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Teaching the Fringe
Presented by Doctor Keir Co.


Reviewed: 2008-07-19 01:58:30
By: Leila Marston (

Evaluating Keir Cutler is like trying to write a review for a Nobel Peace Prize winner.  "Well...he's really...neat, you know?  Like...he does, well...good stuff."  This is my third year in a row attending his performances, and I'm so dazzled at this point that whatever the typing equivalent of "tongue-tied" is, that's how I'm approaching his latest offering.

Cutler tells his story of receiving a three-page letter from a shocked audience member who believed that his last play (Teaching As You Like It) condoned criminal actions.  It was his brilliant idea to transform the woman's manifesto of crazy into a fantastic show; Teaching the Fringe is a biting, witty exploration of censorship and art.  Cutler's delivery is so deliberate and practised, it's as if he represents some archetypal comedian tapping a primordial funny bone.  He has the priceless ability to spin many humorous threads and then unexpectedly weave them together in the end, giving the show a sense of perfect completion. 

I smiled throughout the play, and when I wasn't smiling, I was laughing to the edge of weeping.  Judging by the speed at which the audience jumped to its feet, I wasn't the only one impressed.

Really, there's no way to end this review adequately.  "Go see it" is the obvious statement.  "No, really, go see it," is about the best summary I've got; support this phenomenal performer with your attendance, your guffaws, and your lack of three-page complaints after the curtain falls.

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