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REVIEWS
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THE SISTERS FOX
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TWO UNRULY GENTLEMEN / THIGH HIGH THEATRE
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Sunday, August 6 - Going to "The Disters Fox" I was unsure what type of show I was about to see. I was asked to go with a friend and knowing it was a local show had already given it a few points for me. I was immediately surrounded by the world that was being laid before me and was excited to see the next chapter of the enthralling tale. The play is slightly broken into different sections of the lives of the sisters moving in and out of consciousness of the audience. It was a very smooth rolling play that had many outstanding features. The acting was phenomenal and very believable. I truly felt as if I was meeting the sisters in a moment of time travel. The storyline was well conceptualised and the writing was very smooth and easy to watch. The play as a whole was a winner in my books and I would recommend that people go and see it for themselves. (Warning: may be a bit scary for children under the age of ten as the acting is very very believable and some scenes show very realistic portrayal of possession) Erin Lang
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Sunday, August 6 - With tight budgets, only occasionally a fully polished show comes to the Fringe. Sisters Fox is certainly one. Beautiful costumes, wonderful choreography, chilling soundscape, charming music, engaging script and exemplary acting. I was drawn into a world where two innocent, young girls found an entertaining way to use their unorthodox skills to make a living. The 2 young sisters are flung into a confusion of disapproving scientists, the superstitious and those that exploit them. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Louise Seidel
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Monday, August 7 - Well-acted, clever storytelling. These two actresses are triple threats, and this show was very well done. A good mix of audio techniques to enhance the story. Walking out into an thunderstorm added to the creepy factor after the show! Deserée W.
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Monday, August 7 - Great show, captivating, lovely singing voices. Keeps you hooked and interested in whats going to happen next and look forward to looking up the true story its based on. Very entertaining and surprisingly emotional. Loved it!!
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Monday, August 7 - 1st the play. The acting is exceptionally good & I loved the song involving how men thought of a woman's role in the mid-19th Century (of course many still do). Alex Hartshorn & Lauren Holfeuer have poured their heart into this play & the effort is apparent on stage. While I do think the content matter is a little less engaging for skeptical audience members, there is enough history & tonal shifts to keep us engaged.
2nd, the Broadway experience. I love going to Fringe plays in the Broadway Theatre - but this is one play in need of a different venue. 4 patrons around us got up to leave at one point in this play (1 twice!) - & 1 didn't return (perhaps as a courtesy?). Certain chairs are extremely squeaky in the Theatre so you can imagine how distracting this might be. This is a play which relies heavily on mood & atmosphere (including dark lighting & silence) & it was impossible to immerse oneself in the play with all of the distractions. Kudos to the actors - if they noticed, it certainly didn't disrupt them at all. While some of this may be attributable to certain theatre-goers, a play like this would be better served in a venue without squeaky chairs, drinks, & food. Sit near the front to reduce the chance of these distractions. Sean
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Sunday, August 6 - The Sisters Fox is a historically inspired play. Dark and eerie in plot, the actors lend to the disquieting atmosphere with haunting a capella stylings. A lighter musical number adds a bit of comic relief to break up the play and the comedic potential of the actors really shines through. Understated and simple, The Sisters Fox is a good choice for audiences seeking the spooky. 4/5 Jazmin Evers
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Saturday, Aug 5 - I enjoyed this play. The actresses were very believable and professional. They played off of each other flawlessly. Good job.
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Wednesday, August 9 - "
In overall terms The Sisters Fox is a murky story about two (spoiler alert) charlatan psychics told with limpid and uncluttered theatrical technique. The intrigue is revealed chapter by announced chapter from the young girls’ playful discovery of their ‘gift’, through their rapid rise to fame, then notoriety and a parting of the ways which doubles back to an ironic plea for sibling assistance eventually ushering in a confession, followed by… an eerie thought-provoking coda. A quiet oasis amongst the usual Fringe offerings clamouring for attention, everything in the performance of this play is understated, graceful and controlled. At the very top of the show, the look of these two actresses defies you even to consider they may NOT be sisters. Melodically tuned voices, perfectly coordinated speech and gestures and an exquisitely balanced legerdemain of mirror-image chairs gradually prepare the scene for an opening séance. Then in carefully measured doses the sisters discover what means they will use to commune with the spirits. Later, even scenes of discord and a long moment of seizure (or apparent possession) never lose this polished sense of style. Lighted candles create a séance-like garden of stage geography for most of the play and slashes of lighting give the figures dramatic outline when they need to move the story forward. There are dances that go with the words or replace scripted text for key and transitional moments. Magically the costumes suggesting the 1800’s move so beautifully with their bodies that each careful step seems inevitable and just right. Song is also part of the interpretive repertoire. So many elements, so strategically placed and so very well done! Incredibly, these artists created their heady dramatic vehicle in just a couple of months while they were holding down other jobs! The Fringe is all the better for that. As for the acting, it is well-nigh impossible to rein in the superlatives. These actresses listen to each other and give themselves space to hear and find their emotional centre before reacting… again, with limpid economy. The Sisters Fox is an intriguing tale, exquisitely told with quiet sincerity and distilled theatrical talent. Definitely a production not to be missed.
Ian C. Nelson
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Wednesday, August 9 - This was in some ways your run of the mill , well executed play, which is to say heavy on the script, no audience involvement, a period piece with period costumes.That said there were some things that also broke the mold as well. What I liked best about this play, was that it took us back in time, as told by women, through the eyes of women. The social commentary was there if you wanted to see it, and I wish I'd known about these women before. If you want to get more out of the play, you might find reading up about them a bit first, enhances your experince.
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