"Just when you think the Fringe has run out of new ideas, something surprises you... The strikingly beautiful images in Wax & Wayne often defy expectations... It’s like a Twilight Zone episode set in Madame Tussaud’s museum.
The ingenuity with which Strell and Underwood utilize wax would be enough to make a brilliant piece, but these Chicago performers also craft a riveting narrative that brings to mind influences as diverse as Strindberg, Pygmalion and Frankenstein.
Special credit must go to Tom Howe, who provides the evening’s
creepy soundtrack.... His orchestra of everyday objects makes the clangers
in Stomp sound like mere noisemakers.”
“What's most intriguing about Wax &
Wayne, surprisingly, is not (its) coup de théeâtre, but what
happens between the bookends, a thoughtful reflection on the nature of
art... One of those rare experiences that won't be coming to a theater
near you anytime soon. So, yes, go see it. (This
is not a simulation, and exactly why he doesn't end up in the emergency
room is not explained)”
“Grandly comic, surprisingly touching,
and always fascinating performance piece... Not-to-be-missed...With
balding pate, flowery mustache and thick glasses, Underwood is a superb
comedian with impeccable timing... Meghan Strell demonstrates remarkable
physical prowess as she moves the fingers in her right hand while every
other muscle seems to remain molded from paraffin. As layers of wax and
starched fabric fall away from the performer, one is amazed by the expressiveness
in the face of the Renaissance beauty.”
Wax & Wayne, one of the most peculiar offerings
at this year's New York International Fringe Festival.
The pleasures of watching a man submerged in a vat of hot
wax are many.
“Performance art at its best — new and exciting
and not a lick of pretension anywhere in sight... Wax and Wayne are Meghan
Strell and Larry Underwood and they are incredible... Catch this one while
“but we [fringeNYC] also do avant-garde, pushing-the-envelope,
downtown kind of work." One project of that type is Wax & Wayne,
by the Chicago-based Local Infinities Visual Theater.
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