Dog Powered Robot and the Subsequent Adventure
Created by Evan Miga
Miga Me Productions
Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival – Orange Venue
This is as close as you’ll ever get to living in a comic book, and its way more fun and accessible than that disaster prone New York show they keep talking about. Plot is minimal, motivation mysterious, but the amount of work that went into making a complete hermetic environment is outstanding. You walk into a dark moody room with goggled mole people moving about and a mechanical voice admonishing “continue searching for Humphrey Dumpster’s arm!” Small children stopped in awe, some frightened and some eager to run out a join the search. A stilt walk passed out lollypops to patrons, and long spinning fans probed the audience. You are no longer in any ordinary world.
Among the rubble we find Vic 16 and Commodore 64, they are lost and in need of rescue. Humphrey Dumpster appears, he has a levitating ray driven by Fishmantium-13 and a grudge against cardboard city. He’s lost his good arms, and now wears evil ones and his maniacal laughter exudes enough evil energy to vaporize the fourth wall. When Vic and Com call for help, Lollibot comes to rescues but is tricked by the Ro-Bro’s Boxcar and Roustabout and sent to the bottom of the harbor. Advice comes from a large talking dumpster, and eventually Dog Power Robot arrives to smash the city. Someone helpfully points out it might be easier to just live with the invaders, DPR does plenty of damage on his own. Positives: A magical fantasy set, nonstop action, ultra clever staging and delivery, and a clumsy John Batemans doing clean up. Negatives: Not enough Dog Powered Robot, it feels like attention is shifting to Lollibot. She’s cute, but lacks any puppy power. When you see the show, bring a kid, they will remember this forever.
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This show is part of the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. Tickets and other information may be found at http:\\www.OrlandoFringe.org