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Rogue 2016

Rogue Reviews 2016

IN THE March 6 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur,
Lorie Lewis Ham,
& Mallory Moad



Throughout the week we will be posting reviews here of Rogue shows! Check back daily! And then go out and enjoy the Rogue Festival! So far we have reviews of Barnacle: A Salty Love Story, The Jekyll and Hyde of Teaching, Unsolved Mysteries , Daring Divas, Mysterium, Art: Why Do We Bother?, Apocalypse Songs, SHEnatra!, NOCO’s Life of a Houseplant, Is Your Therapist Near A Bakery?, Juggle This! , Echoes of White Thunder, Bullshit Is My Native Language, Damn Fine Magic, Les Kurkendaal—Terror on the High Seas, Red Hot Mama, a Sophie Tucker Cabaret, Boomshakalaka, Play It Like Virgil, and Black Wool Jacket.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Yes, folks, it’s time for Fresno’s Rogue Festival, ten days of music, dance, confessional stories, and cheerful insanity…and it’s cheap, too (Show tickets are $5 and $10, plus a $3 festival-funding wristband). Thursday night was the kickoff event, the Rogue Teaser. Thirty solo performers and groups gave two-minute previews to a large and rowdy crowd, like a commercial break on a cable channel, with Blake Jones and Jonathan Hogan as the jovial hosts.

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Rogue 2016: Roaring Accordion

IN THE March 1 ISSUE

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by Charlotte Peters


It’s 11:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, and I’m sitting at a little diner off Route 263 in the Northern California town of Yreka. I’m taking a break from my massive circumnavigation of North America, a trip which will eventually encompass both coasts and some 10,000 miles of cycling. I’ve already been “in the saddle” for nearly four hours hours today. At dawn I started in Ashland, Oregon, and I’ve got roughly another five before I reach my destination in Mt. Shasta, California. Yesterday I rode from Grant’s Pass, Oregon to Ashland, what I would consider an easy day of 55 miles with only minimal elevation gain.

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Rogue 2016: Play It Like Virgil

IN THE March 1 ISSUE

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by Tony Imperatirce


My wife and I got involved with the Rogue Festival back in 2002. At first we were venue owners hosting visual art and live shows. In those first years we saw many interesting shows; a lot of them were personal stories. This inspired me to do my own story Confessions of a Church Organist. My show was well received, and I wrote and performed several more all about different parts of my life. Some were good and some not so good. All of this experience inspired me to break away from my own story and tell the story of someone I greatly admired, Virgil Fox.

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by Jeff, Woody,
and The Excursions


YES! – We’re back in the Rogue Festival yet again, after a year of varied and interesting stops in the Fresno community. We have some new talent in the band and lots of new material, and we are very excited to see people come out to enjoy our music.

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by Kathleen Denny


We all have heard it a million times: Never speak ill of the dead. But how about the truth? Which truth? And honestly, has anyone ever seen a Functional Family?

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Rogue Festival 2016: Sci-Fi Versus Folk

IN THE February 27 ISSUE

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by Aaron J. Shay


Science fiction and folk music are complementary ideas.
This may sound strange to some, but for me, it just makes sense. So often, we think of science fiction taking place in the far-flung future, and folk music stuck in the far-flung past, but that’s not always the case.

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by Michael Sommers


Hi! Michael Sommers here! I’m a San Francisco actor/playwright. Well, I live in Oakland, but originally I’m from a small town in Vermont and I’m coming to The Rogue in Fresno!
You know, some playwrights can spend months in dank libraries researching script material for their plays. Not me! I just go outside and sit on my front steps!

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Rogue Festival 2016: In the Blue of Evening

IN THE February 24 ISSUE

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by Amelia Van Brunt


“When you die, can I have your fur coats?” My mother was mortified, but it was an honest question I would ask my grandmother frequently, looking up at her with wild, excited eyes during our visits. My grandmother never skipped a beat, “Of course you can. Then you’ll be the most elegant woman in the whole wide world.” Pink-cheeked and missing teeth I’d stretch a wide, messy grin at the thought of how beautiful I’d look someday, just like her.

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Rogue Festival 2016: Hey, Hey, LBJ!

IN THE February 23 ISSUE

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by David Kleinberg


In 1966, I was drafted by the U.S. Army and sent to Vietnam as a combat correspondent. Today, almost 50 years after I first arrived in Southeast Asia, I am doing my solo theater work, Hey, Hey, LBJ!, about my experiences in that war – the most divisive foreign conflict in American history. I’ll be performing five shows at Mia Cuppa Caffé during the upcoming Rogue Festival in Fresno.

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Are You Rogueing This Year?

IN THE February 20 ISSUE

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by Mallory Moad



‘Rogueing’ isn’t a dance move, fad diet, or the latest hip exercise program. Simply put, it’s attending performances at Fresno’s Rogue Performance Festival, commonly known as just “the Rogue.” Although its popularity has continued to increase, there are still people around here who haven’t heard of this showcase of independent performance. If you are a member of that group, you’ve been missing out on one of the most innovative events in Fresno, so keep reading. If you’re a Rogue regular, you know what I’m talking about, but keep reading anyway.

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by Tim Mooney


Since 1997, I’ve had this love affair going on with the works of Molière. Starting with Tartuffe, I began writing new English variations of his plays in rhymed iambic pentameter. Re-writing The Miser, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, The Imaginary Invalid, The Misanthrope, and about a dozen others, I seemed to have found my niche in life…writing and, eventually, performing Molière’s plays, often playing the roles that he himself played 350 years ago. It was a short leap from there to creating my first one-man show, Molière than Thou. I’ve been touring Molière than Thou since the Fall of 2002.

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Rogue Festival 2016: Black Wool Jacket

IN THE February 20 ISSUE

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by Nat Vickers


The first time a nightclub patron lost their coat check ticket on my watch, he looked me straight in the eyes, smiled innocently, and snarled, “Listen. If you don’t find my coat right now, I will come back there, and turn you into a coat, got it?!”

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by Susan Gill


Is Your Therapist Near A Bakery? started out as a funny story I told at a birthday roast for my son on his 24th birthday. Considering that my father was a serial suicide attempter, who “had the urge, but not the talent for suicide,” my sister had a borderline personality that always wandered over the border, and my brother’s story is too dark to tell until the end of the show, the humor throughout the piece is surprising and welcomed. The audience cries a little knowing a laugh will arrive in the next minute.

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