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A Small Affair

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It’s not edgy or challenging and the amateur local actors ham it up considerably, but this polished comedy makes for a reasonably diverting hour.

The action takes place in a cramped CBC rehearsal room, where a Hollywood C-lister returns home for a role, clashing with a motley crew of nearly washed up performers, a maintenance man and even a trio of old broads trying to get on a game show. The cast is massive, but standouts include Rhonda Kennedy Rogers as the straight-talking cleaning-lady and Andrea Marantz as the name-dropping Hollywood prima donna. The rest range from wooden to over-the-top, doing what they can with a middling script. It’s not the best thing you’ll see, but it’s hard not to have a soft spot for the Shoestring players.

— Mary Agnes Welch

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Katherine McLennan

Cast: Kristin Black, Brenda Born, Allyson Brown, Don Carruthers, Karl Eckstrand, Cathy Hall, Pete Hudson, Richard Howell, Tiffany Humble, Rhonda Kennedy Rogers, Andrea Marantz, Linda Meckling, Monica Reis, Trinity Sigurdson, Marilynn Slobogian, Paul Warkentin, Joan Wilton

Comedy at its best! Director Guy's television drama about "the ultimate triumph of the human spirit" has been shunted into a small rehearsal space where he is beset with problems including a histrionic leading lady, a totally sozzled actor, a presumptuous maintenance man and game-show contestants claiming the room. Author Bob Larbey (The Good Life, As Time Goes By) has written a very funny exposé of the broadcasting business he knows so well. Directed by Katherine McLennan

Audience Classification: General

Length: 60 mins

Warnings: None

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