Tight harmonies, laugh out loud comedy and a heartwarming message, all supported by a strong cast of colorful characters The Bully Problem encourages you to be very best version of yourself.
The Bully Problem
Directed by Joanna Syiek
Written and Lyrics by Michael Gordon Shapiro
Venue: Broadwater (Main Stage) 1076 Lillian Way
General Admission: $$20.00
Run Time: 90 Minutes
Tickets can be purchased at http://hff19.org/5900
Our story follows fourteen-year-old super genius Kevin Dijkstra( James Everts) determined to get accepted to attend the most prestigious tech academy for young minds and become the greatest roboticist of his generation. That is if he can escape the torment of his bully hallways of Van Der Bort Junior High.
While struggling to complete his scholarship project for his dream school, he inherits an almost operating fully autonomous android bodyguard which he lovingly nicknames Oscar. (JORDAN MITCHELL-LOVE) This was a final gift from his late father who like Kevin is an inventor but unfortunately has passed away in a work accident.
He soon befriends the school's group of nerds, who have been forced to combine all of the geeky clubs and after-school activities in a last ditch effort of solidarity to escape the wrath of their schools' tormentors.
When he discovers, Oscar can protect his new group of friends he encourages them to band together and rise up, in a herculean effort that hasn't been seen since the rise of the nerds.
Musically, the lyrics are fluid and catchy, the entire cast does a tremendous job and there are some really great harmonies throughout the production.
Where this show truly shines is in its comedic writing, there are so many inside jokes and references to "nerd" culture, I almost want to see it again as I feel like I might have missed them.
Unfortunately, there were some very minor tech issues, with a few of the microphones cutting out, but this was only really present at the beginning of the show.
Overall solid cast all around, with MITCHELL-LOVE doing a tremendous job of portraying the earnestly helpful analytical Android Oscar, his C-3P0 type performance and mannerisms are absolutely brilliant and worth the ticket price alone.
I am delighted I checked this show out, with certainty I recommend The Bully Problem.
Who this show is for:
Fans of Musicals, Nerds, Fans of Geek Culture.
Hollywood Fringe 2019
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