Letter: Festival’s superlative ‘Hunchbacks’


To the editor of THE EAGLE:

The Berkshire Fringe Festival opened Tuesday night with the near sold-out show, "The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame." With a Bill Irwinian flavor of masterful movement, precision timing, and hilarious body gesture, this ensemble of three former acting school classmates delivered the goods and had the audience laughing loud. At the end of the show there was a spontaneous standing ovation.

Easily as entertaining, and if not better than the numerous theater and dance performances I have seen so far this summer (for triple the price), this hilarious spectacle that features a family of hunchbacks dealing with the dilemmas of being different, may count as one of the best performances of the Berkshire season. Witty, authentic, raw, and rich in unpretentious story line, it was a fine comedy, authentic in voice and timbre. There is something organic here. Unlike some the highly refined work in the neighborhood, it shines with a polished edginess.

While all the performers were superlative in their craft, (and according to their website are quite successful in Europe) the highlight of the show was the remarkable tall, gawky Sarah Petersiel, who soars with her natural Carol Burnett look and hilarious flavor. Ms. Petersiel had the audience in stitches with her body language and comic timing.

Kudos to all "Hunchbacks of Notre Dame," who by way of the 2014 Berkshire Fringe Festival, wooed this spectator.




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