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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.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

LOL -- It's Time for High School!

There's no excuse. I knew exactly what I was doing when I signed up to see two Fringe shows that both happened to be high school musicals. "Torture," some might say. But I looked at it as a pleasant stroll down memory lane...yeah, not really.

Watching "Skool, the Musical" felt like that one day in 10th grade when you had a giant zit on your nose, flunked an open-book test and fell down the steps as you walked into the lunchroom.

Then there's that time when your hair was super shiny, you aced a chemistry test and were voted class clown. That's how I felt during "Angst: the New Teen Musical" where the gay guy and popular chick bond over "The O.C."; the loner realizes that his MySpace page is not a good substitute for human interaction and the school jock is named Nelson Mandela Washington Carver. Did I mention that their teacher uses Internet slang like LOL, JK and lots of WTFs to connect with the kids? And that political lefty student Eric Steinway, sports an Al Franken/Eric Steinway '08 t-shirt? Plus, it's a fun story, the music numbers are a hoot and the whole cast totally rocks! OMG - I might even go again.

- Amy Carlson Gustafson


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