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The Fre

From 23 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious

About the show

In this queer love story from Taylor Mac, audiences will jump into the mud with the Fre to hash out the current cultural divide. The play is set in a giant ball pit with audience seating inside and out. More…

From the show:

MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient and Tony Award® nominee Taylor Mac returns home to The Flea for the world premiere of The Fre. The Flea’s Artistic Director and frequent Taylor Mac collaborator, Niegel Smith (Hir, 24 Decade History of Popular Music and Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce) will direct.

In the land of two bridges The Fre, a rambunctious group of fun loving anti-intellectuals spend their days cavorting in the mud. Into their midst descends Hero, a dandy aesthete, who longs to cut the bridge and finally escape the mud pit. But first he must convince the leader Frankie Fre and the other fatuous inhabitants that there is a better life outside of the swamp. In this queer love story, audiences will literally and figuratively jump into the mud with the Fre to hash out the current cultural divide. The play is set in a giant ball pit with audience seating inside and out.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.


Member Reviews (23)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious
79
Avg Score

During previews
91
Quirky, Relevant, Profound, Great staging, Clever

See it if You like outside the box...WAY OUTSIDE THE BOX!!! This is a smart, I’d say brilliant statement on where we are politically and socially now.

Don't see it if You’re not ready to take that stick out of your butt and completely let go. This is so dumb it’s profound. Be prepared to look inside.

Also If you saw last seasons Broadway show Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronic... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Uneven execution, Important task, Brilliant set-up, Brilliant set

See it if you'd like to experience a thrilling set & set-up that try bridging the gap between blue state sophisticates & red state un-sophisticates.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a kitchen sink drama about how denizens of the red states live.

Also I wish I liked “The Fre” better. The set is thrillingly innovative: A ... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like immersive experiences where 1/4 the audience is in a huge ball pit. Throw balls, sink down to your chin & play. Take a selfie too!

Don't see it if You don't like seeing 2 characters smear mud all over themselves. Or throw balls at the characters. Or play in the ball pit after the show.

During previews
82
Poli-socio-comic-turgy, Mud will be flung, Hybrid, Tya agitprop, Something completely different

See it if Taylor Mac intrigues U, return 2 disregarding your disbelief, immersion is your thing, participation is up your alley, silly fun & verse R U

Don't see it if cannot let go, find potty humor sophomoric, need an "easy" chair, find participation anathema, fear the unknown, hate verse & kids theatre

During previews
70
Funny, Quirky, Banal, Ambitious

See it if Taylor Mac's prose in semi iambic pentameter is of interest to you. The cast has a lot of fun and the audience enjoys this LOWBROW comedy

Don't see it if you are not willing to check your intelligence at the door.

Also The play starts out with a character (Taylor) telling us the play is N... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Juvenile, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy Taylor Mac,performance art, interactive theatre, potty humor, throwing balls at targets, children's theater, just plain silliness.

Don't see it if you dislike Carnival Cruise-like audience interaction,making fun of working class people,especially those who live in red states;potty humor

During previews
92
Clever, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if You have the patience for a show that takes time getting going, is often juvenile, but nails an emotional, truthful, lovely ending.

Don't see it if You’re not open to some poop jokes or (very light) audience participation. You’re not willing to give a piece time to find it’s rhythm.

Also What a journey I took with this show. From delight to confusion to bli... Read more Read less

During previews
5
Cliched, Bad acting, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like whatever Taylor Mac writes you might actually enjoy this show.

Don't see it if you expect to be entertained and stimulated. Instead you will be totally confused. And did I mention the painful and amateurish acting

During previews
90
Brilliant and mind-blowingly playful, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if creative and political is what you are looking for

Don't see it if conventional is what works for you

During previews
85
Quirky, Great writing, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You relish the unexpected in theater and you know And appreciate Taylor Mac’s iconoclasm.

Don't see it if If antic shows are not your thing or you are conflicted about homosexual desire.

During previews
86
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Delightful

See it if you like intense design and plays with a message.

Don't see it if you are easily shocked/offended.

During previews
77
Entertaining, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if Want to see experimental and provocative performance, including audience participation, with some clever versification

Don't see it if Find it hard to get into the spirit of this particular entertainment

During previews
73
Pretentious, Disappointing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you're a red-state expat and feel great about it; you're a life-long blue-stater and proud of it; you love ball pits!!!

Don't see it if you want something a little more nuanced than "hur hur hur rural people are dumb lol"

Also I was not surprised to hear that a red-state theater declined to perfo... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Relevant, Clever, Confusing, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you enjoy Taylor Mac's other works - it is similar to his others (political, potty humor, ball pit, mud flinging, crazy costumes)

Don't see it if you are from the country or a red state (it's pretty insulting), you can't follow rhyming couplets, you're not into audience participation

Also I was actually taken aback with how insulting it is to people who are ... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You want to experience theater in a whole new way, in a ball pit where you become part of the Fre! Let your guard down & revel in the chaos!

Don't see it if you prefer traditional theater and would rather observe from a distance. Also if you have an aversion to homosexuality and bathroom humor.

During previews
70
Clever, Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like experimental theater, and you miss ball pits of childhood!

Don't see it if You don't like audience participation, and you don't want to see politics alluded to

During previews
85
Great staging, Profound, Relevant, Great acting, Funny

See it if You liked the concept of Idiocracy, but set in a ball-pit.

Don't see it if You hate fun.

During previews
90
Quirky, Delightful, Clever

See it if You always wanted to sit in a ball pit while watching a play (not required but highly recommended) Love humor with your truth

Don't see it if You just want to observe & not play along. You're not open to new ways of thinking

Also It's an important play to see in our political climate. It's voluntari... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Long, Resonant, Hilarious, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you like being surprised, you don't hate audience participation *too* much, you're a fan of Taylor Mac's other work!

Don't see it if You don't like shows with verse, you are afraid of getting corona virus, you don't find bathroom humor funny.

Also This show was absolutely delightful! Give me a show with poop jokes an... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Relevant, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Funny

See it if You love Taylor Mac, appreciate non-traditional theater, want to have fun at a show that’s extremely topical and relevant

Don't see it if You don’t like bathroom humor or shows for both kids and adults.

During previews
100
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if At its best the show is entertaining while also asking you to feel differently about other people

Don't see it if if you want to throw plastic balls at the actors and clap your hands like a seal

During previews
95
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever

See it if you want a show with thought-provoking perspectives, amazing use of set and design, and masterful writing. Energetic and wonderful

Don't see it if you are only interested in highly commercialized Broadway shows.

During previews
100
Must see, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if Want to be shaken out of safe theatre and live in Taylor’s transcendent world- where our society is loved for its dysfunction.

Don't see it if You don’t have a sense of humor and/or don’t understand why queer art matters

Also It’s hard not to fall in love with these fools. This play takes you on... Read more Read less


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