REVIEW: 600 Seconds Offers the Entire Fringe Experience in 60 Minutes
If you see anything at Fringe this year, 600 Seconds is probably your safest bet, simply because it exists as a distilled amalgamation of everything else on offer. Presented by The Blue Room Theatre as part of its Summer Nights at FRINGEWORLD 2017 program, the show features six 10 minute performances in which anything goes. Music, comedy, theatre, dance… You name it, and 600 Seconds has it.
It feels rather redundant reviewing a show like this, where each offering is different. What I can say from the session I attended (February 7 2017), however, is that there are some real hidden gems on offer. “The Perils of Parenthood”, a dark comedy starring an array of local talent about parents who accidentally hire an assassin instead of a babysitter (as you do) was the pick of the six acts for me. The absurdity of the situation was brought to light in the most unique fashion, resulting in an intelligently crafted performance that I can easily envision being stretched out beyond its imposed 10-minute runtime.
I can’t speak for the other group of performances, but after examining the summaries on my program there looks to be some potential winners in there. If the group that I had the pleasure of witnessing is anything to go by, you’re in safe hands. And if you’re looking for that Fringe experience, this is the place to be. Of course, you may not enjoy everything you see, such is the nature of the show, but stick through them and you’re bound to see something that makes it all worthwhile. Besides, you’ll be surprised how quickly (or slowly) 10 minutes can go by.
Tickets are still available for some sessions, so do go check it out!