Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup

One of the most colorful characters of the Fringe has to be Miss Hiccup who I've seen many times on the Lockhaven park green lawn of fabulousness always in character. The program described her show as,  "Fringe favorites Paul Strickland and Chase Padgett combine their talents..." wait a minute, they have nothing to do with this show! Major typo!  Let me look online, ... "The mysterious Miss Hiccup lives alone, but is definitely not lonely. She is forever accompanied by a raucous cast of sounds and music that make her life an absurd adventure. A hilarious and beautiful physical comedy by award-winning Japanese performer Shoshinz from Tokyo."

Miss Hiccup performs in the Blue venue which is the Shakes black box theater. The performance was absurd and endearing.  When she unrolled a whole roll of toilet paper with childish delight, she decided to ensure I was paying attention by kicking the pile of paper onto my sketch pad. She does indeed hiccup her way throughout the show. She came onstage in a crouched crab like position, I'm not sure why. In one cute bit she held a tiny umbrella, maybe twice the size of a drink umbrella over her head. The sound of water leaking would be different if it hit the umbrella. She ran about trying to have every water drop hit her umbrella. While much of the performance was mime along with physical comedy, Hiccup does also sing.

The audience at 5:15PM Friday May 17th was rather small, perhaps 10 people, but everyone could have a front row seat. I'm sure the folks expecting Chase and Paul were confused. The show is light hearted fun and quite kid friendly. As a matter of fact you need to be ready to channel your inner child to fully appreciate the show.

Remaining shows:
Wednesday May 22 at 8PM
Friday May 24 at 6:45PM
Saturday May 25 at 2:15PM
Sunday May 26 at 2:00PM
Where:
Blue Venue at the  John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center.
Tickets:
$11 plus a Fringe Button

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