Minneapolis-based storyteller Katherine Glover, in her fifth solo show at the Rogue Festival, gets things off to a rocky start in “A Girl Walks Into a Bar.” She opens with a ho-hum twist on the Cinderella tale, this one from the point of view of the less evil of the wicked stepsisters. About three minutes into the 15-minute segment, I wanted it to end. The fractured fairytale market is quite saturated, you could say, and there’s nothing about Glover’s original piece that elevates it past the pedestrian. Throwing a few naughty words and contemporary references into the mix, along with a graphic description of the elder stepsister cutting off her toes to fit into the glass slipper, isn’t enough to make it work. The writing and direction isn’t strong enough.
Glover is pitching her show as a sort of “best of” compilation of stories from her career mixed with edgy new material. After the Cinderella misstep, the rest of the 55-minute show perked up a bit, with highlights a short piece about her hooking up with a condomless man on a date and an amusing encyclopedia-style “history” of Graham crackers and masturbation.
But then Glover, inexplicably, decided to toss in a reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Telltale Heart.” Why she chose to tell someone else’s story — and such a well-known one at that — is beyond me. Reenacting the Poe classic word for word is an exercise that to me requires a higher level of acting prowess than Glover brings to the table, at least at this performance. I don’t recommend this show.
Show info: 7 p.m. March 6, 10 p.m. March 8, 4 p.m. March 9 at Starline, 831 E. Fern Ave. Rating: PG-13. [Details]