Fringe Fest 2013: In the Boudoir's clowning only mildly amusing
Life’s short: skip Summer Shapiro’s In the Boudoir. In this clown performance, Shapiro riffs on notions of glamour and romance. With her spangled shoes and a white dress that’s supported by a huge peach-coloured crinoline, Shapiro looks great. And some of the games she plays with audience volunteers, including a sword fight between her two supposed suitors, are mildly amusing. In the Boudoir is mostly boring, though: many of the tropes, including mucking with spaghetti, are familiar and repetitive. And the beginning of the piece is so minimalist that it almost disappears.
At Performance Works. Remaining performances on September 7 (2:35 p.m.), 8 (4:05 p.m.), 11 (9:45 p.m.), 13 (10:35 p.m.), and 15 (7:40 p.m.).