InFringe Theatre Festival 2019 started in full force last night. New Orleans' only full scale performance art festival, running November 7-10, has over 30 productions stretching across genres: musicals, comedy, drama, burlesque, solo performance, multimedia, dance theatre, immersive theatre, and more. There is so much to see and soo little time.
NOBO has recruited some local writers to hit the street and see as many shows as possible, early in the festival. Each show we see will get a short review and reaction so our audiences know what they should expect and what they shouldn't miss this year at the InFringe.
Everyday we will post reviews on different shows so check back! Also let us know what you are seeing. Head to our Facebook page and leave a comment with your own inFringe recommendation or hot take!
Love Songs for the End of the World (Caroline Fourmy, New Orleans)
Love Songs for the End of the World is an impressive force of acting and musical talent.
The music! Come for the music! Stay for the belly laughs and tears. Fourmy’s one woman show, which she also wrote and wrote original songs for, tells the story of Eve as she becomes bored with the monotony of perfection in the Garden of Eden. When she asks God if she can listen to another song rather than the repeated gorgeous music that is offered in Eden, God pushes back with a warning that she will hate him for the doubt and the suffering that will come from leaving perfection. But go she must and God obliges, promising to stay connected to her through music messages. Off Eve goes into the world and suffers she does with a montage of challenges, choices and keen and timely observations to face in the world.
Creative music narrates her new path. There is SO much to love and pull from this show but please attend if only to hear Caroline Fourmy’s skillful and effortless voice artfully being used to uphold a gorgeously hopeful and serpentine story of losing and finding oneself through a divine relationship with the great mystery of life. In addition, the clever use of music to move the play along is executed to marvelous affect—leaves you bopping your head along as the play weaves you through a complex HILARIOUS resiliency, strength and honest hope. The play is heart warming in unexpected places and got deep laughs from the opening night crowd.