Fringe Review: Cemetery Golf

After reading the premise of this production I had something in mind. I expected to see a show that hit hard on the writer's fundamentalist Christian upbringing. It would illustrate how he lost he faith. The show would inevitably how all of the Fundamentalists were insane nut cases.

Much to my pleasure and surprise, Jim Loucks gives a character driven examination of his childhood. His preacher father and church family are not caricatures, they are human beings filled with flaws.

With his hands in his pockets, Jimmy is a young boy on the verge of puberty dealing with his fear of his lack of faith, the most important thing to his parents. Hanging on with him is his sister, forming the Moo Club. Both know he hasn’t lost his faith, he just never had it.

This is a classic Fringe one-man show, about 75 minutes long that includes solid characterization by Loucks. The script is really well crafted. The characters are clear, without doubt known inside and out. A refreshing change from the Fringe shows so far.