Minnesota Fringe Festival: School of Rhythm at the Rarig Proscenium

20150544

SHOW TITLE: School of Rhythm
PRODUCER: Elephant Games Productions
HAILING FROM: Minneapolis
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A few ground rules: don’t be late, keep your pencil sharp, most importantly, don’t lose the beat! Experience food fights, secret handshakes, and other topics not covered on the exam in School of Rhythm!

Reviewing youth shows is always a perilous endeavor: as someone with extensive background in youth theatre, I’m a great believer in holding it to a critical standard. There are many who are inclined to shower any youth production with praise, and view criticism of it as being in poor taste, and I’m one of those inclined to view this attitude as one the Things That Are Destroying America and Art (TM).

Which is why a youth show like this one is such a relief, because it’s both effortlessly impressive and enjoyable. It’s good enough that I get to sidestep the whole debate.

It posits itself as a kind of next-gen Breakfast Club, taking place during a school day with only the barest trappings of a plot. Games of pat-a-cake and dodgeball, the study of iambic pentameter – these all become jumping-off points for rhythmic and physical business. Frankly, it’s impossible not to be impressed by the sheer amount of youth, athleticism, and vitality that leaps, rolls, and flips across the stage.

Not really directly relevant to this show, but something it caused me to think about: while I’ve long been aware of the mainstreaming of both hip-hop and geek culture, I was not cognizant of the degree to which they were blending – but if this show is any kind of fair representation, the next generation makes no real distinction, and hip-hop is something that lives easily and unironically alongside Monty Python and Star Wars references.

It’s pretty fun, is what I’m saying.

Questions? Comments? Enraged invective? Check out my answers to occasionally asked questions in Notes on Notes, or the contact info linked from that page!

Advertisements

One Response to “Minnesota Fringe Festival: School of Rhythm at the Rarig Proscenium”

  1. 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival Summary | Womb with a View Says:

    […] The Video Game-Themed Circus Sideshow The OzFather PARIAH, or the Outcast Reinventing the Wolf School of Rhythm A Series of Absurdities Spirit of Hope STANDING ON CEREMONY: The Gay Marriage Plays […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: