The Skype Show or See You in August
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Real-life creative and sometime romantic partners Jody Christopherson and Michael de Roos found a groove making music and living together in New York. When De Roos’s visa expired and he was forced to move back to Holland, they kept in touch online, and Christopherson’s play is built from actual Skype conversations between them. (She appears onstage, while he is consigned to video.) Although the format is slightly static, the unfolding story of their efforts to get him back to the States keeps you on the edge of your seat, and yields a poignant statement about government support for artists in America. With not much more than a desk and a few scattered props—and highly original music from their band, Greencard Wedding, that blends dubstep beat-boxing with folk guitar and vocals—The Skype Show provides just the kind of experience you hope for at the Fringe. Christopherson and De Roos are talents to watch, not to mention a pleasure to hear.—Derek Smith
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