I have a question for you, peasants.
If you could name your very own kingdom, what would you name it? The Kingdom of Napouusdsjhkfjsad? Magaliland? Narnia?
The fictional kingdom of Burgundia is the setting for one of Philly Fringe’s most unique plays, happening now at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5. The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (which is a thing that exists, apparently), is putting on a performance of “Ivona, Princess of Burgundia”, and after bumping on an advert for the show on Philly Fun Guide I knew I had to get my tickets immediately:
The kingdom of Burgundia has gone gaga (and not a good gaga) over Prince Philip’s announcement that he’ll wed a socially awkward commoner in Polish novelist and playwright Witold Gombrowicz’s delightfully wicked fairy tale, Ivona, Princess of Burgundia. Chaos and confusion spread throughout the land, and mayhem and comedy ensue as the royal court faces their demons in a world where appearance and self-importance reign in this provocative and tragicomic parable.
Here’s what I’m thinking:
1.Socially awkward princess?
2. People making fun of somebody’s outwardly appearance?
3. Keeping Up With The Kardashians-esque absurdity?
IT’S LIKE IT’S THE STORY OF MY LIFE BROUGHT TO THE STAGE.
Minus the marriage part.
Some of you may have be aware that the Philly Fringe Festival has been under way for a few days now. But with a festival lineup of more than 50 shows taking place all over the city, it can be pretty daunting for someone of such high standards (read: little patience for reading through 50 pages brochures of showtimes) to find a hidden gem to spend their sole $20 bill on. Plus, I don’t want to mingle with just any plebeians. They tend to smell quite common.
Here are three reasons why I’m super excited to check this out:
1. I’m obsessed with fairytales. You should have seen me when “Snow White and The Huntsman” came out- I even sat through two hours of Kristen Stewart’s acting. That’s dedication for you. Combine that with Marie-Antoinette esque period costumes and some good ol’ fashioned Love Conquers All storylines, and you’ve piqued my interest.
2.Speaking of, the costumes looks hilarious. I mean, look at this and tell me you’re not in the least curious about how it works:
3. The plot itself looks like something straight from one of Moliere’s plays (Oh, and if you haven’t seen the movie, I strongly recommend you do). A clever mix of absurd comedy with some serious issues about beauty and what it all means to each of us bring about a cool kind of fairytale that’s much more complex than anything Disney’s cooked up lately.
4. With a $5 off student discount on $20 tickets, you can actually afford to see it live!
Bottom line- if you’re gonna check out any Fringe play, make sure it’s this one. Performances have been running since September 5th, and the curtain closes for the last time Sunday, September 23rd. I’ll be going to the Saturday showing, so if you happen to recognize my cutting wit and miniscule height, come say hi! I promise I’ll only be mildly freaked out.