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Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Can the family survive the therapy in The Americans?
by NADINE MCBAY - Wednesday, August 6, 2008
It's crunch time in the American household. Mom Liberty has been racking up the therapy bills, while daughter Mary is only off her iPhone when she's ordering designer bags and prescription drugs online.
As head of the family, dad Sam needs to put his foot down and declare a 'war on debt'. A punchy multimedia sketch show parodying US political culture, The Americans is written and performed by New York-based actors Anne Teutschel, Anna Moore and Jeff Kreisler (the last a Comedy Central writer who won the Bill Hicks Spirit award for his own stand-up).
With something of the irreverence of American Dad and the borderline slapstick of Mr Show, the three Americans don't just represent the stereotypical US family, they are ciphers for the competing claims on the nation's future. With the patriotic father holding the reins, the spendthrift females are kept in check by the fear of imminent attack or being sent to the 'Basementanemo'.
Oddly, though the family budget has been slashed, there's still enough to fund a new security system and in-house CCTV.
Though more Daily Show-style satirical than laugh-out-loud hilarious, the Americans succeeds in being a colourful and engaging portrait of our stateside cousins.
Until Aug 25 (not 11), Gilded Balloon Teviot (V14), 3pm. www.gildedballoon.co.uk
How excited am I that they compared our show to American Dad, Mr. Show, and The Daily Show???
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
This has nothiing to do with the Fringe, I just love this picture. It accompanied an article explaining that hopes for the gorilla species' survival have been boosted with the discovery of 125,000 lowland gorillas living in the Congo. That little baby gorilla seems to be celebrating his existence.
And in fringe news, some of my blog posts have been republished at The Scotsman online -- but good luck finding it, their site is a mess. No worries because you read them here. But if you'd like to see my name in cyberlights (that would be you, Mom) try this one: http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/newsfront.aspx?sectionid=13855&IsTopic=1
Show was good today, but a bit of a quiet audience. More out-loud laughers in the front row though...
Monday, August 04, 2008
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Friday, August 01, 2008
Broke the seal tonight, i.e. first night ingesting beer and wine. Had fun at a couple different parties, saw some funny acts, shmoozed with fellow performers, witnessed many stumbling Scots. It's going to be a great month.