'Best of the Fringe'
For those who missed them the first time
Theater Latte Da's "Knock!" and Rick and
Andy Ausland's "Buckets & Tap Shoes" are
being remounted in this first post-festival
highlighter, "The Best of the Fringe." The pair
was singled out for as critical and audience
favoritism favorites from over 175 Minnesota
Fringe Festival shows.
Guthrie Theater regular Jim Lichtscheidl
strikes a universal nerve with "Knock!" - a
powerful and quirky memoir of his life as a
12-year-old. It's 1974, and this is the life of
Toehead, a boy/"young man" cramped into a
house wherein privacy is continually shattered by others'
premature entry. While sometimes Toehead, or little
Jimmy, is the star of well-received impromptu kitchen/
living room performances, his bossy older sister -
who amuses herself by obligatory "big sibling" tirades - is
always quick to "put him in his place."
Lichtscheidl narrates his revealing anecdotes of
pre-acne days with the unique synthesis of straight
storytelling, athletic dance and carnival music in his
so-called "storieography." Along with co-stars Lisa
Spreeman, Ken Rosen and Eriq Nelson, he perfectly encapsulates
the awkward yet playful world of pre-pubescence.
Delight in the comic likes of buckteeth, thick glasses,
crayons and adolescent imagination - Lichtscheidl does.
Rick and Andy Ausland's "Buckets & Tap Shoes" is
the percussive medley of a Minneapolis street
corner. With tap dance, musical accompaniment
and drums, the Auslands beat out the tempo of
Similar to "Stomp," these brothers find melodies
in found objects such as 5-gallon paint buckets.
They mouth noises and even utilize the clatter of
audience participation. The duo seamlessly blends
classical musicianship with inventive
instrumentation as they harmonize drums,
guitar and bass with everyday artifacts for
an industrial brand of rhythm and blues.
_ Wednesday-Sunday thru Sept. 5, call for times,
Loring Playhouse, 1633 Hennepin Ave. S.
A thrilling benefit
"Wicker Park" is a psychologically driven
thriller about a rookie investment banker's
obsessive pursuit of a lost love. Although
Matthew (Josh Hartnett) is engaged for the
second time, the fading glimmer of a romantic
interest at a Wicker Park neighborhood
caf catapults him on a labyrinthine chase. Matthew follows
the woman who'd vanished two years ago - rendering him
heartbroken - to her apartment. Setting his current engagement
aside, Matthew's idle curiosity stirs more than old
chemistry, and his path turns perilous.
Hartnett himself hosts the red carpet premiere of the
drama/romance/thriller as a benefit for CornerHouse, a local
interagency child abuse evaluation and training center. Event
partners include Block E, Bellanotte and Crown Theatres.
(The movie runs in area theaters beginning Sept. 3.)
_ Benefit/premiere: Thursday, Sept. 2, 8:15 p.m.
Crown Theatres, 600 Hennepin Ave. S.