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Against the Wall
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
Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Students
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language
Updated on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 4:46 PM CDT: