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A troubled man in a Magrittean suit and bowler hat climbs out on the seventh-floor ledge of an apartment building, intending to jump to his death, in this revival of the still-provocative 1989 Morris Panych comedy.

As he is about to jump, self-absorbed tenants of the seventh floor stick out their head to blabber, oblivious to his predicament. He encounters a woman in a battle royale with her husband that might end in murder, a hilarious paranoid psychiatrist and a guy who throws parties but can’t stand those who attend them. Best of all is Marshall, an actor wearing a fake moustache who has lost his sense of identity and respect for his work.

“Imagine having a profession where you do nothing but pretend to be other people,” he scoffs.

Mostly inadvertently, each person provides the would-be jumper with new perspectives on the meaning of life and how to live it.

The Theatre by the River cast of Joseph Aragon, James Furby, Jaclyn Kurceba, Derek Leenhouts and Mel Marginet perform well, especially in tapping into Panych’s motherlode of black humour.

At 90 minutes, 7 Stories is a test for fringe-goers, as not all of the suicidal man’s diversions hold attention.

— Kevin Prokosh

 

From the Fringe program:

A man. A ledge. The depths below… and seven stories in between.

Leap with us into this existential world of life, love and endless redecorating!

From the company that brought past hits like LUNGS, GENEROUS, AUTOBAHN and ONE GOOD MARRIAGE to the Winnipeg stage.

"A harrowing experience, yes - but in the best possible way." (LUNGS, CBC pick: Best Drama)

"This is just some fantastic theatre" (GENEROUS, Uptown Magazine)

Director: Simon Miron

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 90 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Students, Seniors

Warnings: None

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