group of performers bring all their enthusiasm to bringing that premise to life in a fun-filled loving parody of classic fantasy clichés. It’s easy to tell that the creators of The Quest genuinely love fantasy and rip the genre’s most tired tropes to shreds with nothing but the most honest affection.
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It’s always lovely to encounter shows that manage to perfectly balance drama and comedy in such a way that the two compliment and further the effect of each other, rather than conflicting. Getting this right comes down, as so many things naturally do in the theatre, to the combination of writing and acting. If even one of the two is off, then the comedy and drama cannot coexist effectively. In the instance of Same Old Same Oldies, the comedy and drama smoothly orbit one other, each coming to the forefront and then retreating exactly when they should.
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An already charming and unique musical comedy that’s absolutely nailed by this group of talented young performers with a near overwhelming degree of skill.
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The premise of this piece intrigued me, and was enough to convince me to see it the day after I first heard about it. That premise, however, barely seems important after the first few minutes as the narrative gives itself over to something that could conceivably work with any back-story. That said, this is, by no stretch of the imagination, a bad play, and everyone involved has talent worthy of commendation.
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Kind of like a Samuel Beckett play but with rats. I think that’s the best explanation I can give of this show.
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(written from the 10/08/18 showing):
I’m always a fan of original musicals at the Fringe because, more often that not, they’ll prove to be something quite special. Lucky certainly has the makings of something very special, even if it is still a work in progress with a development and growth to do.
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Yet another show I chose on a whim because it was on soon and I hadn’t seen anything at a Greenside Venue yet this year. As I always say about the Fringe, you stumble in to some of the best shows by accident. My only regret is that I saw it on its last day, otherwise I’d be recommending it to everyone I knew here.
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Entirely and utterly insane. I had zero idea what was going on in this show for almost the entire 50 minutes. Literally nothing about this show makes any logical sense to any reasonable person. And I loved every moment of it!
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A charmingly bizarre wander into a colourful world of prepubescent imagination, Girl World is one of those shows that executes peculiarity in a manner that seems utterly logical.
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This production is great in concept, but perhaps not so much in execution.
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