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The Time Machine Musical

musicals and operas · mofoco. · Ages 13+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 09, 2013
It was kind of a disaster. I like the music sometimes but I'm not sure what the story was about.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 10, 2013
I love HG Wells' "The Time Machine" but this was really dreadful. It almost felt like the writer had no idea what it was supposed to be about. The Eloise and the Morlocks mean nothing to me if you don't set up their world. Where did they come from? Why are they the way that they are? Instead, they spend more time on hippies singing than actual story. 20 songs in a 1 hour version of a show?? Yikes. I honestly can't remembers single lyric. It's also never a good thing when people describe a show as "Waiting for Guffman". Sorry, this show just can't be recommended until it goes through some serious rewrites. They need to read the book and reevaluate what's important to tell. ... full review
ALEX SCOTT certified reviewer June 10, 2013
I'm being brave and posting this with my name attached. Theatre is a learning experience, much of the time, and this is only one person's opinion. I'll be the first one to admit that when I heard the words "Time Machine Musical" uttered at the second Fringe Workshop event, I was extremely excited. I thought to myself - "What a great idea for a Fringe Show!" Sadly, this show was NOTHING like I expected, and I had much higher hopes for such great material. In short, without trying to sound too critical, the major flaw of The Time Machine Musical is that they just try to do too much, too fast on top of a bare bones budget. The result is an extremely campy, over-hyped, hour and ten minutes of your Fringe going experience you can't really ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 10, 2013
The preview I saw suffered from major sound balancing issues. There were several times where mics cut in and out at awkward moments, or where the chorus' mics were on, while the main singer in the front's was off. As a result, I missed a lot of the lyrics, which is bad because this show was nothing but songs. Now, I realize this was a final tech dress/preview. I hope they'll be able to sort the issues out by the time they officially open. That being said, I was disappointed by the show itself. The idea for a Time Machine Musical has potential, but this particular incarnation does not, because it lacks scenes that give the audience a discernible plot to support the music. In order to actually be a fully-realized show, the creator is going... full review
SHARI BARRETT broadway world los angeles certified reviewer June 10, 2013
I was at the preview performance on June 9 and agree that the sound problems caused the band, as good as they were, to overpower the singers. And I really wanted to know what they were singing. Having been a fan of the movie my whole life. I really wanted to LOVE this show, but walked away just liking it. The lead actor, Steve Altman, is wonderful and the ensemble numbers were fun to watch even if you could not understand all the words. But why in the world did they leave the part of about what 5 books did he take back to the future with him? That certainly would have made for a much more interesting ending. And I know this is a rock musical so is that the reason for the tie-dyed shits? Cannot figure that one out. A new generati... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 10, 2013
I too attended the preview dress rehearsal yesterday and I'm a little annoyed that reviewers are reviewing a technical aspect of the show which the director clearly came out before the show to tell us would not be at performance level. He gave us fair warning ended my opinion it's not fair to attack that aspect of the show in reviews. I'm not saying that the show was perfect, but I don't think it was anywhere near what the team hopes for us to get out of it. I think it will benefit from more performances and getting used to the space. Having never read Time Machine, I was sort of open for anything and a lot of stuff got by me. The actors were dedicated to the filling their duties and telling the story they were supposed to tell. Jam... full review
CRAIG CARLISLE certified reviewer June 10, 2013
I think the reviews here are a little off-base. You can't argue with taste, but this was obviously a preview, in fact the first public viewing, and the small issues were to be expected (the sound mix, lights, etc.) In fact, we were warned that the issues were still being worked out. It was also clearly a development of a longer piece, which could have been clearer -- it would have explained the jumps in story for those who didn't realize it was a truncated longer work. But writer Steve Altman, director Josh Fardon and choreographer Tara Raucci did excellent work, and the cast is very strong. I'm going back to see it as it develops, and I wouldn't waste my time (and money) if I didn't think it's a fine evening and well worth seeing again... full review
AUBREY MOZINO certified reviewer June 20, 2013
Really enjoyed The Time Machine Musical, had me humming the songs as I left the theatre! Thought it was an extremely SMART musical for a change! For my full review check out: http://wemakemovies.org/2013/06/fringe-corner-2/... full review
ANGELA H certified reviewer June 20, 2013
I was pleasantly surprised. I admit I was initially skeptical of the Time Machine being presented as a musical. Very very skeptical. But it turns out it was quite pleasant and fun. From the beginning, the vocal talents of the cast and the catchiness of the music had my curiosity piqued. I read The Time Machine eons ago so I can't say whether this adaptation did it justice but I didn't notice any glaringly obvious problems. I can say that it did make me want to read the book again, as well as watch the movie again. The 1960 version, not the 2002 one. Aw heck, maybe I'll watch both again. I thought the cast was delightful in their respective roles and seemed quite passionate when belting out their songs and dancing around the st... full review
PHILLIP ABRAMS certified reviewer June 20, 2013
Only one problem with The Time Machine Musical...I wanted to see more! Last night, I was treated to most of the wonderful music of this play, but due to the abridged version, the book and a handful of songs were left to our imagination. Fortunately cast and director brought so much to the stage that I was delighted to fill in the rest! Can't wait to see a fully unabridged rendering of this fantastic musical filled with haunting, as well as, riotous songs!!!... full review

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