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The Best of Albuquerque Fringe 2025

comedy · village idiom productions · Ages 14+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by GRAYDON SCHLICHTER

June 07, 2015 certified reviewer

My overall impression

If a freight train and a roller coaster, met and fell in love their child might grow up to be ALBUQUERQUE FRINGE 2025 or Al-Fri (as the kids are calling it) but only if it were then raised by a pack of irreverent jokers hell-bent on skewering everything we love (and love to hate) about Fringe festivals.

The show is exactly what it says on the tin i.e. clips of the best of the fictional future festival of the piece’s title. But knowing this does nothing to defang the humor that is to come. From the introduction of our hosts, played marvelously by co-writer Jacob Smith and actress Lauren Flans, the laughs start and they do not stop. And whatever your sacred theatrical cow, be it musicals, stage adaptations of film, “classics”, or something else, rest assured it will be slaughtered alongside all the rest on the altar of funny.

The entire ensemble brings so much energy and vitality to this show that you will be exhausted for them by the end, and you’ll thank them for the experience. You may also be a bit hoarse from laughing too hard. Pop a lozenge before it starts, but be careful not to choke!

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