Fringe review: Strange Dreamz
This past Saturday night, I missed Kevin J. Thorntonâ€™s 10:45 show, Strange Dreamz, by a scant three minutes. The gate was shut and they wouldnâ€™t let me in. No amount of beseeching managed to move the door lady — they run a very tight ship at this yearâ€™s Fringe. OK, I thought, itâ€™s been a long day; maybe I should just go home.
So, big deal — this year I wouldnâ€™t get to see Thorntonâ€™s profane, bawdy and overtly sexual stand-up comedy routine. (Thornton doesnâ€™t like the moniker “stand-up” — he prefers to think of himself as a storyteller.) Anyway, I caught his act, I Love You (Weâ€™re F*#ked) at last yearâ€™s Fringe, so itâ€™s not the end of the world. Besides, the next edition of Strange Dreamz would be Monday night at 10 pm. Theater on Monday night? At 10? No frigginâ€™ way!
At 10 pm Monday night there I was, sitting with about two dozen others listening to Thorntonâ€™s rude, lewd and semi-nude musings in Strange Dreamz. Couldnâ€™t stay away. Am I glad I went? Absolutely. Thornton is a funny guy and a consummate performer. Not only does he know how to tell a droll tale, heâ€™s figured out how to get two or three laughs per punch line, just by standing still and waiting. Shades of Jack Benny. Of course Benny played a bad violin — Thornton strums a credible electric guitar.Â Also, Benny would have blushed at Thorntonâ€™s every other word. We just laughed ourselves silly. – Al Krulick
55BC – Nashville, Tennessee
Thursday 17 May; at 12:00am in the Brown
Saturday 19 May; at 10:45pm in the Brown
Sunday 20 May; at 4:20pm in the Brown
Monday 21 May; at 10:00pm in the Brown
Thursday 24 May; at 7:30pm in the Brown
Saturday 26 May; at 8:00pm in the Brown
Sunday 27 May; at 9:00pm in the Brown
Price: $11 + Fringe Button (good for entire Fringe)