Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue Finn McCoolBy Betsy Marks Delaney • Jul 13th, 2010 • Category: Fringe, Reviews
Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue
The Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar
Through July 25th
Reviewed July 10, 2010
The Official Description: The inimitable DMLRR returns with a post-apocalyptic, raucous, rock and roll, retelling of the Irish legend: Finn Mc Cool. Complete with a brave hero, a bad-ass fairy, a one-eyed henchman, a crazy guy who talks to canned goods, Druids, and a drinking song!
I wanted to see last year’s DMLRR show, The Saints, but the fates were not kind and the timing was off. I heard I missed one of the top shows at Fringe. This year, my attendance at this fabulous tribute to one of the great Irish legends was a perfect case of being in the right place at the right time.
This show has it all. Hard rocking rhythm, low-tech post-apocalyptic storytelling and kick-ass musical performances by DMLRR’s exceptionally talented ensemble cast, who waste no time getting you right into the heart of this show. In just five musical vignettes, we learn about Finn McCool’s birth and life, of his fight with the evil fairy Morrighan and her henchman Goll Mac Morna and his encounter with the wise but strange Finneces. Don’t pay too much attention to the particulars of the legend itself, though. You’ll get lost in the details and you’ll miss the fun. Last I checked, cut-off leather jackets weren’t de rigueur for ancient Celtic fashion. (I LOVED the costumes, by the way. Did just what they needed to do to tell the tale.)
By the time we reached the end of the show, with its mandatory drinking sing-a-long (though I wouldn’t recommend drinking the drink), every audience member was hooked and the final resolution is flat out howlingly funny.
Note that the tent can get searingly hot in the height of a DC summer, but this show is totally worth braving the space. Don’t miss this show because of the temperature outside! You’ll regret it!
Written by Debra Buonaccorsi and Steve Mc Williams, directed by Debra Buonaccorsi.
The Finn Mc Cool cast features DMLRR founders and writers Debra Buonaccorsi and Steve Mc Williams with Felicia Curry, Maria Egler, Laura Keena, Jordan Klein and Matthew Schleigh as Finn Mc Cool.
Disclaimer: The writer paid for her own ticket to see this show.
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Betsy Marks Delaney is founder and Artistic Director of OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company (O2B2) and General Manager of the Greenbelt Arts Center. Since 2006 Betsy has worked as a director, producer, designer and more. Betsy has also worked with Washington Revels, Arena Stage, the now-defunct Harlequin Dinner Theatre and with community theatre companies both in Maryland and in upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Theatre from SUNY New Paltz. Through Hawkeswood Productions, Betsy produces archival performance videos and YouTube highlight spots.