Monday, August 7, 2017

Fringe Festival 2017: "One Foot"

Day: 4

Show: 17

Title: One Foot

Category: Drama

By: Langston Theatre Company

Written by: Lojo Simon

Location: Strike Theater

Summary: A lovely and bittersweet romance marred with tragedy, but one that finds happiness nonetheless.

Highlights: While the Fringe website describes this play as "pure Minnesotan," it felt pure Irish to me, and not just because of the accents. (Do people go ice fishing in Ireland? A quick google search tells me yes.) Andrew Erskine Wheeler and Jamie White Jachimiec both give wonderfully real performances as this charming Irish couple, you can feel the love and tenderness between them. Finn one day wakes up finding his foot has fallen off, and wife Dove doesn't seem too disturbed by it. We then flash back through their relationship from their first meeting on the ice, to their wedding, to the loss of their child. Beautifully staged by director Lanny Langston with inventive use of a sparkling white cloth to represent different things, beautiful performances by the actors, and that distinctly Irish mixture of sadness and joy all combined to leave me feeling all mushy.

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