Sep 13, 2022

Mini-review on OnStageNTX of Robert's Eternal Goldfish at the FW Fringe

 


By Jan Farrington
9|10|2022

Funny and booming Brad McEntire, playwright and artistic director of Audacity Theatre Lab, came in with a character I won’t soon forget in Robert’s Eternal Goldfish—a ranting gent who told us (repeatedly) how much he hates “so many things.” Frankly, he seemed to enjoy it, tracing it all back to boyhood, and being abandoned alone in the ocean when the snorkel boat left him behind. And somehow, that long-ago event does feel connected to the dreadful curmudgeon he’s become, and to the goldfish he almost-accidentally buys in an oddball pet store. McEntire keeps this fishy story swimming along as Robert tries (and fails) to deep-six his new pet. His dreams only get weirder night after night, and (gasp) he’s forced to interact with other humans. To know more…buy a ticket.

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Aug 3, 2022

ROBERT'S ETERNAL GOLDFISH at Ft. Worth Fringe 2022

 

My li'l solo show plays closer to home to cap off the summer. Robert's Eternal Goldfish will play at the 2022 Ft. Worth Fringe Festival.

Robert J. Roberts has a huge problem with the world. In particular he really dislikes people. All people. One day he becomes the unlikely custodian of a magical goldfish and Mr. Robert’s misanthropic view of the world is seriously challenged. This dark comedy asks can a person be frustrated into becoming a better human being?

You can see all 10 shows with an All Show Pass – a $20 savings off 10 full price individual tickets. 5 Show Passes or 2 Show Passes are also available for those interested in a variety of our FW Fringe acts. Purchase your passes HERE.

For individual tickets to my specific show, click... HERE

Playing:

At the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (in the Vault Theatre),
1300 Gendy St, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Friday, September 9 – 8:00pm

Saturday, September 10 – 3:00pm

Saturday, September 10 – 9:00pm

Sunday, September 11 – 6:20pm

For more info (parking, tix, shows, etc.) visit the FW Fringe website... HERE


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Jul 11, 2022

Fun Grip plays the 2022 Dallas Big Weekend of Improv

Fun Grip Improv (my colleague Jeff Swearingen and myself) performed at the 12th Annual Dallas Big Weekend of Improv (formerly known as the Big Sexy) presented by the Alternative Comedy Theater. It was held in the Karol Omlor Studio Theatre at the Addison Theater and Conference Center in Addison, TX.

We performed a 25-minute set in the 9:00 PM slot on Saturday, July 9. It went pretty well. A novice hunter named Thomas falls for his friend's sister Irma. There were courtships and fortune-tellers.

Fun Grip in Performance (credit: H. Bagwell)

Afterwards, I hosted a set called the Monologue Jam. Eight improvisers took the stage one at a time, each presenting an improvised character speaking directly to the audience for three minutes. Rory Scholl for New York won the coveted Monologue Jam jam.


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Jun 25, 2022

Pics from Robert's Eternal Goldfish at the 2022 Denver Fringe

 A few performance pics of me presenting my show Robert's Eternal Goldfish at the 2022 Denver Fringe.





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May 12, 2022

Robert's Eternal Goldfish at the 2022 Denver Fringe

 My solo show, Robert's Eternal Goldfish makes its way to the Denver Fringe Festival this summer. I am excited to present this little dark comedy in Colorado, and really, just to get back out into the world again. Here's the info:



Robert J. Roberts has a huge problem with the world. In particular he really dislikes people. All people. One day he becomes the unlikely custodian of a magical goldfish and Mr. Robert's misanthropic view of the world is seriously challenged. This dark comedy asks can a person be frustrated into being a better human being?


Playing as part of the 2022 Denver Fringe Festival


At the Blue Moon Brewing Company, 3750 Chestnut Pl, Denver, CO 80216

DATES/ TIMES:

Thursday, June 23 @5:00 PM
Friday, June 24 @5:00 PM
Saturday, June 25 @5:00 PM
Sunday, June 26 @4:00 PM

For more info and tickets: https://denverfringe.org/shows/roberts-eternal-goldfish/


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Mar 18, 2022

Fun Grip Improv returns

Fun Grip, the improvisational duo I perform in with Jeff Swearingen began in January 2006 and performed all over the place until 2014. Last night we re-emerged for a special St. Patrick's Day show at the Dallas Comedy Club. Here are a few pics.




The show had a good turn out (about 35-40% capacity). It was definitely rough. We fashioned a narrative about two sets of partners (two wildlife preserve workers named Gordon and another guy and then two staff members at a military outpost... a Captain and a radio operator named Lenny) on the search for a mythical city built by elephants deep in the jungle. It was a bit plot-heavy. And the plot was a bit nonsensical with a lot of tangents. It was very inelegant. The characters didn't have much in the way of motivations either, which needs to be rectified in future shows. We also left the stage to go out into the audience quite a bit, which is something I do not like too much (it loses its impact if done too often). It also ruins sightlines.

Overall, the 50 minute set went okay. The pace dipped a few times, but we kept it going. Overall, it was a decent return. Not stellar, but not embarrassing. Leaves a lot of room for improvement and that is not a bad thing.

Big thanks to Holly Bagwell for snapping the pics.

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