Yes, you read it there first, campers. An intrepid -- an evidently unaffiliated -- reviewer on the Fringe site speculates in a story in this morning's Strib that "friends and family of those involved in a Fringe play write online reviews praising a play that really doesn't deserve it in hopes of increasing attendance."
I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you.
Artists at practically every Fringe show are imploring audiences in curtain speeches to log on and write a rave on the Fringe site. That's exactly what they should be doing -- promoting their show with every breath and at every opportunity every single day of the festival. But I don't think anyone believes that these reviews are anything close to an objective guide. They are, as Fringe chief Leah Cooper said in the story, "an open community forum, not (a) science."
Meanwhile, if you're looking for fair, unbiased -- albeit slightly more cranky reviews -- you can find the scribblings of our intrepid critics on our OnStage page.
I haven't checked in with the paper yet, but I think what's in print today represents most of the rest of what our crack, conscience-tinged reviewers saw this weekend. As for me, I'll be checking out Kevin Kling's show tomorrow, and might catch one or two more over the course of this week. But I'll continue to blog for the next few days with other news, info, gossip, gripes and the like. So stay tuned.
-Dominic P. Papatola