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Fringe Show Reviews

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!mPULSE Theatre Edmonton, AB

Posted: 07/7/2010 1:12 PM | Comments: 0

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When you’re the new guy at the mental hospital, you need someone to show you the ropes… even if it’s the seemingly disembodied voice coming from the other side of a shared wall.

Edmonton’s Mathew Bittroff and Tim Cooper are respectively Trigger (a schizophrenic) and Switch (a manic depressive), two likable young men in side-by-side hospital rooms, trying to get sane again. With the screwy logic of the "humorously insane," Trigger and Switch navigate the course of their relationship as they navigate the course of their therapies.

They recognize each other’s humanity and meet each other on their own troubled terms, even sharing the sometimes hilarious frustrations of the lives of "normal" young men.

This is edgy comedic territory, but this youthful company successfully demonstrates how the dark night of the soul is actually a pretty funny place to be. Even if it is a little scary.

— Wendy Burke

From the official Fringe Festival guide:

Fresh from a schizophrenic breakdown, a new patient is admitted into the temporary ward at a mental hospital. Piercing through the countless voices rattling around inside his head comes another voice, a voice coming from the other side of the wall. This dark comedy and heartfelt show explores the deepest meanings of sanity, isolation and friendship.


Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
RECOMMENDED:
General Audience

60 min

MTC Up the Alley (Venue 2), to July 25

Tickets: $10

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