Presented by Pat O'Brien|
Starring Pat O'Brien, Larry Ripp, Sam Ahern, and Brad Erickson
The StarTribune picked both of these 2017 Minnesota Fringe Shows as "Must See! Don't Miss!"
"Edward Albee's Zoo Story gets a sizzling revival! The play may be almost 60 years old, but it's not showing any wrinkles in this remount directed by Pat O'Brien. Two strangers meet at a park bench. Brad Erickson's Peter is enjoying a book when Sam Ahern's jittery and explosive Jerry compels him to listen to his story. Jerry draws Peter and the audience inexorably down a rabbit hole as he paces the stage, eyes darting, arms flailing. Erickson is a perfect foil, his genial urbanity devolving into bewildered panic. Together they remind us why this one-act is a classic." - StarTribune
Whisper Into My Good Ear: "It's easy to see that something is up when two old men meet on a park bench in New York City just before Christmas in William Hanley's one-act. What's up is that these lonely old duffers are going to end it all. What follows is a masterfully acted and deeply moving conversation about what you do when it seems like life has run its course. Lawrence Ripp's outgoing Charlie is a perfect contrast to Patrick O'Brien's reserved Max, but both carry decades of hard living and loneliness in their sad eyes and stooped postures. Max's big secret doesn't carry the same weight now as it did in 1962, but Charlie's reaction and his sudden desire to keep living makes this a sublime and moving show." - StarTribune. The show has been garnering 5 star reviews and "Best of the Fest" designations on the Fringe circuit from D.C. to Indianapolis to London! (Full disclosure, that's London, Ontario.)
Both shows feature two guys on a park bench in Central Park. With weapons.
Zoo Story stars Sam Ahern and Brad Erickson
Whisper Into My Good Ear stars Larry Ripp and Pat O'Brien
Brad Erickson has been a fortunate member of the Twin Cities' theater community working with remarkable companies like Ferrari McSpeedy, Daleko Arts, The Chameleon Theater Circle, Mainly Me Productions, and Dana's Boys. Past MN Fringe shows include Hamluke, Hour Town, Repertoire Dogs, and The Life of Charles Schulz. He's been a regular at BLB with such hits as The Saved By The Bell Show and A Die Hard Christmas among many others.
Sam Ahern is thrilled to be working with Pat O'Brien and Brad Erickson again, after a few stints with both of them in The Saved By The Bell Show. Past Fringe performances include Oatsie Carewe in Brazen Theater's Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, along with performances in shows from Nimbus Theatre and Partizan Productions.
Larry Ripp is an Actor/Playwright/Producer/Director in the Twin Cities who has been a part of the Twin Cities theater community for over 36 years. A former Wisconsin radio announcer, Larry moved to the Twin Cities in 1979 and got his first acting role with Park Square Theater 3 days after his arrival. Larry can also be seen at various festivals and events throughout the summer months as the Renaissance Character "Sir Sydney Soapington, The Baron of Bubble! The character he created grows in popularity with every passing huge bubble he makes. Like him on Facebook!
Pat O'Brien returned to Minneapolis ten years ago after 22 years in L.A. where he appeared in dozens of films, including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Pleasantville, Stuart Little, and Catch Me If You Can. He guest starred in dozens of TV shows and had recurring roles on Night Court, Married with Children, Sabrina, and was Mr. Dewey on Saved By The Bell. His stage credits include regional theaters from New York to San Diego. Locally: Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Old Log, Chan, Yellow Tree, and Park Square.
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Bryant Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater (View)
810 W Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408