Before the show began, the theatre was almost completely full of audience members sitting in their seats with big smiles, a few dance moves, and perhaps a beer in their hand. It must have been because they knew they were about to see a great show (in my humble opinion, the best Fringe production I’ve seen this year).
David (Dylan Marron) and Meagan (Jo Firestone) don’t even give you a chance to sit down before they start making you laugh. They stand at the entrance and aggressively greet each of their “students” with pre-made name tags. According to mine, my name was Carol.
After David and Meagan give each other a quick pep talk, they begin their interactive “creativity workshop.” David introduces himself to the “class” and makes a few announcements, which included requesting that Carol (played by me) stop answering my phone during class like a I did on Day 1. After the housekeeping announcements, David basically tells all of his paying customers that if they listen to every word he says, and participate in their brilliant exercises during class, there is virtually no possible way they can fail at anything in life…ever.
David is clearly the leader of the husband and wife led class. He takes charge when he arrogantly explains the instructions for class exercises, then demonstrates said exercises with Meagan, and finally asks his “students” to apply what they have learned. But Meagen is no push over and class was not without drama. Like all couples do, David and Meagan occasionally bicker, insult one another, and become jealous of past relationships.
This 60 minute high energy comedy sketch was creative, fun, and just what the Fringe Festival ordered. It’s obvious that Marron and Firestone have worked together before; their chemistry was incredible. They play off each other flawlessly during their confrontations, and just as hilariously when they use each other’s bodies to get some more giggles out of the audience (Note: I’m a sucker for physical comedy).
I do believe that the show will become vulnerable to problems if the energy of the audience is low, or if nobody shows up to see these two goofballs. So, I would suggest you grab a few friends to go along with you.
I want to be careful to not give too much away, because describing the exercises these two characters put their class through wouldn’t do it justice. Fringe goers everywhere – get out and see this show.
You heard him. You’ve got 3 more chances to see Meagan & David’s Original Low-Cost Creativity Workshop at The Shop – Fort Fringe, 607 New York Avenue, Washington, DC.