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Poe and Mathews: a Misadventure in the Middle of NowhereGrumble Productions, Los Angeles, CA

Venue Coffee Emporium
Running Time 60 minutes
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First Time? New Participant
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Tags Comedy, Theatre, Family
Friendly, Teen Friendly,
Historical Themes

 

 

 

Performances:

Thursday, May 30 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, June 1 @ 7:45pm
Monday, June 3 @ 9:00pm
Wednesday, June 5 @ 7:30pm
Friday, June 7 @ 8:30pm

 

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Absurd clown featuring Edgar Allan Poe and a Misadventure.

When famed author, Edgar Allen Poe (Emily Windler), washes ashore on a deserted island with the bungling fool, Cornelius Mathews (Brian Kuwabara), hilarity ensues. Poe undergoes the 8 stages of grief as his sanity wanes. An absurd clown show filled with slapstick comedy, sly wit, charm, and 80’s hits. It’s “Laurel and Hardy Waiting for Godot” (Kings River Life).

Poe and Mathews originated as an existential adaptation of Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivner." We found the factual relationship between Poe and Mathews to be inspirational and hilarious, so we developed a new show! We heightened these characters to create a re-imagined clown duo out of these historic figures.

Grumble Productions is a physical theater ensemble that was founded by two Dell’Arte International graduates in Los Angeles in 2012. We love the art of Comedy. We love using the Unexpected. We love stories that touch people…in their hearts. We seek to create original theater that uses a collection of styles, from Mask, Physical Comedy, Opera, Puppetry, to the Weird that has yet to be dreamed of. We strive to present theater that is accessible to everyone in our community. We want the audience to laugh or cry from the bottom of their gut. We want the audience to experience the power of imagination and the golden age of comedy here and now!

Past Fringe Festivals:

Emily Windler
(2011) Phoenix Fringe Festival, Gary Has a Date, Producer/Creator/Performer
(2011) The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Grim and Fischer, Stage Manager
(2011) Calgary Fringe Festival, Grim and Fischer, Stage Manager
(2011) Edmonton Internation Fringe Theatre Festival, Grim and Fischer, Stage Manager
(2011) Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, Grim and Fischer, Stage Manager
(2011) Vancouver International Fringe Festival, Grim and Fischer, Stage Manager 
(2012) Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Grim and Fischer, Stage Manager
(2012) The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Hansome Cab Killer, Performer
(2012) Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Hansome Cab Killer, Performer
(2012) Edmonton Internation Fringe Theatre Festival, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Hansome Cab Killer, Performer
(2012) New Orleans Fringe Festival, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Hansome Cab Killer, Performer
(2013) Rogue Festival, Gary Has a Date, Producer/Creator/Performer

Brian Kuwabara
(2012) The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Hansome Cab Killer, Performer
(2012) Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Hansome Cab Killer, Performer
(2012) Edmonton Internation Fringe Theatre Festival, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Hansome Cab Killer, Performer
(2012) New Orleans Fringe Festival, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Hansome Cab Killer, Performer
(2013) Rogue Festival, The Secret History of The World, Producer/Creator/Performer

 

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    May 7, 2013 7:01 pmPosted 11 months ago
    Jon Kovach

    We're looking very much forward to performing alongside Grumble Productions´╗┐ at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival´╗┐! POE AND MATHEWS sounds hysterical. What a fun couple of historical figures to pair together. Can't wait to see the performance! Best wishes!

    Unity Productions´╗┐ 
    Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/397522890341278
    Fringe Page: http://www.cincyfringe.com/performance/the-wave-by-ron-jones

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    May 22, 2013 7:49 pmPosted 11 months ago
    Megan Venzin

    Hi Friends! We stayed in the same house in Seattle, smoked cigars and played many a rollicking game of Uno. Let's do that again!

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  • May 24, 2013 6:39 pmPosted 10 months ago
    Tanya O'Debra

    Can't wait to see it!

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  • May 25, 2013 2:40 pmPosted 10 months ago
    Karim Muasher

    This was one of my favorite shows in last year's New York Clown Theatre Festival.  It's HILARIOUS.

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    May 28, 2013 8:06 pmPosted 10 months ago
    Emily Windler

    Thanks Jon! We've just arrived and are Stoked to be part of the Cincy Fringe!

    Megan! You are here yes? we meet up, yes?

    Tanya! We're hoping to come to your show tomorrow!!!

    Thanks Karim! that feels like forever ago!

     

    -Brian

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    May 29, 2013 12:24 amPosted 10 months ago
    Kate Braidwood

    This show is HILARIOUS – not to be missed!!!

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    May 31, 2013 2:55 pmPosted 10 months ago
    Megan Venzin

    We arrive on Monday! Are you guys staying in the Art Academy Dorms?

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    May 31, 2013 7:07 pmPosted 10 months ago
    Angela Horchem

    I finally got to see this show last night, and i absolutely loved it. So many great laughs, such wonderful characters. A great night at the theatre, or coffee shop, as it were. Don't miss this one!

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    June 2, 2013 1:19 pmPosted 10 months ago
    Christine Wands

    Wacky, weird, and wonderful! Loved this show! The physical comedy is terrific.

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    June 2, 2013 5:27 pmPosted 10 months ago
    Randy Waterhous

    Saturday was a great success. We enjoyed all 5 shows. We managed to get to everything on time, eat adequately, and not dehydrate. The weather, what little we saw of it, was good, too. The Fringe Prom was eighties disco dancing. Suzana and I were nominated for Prom Queen and King. A picture of us in costume is attached.
     

    Ratings:
    1*- Sorry I saw it
    2*- Glad I saw it
    3*- I recommend it
    4*- I would see it again
    And a second rating to cover degrees of weirdness ( a Fringe Festival standard)
    Fringy, Fringier, Fringiest
     

    Poe and Mathews

    Randy 3* Suzana 4* Klara 4* Fringy

    I have mixed feelings about Laurel and Hardy style physical humor. I loved it as a kid, and still laugh now, but I don't seek it out as entertainment very often. But this is the Fringe and if you try to see everything, you end up everywhere the artists take you. This is Edgar Allen Poe and his baffoonish friend Mathews on a deserted island. The laughs begin immediately and continue for an hour. What is it about? It is about great physical comedy that proves to me that in the hands of experts like this, can still ease the pain of the absurdities of being human, just like it did when I was a child. See it for yourself.

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  • June 2, 2013 10:07 pmPosted 10 months ago
    Barbara Abbott

    We had a great time seeing this last night – and we were even standing!  I would definitely recommend this for a night of laughter and fun!

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    June 3, 2013 5:30 amPosted 10 months ago
    Elizabeth

    SO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!! Get there early to get a seat or make friends at a table but it really is great! So funny and entertaining! 8.5/10!

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    June 8, 2013 2:39 amPosted 10 months ago
    Scott A Horstmeier

    Very funny show. The kids loved and "got" it. It was not dumbed down either. They even add a local flavor to it that all true Cincinnatians will appreciate and enjoy. 

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