Legs and All
San Francisco Fringe Festival
Climate Theater, SoMa
“I was entranced… Shapiro conspired to make the entire audience fall at her feet… a masterful, sweetly scathing performance.”
p against the glass ceiling of reality to poke about in the breathing space beyond.” In a world looking only similar to ours, two seemingly solitary and friendless people stumble into the extraordinary from the first seconds that initially find them alone and not quite sure what they’re doing there under the harsh glare of unfiltered stage lighting.
As they uncomfortably discover each other’s presence, they turn their anxiety in an innocent, wonderfully goofy session of child’s play by utilizing a small trunk of props holding such everyday items as a bright yellow rubber ball, for which Musante and Shapiro continuously vie for pouty ownership; a suspended industrial light fixture, from which Musante hangs and swings like a spirited chimpanzee high on mescaline; and a piece of chocolate cake, which of course makes its way onto the faces of both stone-faced performers.
Soon this too-short hour-long entertainment becomes an indelibly fascinating experience for its appreciative viewers—especially when Shapiro’s secretly magnet-supported tea party suddenly turns vertical, as though inspired by the culminating battle scene in the Cirque’s much grander-scaled KÀ at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand.
At the end of Legs and All, Summer Shapiro summed up the experience of creating the show with the invaluable aid of Mr. Musante and their musical compatriots as she thanked the excited, energized audience for attending their eventful debut: “Without you,” she said with her broad wink of a smile, “we’d just be two crazy people alone in a room.”
Luckily for those who were lucky enough to attend the world premiere of Legs and All at the charming Climate Theatre as part of the ambitious 2009 San Francisco Fringe Festival, these two future stars of stage, screen, and circus included us on their inspired, hilarious, and most unique journey. With any luck, they’ll be here in El Lay before you know it giving another city a chance to applaud their masterful effort.
Though its world premiere at the San Francisco Fringe Festival is now history, Legs and All is just beginning. Check out its progress—and hopefully a LA run later this season—at www.summershapiro.com. And for more on next year’s amazing SF Fringe, keep tabs at www.sffringe.org .