Orlando Fringe 2023 review: ‘Booger Red’

Southern storyteller Jim Loucks returns to Fringe

click to enlarge Southern storyteller Jim Loucks returns to Fringe in "Booger Red" - Courtesy photo
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Southern storyteller Jim Loucks returns to Fringe in "Booger Red"
It’s been a decade since Southern storyteller Jim Loucks first played “Cemetery Golf” at the Orlando Fringe. This year, he returns with Booger Red, a similar multi-character monologue of autobiographically inspired musings about being raised in the conservative Baptist religion.

Growing up in the shadow of his titular hymn-singing, fire & brimstone-preaching pa, young Jim learned to overcome his oppressive childhood just as his dad endured his own abusive upbringing.

Director Lisa Chess has helped Loucks develop some vocal differentiation between his characters, as well as contributing kinetic interest on the minimalist set. But although his stories include some involving incidents and insights, the combination of Loucks’ lackluster diction, toneless singing and inconsistent energy levels conspired to keep me from engaging with his stories on anything more than the most surface level.

There are certainly some soulful bits to savor within Booger Red, but with so many strong solo shows available at the Festival, I’m afraid Loucks’ low-key reminiscences are going to get lost in the shuffle.


Location Details

Lowndes Shakespeare Center

812 E. Rollins St., Orlando Mills 50

407-447-1700

orlandoshakes.org


Booger Red

Jim Loucks


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