Let’s just make this short and sweet: Go see Snow Fridge. It’s fantastic.
Oh, this review needs to be a bit longer? Okay, I can go on.
I’ll be honest, and say I had no idea what to expect going into this show. The description for it is purposely vague, and it’s probably best you don’t really anything beyond what it says:
Hello. Welcome to Snow Fridge. You are here, at the beginning. Our purpose is to see you through your story. The one you will experience through this individual, improvised, immersive show that began right here, at your beginning. Your show will be unique, created for you alone. Hello. Welcome.
After getting a ticket, I received an email asking me three simple questions, around one central theme: What do you want to change? My answers, while fairly generalized, would be the basis for my show. I had no idea how the heck this group of actors would improvise based on my response, but I was curious, of course.
Come showtime, I arrived at the Pig N’ Whistle, a lovely establishment next to the Egyptian Theater. I sat at my assigned table, drawing cards and rolling dice with no numbers, until a man retrieved me. We made some small talk, mostly about how my day was and LA traffic, before we stood before a door. He knocked three times, and my journey began.
Without giving too much away, I will say that Snow Fridge was like stepping into a fever dream. From its opening moments, where it was explained what the Snow Fridge was, to when I stepped back out the door at the end 15 minutes later, it was a blur.
But it was an incredibly put together and wonderfully fun blur. And, it was kind of hilarious, too. I wasn’t sure how much I was able to talk at first, but I soon gave myself over to it, and was laughing along with the cast, getting into the moment, and just letting go. My initials answers to their email circled around the responsibilities that have piled up in my life, and my longing for more free time, the cast transferred these thoughts into a fun-fueled show. These concerns, and showcased in the opening moments, took on new life when they opened my mind into how to overcome them. Again, being purposely vague here, because other shows will be much different based on other answers, but it was pretty incredible to see them rift on my answers to the email and to what they were asking me in person.
The darkened space, with (I think) 8 or so actors all around, constantly talking, rifting off one another, may have been chaotic and disorganized in lesser hands, but creators Karlie Blair and Keight Leighn really knew how to direct the cast in the right directions. The folks they assembled for this are all talented, and it really made a big difference in the show. I mean, it’s not often you find yourself in an impromptu game of hide and seek in the dark with a group of immersive performers, but when you do, it’s great to see them all just go with it.
At the end of my time, I walked out of the space with a huge smile on my face. And I am positive you will as well.
This review may be shorter than my usual, but again, that’s done by design: I can’t tell you what your show will be like, but I can tell you that it will be fantastic. Frantic, fun, and full of little surprises.
So let’s end this the same we started it: Go see Snow Fridge. It’s fantastic.
For more information, and to buy tickets, visit them on the Hollywood Fringe Festival website at: http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/5313