Oppression? We don't need no steenkin' oppression!
Complete History of Western Civilization
KC Fringe Festival
A word of warning. A legal disclaimer, if you will. This review is not intended to be read by small children or people who are easily offended by free speech or opinions. It utilizes language that some people find objectionable. It voices opinions that some people might find offensive. It's a shitty review.
This show is exactly as advertised, except it isn't. It is about oppression in Western Civilization, which is also the history of Western Civilization.
Furthermore, this show is shitty. That's right. They freely admit it is a shitty show. And they're right. The puppets are a collection of random dolls and children's puppets that look like they were collected from various garage sales or thrift store trash bins. The set is cobbled together with crappy lettering. The effects are obvious and cheap.
I loved every minute of it.
They skewer oppression throughout history, getting the basic facts right while getting everything else wrong. They mock established religion, they defend communism, even though in the performance I say, they reversed the basic tenets of communism. It is smart, clever, and intended for people willing to think for themselves.
That's right, it's the South Park of puppetry. Cheap, cheesy, and clever, putting conventional thought and wisdom on its ear.
This show will offend certain elements of society. But if you can get over being offended, you will have a grand time that isn't the least bit shitty at all.