No fringe is complete until a gang of young actors warm up onstage, comment on the action in progress and speak directly to the audience.
This Winnipeg cast gets away with it, thanks to solid comedic chops and a script that delivers more than a few good lines, even though the plot is weak.
Six actors simultaneously perform three plays by Raphael Saray, bouncing between scenes set in Ukraine and Winnipeg’s North End. Local in-jokes abound — a cowboy hat-loving appliance store owner and his No. 1 daughter star in TV commercials and a Folklorama drug-smuggling ring comes into play. There are laughs aplenty, but not enough to sustain the 75-minute running time.
— Pat St. Germain
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Raphael Saray and his Miracle Violence Connection return!!! After years and numerous performances, Mr. Saray has finally exited Winnipeg, stage left. All that remains is his printed word. In celebration of Flin Flon’s paramount playwright, this local troupe proudly presents "An Examination of Raphael Saray’s Oeuvre."
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience
MTC Mainstage (Venue 1), to Saturday
Discount Tickets: $5 for Matinees, Students, Seniors