Review On Gideon and the Blundersnorp

Stacy Dymalski


This is one of the best, most professionally done Hollywood Fringe shows I’ve seen. The production design is so visually creative, that it rivals what you’d see Off-Broadway. The acting is topnotch and engaging; the direction makes elegant use of the small space to give a sense of expanse terrain; and the writing is quick-witted, with clever double entendres that both entertain adults and amuse children. Like a Pixar movie this show’s story is family-friendly without talking down to the audience. And it has a great overall message.

What I particularly like about this show is that each aspect of the show (story, writing, direction, acting, production design) uses out-of-the-box ideas to bring the story to life. But I think my favorite thing is when the monster (the Blundersnorp) finally makes its appearance. That was an unexpected delight. Along those same lines, I like the interesting use of props to stage different aspects of the story that might have initially seemed undoable in live theatre.

Honestly, I can’t think of anything that needs improvement. The show could possibly benefit from a larger stage, but really, they did a great job with what they had.

Traditionally live theatre is a wonderful (and important) place for social commentary and to bring injustice and pain to light. But sometimes it's just nice to indulge in a fun, comedic fantasy. If you're ready to be thoroughly entertained, go see "Gideon and the Blundersnorp."