Monday, August 3, 2020

Minnesota Fringe Festival 2020: "Waiting for Hugs"

Location: Nightly Fringe (Aug. 2)

Length: 34 minutes

Title: Waiting for Hugs

By: Highlander Kitty

Summary: Three actors are waiting in zoom to perform a children's play for a church, which never quite happens.

Highlights: Due to some technical difficulties on my end (as is going to happen occasionally in a Virtual Fringe), I watched the last half of this show first, and then went back and watched the first half. But it was still a lot of fun. This parody of the zoom box theater we've all become so familiar with pokes fun at the format while using it well. The three performers are there for different reasons with different expectations - one just wants to do the job (Rob Ward), one is drinking wine and waiting for her friends to come over to "play board games" (Jenna Papke), one believes in the craft of acting and wants to make it big (Mickaylee Shaughnessy). While waiting for their call, they rehearse, they argue, they pick on each other. But the call never comes, and they're just left with each other. Waiting for Hugs is a cute, clever, funny little show that makes good use of the virtual theater format.

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