FOOL MUUN KOMMING! [BEBGWUNDRFUL/YESYES/4SURE.HI5.TRULUV; SPANKSPANK:SOFUN_GRATE_TIMES]
by Sam Kruger
Invisible Theater of Minneapolis
58 min / Comedy, Sci-Fi, Clown / PG
It took me a couple of minutes to carefully type the complete title of this unusual play, so please forgive me if I refer to it from now on as Fool Muun Komming! etc. etc. Thank you.
I’ve only seen this type of really creative, weird and wonderful play at a Fringe festival. And even there, it’s a rare thing to find.
A mist-covered empty stage. Blackout. Soft lights come up on a huge black plastic bag, from which a young man slowly emerges. He’s wearing a white full-body leotard and red boxing shorts. He says “Hello!”. We say “Hello!” back to him. And so it begins…
He says he’s an alien from far far away. He’s travelled for eons from an unhappy violent planet to Earth on his asteroid-spaceship. He’s glad to be here.
His asteroid announces that it now calls itself “Love Rock”. He doesn’t like the name, but agrees to call the asteroid Love Rock.
Sweetly, he charms the audience with his gentle manner, graceful miming, and a little joshing.
Love Rock insists that he tell the audience that the asteroid will soon smash into the Earth, destroying it and them. But he’d rather not talk about this looming disaster. He wants to tell us stories, and to dance what is in his imagination and his hallucinations.
He says, “I’m sorry! I just needed to meet you. I’ve been alone for so long!”
I won’t tell you how this play ends, but I shed a tear. Which I almost never do in the theatre.
The sound and light cues in this show are impeccable. So is Kruger’s acting. This is a very polished show. Moreover, I was surprised to learn afterwards that Fool Munn Komming! etc. etc. is the first play Sam Kruger has ever written. I hope he’ll continue!
Fool Muun Komming! by Sam Kruger is playing at La Nouvelle Scène Studio B (333 King Edward Ave) until Saturday June 23, 2018. Tickets cost $12. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.