Friday, May 25, 2007

Fringe... we got more Fringe...

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2007 at 12:09 PM

Here are a few more Fringe reviews that didn't fit in the print edition:

My Pal Bette (Randy Productions)

Pubescent putz Tommy Klein (writer John Ryan) is an OCD mess, thanks to his wailing yenta of a mom (Janine Klein). The Powers That Be in Diva Heaven take pity and send him some assertiveness training in the form of screen legend Bette Davis (Judy was busy propping up Liza). Hold on, itâ??s going to be a bumpy â?? and funny â?? night. Tammy Kopko nails Davisâ??s distinctive diction, tossing off classic quips with panache, but also touches on the boozy legendâ??s pathos. The show overstays its welcome by a few minutes, but when Janine Klein is in leather belting Cher karaoke, all flaws are forgiven.

Cupid and Psyche (Excellent Adventures Productions)

Love-goddess Venus is jealous of the mortal Psyche, so she sends son Cupid to eHarmony her to a cyclops. But Cupid is smitten, and with pal Mercuryâ??s aid, disguises his deity so that the couple can play house. Meghan Colleen Moroney is the reason to see this show: megawatt stage presence, an impressive voice, and cleavage to match. Unfortunately, the pastiche score feels like outtakes from better musicals, and the book barely scratches the satyric surface (a â??Crete & Barrelâ?� shopping bag is as witty as it gets). Venus becomes a cameo for the bulk, and while Scott Sadlerâ??s Mercury delivers big laughs, the others are less compelling. A valiant effort, but not my cup of ambrosia.

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