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Fossils

From 41 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Confusing

About the show

Bucket Club presents the story of a scientist who confronts the mythical and the monstrous to come to terms with the disappearance of her father. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival. More…

Vanessa's life is science. Fact based, evidence led, no nonsense, no monsters. But when a photograph surfaces showing something in Loch Ness, she embarks on a very personal research project. Told by three performers with live electronic sound design, music, and vocal harmonies, 'Fossils' is a modern exploration of some timeless questions.


Member Reviews (41)

MEMBERS SAY:

Quirky, Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Confusing
74
Avg Score

85
Great staging, Gripping, Unique, Exciting, Scrappy

See it if you like scrappy, inventive productions of intimate plays that make stage magic out of a handful of props and cool onstage music-making.

Don't see it if you only care for the spectacle of super high production value. This is refreshingly theatrical and creative and affecting.

86
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Fantastic music

See it if imaginative theatrical production amuses you. This piece uses a delightfully creative approach to story telling. And the music is marvelous

Don't see it if you have a narrow world view which does not accept the compression of time and experice necessary for theatrical performance.

78
Edgy, Quirky, Confusing, Great acting, Brilliant tech and use of props

See it if You enjoy very creative unusual shows with tech aspects being a significant part of the story. You enjoy scientific themes and imagery.

Don't see it if You are looking for an evening of theatre which allows you to sit back and just watch. This requires that you pay close attention throughout

82
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky, Great music

See it if you enjoy unique shows which utilize unusual audio and visual techniques, interesting story, quirky characters; a charming production.

Don't see it if you only like "normal" plays, dislike anything unusual and unique on the stage; prefer musicals and big production shows. This isn't that.

Also Engaging characters, beautiful music, clever use of props, in a small ... Read more Read less

12
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you want to see weird original music incorporated into a play

Don't see it if you want something traditional. This play is way out there

Also I am sick and tired of plays that try to be "cute". Some DJ wrote some... Read more Read less

74
Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Unusual

See it if You like looping sound effects behind a story of a daughter searching for a father caught up in cryptozoology.

Don't see it if You'd rather have a traditional story that lasts more than 65 minutes.

70
Wonderful ensemble rapport, Curious, Original, Intriguing sound design

See it if Intricate blending of minimal sets, psychological study of woman in search of missing pieces, music & sound inventions & window into aca...

Don't see it if ...demic life plus Loch Ness monster, leaves little time for character development & satisfying resolution. Great talent needs stronger book

72
Good sound design, Refreshing, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy non-traditional staging, unusual sound design and clever plot presentation. The story was a bit thin, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with toys as props used to further the storyline, or non-standard staging and music.

77
Delightful, Refreshing, Funny

See it if a unique, touching story with some fun interspersed

Don't see it if only an hour long; not your usual linear play.

75
Clever, Disappointing, Funny, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You don't mind a little bit of a bland story line but want to see some great staging/sound work. If love dinosaurs or lived across the pond

Don't see it if You want a full on musical or quirky shows aren't your thing.

50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You’re interested in experimental theater.

Don't see it if You like traditional theater.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you like a quick story that grows - and you find dry British Humor funny. and there is weird music, which I loved.

Don't see it if you're looking for a normal play. This is a quick and odd 65 minute, almost experimental piece.

49
Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Eh!!!!

See it if Hard to follow Too many props Experimental

Don't see it if Do not recommend

77
Clever, Intelligent, Edgy, Quirky, Slow

See it if If you like experimental theatre with a basic set that isn't too far out there to enjoy. Cool and unique sounds/score.

Don't see it if If you can't stand plots dealing with unresolved parental issues or anything that's the least bit "sciency."

Also Overall we enjoyed the play. It dragged a tad in spots, but not enough... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if you like theatrical inventiveness, want to see a young company who will clearly go on to great things

Don't see it if you're turned off by toy theater or electronic music

100
Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Enchanting

See it if You want to see an original show with unbelievable live music and solid acting.

Don't see it if You don't like theatre or music.

During previews
85
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want a creative, entertaining way of storytelling w/interesting sound design & great use of props. You want a unique theatre experience.

Don't see it if You don't like experimental theatre. You prefer more traditional staging and storytelling.

During previews
75
Entertaining, Quirky, Creative, Engaging, Stunning soundscape

See it if Like small, intimate pieces w talented cast, inventive theater magic, eccentric charm. Has some surprising resonance. Fun/touching/good.

Don't see it if You don't like fringe-y theater and prefer traditional staging. You have to be willing to give in to its eccentricity. Not much plot.

During previews
70
Very british quirky interesting play.

See it if You like inventive engaging theatre. The way the Brits always do.

Don't see it if You want traditional linear storytelling.

During previews
80
Quirky, Rhythmic, Clever, Funny

See it if you're up for an hour of quirky British humor and an exploration of grief. Use of music and sound effects creates a nice rhythm to the play.

Don't see it if you don't like British humor, minimal staging, or funny plays that take some serious turns. you prefer a more traditional play.

During previews
70
Fringe-ish, Sound effects/use of music = sleep inducing, Seems unfinished, Laidback humor nearly prostrate, Interesting attempt

See it if experimental theatre techniques, use of props to illustrate story, unusual soundscapes, talented actor/musicians are enuf 4 u2 get a ticket

Don't see it if Fringe like scripts, small black box spaces, prop dinosaurs used as minor characters, threat of water guns, accordians make u want 2 pass

During previews
69
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if A 65 min play through 59E59 Brits off Broadway which is creative and touching. A young scientist longing for her father.

Don't see it if If you prefer musicals and plays which are not edgy and simply produced.

During previews
81
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Edgy

See it if you enjoy short, creative, quirky one act plays. This was originally performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and it is very much in that tradition

Don't see it if you prefer fully costumed, fully staged shows with real sets. You like "big" productions, you dislike off-kilter, quirky shows.

During previews
70
Quirky, Clever, Indulgent, Entertaining, Small-scaled

See it if you enjoy intimate Fringe type shows in which small methods are employed to big effect.

Don't see it if you are looking for something large scaled in its staging and substantial in terms of plot and character.

During previews
80
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy stories about how parents influence who you are as an adult. And quirky British humor.

Don't see it if you are looking for a complex storyline.


May 2nd, 2017
“Narratively slight and at least a little nutty, this piece is deft in form and nifty in presentation…The production tantalizes with, rather than delivers on, its theme…It ends at least a scene too soon…Under Nel Crouch’s direction, these three performers act, score and narrate with scientific pr...
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May 5th, 2017
"This is a show like no other. It has an intriguing plot that is conveyed with clever staging and ingenious storytelling devices. Performed in an intimate theatre space, it mesmerizes the audience from the first minute to the last...The cast is ideal in their roles...Special touches make this sho...
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May 3rd, 2017
“A tight, cohesive ensemble…It's all very clever, but, as ‘Fossils’ goes on, it's hard to escape the feeling that the members of the company are more interested in their storytelling method than in the story they have to tell. This seems especially so in the last fifteen minutes or so, which, fra...
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May 9th, 2017
“Though the printed script, such as it is, is credited to Nel Crouch, she is listed in the program as only the director, and ‘Fossils’ is rather ‘by’ Bucket Club, described as an ‘associate company.’ Such confusion is perpetrated throughout the production: it's hard to say if, in the end of this ...
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