Matt Diss • August 27, 2016 • Boulder Fringe Festival •
Clonster, performed by Beth and Andy of ABC Productions, is a wild ride of absurdity and humanity.
As this almost completely speechless show begins, the characters are quickly introduced. Andy appears to play the role of a tender, yet disgruntled bear, while Beth stars as the neurotic thief. Both are unique characters, but seemingly share absurd conflicts. For Andy, it’s a barking dog, the 2016 political race, and oddly enough, his arm constantly falling off. Beth seems to struggle with her coffee enemas, furniture placement and dicing up a single strawberry, which she oddly stores in her coat pocket. Chaos is the best word to describe what happens next. Andy’s amputated arm soon becomes Beth’s baby, a machine gun and other various stage props. The resolution is humanly satisfying and heartfelt. Andy reattaches his limb, while Beth seems content with her continued comical neuroticism.
Clonster was easily one of my favorite shows at this year’s Boulder Fringe Festival. Beth and Andy are incredibly talented, and their show is truly novel and entertaining. While the performance is filled with poignant humor and relevant metaphors, it also displays a naturally human quality. It seemed as easy to laugh as to relate to the emotions of the characters. It was certainly delightfully fucked up, yet hysterically funny. I was glad to attend this performance, and I would suggest it to anyone who wants to watch something fresh and striking.
You can experience Clonster at Trident Booksellers & Cafe