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Fringe Dwellers

Pioneer Press writers will be reviewing dozens of shows during this year's Fringe Festival. While traipsing from show to show, they'll have eyes and ears open to notable moments, odd encounters and unusual events. Those observations will be recorded here.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

A Bard of the Fringe

In case people aren't reading the comments appended to the various postings here, I wanted to pull up Tim Mooney's literary-minded thoughts on our reviews, as well as the "star" system of reviews on the Fringe website.

"Avoid it like the plague," says Pi'neer Press,
While missing every message that it bears,
There's reasons life is later in such mess,
It seems something to do with just who cares.
Three hundred years from now we see the fallout
Of actions we are only starting now
But with an idle warning or a callout,
We may get clues of when or why or how.
The arrogance of bloated, bastard fives,
The reckless tyranny behind the fours,
The thoughtless rearrangement of our lives,
The elephant who's here, which each ignores.
It's just a play, a few thoughts out on loan;
The plague you miss, though, may well be your own.

Thanks, Tim!

-Dominic P. Papatola


Blogger Tim Mooney said...

Thanks for the notice, Dominic!

FYI, coded within the sonnet are references which will only make sense by seeing my show, so if anybody actually wants to understand it, they will need to attend "Criteria" which has two performances left, Wednesday night at 7:00 and Saturda night at 5:30.


2:07 AM  
Blogger Nancy Donoval said...

Having seen "Criteria" I want to clarify something for those who haven't. The "fives" and "fours"in the sonnet refer to segmented groups of people in the America of 300 years hence imagined in the Tim Mooney's show. Fives, fours (and threes) anchor one's sense of identity in "Criteria."

Layers of meaning are always to be treasured but I suspect that Tim was not making direct reference to the star system of reviews on the fringe website.

3:05 AM  
Anonymous Mo said...

Shhhhh....let's let the reviewers believe they have the power to "rearrange our lives" with their 4's and 5's... ;)

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WhatEVer. Honestly, I"m getting pretty tired of all the screaming and whining and attention-seeking inflated-ego artist responses (under the guise of being "creative") to these reviews. So a reviewer doesnt like your show. So WHAT??? Move ON, people! Do your WORK, better yourself, take a few quiet-time minutes to think about who has and hasn't liked your show and whether the more global set of reactions you've gotten makes you happy or sad or satisfied or dubious about whether your show is finished/ the product you wanted it to be. But for craps sake, don't send the big bad reviewer a cryptic SONNET thats really just a pathetic and ego-soaked plea for more audience.

Its just...I dunno...this all feels like it's getting kinda immature. Just my opinion.

3:12 AM  

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