REVIEWS – The Yip of Cthulhu

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THE YIP OF CTHULHU
(Maximum Verbosity)

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POSTED 6/8/2021 – He doesn’t call it Maximum Verbosity for nothing. Skilled delivery and story telling. But why 2014? I’d come back for more in 2022.

–Linda Shary, PortFringe 2021 Independent Review Team

POSTED 6/9/2021 – I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, kudos to Maximum Verbosity, and all the Fringe artists this year, for tackling the challenge of a virtual, video, Fringe festival. I’m sure it wasn’t easy, but everyone rose to the occasion and made some Fringe-y art! If I had cookies, I would give everyone one – don’t worry, I’d be sure to accommodate all dietary restrictions, everyone should share in the yum.

I honestly had no clue what I was in for when I started watching The Yip of Cthulhu. I’ll tell you though, I was in for a weird treat, like a chocolate covered Oreo stuffed with a pickle slice. For the record, I have not tried said Oreo so can’t speak to the truthfulness of it being a treat, but it was made by a candy shop out in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Sadly, they don’t make it anymore. Though that did lead to a rather interesting rabbit hole. Maybe I’ll try and make a version for Fringe cookies. But back to Cthulhu.

The show is told as a series of journal entries as the scholar progresses on his journey to “awaken a slumbering terror.” Each journal entry builds on the last, both in intensity and energy, until you are slapped in the face. I believe both my wife and I let out an audible, “um what?!” accompanied by a “did that really just happen” look. I was about to write off the show at that point, but Maximum Verbosity is kind, and doesn’t leave you with such a jolt. The denouement is like a little present, albeit one that was wrapped with not quite enough wrapping paper, has a torn corner, and a shoelace for a bow (basically how I wrap presents).

I really enjoyed the show, and the journey I went on while watching it which included stops at intrigue, puzzlement, shock, relief, and laughter. In addition to a good story, the sound quality was excellent, and the visual backgrounds really added to the mood, enhanced the story, and added a dynamic quality, which can be hard when you’re limited to a little box on a screen.

–Ian-Mer Lindsey, PortFringe 2021 Independent Review Team