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Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre
Durrell Theater 820 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
617-661-9622
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4.0 / 5 Rated by 2 members
Review from SilverHolly8
7 events 3 reviews

I loved the atmosphere of the show, although with many different multi-media going on at once, it was a bit overwhelming. Some of the circus acts were very impressive. I was disappointed by the short play vignettes, which suffered from a...continued

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Carny Knowledge is a dazzling array of carnival- inspired plays and carnival-style performances — using new-timey production methods to evoke old time-y interpretations.  Drawing its roots from the sideshows that spread across the nation from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, Carny Knowledge conjures up that mysterious thrill that would envelop curious onlookers every time the circus came to town, accompanied by the cacophony of sideshow barkers promising the wonders of the world to those who had never strayed far from home.

Modern times may dictate that these simple thrills are gone.  That there are no mysteries left to unearth in this plugged-in, tuned-out age.  But in January and February, the Boston-based Fort Point Theatre Channel will prove them wrong by crossing the pond into Cambridge with a gaggle of playwrights, filmmakers, musicians, dancers, roustabouts, and other diverse practitioners of the carny crafts, to create six thrilling evenings of ballyhoo, burlesque, and incomparable carnival-style entertainment.

Fort Point Theatre Channel is a professional performance company, nurtured and inspired by the talent that lives and works in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood.  Carny Knowledge will be Fort Point Theatre Channel’s second playfest, a place to transform ideas into workshop productions

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