Value Village: Not your garden variety performance
The day after I saw Capsule, I headed back to the Boca Del Lupo studio to catch their other fifteen minute show, Value Village. This play is perhaps the best experience I have had at the Fringe for quite a few years. It is short, direct, and involves a great deal of improvisation - always a risky prospect if you don’t have a strong enough actor. Luckily, the actor they have for this show is amazing.
To explain what I mean, here is the set up before the show. An audience member chooses an object tacked on a board outside the studio (presumed from Value Village) and that object is given to the actor right before the audience is let in. The actor must use their script (perhaps entirely improvised but I am not sure) to build the rest of the show and somehow incorporate the objects or objects provided.
The actor involved the audience to build their show and used the objects as the keystone for everything. I left the show wanting more. A short and sweet performance by a very strong actor with a simple idea. A simple idea that became a heart-warming experience.