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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 07/22/2009

'Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue' at Fringe

By Nelson Pressley
Fringe Festival

A little bit of Woodstock at the Fringe: that's what you get with the party-ready "Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue -- The Saints."

This is storytelling via rock and roll. The band of musicians who had a hit last summer with an electrified "Oresteia" are now reviving it at the Church Street Theater, and their amped up, laid-back carnival routine still makes them as cool as anything at the festival.

Again, the original songs are by guitarist Steve McWilliams (who also serves as MC) and keyboardist Debra Buonaccorsi (who also works the accordion, guitar, and mandolin). Their blues-based tunes tell the tales of various Biblical saints, from Augustine (played in cowboy gear by bassist Jason Wilson) to Francis of Assisi (a very hippy-dippy Jordan Klein).

This being rock and roll, it's all done with equal parts devotion, subversion and wit. The Virgin Martyrs get a honky-tonk number, St. George sings a country ballad, and the range of styles surprise and amuse. The band also rocks, which means the crowd in the Baldacchino tent spontaneously claps along. As before, Dizzy Miss Lizzie looks so fine: the muscular, high-spirited music and appealingly casual atmosphere has no trouble creating new converts.

-- Nelson Pressley

By Nelson Pressley  | July 22, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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