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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

Not to belabor the porn point...

...and while I stand four-square behind Carolyn's proposal for a Porn Pass, I must add that I learned an important lesson in caveat emptor this evening when it comes to porn-titled shows.

I wasn't the only reviewer sitting in this afternoon on "Porn! Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dong." And while I have not yet read my learned colleague's considered thoughts on the show, I feel comfortable predicting that he will find it pretty much as abominable as I did.

Not wanting to horde all the porn-titled shows myself this year, I decided to be a mensch and let Carolyn go see "Watching Porn." If you read her review, you'll see that she clearly got the better of the deal.

And it's amazing how a really bad show can put you in a foul mood. This can be dangerous for critics like myself, who have to have a hot 'n' fresh opinion about every 90 minutes during the thick of the Fringe. Did "Amnesiac Jack" get a worse review because it was the show I saw immediately after "...Dong?" I hope the catharsis of lambasting a real stinker cleanses my palette for the next show, but these things we'll never know for sure.

-Dominic P. Papatola

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it a bit disturbing that you have, at hand, a photo of Mr. Royce. Dang.

- The Godfather

1:46 AM  
Anonymous Randy F. said...

I guess my question is: why do you take seeing a bad show so personally that it has to effect ANYTHING you do after you leave the theatre? You're getting paid to see the show. Think of the poor s.o.b. who had to actually fork over money for the "privilege".

11:34 AM  

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