Like its namesake, The Last Croissant is a melt in your mouth experience warm and filling this outstanding production by the Attic Collective will satisfy you down to the last buttery, flaky bite.
The Last Crossiant
Written by Veronica Tjioe and
Directed by Rosie Glen-Lambert
The Broadwater (Main Stage) 1076 Lillian Way
Run Time 90 mins
Produced by the Attic Collective
Tickets and information at https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/5908?tab=details or at www.theatticcollectivela.com
From the moment even before the show began (I would advise arriving early for some delightful musical pre-show shenanigans), I had a smile on my face which didn't leave until hours after I left the theatre. This absolute gem of a show is one of the most unique, captivating productions, and a masterclass in comedic writing, ensemble performance, and magical realism. The Attic Collective's sophomore showing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival from top to bottom was near flawless, from their jaw-dropping meticulous, crafted set design to their group of beyond talented actors who are so in sync with each other.
The story of the Last Croissant follows nine unique individuals all who happen to converge upon the same campground. Although they each seek something different, they hope that there is respite and relief to be found in the solitude of nature.
The collection of zany characters assembled is a joy to watch. We are first introduced to the long-married couple Imogen (Luke Medina), and Frederick (Julia Finch) who have come to the national park on their 24th anniversary in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. Frederick, who is anything but the calm, binocular-toting soul passionately seeking to spot the next rare bird. Fluttering somewhere between sport, passion, and mild insanity this has left a path, a grim tableau for his dear partner Imogen who hardly finds the woods to be a romantic place to celebrate their anniversary together. What follows is a whirlwind of chaotic events that leaves pride, wounded and stoked for both parties.
Our next pair of strange bedfellows are the inseparable duo of Mumbo (Meg Cashel) & Jumbo (Tyler Bremer). These two provide some of the most significant forms of comedic relief during the show. They are both tasked to work with Ranger Dave (Conor Murphy) a straight-laced, Type-A gentleman who understands that rules are paramount to live and function in society. They all must work together to discover the pilferer behind the the recent campsite larcenies.
And, finally, we are introduced to October (Veronica Tjioe), a writer in charge of penning obituaries for the local paper. She has traveled to the campground for a family reunion. When she arrives she discovers, much to her chagrin, that she is the only one from her clan to have shown up. Instead of returning home, she decides to take this rare opportunity to take a long, hard look at herself.
The set designed by Lex Gernon is remarkably rich. If there were an award for best production design, this show would be the clear winner. The addition of some of the most original artistic brushstrokes painted by the creators provide the best, most surreal characters. For example, Kat Devoe-Peterson, who provides an exemplary performance as a large used teabag and Brandon Blum as the surprisingly insightful Bear or Taylor Bennet, who drops magical cranes throughout the show.
The Attic Collective has kicked the doors down and proved they are here to stay. If you are not paying attention to this theatre company, I would start to immediately. I simply do not possess enough superlatives to describe how much I enjoyed this show.
Beyond my recommendation, the Los Angeles theatre artistic community has spoken. This show has won Best of the Broadwater, Best Ensemble Theatre, and Top of the Fringe for the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Also, did I mention that during their run, they held fundraising performances where they donated over $500 for Joshua Tree National Park? Altruistic and talented, what more can you ask in a group of artists.
The people have spoken, these campers represent the very best of us. Run, don't walk to their encore performance, which is guaranteed to be another sellout.
Hollywood Fringe 2019
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