Right now Hyde Park Theatre is showing Three from FronteraFest. Three past plays from the FronteraFest short fringe section.
It started on Monday evening and I went to go see them last night. I don't know what I was expecting, but I didn't realize I was in for three different shows. It was quite a treat, three shows in one evening...
The first show, Port Arthur directed by Ken Webster was interesting. It starts out with two men sitting side by side on a Grey Hound bus...one obviously into what he's reading in his newspaper, the other with a really creepy smile on his face. As I watched the different stories, I thought about awards. If I had to hand out awards at the end, what show would get what? This one definitely wins my vote for most surprising. Just when I thought I had an idea of which way the story was going, it went in another direction.
The second show, Larius Likler, directed by Jamison Driskill wins my vote for funniest. A lot of the humor for me in this one was around names. At first glance it seems to be about a dysfunctional family. It actually is if you just look on the surface. There is definitely more to the story...and I wish I could have seen that. I also missed more character development, especially from the dad. Otherwise, there were some really great moments in this show.
The last show wins my vote for most touching. It was a series of monologues about humans (with the exception of a few mentioned animals)...hence the name, Humans. This one was also directed by Ken Webster. I don't know if it was the monologues or the delivery of the monologues, but this one really touched me. There were a few that left me feeling like I'd missed something, but overall, I enjoyed this one.
Three from FronteraFest runs on off-nights Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm from now until March 26.
Patricia A. Robinson