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Chris Herrero and Marcus Pinon in <em>Sky\'s the Limit</em>

FIT Review: Sky's the Limit

Flexible Grey's FIT entry is a playful, telling fairy tale about a queer knight in search of a princess to save.



published Monday, July 22, 2019

Photo: Flexible Grey Theatre Company
Chris Herrero and Marcus Pinon in Sky's the Limit

 

Dallas — A curly-headed knight named Sky, played by tall, dark, and funny Chris Herrero, runs into a cute penguin named Algernon, played by toothy, smiling Marcos Pinon in a tuxedo T-shirt, and the two new friends set off on a quest to save a princess in Flexible Grey Theatre Company’s Sky’s the Limit: A Very Queer Fairy Tale, written by Austin-based playwright Lane Michael Stanley and directed by Seth Johnson, onstage at the Festival of Independent Theatres.

Happy Algernon says right away that he is a gay animal, and Sky, sporting long locks and a short skirt, tells the new sidekick that they are an “En-bee-en,” which stands for "Non-Binary Knight," a title they have come up with after years of explanation. When Algernon points out the problem with the last letter in the acronym, Sky shrugs and says, “the K is silent.”

Amorous Sky and trusty Algernon set off on a quest to find a princess to save, but run into a darkly cloaked old witch who tests them with some silly/funny riddles, ending with the big one.

Sky’s got it covered. But what happens to Sky the NBN, all set to rescue a damsel in distress, if it turns out that Princess Xandra, played by Marquel Dominique, doesn’t want to be saved? No, no, no, no, no—and a plop down on the sofa. After all, Sky protests, the two of them have had a really hard trip: “We waited for our Uber driver at least eight minutes,” Herrero deadpans.

But poor Xandra, it seems, had her own share of troubles in the strict cisgender world after she transitioned, and it just continues. What is a princess who doesn’t need saving to do?

Order pizza and hang out, maybe?

Does Algernon get a piece of the pie? Do Xandra and Sky live happily ever after? Do they all become social activists or just fight all the time and never go to the theatre? As the title suggests, Sky has great possibilities, and seeing the show is finding out just what those are.

The fun and message of this brief, clever play is in the comic delivery by all the players, especially Herrero as chief narrator and unapologetic spokesperson for fellow valiant NBNs. I applauded when it was over, and would love to see more fractured and funny fairy tales from this troupe of dragon-slayers, frivolous princesses and charming creatures of the urban woods.

 

Editor's Note: This review has been amended since it was originally published, to correct instances of misgendering. TheaterJones is committed to using preferred pronouns, and we regret the error.

 

» Sky's the Limit is performed in the following performance blocks:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 26
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3

» The 21st annual Festival of Independent Theatres runs through Aug. 3, 2019 at The Bath House Cultural Center. For more information, visit www.festivalofindependenttheatres.org or call 1-800-617-6904.

To see a breakdown of the groups and shows, go here.

To see reviews and more coverage of FIT, see our special section here.

 

2019 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

*denotes first appearance in the festival

 

THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2019 (8 PM)

Leos Ensemble – small hours

Lily & Joan Theatre Company – Marilyn, Pursued by a Bear

 

FRIDAY JULY 19, 2019 (8 PM)

*Flexible Grey Theatre Company – Sky’s the Limit

*WingSpan Theatre, Co. – Jo & Louisa

 

FRIDAY JULY 19, 2019 (10 PM)

CABARET

*Jodi Crawford Wright in Songs My Mama Taught Me

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019 (2 PM)

WingSpan Theatre, Co. – Jo & Louisa

The Very Good Dance Theatre – The 1st Annual Gay Show

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019 (5 PM)

Flexible Grey Theatre Company – Sky’s the Limit

Lily & Joan Theatre Company – Marilyn, Pursued by a Bear

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019 (8 PM)

*Audacity Theatre Lab – The Beast of Hyperborea

*Imprint Theatreworks – Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019 (10 PM)

CABARET

Kathryn Taylor Rose in Nobody Knows What They’re Doing

 

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019 (2 PM)

Imprint Theatreworks – Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel

WingSpan Theatre, Co. – Jo & Louisa

 

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019 (5 PM)

Audacity Theatre Lab – The Beast of Hyperborea

Flexible Grey Theatre Company – Sky’s the Limit

 

THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019 (8 PM)

Audacity Theatre Lab – The Beast of Hyperborea

Bootstraps Comedy Theater – Nerve

 

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019 (8 PM)

Flexible Grey Theatre Company – Sky’s the Limit

Leos Ensemble – small hours

 

FRIDAY JULY 26, 2019 (10 PM)

CABARET

Jodi Crawford Wright in Songs My Mama Taught Me

 

SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2019 (2 PM)

Leos Ensemble – small hours

Lily & Joan Theatre Company – Marilyn, Pursued by a Bear

 

SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2019 (5 PM)

Imprint Theatreworks – Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel

WingSpan Theatre, Co. – Jo & Louisa

 

SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2019 (8 PM)

The Very Good Dance Theatre – The 1st Annual Gay Show

Audacity Theatre Lab – The Beast of Hyperborea

 

SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2019 (10 PM)

CABARET

Kathryn Taylor Rose in Nobody Knows What They’re Doing

 

SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2019 (2 PM)

Flexible Grey Theatre Company – Sky’s the Limit

Audacity Theatre Lab – The Beast of Hyperborea

 

SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2019 (5 PM)

WingSpan Theatre, Co. – Jo & Louisa

Imprint Theatreworks – Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019 (8 PM)

Bootstraps Comedy Theater – Nerve

The Very Good Dance Theatre – The 1st Annual Gay Show

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 (8 PM)

Lily & Joan Theatre Company – Marilyn, Pursued by a Bear

Imprint Theatreworks – Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 (10 PM)

CABARET

Jodi Crawford Wright in Songs My Mama Taught Me

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2019 (2 PM)

Imprint Theatreworks – Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel

Audacity Theatre Lab – The Beast of Hyperborea

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2019 (5 PM)

Flexible Grey Theatre Company – Sky’s the Limit

Leos Ensemble – small hours

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2019 (8 PM)

WingSpan Theatre, Co. – Jo & Louisa

Bootstraps Comedy Theater – Nerve

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