#TXTSHOW (ON THE INTERNET) at Philly Fringe is the Next Show You’ll be Texting About

BWW Review: #TXTSHOW (ON THE INTERNET) at Philly Fringe is the Next Show You'll be Texting About

Ever wonder if you could write a play? Ever think you could create interesting dialogue out of thin air? #txtshow (on the internet), created by performing artist Brian Feldman, gives the audience that exact opportunity: to be a part of the creation of the show.

#txtshow (on the internet) is a completely immersive multiscreen performance featuring a mysterious character named txt (pronounced “text”) who recites a script written anonymously in real-time by a live audience (on the internet). It is an interactive, experimental and experiential performance for the audience. There is no script for Feldman’s piece, rather, the audience sends private messages in Zoom to the artist’s phone which he reads in real time and performs in an attempt to assemble some meaning though the words are directly from the audience.

The project, created and performed by Brian Feldman (24 Minute Embrace, Dishwasher, Wawa Shabbawa),unlike most theatre productions where proper decorum dictates the audience stay still and silent, encourages participation and actually requires audience members to keep their video and mic on during the performance.

Brian Feldman is an award-winning artist and actor known for his extreme feats in his performance art. He lives in the Washington D.C. area and his work has been favorably compared to Marina Abramović, David Blaine, John Cage, Christo, Marcel Duchamp, Tehching Hsieh, and Andy Kaufman, and featured on television, radio, in print, and online. Since August 2003, he has presented 300+ performances of 125+ projects at 175+ venues and festivals in cities worldwide through Brian Feldman Projects, one of North America’s premier presenters of experimental time-based art.

Feldman’s #txtshow (on the internet) streams live on Zoom. I had the opportunity to see Feldman’s show as a part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival on the 1st which marked #txtshow‘s 111th performance. Philly Fringe