Sunday, August 9, 2015

Fringe Festival 2015: "Hope You Guess My Name"

Day: 8

Show: 38

Category: Comedy

By: Ante-Deluvian Productions

Written by: Ari Hoptman

Location: Theatre in the Round

Summary: Two people sell their souls to the devil and then sue him on a technicality.

Highlights: I had high hopes for this one based on the playwright (Ari Hoptman, see also the excellent The Consolation) and cast (Eric Webster, Shanan Custer, Joshua Scrimshaw), and while there are plenty of funny lines and physical comedy bits, the whole thing didn't quite seem to hang together. Or maybe I was just too fringesausted at the end of a long, hot, stressful day to appreciate it. The good news is Eric makes for a devilishly charming Satan, Ari and Shanan are great as the people who sell their souls in exchange for a better life as a rock star and country hick (respectively), and Joshua is as delightfully goofy as always. So it's fun and amusing, if not great.