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."