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A Trip to Coney Island with Uncle Zero Boy

Zero Boy Productions New York, NY

Posted: 07/14/2010 2:51 PM | Comments: 0

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The New York performer Uncle Zero promises a trip to the famous amusement park, and although he never leaves the stage, he provides some sights and, more impressively, all the sounds.

The uneventful 45-minute excursion amounts to a history of Brooklyn’s iconic Coney Island (did you know coney is an English word for rabbit?) but offers not one spin on the Ferris wheel or a single handful of cotton candy. Some uncle! So that’s why they call him Uncle Zero.

His one cool talent is creating the sound effects for everything from the New York subway to the fireworks and the carousel. But when the vocal acrobat with the wireless microphone returns to the lame narrative, Unk can only dole out more bits of trivia about Coney Island (did you know the first Tommy gun was used there?) to a bunch of semi-interested Canucks. Only when he asks audience members to scream and raise their arms as if they’re on a roller coaster do spectators show any enthusiasm, however brief.

Trip is more side show than main attraction.

— Kevin Prokosh

From the official Fringe Festival guide:

Join vocal acrobat Zero Boy on an audio-visual adventure exploring Coney Island’s past, present and future. Visit Dreamland, Luna and Steeplechase Park! Ride the roller coaster and swim in the clean and pristine aural waters! Soar on the Parachute Jump! Explore the wonders of Coney Island’s hot dog eating contests, amusement rides and games of chance.


www.zeroboy.com
RECOMMENDED:
General Audience

45 min

Venue 5 (Son of Warehouse, 140 Rupert Ave, side entrance)

Tickets: $10
Discount Tickets: $6 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under),

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