Fringe By Numbers, Day Nine: "War of the Worlds: The Musical"
Day Nine: 8:30 p.m. Time Slot
Show: War of the Worlds: The Musical -- A Tribute to Old-Time Radio
Company: Hometown Theatre
Venue: Lab Theater
Die Roll: 13
When I saw this group at the Fringe-For-All I wasn't terribly impressed. In fact, I was dreading attending this show. I am so glad that I was wrong in my expectations. Yay!
I enjoyed the show immensely. I've always been a huge fan of the tight harmonies of 40s style music. And the old-time radio show is a wonderful thing, too. The fact that this script is sharply written, is funny and brilliantly self-aware in its presentation adds a lot and makes it an hour really well spent.
There is the now classic tale of the Martians landing on Earth juxtaposed against what may be the worst radio variety show on the planet. Add in an oddball scientist with a bad cold and bad habits, and two tap-dancing creatures from another planet, and you get brilliance. Brilliance, I say!
With only one day left of the festival, this is in the running for my favorite show of the Fringe. There are a couple of others in the running, too, but this isn't the place to talk about that.
If you can make it to the final performance of this show, I would highly recommend it.
Rating: d20 = One Of The Best
Ten Word Summary: Three-legged tap dancers terrorize the planet Earth via airwaves.