Monday, August 7, 2023

Minnesota Fringe Festival 2023: "When You Hear the Chime"


Show: 17


By: Alchemy Arts

Created by: Nichole Carey and Andrew Lester

Location: Southern Theater

Summary:  Two children playing in an attic tell each other stories.

Highlights: These two grown-ups (husband and wife team Nichole Carey and Andrew Lester) embody children at play in the most delightful way. Sick of playing hide and seek, the girl makes up a new game, in which they tell each other their favorite stories using the boy's recently deceased grandmother's clothes and props. Rumpelstiltskin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Alice in Wonderland, and The Hobbit all come to life in a playful way as they try to one up each other, sometimes breaking out of character to go over the rules (no swears!). Things get a little serious when the girl talks about her mom and brother fighting, and the boy confesses his sadness at the death of his grandmother. They vow to always be friends, and to always play. Andew, a dancer, imbues every movement with grace, building to a gorgeous dance number. Nichole, a singer, has one lovely song. With a few charming props and set pieces, it's like playing dress-up and make-believe, for grown-ups. A sweet show that reminds us of the importance of telling stories (and isn't that what Fringe is all about?).