Reviews Off-Broadway Published 17 August 2011

FringeNYC: Part 1

Three early Fringe offerings feature gender and poetry.

Richard Patterson

 Before Placing Me On Your Shelf

adapted from poems by James Tate; directed by Philip Gates

The Kraine Theatre 

Before Placing Me On Your Shelf, a new play based on the poems of James Tate, is about as hard to compartmentalize as its title suggests. Tate, a Pulitzer-winner, is part of the post-modern and surrealist movements in poetry, and these piece very much reflects that freeform approach to life.

Featuring strange phone calls, a camel mask, interpretive movement, and some pretty scary moths, it’s a difficult piece to describe but one that, ultimately, is both confounding and entertaining. Exiting the theatre, one might not be able to quite put a finger on what made the evening a success, but at an hour and fifteen minutes in length, Before Placing Me On Your Shelf maintained a brisk pace and held my attention, mostly thanks to the fleetly direction of Philip Gates.

Remaining Shows: WED 17 @ 2:45, FRI 19 @ 2:45, SUN 21 @ 7

Richard Patterson

A graduate of New York University with a degree in Dramatic Literature, Richard was deputy theatre editor at from 2008-2011 and New York Editor of Exeunt from 2011-2016. He is excited to continue on as a contributor. With a penchant for Sondheim, the Bard, and Beckett, as well as for new writing, theatergoing highlights include Fiona Shaw's Winnie in "Happy Days," Derek Jacobi's Lear, Jonathan Pryce in "The Caretaker," and Chiwetel Ejiofor's Othello at the Donmar. Richard's criticism has been published in The Sondheim Review.

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