Reviewed by Cindy Pierre
What do you do when you're tired of your middle-class lifestyle and middle of the road experiences? If you're Jessica Manuel, you sign up for a job in Antarctica where there's no sunlight. In The Antarctic Chronicles, Manuel takes you through her comedic, strength-building journey to finding out what she's made of by going all the way to the bottom of the Earth. This entertaining, well-rehearsed production displays not only Manuel's humor, but her incredible energy as well. The subject matter is often interesting-the possibility of black urine from dehydration and the lessons in fuel in particular-but it's Manuel's zaniness, charm, and physical comedy that really drive the show. Add Paul Linke's sharp direction, seamless sound clips and thoughtful lighting, and what you have is a show that may be below zero in temperature, but way above average in quality.
The Antarctic Chronicles(Running time: 1 Hour)
The Player's Loft(115 MacDougal Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10012)
Tickets: $15. www.fringenyc.org
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