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Cactus: The Seduction

Epicworlds - Jonno Katz / Melbourne, Australia

Posted: 07/7/2010 7:53 PM | Comments: 0

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Aussie fringe vet Jonno Katz, clearly enjoying the wide, open, bare spaces of his Warehouse venue, literally throws himself into his work (oh yes, there will be crowd surfing) over the course of his hour-long solo show.

Ostensibly, it’s a parable about looking for love in unlikely places, i.e. the desert. But the vigorously physical Katz is a master of the entertaining diversion, here including a glimpse of a mosquito’s life, a scorpion melodrama, and a lurid summary of the most horrifically violent nightmare ever. Also discussed: If a "Brazilian" signals total deforestation, what’s a "Canadian?"

The main story is delightful on its own, and if you miss the metaphors, Katz will helpfully explain it all for you by the end, a service more fringe plays should offer.

— Randall King

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Multi-award-winning, side-splitting comedy that is both an irresistible love story and a carnival of boundless imaginings.

"Deserves more exclamation marks than the paper will allow. If you can't get tickets, it is imperative that you either steal them or sneak in" - Vancouver, 5 STARS

"Both Brechtian and pant-wettingly hilarious" - Toronto, 4 1/2 STARS

Directed by Mark Chavez (Pajama Men)

www.epicworlds.com

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience

60 min

Tickets: $10

Babes in arms permitted

MTC Warehouse (Venue 6), to July 25

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