Fringe Review: Let’s blow this popsicle stand

Stranded at the bottom of a freezer box...

Stranded at the bottom of a freezer box, a lonely popsicle (Grape) tries to make sense of his existence. Hypnotised by the constant hum of the compressor fan, his monotony is only broken when other – equally unconventional – characters find their way into his private reality. It is a completely ridiculous concept and a completely delightful show.

The two actors, Jayson McDonald and Tyler Parr, are a superb comic duo, handling each new relationship with perfect timing and expressive gestures.

At times a (very) tongue-in-cheek Waiting for Godot, at times teen romance, at times a psychological power struggle, Grape’s interactions are hilarious but always human. The brilliantly witty text by Stephanie Demas (who also directed) dances lightly between existential questioning and psychological games – with frequent outrageously funny reminders that we are, after all, talking about popsicles here. The “High-Pitched Ones” or “Little Hands” one encounters “at the top are the children whose arrival signals an escape to the “Outside”. There is an understated current of tragedy in this. The audience knows the characters’ fate and almost wills Grape to remain in splendid – and solid – isolation at the bottom.

About 25 minutes into this short show, the pace lagged a little and I wondered how long they could possibly sustain this concept. It was at this point that the final twist of the play became apparent and the change in tone – and temperature - was utterly brilliant.
A wonderfully refreshing show… I pay a particular tribute to Jayson McDonald’s magnificently expressive eyebrow.

Video on YouTube

Related articles

  • 'Movie Barf Monday' - a weekly English friendly film night by Ryan Keating

    Movie Barf and Edison Filmhub are thrilled to present 'Movie Barf Monday' - a weekly English friendly film night dedicated to screening a diverse variety of award-winning contemporary and classic films in the new Edison Filmhub cinema and bar located in Prague's old town.

  • The Prague Orgy - a new Czech film in English in Czech cinemas by Michal Kráčmer


  • Festival 4+4 Days in Motion by Eliška Míkovcová (4+4 Festival)

    Festival 4+4 Days in Motion to start in Desfours Palace, this year’s slogan is Nobody Has Anything

  • Lunchmeat Festival 2019—Dark Stars on the Horizon by Tony Ozuna - (Photo Lunchmeat Festival)

    Lunchmeat Festival returns to Prague at the end of September as the leading arena for cutting-edge electronic music and with more audio-visual punch than ever before. Their new motto is a challenge to the mainstream: “obsessed with audio-visual mindf**cks— & those who question the status quo.”

  • The Best European Locations For Hen & Stag Do's by Lucy Stevens

    Alpha Travel Insurance have ranked Europe's top Stag and Hen do destinations and indexed them based on factors including the cost of flights and hotel, the cost of a pint and the number of bars and activities available to find out which city comes out on top.

  • Circus and Theatre Festival Letní Letná Kicks off Next Week by Paul Lysek

    The "Leave the Crowd Speachless" Summer Circus Festival is back for its 16th Season at Letna.

  • Events for the week of August 19 - 23 by Narmin Ismiyeva

    We've highlighted five events for this week including The Great Beauty, Latino Anděl and Festival of Illustration.

  • Events for the weekend 17 - 18 August by Narmin Ismiyeva

    Are you making plans for the weekend? We've highlighted six events including the 1981 Secondhand Festival, beer tasting in the Botanical Garden, Etnopicnic and a lesson of Argentine tango atop Lucerna. 

  • Events for the weekend 3 - 4 August by Narmin Ismiyeva

    Are you making plans for the weekend? We've selected six events including the Czech version of the famous South Asian festival of love and colors that will take place on Střelecký Island on Saturday.

  • Events for the week 29 July - 2 August by Narmin Ismiyeva

    Are you in Prague this week looking for things to do? We have one event for each day, including yoga in Stromovka and screening of Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel in Karlín.

Facebook comments

Norbert’s donuts

Superb Donuts in the heart of Prague

Burrito Loco Spálená

Tasty Fresh Mexican fast food in Prague

T.G.I. Friday's (Anděl)

A true legend in the restaurant industry - TGI Friday's

KUKBURG - Farm to table

Our meat and products straight to your table

Charles Bridge Museum

Discover the history of Prague’s famous Charles Bridge

Trabant Museum Prague

Trabant Museum @ STK Motol

Army Museum Žižkov

Armádní muzeum Žižkov

National Memorial to the...

Národní památník hrdinů heydrichiády

Prague’s # 1 source for Czech news in English…

Expat and Czech Business Professional Network


German Language Info Service