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Absolutely Filthy (an unauthorized PEANUTS parody)

comedy · a sacred fools production · Ages 17+ · flashing lights · includes nudity · United States

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Review by TONY NOLLY

June 25, 2013 certified reviewer

My overall impression

The Peanuts Crew like you’ve never seen them before! Unless you saw the original mounting of this amazing show. Wow! I saw this at Sacred Fools in its first incarnation and it blew my mind. Incredibly funny and poignant (I’m a fan of both at the same time – which this show achieves time and time again) with just the right amount of madass crazy thrown in for good measure. Brendan Hunt is a freaking genius.

Now for the restaging at the Fringe Festival. Double WOW! The show has been tightened here and rewritten there and it just sings. Or Dub Steps. The cast is still brilliant, the direction impeccable, and Brendan Hunt is still a MAD GENIUS. The fact that he can hula through an entire show – half the time naked – is a testament to his absurd ability to focus and just a really cool talent.

One of my favorite parts of the show on opening night was the moment when Pigpen asked Franklin to take the table away (off the “sidewalk” – clearly a forgotten prop – meh, it happens) because “it doesn’t look like it belongs there.” The entire audience roared with laughter when we realized what he was referring to (still fully in character) and the actors took a moment to sit in that and then moved on. It was brilliant and one of those magical moments, at least from where I was sitting. Ah the spontaneity of live theatre!

One thing I know for sure, Absolutely Filthy is absolutely fabulous and absolutely belongs at The Fringe. Get your tickets now before they sell out.

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