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Aimed primarily at older teens and 20-somethings, this plea for homosexual acceptance is somewhat of a mixed bag. Although billed as a drama, much of the play by fringe favourite Primrose Madayag Knazan is a comedy (watch for the overblown parental-melodrama scene).

This contrasts sharply with moments of true drama, such as the schoolyard bullying and especially the tearful coming-out sequence (the actor playing Steve, the strongest of the four unbilled players, is a real knockout here). Still, other scenes veer dangerously close to self-parody, at some points embodying the stereotypes and “feel-good bulls--t” the characters repeatedly proclaim they despise.

Ultimately, Against the Wall comes off as preaching to the converted, but is unlikely to convert those on the opposite team.

Janice Sawka

 

From the Fringe program:

Ash escaped into the world of C.C. Bloom, while Steve escaped on the field. They came from two different worlds, yet longed for the same thing… Her words changed them.

A new play by three-time Best of Fest winner Primrose Madayag Knazan.

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 75 min

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Students

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language

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