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Charles Presents: Moby Alpha

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Bathed only in the glow of the LED lights inside their helmets, this Seattle duo sets out on a trippy dip through sci-fi silliness and delivers light years of delight. As the title suggests, this comedy is a space-age send-up of the Herman Melville classic, but it’s hardly bogged down by any literary weight.

Mostly, the story is just a vehicle for the two energetic and well-prepared actors to set their phasers to “funny” and fire away with brisk wordplay and bright physical comedy.

It’s Star Trek parody, mostly, but there are riffs on Asimov, Kubrick and other nerdy classics, too, always with timing nailed on cue. The programmed LED lights in the duo’s helmets are a cool gimmick, almost becoming characters of their own. At any rate, every Trekkie should beam into this show.

— Melissa Martin

From the Fringe program:

A hilarious homage to classic Sci-Fi and bombastic literature, Moby Alpha tells the story of a mad captain's quest for revenge on the amorphous energy cloud that temporarily took his leg. Written and performed by Charles, the Seattle comedy duo Centerstage Chicago called "absolutely brilliant", and about whom Culture Vulture Victoria wrote, "these are highly trained professionals, people, and this is seriously good comedy." Winners of "Best Writing" and "Best Sketch Comedy" at the 2012 LA Comedy Fest.

Cast: Charlie Stockman & Chuck Armstrong

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $5 for Students, Seniors, Fringe Performers

Warnings: None

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