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WMU theatre troupe gets rave reviews at Scotland's Fringe Festival

by Cheryl Roland

Aug. 15, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU theatre students in Good Death production.
"Good Death"
WMU University Theatre
KALAMAZOO--Performing at Scotland's prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival last week, a Western Michigan University theatre troupe earned rave reviews from a Scottish reviewer covering the international arts festival.

"It is extremely rare for me to shed a tear and even more rare to, God forbid, give a standing ovation at a Fringe show, particularly one as young and fresh looking as this. But tonight I saw near absolute perfection," wrote reviewer Alex Eades about University Theatre's original production, "Good Death: A Community Conversation."

"The cast are absolutely beyond words," Eades' Aug. 11 review continued. "They are so unbelievably good at what they do, which apparently is everything. They have traveled so far to be here (Michigan to be exact), but they are all going to go so much further."

As the world's largest arts festival, the Fringe attracts more than 19,000 artists from around the globe to Edinburgh each year to celebrate and share theatre. This year's festival runs Aug. 5-29.

"Good Death," which premiered in Kalamazoo in fall 2009, was created through a unique collaboration between WMU theatre students and members of the acclaimed Tectonic Theater Project. It confronts the decisions that govern the end of life, bringing a heated conversation to the stage in the wake of the recent death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, and as the UK debates the right to die through the recent controversy involving Sir Terry Pratchett's documentary and the BBC.