Company: WONDERHEADS, Portland, OR
Venue: 1 - John Hirsch Theatre at the MTC Mainstage
The Wonderheads’ wordless masked storytelling achieves levels of humour and pathos that belie its simplicity - everyone will enjoy it.
Forget chess games, riddles and fiddle competitions, Death (Grim) meets his greatest challenge yet when he comes calling for Fischer, a spunky widow who may be in a care home, but definitely isn't ready to lie down yet.
This year, Portland's ingenious Wonderheads present an encore run of their 2011 Fringe hit, and judging by the huge audience that lined up for the opening noon performance, there's still demand for it.
That makes sense because this is essential Fringe: a type of performance that is hard to find closer to the "centre" and that is delivered with enough skill and creativity to make it worth well more than the 10 dollar ticket price.
Plus, they've added a bonus "Wondershort" called Ta-Da
that introduces us to new Wonderhead Emily Windler.
The Wonderheads' wordless masked storytelling achieves levels of humour and pathos that belie its simplicity. Grim and Fischer
lacks some of technical dazzle of last year's Loon
, but none of the profoundly moving magic. Everyone will enjoy it.
And everyone should. The Wonderheads promise to come back next year with an all new show, and we should be doing everything we can to make sure that happens.