When's the last time you had to...
All of those things happened in the opening night production of "Depth of the Ocean," one of the Bring Your Own Venue Fringe shows. This one was staged in the swimming pool at the YWCA in downtown Minneapolis.
The waiver basically absolved the "Y" from any harm if an audience member slipped on the tile deck. And, of course, we all no that there are no street shoes on the pool deck. Those of use who had the foresight to wear our Tevas were spared the indignity of appearing bare-footed.
And the kids from Perpetual Motion Theatre Company had to deal with a few things that other Fringe acts didn't. Like, they couldn't really start preparing their watery stage until 15 minutes before the 7:30 curtain, since the lap swimmers could -- and did -- stay in the pool right up until 7:15.
As for the show itself? The review isn't online yet, but it did earn a "Worth Considering" rating. Not a bad effort, but it kind of reminded me of the elephant who can walk on its hind legs: We're all so impressed that he can do it that we don't pay much attention to how well it's done.
-Dominic P. Papatola