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Lastest Reviews: End of Week 2

Jake Shimabukuro, the Punch Bros., Dogugaeshi, and more

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The end of the second week of Spoleto has more or less come and gone. Here’s the latest review round up.

If there’s ever been any doubt in your mind that Piccolo Fringe is a major component in the success of Spoleto, well, it’s high time you came to your senses. The second week of Spoleto has drawn to an end and yet three new comedy offerings premiered. And they all scored pretty good: the Upright Citizens Brigade and the Fowler Family Radio Hour both scored very respectable B-pluses, while the multimedia sci-fi-themed BriTANick garnered a B.

Over on the Jazz, Blues, and Roots music front, both ukelele wunderkind Jake Shimabukuro and former Nickel Creek bluegrass guru Chris Thile’s Punch Brothers scored mind-boggling A-pluses. The 70-year-old Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, a regular visitor to Chucktown, dazzled our reviewer with her take on the blues.

In the world of black boxes, the Village Playhouse’s Rounding Third and fellow Stella di Domani offering Art both received B-pluses from our reviews. Meanwhile puppeteer Basil Twist’s latest, Dogugaeshi, absolutely stunned our reviewer.

The latest dance offerings, from Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Lullaby of Broadway, and Off to Oz were given an A+, B+, and B respectively.

Over in classical music land, our reviewers were quite pleased with the latest batch of offerings: Beethoven’s Women (B+), Charleston Pro Musica (B+), Westminster Choir (A+), and Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (A).

The final run of the Spoleto fave The Good Time Variety Hour received a bittersweet A.

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