You know how a great movie or an engaging book leaves you wanting more? How you’re sad and joyous at the same time? That’s how I felt when this show ended. I wanted more. There have been other shows I’d watch again, but this show…I have to go back. Do you think they’ll draw different cards? Let me explain.
Pick a card, any card
The three musician/dancer/singer/comedian troupe members run at breakneck speed into the audience asking folks to draw blindly from a stack of cards marked with performance pieces. The audience member reads the card; a player repeats it and then—all hell breaks loose. Positioning instruments and props the cast runs helter-skelter preparing for the next vignette, controlled mayhem ensues.
It’s hard to describe, but that never stops me
The first card was for a piece titled Onomatopoeia. Percussion instruments were…percussioned and vocalized simultaneously—bang, ping, buzz, boom—POP; followed by more running into the crowd, yelling out the title, and frantic preparation for the next piece. A card was drawn mentioning Brian Boitano, the Olympic ice skater, suddenly a xylophone on wheels appeared along with a flutist and bass trombonist on wheeled chairs “skating” around the stage, as they performed a wonderful arrangement of Vince Guaraldi’s Skating It was beautiful and hilarious at the same time. I wasn’t ready for it to be over. Another card, another piece, then another, a lesson in manual labor, another piece, a composition without notes, then another, one person performing a sub-vocalized voice and flute…duo?
If you only take away one thing from this review
Go to this show. My words don’t do it justice. I didn’t convey the off the charts energy, the comedic timing, the superior musicianship, or the creative insanity of this show. Fruit Flies Like a Bananas is entertainment at its best—an emotional roller coaster performed by passionate and talented players. Put this show on your dance card as a must see. You will not be disappointed. I’ll see you there.
I wrote this review last year after my first exposure to their mayhem. I’ve seen them three times since. I’m a fan. You will be too. Here’s their 2015 IndyFringe Schedule.
Fruit Flies Like a Banana: Alphabetical Disorder
Friday, August 14, 2015 – 10:30pm
Saturday, August 15, 2015 – 1:30pm
Sunday, August 16, 2015 – 3:00pm
Thursday, August 20, 2015 – 7:30pm
Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 7:30pm
Sunday, August 23, 2015 – 4:30pm
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