Going Postal

FronteraFest Long Fringe

Special delivery: the Back Pack in action
Special delivery: the Back Pack in action

Going Postal

Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd.
Final performances: Saturday, Feb. 2, 6pm; Sunday, Feb. 3, noon
Running time: 1 hr., 15 min.

I caught "How to Wear Your Backpack," the piece that four-person troupe the Back Pack did for the first week of FronteraFest's Short Fringe, and found the dance-based caper to be so fresh and inventive and well-performed that I was reminded of some of Little Stolen Moments' greatest hits. "Wow," thought I, chuckling at the clever antics, "that was great. What else do these guys do?" And so I looked forward to seeing what the recent transplants from Montana would do with a 75-minute Long Fringe show about "one lonely letter thrown into the world without a stamp or a return address." Alas, Going Postal turned out to be not such an enjoyable experience, with memory of the quartet's wordless Short Fringe wonder obliterated by a production so staggeringly twee and talky and riddled with cheap puns that I suppose its intended audience must be 6-year-olds for whom a typical episode of VeggieTales is insufficiently 1) risqué and 2) precious. Although mitigated in part by all-too-infrequent times during which the performers just shut up and danced – their impressive slo-mo gunfight sequence deserves to be rescued from its current context – this isn't a show I can recommend.

More Going Postal
Going Postal
The joy of reading Pratchett's skillfully constructed artifices is in the discovery of his endless fascination with How People Work, and Going Postal, puns aside, is practically an instruction manual

Marc Savlov, Feb. 4, 2005

More FronteraFest 2013
FronteraFest 2013
FronteraFest 2013
Performance jamboree's 20th brings back old faves and welcomes new stars

Robert Faires, Jan. 11, 2013

More Arts Reviews
Hidden Room Theatre's <i>Houdini Speaks to the Living</i>
Hidden Room Theatre's Houdini Speaks to the Living
In this drama featuring Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle, a debate on the talking dead springs to dramatic life

Robert Faires, Oct. 28, 2016

The Institution Theater's <i>It Came From Your Brain</i>
The Institution Theater's It Came From Your Brain
This improvised retro sci-fi monster movie may pique your curiosity enough that you’ll want to visit the “drive-in” more than once

Oct. 28, 2016

More by Wayne Alan Brenner
Leon and Stella Alesi: Love Conjures All
Leon and Stella Alesi: Love Conjures All
In camera and out, this couple provides ocular proof of a life in the arts

Oct. 28, 2016

The Q&A Hole: Considering All the Different Gods Available to Humanity, How Do You Choose Which One to Believe In?
The Q&A Hole: God? Which God?
With Russell Glasser, Cristine H. Legare, David Wheeler, and more.

Oct. 25, 2016


Going Postal, FronteraFest 2013, FronteraFest Long Fringe 2013, the Back Pack

AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)