Superhero Showdown is a family, kid-centric puppet show by Rock the Arts. Kevin & Tillie, brother and sister puppets alongside one of their human counterparts tell stories that focus on them as superheroes, and throughout it all they find out that they don’t need superpowers to be a superhero.
Should you see it?
While a puppet show doesn’t feel out of place at Fringe, a show aimed at children does. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad show, especially if you have children to take to it, but it almost feels out of place to go as an adult without a child, which a lot of people have been doing.
The Rock the Arts performers are phenomenal puppeteers, they have a high energy and enthusiasm and an obvious love for the work that they do. The show itself is light on plot, and high on little shticks that play to kids, including a part where some of the kids can go on stage and act alongside the puppets and performers.
My biggest problem with the show is actually that it started 12 minutes late. Supposedly their tech was extremely late, which is why their show was late starting. Late shows always threaten a pre-determined Fringe schedule, but these guys were pros at handling a late start and we were still out of the theatre at the designated time, without feeling like we had lost out on any of the action.
The show does have a few good chuckles throughout it, but it takes awhile to get going, and is much more along the lines of Sesame Street than The Muppets so if you’re planning on hitting up this show make sure to bring along a child, as they will enjoy it much more than you will.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Let me know in the comments below.