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Eating an Elephant Productions How To Profit From Your Family

By • Jul 12th, 2010 • Category: Fringe, Reviews
How To Profit From Your Family
Eating an Elephant Productions
Busboys and Poets – Cullen Room
Through July 11
60 minutes
Reviewed July 8, 2010

The official description: A woman. A stage. An eccentric family. Follow an amateur’s humorous attempts to put together a 2009 Fringe show. It has a happy ending. She made dozens of dollars. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry…well, you’ll probably just laugh.

What You’ll Like: Cigdem Oktem telling jokes about ponography, pop culture (isn’t Fringe giving people their own reality show?), and her family. Changing the lighting during scene transitions when Ms. Oktem was talking with her mother about the show was an interesting decision.

What You Won’t: She was far too static on stage, staying seated the entire time. A little more energy would have been nice. You could probably make a drinking game out of her choices of drinking from her water cup or her JD. Several times she held up magazines or photographs. It would have been great if those items could have been projected or enlarged. It was also a little distracting throughout the show when the stage manager had to stand up near the stage to change the lights.

Overall: This was amusing at points, but it never quite hit its stride. I didn’t feel like the show I saw was what was advertised. I really was expecting more a behind-the-scenes tale of getting into Fringe than just what was involved with writing a Fringe show.

  • Writer, Performer, and Aspiring Action Hero: Cigdem Oktem
  • Lighting Designer, Stage Manager and All-round Good Guy: Josh Bristol

Disclaimer: Capital Fringe provided a complimentary media ticket to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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